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Printed pamphlet: 'The Pope and the Revolution: A Sermon, preached in the Oratory Church, Birmingham, on Sunday, October 7, 1866.

Author: 
John Henry Newman, D.D.
Publication details: 
London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer. 1866.
£80.00

48pp., 8vo. Stitched and disbound. In fair condition, lightly aged, but with the spine strengthened with stitching in white thread. Now uncommon.

[ James Spencer Northcote, Roman Catholic convert. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Spencer Northcote.'), as editor of 'The Rambler', to contributor Richard Simpson, discussing items for review, Daniel William Cahill, and the Oratory, Edgbaston.

Author: 
James Spencer Northcote, Roman Catholic convert, President of Oscott College [ Richard Simpson (1820-1876); Daniel William Cahill (1796-1864); Oxford Movement ]
Publication details: 
The Oratory, Edgbaston, Birmingham. Undated [ 1854 ].
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. The Rambler was hugely unpopular with the Roman Catholic hierarchy in England for its liberal attitude and satirical emphasis. According to his entry in the ODNB, Northcote edited the journal between June 1852 and September 1854. Simpson (whose ODNB entry also see), under co-proprietor Sir John Dalberg Acton, would take over the editorship before turning it over to John Henry Newman, who would resign after a few months due to pressure from the hierarchy, and the magazine would be discontinued in 1864.

[ Oxford Catholics ] Autograph Letter Signed "J. B. Dalgairns" to [ Canon Northcote, also Catholic Priest and writer, about "Oxford Catholics.

Author: 
Rev.J.B. Dalgairns, author and priest
Publication details: 
The Oratory [ London ], 14 March [1871]
£80.00

Two pages, 12mo, black-bordered, good condiytion. "The paper in the Spectator is for May 13, 1871. | I suspect I made a mistake when I said there were 20 Oxford Catholics. A more accurate person than my informant told me 9. I suspect the truth lies between the two. | What guarantee have you that the authorities at Oxford won't re-tinker their statutes in six months!".

[ Cardinal Newman ] Autograph Note, Third Person to unnamed correspondent, probably a publisher.

Author: 
John Henry Newman (1801-1890), [ Cardinal Newman ]
Publication details: 
The Oratory, Hagley Road, 1 Jan. 1867.
£300.00

One page, 12mo, fold marks, good condition. Text as follows: "Dr. Newman wishes to have The Revd J. Mason Neale's Tetralogia Liturgica as quickly as possible. | The Oratory, Hagley Rd | Jan. 1, 1867." Neale's book appeared in 1849 under the imprint of a John Leslie, possibly the addressee here.

Autograph Letter Signed from the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Edward Everett, enclosing a copy of a book to aid the recipient's 'statistical enquiries'.

Author: 
Edward Everett (1794-1865), American orator and Whig politician, 15th Governor of Massachusetts and President of Harvard College
Publication details: 
46 Grosvenor Place [London]; 12 December 1842.
£100.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight discoloration at head and evidence of previous mounting on reverse. Docketed on reverse. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir, | Knowing your fondness for statistical enquiries, I have thought the accompanying copy of the last annual return of the Commerce & Navigation of the Unites States, might have some interest for you. - | Very truly & faithfully Yrs, | Edward Everett'. Note: 'Everett, one of the most famous American orators, is most remembered for his oration at Gettysburg on Nov.

[Printed pamphlet.] A New Art Teaching How to be Plucked, being A Treatise after the Fashion of Aristotle; Writ for the Use of Students in the Universities. To which is added, A Synopsis of Drinking. By Scriblerus Redivivus.

Author: 
'Scriblerus Redivivus' [Edward Caswall (1814-1878) of Brasenose College, Oxford; Anglican clergyman and hymn writer who converted to Roman Catholicism] [Joseph Vincent, Oxford bookseller and printer]
Publication details: 
Fourth Edition. Oxford: Printed and Published by J. Vincent; 1836.
£120.00

12mo: viii + 40pp. As a fold-out tipped-in onto p.23 is 'A Synopsis of Drinking, formed according to the Categories of Aristotle' (1p., folio); and following the text is a four-page catalogue of 'Books published by J. Vincent, Oxford; Whittaker and Co.; Simpkin and Marshall; and Sherwood, Gilbert, and Piper, London.' Side-stitched, in original grey printed wraps. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with small burn-hole to dogeared front wrap, which carries the ownership inscription of 'F. Saunders / Trin Coll'. A satire on the dissolute ways of the Oxford undergraduate.

Autograph Letter Signed ('H Belloc') from a sixteen-year-old Hilaire Belloc to his childhood sweetheart Minna Hope, describing in detail how 'matters' have 'come to a scarcely endurable crisis'.

Author: 
Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) [Minna Hope, wife of the diplomat Sir Nicholas O'Connor]
Hilaire Belloc letter  to his childhood sweetheart Minna Hope
Publication details: 
13 October 1886. On letterhead of The Oratory, Edgbaston, Birmingham.
£350.00
Hilaire Belloc letter  to his childhood sweetheart Minna Hope

12mo, 6 pp. Bifolium and single leaf. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged and lightly-creased paper. Closely and neatly written. An important and revealing letter, written while Belloc was still at school.

Broadside titled 'Mr. W. J. Bryan. Speech at Thanksgiving Day Banquet, Hotel Cecil, November 26.' Inscribed by Bryan to Cecil Harmsworth.

Author: 
William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), American politician, Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States, 1896, 1900 and 1908 [Cecil Harmsworth (1869-1948), 1st Baron Harmsworth]
Publication details: 
[1903.] [London?]
£180.00

In three columns of small type, on one side of a piece of paper 41.5 x 26.5 cm. Fair, on aged and lightly-worn laid paper, with a little offsetting from the ink of the inscription. Reproduces the text of Bryan's speech without editorial interpolation. A report on the banquet (held by the American Society in London and with 'over 400 covers') in the New York Times, titled 'Bryan and Choate in a duel of repartee. Former Guest of Honor at Thanksgiving Day Banquet in London.

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