[John Evelyn of Wotton House, Surrey, seventeenth-century diarist, writer and gardener.] Autograph ownership inscription of book, with shelfmarks, reading: 'Catalogo Evelyni inscriptus. | Meliora Retinete.'

John Evelyn (1620-1706) of Wotton House, Surrey, diarist, writer and gardener
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Without date or place.

On one side of 14 x 2 cm slip of paper, cut from the flyleaf of a book. Aged and with contemporary blotting to one corner. The slip is neatly placed in a paper windowpane mount. Reads: 'Catalogo Evelyni inscriptus. | Meliora Retinete' Two shelfmarks deleted: 'N. 16' and 'J: 231'. A good brief description of Evelyn's book collecting is given in his entry in the Oxford DNB. As there are four catalogues of his books, identifying the work to which the two present shelfmarks are assigned should not present any difficulty.

[ Sir Gilbert Scott and Mrs Evelyn's Camphill House, Wotton. ] 'Specification of Works' and five signed coloured plans by Scott, including four designs for 'Park Lodge', with ten other coloured plans relating to the improvement of the estate.

Sir Gilbert Scott [ Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878), architect [ W. J. Evelyn of Campfield Place [ The Camp; Camphill ], Wotton, Surrey; James Howe; William Shearburn, Dorking surveyor ]
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[ Camphill House (The Camp; Campfield Place), Leith Hill, Wotton, Surrey [ also London and Dorking ]. Items dating from between 1854 and 1857, with one from 1896.

A fascinating collection, providing an unusually clear picture of the 'improvement' of a country estate, involving a leading Victorian architect – Scott not only designed a new 'Park Lodge', but also proposed an 'addition to mansion' – and the collection includes 'Specifications of Works' and five plans by him. The collection also includes two sets of designs by James Howe for a 'Geometric Flower Garden', including lists of the flowers involved, together with a design for servant's quarters by William Shearburn, and a drainage system by him.

[ Col. Thomas Wentworth, Adjutant-General. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Tho: Wentworth') to his brother [ Sir William Wentworth of Bretton ], giving 'particulars of our family' for 'the publisher of the Baronettage of England [ Thomas Wotton ]'.

Colonel Thomas Wentworth (c.1693-1747) of Sunninghill, Berkshire, Adjutant-General [ his brother Sir William Wentworth of Bretton (Yorkshire), 4th Baronet (1686-1763); Thomas Wotton, London publisher]
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London. 26 October 1726.

2pp., 4to. In poor condition, on brittle, aged paper, with closed tears and chipping to extremities causing slight loss to some words of text; repaired long since with archival tape. 2pp., 4to. Addressed to his 'Dear Brother', i.e. Sir William Wentworth of Bretton.

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