Alec Clifton-Taylor, architectural historian [John Dugdale (1905-1963), Labour politician, Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty under Clement Attlee, 1945-1950; Royal Navy]
Undated, but with covering signed page, on British Government letterhead, with alternate title: 'Mediterannean Tour | January, 1946'.
 + 26pp., foolscap 8vo. On twenty-seven leaves held together with a brass stud. In good condition, on aged and worn paper. The covering page is headed with the embossed government letterhead (lion and unicorn in oval) and has the words 'Mediterannean Tour | January, 1946' in the centre, with the signature 'Alec Clifton-Taylor' in blue ink in the bottom right-hand corner. The twenty-six pages of text, carrying a few minor autograph corrections by Clifton-Taylor, are headed with the full title.
Claude Reignier Conder (1848-1910), soldier, explorer and antiquarian.
12 Alva Street, Edinburgh, 22 April 1901.
One page, 12mo, with backing page, faint staining, text clear and complete. He says how long the letter took to reach him (on leave) and, "I remember your father when I was a Cadet at Woolwich. | Lord Kitchener with me for a year & with Prof Hull for some months. | I attach an autograph [not present]". NOte: "In 1874, at age 24, Kitchener was assigned by the Palestine Exploration Fund to a mapping-survey of the Holy Land, replacing Charles Tyrwhitt-Drake, who had died of malaria. Kitchener, then an officer in the Royal Engineers, joined fellow Royal Engineer Claude R.
2pp., foolscap 8vo. On two leaves stapled together. In good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. This item is discussed in M. F. Snape's 'God and the British Soldier: Religion and the British Soldier in the First and Second World Wars' (London: Routledge, 2005). Montgomery described Hughes as 'the ideal of what an Army padre should be', and according to Snape: 'A major theme which seemed to emerge from the collaboration of Montgomery and Hughes in 1942 was the notion of the consecration of British arms to a higher purpose.
Near Eastern expert (1881-1955). ( Easter, 1944, 2pp., fol.)) He asks her to choose between Lawrence and Palestine as subjects for his talk, or"Atlantic to Gulf" (REVERSE: one page of extenssively corrected manuscript of an article about Palestine in 1918, Allenby, effect of the Balfour Declaration, Military Administration - Storrs being present); (April 1944) He suggests a talk entitled "From Portugal to Persia in War"; (1946) He is unable to accept a luncheon appointment. The most substantial letter is sl. damaged, marginally affecting text. 5 items,
On letterhead of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. 2 February 1873.
4pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums. Good, on lightly-aged paper. To an unknown recipient. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir | I shall be glad to be of any service to an intending fellow traveller in the Holy Land.' In eight numbered paragraphs, discussing: dragomans ('I was fortunate enough to secure a trustworthy native servant at Jaffa, who had all the knowledge & experience of a dragoman, without the insolence & extravagance which is common to the class. His name was Abdullah of Bethlehem. [...] He charged me on an average £1.
Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901), Secretary, Palestine Exploration Fund, 1868-1885
1 August 1870; 9 Pall Mall East, on letterhead of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
4 pp, 12mo. Bifolium. 51 lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. The General Committe have asked Besant to thank the recipient for his 'kind assistance during the last year, and to express their hopes that your sympathy with the objects which they have at heart will still continue'.
4to, 71 pp, with one 12mo page at end. In poor condition, damp damaged and detached from green cloth covers, but with texts legible and complete. Manuscript table of contents on recto of first leaf describes nine tales in German, told by Ascher Horowitz and T.
Wing Commander H. J. Lucie-Smith [Hugh Lucie-Smith], of the Royal Air Force [Middle East; Aden; Seiyun; Palestine; Lebanon]
Letters: 1930 to 1956, from various locations (mostly the Middle East: Aden, Seiyun, Palestine, Lebanon).
A total of 127 letters, all but 11 dating from the period of his service in the Middle East, 1941 to 1949 (none from 1942). All letters closely-written and typed, and quite lengthy (he describes one as a 'massive missive'). In a variety of formats (around half Air Mail). The collection in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with the texts of all items clear and complete, except for 8 from 1945 which have had postage stamps removed, with slight loss of text, and a couple of letters with wear and loss at extremities.
William Thomson (1819-1890, Archbishop of York [Stratford Canning (1786-1880), 1st Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe]
17 May 1865; on letterhead of 41 Portman Square, W. [London]
12mo, 1 p. On bifolium, with Stratford Canning's docketing on the reverse of the second leaf. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with thin strip of stub from mounting adhering to one edge. A 'strong wish is entertained' that Stratford Canning's name 'be added to the Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund'. He is enclosing a paper 'which will show its nature'. Canning notes that the letter was 'Ansd. 18 | No objection to be a member of the Committee provided I incur no responsibility beyond that of throwing an occasional mite into the subscription fund.'
[The State of Israel, 1950; The Diplomatic Press and Publishing Co.; Jewish; Judaism; Palestine]
London: The Diplomatic Press and Publishing Co. 13, Cotswold Gardens, N.W.2.
12mo: 48 pp. Fold-out map of Israel at rear. In original grey printed wraps. Advertisements. Pro-Israeli pamphlet, aimed at British Jews (see advertisements for the Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Review, the Zionist Review, El Al, the Anglo-Israel Association). Divided into five sections: 'A People's Destiny', 'Basic Outline of the Coalition Government Programme', 'Jerusalem and the Holy Places', 'Israel Today', 'Defence' and 'Chronology'. Uncommon: COPAC only lists copies at the BL and LSE.
Islamic News [Second Year of publication] Nos. 3, 19-24 inc., 28-38 inc.; as The Musliim Standard Nos.1-5 [39-43] inc., total 22 issues. A little staining, some edges dusty, some minor damage, mainly good. Subjects: "Strangling of Palestine, Muslim persecuted in India; letters; Palestine; Jews; Turkey; Turkey and Greece at War; Afghanistan; British attitudes; Khyber Railway; Anatolia; assassinations; India; Curzon v. Tchitcherin. WITH: "Muslim Outlook" no. 51 ONLY, London, 7 Oct. 1920, published by the Islamic Information Bureau (perhaps more hardline that the former, eg.
Jewish Agency for Palestine (British Section) [Harry Gosling; Mrs I. M. Sieff; Morris Myer; Zionism; Israel; the Rivoli Cinema, Whitechapel, London E1; British Mandate of Palestine; riots of 1929]
Sunday 23 February .
On one side of a piece of green card, 9 x 11 cm. Perforated section at left, for name and address, 9 x 2.5 cm. Very good. Reads 'JEWISH AGENCY FOR PALESTINE | (British Section) | EAST LONDON COMMITTEES. | You are cordially invited to attend a presentation of NEW LIFE IN PALESTINE (A Film showing Palestine before and after the Riots) at the RIVOLI CINEMA, WHITECHAPEL, E.1 on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD, AT 2.30 P.M. Speakers: HARRY GOSLING, Esq., M.P., Mrs. I. M. SIEFF, (President, Federation of Women Zionists) Mr. MORRIS MYER will preside. Doors open, 2 p.m. ADMIT TWO. M.
Juliette Huxley [Lady Marie Juliette Baillot] (1896-1994), wife of the English scientist Julian Huxley (1887-1975) [Frank Richard Cowell]
Letter, 27 January 1966; on letterhead 31, Pond Street, Hampstead, N.W.3. Reply, 29 January 1966.
Juliette Huxley's letter is 4to: 2 pp. Good, though lightly creased and attached to the other items by a paperclip. The correspondence mainly concerns a book by Cowell's eventually published under the title 'The garden as a fine art: from antiquity to modern times' (1978). She begins by describing Mary Wellesley: 'quite a character [...] lives in a small house off St. James's Palace, and entertains by candlelight.
Herbert Louis Samuel (1870-1963), 1st Viscount Samuel [GOLF; GOLFING]
15 July 1898; High Cliff, Felixstowe [on cancelled letterhead 49 Palace Court. W.].
Two pages, 12mo. On aged and somewhat grubby paper, with a few closed tears to extremities. Text clear and entire. The recipients 'account for clubs' supplied to Samuel in June 1896 'has not been presented between that date and now'. Samuel thinks he paid the amount at the time'. '[O]n my return to town I will look through my receipts and communicate with you further.'
A fortnightly publication issued by The Arab Office, 92, Eaton Place, London, S.W.1)', no. 68, 30 July 1948.
Four pages, quarto. Unbound. Grubby and creased. 'Editorial' ('Arabs' distrust of UNO', 'Arab conditions for the truce'); 'North Africa' ('Morocco', 'Algeria', 'Tunisia', 'Libya'); 'Holy places damaged by Zionists'; 'Stop press' (beginning 'We learn as we go to press that the Four Power Commission on the former Italian Colonies has decided that Libya is not fit for self-government.')
Anon. [British Mandate of Palestine; Keren Kayemeth Leisrael; Keren Hayesod]
Published by The Head Offices of the Keren Kayemeth Leisrael and Keren Hayesod, Jerusalem. 1938. Printed in Eretz Israel (Palestine) by The Jerusalem Press Ltd., Jerusalem.
Octavo: pages [viii] + . Plates of 'Typical Members of a Kvutza' and 'Aerial View of Geva, Valley of Jezreel'; fold-out table of 'statistics of cost of settlement of the Jewish communal villages'; fold-out 'Bird's-eye view of the lay-out of Massada - Jordan Valley'. 'Map of the Jewish communal villages in Palestine' on verso of last leaf. Errata slip. In original blue printed card wraps. Good, on aged high-acidity paper. Wraps worn and a tad creased. No copy in British Library, and only four copies on COPAC.
Herbert Samuel [Herbert Lewis, 1st Viscount Samuel]
8 and 27 August 1932; both on letterhead of the Home Secretary.
English Liberal politician (1870-1963). Both letters are 1 page, 8vo. Both are dusty but otherwise in good condition. In the first letter he says he has 'only now had time to read the proofs of your book on Palestine, and have read them with interest and pleasure.' He says he will be 'glad to write an introduction, as you were kind enough to ask me to do; no doubt you will not desire it to be more than a quite brief one.