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Official Christmas Card, signed ‘Galway’, showing the mountain ranges on South Island

by GALWAY, 8th Viscount, Governor-General of New Zealand

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Government House, Wellington, New Zealand, 1937. 7 x 9 inches, blue silk tie. In good condition. George Vere Arundell Monckton-Arundell, 8th Viscount Galway (1882-1943), Governor-General of New Zealand, 1935-41.
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Order to pay £30, signed twice by Richard Sheil, addressed to Henry Harris, “Proprietor of Covt. Garden Theatre”

by SHEIL, Richard Lalor

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Dublin, 18 August 1821. 9 x 3½ inches, blind embossed revenue stamp, folds. Richard Lalor Sheil (1791-1851), Irish dramatist and politician, aided O’Connell with impassioned speeches until the granting of Catholic emancipation (1829), then fought for the repeal of the union of Great Britain and Ireland. Master of the Mint (1846-50).
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Original Illustrated Autograph Letter Signed, to Miss E.Bodkin, 52 Upper Mount Street, Dublin, flattered that “you are having the little woodcut framed”

by EDEN, William Denis

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Woodstock, January 1928. 1 page 8 x 5 inches, with the original envelope. William Denis Eden (1878-1949), writer, painter and illustrator. His correspondence with Thomas Bodkin is held by Trinity College Dublin. Eden had his first lessons in painting from F G Stephens, an original member of the Pre- Raphaelite Brotherhood.
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Whitehall, 5 April 1712. 2 pp. 11½ x 7 inches, in good condition. With the integral blank leaf. Lieutenant-General Francis Palmes (d.1719), noted favourite general of the Duke of Marlborough. Palmes assumed command of his regiment at the Battle of Blenheim. Reports from the battle state that 'hardly anyone was more instrumental to the success of that day' than Palmes. From February 1708 Palmes travelled extensively, undertaking mission to the United Provinces, Hanover, Prussia, Vienna and Savoy in order to concert measures with the allies. He was promoted to lieutenant-general in the Army in 1709 and became envoy to Poland in 1718. Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke (1678 – 1751), English politician, government official and political philosopher.
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Original Naval Order, signed ‘Gardner’, addressed to Lieutenant Bucke, commanding HM Gun Boat Acute, in the preparations for the capture of Flushing, giving orders for the protection of a victualling vessel and for the delivery of supernumeraries belonging to HMS Superb

by WALCHEREN EXPEDITION 1809. Admiral Alan Hyde Gardner

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Given on board the Blake at Sea, 18 July 1809. 1 page 12½ x 8 inches, folds, in good condition. HMS Blake took part in the action of 15 August, which led to the French surrender. Alan Hyde Gardner, KCB, 2nd Baron Gardner (1770 – 1815) was the son of Admiral Alan Gardner, 1st Baron Gardner, and followed his father into the Royal Navy. In 1796 he was captain of the frigate HMS Heroine, and in 1805 of the 74 gun HMS Hero - in the latter he was present at the action off Ferrol in 1805 and led the vanguard at the Battle of Cape Finisterre later that year.
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Original Signature, taken from the end of a letter

by STEPHENSON, Robert

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Undated. Laid down on card (from a Victorian album), 2 x 4 inches. Robert Stephenson (1803-1859), engineer, son of George Stephenson and manager of his father’s locomotive engine-works at Newcastle, builder of bridges, such as the Britannia Tubular Bridge (1850).
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Original signature ‘John Radcliffe’ on a section cut from a Treasury document

by RADCLIFFE, John

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3 May 1705. 4 x 6 inches, neatly trimmed and in good condition. From the Enys Collection, sold at Bonhams, London, in 2004. A good example of the uncommon signature of John Radcliffe (1650-1714), physician and philanthropist, one of the most famous doctors of his time, who bequeathed the bulk of his large property to the Radcliffe Library, Infirmary and Observatory, all named after him, and to University College Oxford and St.Bartholomew’s Hospital in London.
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Original dated autograph

by NILSSON, Christina

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Liverpool, 18 September 1869. 7 x 4 inches, headed writing paper of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society. Christina Nilsson, Countess de Casa Miranda, (1843 –1921), Swedish operatic soprano. She possessed a brilliant bel canto technique and was considered a rival to the Victorian era's most famous diva, Adelina Patti. Nilsson became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 1869.
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Original postal stationery card, sent locally by German company Co. Kinder, offering cheeses and cucumbers, “just arrived”

by SIAM

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Bangkok, 19 July 1898. Postal Card, Rama V 1st issue, postally used in Bangkok. Tied by Bangkok 2 cds. “Just arrived: Fresh Savoy Cheeses in wood boxes, sold at $1.50; Fresh smll Camembert Cheeses in tinfoil sold at 75 cents of $7.50 per doz. ...”
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Original Signature of King William Dappa Pepple I (‘Pepple’), taken from a letter

by PEPPLE I, King of Bonny, Niger Coast

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Dated in another hand 1861. 1 x 4 inches, laid down on part of a Victorian album leaf, in good condition. The Kingdom of Bonny is a traditional state based on the town of Bonny in Rivers State, Nigeria. Founded in the 14th century AD, it became an important slave trading port, later trading palm oil products. During the 19th century the British became increasingly involved in the internal affairs of the kingdom, in 1886 assuming control under a protectorate treaty. William Dappa Pepple I ascended the throne in 1830. He became increasingly incompetent, particularly following a stroke in 1852, and stirred up opposition to his rule. In 1854 the British deported the king.King Dapu Fubara II Pepple ("Dappo") was appointed in his place, but died on 13 Aug 1855. The acting British Consul in the Bight of Biafra, J.W.B. Lynslager, signed a document on 11 September 1855 appointing the chiefs Anne Pepple, Ada Allison, Captain Hart and Manilla Pepple as a regency, required to consult with Bannego and… Read more
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Original signature ‘Samuel Kidd’

by KIDD, Samuel

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Undated. 2 x 4 inches. Light traces of former mounting in an album. Annotated on verso in pencil in a Victorian hand: ‘Professor of Chinese, University College’. Samuel Kidd (1804-43), missionary and professor of Chinese at University College, London, arrived at Malacca in November 1825. Under the direction of the Rev.David Collie he made rapid progress in the study of Chinese, and was appointed professor of Chinese at the Anglo-Chinese College of Malacca.
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Original Signature: yours affect. Joseph Wolff

by WOLFF, Joseph

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Undated. 2½ x 5 inches. With a separate printed caricature of Wolff, with his facsimile signature beneath. Joseph Wolff (1795-1862), Anglicised Jew who became a missionary to the Jews in the East, and the author of a Narrative of his Mission to Bokhara.
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Original sketch of a horse’s head, signed ‘John Charlton’

by CHARLTON, John

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6 William Street, Albert Gate [London]. 8 x 5 inches, on a sheet of headed writing paper. John Charlton (1849–1917) was an English painter and illustrator of historical and especially battle scenes, mainly from contemporary history.
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Original manuscript document authorising payments, signed ‘E.Philibert’. With countersignatures

by EMMANUEL PHILIBERT, Duke of Savoy

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Savoy, May 1564. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, in good sound condition, but with five small pieces of adhesive tape affixed at edges, cancellation stroke. Integral leaf, docketed on verso. The uncommon signature of Emmanuel Philibert (1528-1580), Duke of Savoy, one of the most renowned princes of the later Renaissance. He was the son of Charles III and Beatrice of Portugal, and took service with the Emperor Charles V during the wars in Germany, France and the Low Countries. During his reign (from 1553) as Savoy’s first really outstanding ruler, the duchy became free of foreign occupation. He organised a central government and an effective army.
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Original Signature ‘G.B.Rodney’

Original Signature ‘G.B.Rodney’

by RODNEY, George Brydges, Admiral

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Undated. 1 x 2 inches, laid down, taken from a Victorian autograph album. A good example of the distinctive autograph of Admiral Lord Rodney (1719-92), who was commander-in-chief at Jamaica from 1771-74. In 1779 he was given the command of the Leeward Islands station. In 1781 he seized the Dutch settlements. In April 1782 he achieved the decisive defeat of the French fleet under De Grasse.
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Whitehall, 14 April 1709. 2 pp. 12 x 7 inches, in fine condition, with an integral blank leaf tipped on to a card mount. This handsome letter is signed by Lord Stamford [Thomas Grey, second Earl of Stamford, 1654-1720, president of the board], Sir Philip Meadows, R.Monckton, Charles Turner, and J.Pulteney. Sir Philip Meadows (1626-1718) had a distinguished career as a diplomat, representing Cromwell in international treaty negotiations. Meadows was the author of several works, including Observations concerning the Dominion and Sovereignty of the Seas (1689). Although little commercial value would accrue to England on this voyage, the Committee nevertheless recommend that a Pass be issued, believing that “the said Marquis, when at Cartagena, will be a Friend to Her Majesty’s Subjects in their Carrying on a Trade from Jamaica to Cartagena, and other parts on that Coast; the great Advantage whereof We need not mention.”
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Gibraltar, 24 June 1775. 2 pp. 13 x 8 inches, wafer seal affixed, in very good condition. Lieutenant-General Sir Robert Boyd (1710-1794). In 1756 he served at the Siege of Minorca, and attempted to reach Admiral John Byng's fleet in an open boat with a message from the besieged Garrison Commander William Blakeney. He subsequently became commissary general to the Marquess of Granby in Germany (1758 to 1759); he then rose through the officer ranks to be three-times Governor of Gibraltar (1776 to 1777, 1790 and 1790 to 1794). Boyd considered that his and General Sir William Green's work on the King's Bastion in Gibraltar was so important that he asked to be buried there.
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Original Memorandum, signed ‘Manley H.Dixon’, to Captain W.H.Hall, HM Steam Frigate Dragon, about a lieutenant proceeding to Dublin in the Lucifer

by DIXON, Rear Admiral Manley Hall

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Crocodile at Cork, 25 July 1849. 7 x 8 inches, right margin a little ragged, otherwise good. Manley Hall Dixon (1786-1864) served in the Navy throughout the Napoleonic Wars, including several gallant actions in the Mediterranean and the West Indies. He also served as flag captain to his father on the Baltic and South American stations. HMS Crocodile was a 28-gun sixth rate launched in 1825. She was on harbour service from 1850 and was sold in 1861.
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Original Signature, Daniel Curdie MD, on part of a form for the British Association for the Advancement of Science, giving his address as Port Phillip, New Holland

by CURDIE, Daniel

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2 July 1851. 2 x 7 inches, in good condition. Uncommon. Dr. Daniel Curdie (1810-1884), Scottish doctor who emigrated to Australia (1839) and became a distinguished botanist. In 1845 he. followed Curdie's River down to the sea, and the estuary was called Curdie's Inlet after him. He left for Europe on "Black Thursday" (7th February, 1851), and in Scotland, continuing his studies of sea-weeds, he was so fortunate as to discover a new one. He returned to Melbourne, with a wife, in 1854.
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Original Autograph Signature ‘Richd. Bright’, taken from the end of a letter

by BRIGHT, Richard

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Undated. 1 x 3 inches, in good condition, laid down. Uncommon. Richard Bright (1789 – 1858), English physician and early pioneer in the research of kidney disease. He is particularly known for his description of Bright's Disease.
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