MANCHESTER

[ William Reed, Lancashire agriculturalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Will Reed') to "William Cathrall' of the Manchester Times

Author: 
William Reed of Chat Moss, near Warrington, Lancashire, agriculturalist [ William Cathrall, proprietor and editor of the Manchester Times; Salford ]
Publication details: 
'Bank Parade, Salford | June 26. 1834.'
£75.00

1p., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr. Cathrall | Times Office | Manchester'. In reply to a letter 'requesting from me "an account of the origin and progress of the Manchester Agricultural Society"', he states that 'any information I possess is quite at Mr. Everett's service'. He suggests two times when Everett can call on him, and he will 'endeavour to promote his views in any way in my power'.

[ Helen Faucit, English actress. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Helen Faucit Martin') to John Coleman, explaining why an engagement in Sheffield would be inconvenient to her.

Author: 
Helen Faucit [ Helena Saville Faucit, latterly Lady Martin ] (1817-1898), English actress
Publication details: 
42 Albany Street, Edinburgh. 20 February [no year].
£40.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. Her engagements will keep her in Scotland for three weeks, after which she intends to 'return direct to London'. Sheffield is too far out of her way, and would 'prove tiresome & expensive'. Should she visit Manchester 'at Easter or Whitsuntide' she would have no objection to performing in Sheffield for a couple of nights.

[ Peter Ustinov, actor and playwright. ] Corrected typescript of his unpublished play 'The Man behind the Statue', performed under the management of Robert Donat at the Opera House, Manchester, in 1946.

Author: 
Peter Ustinov [ Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov ] (1921-2004), English actor and author [ Robert Donat (1905-1958), Oscar-winning actor ]
Publication details: 
'The property of: Robert Donat, 23 Three Kings' Yard, Davies Street, W.1. [ London ]' Undated [but only performed at the Opera House, Manchester, in 1946. ]
£580.00

158pp., 4to. Typed text on rectos only. With manuscript emendations (possibly in the hand of Judith Spearman, stage manager) throughout, including deletions and a few short additional passages, as well as stage directions. Makeshift thumb index at head. In fair condition, with moderate signs of age and wear, bound with pink ribbon into buff card covers. Typed label on front cover, together with 'Judith Spearman' and 'Effects' in pencil.

[ Non-conformist minister ] Autograph Letter , Third Person, to "Dr Chenie" (Evangelical Alliance).

Author: 
William Roby, non-conformist minister (Lancashire Independence Association).
Publication details: 
[Manchester] Aytoun Street, Saturday afternoon, 19 April 182[3?]
£80.00

One page, sl. chipped and stained, texxt clear and complete. "Mr. Roby presents his best respects to Dr. Chenie, & requests him to permit Drinan and Rolan to spend to-morrow & Monday in Manchester. | They might go to St Clements with Mr. Cjhaplin to-morrow forenoon, & then dine 7c with us. | Our quarterly meting in Grosvenor Street [words deleted] as a Branch of the Missionary Society & County Union, is to be held on Monday evening; & if Dr. & Mrs.

[ The Manchester Times. ] Printed handbill, headed 'To Advertisers. | Circulation of the "Manchester Times." Boasting of an 'unprecedented' increase in sales, and suggesting the renewal of an appended advertisement.

Author: 
A. W. Paulton, proprietor, The Manchester Times [ Archibald Prentice (1792-1857), journalist and free-trader ]
Publication details: 
'Published every Saturday Morning, by the Proprietor, A. W. PAULTON, at the Office, Ducie Placce, Manchester. | Times Office, August 29th, 1848.'
£90.00

1p., 12mo. A frail survival, creased and aged. Begins: 'The MANCHESTER TIMES has now been in the hands of the present Proprietor for twelve months, [Paulton had bought out Prentice in 1847] during which period its increase in circulation has been unprecedented. | At the commencement of the present year the Proprietor of the MANCHESTER TIMES announced that its circulation, during the previous half-year, had ranged from | 3,000 to 4,800. | He then expressed his strong conviction, that in SIX MONTHS from that time the maximum would become the average circulation.

[ Walter Greenwood, novelist. ] Autograph signature.

Author: 
Walter Greenwood (1903-1974), English novelist, author of 'Love on the Dole' (1933)
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£25.00

In blue ink, on 3.5 x 10 cm piece of thick paper, cut from a letter. In good condition, with traces of glue from mount on reverse. Reads: 'Yours faithfully | Walter Greenwood'.

[ Henry Noel Brailsford, journalist and socialist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. N. Brailsford') to 'Dear Watson' [ Francis Leslie Watson ], fulsome in praise of his BBC Radio programme on Mahatma Gandhi.

Author: 
H. N. Brailsford [ Henry Noel Brailsford ] (1873-1958), journalist and socialist, foreign correspondent of the Manchester Guardian [ Francis Leslie Watson (1907-1988), biographer; Mahatma Gandhi ]
Publication details: 
Greylands, London Road, Amersham. 18 November 1956.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. 33 lines of text in blue ink. In good condition, lightly-aged. He writes that his family have 'all been listening to your third broadcast on Gandhi with pleasure and admiration'. He cannot imagine 'a better treatment of the subject', and is 'lost in admiration for the skill with which you pieced all these fragments together, and wove out of them a thrilling and convincing narrative [...] The old charwoman at Bow was a delight, and how sympathetic & interesting was Lord Templewood! But there wasn't a "dud" among all your many contributors, both the Indians & the English.

[ William Roscoe of Liverpool. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W: Roscoe') to Dr William Henry of the Manchester Infirmary, discussing the death and career of Dr John Ferriar, author of 'The Bibliomania'.

Author: 
William Roscoe (1753-1831) of Liverpool, historian, connoisseur, abolitionist [ William Henry (1774-1836); John Ferriar (1761-1815), author of 'The Bibliomania' ; Manchester Infirmary ]
Publication details: 
Allerton [ Liverpool, Lancashire ]. 6 February 1815.
£180.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged and worn paper, with the seal neatly cut away resulting in damage to a couple of words of text. Roscoe has felt 'sincere sorrow' on receiving Henry's letter conveying the news of the death of Ferriar (a colleague of Henry's at the Manchester Infirmary). 'I had flattered myself that after all apprehensions from the alarming attack which he some time since experienced had been entirely removed, in which opinion I had been confirmed by his Letters on the subject of Mrs.

[ Prime Minister Lord John Russell and the Manchester Health of Towns Association. ] Autograph Letter Signed from Lord John Russell's private secretary Charles Grey ('C. <A.?> Grey') to P. H. Holland, regarding 'a Memoria from the Committee'.

Author: 
Charles Grey, Private Secretary to Liberal Prime Minister Lord John Russell [ Downing Street; P. H. Holland of the Chorlton Dispensary; the Manchester Health of Towns Association ]
Publication details: 
Downing Street [ London ] 10 August 1846.
£28.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with head of the document trimmed and blank second leaf with traces of mount. He acknowledges 'the receipt of your letter enclosing a Memorial from the Committee of the Manchester Health of Towns association' and apologise for the delay in the acknowledgement, 'owing to the great pressure of business'.

[Printed pamphlet.] Kent's Cavern. A Lecture by Wm. Pengelly, Esq., F.R.S. Delivered in the Hulme Town Hall, Manchester, December 18, 1872. Mr. R. D. Darbishire in the Chair. Reported by Henry Pitman.

Author: 
William Pengelly, F.R.S. [ R. D. Darbishire; Henry Pitman; John Heywood, Manchester publisher ]
Publication details: 
Science Lectures for the People. No. 8 - Fourth Series - 1872. Manchester: John Heywood, 141 and 143, Deansgate. London: F. Pitman, Paternoster Row.
£80.00

20pp., 12mo. Disbound and without covers. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Scarce: only two copies on OCLC WorldCat.

[Printed pamphlet.] The Logic of Co-operation.

Author: 
George Jacob Holyoake [ North of England Co-operative Printing Society, Manchester ]
Publication details: 
London: Trübner & Co., 60, Paternoster Row. Manchester: Co-operative Printing Society, 15, Balloon-street. 1873. [ North of England Co-operative Printing Society, 15, Balloon-street, Corporation-street, Manchester. ]
£56.00

16pp., 12mo. Disbound and without covers. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Now uncommon.

[Printed pamphlet.] The Policy of Commercial Co-operation as respects including the Consumer.

Author: 
George Jacob Holyoake [ North of England Co-operative Printing Society, Manchester; Co-operative Movement in Victorian England ]
Publication details: 
'Reprinted, with additions, from the Co-operative News.' London: Trubner & Co., 57 & 59, Ludgate Hill. Manchester: Co-operative Printing Society, 15, Balloon-street. [ North of England Co-operative Printing Society, 15, Balloon-street, Manchester. ]
£56.00

16pp., 12mo. Disbound and without wraps. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Now uncommon.

[ James Galt & Co. Ltd., Manchester booksellers. ] Typed Note to E. Vale of Nant Ffrancon, signed on behalf of the firm by B. E. Stevenson, regarding books ordered, on elaborate coloured letterhead.

Author: 
James Galt & Co. Ltd., Manchester academic booksellers and stationers, established 1836 [ B. E. Stevenson; E. Vale of Nant Ffrancon, Wales ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of James Galt & Co. Ltd. Grove House Works, Plymouth Grove, Manchester 13. Undated [ 1930s? ].
£28.00

1p., 4to. In good condition. The large and unusual letterhead is the point of interest: it is roughly 17 x 11.5 cm, and mostly taken up with an illustration, printed in red, yellow, green, blue, orange and black, depicting an idealised scene in a Victorian bookseller's shop, with a young lady with bonnet and parasol, two schoolboys in top hats with Eton collars and a bespectackled master in mortar board and robes, the last of whom is examining a book shown to him by an elderly bookseller.

[ 'The Clarion', socialist periodical: E. F. Fay, A. M. Thompson, Robert Blatchford; M. Blatchford. ] Card with reproduction of photograph captioned 'Principal Writers of "The Clarion," the foremost advocate of evolutionary Socialism in England.'

Author: 
[ 'The Clarion', Manchester socialist periodical; Robert Blatchford (1851-1943), Socialist writer; Edward Francis Fay; Alexander Mattock Thompson] [ Georg Meisenbach, London photographer ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [ Georg Meisenbach, London. Between 1891 and 1896.]
£90.00

Dimensions of card: roughly 12 x 18 cm. Dimensions of image: 10 x 14 cm. Printed on shiny paper. Aged, spotted and worn. 'Meisenbach' in bottom right-hand corner of image. Caption above the image: 'Principal Writers of "The Clarion," the foremost advocate of evolutionary Socialism in England.' Beneath the image: 'E. F. Fay (THE BOUNDER). A.M. Thompson (DANGLE). Robert Blatchford (Nunquam). M. Blatchford (MONT BLANC).' Undated, but certainly dating from between 1891, when the Clarion was founded, and 1896, when Fay died.

[Manuscript; Friendly Society] Balance Sheets from June Quarter 1865 [TO December Quarter 1872] Loyal Cambridge Lodge. M.U.I.O.O.F.

Author: 
[Friendly Society] [Loyal Cambridge Lodge Manchester Unity of Independent Order of Odd Fellows (M.U.I.O.O.F.)
Publication details: 
1865-1872
£250.00

78pp. used, fol., hf. lea. worn, hinge strain, some pages partially detached, text clear and complete. Main headings: Sick and Funeral Fund; Incidental Expenses Fund; Cash on a/c of Members of other Lodges. Sub-headins include: Contributions, goods & postage, fines, levies, surgeon's fees, contributions in hand; amount paid to members during sickness, medical attention & medical contributions, placing name on Respect B[oar]d, Printers Bill, Postage, etc.Signed off by auditors.

[ Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Co., London printsellers. ] Itemised manuscript invoice to 'John Edward Taylor Esq', signed by 'J. W. Wood', including commission on 42 lots purchased for him at the 'Percy Sale'.

Author: 
Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Company, Printsellers by Appointment to her Majesty, London [ John Edward Taylor (1830-1905), owner of the Manchester Guardian and notable art collector ]
Publication details: 
Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Company, 14 Pall Mall East, 'S.W. next the College of Physicians', London. On the firm's engraved billhead. 'Midsr. [i.e. Midsummer] 1890'.
£180.00

Taylor's collecting activities are described in his entry in the Oxford DNB. His collection was sold by his widow in 1912 for the massive sum of £358,500.3pp., folio. Bifolium. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Tastefully-printed billhead, as one might expect, in black and red, with royal crests, boasting that the firm are 'Printsellers by Appointment to her Majesty, | Their Royal Highnesses The Prince Consort, The Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Kent'. Also the text: 'Established 1760. | Half price allowed for packing cases if returned immediately'.

[ Art Union of Great Britain ] "Large Room Exhibition of Works of British Artists | 39, Oxford Street, Manchester."

Author: 
[ Art Union of Great Britain ][James G. Law, Secretary.
Publication details: 
27 June 1863 [Seventh Season]
£56.00

Printed, 4pp., 8vo, fold marks (partly stained), sl. chipped, mainly good condition. 243 paintings listed, with prices. Paintings selected from various sources from Manchester (243) to Edinburgh (15) to the RA (8), etc. A shilling ticket gave entry to a lottery.

[ Printed pamphlet; Walter Crane ] On the Study and Practice of Art: An Address delivered by Walter Crane, to the Art Students of the Municipal School of Art, and the Municipal Technical School, Manchester, Saturday, March 4th, 1893.

Author: 
Walter Crane [ Municipal School of Art, Manchester ]
Publication details: 
Manchester: "Manchester Guardian" Printing Works, Blackfriars Street, 1893.
£180.00

19pp., 12mo. Stapled. In grey printed wraps. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper; in wraps with stamp and label of the Education Department Library. Marginal headings include: 'Motives for following an Artistic Career', 'Primal Important of Facility of Hand', 'Triumph of Commercialism', 'The Worship of the Ugly', 'Art: Pictorial, Creative, Pot-boiling' and 'Decorum in Decoration'. Uncommon: only four copies recorded on OCLC WorldCat.

[Manchester and the John Milton Tercentenary, 1908.] Proof of article [by John Cuming Walters for the Manchester City News] titled 'The Milton "Tercentenary." Manchester Celebrations. Tribute to the Author of "Paradise Lost."

Author: 
John Cuming Walters (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News [Tercentenary of the birth of John Milton, 1908]
Publication details: 
[Manchester: Manchester City News. 1908.]
£56.00

Laid out in three columns on one side of a 71 x 26 cm piece of newsprint stock. With two illustrations in text ('Chalfont St. Giles: the only remaining Milton home' and 'Facsimile of a Milton Sonnet'). Aged and brittle, with a few words of text lost in two vertical folds which have been repaired with archival tape. Section headings are 'Commemorations', 'Manchester Exhibitions and Addresses', 'A Tribute', 'The English Patriot', 'Milton and Music', 'His Optimism', 'His Self-Confidence' and 'A Poetic Life'.

[William E. Cary, Red Bank Spring and Axle Works.] Printed Edwardian flier with engravings of 'Rein Rails' and 'Rein Holders', together with Typed Letter ('Dict'd by J. W. C.') to Messrs Massey and Raggatt, Penarth, receipt, and printed envelope.

Author: 
William E. Cary, Red Bank Spring and Axle Works, and Iron and Steel Warehouses, Manchester, established 1848
Publication details: 
William E. Cary, Red Bank Spring and Axle Works, and Iron and Steel Warehouses, Red Bank and Adeline St., Manchester. Letter and receipt dated 1904, other two items of the same date.
£120.00

All four items in fair condition, on aged and worn paper. LETTER: 1p., 4to. 13 June 1904. On the firm's printed letterhead, with 6 x 8.5 cm engraving at head of the firm's premises ('cover an area of 1 1/2 acres'), surrounded by text at head and along length of left-hand margin. The typed letter concerns the opening of an account: 'It is usual to open a/cs on monthly terms for new a/cs, but I will make an exception in your case, [...] but you must not take more than 2 or 3 months credit at the outside.' RECEIPT: Signed receipt for 4s 6d. On small stub with the firm's printed details.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] Marriage-Law Injustice, Objections to the Divorce Act, with Suggested Amendments.

Author: 
Fredk. A. Binney [Frederick Altona Binney] [Palmer & Howe, Manchester printers] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
Manchester: Palmer & Howe, Bond Street. 1876.
£80.00

24pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. Copies in copyroight libraries. None on market currently.

[The Rochdale Canal Company.] Nine Letters to Ralph Shuttleworth, Rochdale attorney and company treasurer, and one printed form to his successor John Crossley. Including Autograph Letters Signed from Samuel Greg, John Bill and William Bilsbarrow.

Author: 
[The Rochdale Canal Company; John Bill, Farley Hall; William Bilsborrow, Haslingden; Samuel Greg, Rochdale; Thomas Marriott, Stockport; John Robert Ogden, Bradford; N. & F. Phillipps, Manchester]
Publication details: 
The nine letters to Shuttleworth, 1800-1802, from: Farley Hall, Staffordshire; Haslingden; Halifax; Bradford; Coventry; Rochdale; Great Fenton. The letter to Crossley from Manchester in 1813.
£250.00

The Rochdale Canal was conceived in 1776, and despite opposition from mill owners fearing a disruption to their water supply, began construction following the passing of an act of parliament in 1794. On completion (it was officially opened in 1804), and until the railway age, it constituted the main commercial route between Yorkshire and Lancashire. The present small collection provides an interesting sidelight into the legal and financial difficulties involved in the project, with several reference reflecting badly on Shuttleworth's professional capabilities.

[Periodical] The House Journal of The Manchester Guardian and Evening News, No. 48

Author: 
[Manchester Guardian]
Publication details: 
December 1925 ("Priceless')
£135.00

Twelve pages, cr. 8vo, brown illustrated paper wraps, a little grubby, with fold mark at middle, contents good. Begins with editorial, "The Editor's Chair" in which C.P. Scott (presumably) discusses this Christmas number, revealing, among other things that Conan Doyle had been invited to contribute an "exciting" ghost story but failed them. The issue is signed "Montague" on the front wrap, and C.E. Montague is the subject of an article (with photograph), and author of a letter on the Letters page. No copy on COPAC or in Manchester Univ. Lib. catalogue.

[Female suffrage, printed pamphlet.] Civil Service Appointments for Women. A Paper read at the Meeting of the Social Science Congress, Manchester, 1879.

Author: 
Whately Cooke Taylor [Richard Whately Cooke Taylor (1842-1918)] [The Social Science Congress, Manchester; women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
[The Social Science Congress, Manchester.] Printed by Spottiswoode & Co., New-street Square, London. 1880.
£120.00

12pp., 8vo. In good condition, no wraps, disbound. In manuscript at head of title: 'With the Author's Compts' and, in another hand, 'C. A. Biggs'. No copy traced, either on COPAC or WorldCat.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] The Early History of the Property of Married Women, as collected from Roman and Hindoo Law. A Lecture, Delivered at Birmingham, March 25, 1873.

Author: 
Sir Henry Sumner Maine, K.C.S.I., D.C.L., Member of the Council of India and Corpus Professor of Jurisprudence in the University of Oxford [Married Women's Property Committee; A. Ireland, Manchester]
Publication details: 
[Married Women's Property Committee.] Manchester: A. Ireland and Co., Printers, Pall Mall. [1873.]
£150.00

21pp., 8vo. On title-page: 'This Lecture, the substance of which forms part of an unpublished work, is reprinted for the Married Women's Property Committee, with the permission of the author.' In fair condition, aged and with minor staining to title, no wraps, disbound.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] The Early History of the Property of Married Women, as collected from Roman and Hindoo Law. A Lecture, Delivered at Birmingham, March 25, 1873.

Author: 
Sir Henry Sumner Maine, K.C.S.I., D.C.L., Member of the Council of India and Corpus Professor of Jurisprudence in the University of Oxford [Married Women's Property Committee; A. Ireland, Manchester]
Publication details: 
[Married Women's Property Committee.] Manchester: A. Ireland and Co., Printers, Pall Mall. [1873.]
£150.00

21pp., 8vo. On title-page: 'This Lecture, the substance of which forms part of an unpublished work, is reprinted for the Married Women's Property Committee, with the permission of the author.' In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. Two addresses written in pencil on reverse of last leaf, and a name in ink.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] Government Factory Bill. Speech on the Second Reading of the Bill, June 11th, 1874.

Author: 
Henry Fawcett, Esq., M.P. [Government Factory Bill, 1874; Alexander Ireland, Manchester printer; women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
Manchester: A. Ireland & Co. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. Dated on p.4: 'OFFICES OF THE ASSOCIATION OF FACTORY OCCUPIERS, | 96, KING STREET, MANCHESTER. | August, 1874.'
£90.00

26pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. One copy on COPAC, at the BL, and two copies on OCLC WorldCat.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] Speech of Mr. G. Shaw Lefevre, M.P., on bringing in "The Bill to amend the Law with respect to the Property of Married Women." In the House of Commons, April 21st, 1868.

Author: 
G. Shaw Lefevre, M.P. [the Committee in support of the Married Women's Property Bill; Alexander Ireland, Manchester printer] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
Manchester: A. Ireland & Co., Printers, Pall Mall. 1868. [On reverse of title: 'Printed, by permission, for the Committee in support of the Married Women's Property Bill.']
£90.00

12pp., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and worn, no wraps, disbound, with pencil annotations to title-page. Copies listed on COPAC etc

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] On the Forfeiture of Property by Married Women. [Reprinted, by kind permission, from the FORTNIGHTLY REVIEW, for the Committee in support of MR. RUSSELL GURNEY'S MARRIED WOMEN'S PROPERTY BILL.] With an Appendix.

Author: 
Arthur Hobhouse, Q.C. [Alexander Ireland, Manchester printer; Rt Hon. Russell Gurney, QC, MP] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
Manchester: A. Ireland & Co., Printers, Pall Mall. 1870.
£80.00

16pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. Several copies on COPAC, none of this edition on market currently.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] On the Laws relating to the Property of Married Women. A Paper read at the Social Science Congress, Birmingham, October, 1868.

Author: 
Arthur Hobhouse, Q.C. [Alexander Ireland, Manchester printer.] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
Manchester: Alexander Ireland & Co. 1870.
£135.00

18pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. Four copies on COPAC and two copies on OCLC WorldCat. No copy currently on market.

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