SOCIETY

[Sir Philip Sassoon of Port Lympne: described by Noel Coward as ‘a phenomenon that would never recur’.] Autograph Signature (‘Philip Sassoon.) and autograph compliments slip.

Author: 
Sir Philip Sassoon [Sir Philip Albert Gustave David Sassoon] (1888-1939), politician, art collector and socialite at Port Lympne and Trent Park, cousin of Siegfried Sassoon, friend of Noel Coward
Sassoon
Publication details: 
No date [dated by recipient 12 June 1928]. Laid down on letterhead of 25 Park Lane, W. [London.], which carries the autograph compliments.
£50.00
Sassoon

Considered by his friend Noël Coward as ‘a phenomenon that would never recur’. See his entry by Osbert Sitwell in the Oxford DNB and the biography by Damian Collins, ‘Charmed Life: The Phenomenal World of Philip Sassoon’ (2016). Clearly sent in response to a request for an autograph. The signature is on a plain 9 x 6 cm card, and reads simply ‘Philip Sassoon.’ The card is laid down at the foot of a 12mo letterhead, on which is written by Sassoon, above a flourish: ‘With Sir Philip Sassoon’s Compliments’. Both items in good condition, lightly aged.

[John Barrow, geographer etc] Address panel Signed John Barrow addressed to Col. Brotherton, presumably Sir Thomas William Browne Brotherton (Wikipedia).

Author: 
John Barrow [Sir John Barrow, (1764 – 1848), geographer, linguist, writer and civil servant]
Publication details: 
London 18 April 1835.
£28.00

Address Panel only, 13 x 7.5cms, tipped onto very slightly larger piece of paper, formerly tipped onto another surface. FREE stamp. Text all in Barrow's hand: London Eighteenth April 1835 | Col. Brotherton | Depot | John Barrow Maidstone. See image.

[City of London Piscatorial Society.] Autograph Letter Signed from the Honorary Secretary of the CLPS, Walter Westley, with printed booklet of ‘C.L.P.S. / Programme 1935-36’ and application form.

Author: 
[Fishing.] City of London Piscatorial Society (CLPS), founded in 1902 and one of the oldest angling clubs in England; Walter Westley, Honorary Secretary
Publication details: 
Westley’s letter dated 17 June 1935; on his letterhead, ‘City of London Piscatorial Society. / Headquarters: “Crown & Cushion,” 73, London Wall, E.C.2.’ Printed programme for 1935-36; application form (same address as letterhead) from 1930s.
£150.00

A nice slice of London ephemera. The three items are in good condition, lightly aged. They were clearly all sent together. ONE: ALS from Westley (‘W. Westley | Hon. Sec.’) to unnamed recipient. 2pp, 12mo. In answer to an application he is sending ‘one New Programme showing Waters &c’, pointing out that not all are ‘Trout Waters’, and that ‘about 30% of the Members only take part in competitions’. He explains that they have had good (he mistakenly writes ‘few’) membership over the previous two years, ‘but at the present time there are a few members’. TWO: Printed ‘C.L.P.S.

[Sir William Fletcher Barrett, physicist, founder of the Society for Psychical Research.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘W. F. Barrett’) to ‘Mr Dudley Wright’, calling for notes on dowsing experiments to be published.

Author: 
Sir William Fletcher Barrett (1844-1925), English physicist and founder of the Society for Psychical Research [Dudley Wright (1868-1949), occultist and freemason]
Publication details: 
15 July [no year]. On letterhead of 6 De Vesci Terrace, Kingstown, Co. Dublin.
£56.00

See Barrett’s entry in the Oxford DNB. The subject of this letter, dowsing, was a particular interest of his. 2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly-spotted and with staple holes in bottom margin (not on text). Folded once. He would like ‘a chat’ with Dudley Wright ‘when in London’, as he wants to see him ‘on several points’. He asks if ‘the reporters notes of these Exp[eriment]s on dowsing’ can be obtained and published. As he ‘can’t get over to London just yet’, he asks how long he will be ‘in town’, and when would be the best time to see him.

[Harry Harkness Flagler, fabulously-wealthy son of the founder of Miami and Palm Beach, Florida.] Autograph Letter Signed to Mrs Helen Lossing Johnson, explaining why he declines to buy the New York diaries and other material she has sent him.

Author: 
Harry Harkness Flagler (1870-1952), President of Philharmonic Symphony Society of New York, son of Henry Morrison Flagler (1830-1913), founder of Standard Oil and of Miami and Palm Beach, Floriida
Publication details: 
5 January 1933; on letterheads of 32 Park Avenue [New York].
£120.00

Harry Harkness Flagler was son and heir to one of America’s greatest fortunes, inheriting the sumptuous Whitehall estate in Florida (now the Flagler Museum). The recipient was the wife of Frank Edgar Johnson, whose obituary is in New York Times, 5 December 1932 (‘Yonkers life insurance man was an authority on birds’). 6pp, four of which in 12mo and two in 8vo. On two bifoliums, each with the final page of text written lengthwise across the central opening. In envelope, with post mark and stamp, addressed by Flagler to ‘Mrs.

[Stephen King-Hall; Friends of Hansard; Hansard Society] Circular Letter sent to Friend[s] of Hansard with what looks like a stamped signature of Stephen King-Hall. See image

Author: 
Stephen King-Hall [William Stephen Richard King-Hall, Baron King-Hall of Headley (1893 -1966), naval officer, writer, politician and playwright, member of parliament for Ormskirk from 1939 to 1945.]
Hansard
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] The Friends of Hansard, War-time address: | 804 Hood | Dolphin Square | London, S.W.!, [Date handwritten] 18.5.44. With list of Officers inc. Margaret Bond and King-Hall himself.
£220.00
Hansard

Typed (cyclostyled or similar?) Letter Signed as above, three pages, 12mo. very good condition, apart from small rusty hole where formerly stapled.

[Elizabeth Vassall Fox, Baroness Holland, political hostess] Autograph Note Signed Elizth Fox to unnamed male correspondent settling a bill but mentioning that she has enclosed autographs which, he has said, his father collects(not present).

Author: 
Elizabeth Fox [Elizabeth Vassall Fox, Baroness Holland (1771-1845), political hostess and the wife of Whig politician Henry Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland.]
Holland
Publication details: 
St Anne's Hill 16 Dec. 1839.
£65.00
Holland

One page, 8vo, fold marks, good condition. Text: I enclose you a check for the amount of my bill which I shall be glad to know you receive safe- As you say your Father is collecting autogreaphs I have enclosed you a few which he may like to have. See image.

[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.

[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'.

[Notable Quakers in Georgian England.] Autograph Album of Lydia Davis of Alstone Green, with 120 contributors including Thomas Pole, Joseph Storrs Fry, Thomas Shillitoe, Joseph Sturge, Jeremiah Holme Wiffin, Christopher Healy and John Wilbur.

Author: 
Lydia Davis of Alstone Green, Gloucestershire [Thomas Pole, Joseph Storrs Fry, Thomas Shillitoe, Joseph Sturge, Jeremiah Holme Wiffin, Christopher Healy and John Wilbur; Quakers; Society of Friends]
Publication details: 
[Alstone Green, Gloucestershire.] Between 1800 and 1862 (mainly between 1820 and 1847).
£850.00

Apart from one contribution dating from 1800, three from the 1850s and two from the 1860s, all manuscript contributions date from between 1820 and 1847. 237pp., 4to, with eight items loosely inserted (including four coloured botanical drawings on card) and three-page partial index of contributors. In contemporary black leather binding, with embossed pattern and gilt border on front board, marbled endpapers, and all edges gilt. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, in rebacked binding, worn at spine, with new label.

[Printed book.] Thomas Pole, M.D. Written by Edmund Tolson Wedmore for the Friends' Historical Society with Notes by Norman Penney. Illustrated by Portrait, and Forty-eight Drawings by Dr. Pole.

Author: 
Edmund Tolson Wedmore [Norman Penney; Thomas Pole, M.D.; Society of Friends; Quakers]
Publication details: 
Journal Supplement, No. 7. London: Headley Brothers, 14, Bishopsgate Without, E.C.
£75.00

[8] + 53pp., 8vo, with frontispiece, and 25 plates at rear. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Stamp of the Book Centre, Friends House, Euston Road, London, on title-page. Bound, complete with printed wraps, in grey cloth binding with worn leather label, gilt, on spine. This actual book (other than print on demand) now uncommon.

[Baron Bexley; repatriation of freedmen (USA); map] Autograph Letter Signed Bexley to Capt. Rosenberg R.N. about his Prospectus involving corrections to a Map (see Note below - coast of Africa/Liberia

Author: 
Nicholas Vansittart, 1st Baron Bexley (1766 – 1851), politician, long-serving Chancellor [Monrovia], Vice-President American Colonization Society.
Publication details: 
Foots Cray Pl., 16 Dec. 1833.
£280.00

Two pages, 12mo, bifolium (second leaf blank), good condition. I return the Prospectus with your proposed corrections which appear to me very proper. The alteration of the Map [see Note 2 below] will be an improvement as it will give us less the appearance of a branch of the American Society & it would be still better if a sketch of the position of Cape Mount could be substituted for Monrovia. Notes: 1. He was also one of the vice-presidents of the American Colonization Society, whose aim was to repatriate African freedmen in the United States to the African continent. 2.

[Kenwood House (Iveagh Bequest).] Two printed items: 'London County Council.Order of Proceedings on the occasion of the opening by His Majesty the King [...] of Ken Wood' and 'Preliminary List of Members' of 'Ken Wood Preservation Council'.

Author: 
Kenwood House; Iveagh Bequest; Ken Wood Preservation Society; London County Council
Publication details: 
'Order of Proceedings' printed by the London County Council on '16.7.25', i.e. 16 July 1925. Ken Wood Preservation Society list without place or date (but also 1925).
£150.00

Two printed items, both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: 'London County Council. Order of Proceedings on the occasion of the opening by His Majesty the King, accompanied by Her Majesty the Queen, of Ken Wood, at 3.30 p.m., On Saturday, 18th July, 1925.' Signed in type at end by Clerk of the Council 'Montagu. H. Cox', at 'The County Hall, | Westminster Bridge, S.E.1. | 18th July, 1925.' 7 + [2]pp, 12mo. Stitched pamphlet with one loose leaf. The text begins: 'His Majesty, accompanied by Her Majesty, will leave Buckingham Palace attended by members of the household-in-waiting.

[ Hesba Stretton; NSPCC ] Autograph Letter Signed Hesba Stretton to an unnamed lady about the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, organising its foundation on 11 July 1884.

Author: 
Hesba Stretton [ Pen name of Sarah Smith (1832–1911), writer of children's books.]
Publication details: 
7 Lansdowne Road, W. [London], 1 July 1884.
£180.00

One page, 12mo, neat hand, laid down on slightly larger paper, good condition. The ladies of the Children's Safety Committee gave me permission last Thursday to send to each member of the society ten invitation cards for the meeting of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, in the hope that they would kindly give them to such of their friends as take a real interest in the welfare of Children. May I suggest that you will either write your name on each card or enclose your own card, to secure the invitation from being passed over unheeded.

[Mary Somerville, Scottish scientist after whom Somerville College, Oxford, is named.] Autograph Signature ('Yours truly | Mary Somerville') cut from letter.

Author: 
Mary Somerville [née Fairfax, sometime Greig] (1780-1872), Scottish scientist and author after whom Somerville College, Oxford, is named
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£35.00

See her entry in the Oxford DNB. Since 2017 she has been depicted on the Scottish ten pound note. On 2.5 x 8.5 cm slip of paper, cut from letter. In good condition, lightly aged. Laid down on 4 x 9.5 cm piece of paper. Reads 'Yours truly | Mary Somerville'.

[Lord Derby [Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby], Tory politician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Derby') to 'G. Norbury. Esq.' (i.e. artist Richard Norbury), explaining his reluctance to be patron to the proposed Liverpool Watercolour Society.

Author: 
Lord Derby [Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby] (1826-1893), Tory politician, Foreign Secretary and Colonial Secretary [Richard Norbury (1815-1886), artist; Liverpool Watercolour Society]
Publication details: 
5 December 1871. On letterhead of Galloway House, Garliestown, N. B. [i.e. Scotland].
£35.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. A daughter from Lady Derby's first marriage was married to the Earl of Galloway, from whose seat Derby writes. Addressed to 'G. [sic] Norbury. Esq.' Having received the letter of the unnamed male recipient, he feels he 'must decline to give my name as patron of the now proposed society of water colour painters in Liverpool: not because I do not approve of the formation of such a society, but because your invitation to join it is the first intimation I have received of any such project being in contemplation'.

[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.

[Braham Sydney Murray, theatre director: his first-ever production, for the Oxford University Dramatic Society.] Typescript of Brendan Behan's 'The Hostage', with extra pages covered with autograph directorial notes and stage directions.

Author: 
Braham Sydney Murray [born Braham Goldstein] (1943-2018), director, one of five founding Artistic Directors, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester [Brendan Behan; Oxford University Dramatic Society]
Publication details: 
[Oxford University Dramatic Society, 1961.]
£600.00

For the background see Murray's 2014 autobiography 'The Worst It Can Be Is A Disaster', where he describes the production as 'a big production with its quasi-musical form. In such a large cast some of the actors were rather basic but some were superb. Michael Elwyn brought the house down as Monsewer [...] Michael York was very touching as the innocent Cockney soldier and the brother owners were expertly played by Ian Davidson, who later became a successful comedy scriptwriter, and the beautiful Canadian Nancy Lane, who is now a distinguished professor at Cambridge.

[Julian Huxley, biologist, first director of UNESCO, as Secretary of Zoological Society of London.] Typed Note with cyclostyled signature, informing Dr Maurice Ernest that he does not consider the 'main thesis' of his book 'biologically justified'.

Author: 
Julian Huxley [Sir Julian Sorell Huxley] (1887-1975), evolutionary biologist, eugenicist, first director of UNESCO, brother of Aldous Huxley, grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley [Dr Maurice Ernest]
Publication details: 
15 March 1941. On letterhead of the Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, N.W.8.
£50.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded three times. Cyclostyled signature: 'Julian S. Huxley'. Addressed to 'Dr. Maurice Ernest, | New Court, | Esher, | Surrey.' He apologises for having been unable to read his book, adding: 'I am afraid I cannot feel that your main thesis is biologically justified'. It is obvious why Huxley did not look beyond the title, as the book he is clearly referring to is Ernest's 'Lives of 300 years and continual rejuvenation' (1942).

[Ebenezer Elliott, 'the Corn Law Rhymer', poet and reformer.] Autograph Letter Signed, offering his poem 'Win-Hill' to the editor of the Monthly Magazine, stating that his 'children like it', and apologising for not having 'kept the politics out'.

Author: 
Ebenezer Elliott (1781-1849), 'the Corn Law Rhymer', poet and reformer who founded the Sheffield Mechanics Anti-Bread Tax Society [Monthly Magazine, London]
Publication details: 
No date [1833]. Sheffield.
£100.00

1p, landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, but with thin strip torn away from head, including date. Laid down on piece of card. Large firm signature ('Ebenezer Elliott'). Begins: 'D Sirs - | I send you for the Monthly Magazine, Win-hill, or The Curse, a poem. My children like it, so I conclude it is not without merit. I wish I could have kept the politics out, but they would be in. If it should not suit you, you would very much oblige me by endeavouring to return it to me by the 15th of June next. I am, D Sirs, Yours very truly | Ebenezer Elliott'. 'Win-Hill; or, The Curse of God.

[Ebenezer Elliott, 'the Corn Law Rhymer', poet and reformer.] Autograph Letter Signed, offering his poem 'Win-Hill' to the editor of the Monthly Magazine, stating that his 'children like it', and apologising for not having 'kept the politics out'.

Author: 
Ebenezer Elliott (1781-1849), 'the Corn Law Rhymer', poet and reformer who founded the Sheffield Mechanics Anti-Bread Tax Society [Monthly Magazine, London]
Publication details: 
No date [1833]. Sheffield.
£100.00

1p, landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, but with thin strip torn away from head, including date. Laid down on piece of card. Large firm signature ('Ebenezer Elliott'). Begins: 'D Sirs - | I send you for the Monthly Magazine, Win-hill, or The Curse, a poem. My children like it, so I conclude it is not without merit. I wish I could have kept the politics out, but they would be in. If it should not suit you, you would very much oblige me by endeavouring to return it to me by the 15th of June next. I am, D Sirs, Yours very truly | Ebenezer Elliott'. 'Win-Hill; or, The Curse of God.

[Julian Huxley, biologist, first director of UNESCO, as Secretary of Zoological Society of London.] Typed Note with cyclostyled signature, informing Dr Maurice Ernest that he does not consider the 'main thesis' of his book 'biologically justified'.

Author: 
Julian Huxley [Sir Julian Sorell Huxley] (1887-1975), evolutionary biologist, eugenicist, first director of UNESCO, brother of Aldous Huxley, grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley [Dr Maurice Ernest]
Publication details: 
15 March 1941. On letterhead of the Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, N.W.8.
£50.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded three times. Cyclostyled signature: 'Julian S. Huxley'. Addressed to 'Dr. Maurice Ernest, | New Court, | Esher, | Surrey.' He apologises for having been unable to read his book, adding: 'I am afraid I cannot feel that your main thesis is biologically justified'. It is obvious why Huxley did not look beyond the title, as the book he is clearly referring to is Ernest's 'Lives of 300 years and continual rejuvenation' (1942).

[James Robertson Justice, Sir Compton Mackenzie and Michael Maclagan at the Oxford Union, 1955.] Autograph Signatures of the three men, on Oxford Union Society leaflet for the 'Eights Week Debate', 'This House Would Never Be Young Twice.'

Author: 
James Robertson Justice [James Norval Harald Justice] (1907-1975), film actor; Sir Compton Mackenzie [Sir Edward Montague Compton Mackenzie] (1883-1972), novelist; Michael Maclagan (1914-2003), herald
Publication details: 
Oxford Union Society leaflet, dated from 'Christ Church | May 24th, 1955'.
£50.00

A nice piece of Oxford Union ephemera, with the three signatures - 'James Robertson-Justice.', 'Compton Mackenzie' and 'Michael Maclagan' - printed in a row on the otherwise blank reverse of the 25.5 x 20.5 cm leaf, which is aged and worn, with closed tears to extremities and a fold line. Printed beneath the text of the advertisement on the other side of the paper is an attractive illustration in imitation of infant drawing, printed in brown, red, green black and white on a pink ground. The entire text reads: 'OXFORD UNION SOCIETY | Thursday, May 26th, 1955, at 8.15 p.m.

[Sir Clements Markham, explorer in Peru, Secretary to the Royal Geographical Society.] Autograph Signature ('Clements Markham') on part of letter.

Author: 
Sir Clements Markham [Sir Clements Robert Markham] (1830-1916), geographer, explorer in Peru and writer, Secretary to Royal Geographical Society, organiser of British National Antarctic Expediition
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£23.00

On 3.5 x 9.5 cm slip of paper cut from letter. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. On one side, from the conclusion of the letter: 'Yours very truly | Clements Markham'. On the other: '[...] have failed me: so no[...] | [...] you mind my putting [...]'.

[Derek Stanford, biographer, essayist and poet, to playwright Christopher Fry.] 19 Autograph Letters Signed ('Derek S.' and 'Derek'), Autograph Card Signed, and carbons of three reviews. With 2 [copy?] letters to Stanford from Fry, and Stanford's CV.

Author: 
Derek Stanford (1918-2008), biographer, essayist and poet, supporter of Muriel Spark and Dylan Thomas [Christopher Fry, playwright]
Publication details: 
Stanford's 19 letters between 17 February 1970 and 31 October 1978. Early letters from 1 St Catherine's Court, Bedford Park, W4 [London]; later letters from 5 Cricketfield Court, Cricketfield Road, Seaford, Sussex. Postcard from Worthing, 1997.
£450.00

Stanford's study of Fry in the British Council's 'Writers and their Work' series was re-published several times, and the early letters in the present collection refer to the preparation of the fourth edition, published by Longmans in 1971 (the bibliography to which Stanford refers as 'CHRISTOPHER STATE PAPERS'). A total of twenty-six items. The material in good condition, lightly aged. Stanford's nineteen letters total 65pp, 12mo. In an undisciplined hand, in different-coloured ink, on different-coloured paper. Stanford's 19 letters between 17 February 1970 and 31 October 1978.

[Cloudesley Brereton, educationalist and poet.] Three Autograph Letters Signed to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Society of Arts, topics including a proposed lecture and America. With inscribed printed prospectus for 'Roger Bacon Commemoration'.

Author: 
Cloudesley Brereton [Cloudesley Shovell Henry Brereton] (1863-1937), educationalist and poet [Sir Henry Trueman Wood (1845-1929), Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, London; Roger Bacon]
Publication details: 
Letters: 4 January 1900, on letterhead of Briningham House, Melton Constable; 2 July 1901, on letterhead of Westminster Hotel, New York; 12 July [1913], on letterhead of 7 Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead, N.W. [London] Prospectus: July 1913.
£160.00

Four items, in good condition, lightly aged. The three letters with date stamps of the Society of Arts, and two with pencil annotations. All three signed 'Cloudesley Brereton'. ONE: ALS of 4 January 1900. 2pp, 12mo. He thanks him for his 'kindly intervention with the Board of Education', which he believes 'will in time bear good fruit'. He has been 'thinking over' Wood's 'suggestion of giving a lecture on the Rural Schools of France', and would 'much like to take it up if you have still a vacant date & you do not want it too soon - as I am just now overwhelmed with work'.

[Incorporated Society of Musicians and British music on eve of First World War.] Signatures of thirteen composers (including Havergal Brian, Monk Gould, Julius Harrison) and musicians at 1912 Birmingham Conference, seven with autograph bars of music.

Author: 
[Incorporated Society of Musicians, Birmingham Conference, 1912] Havergal Brian, Monk Gould, Julius Harrison, Edgar L. Bainton, H. Balfour Gardiner, William Wallace, C. Warwick-Evans, Harry A. Keyser
Publication details: 
Signatures given at the Birmingham Conference of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, 1912-1913.
£320.00

For a detailed report of the Incorporated Society of Musicians conference at which these autographs were given, and which took place in Birmingham over the five days between 30 December 1912 and 3 January 1913, see Musical Times, 1 February 1913, pp.113-114. Thirteen signatures of British pre-war musical figures, on ten pieces of paper, ranging from 16 x 19 cm to 7 x 13 cm, nine of them on parts leaves of various colours cut from an album. In good condition, lightly aged. In only two cases are the signatures on both sides of the paper, on the other eight the reverse is blank.

[Sir Arthur Schuster of the University of Manchester, physicist who first described the concept of antimatter.] Typed Letter Signed ('Arthur Schuster') to Sir H. T. Wood, explaining his reason for declining to join council of Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Sir Arthur Schuster [Sir Franz Arthur Friedrich Schuster] (1851-1934), German-born physicist at the University of Manchester who first described the concept of antimatter
Publication details: 
30 June 1917. On letterhead of Yeldall, Twyford, Berks.
£120.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. With date stamp of the RSA. In response to a letter from Wood, he writes that he is 'highly honoured by the election to the membership of the Council of your Society', but that he is 'obliged to communicate to you my inability to accept it'. He explains: 'My work at the Royal Society has, in consequence of the War, increased to such an extent that I do not feel justified in undertaking any additional duties'.

[Edward Hull, geologist, Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward Hull') to Sir H. T. Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, suggesting the reading of a paper by relative on the German use of fat in explosives.

Author: 
Edward Hull (1829-1917), Irish geologist, Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland and Professor of Geology in the Royal College of Science, Dublin [Royal Society of Arts, London]
Publication details: 
Undated, but with date stamp of the Royal Society of Arts, London, 24 March 1916. On letterhead of 14 Stanley Gardens, W. [London]
£50.00

3pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. With date stamp of the RSA, and endorsement in blue pencil. He is writing to inform Wood that 'a relative of mine has written a paper on a subject of importance regarding the connection of fat [containing glycerin] with manufacture of explosives in Germany - and showing how that Country is approaching a crisis - when her supply of fat will be approaching exhaustion'.

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