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LADY LONDESBOROUGH’S ALBUM with Entries by Dinosaur Hunters, Artists & Writers

Ursula Denison, nee Bridgeman & Albert Denison, Baron Londesborough [with] Gideon Algernon Mantell, Thomas Crofton Croker, Edward Belcher etc
1849
An exceptionally high-powered album compiled by Ursula Bridgeman (1823-1883) which contains stellar contributions by the intellectual friends that she shared with her archaeologist, politician and diplomat husband. Albert Denison, 1st Baron Londesborough (1805-1860) was the first President of the British Archaeological Association who became enormo… Read more…
#8457

£4000.00

‘THE BOROUGH MONGER SYSTEM IS DEROGATORY AND CORRUPT’ A Polemic in Favour of Parliamentary Reform sent to a Whig Peer

Luke Batten; Thomas Brand, Lord Dacre.
1830
A singular early nineteenth century letterbook that centres on a polemical essay sent to Thomas Brand, 20th Baron Dacre, on the state of the British nation and the need for multiple reforms, notably parliamentary reform which would be achieved in the Great Reform Act only two years later. To the rear of the volume Dacre’s thoughtful reponse to his… Read more…
#8574

£300.00

AUTOGRAPH MUSIC SCORE & BOOK DESIGN FROM THE J M DENT ARCHIVE Under Milk Wood

Daniel Jones - Dylan Thomas
1954
Autograph musical manuscript (with editorial annotations) by Dylan Thomas’s great friend Daniel Jones which were reproduced in facsimile in the first edition of Under Milk Wood published by J M Dent from whose archive this manuscript comes. Dylan Thomas’s legendary radio play had its first reading in New York City at the Poetry Center on 14th May,… Read more…
#8565

£4000.00

IN DARKEST AFRICA: An Archive of Documents related to a Key Officer’s Service in the Infamous Emin Pasha Relief Expedition

Captain Robert Nelson - Henry Morton Stanley
1887
A collection of documents relating to Captain Robert Nelson’s involvement with Henry Morton Stanley in the Emin Pasha relief expedition. Robert Henry Nelson was one of Stanley’s key officers during his Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, commanding his No. 3 Company of Zanzibaris. Nelson was one of 5 out of 52 men that survived after being left behind by… Read more…
#8559

£2950.00

PORTFOLIO OF 19 COMIC & MILDLY EROTIC DRAWINGS: ‘Rough Sketches C W Anderson 41 Wash[ington] Sq[uare] New York City’

Clarence William Anderson
1930
Portfolio of signed comic and erotic sketches by the Nebraskan born artist Clarence Anderson, compiled while living in Washington Square in New York City. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The sketches are housed in an ‘Anchor Clasp Envelope’ on which Anderson has written ‘Rough Sketches C.W. Anderson 41 Wash[ington’ Sq[uare] New York City.’ Old repairs to edg… Read more…
#8283

£2500.00

‘NO LIVING MAN WHOM WE MEN IN AMERICA FEEL A GREATER DEBT TO’ Illustrator William Hatherell’s Album of Professional Correspondence including a Famous Copy Letter from Thomas Hardy

[William Hatherell] Dean Cornwell; Charles Dana Gibson etc
1899
RESERVED The artist William Hatherell’s collection of letters and documents relating to his work as an illustrator in the 1890s-1920s. Among c70 items is Hatherell’s retained copy of a famous letter to him by Thomas Hardy praising his 1895 illustrations for Jude the Obscure, which the novelist wrote ‘to express my sincere admiration for the illustr… Read more…
#8438

£1450.00

NEO-ROMANTIC LANDSCAPES, ENGLISH CHURCHES & ARCHITECTURE IN A WARTIME SKETCHBOOK

John Piper
1943
A remarkably rich wartime sketch-book in which John Piper recorded his 1943 summer tour of Devon and Cornwall in the company of Geoffrey Grigson, sketched Welsh landscapes as well as the Victorian villas and churches of the English Midlands while he stayed at Renishaw Hall, home of his friends Edith and Osbert Sitwell. Piper’s sketches include chur… Read more…
#8495

£15000.00

MANUSCRIPT LETTER-BOOK, Autograph Letters and Photographs

David Gascoyne [Surrealist Poet]
1980
Substantial bound manuscript by the poet David Gascoyne (1916-2001) together with an archive of photographs, letters from Gascoyne and his wife Judy Gascoyne and from Alan Clodd of the Enitharmon Press and many others. This collection which dates from David Gascoyne’s later years was acquired by his friend the society photographer Pamela Chandler (… Read more…
#7758

£2500.00

LETTERS & PERSONAL PAPERS RELATING TO CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT SUNLIGHT & TARKA THE OTTER

Henry Williamson
1940s onwards
A substantial archive - c600 items - of Henry Williamson’s incoming letters and his replies in the form of notes, typescripts and annotated letters relating to his creative work in the 1950s and 1960s, in particular his extended sequence of novels about his experience in the First World War. Among the collection is a fan letter from Len Deighton an… Read more…
#8178

£2950.00

BIRTHPANGS OF THE INSTITUTE OF CHEMISTRY: Letters and Documents Collected by the Mancunian ‘Father of Chemical Engineering’

George Edward Davis, Charles R A Wright, Edmund Neison etc
1876
A significant document in 19th century scientific history recording the involvement of the Manchester scientist known as the ‘Father of Chemical Engineering’ George E Davis in setting up The Institute of Chemistry. Owned and compiled by Davis himself, this bound volume includes sensitive discussions about membership - ‘his chemical knowledge is not… Read more…
#8471

£6000.00

SINGING, POTATO SALES & BENEVOLENCE IN SOUTH LANARKSHIRE ‘James Smellie’s Count Book in Carstairs School’

James Smellie of Carstairs
1802
Hybrid daybook, notebook and school exercise book used by James Smellie of Carstairs over 50 years from 1802 and into the 1850s to record business transactions, Carstairs’ village meetings, auctions, the activities of the Benevolent Society and on Friday evenings the ‘Church Music Society’. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Small quarto (17x20cm) bound in exce… Read more…
#8442

£1250.00

‘LONGING FOR A BIT OF SCOTLAND’: Diary of the Preeminent Scottish Servant of Empire & Scottish Footballer in the First Ever International Football Match with England

Sir William Alexander Baillie Hamilton
1907
Twelve year diary (1907-1919) of a distinguished Scottish servant of the British Empire, who represented Scotland as an international footballer in the very earliest of all competitive matches with England in 1870 - and loathed his ministerial boss, the young Winston Churchill. Scion of the aristocratic Baillie-Hamilton family (Earls of Haddington)… Read more…
#8486

£3950.00

EDINBURGH-PENNED MANUSCRIPT Mary Stuart A Tragedy in Three Acts Adapted from the German of Schiller by Frances Ann Kemble

Frances Ann Kemble - Friedrich Schiller
1866
A manuscript fair copy of Fanny Kemble’s adaptation of Mary Stuart, executed with some skill in Edinburgh in the 1860s, shortly after the play’s publication in this form. Red morocco binding signed by Seton and Mackenzie of Edinburgh on the front turn-in; all edges gilt. Darkening and rubbing to extremities of the binding. Yellow coated endpapers;… Read more…
#8468

£400.00

MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL JOURNAL TO CHINA DURING THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION by a Jewish Refugee from 1930s Austria

Ernst Billig
1965
A minutely observed manuscript travel diary of a research-cum-sightseeing trip to China and the USSR, ending with a nostalgic visit to Vienna, that offers glimpses of a personal history shaped by the Holocaust. Austrian-Jewish by background the electrical engineer Ernst Billig (1904-1970) was born in Vienna, was forced to flee to England where he b… Read more…
#8545

£1250.00

‘GILDED AGE’ DIARY OF AN ENGLISH ARISTOCRAT: ‘F Cavendish Bentinck. Private’

William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck (1856-1948)
1878
Private journal of an English aristocrat, recent Cambridge graduate, Mayfair-resident, avid ball and theatre-goer and, paradoxically, future husband of the socialist and suffragist Ruth St Maur with whom he parented the 8th and 9th Dukes of Portland. Known by his third given name, Frederick - William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck (1856-1948)… Read more…
#8512

£2500.00

UNPUBLISHED ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF SWISS PHYSICS - A Compendium of the Aristotelian: & Cartesian Physics

John Roberts - Johann Heinrich Schweitzer
1701
Manuscript translation by an English lawyer determined to inject his enthusiasm for Lucretius into this work by a 17th century Swiss natural philosopher - completing his English makeover with marginal references to Milton’s Paradise Lost. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Quarto in modern half tan calf over marbled boards; an eighteenth century presentation in… Read more…
#8245

£4950.00

SCOTLAND’S 7TH NOBEL PRIZE WINNER - Nobel Prize Lecture & Personal Papers

Sir Alexander Todd
1927
Alexander Todd’s personal archive including school prizes from Glasgow schooldays, his Nobel Prize lecture and dozens of retained copies of his papers and speeches. Alexander R Todd (1907-1997) was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the synthesis of nucleotides - the groundwork for Watson and Crick’s elucidation of DNA. Born… Read more…
#8180

£2250.00

EARLY MANUSCRIPT COPY Le Diable Amoureux - The Devil in Love

Jacques Cazotte
1800
Early manuscript copy - apparently English in origin - of a French novel of diabolic seduction that has inspired everyone from Jacques Lacan to Jonny Depp. Small quarto (16.5x20.5cm) bound in (likely) English full sheep, rubbed with some loss close to outer hinges but boards remain well attached. No decoration apart from a gilt roll to the edge of… Read more…
#8035

£1500.00

ILLUSTRATED Log Book of the Proceedings on Board the Barque Wellington from the Port of London to Madras

Henry Borrer, Midshipman
1839
Extensively illustrated Midshipman’s log book of a return voyage from England to Madras with drawings of an albatross-shoot, whale-ships burning oil, a mirage at sea and a sequence of coastal views including St Helena and Tristan da Cunha. Folio-sized manuscript which has been copied by its author from the original document into a printed skeleton… Read more…
#7942

£1950.00

NAPOLEONIC WARS LOG of the Proceedings of The HMSS Malabar Kept by W B Boddy

W B Boddy
1814
Napoleonic War manuscript ship’s log for a British warship in the Mediterranean that would be used shortly afterwards to transport convicts to New South Wales (1819) and Van Diemen’s Land (1821) in Australia. The folio-sized ship’s log comprises two disbound sections of a notebook of a junior British naval officer’s training logbook from 1814. Manu… Read more…
#7846

£1400.00

TIBETAN ‘SHERPA’ ART

Tibetan Sherpa Artist [George Lowe]
1960
Remarkable collection of Tibetan Sherpa art collected, and possibly commissioned, by a member of Sir Edward Hillary’s ‘Silver Hut’ expedition to Mount Makulu in the Himalayas, including an image of the mountaineers scaling the peak. This collection is introduced by its owner, an unidentified member of Hillary’s 1960 expedition (possibly George Lowe… Read more…
#7581

£850.00

LIVERPOOL MANUSCRIPT - Minutes of the Council Meetings of the Liverpool Architectural and Archaeological Society from October 16th 1867 to July 4th 1887

Francis Horner; Thomas Kilpin; Henry Hill Vale, Thomas D Barry; Joseph Boult; Henry Sumners, Charles Aldridge etc
1867
Manuscript records from one of the world’s oldest architectural societies containing hundreds of signatures of leading members including the architect of the Walker Art Gallery. Quarto manuscript book, half green morocco over marbled boards, stationer’s ticket of ‘Joseph A D Watts... Liverpool’ on marbled front endpaper with details for reordering.… Read more…
#7538

£650.00

OPERA SINGER JESSIE ROSE’S BOOK OF LOVE POEMS - Written by a Lovelorn Suitor

Charles Sydney Buxton
1908
A volume of love poetry written by a young Liberal politician who had fallen head over heels with the glamorous, newly single opera singer, renowned for her performances in Gilbert and Sullivan operas. A note laid into the volume reveals that it featured on BBC Antiques Road Show in February 2007. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Beautiful, bespoke vellum bin… Read more…
#8477

£1250.00

MANUSCRIPT OF AN UNFINISHED WORK ON FINGER RINGS

Reverend James Beck
1872
Unfinished and unpublished, a manuscript study of the history of finger rings written and researched by a scholarly Victorian clergyman in Suffolk. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Attractive quarto bound in half deep red morocco over cloth covered boards with gilt lettering. Blue endpapers and paper stock throughout; circular stamp of ‘Assay Office Library B… Read more…
#8479

£400.00

‘THE VELASQUEZ ARE QUITE MARVELLOUS’ Year Abroad Diary of the Future Establishment ‘Portraitist Par Excellence’

Oswald Birley
1905
Oswald Birley’s painting-saturated diary written in the winter months of his year abroad in the Mediterranean which records his obsession with Velasquez who would go on to inspire the artist’s enormously successful practice, as well as offering an eye witness account of the Friday ceremonial of the penultimate Ottoman Sultan. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:… Read more…
#8472

£1500.00