Clara Novello [Clara Anastasia Novello; Countess Clara Anastasia Gigliucci], celebrated soprano.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Clara Novello'), giving details of her plans for a concert in Belfast.

Clara Novello [Clara Anastasia Novello; Countess Clara Anastasia Gigliucci] (1818-1908), celebrated soprano, daughter of music publisher Vincent Novello [Henry Bussell, Philharmonic Society, Dublin]
Publication details: 
'26 April 1854. Porchester Lodge, 8A Porchester Terrace, Hyde Park [London].

4pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. With embossed armorial letterhead. Good firm signature: 'Clara Novello.' An interesting letter, casting light on the practical arrangement of musical concerts in Victorian Britain and Ireland. The recipient is not named, and the letter begins: 'Dear Sir, | I have not heard from Mr. Bussell of your Concert, but on receipt of your favor of the 15th. consider myself engaged to Belfast for the 1st.

[Sir William Parry [Sir William Edward Parry], Arctic explorer.] Autograph Note Signed ('W E Parry') to 'Mrs. Waldegrave', accepting a dinner invitation.

Sir William Parry [Sir William Edward Parry] (1790-1855), Royal Navy admiral and Arctic explorer, leader of 1819 quest for the Northwest Passage through the Parry Channel
Publication details: 
6 Devonshire Place [London]. 'Thursday evg' [no date].

1p, 16mo (11 x 9 cm). On bifolium with thick mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: '6 Dev: Place | Tuesday evg | Dear Mrs. Waldegrave | Many thanks for your kind invitation for Thursday evg, which I shall have great pleasure in accepting. | Yours very truly | W E Parry.'

[Donald Monro, Physician General to the Army.] Autograph Letter Signed ('D. Monro. | Physician to the Army.') [to Thomas Cadell the elder, London bookseller], proposing terms for a revised edition of his 'Account of the Diseases'.

Donald Monro (1727-1802), Physician General to the Army, and medical author [Thomas Cadell the elder (1742-1802), London bookseller, successor to Andrew Millar (1705-1768)in the Strand]
Publication details: 
'Cox-Heath [Coxheath military camp near Maidstone, Kent] | Septr 21st – 1779.'

The recipient is not named, but as the letter makes clear it is Thomas Cadell the elder (1742-1802), successor to the celebrated bookseller Andrew Millar (1705-1768) in the Strand. Millar was one of the booksellers concerned in the first edition of Monro's 'Account of the Diseases which were most frequent in the British Military Hospitals in Germany' ('London: Printed for A. Millar, D. Wilson, and T. Durham, in the Strand; and T. Payne, at the Mews-Gate.') The letter casts light on the relationship between author and publisher in the eighteenth-century London book trade. 2pp, 4to.

[ Henry Temple, 1st Viscount Palmerston. ] Autograph Signature ('Palmerston') on Exchequer receipt.

Henry Temple, 1st Viscount Palmerston [ Lord Palmerston ] (1676-1757), Irish peer and politician
Publication details: 
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 22 December 1756.

1p., 8vo. Good firm signature, undamaged, at foot of aged and damaged document. Laid out in the customary style, with printed text (headed 'Annuities, 3700l. per Week.') completed in manuscript. Recording a payment of £100 on an annuity to Palmerston, who is acting as an assignee. Signature of witness 'J Eedes' at foot. Palmerston's signature, written within a few months of his death, is a little shaky.

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