CYPHERS

Autograph Letter Signed to William Symonds, R.N., with presentation copy of 'Some Remarks on the Rules to be observed in forming a Code of International Signals; with a comparative review of the systems proposed [...] by Captain Levin Joergen Rohde'.

Author: 
Henry Cranmer Phillipps [Henry Cranmer March Phillipps], R.N.; Captain Levin Joergen Rohde, of the Royal Danish Navy, Knight of the Dannebrog; Sir William Symonds
Publication details: 
LETTER: [Avebury, B[uckinghamshire]?], 3 November 1835; PAMPHLET: London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green & Longman, Paternoster-row. 1835. [Printed by Manning and Smithson, Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row.]
£120.00

Full subtitle: 'With a comparative review of the systems proposed by H. Cranmer Phillipps, R.N. and by Captain Levin Joergen Rohde, of the Royal Danish Navy, Knight of the Dannebrog, &c. &c.' The letter was previously attached by four small pieces of red sealing wax on the verso of its blank second leaf to the title-page of the pamphlet. Letter and pamphlet are now detached, with traces of wax adhering to both, but not affecting the text of either. LETTER: 12mo, one page. Good on aged paper.

Manuscript entitled 'The Prophecy of Christ[ophe]r Love'.

Author: 
Christopher Love [PROPHECY; CODES; CODE BREAKING; CIPHERS; CYPHERS]
Publication details: 
Without date or place, but early nineteenth-century.
£400.00

Welsh puritan (1618-51), executed for plotting against the Commonwealth. The passage in cipher is presumably Love's prophecy that the world would be destroyed in 1805, followed by an age of everlasting peace when God would be known by all. Two pages, on the two leaves of a quarto bifoliate. On Durham & Co. laid paper. Grubby, stained, creased and discoloured, but entirely legible. Prophecy in cypher on thirty-one lines. Occasional names (Oliver Cromwell, Seth Adams, Sodom & Gomorah) in normal script, as well as a number of dates from 1651 to 1800.

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