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Facsimile Letter acknowledging payment “for your Copy of my Work on the Slave States of America”, addressed to George Lovejoy, with a fully autograph postscript signed by Buckingham with initials, offering to lecture at New Hall

by BUCKINGHAM, James Silk

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Camden Town, 27 April 1842. 2 pp. 4½ x 3½ inches, two minor paper thins. James Silk Buckingham (1786-1855), author and traveller. His works included Travels in Mesopotamia (1827), a number of accounts of travels in America and Canada, e.g. The Slave States of America (2 vols., 1842).
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Fete du Drapeau, Offert par le 3e Regiment de Tirailleurs Tonkinois

by INDOCHINA. Fete du Drapeau, 1913

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Imp. d’Extreme-Orient, Hanoi, October 1913. 8 pp. pamphlet, staples removed, in good clean condition, 10 x 4 inches.
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Final page only of an autograph letter: “... tlll we return & see you again, yours truly, T.Carlyle”, also bearing Carlyle’s return address in his hand: “T.Carlyle Esq., The Lord Ashburton, The Grange, Alresford, Hants.”

by CARLYLE, Thomas

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Undated. 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition. With a separate litho portrait of Carlyle by D’Orsay. Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), historian.
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Folio leaf (numbered 6) of an original autograph manuscript by Richard Cobden about Egypt, describing his interview with Mehemet Ali. Unsigned

by COBDEN, Richard

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Undated. 40 lines on 1 page 13 x 8 inches, with corrections, light creasing. Richard Cobden (1804-65), statesman. When Cobden visited Egypt in 1836, on behalf of a Lancashire calico factory, he wrote letters to his sisters and friends, extracts of which are printed in John Morley‘s Life of Richard Cobden. “I was startled too on observing that whilst the mouth, which was partially concealed beneath his white beard & moustache, put on the semblance of laughter, the eyes were all the while peering coldly from beneath their heavy brows with an expression quite opposite to that of unguarded mirth. The great size of his head accords, phrenologically, with the extraordinary force of character possessed by this successful soldier; whilst a broad & massive forehead harmonises with that subtlety & depth of intellect which he had evinced in his intrigues & schemes of personal aggrandisement. Upon the whole however - let me hasten to confess it - there is nothing remarkable in the… Read more
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Four Autograph Letters Signed [to military agents], discussing army appointments, financial matters, promotions, etc

by PITT, William Augustus

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Kingston, Lewes, Lower Barracks; 1803-1808. 4 pp. 9 x 7½ inches, in good condition. General Sir William Augustus Pitt (c. 1728 - 1809) served in the Seven Years War, and was severely wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of Kloster Kampen in 1760. In 1794 he was given the shore command of the Portsmouth defences, a post he retained until 1809. “From a letter I have just recd. from Ensign Villiers of the New South Wales Corps, on board the Recovery at Portsmouth, I find Mr. Vernon the Taylor has taken out a writ against him for about £30 ...”
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Four Hundred Years of British Autographs. A Collector’s Guide

by RAWLINS, Ray

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London, 1970. 188 pp. Blue cloth, in fine bright condition, with original dust wrapper. Over 400 facsimile signatures, including every British sovereign from Henry VIII, some 49 prime ministers, and a wide range of literary figures, soldiers, scientists, artists and others. This remains one of the most useful and reliable books about autograph collecting.
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Fragementary hafl-title (only) of his novel Uarda [a Romance of Ancient Egypt], bearing a dated inscription signed ‘Georg Ebers’

by EBERS, Georg

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Leipzig, 2 March 1877. 4 x 4 inches, belmishes. Georg Moritz Ebers (1837 – 1898), German Egyptologist and novelist, discovered the Egyptian medical papyrus, of ca. 1550 BCE, named after him at Luxor in the winter of 1873–74.
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Free Ticket on the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad issued to W.S.Mackenzie Esq. M.M. G’d Trunk R.R., until December 31 1861, signed ‘Geo. B.McClellan’ as General Superintendent

by McCLELLAN, Major-General George Brinton

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1861. 2¼ x 3½ inches, one corner crease, minor blemishes only. Major-General George Brinton McClellan (1826-85) took the field with the Army of the Potomac in April 1862. He was superseded by General Burnside in November 1862.
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A fine Autograph Letter Signed ‘W.Smith’, to Mr. Wilkins, bookseller in Market Place, Norwich, explaining which numbers of various part publications have not yet reached him, an entertaining lament about the frustrations of being a subscriber

by SMITH, William

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London, 5 November 1819. 3 pp. 9 x 8 inches, with the address panel, signed for free postage. William Smith (1756–1835) , abolitionist, Member of Parliament. He was a friend and close associate of William Wilberforce and a member of the Clapham Sect of social reformers, and was in the forefront of many of their campaigns for social justice, prison reform and philanthropic endeavour, most notably the abolition of slavery. He was the maternal grandfather of pioneer nurse and statistician Florence Nightingale. “... these mistakes, the having to think about them, & the chance of losing as well as not getting parts, as well as their running into endless length, have made me resolve almost never to subscribe to anything of the kind.”
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52 Queen Street, Edinburgh, 3 January 1866. 3 pp. 7 x 4 inches, black border, in good condition. Sir James Young Simpson (1811-1870), Scottish obstetrician, originated the use of ether in childbirth, and discovered the properties of chloroform (1847). He championed chloroforms’s use against religious and medical opposition until its use at the birth of Prince Leopold led to its general acceptance.
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A fine Autograph Letter Signed, to M.Eberstadt, wishing him a happy New Year and discussing the locations and dates for his forthcoming concert programme

by HECKMANN, Robert

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Cologne, 6 January 1886. In German. 1 page 9 x 6 inches, very good condition. Robert Heckmann (1848-1891), German violinist. From 1872 he was concertmaster in Cologne, solo violinist and principal of a famous string quartet.
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St. Cloud, 7 May 1811. In French. 14 lines on 1 page, perfect for display, 9 x 7 inches, one pinhole, with the discreet authentication blindstamp of the Rossignol Napoleon Collection, Paris. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821). Henri Jacques Guillaume Clarke, duc de Feltre (1765-1818), born of Irish parents, Minister of War from 1807, and Marshal of France. Napoleon came to depend on his authority and he was instrumental in organising the administration and building the Grande Armée in 1811-12.
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