Samuel Prout (1783-1852), English watercolour painter [Rudolph Ackermann; Alois Senefelder]
[London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1819.]
On a piece of paper 20 x 22.5 cm, with the dimensions of the image 16.5 x 22 cm. Caption at foot: 'A Drawing on Paper transferred on Stone', with 'Drawn by S. Prout' beneath the bottom left-hand corner of the image. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with the image clean, and foxing to the caption strip at the foot. Laid down on a leaf removed from an album. The original print, from the English edition of Senefelder's book, published by Ackermann in 1819, and not the version reprinted in 'Lithography and Lithographers' by E. R. and J. Pennell (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1915).
[Blawith and Water Yeat, Cumbria; Miss Woodend, Beckside Cottage; Royal Mail; Post Office; postal history]
[Blawith and Water Yeat, Cumbria; 1850s?]
1p., 4to. On laid paper with watermark of 'A PIRIE & SONS'. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with light pencil markings on reverse. Central vertical fold, with address ('To the Secretary of the Postal Authority in London.') below, and the draft petition above, in which the 'inhabitants of Blawith & neighbourhood' complain of 'the great necessity which now exists for a sub-office in this Parish & also for a pillar-box in the hamlet of Water Yeat.
William Jaffrey, R.P., 27 Booth Street, Manchester, of the Registered Plumbers' Council
Held at the Technical School, Manchester, March 11th, 1891.
8pp., 12mo. Stapled. In brown printed wraps. On brittle, high-acidity paper, with staining from staples, in stained and worn wraps. After some 'Introductory Remarks' he discusses 'Light Materials in New Work', 'Position of Cold-Water Cistern', 'Position', 'The Runs of Pipes', 'The W.-C.', 'The W.-C. Supply' ('two gallons of water is not sufficient to wash away the soil into the main drain.
Adrian Bury (1891-1991), artist and critic [Joyce Havell; William Havell (1782-1857), landscape painter]
24 August 1947. Leatherwagon, Waites Lane, Fairlight.
2pp., 4to. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks her for her 'kind letter and transcription letters', and will be 'grateful to receive prints of your drawings by William Havell. Truly, those at the V. & A. are not very good, and I feel sure that there are much finer ones in existence.' He was 'amused by Auntie Jane's letter to her nephew', and will 'try and come down to Reading to see your Havells later on'. He would also like to see those of 'Mrs. Wilson'. He considers 'Luke Havell's children - a very gifted family'.
Confidential. For the use of the Committee only. (on title). 20pp., 8vo, printed wraps, lacking back wrap, front wrap foxed, contents good and include blank pages for notes (one note made), stamped W.N. Bagshaw. No copy listed on COPAC or WorldCat.
John Mullins & Sons, 'Water Finders by the Divining Rod, Engineers, and Water Works Contractors', Colerne, Box, Wiltshire
Letter: on the firm's letterhead, dated 27 December 1897. Book: J., and H. W. Mullins, Colerne, Box, Wilts. 1897.
Letter: 12mo, 2 pp. Enclosing a copy of the book 'showing the result of some of our work', and giving 'Our Terms for Prospecting for water near Crawley' for one day. Gives details of terms 'to undertake the necessary work to obtain the supply'. Encloses a 'cutting from a Manchester paper where we have just finished a job'. Text clear and complete. On aged paper. Cutting: Docketed 23 October 1897.
W. L. George [Walter Lionel George] (1882-1926), English novelist brought up in Paris [Ralph Straus (1882-1950), English novelist and biographer]
23 January 1919; on letterhead of the Savile Club, Piccadilly.
12mo, 1 p. Twelve lines of text. Clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged and creased paper. 'No cheque from the Bystander, [...] my new novel will be out in two months or so. I intend to shock you with that.' Perhaps referring to George's 'Blind Alley', or 'Eddies of the Day', both published in 1919.
viii, 159 p. : folded fronts. (maps) & diagrs ; (8vo), original blue paper wraps, chipped and soiled, one folding plate nearly detached, contents good. Originally issued with Appendix A which is not Present. A landmark report.
J. L. Callaghan, Chairman of the Rural Development Board and Member of the Irrigation Commission [Brisbane; Queensland; Australia; Percy Pease (1876-1940)]
[1939.] David Whyte, Government Printer, Brisbane. ['Vital Problems Queensland has to Solve'.]
12mo (24 x 15 cm), 8 pp. Unbound stapled pamphlet. Text clear and complete. On aged and creased paper, with minor loss to blank area of corner of first leaf. Two stamps on front page: 'With the Compliments of P. Pease, M.L.A.' (in 1932 Pease had become Deputy Premier and Lands Minister') and 'Enclosure' box with manuscript dates 14 June and 24 July 1939. Red-ink 1 cm accession stamp of the Webster Collection on last page, numbered 4189.
Rose Kingsley [Rose Georgina Kingsley], author and daughter of Rev. Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) ['Lucas Malet', pen name of her sister the novelist Mary St Leger Kingsley (1852-1931)]
16 November [no year]; on letterhead of 40 Sloane Street, [London] S.W.
16mo, 2 pp. On first leaf of bifolium. Mourning border. She has just received his letter, 'forwarded through Mr Fisher Unwin'. 'I am not "Lucas Malet" - but I am forwarding the letter to her. She is my sister - | Mrs. William Harrison | Clovelly Rectory | Bideford | North Devon'.
Professor Henry Robinson, M.Inst.C.E., F.G.S. [sanitation; Victorian London sewers; sewage; sewerage; silage]
Excerpt from Vol. XX., Part IV., of The Journal of The Sanitary Institute.' The Sanitary Institute. Congress at Southampton, 1899. Offices: Parkes Museum, Margaret Street, London, W.
Octavo: 5 pps. Unbound. In original grey printed wraps. Very good, with thin strip of discoloration at foot of back wrap. Manuscript correction (by Robinson?) to one word, and pencil diagram of 'Waste Weir & flood Water Channel' drawn on blank verso of final leaf.
William Morgan, printseller [the Coronation of Queen Victoria, 1838; Virginia Water, Runnymede, Surrey; Windsor Great Park; diorama; dioramic print; fireworks]
Undated . 'London. Published by Wm: Morgan, 25, Bartlett's Buidgs. Holborn Hill, December 1st. 1838.'
The portion of the caption, missing in the description above, reads '[...] Virginia Water. This Print at first represents this enchanting lake by day, and upon holding it before the light, you will be presented [...]'. Dimensions of print roughly 16.5 x 22.5 cm. On original grey paper windowpane mount (24.5 x 35.5 cm). Engraved label (4.5 x 18.5 cm) beneath the print. Good, bright impression, but with damage affecting an area roughly 2.5 x 2 cm in bottom right-hand corner. On lightly aged and spotted mount.
On three pieces of laid Woodfull Britannia watermarked paper pasted together to make one sheet roughly twelve and a half inches by forty-three inches wide. On aged paper with wear to extremities and glue stains along two junctions of the three sections. Attractive and highly detailed drawing of a fish approximately thirty-five inches in length, together with three baits. Marks from where the salmon has been laid on the paper and traced around.
[LOCAL HISTORY: ROCHESTER, ENGLAND] Thomas Lediard
22 January 1682/3.
An important piece of local history. Neatly engrossed on one side of piece of stained and discoloured parchment, dimensions approximately 24 inches by 22 inches. Signed at foot by Lediard and with his seal (in poor condition). Signatures of five witnesses on reverse. In poor condition but with text mostly legible. Four holes, two of them affecting text, at intersections of folds in document.
35 pages, 8vo. In very good condition. In purple pebbled cloth binding with yellow endpapers. In a number of different hands. The first entry, dated 19 May 1861, reads 'A Meeting of the Club was held at the "Fox" E. Tipton Esqre in the Chair to arrange and form the crews to race for the 4-oar Challenge Cup and were chosen as follows: [crews' names]'. The last entry is dated 7 September 1864. The last eleven pages consist of detailed descriptions of various boats and boat types (e.g. 'Heavy Dinghy 15 ft (Viscount Boyne)', 'Heavy Fishing Punt (Sir G.
Antony Vandyke Copley Fielding. Watercolour artist (1787-1855). One page, 12mo. "My dear Miss Coates, / Pray be so good as to give my kind Compliments to your mama, & say that I shall have great pleasure in coming to Bedford Place on Tuesday eveg. & with my best remembrance to your Aunt Julia, & many thanks to you for your obliging note, / I remain / very sincerely yours / Copley Fielding". One very small hole at head and slight creasing, but in good overall condition.