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[ De Quincey; Carlyle ] Autograph Letter Signed "Thomas De Quincey" to "Madam" , "Mrs Carlyle, 21 Comley Bank" [Jane Carlyle ] about an invitation declined and a book loaned to him by Thomas Carlyle.

Author: 
Thomas de Quincey, Essayist and Addict
Publication details: 
No place or date, "Saturday morn[in]g", c.1828 [the Carlyles apparently lived at Comley Bank, Edinburgh between 1826 and 1828.]
£1,150.00

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, some foxing and a repair not obscuring text which is clear and complete. He begins that, f he were free to follow his own wishes, he would consider her invitation a "command" but he wasn't "entirely at liberty to follow my own wishes; which, until Wednesday next unfortunately I am not. [...] My engagements at this moment are not engagements of pleasure or choice, but entirely of business; [...] On Wednesday however I shall be quite at liberty, and shall pay my respoets to you in the morning of that day. | I beg my best thanks to Mr.

Sir Colin Campbell [Lord Clyde], distinguished British Army officer.] Autograph Note Signed ('C C.') to 'Mowatt', about arrangements on a trip to London.

Author: 
Sir Colin Campbell [Field Marshal Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde [Lord Clyde]] (1792-1863), British Army officer who distinguished himself in the Peninsular War, Crimean War and Indian Mutiny
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Athenaeum club, London. '12.50 P.M | July 16th. [no year].
£45.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My Dear Mowatt | We are off to the Tower – if there were time afterwards we might go to the Bank – but it is now too late to make an arrangement for that object | Ever Yrs C C.'

[ Sherard Osborn, Royal Navy admiral and arctic explorer. ] Part of Autograph Letter Signed ('S Osborn') to 'Dr. Allchin' [ Sir William Henry Allchin ] , regarding a 'consideration' to a woman.

Author: 
Sherard Osborn (1822-1875), Royal Navy admiral and Arctic explorer who searched for Franklin [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician ]
Publication details: 
33 Charles Square [ London ]. 1 March [ no year ].
£35.00

Written on both sides of the top two-thirds of a 12mo leaf with mourning border, the bottom third having been torn away. In good condition, lightly aged. The recto reads, beneath the address, 'My dear Dr. Allchin | I should be glad if you would come here on Wednesday evening as <...> 1/2 past 4 at [...]'. The reverse reads: '[...] after hearing her own story you can say whether a consideration on Saturday would be advisable | Yours truly | S Osborn | I am progressing steadily [...]'.

[ Sherard Osborn, Royal Navy admiral and arctic explorer. who searched for Sir John Franklin ] Autograph Signature on part of letter to 'Dr. Allchin'

Author: 
Sherard Osborn (1822-1875), Royal Navy admiral and Arctic explorer who searched for Franklin [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician ]
Publication details: 
No place or time.
£20.00

On 4.5 x 13 cm slip torn from letter. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The recto reads: 'Dear Dr. Allchin | Thanks for your [...]'. The reverse reads: 'Yours truly | S Osborn'.

[ Book] Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy. The First Indian Knight and Baronet (1783-1859)

Author: 
Jehangir R.P. Mody
Publication details: 
Bombay 1959.
£55.00

Pp.x.188, 8vo, folding genealogy of his family at back, decorated black cloth gt., hinge strain at half-title, mainly good condition. Copies at five UK and USA libraries, and Bologna

Keywords:

League of Nations. Advisory Committee on Traffic in Opium and other Dangerous Drugs. Report to the Council on the work of the seventh session.

Author: 
Report to the Council of the League of Nations of the Advisory Committee on Traffic in Opium and other Dangerous Drugs, 1925.] [drug addiction]
Publication details: 
Geneva, August 24th to 31st, 1925. [Imp. Atar.]
£65.00

Folio, 19 pp. Stapled pamphlet. Fair, on aged paper, with slight creasing and foxing at foot (not affecting text). Pp.7-19 feature four 'Annexes': 'Statement with regard to annual reports received from governments members of the League and parties to the Opium Convention of 1921', 'Import Certificates System', 'Memorandum on information received with regard to illicit shipment of dangerous drugs' and 'Shipments of Persian opium known to have been shipped from the Port of Bushire during the period May 1st, 1924, to May 31st, 1925'. Ownership signature ('Cross') of S. T.

[ James Ridgway of Piccadilly, London bookseller. ] Printed catalogue titled 'Pamphlets on Corn Laws, Currency, Banking, China, &c. &c. Recently published by James Ridgway, 169, Piccadilly.'

Author: 
James Ridgway of 169 Piccadilly, London bookseller [ Blatch and Lampert, Printers, Grove Place, Brompton; the Corn Laws; Opium Trade; economic history ]
Publication details: 
[ James Ridgway, 169 Piccadilly [London]. Printed by 'Blatch and Lampert, Printers, Grove Place, Brompton.' [Circa 1840.]
£120.00

8pp., 8vo. Disbound. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Sixty titles, with prices and some information, arranged under five headings: 'Important Works on the Corn Laws, &c. &c.' (24 items); 'On Banking' (6 items); 'The Chinese and Opium Question' (4 items); 'On Education' (7 items); 'Political' (19 items). No copy traced on either COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.

[Offprint of article by Dr Jules Béhier of the Beaujon Hospital.] L'Antagonisme Réciproque de l'Opium et de la Belladonne. Par M. Béhier, Médecin de l'hôpital Beaujon, professeur agrégé de la Faculté de médecine de Paris, etc.

Author: 
M. Béhier [Jules Béhier (1813-1875)], Médecin de l'hôpital Beaujon, professeur agrégé de la Faculté de médecine de Paris
Publication details: 
Publications de l'Union Médicale (nouvelle série), du 5 Juillet 1859. [5 July 1859] Paris. - Typographie Félix Malteste et Ce, rue des Deux-Portes-Saint-Sauveur, 22.
£120.00

8pp., 8vo. Stitched. In original plain yellow wraps. In fair condition, aged and a little worn at extremities, in stained and worn wraps. Stamp on title-page: 'HISTOLOGIE | Collège de France'. Scarce: the only copy located at the Bibliothèque Nationale.

[Printed Parliamentary paper.] Chinese Pirates. Return of the Number of Chinese Pirate Vessels Captured, or Burnt, or otherwise Destroyed by Her Majesty's Vessels of War in the China Seas during the Command of Admiral King [...]. (Colonel Sykes.)

Author: 
John Henry Briggs, Chief Clerk; Colonel Sykes [Royal Navy action against Chinese Pirates in the South China Seas during the Taiping Rebellion]
Publication details: 
'Ordered, by The House of Commons, to be Printed. | 11 May 1866.' Numbered 262.
£165.00

2pp., folio. Disbound. Fold mark. Fair, on lightly-aged and creased paper. The title, lengthwise on the reverse, ends: '[...] Admiral King; and, Copy of Report as to how the Captured Vessels and Property were disposed of, and what Amount of Prize Money was shared by the respective Captors; &c. | (Colonel Sykes.)' At the head of the return is a communication from Briggs repeating the title, dated from the Admiralty, 10 May 1866.

Two Secretarial Letters Signed (both 'W D Blyth') by W. Dunbar Blyth, Under Secretary to the Governemnt of Bengal, to Mr N. Pagose of Calcutta, regarding his application for 'appointment in the Opium Department'.

Author: 
W. Dunbar Blyth [William Dunbar Blyth; W. D. Blyth], Under Secretary to the Government of Benares [N. Pagose of Calcutta; Opium Department]
Publication details: 
The first, on paper headed 'Office Memorandum. Appointment Department, 8 August 1883. The second, on Appointment Department letterhead, 25 February 1884.
£56.00

Both letters 1 p, folio. Texts clear and complete. Fair on aged paper worn at extremities. In the first letter he informs him that 'his name has been entered in the register of candidates selected for appointment in the Opium Department, but that the Lieutenant Governor cannot hold out to him any home [sic] of an early appointment'. The second informs Pagose that it is 'quite impossible to say when it may come to your turn to get an appointment in the Opium Department as vacancies in it are not of frequent occurrence and the number of candidates is large'.

[Printed British Parliamentary paper.] Report of the British Delegates to the International Opium Conference held at the Hague, December 1911-January 1912. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of His Majesty. November 1912.

Author: 
[1912 Report to the British Parliament of the British Delegates to the International Opium Confer.ence, the Hague, 1911-1912] [HMSO]
Publication details: 
'Miscellaneous. No. 11 (1912).' London: Printed by His Majesty's Stationery Office.
£25.00

Folio, [ii] + 39 + [i]. Stitched. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with slight staining to fore-edge. Title-page bearing stamp and withdrawal stamp of the University of Hull.

On a Process for preparing economically the Muriate of Morphia. [...] With a Letter from Dr. Christison on its employment in medicine.

Author: 
William Gregory [morphine; opium; Edinburgh, Scotland; Sir Robert Christison]
Gregory,On a Process for preparing ... the Muriate of Morphia, Pamphlet
Publication details: 
'From the Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, No. 107.' [Edinburgh:] D. & W. Millar, Printers.
£25.00
Gregory,On a Process for preparing ... the Muriate of Morphia, Pamphlet

8vo, 8 pp.Stitched and disbound. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with slight loss from margins of first leaf. Final paragraph sums up the paper: 'Expressing these data in simpler terms, it appears that for twenty shillings the apothecary should receive 295 doses of Battley's solution, 1700 doses of laudanum, and 1840 of muriate of morphia. The muriate of morphia is at once, then, cheaper and more efficacious than any of the preparations of opium now in general use.'

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