Pat Hawker [John Patrick Hawker] (1923-2013), MBE, telecommunications expert; British Military Intelligence; Bletchley Park; MI8(c); Radio Security Service; Special Operations Executive; SOE]
'Amateur radio has lost one of its legends', the Radio Society of Great Britain announced on the death of its Life Vice President Pat Hawker in February 2013. However Hawker's significance extends far beyond the world of amateur radio. According to his biographer Steve White (A Bit of Controversy: Pat Hawker, A Radio Life, RSGB, 2008), Hawker 'literally helped shape the world we live in today'.
David Budge & Company, John's Coffee House, Edinburgh [John Watson, Manager of the Edinburgh Gass Light Company]
John's Coffee House, Edinburgh. 27 November 1820.
1p., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'John Watson Esquire | Manager of the Gass [sic] Light Coy | New Street | Edinburgh', and docketed '1820 | Davd. Budge & Co | Johns Coffee house | Edinburgh 27 Novr | containing a Statt. of their Burners & hours of burning'.
j. Wm. Morgan, Printer, Ship Street, Brecon, 
Four pages, bifolium, folio, 1" tears on fold marks, staining, loss of small amount of margin, text complete and clear. It includes: a statement of the Company's affairs "to the 27th of April, 1825 (expenditure, payments, debts, salaries etc.); "Abstract Account of Tonnage and Rent [...]" (Timber, lead, iron etc). Submitted by B.A. Griffith, and concluded by the "Orders" (dividend, etc.). Final page has manuscript address to "Richard Griffith Esq. M.D. | Cardiff."
Timothy Hackworth (1786-1850) of Shildon, County Durham, locomotive pioneer; his son-in-law Robert Young (1860-1932)
The book published by The Locomotive Publishing Company, Ltd., 3 Amen Corner, Paternoster Row, London, EC4. 1923. Manuscript and typescripts undated (c.1920s).
Timothy Hackworth is, as his entry in the Oxford DNB states, 'one of the great pioneers of the steam locomotive'. It was the view of the eminent railway engineer D. K. Clark, writing in 1855, that no single individual had, up to the year 1830, done so much for the improvement of the locomotive. Robert Young's biography of his father-in-law (he married Hackworth's youngest daughter Jane) is a solid and well researched book of permanent interest, intelligently-written and drawing on personal information.
A collection of typescripts (carbons or mimeographs) and maps recording the details of the Second Atlantic Survey Flight by the "Cambria" in 1937, in binder, with punch-holes, all in good condition. ITEM 1. Mimeograph [?] 11pp., sm. fol. "Cambria" G-ADUV | Second Atlantic Survey Flight 1937 | FLIGHT LOG" inc. list of crew (G.J. Powell, Commander); ITEM 2. Typescript, 4pp., sm. fol. "Extracts of Log - Field Strengths - Observations at Bridge 6 [...]"; ITEM 3. Typescript, 5pp., sm. fol., as ITEM 2 but later; ITEM 4. Typescript, 3pp., sm. fol. As 2 & 3 but a few days later; ITEM 5.
M. Béhier [Jules Béhier (1813-1875)], Médecin de l'hôpital Beaujon, professeur agrégé de la Faculté de médecine de Paris
Publications de l'Union Médicale (nouvelle série), du 5 Juillet 1859. [5 July 1859] Paris. - Typographie Félix Malteste et Ce, rue des Deux-Portes-Saint-Sauveur, 22.
8pp., 8vo. Stitched. In original plain yellow wraps. In fair condition, aged and a little worn at extremities, in stained and worn wraps. Stamp on title-page: 'HISTOLOGIE | Collège de France'. Scarce: the only copy located at the Bibliothèque Nationale.
William Baldwin (b.c.1815), Surgeon Accoucheur, Maidstone, Kent [Arthur Wellesley (1779-1852), Duke of Wellington; 56th Regiment of Foot]
No. 6 Brewer Street, Maidstone, Kent.
3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with Twopenny Blue stamp and two postmarks, to the Duke at his London residence of Apsley House. Docketed by Wellington on the first page in his distinctive and difficult hand. Possibly a case for the London Society for the Suppression of Mendicity. At the head of the first page Baldwin has addressed the letter 'To His Grace the Duke of Wellington Commander in Chief of the British Forces'.
Removed en masse from battered file (punch-holes in all items), final items chipped, with closed tears (Certificates for occcupant's for cleanliness etc.), but complete, dusting, but everything else in good condition. Note: The area is best known for its large dockyard, formerly the Royal Naval Dockyard Rosyth, construction of which began in 1909. The town was planned as a garden city with accommodation for the construction workers and dockyard workers.
Charles Janet (849–1932), French engineer, company director, inventor and biologist.
[Printed headed notepaper] Charles Janet, Ingénieur de Arts et Manufactures, Voisinlieu-les-Beauvais, Par Alonne (Oise), 10 Juillet 1923. En francais.
One page, 12mo, good condition. He acknowledges receipt of a letter from Crow [identified through this letter being with a batch of letters addressed to him] "et des deux publications que vous avez bien voulu m'envoyer et qui sont intéressantes pour moi. | Je vous ai envoyé hier le 2me Memoire sur le Volvox | Vous recevez prochainement le 3me Mémoire qui traite de l'outogénèse de la blastea volvocéenne."
Dr Helen Holme Bancroft ['Nellie Bancroft'] (b.1887), Reader in Agricultural Botany, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Two from the School of Rural Economy, University of Oxford (one on letterhead), and one from 5 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge. All dating from 1930.
All three items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Letter One: School of Rural Economy, Oxford. 18 August 1930. 2pp., 4to. She sympathises with 'the difficulties of archaeological research at Southend [...] for I know only too well how the people who hold the ultimate strings can "do one down" when their interests don't happen to coincide with one's own'. She recalls that in 1913 she 'put in a lot of time on some fossils for the B.M. - they turned out to be pieces of fossilised timber; & because the Keeper of the Palaeobotanical Dept.
Geraldine Bremner (fl.1914-1957), Member of the General Nursing Council for England and Wales, and of the Royal College of Nursing
From various locations. Bremner's address: 63 Wimpole Street, London, W1. Items dating from between 1919 and 1940, with a couple more from 1956 and 1957. In album by George Pulman & Sons Ltd, London.
Geraldine Bremner is an important and neglected figure in the history of the nursing profession. In a letter printed in the Nursing Mirror on 19 November 1927 she neatly states her achievements to that time: 'I stand for the interests of all nurses, and especially for those of private nurses, whose work and difficulties I so well understand, being a private nurse myself. | I have been a member of the General Council for five years and of the Council of the College of Nursing over seven years, and was on the committee of the Nurses' Co-operation, 22 Langham Street, W.1, for many years.
Eugenio Rignano, Jewish Italian philosopher, sometime editor of the journal 'Scientia'.
[Printed heading] "Scientia", etc, 18 Dec. 1927.
2pp., 8vo, bifolium, some creasing, small closed tear, text clear and complete. He has just been able to read Crow's article 'the primitive forms of life' which he found interesting. But he declines to publish it because the length does not conform to their standard of 10 pages (being 20 pages).
Nathan Drake (1766-1836), Shakespeare scholar, essayist and physician [Cadell & Davies, booksellers in the Strand, London; Thomas Cadell the younger (1773-1836); William Davies (d.1820)]
Hadleigh, Suffolk. 26 May [no year, but not before 1798].
1p., 12mo. Addressed on reverse to 'Messrs: Cadell & Davies | Booksellers, | Strand, | London.', with faint Hadleigh postmark. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Trimmed and repaired, with traces of previous mounting. He writes: 'Gentlemen, | I will thank you to pack up separately two copies of my Literary Hours [published in 1798] & to direct one P. L. Courtier Esqr. [the poet Peter Lionel Courtier (1776-1847)] & the other Mr. Jones. These copies, which you will place to my account, will be sent for by Mr. Sharpe of Piccadilly.
Edward B. Bright [Edward Brailsford Bright], brother of Charles Tilston Bright (engineers, inv. submarine telegraph).
No place or date.
Two fragments: ONE: Half of a letter, 11 x 10cm, tipped onto album page, fair conditionn, text as follows: "PS | We expected some difficulty in carrying out the Telegraph between Europe and America - but are notr at all disappointed with the present stoppage - Bruce's spider made many swings beforee he fatened his liune to the other side. - Weshall make anther swing next May or JUne - then [underlined] I think we shall get over [small loss her?] In the meantime we are busy in the Mediterranean and towards the East.
Jacques Piccard (1922-2008), Swiss oceanographer, first explorer with Don Walsh of the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench [Arthur G. Bourne, science journalist]
Piccard's letters from Lausanne, Switzerland: three on letterheads of the Bureau Jacques Piccard, and nine on letterheads of the Fondation pour l'Etude et la Protection de la Mer et des Lacs; dating from between 1970 and 1981. Booklet c.1972.
A collection of 26 items, consisting of 12 letters from Piccard to Bourne, copies of 9 of Bourne's replies, a copy of a letter from Piccard to D. F. Horrobin, an offprint article, a transcript of a speech by Piccard in 1972, a booklet on the 'Ben Franklin' and an undated publicity photograph. The first of Piccard's letters (5 November 1970) is repaired with tape, the other items in the collection are in good condition, lightly-aged, with a few staple and punch holes, and some of Piccard's letters carrying notes in pen and pencil by Bourne.
William Benjamin Carpenter (1813-1885), English physician, zoologist, physiologist, and Registrar of the University of London from 1856 to 1879 [Rev. John Page Hopps (1834-1911), spiritualist]
On letterhead of the University of London, Burlington Gardens, W. 17 February 1875.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on aged paper, tipped in onto a card mount. He explains that he is 'obliged to return to London immediately after the delivery of my Lecture in Glasgow', and so will not be able 'to address the audience you bring together'. If he is 'asked to take part in the Glasgow Science Lectures' the following year, he will bear Hopps's wish in mind. Hopps was both an evolutionist and spiritualist, while Carpenter considered the claims of spiritualism 'epidemic delusions'.
Thomas Henry Huxley [T. H. Huxley] (1825-1895), English biologist and a leading advocate of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution
On letterhead of Hodeslea, Staveley Road, Eastbourne. 24 November 1892.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. The name of the addressee is indistinct, and appears to be 'S. Algernon'. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir | I regret that I am unable to give the Lecture you ask for. I really have no business to undertake any kind of public speaking & except in very special circumstances, I keep out of it'.
Sir Peter Scott [Sir Peter Markham Scott] (1909-1989), English ornithologist and conservationist [Arthur G. Bourne, science journalist]
The first two letters on letterheads of the World Wildlife Fund, the third on letterhead of the Wildfowl Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire. 20 August 1962, and 26 February and 31 March 1963.
Scott's three letters are in good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. The first has a small rust mark and notes in pencil by Bourne at the foot. The first and third letters are signed 'Peter Scott', and the middle (autograph) letter is signed 'Peter'.
Sir Charles Fox (1810-1874), English civil engineer on railways and London's Crystal Palace [Edward Walford (1823-1897), journalist and biographer]
On letterhead of 8 New Street, Spring Gardens, London. 15 May 1867.
1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of glue from mount on blank reverse. He informs Walford that he is returning 'the notes of my career having made some slight alterations'. He suggests that it would be 'well for me to compare the proof with the drafts'.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke [Sir Arthur Charles Clarke] (1917-2008), English science and science-fiction writer [Arthur Bourne of the Academic Press Inc, British science journalist]
'Leslie's House', 25 Barnes Place, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka. 7 November 1978.
1p., 12mo. Air mail letter on blue paper, addressed to Arthur Bourne, Academic Press Inc. (London) Ltd, 24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DX, England. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. Clarke begins by thanking Bourne for his letter, and informing him that he has 'sent a card of thank [sic] to Dr. Allan Cottey'. 'I am now happily retired with the completion of my last and best novel "The Fountains of Paradise" (Playboy January and February - HBJ; Gollancz, January). I expect to be back in England in August to attend the World S. F.
Severin Wielobycki (1793-1893) and his brother, Dionysius Wielobycki (1813-1882), Polish refugees who both trained as doctors in Edinburgh, before becoming homoeopaths [Isabella Darling]
Letter: 55 Queen Street, Edinburgh. 26 January 1857. Newspaper report reprinted 'From the EDINBURGH NEWS of Saturday, Jan. 10, 1857.'
Both items in fair condition, lightly-aged and worn. Severin Wielobycki's letter is 1p., 12mo. On the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium. It reads: 'Dear Madam. | I am much delighted that you take interest in my brother; all friends of his are of the same opinion tat he has been treated very unjustly. I hope your influence will if not relieve him, at any rate shorten his horrible sentence. | I beg to enclose two copies of the document according to your request' (only one copy present). The report of 'Dr Wielobycki's Trial' is 1p., 4to, on grey paper, in two columns of small print.
Frederick Ira Ordway III (b.1927), Harvard-educated American space scientist [Arthur G. Bourne, Science journalist]
Ordway's two letters both on letterheads of the University of Alabama Research Institute, Huntsville. 9 May and 29 August 1969. Copy of Bourne's reply dated 11 July 1969.
The three items in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Ordway's two letters each 1p., 4to, and each addressed to Bourne as editor of Spectrum magazine, Central Office of Information, Hercules Road, Westminster Bridge Road, London. In Ordway's first letter, 9 May 1969, he expresses pleasure at hearing from Bourne again, and the knowledge that he is 'still very active in the spreading of science information all over the world'. He has instructed his publisher to send Bourne a copy of the 'forthcoming second revision edition' of his 'History of Rocketry and Space Travel'.
Barnes Wallis [Sir Barnes Neville Wallis] (1887-1979), English scientist and engineer, inventor of the 'bouncing bomb' used in 1943 by the RAF in the 'Dambusters' Raid, Operation Chastise
Letter on Wallis's letterhead, White Mill House, Effingham, Surrey. 20 September 1975. Press cutting from the Newcastle Herald (New South Wales), 8 August 1969.
The four items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Letter to 'Mr. Bourne': 1p., 8vo. Replying to a letter from Bourne, he states that he will be 'very pleased to serve on the proposed "advisory board", provided that no financial liabiltiy is thereby incurred by me, & that no great amount of travelling is involved.' He concludes with the news that he is 'still busy on a hypersonic transport aircraft especially designed to take "containers".' The two photographs are both in black and white.
F. C. McLean, C.B.E., B.Sc., M.I.E.E., Director of Engineering, British Broadcasting Corporation [The Institution of Electrical and Electronics Technician Engineers Limited; BBC]
[The Institution of Electrical and Electronics Technician Engineers Limited] I.E.E. Lecture Theatre, Savoy Place, London, W.C.2. 1966.
 + 14 pp., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with last leaf loose. '16 DEC 1965' stamped on title and first page. Discussing such issues as 'colour service', 'improvements in performance of receivers' and 'Recording of television signals'. From the archive of Pat Hawker, and marked up by him. No other copy traced
Issued by Mullard Educational Service. Mullard Limited, Mullard House, Torrington Place, London WC1. [Circa 1976.]
4pp., foolscap 8vo. With four photographic illustrations and a diagram. Bifolium on art paper. Printed in black, with cover illustration in half-tone over light-green background. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Sections titled 'A new revolution in electronics', 'The construction', 'The "bread-board" circuit', 'The production process', 'Types of IC' and 'Even smaller still!' From the Pat Hawker archive.
[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.