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[ Professor William Thomas Gordon of Kings College London, Scottish geologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. T. Gordon') to 'Mr. Joy', expressing condolences on the loss of a daughter, and grief at the recent death of an uncle.

Author: 
W. T. Gordon [ William Thomas Gordon ] (1884-1950), Scottish geologist, Professor of Geology at Kings College London
Publication details: 
On leterhead of the University of London, Kings College. 5 May 1930.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. 29 lines of closely-written text. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 'Such a calamity must be a terrible blow for you all but more especially to Mrs. Joy and yourself. To lose a daugher just blossoming out into womanhood is tragic indeed, the more so, if that were possible, in that she was such a bright girl.' He continues 'By the same post I have word that one of my uncles has just died, and that another has been given up by the doctors. They have both lived full lives, and, in their way, interesting lives, so that, there, one can hardly talk of a tragic end.

[ Sir William Thiselton-Dyer, botanist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'W. T. Thiselton-Dyer') to Sir Frank Stockdale, regarding his appointment to a post in Barbados.

Author: 
Sir W. T. Thiselton-Dyer [ Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer ] (1843-1928), botanist and Director of Kew Gardens [ Sir Frank Stockdale [ Sir Frank Arthur Stockdale ] (1883-1949), agriculturist ]
Publication details: 
Both on his letterhead as Director of the Royal Gardens, Kew. 18 May and 15 June 1905.
£56.00

Both 1p., 12mo. Both with damp damage to extremities. From the Stockdale papers. In the first letter he expresses his willingness to 'nominate you for the Barbados post', but explains that he can 'give you no further particulars than are contained in the official papers which I sent Prof. Marshall Ward and which I assumed you would see'. In the second letter, Stockdale having been appointed, he asks him when he would be 'prepared to leave'.

[Hon. William Torrey Harris, United States Commissioner of Education.] Volume containing twelve offprints and pamphlets on education,

Author: 
Hon. W. T. Harris [William Torrey Harris] (1835-1909), LL.D., United States Commissioner of Education, American educator and lexicographer
Publication details: 
All published in the United States (Washington, D.C.; Nashville, Tennessee; Asbury Park, New Jersey; Milwaukee; Chattanooga; Buffalo, New York; St Paul, Minnesota). Dating from between 1889 and 1898.
£400.00

The twelve items bound in a modern grey buckram binding. In good condition, on aged paper, in worn binding, with stamps, shelfmark s and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. ONE: Presented by Wm. T. Harris. 'Report of the Committee on Pedagogics. The Educational Value of Manual Training.' A paper read before the National Council of Education, at Nashville, Tenn., July, 1889. 14pp., 8vo. TWO: W. T. Harris, Chairman; E. C. Hewett; John W. Cook; E. Oram Lyte; N. A. Calkins.

[W. T. Spencer, London bookseller and Dickens specialist.] Two Autograph Letters Signed to Miss Winifred Bois, urging her to buy a volume of drawings in a double case. With Autograph Letter Signed on the subject from Bois to London bookseller Sawyer.

Author: 
W. T. Spencer [Walter Thomas Spencer] (d.1936) of 27 New Oxford Street, bookseller specialising in Dickensiana
Publication details: 
Spencer's two letters both from Grange House, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. 23 and 26 February [1931]. Bois's letter to Sawyer: on letterhead of 32 Phillimore Walk, Kensington, London, W8. 14 March 1966.
£120.00

Spencer was a sharp operator (see Mandelbrote ed., 'Out of Print and into Profit', pp.285-287) and the present items give an hint of his methods. (The two letters are addressed from the premises at which his staff were said to practice their 'sophistications'.) His two letters (both signed 'W. T. Spencer') are in good condition, on lightly-aged and worn paper, with the second dated by Bois to 1931. Bois's letter (signed 'Winifred Bois') is in fair condition, with a short closed tear along one edge. Letter One: Spencer to Bois, 23 February [1931].

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