[Mrs. C. Flynn, Limerick Ireland, Bookseller and owner of Photographic Studio]
Carte-de-visite size, c.6 x 10cm, faded photograph of Bridget Winthrop (or engraving of), sl. spotted, on reverse the following information in MS., Bridget Winthrop married to Wm Maunsell | Mrs Wm Maunsell gt grandmother of H.O. Donnell[MA CLK?] [space] great great Grandmother to Mrs Petronella O'Donnell and to Mr Elliot O'Donnell". [Printed on reverse: Mrs. C. Flynn | Bookseller & Stationer | Circulating Library | Photographic Studio | 20 George Street | Limerick".From the archive of Elliot O'Donnell, Irish ghost-hunter. Note: Limerick: Mrs. C.
One page, cr. 8vo, two small holes (loss of letter] spotted, tiny closed tears, fold marks, mainly good condition. Headed "Expériences avec la Nitroglycerine", the name of the invitee to be filled in "M...", giving directions for two days of experiments at Hal and Lessines, Programme of "Expériences théoriques / Explosions de différentes Minen". NOte: Alfred Novel and Co. was founded in June 1865. No record yet found of these experiments. Scan on my website.
Bertrand Edward Dawson, Viscount Dawson of Penn [Lord Dawson of Penn] (1864-1945), physician to the Royal Family [King Edward VII; Sir Francis H. Laking; Sir Dighton Probyn]
All items dating from 1910.
A fascinating collection, including an unpublished account of the death of King Edward VII by one of the doctors who attended him, and correspondence which reveals tensions between the doctors in the aftermath of the death. The collection is in good overall condition, on aged paper, with particular damage described in the entries below.
Bertrand Edward Dawson, Viscount Dawson of Penn [Lord Dawson of Penn] (1864-1945); the Rockefeller Institute; Harvard University; American College of Surgeons; W. Edward Gallie; Irvin Abell]
Autograph Diary: 17 October to 1 November 1938; Typed memorandum of visit to Rockefeller Institute, 7 March 1938. Autograph memorandum of visit to Harvard, 21 and 22 October 1938. ACS certificate undated, but issued after Dawson's death.
Item One: Autograph Diary, 17 October to 1 November 1938, covering the period of Dawson's visit to Harvard. 19pp., 16mo. In black American ring binder. Good, on aged paper, with rust to metal of ring binder. Compliments Item Three. The entry for 25 October is representative: Quiet day - Player dined c[on] Inez - Had talk with Dr Wise who devils for Dr Boots He is of Harvard school, is ambitious to keep his hospital contracts - acts as assistant in Med.
Dr Dionysius Lardner (1793-1859), Irish writer on science, editor of the Cabinet Cyclopaedia [The National Theatre, Boston; extraterrestrial life]
[1843; Boston, Massachusetts.]
Lardner's autograph text, of 23 lines, is on a piece of paper approximately 20.5 x 32 cm. Attached at the head of this, and increasing the height to 38.5 cm, has been pasted a piece of paper 22 x 10.5 cm, carrying, from a previous handbill, the three-line heading printed in large, bold type: 'NATIONAL THEATRE | Dr. Lardner's | LECTURES.' Above this, at the head of the whole document, Lardner has written the following directions to the printer: '500 bills of the usual size of the small theatre bills'.
Folio, [iv] + 78 + [iv]. Stitched with ribbon. In original red printed wraps. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, in worn wraps. A luxury production, with all edges gilt, and the central 78 pp of text printed on shiny art paper, with four leaves (two before and two after the paginated text) of illustrations on thicker paper, with each of the eight pages with a gilt border.
Messrs. Fuller, Horsey, Sons & Cassell, Auctioneers, 11, Billiter Square, London, E.C. [The Soho Foundry, Smethwick, Birmingham; W. & T. Avery; engineering; trade catalogue]
May, 1896. [London: Messrs. Fuller, Horsey, Sons & Cassell, Auctioneers, 11, Billiter Square, London, E.C.]
8vo, 43 pp. In original grey printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, in discoloured wraps. Title taken from front wrap. Title-page reads, in abridged form: 'By order of Messrs. W. & T. Avery, Limited, who have recently acquired the Freehold. | Soho Foundry, Smethwick, Birmingham. To Engineers, Boiler Makers and Others.
Sir William Fairbairn (1789-1874) of Ardwick, Scottish civil engineer and shipbuilder
1869 [rest of date lacking]; Manchester.
12mo, 2 pp. Bifolium. 37 lines. Text of letter clear and complete, but with damage to head of letter, causing loss to date, with traces of the album leaf to which the letter was attached on reverses. Otherwise good, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks him for his 'friendly congratulation', and has now entered his '81st. year under the most favourable conditions'. He is 'truly thankful that my affectionate Partner and Myself have through a long life been so mercifully dealt with'.
Joseph Lister (DNB), surgeon, pioneer of antiseptic surgery.
[Printed] 12 Park Crescent, Portland Place [London], 4 May 1887 [Fox died the day before]
One page, 12mo, staining but text clear and complete, as follows: I have just heard with deep sorrow the news of the departure of my old and much valued friend. | I need not dwell on the greatness of the loss to the profession and to the public, nor must I intrude long on your affliction; but I could not forbear writing a few words to express my sincere sympathy.~550~SURGERY ANTISEPTIC MEDICINE MEDICAL SURGEON PHYSICIAN~ ~0~Olympia autos 2~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Folio, 1 p. A printed document, with specific details typed in. Fair, on aged paper, with some wear to extremities. Signed 'Alan J. Macnab', and witnessed by G. Perry of Tokenhouse Yard. A pioneer in the field of television, Radiovisor Parent Co., Ltd. was formed on 31st May, 1928, with a capital of £276500, and owned the rights in a selenium light bridge patented in 1927 and 1928. It had made history in 1927 with the invention of the first ever infra-red beam, this technology being used to protect the Shah of Persia's jewels at an exhibition in 1929.
George William Dennistoun Scott, engineer and inventor [Patents Office; inventions;motor car bicycles; bicycling]
Draft dated 26 May 1905. [London.]
A native of Derby, Scott is a notable figure in the history of the development of the bicycle. In 1878, together with George Henry Phillott, he seems to have received the first practicable patent (No. 860 of 1878) for an epicyclic change-speed gear for cycles. All items clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The typewritten draft, in blue ink, with a few manuscript corrections, covers two folio pages.
Arthur Thomas Walmisley, President of the Society of Engineers [College for Civil Engineers and of General Scientific and Practical Education]
1888. E. & F. N. Spon, 125, Strand, London. [London: Printed by Wm. Clowes and Sons, Limited, Stamford Street and Charing Cross.]
8vo, 40 pp. In original grey printed wraps. Unopened. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with slight wear to wraps and negligible worming to margins. Presentation copy from the author.
The Institute of Mesmerism and Phrenology, London, established in 1844 [W. J. Vernon, mesmerist]
Printed on one side of a piece of laid paper, 11 x 17 cm. Twenty-two lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with small hole in margin and traces on reverse of mounting. Advertises 'Mesmeric morning and evening seances', 'A mesmeric and phrenological society held at the Institute', and 'Phrenological Manipulations'. 'The object of this Institute' is said to be 'to extend the knowledge of MESMERISM and PHRENOLOGY, and their application in the treatment of Disease, and the alleviation of pain attendant on Surgical operations'.
Charles Williams (b.1858), LRCP, Assistant Medical Officer, the Warneford, Oxford [spiritualism]
London: The Ambrose Co., Ltd., 55 & 57 Wigmore Street, W. [1909 or 1910]
12mo, 53 + [iii] pp. Text clear and complete. Aged and worn, with loose original front cover, printed in green, remaining from the binding. Stamp of 'The Community of the Resurrection' on title-page. A few manuscript notes in light pencil. Scarce: five copies on COPAC, at the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, the National Library of Scotland, and University of London, variously dated to 1909 and 1910.
William Munk, M.D., F.S.A., Fellow and late Senior Censor of the Royal College of Physicians [euthanasia; pain relief]
London: Longmans, Green, and Co. and New York: 15, East 16th Street. 1887.
12mo, vii + 105 pp. In original cloth quarter-binding of brown spine and blue boards, gilt. Fair, on aged paper, in patchy worn binding with foxed endpapers. With the ownership inscription of the Great Yarmouth solicitor Frederick John Dowsett (author of 'Both Sides of Jewish Character', Westminster Review, 1888). An important and scarce early work in the nineteenth-century resurgence of interest in the subject in the West.
Thomas Hyde Hills (c.1852-1902), pharmaceutical chemist with John Bell & Co, 338 Oxford Street, and Mayor of Cambridge [James Wyld (1812-1887), cartographer and Member of Parliament for Bodmin]
2 August 1862; 338 Oxford Street, London.
12mo, 2 pp. Fifteen lines. Text clear and complete. Thanking Wyld for his 'Support on Thursday in the House of Commons, agreeing with the Lords' Amendment for the exemption of Pharmaceutical Chemists serving on Juries'. He hopes that the exemption will prove 'a Stimulus to Pharmaceutical education and thereby be of great service and increased safety to the Public'. Hills was Mayor of Cambridge from 1894 to 1895.
Thomas Timothy Beningfield (1770-1853), tobacco manufacturer, electrical engineer and inventor of the Siva electric machinegun [James Wyld (1812-1887), mapmaker and Member of Parliament for Bodmin]
16 December 1852; '18 Globe Road Mileend [Mile End]'.
12mo, 4 pp. 57 lines. Text clear and complete. On aged and stained paper. An important letter, casting light on a remarkable incident in the history of firearms. On 30 June 1845, The Times reported that the Duke of Wellington had attended a demonstration of 'Mr. Beningfield's electric gun', expressing 'his highest admiration'.
The scrapbook undated (collection assembled in 1920s?).
The scrapbook is landscape 8vo (28 x 18.5 cm), and contains 28 leaves of brown paper tied together with ribbon, on which, together with the inside of the back cover, the images (dating from between 1860 and 1928) are laid down. The scrapbook lacks the front cover, and its leaves are worn, but the images are in good overall condition, with occasional wear and creasing. Ranging in size from 14.5 x 11 cm ('Fowler 8/c Traction About 1875. Jointed Horn Plates.') to 7.5 x 5.5 cm ('S/c Traction (About 1875-80)'.
Sir FitzRoy Edward Kelly (1796-1880), English judge and Tory politician
19 October 1858; 32 Dover Street, London. Draft of Wilberforce note dated 21 October 1858.
12mo, 3 pp. Regarding the 'assigning of an income to the Regius Professor of Medicine out of the Ewelme Charity': 'I trouble you with a line to say that I have recommended the allowance of £250 a year, and that when the revenues of the Charity shall reach £1000 a year, it shall be submitted to the Court to increase the amount to £300 or £350'. Asks if there is 'any other matter connected with my office upon which you would wish for information, before I seek a week or two's repose? (of which I have had none, not even for an hour since I came into office.)'.
Harrison Hall, 'formerly of Lamberton .... New Jersey'.
Philadelphia: Printed by John Bioren, 1813.
x,244pp., with engraved plate (opp.p.223, 'Mr. H. Sargeant's Machine for raising water') and . folding frontis (diagram, 'Improvements by Henry Witmer upon Anderson's Patent Condensing Tub'), small closed tear, attractive contemporary tree calf, red leather label, corners bumpedtop and bottom of spine also, other signs of wear browned and foxed throughout (reason given later), hinge strain front and back (with failed attempt to repair from with tape), ownership notes on endpapers, slightly damaged, else very good. INSCRIBED "Harrison Hall" (Author) on front pastedown.
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.
Francis Wheler of Whitley, lawyer [Matthew Boulton (1728-1809), business partner of John Watt; Boulton's brother-in-law Luke Robinson; John Barker, Lichfield banker; Lunar Society of Birmingham]
Wheler's opinion dated 'Temple July 12 1764'.
Folio, 1 p. Text clear and complete. Lightly-aged and creased. Remains of red wafer in left margin. Folded into a packet, and docketed on reverse 'Case for Mr. Wheler | 1 G[uine]a. | Martin & Hay for Nevill'. The upper half of the document consists of eighteen lines in the hand of the enquirer (presumably one of a firm of solicitors named 'Martin & Hay", acting for one 'Nevill'), with the last two lines posing the question; the lower half consists of fifteen lines in Wheler's hand, signed by him 'Frans Wheler', and dated by him in the bottom left-hand corner.
Philip Pusey. reforming agriculturist and politician.
Pusey, 15 March 1850.
Three pages, 12mo, fold marks, tiny closed tears, mainly good condition. He is grateful that Granville has eased his anxiety. It relieves me from all uneasiness but in case you should consider it expedient to make The Queen's gracious intentions known to the R[oyal] Ag[ricultural] Society. I mention that their Council will be held on Wednesday next for the last time before the Easter Holidays. | The wish of the Society is made know by their question put relative to Hyde Park.
Rev. W. H. Dallinger [William Henry Dallinger (1839-1909), microscopist] [Literary and Philosophical Society of Liverpool; Charles Darwin; evolution]
Liverpool: D. Marples & Co., Limited, 50b, Lord Street. 1880.
12mo, 39 pp. In original printed wraps. Six plates, the last a fold-out. A good, tight copy, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and chipped wraps. 'This paper is extremely simple in its aim. [...] to interpret the anomalies, and show that Heterogenesis is no part of the phenomena of minute life when studied with sufficient care and continuity.' Excessively scarce: no copy at the British Library or on COPAC.
Dr Henry Macnaughton Jones (d.1918), Irish consulting surgeon and writer; Professor of Midwifery, Queen's College, Cork; President of the British Gynaecological Society
Undated; on letterhead of 141 Harley Street, Cavendish Square, London.
12mo, 2 pp. Twenty-six lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. Having examined Mrs Damon in her bed, he now finds her 'up & down stairs', and requests Coffin to 'kindly give her a look up & control her & force her to be an invalid for a few days'. Ends with the news that his wife is 'still most seriously & dangerously ill'. For some of Jones's many achievements see his entry in Who Was Who, and also his obituary, British Medical Journal, 4 May 1918, pp.521–522
[North Eastern Railway (Northern Division) Literary Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Thomas Elliot Harrison (1808-1888), civil engineer, designer of the Jarrow and Hartlepool Docks; lending libraries]
Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Printed by Michael Benson, No. 57, Side. 1870.
12mo, 10 + 67 pp. In original purple morroco binding, with 'PRESENTED TO | T. E. HARRISON, ESQ., | VICE-PRESIDENT.' stamped on the front cover in gilt. A tight copy, in fair condition, on aged paper, with front endpapers sprung, and in a worn binding. Vignette woodcut on title-page, showing man working beside track as locomotive goes past.
[The 'Aerial Steam Carriage' patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883)]
'VOL. VI. No. 19. New-York, Saturday, May 13, 1843. Whole No. 153.'
8vo, 32 pp, paginaged -580 + [ii]. The last leaf carries advertisements. Disbound. Text and illustrations clear and complete. Fair, on aged high-acidity paper, with chipping to some margins (not affecting text). Two short closed tears to margins of the leaf carrying the article, repaired with archival tape. An early reference (the year after the Aerial Steam Carriage was received its British patent 9478) to a pioneer venture in the history of powered flight. The article is entitled 'AERIAL STEAM CARRIAGE'.
Samuel Spurrell, mesmerist [mesmerism; hypnotism; phrenology; James Quilter Rumball of the Royal College of Surgeons]
[August 1843.] Printed and Published for the Author, by J. Brown, Kent Arms Office, 87, Week Street, Maidstone. London: Harvey & Darton, Gracechurch Street.
12mo, 8 pp. Stitched. In original pink printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, in worn and faded wraps. The pamphlet can be dated with precision from a reference to 'a periodical of extensive circulation, and of the present month', carrying an article entitled 'Mr. Rumball turned Mountebank'. An article of this title appeared in the 'Phreno-Magnet' for August, 1843. The pamphlet is an attack by Spurrell, a mesmerist, on the surgeon and lecturer James Quilter Rumball. Spurrell states that his 'first knowledge of J. Q. Rumball, Esq.
Dr Robert Milne (1881-1949), consulting surgeon to the London Hospital [Frederic Eve, T. H. Openshaw, Percy Furnivall, A. B. Roxburgh, Francis Warner, Arthur H. N. Lewers, Bertrand Dawson]
8 July 1910; 31 Finsbury Square, E.C.
4to, 10 pp. On one side each of ten leaves, attached to one another with a pin. Texts clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with light rust staining to the first leaf, which carries Milne's printed covering letter. The other nine leaves carry a testimonial letter each (the last two being by Henry Russell Andrews and Hubert M. Turnbull), all couched in glowing terms. Eve describes Milne as 'one of the best House-Surgeons I have ever had', and Bertrand Dawson states that his 'record is one of brilliant success'.