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

Luke Batten; Thomas Brand, Lord Dacre.
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…


No6/10 COPIES - HORS COMMERCE Bladud of Bath

Iain Sinclair
No 6 of 10, ‘hors commerce’ - not intended for sale - of these Extracts from 'Suicide Bridge', originally published in 1976 by Zero's Fool Press, reprinted here on the occasion of the exhibition 'Histories & Hauntings: Correspondences from the Whitechapel Gallery (1974) to Swedenborg House. Through image and action.' (13 October to 21 December 2023… Read more…


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
An exceptionally high-powered album recording the activities of an intellectual country-house salon, compiled by Ursula Denison, nee Bridgeman (1823-1883) and offering 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… Read more…


CARRY ON CLEO - The Production Archive & Screenplay Belonging to the Film’s Scriptwriter

Talbot Rothwell - Dennis Norden, Frank Muir
A 10 page manuscript extract from Talbot Rothwell’s original screenplay for Carry on Cleo together with his hilarious typescript proposal/ synopsis of the movie and a full ‘First Draft’ typescript screenplay which contains perhaps the earliest appearance in this context of the oft-voted funniest ever line, ‘Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for… Read more…


UNPUBLISHED ARTS & CRAFTS MEMOIR William de Morgan The Potter as I Knew Him with an Appreciation by Halsey Ricardo

Emilie Russell Barrington & Halsey Ricardo
Unknown except for a single copy held by the De Morgan Foundation, this is a full length memoir written by the artist and writer Emilie Russell Barrington in which she recalls her decades-long friendship with the preeminent Arts and Crafts designer, potter and friend of William Morris, William de Morgan. In this memoir which she wrote in the final… Read more…



Captain Hardy and Crew
Two issues of an unrecorded shipboard magazine which was printed in the south Atlantic onboard HMS Carnarvon Castle, an ocean liner which was commissioned as an armed merchant cruiser in 1939. The second of the issues, Vol 3 No 13, December 14th, 1940, was produced in the aftermath of HMS Carnarvon’s five hour running battle with the German cruiser… Read more…


FIRST EDITION The Wild Swans at Coole

William Butler Yeats
Jacketed first trade edition of Yeats’ late, great collection which includes in its title poem, one of the best loved verses in the language. Deep blue cloth with gilt decoration by Sturge Moore, pleasingly bright to the upper board, a little faded to the spine. A near fine copy with a gift inscription dating from the year of publication to the fir… Read more…


WATERCOLOUR TOUR OF THE LOW COUNTRIES BY A FAVOURITE ARTIST OF QUEEN VICTORIA: ‘Pen and Pencil Scraps from Belgium by Robert Taylor Pritchett. 1850.’

Robert Taylor Pritchett
31 pencil and watercolour sketches together with a journal of his tour of the Low Countries produced by one of Queen Victoria’s favourite artists. The Sketchbook and journal of the artist’s travels from Dover (strikingly depicted looking up from the port) via Calais and into the Low Countries contains the source images for paintings that he exhibit… Read more…


A BRIEF GENEALOGY of the Descendants of William Hutchinson and Thomas Oliver [with] A Genealogy of the Hutchinson Family of Yorkshire [with] Notes upon the Ancestry of William Hutchinson and Anne Marbury

W H Whitmore; Joseph Lemuel Chester
Three New England genealogical works relating to to the English Hutchinson family which settled in Salem. All three items were published in Boston, Massachusetts in the 1860s, two by Joseph Chester and one by Whitmore. Bound in half black roan over textured cloth boards; marbled endpapers and with the bookplate of the politician and antiquary Phili… Read more…



George Cornwallis West
Smart copy of the life of Nelson’s friend Admiral William Cornwallis written and inscribed by Winston Churchill’s step-father, a man just 16 days older than his distinguished stepson. The subject of the biography, Admiral Cornwallis, an ancestor of the author, was the brother of the defeated British general at Yorktown, Charles Cornwallis, and hims… Read more…


JIM CROW! THE CELEBRATED N***** SONG, Sung by Mr Rice with unbounded shouts of applause at the Royal Surrey Theatre [with] Jim Crow’s Trip to Greenwich

Samuel Godbe [arranged]; Tom Rice
Rare, apparently unrecorded, English song-sheet edition of two of Thomas Rice’s black-face minstrel song as performed in the USA and exported to England by the ‘father of American minstrelsy’. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION An unrecorded ‘Second edition’ of this racist London imprint priced at ‘1/6’ with a lithographed caricature of Rice depicted as a dancin… Read more…



Daniel Jones - Dylan Thomas
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…


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
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…


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

Clarence William Anderson
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…


‘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
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…


PACK HORSE LIBRARY COPY The Slavic Immigrant Woman

Bessie Olga Pehotsky
A Pack Horse Library title - and a fascinating title to find bearing the stamp ‘W.P.A/ Pack Horse Library/ Cumberland County/ Burkesville, --KY’, revealing that this volume was part of Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration Project to send books to remote parts of the Appalachian Mountains between 1935 and 1943. The librarians were women who tra… Read more…


Log of H.M.S. Albion - Gallipoli Diary of Tom Hougton, 1914-1916

Tim 'Sully' Houghton
pp 48 + blanks. Water-stained Gallipoli naval diary culminating in the actions in the Dardanelles in February and March 1915: 'The Captain told us were were going to take part in the forcing of the Dardenelles... a real hot time shells dropping all round us and going "plonk" against the ships side...'. Red cloth-bound manuscript book, water-damaged… Read more…


BLACK CAMEOS by R Emmet Kennedy; Decorations by Edward Larocque Tinker

Robert Emmet Kennedy
Inscribed by the author in the January following publication, on the half title: ‘R Emmet Kennedy. Jan. 27-25.’ Mustard coloured publisher’s binding only a little faded; pictorial endpapers; a clean, square copy. A pencilled ownership inscription of ‘Miss Jem Smith 631 E Street, San Bernardino California’ to blank page 203. A mixture of stories, po… Read more…


MULTIPLE WINSLOW FAMILY INSCRIPTIONS Mayflower Heritage A Family Record of the Growth of Anglo-American Partnership

D Kenelm Winslow
First edition inscribed by three members of the Winslow famly on the half title. A presentation inscription ‘To Major J W Whitlock... 19 Dec 1957’ is followed by the signature of Terence H Winslow ‘direct descendant of “Pilgrim” Edward 1595-1655’; the author and John Winslow ‘Son of the Author and Crew-man in “Mayflower II”’. A near fine copy of th… Read more…


PLACER MINING: A Handbook for Klondike and other Miners and Prospectors... Also a Map of the Yukon Valley

Colliery Engineer Company
‘The demand for this book is the excuse for its appearance. Thousands have rushed off to the Klondike’, as the Preface put it in December 1897. Nicely bound in pictorial boards, a little faded; adverts to the pastedowns; the fold-out map present opposite to the title page. Printed on high quality paper and illustrated throughout. A very good copy. Read more…


PACK HORSE LIBRARY COPY Merrie England: Travels, Descriptions, Tales and Historical Sketches

Grace Greenwood
Stamped ‘W.P.A/ Pack Horse Library/ Green County/ Greensburg, KY’, revealing that this volume was part of Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration Project to send books to remote parts of the Appalachian Mountains between 1935 and 1943. The librarians were women who travelled on horseback with packs that could hold up to 100 books. The Packhorse L… Read more…


MANUSCRIPT LETTER-BOOK, Autograph Letters and Photographs

David Gascoyne [Surrealist Poet]
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…


BALMORAL CASTLE ‘Macaroni Au Gratin...’ A Menu Card in French

Balmoral Castle menu card for a dinner, written in French, perhaps for French-speaking guests visiting the Royal palace. Small cream card embossed with the rare personal cipher of George VI and Queen Elizabeth in gilt (reserved for private use); gold edges and the menu. The text has been printed by an unknown process. August 22 1938 was the 5th bir… Read more…



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…


List of his Ma[jes]ties Ship that were in the West Indies

[Vice Admiral Hosier - Charles Townshend Papers]
‘Admiralty Office’ document recording the break-up of Admiral Hosier’s fleet after the failed Blockade of Porto Bello in present day Panama during which Hosier died of disease alongside thousands of his sailors. Foolscap size bifolium with ‘Pro Patria’ watermark, docket title and old horizontal folds, some fingermarking. The list of vessels is divi… Read more…