BAIN

[ Alexander Bain, Scottish philosopher. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A Bain') to 'Miss M' [sister of David Masson?], on topics including his view on the writing of an autobiography, and John Stuart Mill.

Author: 
Alexander Bain (1818-1903), Scottish philosopher, and friend and biographer of John Stuart Mill [ David Masson [ David Mather Masson ] (1822-1907), Scottish literary critic]
Publication details: 
Aberdeen. 10 January 1874.
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper, with strip of mount adhering to one margin and light smudging to signature. He writes playfully, expressing his gratification at the thought that his 'handiwork' has been so well received, and that she has 'at last conquered the doctrine of "Relativity." This will set you above the "erring crowd" for the remainder of your days.' Her brother David is 'not what we should wish: of all things, I hate debility.' After some personal news he turns to the reasons why he has not written an autobiography.

Six anaglypographic engravings, showing the two sides of three medals, depicting James Watt (by Chantrey), William Hogarth (Art Union of London) and Sir Christopher Wren (Art Union of London).

Author: 
[ Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey; William Wyon (1795-1851) of the Royal Mint; William Bain; numismatic; coins and medals; anglyptography; the Art Union of London ]
Publication details: 
The Watt medal dating from London, 1843. The Wren medal (1846) and Hogarth medal (1848), both by the Art Union of London.
£200.00

Each of the sets of two engravings on a separate strip of paper, each roughly 7 x 15.5 cm. Printed in black. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The three strips laid down on the same side of a 35.5 x 26 cm leaf removed from an album. In pencil in a contemporary hand at head of page: 'Anaglyptographic Engravings', and beneath the second strip, 'William Hogarth 1697-1764', and beneath the third, 'Christopher Wren Born 1632. Died 1723'.

[Canada, Privy Council, printed pamphlet.] Supplementary Return to the House of Commons containing Factum of Case, Barrett vs. City of Winnipeg in connection with the Abolition of Separate Schools in the Province of Manitoba.

Author: 
[Canada, Privy Council; John Kelly Barrettt; Archbishop of St Boniface; Rev. George Bryce; William Hespeler; Alexander Polson; John Sutherland; C. Taylor; J. Dubuc; J. Bain]
Publication details: 
Printed by Order of Parliament. Ottawa: Printed by Brown Chamberin, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty. 1891.
£80.00

55pp., 8vo. In blue printed wraps. In fair condition, on aged paper, in worn and torn wraps. With stamp, shelfmark and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Divided into nineteen sections, including affidavits of John Kelly Barrettt; Archbishop of St Boniface; Rev. George Bryce; William Hespeler; Alexander Polson; John Sutherland; and Judgments of Court in banc. by C. Taylor; J. Dubuc (Dissenting) and J. Bain.

[Printed book.] Summary of Doctrines taught in Christian Meeting House, 90 Norfolk Street, Laurieston, Glasgow. By the late James A. Begg. With a Memorial Discourse, by William Fulton.

Author: 
James A. Begg (c.1800-1868), Glasgow bookseller and religious author; William Fulton [Seventh-Day Sabbatarianism]
Publication details: 
Glasgow: Printed by Bell & Bain, 41 Mitchell Street. 1869.
£220.00

xl + 112pp., 12mo. In original buff printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn wraps, with front wrap becoming detached and chipping to the spine. Fulton's memoir, on pp.v-xl, has the drophead title: 'In Memory of the late James A. Begg, Bookseller, Argyle Street, Glasgow. A Discourse by William Fulton. Sunday, 3d January, 1869. Scarce: no copy in the British Library, and the only copy on COPAC at the Bodleian. Of Bain's careet Fulton writes on p.xxxlii: 'James A. Begg was born in Paisley, at the beginning of this century.

Autograph Letter Signed ('A Bain') to G. H. Huntly.

Author: 
Alexander Bain (1818-1903), Scottish psychologist, philosopher and educationalist
Publication details: 
27 April 1874; Aberdeen.
£120.00

12mo, 2 pp. Seventeen lines of text. Clear and complete. Bifolium. Fair, on aged and slightly-grubby paper. He has 'no recollection' of 'a work published in Edinburgh in 1843, on Mind viewed as a part of Physiology'. 'Perhaps if I saw it, I might certify it as I [sic] work that I formerly knew. Few works of that nature have escaped my notice within the last thirty years.' The work referred to by Huntly would appear to be John J. Waterston's 'Thoughts on the mental functions. Being an attempt to treat metaphysics as a branch of the physiology of the nervous system' (Edinburgh, 1843).

Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo. Combe') to Messrs Bell & Bain, Printers, Exchange Court [Glasgow].

Author: 
George Combe (1788-1858), Scottish phrenologist
Publication details: 
20 April 1836; 81 Bath Street [Glasgow].
£95.00

8vo, 1 p. Addressed by Combe on the reverse, to which his monogram seal in red wax (with his motto 'RES NON VERBA QUAESO') still adheres. In poor condition, on discoloured paper, with damage to a few words of text above the signature caused by clumsy removal from the mount, a part of which still adheres to the reverse. Repaired with archival tape. The letter presumably concerns 'Additional testimonials on behalf of George Combe, as a candidate for the chair of logic in the University of Edinburgh' (1836). It reads 'Gentlemen | Be so good as correct these proofs, make them up in 8vo.

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