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[ Sir Hugh Rose; hero of Lucknow ] Autograph Letter Signed Strathnairn to Bernard [?] presumably discussing the statement [his correspondent] made in Parliament ].

Author: 
General Lord Strathnewen [ Field Marshal Hugh Henry Rose, 1st Baron Strathnairn (1801–1885), Army officer, later becoming Commander Bombay Army, Commander-in-C., India and then C.-in-C.Ireland ].
Publication details: 
[Embossed address] 52 Berkeley Square, W., Saturday, [9]th August [1884?].
£50.00

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, stained, large hand, but the hand of a very old man and only just about readable in parts, scratchy and with ink blotches, commencing The Statement you had made in Parliament of which I have read some, and heard [underlined] of respecting Mr Gladstone's good feeling for [...]. The rest can only be read (by me) in part.

[The Indian Students' Association and the 1922 Lytton Committee report.] Folder containing thirteen typewritten documents in answer to criticism in 'Report on the Committee on Indian Students 1921-22', with associated material and copy of the report.

Author: 
Committee on Indian Students 1921-22 ('The Lytton Committee'); Indian Students' Department, London [Victor Bulwer-Lytton, 2nd Earl of Lytton (1876-1947)]
Publication details: 
Thirteen files by the Indian Students' Department, London, four of them dating from between January and March 1923. The published Lytton Report: London: Printed by His Majesty's Stationery Office for the India Office. 1922. Another item from 1921.
£850.00

Three items, the first being a file containing the aggrieved 'Answer' of the Indian Students' Department to the criticisms of it within the 1922 report of the Committee on Indian Students ('The Lytton Committee'), comprising thirteen documents, all typewritten, and several with manuscript emendations; the second item being a small collection of related newspaper cuttings, along with the typescript of an article, and a copy of a printed item titled 'Correspondence between the Secretary of State for India and Lord Lytton' (1921), no other copy of the last of which having been located; the third

[Northbrook Society and National Indian Association headquarters.] Printed Copy of 'Agreement with regard to Cromwell House, South Kensington', between 'The Secretary of State in Council of India and the Northbrook Society'.

Author: 
Northbrook Society and National Indian Association, headquarters, Cromwell House, South Kensington [Sir James Thomson, K.C.S.I., and Abbas Ali Baig, Esquire, C.S.I.
Publication details: 
'Dated 15th October 1914.' [Slug dated '10/1914'.]
£165.00

6 + [1]pp, folio. Stab stitched. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with punch-hole at inner margin. An official copy, with 'Northbrook Society' at top right of first page. On four leaves, with the details printed on reverse of last leaf for folding into the customary packet: 'Dated 15th October 1914.

[National Indian Association and Students' Department, India Office publication.] Handbook of Information for Indian Students relating to University & Professional Studies, etc. in the United Kingdom. [copy of R. M. J. Knaster, Warden]

Author: 
Committee of the National Indian Association; Student's Department, India Office [R. M. J. Knaster [Roland Marcus Julius Knaster] (b.1890), Warden, 21 Cromwell Road, London]
Publication details: 
['Issued by the Committee of the National Indian Association in conjunction with the Students' Department, India Office.'] London: National Indian Association, 21, Cromwell Road, S.W.7. Seventeenth Edition. 1920.
£220.00

[12] + 158 + [8]pp, 12mo. In buff printed wraps. Advertisements at front and rear. Aged and worn, but tight and complete. Packed with revealing information under the main headings: Legal Study; Government Service; Agricultural; Forestry; Universities and Colleges; Teachers' Diplomas; Colleges for Women; Medical Study and Diplomas; Accountants; Engineering and Technology; Architecture; Art Schools; Commerce; Languages; Coaches and Private Tutors; Schools; Exemptions. Ownership signature at head of front cover: 'R. M. J. Knaster'. In addition to being listed under 'Educational Advisers.

[Sir William Meyer describes Gandhi as 'a very remarkable character'.] Printed pamphlet: 'Lecture on the Position of India in the Empire delivered to the Working Men's Club, Mornington Crescent, London, on 4th February, 1922'.

Author: 
Sir William Meyer, G.C.I.E., K.C.S.I. [Mahatma Gandhi; British India]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by His Majesty's Stationery Office for the High Commissioner for India. 1922.
£120.00

25pp, 8vo. Stapled pamphlet in blue printed wraps. In fair condition, on aged paper, but with rusted staples which have caused the covers to become detached. Meyer's aim is to give 'an impartial picture of the past and the present of India'. Towards the end is a paragraph beginning: 'The extremists, as I have said, have not taken part in the elections and in the Legislatures they produced, but they are still very active, and their present leader, Mr. Gandhi, is a very remarkable character.

[Printed British Parliamentary paper.] Report of the British Delegates to the International Opium Conference held at the Hague, December 1911-January 1912. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of His Majesty. November 1912.

Author: 
[1912 Report to the British Parliament of the British Delegates to the International Opium Confer.ence, the Hague, 1911-1912] [HMSO]
Publication details: 
'Miscellaneous. No. 11 (1912).' London: Printed by His Majesty's Stationery Office.
£45.00

Folio, [ii] + 39 + [i]. Stitched. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with slight staining to fore-edge. Title-page bearing stamp and withdrawal stamp of the University of Hull.

[Printed British Parliamentary paper.] Report of the British Delegates to the International Opium Conference held at the Hague, December 1911-January 1912. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of His Majesty. November 1912.

Author: 
[1912 Report to the British Parliament of the British Delegates to the International Opium Confer.ence, the Hague, 1911-1912] [HMSO]
Publication details: 
'Miscellaneous. No. 11 (1912).' London: Printed by His Majesty's Stationery Office.
£45.00

Folio, [ii] + 39 + [i]. Stitched. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with slight staining to fore-edge. Title-page bearing stamp and withdrawal stamp of the University of Hull.

[Sigismund Goetze, English artist.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs. Poole', regarding a portrait of King Charles II, as prince and in Oxford robes, in his Grove House collection.

Author: 
Sigismund Goetze [Sigismund Christian Hubert Goetze] (1866-1939), English artist and art patron at Grove House, who painted the Foreign Office 'Empire Murals'
Publication details: 
20 October 1932; on letterhead of Grove House, Park Road, Regent's Park, N.W.8 [London].
£80.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with two smudges on second page. Folded once. With reference to her letter 'to Mr. Somerset of March 11th. re the portrait of Charles II (as Prince) in academic robes', he has had the picture by William Dobson photographed and encloses a copy (not present). He discusses Charles's dress in the picture in some detail, adding that 'The portrait (27 x 28 1/2 inches) has been in my possession since 1918 when it was bought at Christie's Nov. 29 lot.

[Lady Ampthill, wife of Lord Odo Russell, first British Ambassador to the German Empire.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Emily Russell') to Princess Charlotte [of Prussia], regarding a wedding present of 'the newest style of Minton's china'.

Author: 
Lady Ampthill [Emily Theresa Russell] (1843-1927), wife of Lord Odo Russell [Lord Ampthill] (1829-1884), first British Ambassador to the German Empire [Princess Charlotte of Prussia (1860-1919)]
Publication details: 
No date [1878]. On letterhead of the British Embassy, Berlin.
£56.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Begins: 'Dear Princess Charlotte. | May I venture to ask Your Royal Highness's acceptance of a small wedding present from my husband and myself with our most sincere and heartfelt good wishes for Your Royal Highness's future happiness and prosperity.' The present is 'the newest style of Minton's china and this is the first specimen of the kind'. She concludes in conventional style.

[Sir Edward Morris [as Lord Morris], Prime Minister of Newfoundland.] Typed Letter Signed ('Morris') to Mrs Eustace Hills, accepting her invitation to 'say a few words in connection with the work ahead for women in Empire Citizenship'.

Author: 
Sir Edward Morris [Edward Patrick Morris, 1st Baron Morris] (1859-1935), Prime Minister of Newfoundland, 1909-1917 [Mrs Eustace Hills, Vice President, Lend-a-Hand Club, London]
Publication details: 
17 October 1924; 3 Heath Drive, Hampstead, N.W.3 [London].
£90.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. Bold signature in light-blue ink. He has not forgotten the 'very pleasant meeting' he had with Hills and her husband when she was on a trip to Newfoundland, and will be 'very pleased to accept your kind invitation for luncheon on the 5th November, and say a few words in connection with the work ahead for women in Empire Citizenship'. He assumes that the invitation extends to his wife.

[Sir Dinshaw Edulji Wacha, Indian Parsi politician.] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'D E Wacha'), in English, to G. K. Menzies, responding badly to request that he subscribe to journal of Royal Society of Arts, lamenting old age and lack of heir

Author: 
Sir Dinshaw Edulji Wacha (1844-1936), Parsi politician from Bombay, founding member of Indian National Congress, member of Imperial Legislative Council [Royal Society of Arts, London]
Publication details: 
All three from Jiji House, Ravelin [sic] Street, Bombay, India. 24 February, 30 March and 4 May 1934.
£350.00

See the entry for Wacha, a prominent member of the Indian cotton industry, in Who Was Who. He was the President of the Indian Merchants' Chamber, and a member of the Bombay Legislative Council, the Imperial Legislative Council and the Council of State, and the head of the Western India Liberal Association. A somewhat bad-tempered correspondence. Wacha appears to feel that he is being bamboozled into subscribing to the Society's journal, but the confusion may be the result of his old age.

[Ármin Vámbéry [Hermann Wamberger; Árminius Vámbéry], Hungarian Jewish traveller and authority on the Ottoman Empire.] Autograph Note Signed ('Armin Vambery') to 'Mr Blacket', asking 'how many pages of print are in the first volume'.

Author: 
Ármin Vámbéry [born Hermann Wamberger; also Árminius Vámbéry; Armin Vambery] (1832-1913), Hungarian Jewish authority on Ottoman Empire, made Honorary Commander of Royal Victorian Order by Edward VII
Publication details: 
'Wedesday' [no date]. On monogram letterhead combining the letters C and A.
£220.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Reads: 'Dear Mr Blacket | I should wish to know in the course of the day how many pages of print are in the first volume.' Despite the spelling of the name, the recipient is presumably either Henry Blackett (1825-1871) of the publishers Hurst and Blackett, or one of the four of his sons to become publishers. There is no record of a book by Vámbéry being published by a Blacket or Blackett, but he may be referring to an essay or article published in a periodical or compilation, or an anonymous or pseudonymous work.

[The Siege of Bhurtpore.] Autograph Letter Signed from J. J. Harcourt of East India House to B. S. Jones [Deputy Secretary, India Board], complaining of the withholding of material relating to the siege from the London Gazette.

Author: 
J. J. Harcourt [John J. Harcourt], one of the Chief Assistants in the Examiners' Department at the East India House [B. S. Jones, Deputy Secretary, India Board; East India Company; Siege of Bhurtpore]
Publication details: 
20 October 1826. East India House [London].
£220.00

With Thomas Love Peacock, Edward Strachey and James Mill, Harcourt was one of the four Chief Assistants in the Examiners' Department at the East India House. 2pp, 8vo. Aged and worn, with slight loss to one corner. Folded twice. Whilst conducting his 'researches amongst the papers relating to the recent Operations in India', Harcourt was 'much surprized to find that the General Orders published by the G[oveno]r Gen[era]l. in Council at Fort William on the 12th April 1826, on the fall of Bhurtpore, have been withheld from the London Gazette'.

[Lord Salisbury's Foreign Office and 1897 insurrection in Crete.] Five Autograph Items by Sir Martin Gosselin of British Embassy in Paris, including drafts of private despatches to Salisbury on meetings with French Foreign Minister Gabriel Hanotaux.

Author: 
Sir Martin Gosselin, diplomat [Cretan insurrection of 1897; Lord Salisbury; Crete; Ottoman Empire; Gabriel Hanotaux; International Squadron; Admirals' Council; Great Powers; Greece]
Publication details: 
The five items written by Gosselin between April and November 1897, from the British Embassy in Paris.
£650.00

In January 1897 an insurrection by the Greeks in Crete led to the Ottoman Empire, of which it was still part, declaring war on Greece. The following month, as Turkish rule over the island crumbled, six 'Great Powers', including Britain, France, Russia and the Germans, despatched an 'International Squadron' of their ships to Cretan waters.

[Sir William Hunter, Scottish historian, statistician and Indian civil servant.] Autograph Presentation Inscription, with Signature ('W W Hunter').

Author: 
Sir William Hunter [Sir William Wilson Hunter] (1840-1900), Scottish historian, statistician, Indian civil servant and editor of the Imperial Gazetteer of India and Oxford 'Rulers of India' series
Publication details: 
Oaken Holt. 1895.
£20.00

On 12mo leaf, intended to be inserted in a book. In good condition lightly aged and worn. Centred on the page the inscription reads: 'With the author's kind remembrances. | W W Hunter. | Oaken Holt. | 1895.' The reverse is blank.

[Khama III, called Khama the Good, Kgosi (Chief) of the Bamangwato people of Botswana.] Autograph Signature ('Khama | Chief of Bamangwato'), with valediction to letter, in English.

Author: 
Khama III (c.1837–1923), called Khama the Good, Kgosi (Chief) of the Bamangwato people, grandfather of Sir Seretse Goitsebeng Maphiri Khama, first President of Botswana
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£250.00

Without date or place. Rectangle of thin paper, cut from the end of a letter, clearly in response to a request for an autograph. In fair condition, aged and creased. Reads: 'I am | Your friend, | Khama | Chief of Bamangwato'.

[Sir Edward Thornton, diplomat, as British Ambassador to Russia.] Autograph Signature ('Edwd. Thornton') to secretarial document, to T. W. Smyth of the West Hartlepool Shipowners Society, regarding 'excessive quarantine' at Russian Black Sea ports.

Author: 
Sir Edward Thornton (1817-1906), British Ambassador to the United States, Russia, and Ottoman Empire, Count of Cacilhas in the Portuguese nobility [ T. W. Smyth; West Hartlepool Shipowners Society]
Publication details: 
St Petersburg [Russia]. 17 September 1884.
£50.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight traces of glue from mount along inner edge of reverse of second leaf, which is endorsed and carries pencil notes. Folded once. Signed by Thornton, with the rest of the document in the hand of a secretary. The recipient is named as T. W Smyth Esq | West Hartlepool Shipowners Society'.

[Sir Frederick Lugard [Lord Lugard], Governor of Hong Kong and first Governor-General of Nigeria.] Three Autograph Letters Signed to colonial civil servant Simon Nicholson, and one to Nicholson's wife Molly.

Author: 
Sir Frederick Lugard [Frederick John Dealtry Lugard, 1st Baron Lugard; Lord Lugard] (1858-1945), soldier, explorer, Governor of Hong Kong, first Governor-General of Nigeria [Simon Nicholson]
Publication details: 
The first of the four letters on letterhead of Little Parkhurst, Abinger Common, Nr Dorking, Surrey; the other three without place. One from 1940, two from 1941, one from 1943.
£320.00

The recipient Simon Nicholson was a colonial civil servant and a neighbour of Lugard at Tallboys in Abinger Hammer. He and his wife Molly were a cultured couple, and were friends of Edith Wharton and Bernard Berenson. The four letters are in good condition, lightly aged and worn, and each is 2pp, 12mo. Each folded once. The first three are signed 'Lugard' and the last, to Molly Nicholson, 'Fred Lugard'. In the first letter (23 September 1940), after expressing pleasure at seeing Nicholson again and having 'a talk', he begs him 'not to postpone your week-end here.

[Edward Kay Robinson, naturalist and BBC broadcaster.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Kay Robinson') [to publisher Grant Richards], regarding his misgivings over the proofs of his book 'To-day with Nature'.

Author: 
E. Kay Robinson [Edward Kay Robinson] (1855-1928), British journalist and BBC broadcaster on natural history [Grant Richards (1872-1948), London publisher]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Northgate Hall, Warham, nr. Wells, Norfolk. 24 June 1901.
£35.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Robinson is concerned, as he sent 'the corrected proofs and copy of index some time ago – quite a fortnight, I should say': 'Have you not received them? Please wire on receipt of this, if you can find them: though I am afraid they may have got lost at this end, as several letters did lately.' If need be, he has 'duplicate proofs and could correct these sharp and I have rough copy of most of the index too'. If informed 'at once', he can 'set to work'. From the Grant Richards papers.

[Sir Samuel White, explorer, discoverer of Lake Albert.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sam W Baker') to 'Mr. Warner' (headmaster of Newton College, Devon), on an attack of gout and his decision to 'resign the Presidentship' (of the College governors).

Author: 
Sir Samuel Baker [Sir Samuel White Baker] (1821-1893), explorer, big game hunter, Ottoman Empire Pasha, Governor-General of Equatorial Nile Basin, discoverer of Lake Albert [Newton College, Devon]
Publication details: 
Sandford Orleigh, Newton Abbot [Devon]. 13 July 1891.
£350.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with minor damage at head. Folded once. He begins by requesting with 'much respect' to be excused 'on your great day', and explains: 'I write this from my bed, where I am confined with that delectable complaint the gout, and the moment I can move I must be off somewhere, either to Bath, or Buxton, to go through a regular course -'. He complains: 'This country does not agree with one -; we arrived in England 1 May, and I have already had three attacks of gout. I was seven months absent and was entirely free from it.

[Poland; Jan Zygmunt Skrzynecki, Commander-in-Chief of the November Uprising.] Conclusion of Autograph Letter Signed ('Skygnecki.'), in French, to 'Le General Lt. de Tahlen', regarding the needs 'de la nation Polonoise' for religion and liberty.

Author: 
Jan Zygmunt Skrzynecki (1787-1860), Polish general, Commander-in-Chief of the November Uprising against Russia, 1830-1831
Publication details: 
'Varsovie 12 Mars 1831.' [Warsaw, Poland; 12 March 1831.]
£600.00

Lower half of a 4to leaf. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. Written in old-fashioned, and not entirely grammatical, French, the text reads: '[…] de la nation Polonoise a la quelle S. M. donneroit le garanties necessaires, sous le respect de la stabilité des droits qu'elle réclame et qui sont fondés sur deux besoins absolus: la religion e le [sic] liberté. | A greez M. le M. l'assurance de plus [?] consideration avec la quelle je suis &c Varsovie 12 Mars 1831. | Skygnecki | Monsieur le Comte | Le Genenral Lt.

[Jan Zygmunt Skrzynecki, Commander-in-Chief of the November Uprising.] Conclusion of Autograph Letter Signed ('Skygnecki.'), in French, to 'Le General Lt. de Tahlen', regarding the needs 'de la nation Polonoise' for religion and liberty.

Author: 
Jan Zygmunt Skrzynecki (1787-1860), Polish general, Commander-in-Chief of the November Uprising against Russia, 1830-1831
Publication details: 
'Varsovie 12 Mars 1831.' [Warsaw, Poland; 12 March 1831.]
£750.00

Lower half of a 4to leaf. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. Written in old-fashioned, and not entirely grammatical, French, the text reads: '[…] de la nation Polonoise a la quelle S. M. donneroit le garanties necessaires, sous le respect de la stabilité des droits qu'elle réclame et qui sont fondés sur deux besoins absolus: la religion e le [sic] liberté. | A greez M. le M. l'assurance de plus [?] consideration avec la quelle je suis &c Varsovie 12 Mars 1831. | Skygnecki | Monsieur le Comte | Le Genenral Lt.

[ Lord Lansdowne, Viceroy of India. ] Three Autograph Letters, one signed ('Lansdowne'), the other two incomplete, to Sir J. D. Rees, on topics including administrative affairs, Rees's 'Tours in India', and his 'old Chief'.

Author: 
Lord Lansdowne, Viceroy of India [ Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne (1845-1927) ] [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
All three on letterheads of the Viceregal Lodge, Simla [ India ]. 5 September and 22 October 1897, and 29 June 1891.
£125.00

The three items are ruckled through removal from an album, and two have a layer of glue over one page. ONE: 5 September 1897. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. No signature: the first part of the letter only. The fourth page cancelled with blue pencil.

[ Sir John David Rees denounces 'the Anglo vernacular press', 'women lawyers', 'Miss Cornelia Sorabji, & Rukmi Bhai' and 'Reviving Hinduism'. ] Corrected draft of newspaper article showing a marked antipathy to the Indian population.

Author: 
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author [ Lord Lansdowne;Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne ]
Publication details: 
Written in India during Lord Lansdowne's viceroyship and Lord Rosebery's premiership, hence 1894.
£150.00

For information on Rees see his obituary in The Times, 3 June 1922. 2pp., foolscap 8vo. On the rectos of a bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with the second leaf tipped in onto a leaf extracted from an album. From Rees's papers, and written during Lord Lansdowne's viceroyship, 1888-1894, and Lord Rosebery's premiership, 1894-1895; hence in 1894. An extract from the corrected draft of an untraced newspaper or magazine article, showing marked antipathy to the native Indian population, their rights and aspirations.

[ Albert Howe Lybyer, presentation copy of offprint. ] Constantinople as Capital of the Ottoman Empire.

Author: 
Albert Howe Lybyer, Professor of History in the University of Illinois [ Rev. Robert Frew ]
Publication details: 
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1919. [ 'Reprinted from the Annual Report of the American Historical Association for 1916, Volum I, pages 371-388.' ]
£120.00

[4] + [18 pages paginated 371-388], 8vo. Stitched, in grey printed wraps. Aged and worn, with some light damp staining. Faded ink inscription at head of front cover: 'Rev. Robert Frew | with compliments | Alb. Lybyer'. Scarce.

[ Panapakkam Anandacharlu, founder-member of the Indian National Congress. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('P. Anunda Charlu') to 'Mr Rees' [ later Sir J. D. Rees ]. congratulating him on his elevation to the Viceregal Legislative Council.

Author: 
Panapakkam Anandacharlu [ P. Anunda Charlu; P. Ananda Charlu ] (1843-1908), advocate, founder-member of the Indian National Congress [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, Lakeside, Egmore [ Madras, India ]. 16 October 1895.
£180.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight glue staining on blank reverse of first leaf. The letter begins: 'My dear Mr Rees. | I beg to congratulate you & myself on your elevation to a membership of the Viceregal Legislative Council – you on your well-earned elevation – myself on the pleasure of your companionship while at Calcuttah. [sic]' He is pleased to note that Rees's 'youth & the fact of your being comparatively a junior have not been regarded insuperable obstacles or unpardonable crimes'.

[ Sir Henry Drummond Wolff, founder of the Primrose League. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H Drummond Wolff') to 'Cavendish'

Author: 
Sir Henry Drummond Wolff (1830-1908), English diplomat in Spain and Egypt, Conservative Party politician, founder of the Primrose League, of Jewish descent
Publication details: 
Boscombe Tower, Bournemouth. 2 September 1876.
£90.00

For Wolff's various activities, see his long entry in the Oxford DNB. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of grey paper mount adhering on blank reverse of second leaf. He has been 'shocked to find' that he did not answer Cavendish's letter when he was 'elected'. 'The fact was that at the time I was very seedy & had a heap of letters to write both to constituents & on other private business.

[ Bernard Gilliat-Smith (1883-1973), Romany scholar. ] Autograph Letter Signed (in full and as 'B G S') from Constantinople, including references to the hanging of the 'head eunuch', 'the new Selamlik' and 'prisoner solders' at the Seraskerat.

Author: 
Bernard Gilliat-Smith (1883-1973), Romany scholar and linguist [ Gypsy Lore Society ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Club de Constantinople, Pera [ Turkey ]. 30 April 1909.
£550.00

4pp., 12mo. Aged and worn with closed tears along fold lines. At the time BGS was in the consular service in Istanbul. The recipient (perhaps R. A. Scott Mafie) is not named, and the salutation is in Romany. The letter begins: 'I am about to feast the eve of tomorrow which is the eve of the next day by imbibing a large quantity of Whisky and Soda, first to see how much will be required to produce the desired effect. I am also streaming with a cold in the head due to a hammam last night. The Kurdish youth has left for his country: - many Kurds have been arrested & shot since you left.

[ A Royal Navy engineer in the Far East and Pacific, 1882-1891. ] Account book of George Parsons, latterly Chief Engineer of HMS Champion, recording his personal and professional expenses on various tours of duty.

Author: 
George Parsons, nineteenth-century Royal Navy Chief Egineer on HMS Champion [ Naval and Maritime ]
Publication details: 
Between August 1882 and May 1891. At locations including Port Said, Alexandria, Portsmouth, London, Suez, Malta, Hong Kong, Yokohama, Tokyo, Vladivostock, Shanghai, San Francisco, Vancouver, Esquimault, Honolulu, Halifax. Further accounts,1889-1911.
£320.00

73pp., in a 12mo account book with printed red rules, in dark marbled boards with black cloth spine. Internally in fair condition, aged and worn, in heavily worn binding. Inscribed 'G. Parsons' twice on front endpapers. (Parsons' Royal Navy certificates as an assistant engineer (1872) and engineer (1878) are held by the National Archives.) The present volume contains a full set of accounts, 1882-1891, over 52pp.; less-detailed accounts, 1898-1911, over 8pp.; desultory accounts over 5pp., including two-pages of the 'Furniture Fund | H.M.S.

[ William John Charles Pitcher Wilhelm, costume designer.] Illustrations of costumes for the Empire Theatre ballet 'The Press' (1898), each representing a Fleet Street newspaper.

Author: 
[ William John Charles Pitcher Wilhelm (1858-1925), costume and theatre designer; Empire Theatre, London; Leopold Wenzel; Katti Lanner; Dame Adeline Genée (1878-1970), ballet dancer; Fleet Street ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ Ballet performed at the Empire Theatre, London in 1898.]
£50.00

In black and white on 34 x 23 cm shiny art paper. Possibly extracted from an unnamed periodical. Lightly aged and worn, and ruckled from being laid down on paper backing. Tiny chip lost at foot. Sixteen female figures are shown, in costumes representing newspapers from the 'Daily Mail' to 'The Sketch', and including 'Mdlle. Zangfretta as Fashion', around a central representation of a scene from the ballet, featuring Adeline Genée as the Liberty of the Press.

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