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Military Engineer; Served in America and Egypt : Major-General 1825; Inspector-General of Fortifications

By BRYCE, Sir Alexander ... ( d. 1832 )

six and a half manuscript pages. Folio report to Sir John Stuart, Lieut-General and commander of the forces, on recent military engineering in Sicily, sent fron Messina, February 11th, 1810, with particular notice taken of costs incurred. The report covers the period from March 3rd, 1806 and refers to the previous overall commanders, General Fox (1806), and Lieut-General Sir John Moore, the latter of whom, in March 1807, in expectation of the likelihood of an attack from Napoleonic forces put Sicily upon a high alert, initiating defences in principal cities such as Messina and Syracuse, and repairs to smaller ports and batteries. Stuart, who had taken Ischia and Procida the previous year, capturing Murat's gunboats, retired to Messina and in 1810 repulsed an enemy attack with great loss close by. He is probably responsible for the docketing found on the final page. Sir John Stuart (1759-1815), Lieut-general; born in Georgia, USA; fought against colonists in the war of independence and was present at the surrender of Yorktown, 1781; reponsiple for victory in Battle of Alexandria, 1801; and gained victory in Calabria, 1806.. Good. Manuscript.

$462.39

Poet and Critic

By ARNOLD, Matthew ... (1821-1888)

Son of Thomas Arnold, headmaster of Rugby; his works includethe Scholar Gypsy, and Dover Beach. Autograph letter signed, Jun 24th; n.y., Pains Hill Cottage, Cobham, Surrey, to Edmund Pincher esq., requsting gallery tickets for his wife and daughter. Very Good.. Manuscript.

$396.33

author and traveller in Arabia
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author and traveller in Arabia

By BUCKINGHAM, John Silk ... (1786-1855)

4 page signed letter, addressed Sheffield Jan. 1836, to an unknown recipient who would appear to be an editor of a published journal. " As the Bill for the enforcement of my Claims on the East India Company, will be brought in as early as possible in the coming session . may I beg the favour of you giving early publicity, in your excellent journal . As a question of the deepest interest to the holders of Newspaper Property, independently of its bearing on the liberty of the Press, I venture to hope that there is no Proprietor or Editor of a Public Journal in England, who will withhold his support to these claims of Compensation." Born at Flushing near Falmouth, the son of a farmer, he spent his youth at sea, and in 1797 was captured by the French and held prisoner of war at Corunna. He travelled extensively including to Arabia, writing several important works on the area, eventually settling in India, where he established a periodical, the Calcutta Journal, in 1818. This venture proved highly successful, but in 1823 the paper's outspoken criticisms of the East India Company led to the expulsion of Buckingham from India and the suppression of the paper by John Adam, the acting governor-general in 1823. His case was brought before a select committee of the House of Commons in 1834, and a pension of £500 a year was subsequently awarded to Buckingham. A highly poignant letter which reflects the immense animosity between Buckingham and the East India Company of whom he was so critical, and despite being awarded compensation by the House of Commons he obviously still had not received the award at the time he wrote this letter. Very Good. Manuscript.

$264.22

English Topography : or, a Series of Historical  and Statistical Descriptions of the Several Counties of England and Wales
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English Topography : or, a Series of Historical and Statistical Descriptions of the Several Counties of England and Wales

By NIGHTINGALE, Joseph

(London): Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1816. 46 maps hand coloured in outline, 21 ADDITIONAL TOWN PLANS with vignette views, each mostly drawn by George Cole, engraved by John Roper; with accompanying letterpress descriptions. Final map [Radnorshire] soiled, the rest with few minor soiling marks, some light age discolouration to the town plans. Attractively rebound in half tan calf, marbled boards.. First Edit. Half-Leather. Very Good. 4to. Book.

$1981.65

Savage Club Menu for the 1929 House Dinner, signed by the Chairman Tom Purvis with original cartoon sketch
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Savage Club Menu for the 1929 House Dinner, signed by the Chairman Tom Purvis with original cartoon sketch

By PURVIS, Tom

On the verso of the menu the Savage Club cartoonist evidently portrays Tom Purvis in his former guise as a member of the Artists' Rifles in action during WW1 with his paint brush and easel, not his rifle. In the wide margin of the printed image Tom Purvis has added a humorous signed pencil sketch of a cursing British Tommy looking on in shock. Tom Purvis studied at the Camberwell School of Art, he served with the Artists' Rifles in France during WW1. From 1923 he was heavily involved in the creation of art work advertising, especially for LNER. By the late 1930s he was described as the " biggest name in British commercial design.". Very Good. Manuscript.

$165.14

Statesman, PM 1902-05
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Statesman, PM 1902-05

By BALFOUR, Arthur James . (1848-1930)

Four letters signed to Col. G.H. Morrison, 1888-1893, two written by a secretary and two typed, two written from Dublin as Chief Secretary for Ireland, 7 pages mainly concerned with matters in Liverpool, but one discussing proposals for a sugar refining industry in County Clare. Good. Manuscript.

$376.51

Explorer and administrator, who adventured alone into the Congo basin, winning Stanley's friendship (1883)

By JOHNSTON, Sir Harry . (1858-1927)

Two page Als, Mar, 26th, 1906, on 'Station Hotel, Newcastle' headed notepaper, making arrangements to be at the Geographical Institute for his lecture, bringing slides. Partly laid down on paper. WITH . One folio page TLs, Nov 20th, 1902, 27 Chester Terrace, Regent's Park, N. W., to Thomas, making possible arrangements to give a lecture to the Society of Arts. Mostly amusingly he resists 'Africa' as his eternal subject, of which ' I am just a wee bit sick'. He talks about Ireland of Beauty or even an attack on certain aspects of Christianity or advocation of Paganism, 'with limited human sacrifices'. In one of two written footnotes, he admits to an awful frivolous inclination to include a song and a dance. Very Good. Manuscript.

$198.17

An Account of the Motor Vessel Eilian and Her Master Jack Newcombe

By NEWCOMBE, Peter R

Exeter: Published by the Author, 2008. xiv; 347 pages. Well illustrated. Original pictorial laminated boards. AUTHOR'S SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF 250 COPIES. The book concerns one of the last trading scooners in Britain, the Braunton owned vessel ' Eilian '. Launched in 1908 by William Thomas & Sons, she voyaged throughout British waters, but latterly shipped clay and coal in the Westcountry.. First Edit. Pictorial Cover. Fine/Fine. 4to. Book.

$79.27

Vice-Warden's Court, document for the guidance of the Officer of the Court to take possession of Dulta Mine

By STANNARIES OF CORNWALL

A folio document part printed part manuscript, dated 2nd September 1864, addressed to William Gill, Truro, Baliff, instructing him to take possession of the mine, materials, and all its equipment, etc. With the stamp of the Stannary Court, by order of W. Michell. Very Good. 340 x 210 mm. Manuscript.

$92.48

Statesmen and orator, with Cobden, a leading representative of the manufacturing class as a political force

By BRIGHT, John . (1811-1889)

FOUR ALs respecting the publication of 'Speeches and Letters' to Mr H.J.Leech, all bar one with envelopes and extra envelope. 1) re. proofs. 2) Jan 12th, 1885, Rochdale.Re. title page. "Collected"is more accurate than "completed". 3) Feb 10th, 1885, one page re. binding.4) Jan 20th, 1887, one page re. small sale of 2nd edition and new edition with Letters. WITH . One and a half page ALs, Feb 14th, 1889, Rochdale from J.A.Bright, to B. Clough re. the Cleckheaton Conservative Association's kind resolution re. his father. Good. Manuscript.

$376.51

Single page manuscript note, original hand painted silhouette, carte vista portrait, and engraving of Earlham Hall
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Single page manuscript note, original hand painted silhouette, carte vista portrait, and engraving of Earlham Hall

By GURNEY, Joseph John . ( 1788-1847 )

A fourteen line note in Gurney's hand requesting the sending of some books to Sophia Arnold of Tavistock Street, Bedford Square; dated Norwich, January 4th 1814. An original hand painted silhouette of the bust of Gurney, heightened in white. A carte vista taken from a painting of Gurney, published by A. W. Bennett. All these three items are mounted on paper and have been extracted from an album. Offered with a small steel engraving of Earlham Hall, Norfolk the home of Joseph John Gurney. Gurney was a banker in Norwich, a Quaker, his views and actions led to a schism among American Quakers. With his sister Elizabeth he campaigned relentlessly for prison reform, the abolition of capital punishment, and anti-slavery laws. Very Good. Manuscript.

$264.22

L. Wetten & Son Bruton Street No. 14 Berkeley Square
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L. Wetten & Son Bruton Street No. 14 Berkeley Square

By CONFECTIONERY ...

[ London, c1790s ] Trade card, copper engraved on paper, 85 x 125 mm. Highly decorative example in the manner of Bartolozzi, good wide margins, with a faint single horizontal fold. A nice example of late eighteenth century confectioners trade card, featuring putti and a young lady with baskets of exotic fruit, one putto holds aloft a banner with the confectioner's name engraved on it. Fine.. Book.

$244.40

Governor-General of India 1805-07

By BARLOW, Sir George Hilaro . (1762-1846)

One and a half page ALs to General Ross, Oakwood, Chichester, June 5th, 1819 with good wax seal and postal markings. Following Ross's note, he had not forgotten the dinner invitation, In yesterday's paper, he had seen that the resolution of the Directors [of the East Indian Company?] regarding himself, was to be laid before the Proprietors on the 23rd. He will go up on the 16th and join them at a date convenient to them. Good. Manuscript.

$132.11

economist

By JONES, Richard . (1790-1855)

Two page ALs from the Vicarage, Bedfont, Middlesex, June 15th, 1821, to his prospective publisher. He sends material relating to his new volume. His friend Lord Howden had sent the addressee six or eight names. He asks for the prospectus to be advertised in The New Times and Morning Chronicle. He wishes to keep the "high ground". He will be in town next week when he hopes his list of friends (=? subscribers) may make . a respectable appearance. He has many friends to whom he has not yet applied. He has received a number of letters that encourage him to proceed. Worn and very slightly soiled with two small tears at edges not affecting legibility. Jones was a clergyman turned economist in 1833 when he became a professor of political economy at King's College, London. He broke from Ricardo's system and refuted -accurately- an important conclusion of Malthus' re. population. Here we seem to have evidence of what might have been his first book on economics, apparently unpublished. Good. Manuscript.

$495.41

Late Sixteenth Century Copy Petition of the Mayor and Burgesses of Totnes, Devon
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Late Sixteenth Century Copy Petition of the Mayor and Burgesses of Totnes, Devon

By TOTNES .

c.1590, 1590. The modern synopsis of the document is . "The Rt Hon Francis Earle of Bedford Lord Lieut of Devon (note in corner that the petition must be with (?) the Lords of the Council, not the Lord Lieut.) Recites Totnes is an ancient Corporation and the Mayor and ex-Mayor are the justices of the Peace within the Borough. That the town stands on the River Dart 7 miles from Dartmouth and from thence a daily passage by water within 4 miles of Torbay a spacious bay able to receive 500 ships and about 14 hrs sail from the coast of Normandy and Brittany and well -known to the French and others by continual trade. Is required to have a magazine of 84 barrells of powder with lead and match at the town charge. The principal strength is 60 trained soldiers 40 musketeers and 20(?) cornets who are summoned to general musters sometimes 6 or 8 miles from the town and that year 20 miles leaving the town naked and indefensible. The petitioners (?) to be allowed to raise a trained band of 100 and have same privilege as Weymouth Plymouth Dartmouth and Barnstaple to choose our officers and muster only within our precincts." On watermarked paper neatly folded and bound into half calf lettered in gilt along the spine with marbled boards. Delivered contemporaneously with the Armada (1588), this petition from the good officers of Totnes reflects the continued threat from across the channel, and the need for towns along the channel coast to arm themselves sufficently. Almost certainly a contemporary copy, it would seem unlikely the original is still extant, not found in the Devon Record Office Online Catalogue. Hardcover. Fine.. 4to (unfolded 390 x 300mm). Manuscript.

$1981.65

Regis professor of Hebrew at Oxford, leader of the Oxford movement with Newman and Keble

By PUSEY, Edward Bouverie . (1800-1882)

2 page ALs to 'My dear ????', 104 marine Parade, Jan 17th [1840] re his mistrust of orientalists and encouragement of oriental studies; and his poor boy's illness. Good. Manuscript.

$330.28

"Discharge/Reversione off Castle (?) Ballrymonth Be James Stewwett Comendater of ye proris off Standrews . daittit Agust 15 (1559)

By STEWART, James . ( c.1531-1570 )

16th century 26 line document signed neatly and legibly by James Stewart, half-brother of Mary Queen of Scots, earl of Moray, regent of Scotland 1567-70 who led the Lords of the Congregation in rebellion in the year of this document. A most important Scottish politician of the mid-sixteenth century. The document is a little soiled especially on the verso.. No Binding. Good. Manuscript.

$759.63

One page ALS

By GUNN, James ( 1893 - 1964 )

On headed notepaper dated 9.3.58, to the portrait artist Maurice Codner's son John about his recently deceased father so much loved by his friends and offering to help in any way. James Gunn was like Maurice Codner a distinguished portrait artist, noted for his portraits in the National Gallery especially " Conversation Piece " his group portrait of Belloc, Chesterton and Bowra. Near Fine. Manuscript.

$79.27

TLs with humorous cartoon signature
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TLs with humorous cartoon signature

By PURVIS, Tom . ( 1888 - 1957 )

TLs on headed notepaper dated June 3, 1935, humorously declining invitation to a sherry party. The feature of this brief witty reply is the signature image in two colours of a red nosed gentleman partaking of a large glass of sherry. Tom Purvis studied at the Camberwell School of Art, he served with the Artists' Rifles in France during WW1. From 1923 he was heavily involved in the creation of art work advertising, especially for LNER. By the late 1930s he was described as the " biggest name in British commercial design." The signature offered here is a good example of Purvis's bold two dimensional style that he was noted for. Very Good. Manuscript.

$158.53

Actor, appeared at Drury Lane as Sheva in Cumberland's The Jew (1796)

By DOWTON, William . (1764-1851)

considered the best Malvolio. One and a half page ALs, Arrows Cottage, Vaux Hall, Jan 16th, 1828 to 'my dear Bennet' discussing terms for a series of theatrical performances including benefit nights. With a short reply by Bennet evidently a theatrical manager. Small tear at left and corners cut at right. Good. Manuscript.

$79.27

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