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Richard Ford

First letter on Chatsworth letterhead, 31 January 1922; second on letterhead of 24th Derbyshire Yeomanry, Armoured Car Company, Lubenham Camp, nr Market Harborough, 14 May 1923; third without place, 6 December 1928. All three items in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Third letter in its envelope, addressed to Hodson at Bradbourne Hall, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. ONE: Despite the letterhead written from Italy, as the text shows. 4pp., 12mo. Typed. The 'stress of the election' has delayed his response. 'I am writing now in the train from Naples to Rome and everything I have seen since has helped to convince me that you are right. Mussoline [sic] in this country would be a man after your own heart. He has pulled things round wonderfully and has the whole country, except organised Labour, solidly behind him at present, but he is making a lot of enemies. Last week he attacked 36,000 railwaymen and said that he would sack more unless the railway service improved, which it has done, but I do not suppose that many of the 36,000 will vote for him!' He discusses 'the French action in the Ruhr', and asks Hodson's opinion, before continuing: 'I hate Lloyd George like poison, but it was very difficult for me to attack him like I should like to have done as I had a very large number of supporters who believed in him. I did go for him pretty strongly at my annual meeting in the summer, but I got so many disapproving letters that I said no more.' Perhaps he should have 'pitched it a bit stronger'. 'Things look very bad all round now: exchanges are worse than ever and there does not seem to be muc hope of their settling down.' He concludes by asking Hodston to write to him at Chatsworth on his return. 'I do sometimes feel it difficult to believe in the League of Nations, but I dread the idea of Europe remaining permanently an armed camp and, in fact, do not see how an already overweighted civilsation is going to stand it. The League seems to me the only chance of reduccing armaments to the dimension of a police force.' TWO: 4pp., 12mo. In autograph. He agrees with Hodson 'that the Anglo-Catholics have for the most part build and endowed their own Churches and that they have done good work in <?> districts', and feels that that is the reason why they have not been disciplined by the bishops. 'But again and again I have known a congregation forced into the chapel and out of the Church when a clergyman who has what they think, perhaps wrongly, Popish tendencies, has come into their parish.' He discusses the issue of 'Nonconformist Chapels' further, and continues: 'I have seen too much of Popery in Ireland not to dread anything in the least like it'. His chief objection to the movement is 'that I abominate the doctrine which, it seems to me, the Anglo-Catholics would like to get the Church of England to adopt. | It may be that I do not understand it properly, but I have been in Anglo-Catholic churches (by accident) and have been horrified. He dislikes 'very heartily such things as the Adoration of the Virgin Mary and Holy water, which seem to me impositions, if harmless ones, but the whole theory of Transubstantiation strikes me as really monstrous'. THREE: 2pp., 4to. Typed. Discussing the 'tragedy' of 'the destruction of the amenities of the countryside', with reference to 'such nuisances as arise from quarries etc' and the role off the County Council. (Book ref. 13951)
On letterhead of Glebe Field, Stoke Newington. 5 November 1881. gb3pp., 12mo. Bifolium on mourning paper. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks her for the 'kind idea': 'My own dear girl is a talented & modest student: and some day may have to turn this to account. She is full of Music, and tho only 18 is the most reliable critic I know: always comes to a true & high conclusion.' He asks her to lend the girl her collection of sheet music, 'and then allow me to pass it on to some one else, when I meet with a fit recipient.' He was 'sorry to "lose" you in my lectures. I have a tolerable Cl I & a very good Cl II -'. He laments the fact that although the Choral Society 'meets with so many kind words', these are accompanied by 'so few members': 'it is so disappointing, both to Miss Schmitz [the music critic Leonora Schmitz?] & myself'. He concludes by complaining about the weather in London. (Book ref. 13950)
The first indenture dated 23 October 1879; the second 11 May 1886. Both items are in very good condition, with minor signs of age. The first sewn with green ribbon, and both with the customary stamps, seals and other appurtenances. Two interesting and unusual indentures, showing the spread of the nineteenth-century British Empire. ONE: On six sides of two 46 x 30.5 cm. skins, each folded once, and bound one in the other with ribbon. 'Between Eugenia Susannah FitzRoy of Roehampton Widow of George Henry Fitzroy Esquire of the first part Edward St. Aubyn of Devonport in the County of Devon Esquire of the second part and The Most Noble William Henry Duke of Grafton and Frederick Barclay Chapman of Stonehouse Court Stonehouse in the County of Gloucester a Major in Her Majesty's Army of the third part.' The fifth page carries the signatures of the four, with four seals in red wax on green ribbon, together with those of four witnesses, as well as the following: 'The Schedule to which the forgoing Indenture refers | Shantung Road Lot 273 Title Deed No. 266 | Land with Houses - 1 Mow and 3 Fun | Foochow or Shause Road Lot 317 Title Deed No. 310 | Land with Houses 1 Mow 2 Fun | Pekin or Soochow Creek Road Lot 150 Title Deed No. 144 | Land with House 4 Mow and 5 Fun | Pootung Land 15 Mow Lot 632 Title C. Sub register No. 192 | Honggue and Whampoo Land Lots 368. 428. 481 and 645 | Deeds 361. 421. 474 and 638'. The back carries a declaration signed by 'B. S. Phillips', with paper stamp of the Justice Room and ink stamp reading 'LOCUM TENENS | Lord Mayor | LONDON.' TWO: On the four sides of a 31 x 48 cm. skin which has been folded once. 'Between Frederick Barclay Chapman of Stonehouse Court Stonehouse in the County of Gloucester a Major in Her Majesty's Army of the one part and Edward St. Aubyn of Manor Lodge Stoke Damerel near Devonport in the County of Devon Esquire of the other part'. States that Mrs FitzRoy married St Aubyn and died in 1886. The document concludes with the same schedule as in the first indenture, and is signed by Chapman and witnessed by 'F. Smith, Stonehouse Court, Butler', with two seals in red wax on green ribbon, and by John Leach of 66 Lincolns Inn Fields. The back carries a declaration from Sir John Staples, with paper stamp of the Justice Room and ink stamp reading 'Lord Mayor | LONDON'. (Book ref. 13940)
"Fourth Edition". London: Printed for William Heather, (many years assistant to John Hamilton Moore) At the Navigation Warehouse, No. 157, Leadenhall-street, near the Royal Exchange. [London, 1796.] 200pp., 12mo, paginated xii + [108] + 57 + [3]. Publisher's advertisements on both sides of last leaf. In original calf binding. Internally sound and in good condition, on aged paper; the binding heavily worn, with only the traces of the marbled endpapers remaining, and the leather flap to the front wallet detached and loosely inserted. Modern pencil inscription on fly-leaf - '132-1939 (131) | Presented by Mrs Mary Greene Bray' - otherwise no indication of provenance. Eleven pages of the section of 'Memorandums, Observations, &c.' have been adapted by an anonymous owner to an alphabetical manuscript list of 988 vessels, from 'Abercromby' to 'Zephyr', compiled with great care and numbered by the author. The purpose of the list is unclear: the ships would appear to be British, and it may be connected with maritime insurance, although some Royal Navy vessels appear to be included. Some entries are preceded by a letter key the meaning of which is obscure, for example: 'BA Trinculo', 'E2 Wellington', 'EA Windsor Castle'. The list is followed by a further five manuscript pages (making a total of sixteen) with additional entries on ships, also employing the key. Entries include: 'Skylark Sandy +NA', 'Hardwicke c Guper S 68 18', 'Rutland c Dove Hornet S Sch', 'Castlecoate dandy R', 'Lynx Cheerfull N', 'Pr Ernest Augustus AR+', 'Royal Sovereign Bath R', 'Royal George SA+'. The volume itself is excessively scarce, with no copy at the British Library, on COPAC, or WorldCat. The full title reads: 'Heather's Marine Journal; or Complete Seaman's Pocket-Book; for the Year 1796. Containing | Fifty-four double pages, rul'd on fine writing paper, for receipts and payments of monies, memorandums, observations, &c. for every day in the year. | Correct lists of the Royal Navy, with their Commanders and Stations, Admirals, Captains, Masters and Commanders, Lieutenants, Masters, Surgeons, Pursers and Navy Agents. | Statement of the British Navy, and ordinary at each port. | A List of the Marine Officers. | The Russian, Dutch and Swedish Squadrons. | Lists of Lords of the Admiralty, Commissioners of the Navy, Victualling, Agent-Victuallers, Pay-Office, Sick and Hurt Office, Excise-Office and Custom-House. | Pay of the Royal Navy. | Number of Officers in each Rate. | List of the Elder Brethren of the Trinity House. | Commissioners for managing East-India Affairs. | Directors of the East-India Company, Officers in the Honourable Company's Service. | List of Ships in the East-India Company's Service, with their Commanders, Husbands, Mates and Pursers names, when sailed and where bound, with their number of voyages, when built, &c. | List of Public-Officers and particular Coffee-Houses in London. | Table of discount. | Table of the Moon's Age. | Large Tide Table. | Holidays kept at the Public-Offices. | List of Bankers. | List of Mail Coaches. | Rates of Watermen, &c. &.' At foot of title-page: 'To be continued annually - price 1s. 8d. bound in red leather.' P.3 carries an 'Address to the Public in General, and Mariners in Particular', in which Heather states it has been 'suggested to him, by numerous Friends, attached to the commercial interests of the nation', that the production of a maritime pocket-book would be 'attended with a degree of Success equal to his most sanguine expectation'. Loosely inserted are three items which may provide a clue to the volumes origins: the calling cards of 'Mr. Charles A. W. Stewart' and 'Mrs. John Thomson. | Low Wood', and a strip of card carrying a manuscript table giving the date of 'Easter day' from 1827 to 1837, on the reverse of which is written 'Dinner on Tuesday next at half past 6 o'clock | Temple Street Tuesday'. (Book ref. 13907)
The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, Bridge House, 181 Queen Victoria Street, London, E.C. The body of the collection dating from around 1906 to 1914, but containing items from 1938 and 1952. Around 150 items, tipped in or laid down on 88pp. (on 59 leaves) of a 4to album. In good condition, on aged paper, with workmanlike repairs to the spine of the volume. An attractive and informative volume, gathering together material from before the Great War relating to a significant organisation in the British cultural landscape, profusely illustrated and with manuscript additions and captions. A n illustrative cover of an issue of Sir Wilfred Grenfell's magazine 'Among the Deep Sea Fishers' is laid down on the front board, and a cover of an issue of the RNMDSF's magazine 'Toilers of the Deep' on the back board. Ownership stamp of 'Howard Fuller | 11 Rutland Gardens, Hove, 3.' on front pastedown. Fuller is certainly the compiler of the volume: the original of a 'Photo by the Lightkeeper of Haisbro Lightship' of 'Mr. Fuller, of Hove. Volunteer Missionary on board a Hospital Ship' is present, along with the magazine article by him ('A Holiday Letter to the Children') in which it is reproduced. Tipped in, in their entirety and in their original wraps are three RNMDSF pamphlets, none of which are to be found on COPAC or WorldCat: first, 'Mission Work in the Fishing Fleets. Being Suggestions for Intending and Accepted Candidates.', anonymous (undated, circa 1906?), 12pp., narrow 12mo; second, 'Our Medical and Social Mission Work in Labrador' by Wilfred T. Grenfell (with prefatory note dated July 1907), 8pp., 8vo; third, 'Past & Present. An Outsider's Testimony concerning The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. By the Special Correspondent of "The Nautical Magazine." (1906), 30pp., 4to, attractively illustrated. Nine original Edwardian photographs are laid down, including: one captioned 'Our harbour', showing a pier (Gorleston?) from the sea; another, a studio photograph by Alice C. Yardley, Gorleston-on-Sea Studios, captioned 'Mission Shipper Harry Lake & family. Xmas 1911'; three men in a ship's boat; three fishermen on deck taking in a net of fish; a ship (LO175) at the dockside; two portraits of fishermen posing on deck (one of them Fuller himself, see above); three images apparently connected with a temperance bar: first, a large group posing outside the building, second, a group (including a man behind a long bar and a billiard table) posing inside, third, three cooks posing in a kitchen. Magazine articles include one by Fuller, under the initials 'H. F.', titled ' "Betwixt Smith's Knoll and Haisbro"'; 'The Apostle of Labrador [i.e. Grenfell]' by P. T. McGrath; 'North-Sea Admiral' by Henry W. Nevinson; 'A Day in the Life of a North Sea Missionary' by Walter Wood; 'A great Novelist, Traveller, and Cricketer [i.e. Hesketh Prichard], on Labrador Missions'; 'The Making of a Man. The Boyhood and Youth of Grenfell of Labrador' by Alice Stronach; 'A Mission Ship's Exciting Voyage'; and five by Grenfell: 'Why I Fight the Drink in Labrador', 'Drink and Deep Sea Fishermen', 'A Voyage on an Ice-Floe', '"She hath done what she could." A Reverie in the Nightwatches' and 'Sir Frederick Treves'. Among the newspaper articles are one from 1908 titled '"Floating Coffins." Terrible Lot of Newfoundland Fishermen. Hundreds of Lives Lost.'; also 'Wrecks in the Gale. Steamer Turns Turtle. Heroic Rescue of the Crew. Men Saved by Lifelines.' (11 September 1908); 'Men who have no Sunday. The Cry of the Deep Sea Fishermen' (Sunday School Chronicle and Christian Outlook, 30 December 1909); 'Dogger Bank Disaster. Hull Trawler Lost with Eleven Men. Baltic Fleet Hero Drowned' (July 1909), with others from the The Christian, Daily Graphic, Daily Mail, Globe and other papers. One article - 'The Loss of the "Rohilla."' by 'Miss Grace' has a note by Fuller: 'The "Rohilla" was a hospital ship which struck a German mine in the North Sea. She was formerly owned by the B.S.M. Co.' Beneath a cutting of an article titled 'Three Brixham Fishermen Maimed' Fuller has written: 'I met Widgen's father at Milford Haven in 1908. He is a splendid Christian'. The nine postcards include four tinted illustrations of Cullercoats, North Shields and Fisberrow, with others of Blyth and Elie. There is some manuscript text, including a page of accounts, under which the following is written in blue pencil: '9 voyages a year | 10 weeks no pay | Cost of coal etc etc £18 week'. A few pieces of ephemera include a printed form (1p., folio) from the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, headed 'Mission Hospital Steamer', dated June 1909, and another form (1p., narrow foolscap 8vo) headed 'Return of Empties to Fleeters'. (Book ref. 13949)
Cobourg: Printed at the Office of the 'Cobourg Star', 1845. Pamphlet, 31pp., 12mo,blank paper wraps (as issued?), foxed throughout, minor dammage, mainly fair condition, ex lib small label on front, label of "Education Department. Reference Library' on back. Copies listed on COPAC/WorldCat include three in Canada and one at the BL. (Book ref. 13905)
Imprimé en Belgique Imprimerie H. Wellens & W. Godenne - Bruxelles. No date [1930s]. 'For further information apply to Sitoncil | Head Office - P.O. Box 28 - Costermansville.' Printed on both sides of a 36 x 57.5cm piece of paper, folded four times to make a 25.5 x 14.5cm packet. Worn and aged. Printed in brown, green, blue and red, with 23 x 20cm coloured map titled 'Tour Belgian Congo by Road Service'. Giving the itineraries for six tours (the first 'From Costermansville to Stanleyville', the last 'Juba - Aba - Nioka - Bunia - Mutwanga - Beni - Kisenyi - Costermansville'), with 'Tariff (Belgian Congo Francs)'. Three photographs (two animal shots and a group shot of six tribesmen, with reproduction on front cover of painting of three bare-chested maidens dancing. Section titled 'Invitation to Adventure' concludes with claim that 'Our touristic services insuring journeys at an established price in cars driven by experienced drivers have their starting-point in Stanleyville, Costermansville, Usumbura, Kampala, Juba: terminuses of important airway lines.' On back cover: 'Information about BIG GAME HUNTING will be given on application.' No copy found on COPAC or WorldCat. (Book ref. 13909)
[The book:] London: Printed by and for Samuel Bentley, and published by Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. 1833. [The two prospectuses without date or place (both circa 1830).] xviii + 444pp., 8vo. Internally good and tight, on lightly-aged paper, in worn original quarter-binding with green calf spine gilt and red paper boards, with damage at head of spine. Stamps of King's College Library, London, with gilt shelf mark at foot of spine. Bookplate and pencil signature of Arthur Vicars, FSA, Ulster King-of-Arms, with ownership signature of the historian A. F. Pollard who has added marginal notes. Pencil note on front pastedown: 'This work is scarce.' According to his entry in the Oxford DNB, 'The chef d'œuvre of Samuel Bentley's production is usually regarded as the Excerpta Historica, a quarterly periodical reissued as a royal octavo in 1831. This compilation was the fruit of many years of research in which Bentley was assisted by notable antiquaries: Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas (1799–1848); Sir Charles George Young (1795–1869), Garter king of arms; William Henry Black (1808–1872); and Sir Thomas Duffus Hardy (1804–1878), deputy keeper of the Public Record Office from 1861.' Loosely inserted in the present copy are two prospectuses, both headed by the book's full title. Both are 8vo bifoliums, with the first of 3pp and the second of 4pp. On the first page of the first are two long extracts from reviews in the Globe (13 April 1830) and Intelligence (2 May 1830); the second page has the 'Contents of Part I'; and the third page a list of subscribers, including the Duke of Newcastle, the Earl of Ilchester, George and Joseph Gwilt, Philip Augustus Hanrott and Joseph Parkes. Five names are added in manuscript (by Bentley himself?). The second prospectus carries a two-and-a-half page address signed in type by 'S. BENTLEY, DORSET STREET, FLEET STREET.', followed by a half-page list of what 'Part the Second, among several other articles, will contain'; the final page has a list headed 'The following articles are also in preparation'. Final note: 'It is proposed to print a List of Subscribers on the conclusion of the First Volume; and for this purpose, Gentlemen are requested to leave their names with their respective Booksellers, or with the Printer.' Pollard's manuscript notes are particularly dense in the margins by "Petition of Thomas Haseley to King Henry the Sixth". (Book ref. 13896)
49 Bedford Square, Monday morn[in]g, 19 Sept. [1832? See notes] [this was the address of Quaker, John Walker] Two pages (and a line), 12mo, bifolium, fold mark, tiny closed tears at fold, minor staining, mainly good condition. With a lengthy note about his relationship with Robert Owen and Owen's plans by "R.H." [Rowland Hill]. LETTER from OWEN: "Until this moment I have not had any opportunity of attending to private correspondence since your note arrived. | My son Robert [Dale Owen] leaves New York shore this time for New Harmony New Orleans & thence to England where I expect him in May or June next year - I will however give your friend a letter to the new editor of the Free Enquirer New York which will I hope be [Robert Dale] useful to him but I have also mentioned him to the celebrated Mr Poinsett [Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779–1851),politician and diplomat] late American Ambassador to the Congress of Panama & also to Mexico at the time I was there - he is one of the first Statesmen of the present day & is to return to the United States [...] from Liverpool the 1st of October & if possible your young friend should endeavour to accompany him. Mr Poinsett is now a member of his own state legislatur & is is likely to return here to assure us [underlined] ['''?] our liberal views. If your friend cannot go with him I will give him an introduction to him & he knows any body worth knowing in all the [...?]" MANUSCRIPT NOTE by "R.H" [Rowland Hill] on reverse of second leaf, c.23 short lines, as follows: "Owen, Robt Sep. 19. 1832 [above probably written on receipt] | His son (Robt Dale Owen)' s departure for the United States [an inaccurate statement!]. | [At this time I was very intimate with the Owen family & had in the whole [phrase added] a high opinion of their plans but afterwards the father's views at least became very wild. | At one time Mr Owen wished me to undertake the management of a cooperative colony. | The Owens were ['most estimable" crossed out] people of deservedly high character & were held in great esteem by many religious people - especially the Quakers. ["Robt" crossed out] Mr. Owen & his family were frequent visitors at Bruce Castle" | RH June '73] Note: a. "Upon returning to the United States, Owen and [Frances] Wright revisited the Nashoba and New Harmony communities, then in a state of decay. They settled in New York, where Owen edited the Free Enquirer. The paper opposed evangelical religion and advocated more liberal divorce laws, more equal distribution of wealth, and widespread industrial education; it was at the centre of radical free thought in New York. For two years, Owen, with Wright and other radicals, sought to turn the New York Workingmen’s Party away from Thomas Skidmore’s belief in an equal division of property. They successfully ousted Skidmore, but later their own program of social reform through public education was also repudiated.After a brief trip to England in 1832, Owen returned to New Harmony. He served three terms in the Indiana legislature (1836–1838), where he advocated the allocation of government funds for public schools, and two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he introduced the bill creating the Smithsonian Institution." b. Robert Owen offered to him [Hill] the management of one of his communities, but he declined it on account of Owen's rashness (old DNB on Rowland Hill)". (Book ref. 13902)
( Park Town, Oxford, 1925 Scholar (esp. Johnson and Austen studies) and University Publisher, 1881-1960, see DNB. Total 2 pages (excl. pc), 8vo and 4to. Subjects include (with quotations): writing on a train; misreading "The cup of your patience (p.29) as the CROP"; significant postscript, a nunc dimittis, "I have not lived in vain - I have negotiated the purchase of the Brit. Museum of all that survives of the MS. of Persuasion [underlined]"; (he obviously sends scripts to Hudson) "I have no present intention of printing this . . . It is possible [underlined] (I think very unlikely) that the Eng. [An?] might want to print it in a pamphlet." In the postcard he mentions buying "a very rare Goldsmith 'item', and made an emendation in Boswell. - So let it rain if it will." WITH: Autograph Note Signed "R.W. Chapman" to The Rev. Canon Price, 6 March 1928, 9 Park Town, Oxford, saying "Concession & rescue [both underlined] are right. Johnson often uses the open e, . . ." All these letters were found in Robert Arundell Hudson's copy of "The Portrait of a Scholar" (1920), with his bookplate, cover sunned and spine label damaged. This book accompanies the letters. (Book ref. 13899)
'Loake's Hill [near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire], April 2d. 1814.' 3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. An excellent letter, filled with content. Mahon has received Badcock's letter and is 'glad to find that you have had the company of Lord & Lady Buckingham at Portsmouth'. Following 'the disasters that have taken place in Holland' (the Six Days' Campaign) he expected 'that the Militia Battalion would have been sent thither, & indeed there seems to have been some hesitation upon the subject of their destination, as their departure has been delayed long after they were embarked'. He discusses the bad recent weather before discussing his brother, Lt-Col. James Hamilton Stanhope (1788-1825) of the 1st Foot Guards: 'My Brother who was Aide de Camp to Sir T. Graham returned with the Despatches & has since obtained the rank of Lieut. Colonel. He will, I apprehend, go again to Holland very shortly.' He now turns to 'the late fraud', about which 'Lord Cochrane has not published his Statement [...] I much wish that Lord Cochrane may be able to stand as high in public estimation as he did before & I confess that I was much surprized at finding that he was suspected of such conduct'. There follows a reference to his 'African Sheep & Goat', which 'live very amiably together & are at present in my Yard, but the latter has not yet shewn any of the amorous propensities for which such animals are distinguished & I have therefore no prospect at present of continuing the breed, but perhaps it was the extreme cold of last winter which has rendered her so demure.' He discusses his garden ('I have finished my Parterres & am now occupied in planting them'). He is grieved Badcock will pass what looks like being 'a very fine winter [...] on board of ship, but notwithstanding the unfortunate turn which the Negociation appears to have taken & the attempts made to rear the white Flag in France, attempts which will, I fear, end only in the punishment & ruin of those who have engaged in the undertaking, I cannot think that Peace is far distant'. He ends by asking whether letters to Badcock 'should be sent to the care of the Admiral commanding on that station', and with affectionate praise, and the kind remembrances of 'Lady Mahon & my Children'. (Book ref. 13939)
With label of 'The Nineteenth Century and After', London,.1906. On ten 8vo leaves, and paginated 1-20. Worn and aged, with closed tear to the first leaf. Gathered with a brass stud. The recto of each leaf carries the printed date 1906, and each verso has as running title the name of the magazine. Pasted at the head of the first page is a green label reading: 'The Nineteenth Century and After. Please return this proof, when corrected, to Sir James Knowles, care of Messrs. Spottiswoode & Co. Ltd, New-street Square, London, E.C.' Beside this Kropotkin has written in pencil 'Send 4 revises'. A highly-significant and apparently-unknown document, withdrawn for reasons which are unclear, and not to be confused with Kropotkin's book 'The Terror in Russia', which was published by Methuen three years later. Kropotkin is the undoubted author of this piece: he was a frequent contributor to the magazine, and on the first page of the present item he refers to his article 'The Revolution in Russia', with the words 'as I have already said' and the footnote 'Nineteenth Century and After, December 1905.' The proofs of the article would have been sent in batches, and the text reproduces the first five sections, breaking off abruptly towards the beginning of section 6: 'But then, at the police station, every policeman was beating her with his fists in the face and his boots in the body; everyone insulted her, after having torn to pieces all her dress, while the officers burned her face with [...]'. Beneath this, at the foot of p.20, is footnote 10: 'Five officers and three priests have been nominated by the Governor to teach at the Omsk Gymnasium.' There are numerous pencil and ink corrections and emendations by Kropotkin throughout the text. Among these, on p.3, in describing Prince Mescherky, he adds the words 'an old man, an Ultra-Conservative'. On p.10 he writes in the margin: 'On their return to St Petersburg, the Semonovsk regiment received an order expressing the heartiest thanks of the Emperor.' And on p.13 he adds: 'This is printed in full in a semi-official paper published at Riga.' At the foot of p.15: 'As to Warsaw, Professor Baudouin-de [sic] Courtenay wrote lately [last word deleted]'. In the margin of p.18, in faded pencil: 'And now, both the <?> St Petersburg papers & the Correspondendents of the London papers say that M. Savitch'. And in the margin of p.19, again in faded pencil: 'The name of which & the full address were given on the proclamations All the <priests?> St Petersburg spoke of it a few days'. (Book ref. 13948)
Material from London and Washington. Dating from between 1993 and 2001. The material is loosely inserted in a copy of 'Passionate Nomad. The Life of Freya Stark' by Jane Fletcher Geniesse (New York: Random House, 1999). xxvi + 402 + [2]pp., 8vo. Very good, in like price-clipped dustwrapper, and inscribed to Drower by her daughter. Drower is described on p.296 as 'daughter of Freya's old Baghdad friend Lady Drower, [who] followed Pam Hore-Ruthven as her assistant and spent two years trying to get repaid for the cost, not to mention the enormous effort, of packing up Freya's belongings and sending them to Asolo after the war'. She is thanked in the preface, and a photograph of her and Stark is reproduced with her permission on p.290, captioned 'Freya, always passionate about clothes, enjoyed wearing romantic costumes. Here she poses with Peggy Drower, Stefana Drower's daughter and the last of her assistants in the Ikwan, in the garden of Freya's bungalow at number 14 Alwiyah, Baghdad, 1943.' Four more of Drower's photographs are reprinted in the book, and the first of Geniesse's two Autograph Letters Signed is written to gain clearance for the publication of the five. It is on her Washington letterhead; 12 February 1999. 3pp., 12mo. She begins: 'Dear Peggy | Incredibly enough, the biography I've been struggling with of Freya Stark is finally finished. It has been a fascinating experience, both to learn about The Middle East during its time of transition in the 20th Century, and to peep into Freya's world of gifted friends and colleagues.' She thanks Drower for her 'sympathetic help', before explaining that she has had 'the most exhausting (and expensive!) time trying to locate photographs of the cast of characters - Vyvyan Holt, Wavell, Kenahan Cornwallis, etc. etc. but some of the best are the photos you gave me - thank goodness! They help to amplify the story wonderfully, so now I am writing to ask your "official" permission". Random House requires it - & I hope it is not too great a trouble to sign off on the use of 1) you & your mother in Tekrit (if you'd care to write me a word or two for the caption I would love it) 2) Freya with Sheikh Ajil & bustard 3) Freya picknicking in "Devonshire" 4) The Mosque in Samarra 5) You & Freya at Alwiyah, 1943. What was the address exactly? No. 14, yes?' Before closing she asks for 'addendums or amplifications'. She signs 'Jane Geniesse'. Geniesse's second letter, simply signed 'Jane', is dated 11 September 1999; place not stated. 2pp., 12mo. She thanks her for 'sending that Release form to Random', and continues: 'I am in a state of excitement to have finally received two copies of the book. Random has presented it beautifully - with lovely maps that I had slaved over in January. The book jacket that Chatto & Windus is using isn't half as nice as the one Random's art department created. They claim their British audience has a different taste!' She ends with personal news. The third item is a carbon typescript of a letter from Drower to Geniesse, from 11 Sutton Road, Muswell Hill, London; dated May 30 1993. 2pp., foolscap 8vo. She writes following a meeting, and reports that 'Yesterday I had a good hunt through my photo cupboard and files, and have found some grist to your mill. The photos signed with Freya's name were taken on our trip to Tekrit and Samarra; the one of my mother and me talking to the policeman is the only one I have so far found of my mother. The one of Freya and me in the garden of Freya's bungalow (no. 14 Alwiyah) is good I think. There are lots of mother's two vistits to Shaikh Ajil in the desert near Hatra'. She also has a large album which she declines to send, and she is 'reluctant to entrust my sole and fragile copy [of 'Peacock Angel'] (with my mother's annotations in pencil) to the post; the same applies to her earlier By Tigris and Euphrates'. She is enclosing 'a couple of pages of one of F.'s letters to me which somehow got left out of those I gave you the other day.' She hopes Geniesse can visit her soon, and describes her itinerary. The letter continues with references to the Muslim Brotherhood, 'Corrections from Molly Izard's book' ('I did not "spend my childhood" in Iran [...]'), and Robert Tolland. The fourth item is an Autograph Card Signed ('Caroline') from the biographer Caroline Moorhead. On her letterhead and dated 12 November [no year]. Presumably writing to Drower, she apologises for having retained 'the letters' for so long. The fifth item is a set of manuscript notes - presumably by Drower - on Stark's 'Dust in the Paw' and related matters. 2pp., 12mo. The next two items are British Library book application slips, both on 3 May 1994, the first for Stark's 'Rivers of Time' and the second for Malise Ruthven's 'Travellers through Time'. The last eight items are cuttings from newspapers (Guardian, Times, Sunday Times) dating from between 1993 and 2006. These consist of: a review of Geniesse's book (praising her 'excellent research', but wishing for a 'grittier narrative'), an article on the sale of Stark's Italian villa to developers in 2006, a review of Molly Izzard's biography of Stark, an article on the response to Izzard's biography, obituaries of Nigel Clive and Pamela Cooper, an article on the British Embassy in Baghdad. (Book ref. 13926)
Letter: From 4 Birkbeck Way, Greenford, Middlesex. 23 December 1956. Magazine: 'Published by the Editors' (same address). No. 9. 1956. Letter: 2pp., 8vo. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressing his letter to 'Dear Sir Albert', Petingale thanks Richardson for his letter 'arising out of your visit to the Ealing Arts and Crafts Exhibition', which has encouraged Petingale to send him 'the latest number of "Miscellany", which is the contribution of the Literature Group to the Ealing Arts Club, and which my wife and myself have been editing for the last nine years'. He discusses a visit to Holy Cross Church, designed by Richardson. He has acquired a 'fine coloured print' of Greenford rectory, ,formerly in Gunnersbury Park Museum, showing the older building of which I believe hardly a trace remains.' He concludes with a comment which would have found favour with Richardson, who had done away with electricity at his Georgian mansion: 'The allusion to "handwriting" in your letter is a testamonial to the virtues of a quill-pen, which although out-moded, nevertheless keeps its respected place in the hand of the present writer.' Magazine: 31pp., 4to. In attractive card wraps. Full title: 'A Miscellany in Verse, Prose & Pictures by some Members of the Ealing Arts Club.' Inscribed on flyleaf 'To Sir Albert Richardson | with the compliments of | John Lawson Petingale'. In very good condition. Lightly-aged with rusty staples. With additional plates by Petingale, W. Pickford, M. Bywater, George Anderson, and a tinted illustration in text. The text also includes contributions by Petingale and his wife Irene F. Petingale. Also included is a copy of another issue of the magazine, a 'Commemorative Number' (no.22, 1969/70), published in 'our Jubilee Year'. Same format, and again in very good condition. This issue contains a poem by Irene Petingale, 'Is she not pure gold . . . ?' No copies of The Miscellany listed on COPAC, copies listed on WorldCat at HRC/Texas and a Canadian library. (Book ref. 13938)
[Headed] Legation of the United States London [MS] Paris, 19 Oct.1883 and [Headed] 31 Lowndes Square, sw [London], 2 Dec. 1884. Total two pages, 12mo, one corner of each damaged (removal from an album leaf), but text complete, good condition. [1883] "I have forwarded your letter to Mr Hoppin who has charge of the Legation during my absence on leave. He will I am sure do whatever is possible"; [1884] "I pray you to accept my very sincere thanks for your interesting volume & for the very kind note that accompanied it. | I do npot know whether I am to leave England or not, but whenever I do your book & notes will be two of the pleasantest memorials I shall take with me." Two items, (Book ref. 13900)
'TRINITY-HOUSE, LONDON, | 23rd November, 1826.' On one side of a piece of laid paper, roughly 31 x 20 cm. 30 lines. Tipped in along one edge inside modern folder with grey paper boards. Good, on paper lightly creased at foot. Addessed 'To Dawson Turner Esqre' by 'Custom House | Yarmouth | 11 December 1826 | [signed] <?>'. Suggests a meeting to discuss suggestions 'with a view to afford additional means of security to Ships and Vessels navigating on the Coast of England, and particularly on the East Coast, and up the Swin to the Rivers Thames or Medway', and the advantages 'by the establishment and maintenance of one or more Floating Lights, (and if of two, the easternmost to be stationed in a situation near the west end of the Swin Middle, and the westernmost near where the Shears Beacon now stands'. (Book ref. 13898)
[1874-1948] 351 aphorisms by the journalist, writer, publisher and bibliophile George Holbrook Jackson (1874-1948), unpublished and all written out in autograph, on 13 x 20 cm slips made from the halving of 4to leaves from autograph and typewritten drafts of essays and correspondence.In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The 351 slips are arranged in 26 groups, all but one accompanied by an autograph title by Jackson on a separate slip, the subjects being: [Art]; Democracy; Fashion; Freedom; Friendship; Happiness; Homo Sapiens; Intellect, Reason and Instinct; Intoxication; Life; Love, Marriage, &c; Money, Economics, &c; Morality; Music; Originality; Precepts and Advice; Revolution; Sense of Humour; Socialism; Statecraft; Success; Theological, Religion; War and Peace.Born in Liverpool, Jackson moved to Leeds, where he met the journalist A. R. Orage, who introduced him to the works of Nietzsche. As will be apparent from the examples quoted below, Nietzsche’s influence is apparent here, as is that of Oscar Wilde, but Jackson’s own aphorisms have a style and power of their own.In the majority of cases the two halves of the items used to make the slips can be matched up. These include many leaves of manuscripts and typescripts by Jackson himself, including a corrected autograph essay on ‘the contemporary stage’ and part of a piece titled ‘The Utility of Art’, also typescript of ‘The Pleasures of Reading | By Holbrook Jackson’. Also a typed slip by Jackson of ‘Additional Copy to fill the 3 Lines deleted on page 270’ in his ‘Anatomy of Bibliomania’. And a typed 12mo announcement reading: ‘8th April, 1946 | Typophily: an essay, by Holbrook Jackson. Originally printed as the Introduction to "A Catalogue for Typophiles" issued by Messrs. Dulau & Co. Ltd., Booksellers, formerly of Old Bond Street, London, W.1. 1944-5. | (One of the 50 copies printed.) | Holbrook Jackson, Esq.’Also present are a large number of items relating to the publishing industry, including:– Copies of three letters from Jackson to Cedric Chivers of Bath, two from 1914 (‘I am enclosing herewith the "Andersons Fairy Tales" complete, and I have the Charles Lamb ready with the exception of the original matter.’) and one from 1915; and four complete Typed Letters Signed from Chivers to Christie, written in 1913 and 1914.– Three complete Typed Notes Signed from Grant Richards, 1922, 1925 (‘My memories of yesterday evening are very pleasant, and I was glad to see you with so many friends and admirers around you. It is rare that any man gets appreciation these days.’) and 1927. With an Autograph Letter Signed and Two typed Letter Signed to Jackson from George H. Wiggins of Grant Richards Ltd, 1914 and 1933; with copy of letter from Jackson to Wiggins, 1933, regarding his usual charge for republication of his essays– An Autograph Letter Signed from Desmond Flower of Cassell & Company Ltd, 2 March 1948 (‘Dear Holbrook, | Thank you so much for the charming plaquette on Percy Smith. I am very glad to have it. Amongst other things it is a reminder of happier and more spacious times – though in those days we found them constricting enough.’)– A Typed Letter Signed from Cathleen Schurr, Production Department, Penguin Books Limited, 1939Circular from the Sheppard Press, London– Typed Letters Signed from the City Librarians of Liverpool and Manchester, each acknowledging a gift from Jackson of his opening speech at the exhibition of the typography of Percy Smith (First Editions Club, 1935)– Letters from: Jonathan Cape Ltd (sending royalties for his contribution to the book ‘The Eighteen Nineties’, 1931); The National Book League, London; The George Macy Companies, New York (regarding the ‘handsome copy of "Lear" which you so thoughtfully sent me’); W. H. Bean & Co, Leeds booksellers; Faber and Faber, London; The Dolphin, New York; the National Trade Press LtdAmong the other material employed by Jackson is incoming correspondence from: The Automobile Association; J. Bannehr & Son, solicitors, Stansted; Bradford Dyers’ Association Limited; Brighton Art Gallery (regarding an Aubrey Beardsley exhibition); Gaiety Theatre; "Hale" Garage, Mill Hill; Hendon Electric Supply Co Ltd; Highwood Nurseries; Lloyds Bank Ltd; London County Council; London Telephone Service; National Motor Volunteers; Northern Assurance Co Ltd; J. T. Roberts, joiners, Mill Hill; Victoria Leather Works, Leicester; Waring & Gillow Ltd.The following selection will give an impression of Jackson’s handling of the aphoristic genre:[Art]27 slips. ‘A renaissance is an epidemic of theft.’ ‘To impose beauty on art is to throw a spanner into the aesthetic machinery.’ ‘Life is the supreme work of art – music, pictures, poems, & such things are equipment.’ ‘Immortality in a work of art may be a nuisance.’ ‘Great art anticipates life.’ ‘Help an artist & he may forget, but not forgive.’ ‘In degenerate ages the arts are passtimes. [sic]’‘Civilization’8 slips. ‘The discovery & adoption of contraceptives is having an effect upon the relation of the sexes comparable with the effect of the eternal [sic] combustion engine (? mechanics) upon communications. The two together are giving us a new Civilization.’ ‘Our civilization is machine made. The past was hand-made not because it wanted to be but because there was no alternative. When it got the chance of being mechanical it took it.’ ‘When a civilization runs to seed it is scrapped by nature & ploughed back into the earth.’‘Critics & Criticism’12 slips. ‘Only a genius or a businessman can afford to ignore books - & then not always.’ ‘To reject a writer because he is either bad or mad is like going hungry rather than eat of [sic] a cracked plate.’ ‘The sum total of critical opinion is nil. Critics cancel out.’ ‘Fiction is truer than history.’ ‘It is more important that we should be acquainted with Mr. Pickwick & Sir John Falstaff, with Parson Adams & Uncle Toby, than with our next-dorr neighbours.’‘Definitions’29 slips. ‘Psychotherapy: Bluff with a bedside manner.’ ‘Inhibitions: memories that wont get out of your way.’ ‘Nihilism: much ado about nothing.’ ‘Intuition: reason in a hurry.’ ‘Repetition is the mother of creation.’ ‘Variety is mistrust of oneself.’ ‘Obedience is the prerogative of the incompetant. [sic]’ ‘Definitions put a limit to ideas: institutions put a limit to life. So long as we recognise these two precepts, definitions & institutions may be useful.’ ‘Popularity breeds contempt.’ ‘Good taste has no rules & it is often found in those who please themselves, & those who please themselves are not to be despised for they infect others with their pleasure & attract them to its causes. This may be dangerous for tastes differ – but there is no better way.’ ‘Expression rarely equals the experience which prompts it.’ ‘When a man objects "on principle" you may be sure that he is incapable of framing reasons for his objection, or ashamed of giving the real ones.’ ‘Fear of corrupting the mind of the younger generation is a lofty form of cowardice.’ ‘Fear of vulgarity is vulgar.’ ‘When philosophy becomes popular it is time to suspect it.’ ‘The most dangerous of all lies are those you tell yourself.’ ‘There is no such thing as an entirely original thought. A thought which has no pedigree has little chance of posterity.’‘Democracy’7 slips. ‘Democracies become dictatorships in self defense.’ ‘Democracy varies in each democratic country: in Britain it takes the form of government by nagging.’ ‘Whitman was the first & last democrat, as Jesus was the first & last Christian.’‘Fashion’14 slips. ‘All dress that is not protective is histrionic.’ ‘Fashion is powerful because it promises a uniformity which cannot be maintained.’ ‘Fashion is the popularisation of novelty – but as soon as a novelty becomes popular it ceases to be fashionable.’ ‘Exploit a fashion dont let it exploit you.’ ‘A great many women must be ashamed of themselves: which may explain why they insist so often on looking like someone else – generally above – them in class or style.’ ‘Fashion is a friend of women who have little taste – and sometimes their enemy.’ ‘The existence of dandies suggests that clothes are not a masculine pre-occupation.’‘Freedom’20 slips. ‘Freedom is familiarity.’ ‘Civilization is a series of more or less tolerable servilities.’ ‘Freedom makes wars possible & acceptable.’ ‘Politicians find the idea of freedom a useful anaesthetic in the art of persuasion.’ ‘Few people want freedom & when those who do get what they want dont know what to do with it.’ ‘The essence of free verse is that it is not free.’ ‘In the last resort freedom is not doing what you like as liking what you do.’‘Friendship’1 slip‘Happiness’6 slips. ‘Happiness is a kind of courage.’ ‘Those who are careless of happiness are happy.’ ‘Once you are conscious of real joy death for you is dead. None only who have known joy have lived. Joy is the nihilism of consciousness.’‘Homo Sapiens’13 slips. ‘Man is dog’s ideal of God.’ ‘Nine tenths of the worry done by man is done on principle.’ ‘The world does not matter to anyone but man which in the last resort is you.’ ‘Human beings repent of their monstrous acts by calling them inhuman: that is blaming them on someone else.’ ‘Man is the only animal that can be a fool. In this there may be hope. Folly may be the loophole of retreat.’ ‘Man is a pervert: his aim is to sidetrack nature & to transcend life.’‘Intellect Reason & Instinct’21 slips. ‘Instinct & intellect are like two naughty children each insisting upon having its own way.’ ‘No thought is a thing in itself but a hint of something else.’ ‘Thought & imagination together are the masters of destiny: apart they are always its slaves.’ ‘Reason is the dotage of instinct.’ ‘Reason annihilates.’ ‘Pedants are the peddlers of intellect.’ ‘The academic person is an intellectual sycophant.’ ‘Academics sometimes honour genius: they cannot cultivate or protect it.’‘Intoxication’3 slips. ‘It is lésé [sic] Dionysos to drink wine for the purpose of quenching thirst.’ ‘To drink to forget is to abuse drink.’‘Life’11 slips. ‘Thought was: life is.’ ‘The past belongs to us, but we belong to the present.’ ‘Life is great when it is tragic; but Tragedy is born of joy, not sorrow.’ ‘Life is what we are.’‘Love – marriage etc’14 slips. ‘Woman is not undeveloped man – but man is.’ ‘The most hopeful sign of the present age is the decline of the birthrate.’ ‘Women cannot be impersonal: that is why they are irresistible – and detestable.’ ‘When we love we are most like animals: when we love we are at our best.’ ‘The Tragedy of Sex: that fact that desire in a man may live longer than desirability in a woman.’‘Money, Economics etc.’26 slips. ‘The Middle Class: Mob + Money.’ ‘Few of us are to be trusted with guns or money.’ ‘Charity corrupts both giver & receiver.’ ‘Enough is too much: but too little is not enough.’ ‘The poor are the only consistant [sic] philanthropists: they sell all that they have & give to the rich.’ ‘Scarcity in the midst of plenty is a financial necessity.’ ‘In a properly organised society the thrifty person would be an outcast.’ ‘Modern commerce: the confidence trick glorified.’ ‘The poor can abolish poverty when they have had enough of it.’ ‘The poor are compelled to tighten their belts so that the rich can let theirs out.’ ‘Machines are gods which destroy their worshippers.’ ‘It may yet be necessary to abolish poverty in the interest of machines.’‘Morality’4 slips. ‘Morality is the child of the self-conscious.’ ‘Expedients are substitutes for morals.’‘Music’4 slips. ‘Music is fluid sentiment – to live for it is slow death. Most musicians are desperate, must music-lovers, absurd.’‘Originality’1 slip. ‘Originality is anticipation of yourself by yourself.’‘Precepts & Advice’56 slips. ‘All ideas aspire to the condition of platitude.’ ‘No one is old enough to know better.’ ‘Suffer fools gladly: they may be right.’ ‘Be sure your kindness is not cowardice.’ ‘If no one opposes you you are cutting no ice.’ ‘Only the insane are quite sure of their sanity.’ ‘Health demands effort. Overcoming is the game of health.’ ‘Beware of the man who becomes too important to be contradicted.’ ‘Better the good for nothing than just good.’ ‘A forward movement is a throwback to the primitive.’ ‘Contempt for inferiors is a sign of inferiority.’ ‘As soon as an idea is accepted it is time to reject it.’ ‘All things are possible: but not necessarily probable.’ ‘Things done on principle are things done wrong.’ ‘Among crooks the honest man is suspect.’ ‘Every custom was once an eccentricity: every idea was once absurd.’ ‘Excess is wrong when it negatives itself.’ ‘There is no tomorrow for those who are alive: for the dead, no today.’‘Revolution’8 slips. ‘Revolution is evolution foreshortened.’ ‘Insurrections are revolutions at exploding point: they are caused by incompetent statesmanship.’ ‘We are all revolutionists when we are young: when we are young we are wise.’ ‘The great revolution of the future will be Nature’s revolt against man – perhaps it has already begun.’‘The Sense of Humour’6 slips. ‘The easiest way to earn a reputation as a humourist in England is to tell the truth.’ ‘The loss of the sense of humour is one of the punishments of success.’ ‘Humour is forgiving: it helps you to forgive everyone even yourself.’ ‘Those who insist on a sense of humour lack it.’‘Socialism’11 slips. ‘Socialism is the only thing that will save us from collectivism: except commercialism.’ ‘Collectivism is inherent in capitalism.’ ‘The trend of competition is towards monopoly.’ ‘Communism is the Nirvana of the masses.’ ‘One of the most convincing arguments against Capitalism is that it can make wars but cannot win them without the help of Socialism’ ‘Totalitarianism is solidarity enchained.’‘Statecraft’20 slips. ‘He who can lead will lead.’ ‘The first of rights is the right to enjoy.’ ‘Liberalism: compromised Anarchism.’ ‘Only the rich preach content to the poor.’‘Success’3 slips. ‘Success is generally fortuitous’ ‘Success it the word demanded by the inferior.’‘Theological | Religion’21 slips. ‘Martyrdom should begin at home.’ ‘Sacrifice is a form of bargaining.’ ‘The theologian is the apologist of death.’ ‘God is love. God is also life, or anything we desire passionately. God is the great illusion.’ ‘If Jehovah existed it would be necessary to abolish him.’ ‘The Jews gave the world Christianity & the world has never forgiven them.’ ‘The desire for immortality is the human tragedy. The desire to be loved for oneself the human comedy.’ ‘God is propitiated, intimidated, cajoled, bluffed, threatened – rarely humoured, coaxed, wheedled, teazed. [sic] You might believe he was hated, feared, & suspected, but not loved.’ ‘Desire to please God is never disinterested.’‘War & Peace’5 slips. ‘War is organized fear.’ ‘On the declaration of peace war is transferred from the international to the national field.’ ‘In modern wars you invariably get what you fight against.’ (Book ref. 13913)
Gloucester. 31 December 1885. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on mourning paper. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 'It was indeed a great happiness to see those young choristers finding part of their Christmas happiness in ministering to the invalid little ones. Your work in the Hospital is, I am sure, a blessed one.' He is drawn to that work by 'the thought of a very dear Sister - a Sister of All Saints, Margaret Street [London]- who is now at the head of a Medical Institution at Bombay.' He recalls that Street was 'for some years employed at University College Hospital, and used often to tell us of the little sick ones there & their simple ways.' (Book ref. 13947)
Messrs. Christie, Manson & Woods, At their Great Rooms, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London. [Printed by W. Clowes and Sons, Limited, Stamford Street and Charing Cross.] Sold on 30 March 1885 and following day. 30pp., 8vo. Stitched and unbound. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper, with a few closed tears. Full title: 'Catalogue of a Collection of Works on the Fine Arts, comprising Books of Prints, Picture Galleries, Treatises on Painting, Sculpture and Engraving, Lives of Artists, &c. Forming a Portion of the Library of that well-known Amateur Henry G. Bohn, Esq., Deceased, Late of North End House, Twickenham'. 395 lots. A few items priced in pencil, some with name of purchaser. Interesting lots include '263 SMITH (J.) CATALOGUE RAISONNE OF THE WORKS OF THE DUTCH, FLEMISH, AND FRENCH PAINTERS, with the Supplement, 9 vol. in 13, interleaved with numerous MS. Additions by Mr. Chaplin, the celebrated picture-dealer, half-bound morocco 1829-42' (sold to Rutter for £19); '283 Wedgwood (Josiah) Catalogue des Camees, Intaglios, Medailles, Bas-Reliefs, Bustes, &c. avec une Description de Tablettes, Vases et Ecritoires, 2 coloured plates, old red morocco, gilt edges, presentation copy to Comte Bruhl, VERY SCARCE | Etrurie, 1788' (Quaritch, £2 12s 0d). Also present are the first 16pp., of the Christie's catalogue (19 March 1885 and eight following days) of 'The Bohn Collection. Catalogue of the very extensive and valuable Collection of Pictures, Miniatures, Enamels, and other Objects of Art, formed during the last fifty Years by that well-known Amateur Henry G. Bohn, Esq., Deceased, late of North End House, Twickenham'. Stitched and unbound. With a few lots priced in pencil. For more information on Bohn's collecting activities, see his entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. (Book ref. 13908)
Horse Guards [London]. 18 November 1846. 1p., 4to. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper. Raglan signs and addresses Bickerstaff at the foot of the letter, otherwise it is in a secretarial hand. It reads: 'Horse Guards | 18 November 1846 | Sir, | I am directed by The Commander in Chief [the Duke of Wellington] to acquaint you, that, on your lodging the Sum of £250 - in the hands of Messrs. Cox & Co of Craigs Court His Grace will submit your name to Her Majesty for the purchase of a Lieutenancy in the 64th Foot - | I have the honor to be, | Sir, | Your humble Servant, | Fitzroy Somerset | Ensign Bickerstaff | 64th Foot'. The War Office would announce the promotion on 29 December 1846: 'Ensign Robert Bickerstaff to be Lieutenant, by purchase, vice Maddison, who retires'. (Book ref. 13946)