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[George Borrow, travel writer, author of 'Lavengro' and 'The Romany Rye'.] Autograph Letter Signed, accepting an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Gery Cullum at Hardwick House.

George Borrow [George Henry Borrow] (1803-1881), travel writer and novelist, author of 'Lavengro', 'The Romany Rye' and 'The Bible in Spain' [Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
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Oulton, Lowestoft. 15 November 1851.

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly ruckled and water-stained, with evidence of mount. Folded twice. Good firm signature, unaffected by staining: 'George Borrow'. Reads: 'I have much pleasure in accepting your kind invitation to pay you a visit at Hardwick House on Wednesday next the 19th. Of November. The Norwich Train by which I must come arrives at the Bury Station about two P M.' From an album compiled by Sir Thomas's wife Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875).

[ Henry James, American author. ] Two unpublished photographs of James at the end of his life, from the papers of his friend Sir Frederick Pollock.

Henry James (1843-1916), American author [ Sir Frederick Pollock , 3rd Baronet (1845-1911) ]
Henry James
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] Rye, Sussex? ] Undated, but taken in the last few years of James's life. In frame with label of W. A. Mansell & Co., Frame Makers, 405 Oxford Street, London.
Henry James

The two black and white photographs are in good condition, mounted one above the other in a handsome 25 x 20.5 cm brown wood frame by Mansell & Co. Very well mounted, with the dimensions of the cut-out section of the brown mount being 7.5 x 12.5 cm.

[ Mapp and Lucia; Benson ] Autograph Letter Signed "Mary Benson" to a "Miss Chittenden" discussing partner Lucy Tait's illness etc.

Mary Benson, lesbian wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury, mother of E.F. Benson
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[ Headed notepaper ] Tremans, Horsted Keynes, Sussex, 8 May [no year].

4 pages, 16mo, bifolium, black-bordered. She explains at length why she finds it difficult to arrange a visit to her correspondent, including the illnes of a Miss Tait (awaiting doctor's orders) [Lucy Tait was her partner], and her daughter who has just returned from Egypt. She hopes to be in London with her daughter on the 21st, and perhaps take a train to Broxbourne to see her. Note: "Her future husband was so impressed by her intellect at their first meeting that he vowed to marry her on the spot, despite her being only eight years old at the time.

Engraved map, dated 5 April 1786, captioned 'A Map of the Channels and Lands from Appledore Dowls [Kent] and Black Wall to Rye Harbour [Sussex].' [Illustrating proposed embanking and a new cut to the River Rother.]

[Charles John Downes, cartographer?] [Anonymous 1786 map of 'the Channels and Lands from Appledore Dowls [Kent] and Black Wall to Rye Harbour [Sussex].]
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'5th. April, 1786.'

Nicely printed on thick watermarked laid paper, roughly 56 x 78 cm. Plate dimensions roughly 40.5 x 64 cm. Even creases from folding of map four times. Fair, with a little discoloration along folds and very slight wear and loss fold junctions. At foot of plate: 'The Scale is 96 Rods to One Inch.' Only two copies of this item located: the first, in the British Library Department of Maps describes it as showing 'existing and intended drainage systems. Engraving style and date suggests hand of Charles John Downes, engraver for maps accompanying Hasted's History of Kent'.

A Descriptive Portrait of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, sketched by the Pen of Publius Lentulus, a Roman Governor, in a Letter to the Senate of Rome; and rendered into verse by Thomas Tew Morrell.

Thomas Tew Morrell [Benjamin West; E. U. Eddis; nineteenth-century Camberwell; Victorian Peckham]
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August, 1844. Published for the Author, in London, by Messrs. Edwards and Hughes [...]; A. R. Vogel, Printer, Camberwell.

Excessively scarce (no copy on COPAC). On one side of a piece of unwatermarked wove paper, 41.5 x 25.5 cm. Text clear and entire, on aged and worn paper, with a couple of closed tears and one small hole (1.5 x 0.5 cm) to the border. Priced at three pence. Addressed on reverse (with postage stamp removed but with two postmarks) to 'Mr Dash, Bookseller, Kettering'. Attractively produced, varying between one and two columns, using a variety of point sizes, within a decorative border.

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