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[AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT] Erling the Bold: a Tale of The Norse Sea-Kings

Robert M Ballantyne
Large octavo, robustly bound in tan buckram with a morocco spine label, probably dating from around the time that the manuscript was given by Ballantyne’s son to the Reverend Horatius Bonar, as recorded by him on the verso of the flyleaf: ‘Given me by F.G. Ballantyne March 1927 H.N. Bonar. 22 Blackford Road, Edinburgh’. Ballantyne has written on wa… Read more…


A Catalogue of the Neat Household Furniture, Stock in Trade..

Charles Williams; Sidgwick & Son
Unrecorded auction catalogue for the ‘stock in trade’ - sherry, port, ‘coniac brandy’, rum and gin - from a recently deceased St Albans wine merchant, annotated by the auctioneer with the prices achieved. The printed catalogue is octavo size (21x13cm), made up of two bifolia loosely inserted to make 8 printed pages. There is soiling to the outer le… Read more…


French Manuscript & Continuation of Rollin’s Histoire Ancienne

[Charles Rollin]
Fair copy in French from the 1740s of much of Rollin’s Histoire Ancienne together with an original continuation of the work up to the present day: ‘De L’histoire depuis. J.[esus] C[hrist]’ which deals with ‘Le Royaume d’Angleterre’ and the execution of Mary Stuart by Elizabeth I. Small quarto bound in parchment over pasteboard with traces of printe… Read more…


Coats of Arms Trick’t: A Herald Painter’s Workbooks [with] William of Orange’s Declaration of Reasons [&] Instructions for the Masters of Wards and Liveries

William of Orange, Constantijn Huygens; James Ley, Earl of Marlborough, [William Constable & Sir John Somers?]
Seventeenth century manuscript collection from the library of the Yorkshire antiquary William Constable which combines a key document of the Glorious Revolution, a herald painter’s workbook and an early copy of the most comprehensive study of a feudal court. Small folio bound in half calf over marbled boards, extensively rubbed, strengthening to up… Read more…


Autograph Note to her French Translator and Champion, Andre Maurois

Virginia Woolf
Autograph note to novelist Andre Maurois who translated Mrs Dalloway into French and wrote an essay on Woolf that introduced her work to the Francophone world. Woolf writes on a small blue, oblong sheet of ‘Strathdon’ watermarked paper on 14th June 1932. She states that she has seen Cory Bell (older brother of her sister Vanessa Bell’s husband the… Read more…


Military Deployments in the American Colonies c 1750

[Charles Townshend]
A letter to the British politician Charles Townshend (1725-1767) containing far-reaching proposals for political and military reorganisation of the American colonies and their assemblies, or ‘dissonant forms of Government Independent of one another, and some, as they seem to think, of the Crown it self.’ This is a contemporary copy of a letter writ… Read more…


Woollen Weavers Book 1854-1855 [Manuscript]

William Simpson
A Yorkshire woollen weaver’s day-book, a small octavo bound in brown leather over board, grazing to panels with rubbing to edges and top of spine; binding sound. Front endpapers comprise a printed ‘Almanack for 1854’ and ‘Commercial Stamps, Taxes &c, Sold by John Baildon, Bookseller, Bull Green, Halifax’. Overleaf a contemporary hand-written ink in… Read more…


Gladstone & Fasque: an Archival Collection

Sir John Robert Gladstone [William Ewart Gladstone]
A lifetime's financial records of the third member of the Gladstone family to own Fasque House in Aberdeenshire. Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire and the third Baronet, Sir John Robert Gladstone was the son of Sir Thomas Gladstone (elder brother of William Ewart Gladstone) and grandson of the Scottish business tycoon Sir John Gladstone who founde… Read more…


A Speech to Scottish Veterans delivered in Wishaw by Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig

Field Marshal Douglas Haig
Stirring 1925 manuscript speech to Scottish veterans made by Britain's commander on the western front in which he urged Scotland's soldiers to look after each other in peacetime - 'the hardest battle of their lives' - even as they readied themselves for the moment 'when storm and peril once more threaten our beloved country, men such as they, may o… Read more…


Like a Mantle the Sea [Shetland Island Manuscript & Archive]

Stella Shepherd - Dennis Shepherd - John Betjeman
Autograph manuscript, typescript, corrected proofs and supportive letters from Sir John Betjeman to the author of this memoir of Papa Stour who met her during a visit to the island and helped see the book through to publication. Stella Shepherd and her husband Dennis who illustrated her book moved to Papa Stour in the Shetlands in 1962, to become,… Read more…