AUTOGRAPH

[Thomas Law, reformer; Bengal; India; Washington DC] Autograph Letter Signed T Law to The Honble Mr Clay [Henry Clay Sr., American attorney/statesman], praising Clay, mention of Talbother's fever, expanding on his theory re population control

Author: 
Thomas Law (1756 - 1834), reformer of British policy in India, where he served as collector of revenue for the East India Company.
Law
Publication details: 
No place or date given. Clay became Speaker in the 1810-1811 Elections.
£450.00
Law

Three pages, 4to, bifolium, poor condition, with some (crude) repair work but other closed tears on folds, requiring attention BUT text clear and complete (with odd difficult word). Some pencil notes by a later reader, inaccurately attributing to Edmund Law. Text: I regret sincerely that I cannot participate with my fellow citizens in the general expression of their sense of your high merits. Were I able to attend I would drink your health Eminent [speaker?] but most exalted when addressing his successor.

[James Bruce, Earl of Elgin & Kincardine; Jamaica; Canada; India] Autograph Note Signed Elgin & Kincardine to his wine merchant presumably, ordering wine.

Author: 
James Bruce, Earl of Elgin & Kincardine (1811-1863), sometime Governor of Jamaica (1842-6), Governor General of the Province of Canada (1847-54), and Viceroy of India (1862-63)
Elgin
Publication details: 
Jamaica, 19 July 1845
£95.00
Elgin

Paper, 18 x 16cm, laid down on stiff paper badly discoloured, the original letter has been trimmed, and apparently Jamaica July 19.1845 cut out and stuck on bottom left corner. See image. Text is bold and clear as follows: I shall be obliged by y[ou]r sending to me in the first ship that sails from the Clyde for Jamaica the following wines | Sherry (as before) 12 dozen | Claret D.D. | Sparkling Moselle 6 dozen | Truly Yrs [...]

[John Gibson Lockhart, editor and biographer] Autograph Note Signed JGL to L [his brother, Lawrence] about passports.

Author: 
John Gibson Lockhart (1794-1854), Scottish writer and editor of Blackwood's Magazine, son-in-law of Sir Walter Scott
Publication details: 
No place, 20 Sept. 1852.
£50.00

Two pages, 12mo, bifolium, fold marks, small stains on page 4 (blank), good condition. A scrawl.Dear L. | I have written to a friend in the Foreign Office begging him to have 2 Passports visa-d for Belgium and Prussia & sent direct to you. | 2 are needful as you [??] when you return & may want one on various occasions. | Yrs affectionately, [..] [Postscript] The costs are now very moderate I believe tho' [...?]. Another hand has added a note on p.3 describing contents of the letter, and explaining that Lockhart never signed with more than initials in familiar letters.

[Lyon Playfair, scientist] Autograph Note Signed Lyon Playfair to Lankester [Edwin Ray Lankester, zoologist], about his Ray Society subscription.

Author: 
Lyon Playfair [1st Baron Playfair (1818 – 29 May 1898), scientist and Liberal politician].
Publication details: 
Marlboro House, 7 Nov. 1856.
£45.00

One page, 12mo, fold marks, good condition. After 31st Decr. I cease to be a subscriber to the Ray Socy. Not that I have the slightest dissatisfaction with its working, but simply because I wish to transfer my subscription to a Club, whose books are more in accordance with my own studies.

[Paul L. Ford, novelist & biographer] Typed Note Signed Paul L. Ford to a Mr. Tompkins about his Jefferson.

Author: 
Paul L. Ford [Paul Leicester Ford (1865 - 1902), American novelist and biographer].
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Brooklyn, 29 Feb. 189-[no year given].
£95.00

Three lines, page cr.8vo, one inch closed tear on fold, ow. good condition. Text: Dodd Mead and Co. have secured all the copies of the Jefferson, and as I presume they have not yet sold the edition you ought to be able to get a copy if you want one. Text followed by his address, 97 Clark Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.

[The Panel, Any Questions (Radio)] Signatures of F.H. Freddie Grisewood, Isobel Barnett, Bronowski and others

Author: 
The Panel. Any Questions? November 25, 1960 Tatworth. Freddie Grisewood, Isobel Barnett, Ralph Wightman, J. Bronowski, A.N. Other and Producer Michael Bowen .
Any questions
Publication details: 
[Tatworth, 25 Nov. 1960]
£100.00
Any questions

Page extracted from autograph album, 15 x 10cm, right edge rough, ow good condition. See image. The inks (green particularly) don't respond well to the camera.

[Edmund Evans, Wood Engraver and Printer] Autograph Letter Signed Edmund Evans to Mr H. [Charron?]. about Charles Keene.

Author: 
Edmund Evans (1826-1905), wood engraver and colour printer who worked with Greenaway, Crane, Caldecott and others.
Publication details: 
[Printed] Witley, Surrey excised. [handwritten] 27 Victoria Road, Deal, 15 Sept. 1897.
£320.00

Four pages, 16mo, bifolium, some staining, closed tear on joint, but text clear and complete, as follows: I am sorry that I cannot give you the information about Charles Keene that you ask for. I know that he made some drawings on wood for me - for 'yellow backs' but forget what they were, remembering only some were for Bulwer Lytton's novels, nor do I remember the date, but it was when he had a large top room, over an Engineer's shop in the Strand, about opposite Norfolk Street, before he drew for 'Punch'.

[Shirley Brooks; Punch; David Roberts] Autograph Note Signed Shirley Brooks to David Roberts, Scottish Painter, asking if he has a note from Edwin Landseer, with explanation.

Author: 
C. Shirley Brooks [Charles William Shirley Brooks (1816-1874), editor of 'Punch',1870-1874]
Publication details: 
6 Kent Terrace, Regents Park, N.W., Jan. 15 [docketed in pencil 1862].
£56.00

One page, 12mo, bifolium, pink paper, fold marks, good condition. Text: My dear David Roberts, | Gin a body don't [underlined] meet a body coming to the Club [cf. Burns' poem], a body must write. | Have you got a note of any kin of Edwin Landseer's [name underlined] - any acceptance of a dinner, any thing, that you would give me? | Why? | Because I want to oblige a Scotswoman, in the North, when I would do a deal to oblige. And she wants this autograph. Else, do ye think I'd fash ye wi'such sma' matters. | Ever yours | Shirley Brooks. Burns' Comin' thro' the Rye borrowed.

[Hugh C.E. Childers; First Lord, Admiralty] Autograph Letter Signed Hugh CE Childers to Vice Admiral Lord Clarence Paget CB, announcing his appointment as First Lord of the Admiralty.

Author: 
Hugh C.E. Childers [Hugh Culling Eardley Childers (1827 - 1896), Liberal statesman]
Publication details: 
Private [Admiralty stamp] 22 December 1868.
£80.00

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, fold marks, good condition. Her Majesty was pleased on the 9th instant to appoint me First Lord of the Admiralty and with the other members of the New Board I have entered today upon the duties of the office. | I shall at all times be happy to receive from you any communication on subjects connected with Naval affairs which you may think it for the public advantage to address to me; and you may rely on my most serious attention being given to such representations as your knowledge and experience in the Service may lead you to make.

[Hesing Xi Cheng or Sheng, Captain of the Keying, Chinese Junk] Signed 8vo portrait drawing of Hesing, known as Xi Cheng. WITH

Author: 
[Hesing; Voyage to England and New York from China, 1846-8]
Hesing
Publication details: 
[c.1848]
£550.00
Hesing

Signed `Hesing´ in bold black ink at the foot beneath his portrait, also adding the junk's name `Keying´ and the name `Suckling´ [not traced] to the portrait, all with their equivalent Chinese characters beneath. Quite heavily foxed, mainly around not on the image and signatures, top left corner torn off (a red ink stamp might have been there as in other examples, with Chinese characters, being the seal of Prince Hui Rui, but other examples would not have fitted in the lost corner). See image.

[Garnet Wolseley; Field Marshal; Brighton Volunteer Review] Memo Signed G. Wolseley Col with instructions on a parade (or similar).

Author: 
Co. Garnet Wolseley [later Field Marshal Garnet Joseph Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley (1833-1913), Anglo-Irish officer in the British Army.]
Publication details: 
Headquarters, Grand Hotel, 1st April 1872.
£60.00

One page, fold marks, good condition. Page headed Memo, continues: In case of any disputed point requires the decision of the Umpires the Major General commanding will sound the 'cease fire' and the troops will halt until again ordered to advance. When the 'cease fire' followed by the 'assembly' is sounded, the corps will fall in, the Brigades be masses, and the Bands resume their places for the march past.

[E.R.C. Bradford, Police Commissioner; Jack the Ripper investigation] Autograph Note Signed ERC Bradford to Sir Richard Temple, colonial administrator in India.

Author: 
E.R.C. Bradford, [Colonel Sir Edward Ridley Colborne Bradford, (1836-1911) Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, head of the London Metropolitan Police, from 1890 to 1903.]
Publication details: 
[ Embossed Metropolitan Police Office with insignia, New Scotland Yard, S.W., 15 July 1899.
£35.00

Two pages, 12mo, small closed tear not affecting text, good condition. I have looked through William Starling's papers & I find that not only is he under height (being only 5-71/2) but his Physique was pronounced by the Doctors to be not up to our standard & therefore I am sorry to say that nothing can be done for him.

[Earl Canning; The Great Game] Autograph Note Signed Canning to Lord Fitzgerald, presumably William Vesey-FitzGerald, Baron FitzGerald, as President of the Board of Control (see note), concerning the despatches of Col. Stoddard, British agent.

Author: 
Charles Canning, 1st Earl Canning (1812 -1862), as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, statesman and Governor-General of India during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
Great Game
Publication details: 
F.O. [Foreign Office], 11 Nov. 1841.
£230.00
Great Game

ANS, one page, 12mo, fold marks, one edge rough, some faint staining, text clear and complete. Dear Lord Fitzgerald | I send you Col Stoddart's last Despatches, & his letters to Ld Palmerston. | As most of them are the original papers will you return them as soon as read. See image. Note: A. The President of the Board of Control was a British government official in the late 18th and early 19th century responsible for overseeing the British East India Company and generally serving as the chief official in London responsible for Indian affairs.

[Francois D'Orleans, Prince de Joinville] Autograph Letter Signed Fr. d'Orleans | Prince de Joinville to unnamed correspondent (Monsieur), concerning his correspondent's dogs and a meeting (foxhunting presumably). In French

Author: 
Francois D'Orleans, Prince de Joinville (1818-1900), Son of Louis Philippe.
d'Orleans
Publication details: 
Claremont, 18 Dec. 1858.
£60.00
d'Orleans

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, remnants of the paper it was laid down on on page 4. He looks forward to seeing his correspondent and his dogs at Fetcham [home of the Surrey Union Hunt kennels]. He'd like to know where nous elevons mettre le meet [word underlined]. He talks about the pack of 12 dogs peniblement reunis apres l'ouverture de la saison. He elaborates. See image for the remaining text.

[Garret Hobart, Vice-President USA] Business Card signed Yours very sincerely | Garret A. Hobart | Vice President | May 21/98

Author: 
Garret A. Hobart [Garret Augustus Hobart (1844 – 1899), 24th vice president of the United States].
Hobart
Publication details: 
21 May 1898.
£230.00
Hobart

Business Card, 10 x 6cms, sl. smudged, text clear and bold. Text as above on one side (see image), on the other is printed The Vice President. One website claims the signature is scarce.

[Hugh Gaitskell, Labour politician] Typed Note Signed boldly Hugh Gaitskell to M.B. Bradshaw, Director, Art Exhibitions Bureau [...] permitting the exhibition of the Road to Tarbet, presumably a picture in Gaitskell's private collection.

Author: 
Hugh Gaitskell (1906-1963), sometime leader of the Labour Party.
Publication details: 
[House of Commons stamp] 23 June 1955.
£45.00

One page, 12mo, very good condition. He gives permission for 'Road to Tarbet' to be exhibited at Scarborough and Hull, on the understanding that you will take full responsibility for returning it to me in London when the Hull Exhibition ends.

[Stafford Northcote; Disraeli; Suez Canal] Autograph Note Initialled SHN [Stafford H. Northcote] to his Private Secretary, John Arrow Kempe about a high level meeting to discuss the 'Suez Canal purchase'.

Author: 
Stafford H. Northcote, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1874-1880.
Publication details: 
Embossed stamp House of Commons, 9 March [1874 added in pencil by Kempe]
£95.00

One page, 12mo, bifolium, second leaf laid down on slightly larger paper, good condition. Text: We are to have a meeting at Mr. Disraeli's house at 2.30 tomorrow, at which Lord Derby, Cave and Stokes are to be. | Would you write a civil note to Sir Erskine Perry to tell him that some pressing business will keep me from seeing him. Northcote has added a note to the top of the page, Let Mr. Corry [Montagu Corry, Secretary] have a note of the engagement so that Mr.Disraeli may not forget it.

[Billy Hughes, Australian Premier] Bold Signature as follows, W.M. Hughes | Sydney Australia | 20/9/32

Author: 
W.M. Hughes [William Morris Hughes (1862 – 1952), Australian politician who served as the 7th Prime Minister of Australia] [AND Henry J. Wood, conductor, Signature on reverse]
Publication details: 
Sydney, Australia, 20 Sept. 1932.
£56.00

Paper, 14 x 5cm, small stain not affecting text, good condition. See image. On the reverse is the signature of Henry J. Wood, conductor who founded the Proms, the J being slightly truncated, losing its tail in the cut.

[W. Harrison Ainsworth] Autograph Note Signed W.Harrison Ainsworth to Smith, offering a share of a box of woodcocks he's been given.

Author: 
W. Harrison Ainsworth [William Harrison Ainsworth (1805 ? 1882), historical novelist ]
Ainsworth
Publication details: 
Conservative [Club]. | Wednesday morning
£38.00
Ainsworth

One page, 12mo, bifolium (separating), some staining not obscuring text, text clear and complete. I hve just received a box of woodcocks from my friend Coll. Levinge from KnockdrinCastle - And I beg your acceptance of a couple. [Line interpolated later: They are sent by parcel delivery]. See image.

[John Timbs] Autograph Letter Signed from the antiquary John Timbs to an unnamed correspondent, regarding a portrait in the Illustrated London News.

Author: 
John Timbs (1801-1875), antiquary and journalist, editor of The Literary World and sub-editor of the Illustrated London News
Publication details: 
66 Pentonville Road, London. 29 November 1864.
£40.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with small scrap from white label adhering to a margin. He explains that the reason that a letter has not been forwarded to him is that he has not, 'for years, had to do with the management of the Illustrated London News', although he does contribute to it. Nevertheless he will try to get the recipient 'a proof of the Port[rai]t. - with great pleasure'. He adds, in a postscript at the head of the page: 'I think the Memoir was cut out from the Times'.

[Dilly Knox, codebreaker] Autograph Letter Signed Dillwyn (with single curled l representing the double ll) to Teddy [family nickname for Edmund Valpy Knox], otherwise spelt Teddie

Author: 
Dillwyn Knox [Alfred Dillwyn Dilly Knox, (1884 – 1943), classics scholar and papyrologist at King's College, Cambridge and a codebreaker].
Publication details: 
No place given (perhaps Bletchley?), 31 Aug. 1942.
£220.00

One page, 12mo, good condition. My dear Teddy, | Very many thanks indeed & I wish I had had your letter a day earlier. Unfortunately we have booked rooms at Newton Ferrers on the Yealm & I had already sent a deposit. The idea sounds lob=vely if [underlined] there were retainers to the Cottage; otherwise Olive would miss her holiday. | Thanks you ever so much; I will keep your letter in case the point arises again. Apparently a very scarce autograph.

[Percy Chapman, cricketer] Signature only A.P.F. Chapman underlined. with signature Tennyson. See image

Author: 
A.P.F. Chapman [Arthur Percy Frank Chapman (1900 – 1961), Kent cricketer who captained the England cricket team between 1926 and 1931.
Cricket
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£25.00
Cricket

Page torn from album, 16 x 13cm, one rough edge left, corner clipped left. Tennyson would be a titled descendant of the poet.

[Thomas Hood, poet, humourist] Subscription and signature only Very truly yours | Thos: Hood

Author: 
Thomas Hood (1799 – 1845), poet, author and humorist.
Publication details: 
No place or date
£25.00

Paper, 8 x 3cm, clipped from letter, sl. stain at top not affecting text, good condition. See image.

[Florian [Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian], French poet and writer of romances and fables.] Autograph Letter in the third person to his printer Firmin Didot, regarding the latter's request for information regarding 'le véritable homo'.

Author: 
Florian [Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian] (1755-1794), French poet and writer of romances, author of fables and pastoral novels [Firmin Didot (1764-1836), Paris printer]
Publication details: 
22 July 1787. No place ['la Campagne'].
£350.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering along one edge. From the celebrated manuscript collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton). In 1787 Didot published Florian's 'Mélanges de poésie et de littérature'. A courtly and characteristic response to a request for information, reading: 'Mr. de florian a l'honneur de souhaiter le bon jour a monsieur Firmin. [a contemporary hand glosses this as 'Didot'] il arrive de la Campagne, et ne peut lui donner aucun détail sur cequ'il [sic] demande. demain il s'en informera, ou priera qu'on s'en informe.

[Jules Massenet, French composer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. Massenet') [to husband of Swedish soprano Sigrid Arnoldson-Fischhof?], written on a trip with his wife, regarding a portrait of 'votre “merveille” de femme', and 'notre grand ami Hengel'

Author: 
Jules Massenet [Jules Émile Frédéric Massenet] (1842-1912), French composer [Sigrid Arnoldson-Fischhof (1861-1943), Swedish soprano]
Publication details: 
8 February [no year]. No place.
£200.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. On aged paper, with punch hole through both leaves at head, small closed cut along bottom edge of first leaf, and with paper and part of another letter (from an album) glued onto the reverse of the second leaf. Folded once. The signature 'M. Massenet' is explained in Massenet's obituary in the Musical Times, 1 September 1912, which speaks of 'the composer's known antipathy to the name Jules […] He preferred to be called “M. Massenet” simply'. The recipient of this enthusiastic letter is not named.

[Paul Lacroix ('P. L. Jacob, bibliophile'), French author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Paul Lacrois | bibliophile Jacob') to Lamartine, calling on him to prevent a 'massacre des monumens', the destruction of ' les châteaux royaux et les Tuileries'.

Author: 
Paul Lacroix [pseudonyms 'P. L. Jacob, bibliophile' and 'Bibliophile Jacob'] (1806-1884), French novelist, historian and journalist, Librarian of the Arsenal Library, Paris [Alphonse de Lamartine]
Publication details: 
No place or date {perhaps after the Revolution of 1848?].
£250.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering to second leaf. From the celebrated manuscript collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Baron Houghton). The salutation is to 'Monsieur', but Lamartine is named as recipient in the text of the letter (see below). It begins: 'Monsieur, | Permettez moi de faire appel à votre grand coeur de citoyen et de poète.

[Pierre Hyacinthe Azaïs, French philosopher.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Azaïs.'), in French, to 'Monsieur le Ministre' [François Guizot], discussing his work and health, and the 'Peuple Francais', and asking to be nominated to the Academy of Sciences

Author: 
Pierre Hyacinthe Azaïs (1766-1845), French philosopher promoted by Napoleon Bonaparte [François Guizot [François Pierre Guillaume Guizot], French historian and statesman, Prime Minister of France]
Publication details: 
14 November 1843. Paris.
£350.00

7pp, 4to. On two bifoliums. In good condition, lightly aged, with the two bifoliums attached to one another and to a stub from mount. From the celebrated manuscript collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton). The government minister addressed in the letter is not named, but is clearly the historian François Guizot, who was Prime Minister of France, 1847-1848. A carefully composed and neatly and closely written letter.

[Cardinal de Retz [Jean François Paul de Gondi], Archbishop of Paris, memoirist.] Autograph Note Signed, in French, to unnamed recipient, recommending the 'Sr de filene'.

Author: 
Cardinal de Retz [Jean François Paul de Gondi] (1613-1679), Archbishop of Paris, memoirist, agitator in the Fronde [Louis XIII; Louis XIV]
Publication details: 
'A Commercy le 5 Decembre 1668'.
£450.00

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with stub of mount adhering to one edge and several neat fold lines. The six lines of the document are pressed up at the top of one page, and the hand is difficult to modern eyes. It appears to read: 'Je vous recommande de tout mon coeur les interets du Sr de filene et reprends [?] cette occasion de vous assurer de la passion que [?] de vous servir.' The handwriting accords with other examples, and the words of the signature are not entirely clear, appearing to read: 'J [F?] Cardinal de Rets. [sic]'

Cécile Vogt [Cécile Vogt-Mugnier], French neurologist, wife/colleague of German neurologist Oskar Vogt.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Cécile Vogt.'), in French, to an unnamed colleague, discussing the examination of a human brain.

Author: 
Cécile Vogt [Cécile Vogt-Mugnier] (1875-1962), French neurologist, wife of German neurologist Oskar Vogt, the couple making groundbreaking discoveries in neuroanatomy and neuropathology.
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the 'Neuro-biolog. Institut', Berlin; 21 September 1911.
£450.00

The Vogts made a series of discoveries over six decades. It was to Oskar Vogt that the Soviets entrusted Lenin's brain. 2pp, 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, somewhat grubby on blank reverse of second leaf. Folded once. The recipient ('Monsieur') is not named. She begins by commenting on the enclosed photographs of a brain: 'Comme vous le voyez, le foyer n'a pas touché la 3e frontale, il s'étend à la partie inférieure de la frontale ascendante'. She asks him to send his observations, 'si vous avez pu prendre suffisament de notes sur le cas'.

[Charles Nodier, French Romantic supernatural author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles Nodier'), in French, explaining to an unnamed count that his friend and protégé 'M. Leharivel' is not eligible for membership of the Academie Française.

Author: 
Charles Nodier [Jean Charles Emmanuel Nodier] (1780-1844), French Romantic author of fantastic and supernatural tales, Librarian of Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, Member of the Académie Française
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£250.00

1p, 12mo. Seventeen lines of closely written text. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, laid down on a leaf from an album. The recipient is not named, but is addressed as 'Monsieur le Comte'. The letter concerns the count's 'ami et protégé' 'M. Leharivel' [author of 'Grammaire Francaise Pasigraphique, Simplifiee Et Regularisee, Pour Servir de Base Fondamentale; Et Anecdotes, Et Contes Historiques (1839) ].

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