Charles Reade (1814-1884), English novelist and playwright [Manton Marble (1834-1917), editor and proprietor of the New York World]
Without place or date. [Post 1860.]
2pp., on both sides of the lower half of a 4to leaf. The recto is numbered by Reade '2', indicating that the two pages constitute the second leaf of a letter. The text reads: '[...] therefore you will consent to do me a bare act of justice viz not to let that gentleman be my public critic in "the World." Of course I should be still more pleased if you would do me the honor to see the play yourself and pronounce upon it. However half a loaf is better than no bread.
Albert Bruce-Joy [Albert Bruce Joy] (1842-1924), Anglo-Irish sculptor
On cancelled letterheads of Chase Lodge, near Shotter Mill, Haslemere. The complete letter dated19 March 1893, the other letter undated.
Both items in fair condition, on lightly-aged and worn paper, each with pin holes in one corner. Both items in a hurried, difficult hand. ONE: To 'Dear Madam', dated 19 March 1893. Docketed 'Mr. B. Joy | 29/3/93'. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He begins by apologising that 'your letter should not have been replied to you [sic]', as he has been 'laid up'. He asks her to inform him when 'the busts' will be needed, '& I will see whether I can send anything'. TWO: Incomplete letter, signed 'A. Bruce Joy'. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Numbered by Bruce-Joy '2'.
[Roedean School, near Brighton, East Sussex, boarding school for girls founded by the Lawrence sisters in 1885]
Without place or date. [Roedean School, East Sussex. 1916 or 1917.]
1p., 16mo. Good, on lightly-aged and spotted laid paper. A few pencil calculations on the reverse. Neatly printed. Giving details for the three terms: Lent, Summer and Michaelmas, with dates for 'Pupils re-assemble', 'Opening Address to Pupils', 'Reading of the Reports and Closing Address' and 'Pupils leave'. These details are followed by the following notices: 'Parents are earnestly requested to co-operate with the School authorities in enforcing punctuality of attendance at the beginning and end of Term.
Peter Bayne [pseud. Ellis Brandt] (1830-1896), English journalist and author
33 St. Julian's Road, Kilburn, London N.W. 30 November 1881.
1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The letter reads: 'My Dear Sir, | I ought to have thanked you sooner for your kind note of the 21st., but I have been much occupied. It would be pleasant for me to try my hand on Byron or Browining, but I could not dare do so without more chance of continuous work than I can hope for at present.'
J. P. S. Bicknell of Hoxton [Samuel Morley (1809-1886), businessman and Liberal MP for Bristol, 1868-1885; Robert Greaves Ibbett, London bookseller and picture dealer; Dr Isaac Watts (1674-1748)]
Both letters from 24 Northport-street, St. John's Road, Hoxton [Hackney, London]. 8 July and 4 September 1874.
Both items in good condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper. Both written in a close and somewhat shaky hand, and addressed to 'Respected Sir'. Letter One: 8 July 1874. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Bicknell explains that the 'widow of a bookseller, (R. G. Ibbett, who, for many years, dealt in original and rare works, in the City of London,) has in her possession the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Isaac Watts, in his own handwriting (bound). This MS. was shown (together with a well-executed oil-painting of the Doctor,) to the late Dr.
William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854), English landscape painter; John Cousen (1804-1880), engraver [Albany, New York]
From the book 'The History of the United States of North America' (New York: Virtue & Yorston, 1855-1856).
11 x 17.5 cm., with the original margin of the print, with caption, trimmed away, and the engraving laid down on a piece of 24.5 x 30.5 card. From the papers of Marie de Grasse, Lady Evans, wife of Sir Francis Henry Evans, and originally Marie de Grasse Smith, daughter of Hon. Samuel Smith of Albany, New York. In pencil on the mount: 'Albany 1837.'
Mary Frances Stevens [née Smith; later Butterworth] (d.1890), wife of Hon. Samuel Stevens (c.1798-1854) of Albany, New York [Daniel Webster (1782-1852), Whig politician; President Martin Van Buren]
All seven letters from Albany, New York; those to her mother dated 27 August 1842, 2, 19 and 24 September 1844 and 24 September 1848; those to her father dated 24 January 1846 and 22 October 1848.
Mary Frances Stevens was the daughter of Silas O. Smith of Rochester, and the mother of the novelist Augusta de Grasse Stevens (1852-1894) and of Marie de Grasse, Lady Evans (d.1920), wife of the English Liberal politician Sir Francis Henry Evans (1840-1907). After her husband's death in 1854 she married John Fowler Butterworth. The seven letters in this collection are closely and neatly written; those to her father in brown ink and those to her mother in blue. All seven in good condition, on lightly-aged paper.
Hon. Samuel Stevens (c.1798-1854) of Albany, New York, American barrister, Whig politician, friend and associate of Daniel Webster [L. Ward Smith (d.1863), Adjutant General of the State of New York]
New York. 15 June 1842.
Stevens married Mary Frances Smith (d.1890; second husband John Fowler Butterworth), daughter of Silas O. Smith of Rochester, and two of their children were the novelist Augusta de Grasse Stevens (1852-1894), and Marie de Grasse, Lady Evans (d.1920), wife of the English Liberal politician Sir Francis Henry Evans (1840-1907). 2pp., 4to. 35 lines of text. In good condition on lightly-aged paper. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with postmark, to 'Mr L Ward Smith | Rochester | N.Y-'. The letter begins: 'My dear Ward | How affectionate & familiar a man is, when he is about to ask a favor.
Hon. Samuel Stevens (c.1798-1854) of Albany, New York, American barrister and Whig politician, friend and associate of Daniel Webster, husband of Mary Frances Stevens [nee Smith]
Albany [New York]. 21 January 1841.
1p., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr Silas O Smith | Rochester'. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir | During my short sojourn at your city last October, I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of your daughter. Since my return a correspondence has taken place between us in which she has given me permission to visit her & to entertain the hope that she may be persuaded to exchange the protection of the best of Parents for that of a husband.
Sir Theodore Martin (1816-1909), Scottish poet, biographer and translator, author of the 'Bon Gualtier Ballads', husband of the actress Helena Faucit [Llangollen, Wales]
31 Onslow Square [London], on his crested letterhead. 20 February 1873.
2pp., 12mo. On bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. In answer to her request he is enclosing a Post Office order for £1, hoping that 'the help is to be given only to those who cannot help themselves. There is so much improvidence among the labouring classes in & around Llangollen, that I confess to having not the least pity for them, if they are feeling somewhat pinched by the present high price of fuel.' He considers that they 'should be taught to provide against this & other contingencies to which life must always be subect'.
Thomas Cooper (1805-1892), Chartist and religious writer and lecturer [John T. Baron of Blackburn, autograph hunter]
On letterhead of 2 Portland Place, St Mary's Street, Lincoln. 6 May 1882.
1p., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. In worn envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed to 'J. T. Baron, Esq | 18, Griffin Street | Witton | Blackburn'. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir | "The Triumph of Perseverance & Enterprize" is now published, I think, by Ward & Lock.' He explains that he changed the title of his book 'Wise Saws' into 'Old Fashioned Stories': 'it is now one handsome volume, published by Hodder & Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row.'
Sir Theodore Martin (1816-1909), Scottish poet, biographer and translator, author of the 'Bon Gualtier Ballads', husband of the actress Helena Faucit [John T. Baron of Blackburn, autograph hunter]
31 Onslow Square [London], on his crested letterhead. 15 December 1882.
2pp., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. In worn envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed by Martin to 'John T. Baron Esq | 48 Griffin Street | Witton | Blackburn'. He begins by explaining that he has 'had every minute so fully occupied of late', that he has not been able to comply with Baron's request. 'Lady Martin has done what she is now most reluctant to do - written the name she once bore with a few lines from Cymbeline. I have copied the verse you wish from the little Bon Gaultier Poem'.
Lord John Manners [John James Robert Manners, 7th Duke of Rutland] (1818-1906), Conservative politician [John T. Baron of Blackburn, autograph hunter]
St. Mary's Tower, Birnam. 18 August 1882.
2pp., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. In worn envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed by Manners to 'John Baron Esq | 48 Griffin Street | Witton | Blackburn.' Regarding his books 'England's Trust and Other Poems' (1841) and 'English Ballads and Other Poems (1850), Manners begins the letter by apologising for not being able to give 'very definite information respecting my two little volumes of poetry.
Leonard Raven-Hill (1867-1942), English painter, illustrator, printmaker and Punch cartoonist [Pall Mall Budget; J. Penderel Brodhurst]
20 North Side, Clapham Common, SW [London]. 19 December 1898.
2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper, with small hole through both leaves at top inner corner. Beneath the signature the faint stamp of the St. James's Budget, 15 Dorset Street, EC. Raven-Hill points out that the Pall Mall Budget had only the right to use his drawings 'in that paper', and that he holds 'the entire copyright of all my drawings that appeared' in that magazine. 'If you want any of mine you could of course get the blocks from them & we could come to some arrangement about using them'.
Albert Way (1805-1874), English antiquary, principal founder of the Royal Archaeological Institute [John Russell Smith (1810-1894), bookseller and bibliographer]
12 Grand Parade, St Leonards on Sea. 3 March 1856.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Fair, on lightly-aged and ruckled paper. The letter begins: 'Sir. | I am glad to find you can oblige my friend Mr Curzon, although I am too late, which I regret, as I should have been able to oblige certain persons who have assisted me.' He asks for 'a few separate sets of the Plates of Seals of the Sussex Cinqueports & Lewes Priory', for which he would pay 'with pleasure'. 'I had written a Title page - & a short prefatory introduction ought to be given - a leaf will be ample'. He assumes that the recipient has given 'the Pevensey Plan'.
Abraham Hayward (1801-1884), essayist and translator [John T. Baron of Blackburn, autograph hunter]
8 St. James's St. [London] 14 March 1882.
1p., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. In worn envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed by Hayward to 'J. T. Baron Esq. | Witton | Blackburn'. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir | Messrs Longman are the publishers of my Biographical & Critical Essays & my Translation of Faust. But any bookseller will get them for you, with the exception of the First Series of my Essays, which is out of print. | faithfully yours | A. Hayward'.
Sir Francis Henry Evans (1840-1907) of Tubbendens, Orpington, Kent, banker and company director, Liberal Member of Parliament for Southampton, 1896-1900; Maidstone, 1901-6 [Jay Cooke, McCulloch & Co.]
The first entry dated '71. Queens Gate London | July 31. 1873.' Last entry dated 25 November 1896. With memoranda from 1897, 1901 and 1903.
92pp., 4to. In good condition, in worn blue leather binding, with marbled endpapers. A strip cut out of the first leaf by Evans, with note by him: 'Signatures of Marie & self to other book'. Rather than short entries for each day, the journal contains longer occasional entries detailing significant events. The diary is a mixture of domestic news and detailed accounts of Evans's business affairs, with frequent descriptions of his financial position, on one occasion 'for the information of my darling wife & her Trustees'). .
Sir Francis Henry Evans (1840-1907) of Tubbendens, Orpington, Kent, banker and company director, Liberal Member of Parliament for Southampton, 1896-1900, and Maidstone, 1901-1906 [Santos, Brazil]
Santos [São Paulo state, Brazil]. The first part, to his mother, dated 29 and 30 May 1860; the second part, to his father, dated 30 May 1860.
14pp., 12mo. The first 11pp. are addressed to his mother and signed, and the last 3pp. to his father and not signed (possibly indicating that a continuation is lacking). In fair condition, on aged paper, with the last leaf worn and creased. He explains his situation at the beginning of the letter: 'First of all you may see from my address above that I am in Santos, & secondly from the more cleanly appearance of the letter that I am not in the woods. - Would that I were back again for ever since I have been here I have been ill [...] On the 11th.
Robert B. Johnson [British steam engines; Victorian railway locomotives]
'London Mar 1877'.
2pp., 16mo. 41 closely and neatly written lines, arranged in six six-line stanzas and a five-line chorus. At foot of second page: 'Robt. B. Johnson. London Mar 1877'. A splendid skit, apparently unpublished, and fully deserving to be so.
Lutterworth New Book Society, Leicestershire [lending library; circulating libraries]
Lutterworth New Book Society [Leicestershire]. 1839-1840.
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper. The heading reads (with manuscript additions in square brackets): 'No.  | LUTTERWORTH | New Book Society, | 1839-40. | To be kept  Days. | Ordered by [Mr G. Bottrill] | Price [6/-].' Three columns follow, headed 'When sent', 'To whom sent' and 'When returned'. The middle column contains the printed names of 31 male individuals, from 'Mr. C. Burdett' to 'Mr. Stiles', with the addition of one manuscript name. Dates are written in manuscript in the first and third column. At foot of leaf: 'N.B.
Richard F. Burton [Sir Richard Burton, translator of 'The Arabian Nights'; Albert Letchford; Grolier Society London]
Grolier Society London. [1890?]
1p., 12mo. Printed in black, brown and red. A mixture of gothic and roman type, within a decorative pseudo-Arabic border enclosing the words 'Edition de Luxe.' at the head, and 'Grolier Society London' at the foot. The text begins 'A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Night's Entertainments now entituled the Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night with introduction explanatory notes on the manners and customs of Moslem men and a terminal essay upon the nights in twelve volumes by Richard F. Burton.
[Thomas Fox, 198, Strand, London, publisher of the Illustrated London News; Leighton, Brothers, Printers.]
Published by Thomas Fox, 198, Strand, W.C. Leighton, Brothers, Printers. [1870s.]
On one side of a piece of 27 x 19.5 cm. paper. In fair condition, on aged paper with wear to margins. Printed in red, green, yellow, brown and black. The text is crisply printed in red and black, with an engraving of the London skyline around St Paul's beneath the magazine's title. The text begins: 'This journal contains engravings of all the leading events of public interest, from original sketches and photographs.' Subscription details are followed by a short section on 'The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News'.
[E. J. Poynter and Professor Roger Smith, editors, 'Illustrated Hand-books of Art history', Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London publishers, St Dunstan's House, Fetter Lane
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington at St Dunstan's House in Fetter Lane. 1887.
8pp., 12mo. Two bifoliums, one loosely inserted in the other. Printed in red. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-stained paper. A tasteful Italianate design, with thick decorative borders containing flowers, birds, a cherub and a monkey. The last page ends with commendatory quotations from the Spectator and Times.
[Bradbury & Evans, 11 Bouverie Street, London, publishers of the miscellany 'Once A Week!', edited by Samuel Lucas; Charles Dickens; Leech, Tenniel, Millais, Hablot K. Browne, C. Keene, Wolf]
[Bradbury & Evans, London.] 11, Bouverie Street, May, 1859.
4pp., 12mo, paginated 1-4. Bifolium. Dated at the head of the first page '11, BOUVERIE STREET, May, 1859.' and at the foot of the last 'May, 1859'. Disbound and with damage to spine; otherwise in good condition, on aged paper. The heading continues: 'To be illustrated by | Leech, Tenniel, Millais, Hablot K. Browne, C. Keene, Wolf, &c., &c. | Will be published every Saturday, price Threepence, by BRADBURY & EVANS. | The First Number will appear on the 2nd of July, 1859.' The first two pages carry the description of the 'forthcoming Miscellany', and the last two pages are headed 'MR.
[Andrew Lang; Andrew Lang's Books for Children; Fairy Books; Longmans, Green & Co., London publishers]
London and New York: Longmans Green & Co. 1895.
2pp., 12mo. A single leaf, attractively printed on both sides in vibrant colour halftone. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. One side advertises 'MR LANG'S XMAS BOOK FOR 1895 | THE RED | TRUE STORY BOOK | Edited by Andrew Lang | ILLUSTRATIONS by HJ. FORD', with a design with in a pink border depicting the book with its bright red cover illustrated in gilt.
Thomas Mudie of 39 Cheyne Walk, London bookseller of Scottish extraction, founder of a circulating library and father of the bookseller and circulating librarian Charles Edward Mudie (1818-1890)
T. Mudie's (late Dillon's) Circulating Library, 39, Cheyne Walk, near Chelsea Church. Undated [circa 1810].
On 11 x 6.5 cm rectangle of paper, laid down on the pastedown of a 12mo calf front board. Beneath the title: 'This Library is enriched with every work of merit, as soon as published; and comprises such a variety of Travels, Histories, Biography, Novels, Plays, and Literature in general, as cannot fail to graify every Class of Readers. | The Daily Papers taken in.' Following this are the yearly, half-yearly, quarterly and monthly terms for borrowing two and four books. Further text follows, beginning: 'Books read by Non-subscribers charged according to the Size.' and ending 'T. M.
20pp., 12mo. Stapled pamphlet. In fair condition, on aged paper with slight rust from staple. 617 numbered and priced entries, the first 245 with short descriptive notes. On front page, beneath the title: 'This list is sent out in advance to facilitate selection, and all orders will be dealt with in rotation as received. Completed orders will be despatched AFTER February 28th. | Remittances should accompany orders, and an allowance be made to cover postage, otherwise goods will be forwarded by rail, carriage forward.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Printed in brown on cream paper. In fair condition, on lightly-aged and spotted paper, with a couple of short closed tears along fold lines. The front page reads: '"The Largest & Best Circulating Library." | Mudie's | Terms and Particulars of Subscription. | Including Arrangements for: | Town and Country Residents. | Carriage Free Subscriptions. | Delivery by Horse Vans in London and the Suburbs, and by New Motor Service within a radius of 20 miles from London. | Mudie's Select Library, Ltd., | 30-34, New Oxford Street, W.C.