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  1. Tarikh Ahmed Pasha al-Jazzar naqlan 'an naskha maktaba Kuliyya al-Qadis Yusuf fi Beyrout.
    JAZZAR PASHA. Tarikh Ahmed Pasha al-Jazzar naqlan 'an naskha maktaba Kuliyya al-Qadis Yusuf fi Beyrout.

    Beirut : 1899

    At the crossroads of print and manuscript cultures in Lebanon, this fascinating manuscript was copied in 1899 from an anonymous contemporary history of Ahmed Jazzar (the Butcher) Pasha (c.1725-1804), a Bosnian adventurer whose bloody career spanned Ottoman Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria. After early years in Egypt, a change in circumstance forced al-Jazzar... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 142204

  2. Magnificent Qajar Qur'an in a dated Zand lacquer binding
    QUR'AN. Magnificent Qajar Qur'an in a dated Zand lacquer binding

    [Zand and Qajar Iran,]

    This Qur'an is an exquisite example of Qajar calligraphy, copied in the bold Iranian naskh most often associated with the Safavid calligrapher Ahmad al-Nayrizi. The manuscript's illumination is extensive, elaborate, and vibrant, alive with colours and gold, rich in the exuberant luxury of Qajar decorative art. Particularly noticeable is the sheer diversity... Learn More
    £27,500.00

    Stock Code: 142205

  3. Autograph letter signed to Sir Henry Holland.
    DARWIN, Charles. Autograph letter signed to Sir Henry Holland.

    Down, Bromley, Kent : [1864]

    An unpublished fully autograph letter signed from Darwin to Sir Henry Holland, thanking him for congratulations on his receipt of the Copley medal, discussing Herbert Spencer's new work and his own health and commenting on Holland's travel and adventures ("How wonderful your strength & vigour of interest are: I had heard of your Gibraltar expedition").

    Sir... Learn More
    £14,000.00

    Stock Code: 142404

  4. Director's Manual:
    DISNEY, Walt. Director's Manual:

    California : 1936

    A collection of 13 mimeographed manuscripts giving a fascinating insight into Disney's internal training program for the animators.

    The collection comprises: two lectures by Don Graham discussing general animation theory and practice; a bulletin discussing "How to Catch, Build and Maintain the Interest of the Spectator in the Picture"; character... Learn More
    £3,850.00

    Stock Code: 118414

  5. Tagebuch - a middy's journal book of cruises in the SMSs Charlotte, 1897-8 and Moltke 1898-9 - Baltic, Russia, Atlantic, Caribbean.
    ALTROCK, Paul von. Tagebuch - a middy's journal book of cruises in the SMSs Charlotte, 1897-8 and Moltke 1898-9 - Baltic, Russia, Atlantic, Caribbean.

    Kiel and at Sea : 1897-9

    A meticulously maintained and well preserved journal of cruises on two German naval training ships in appealing locations and at interesting times, with numerous excellent illustrations: a splendid exemplar.

    In June 1897 Paul von Altrock joined the Charlotte, the last sailing warship built for Germany, when she was overhauled and recommissioned... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 133188

  6. Autograph letter signed, to a London art critic,
    DORÉ, Gustave. Autograph letter signed, to a London art critic,

    1878

    An interesting autograph letter signed (G. Doré), in French, approximately 80 words on 17 lines, dated 24 June 1878.

    The previous year, Doré had illustrated Ludovico Ariosto's influential poem Orlando Furioso, published in London by Hachette and Co. In 1878, he produced several landscapes, including Landscape in Scotland, exhibited his woodcut... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 143346

  7. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.
    BRUNEL, Henry Marc, & Robert Edmund Froude. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.

    [Westminster : c.1900]

    First and only edition of this rare privately printed account of the late August 1898 ten-day canal cruise from Nuneaton to Chester, the second leg of the "Way to Kendal", undertook by five friends, including eminent engineers, started in 1894 from the Thames Oxford and finished in 1899 at Kendal in Westmorland.

    Each one of the men was attributed... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 143005

  8. A Meeting by the River.
    ISHERWOOD, Christopher. A Meeting by the River.

    New York : 1967

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Mary, with much love from her old friend, Chris, January 10 1968", and with an autograph letter dated November 1967 to Mary from Isherwood, sent from Santa Monica, California and discussing a friend of hers trying to reach the author, for reasons not mentioned... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 143110

  9. [Account sheet, with manuscript docket title:] Account of contingent expences incurred by the Superintendent of His Majesty's affairs in Honduras,
    DESPARD, Edward. [Account sheet, with manuscript docket title:] Account of contingent expences incurred by the Superintendent of His Majesty's affairs in Honduras,

    (1789)

    Account sheet for six months' expenses in Honduras by Edward Marcus Despard (1751-1803), Superintendent of Honduras, later executed for treason, despite the appeals of Nelson, with whom he had worked closely during the San Juan Expedition. On Honduras Despard sought to give the same rights to freed slaves as to white settlers, claiming that British... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 135127

  10. Croisière du Steam-Yacht Medjé en Angleterre, Ecosse et Irlande, Juillet-Août, 1892 - original manuscript account with finely engraved illustrations.
    SCHELCHER, Xavier Eugène, & Georges Charpentier (illus.) Croisière du Steam-Yacht Medjé en Angleterre, Ecosse et Irlande, Juillet-Août, 1892 - original manuscript account with finely engraved illustrations.

    Paris : c.1893

    Superbly executed illustrated manuscript recording a pleasure cruise in British waters on the steam-yacht Medjé in the summer of 1892. The trip won the Union des yachts français medal for the most interesting voyage 1891-3 - sharp silver print of the medal and presentation letter from the comte de Montaigu mounted third front blank - and this account... Learn More
    £3,850.00

    Stock Code: 134814

  11. Original autograph leaf from The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
    DICKENS, Charles. Original autograph leaf from The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

    [London : before April 1837]

    Original autograph manuscript leaf with authorial deletions and insertions from Pickwick Papers, the novel that transformed an obscure 25-year-old journalist into England's most famous author in a matter of months. One of only five such leaves remaining in private hands, this leaf is from the setting manuscript used by the printers. Fewer than 50 of... Learn More
    £97,500.00

    Stock Code: 124911

  12. Small naval archive including original notice board announcement of VJ Day from submarine HM Submarine Terrapin.
    MALLETT, Alfred J. Small naval archive including original notice board announcement of VJ Day from submarine HM Submarine Terrapin.

    1927-1962

    Slight and slightly scruffy, this nevertheless remains an evocative assemblage of documents from an extraordinarily long and highly distinguished naval career. Perhaps the "star" item being the two-page "Notice Board Copy", pencil on naval message pad, of the announcement of VJ Day from the submarine Terrapin, which was at that point returning via Suez... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142705

  13. The Letters of Madame De Sévigné.
    SÉVIGNÉ, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de. The Letters of Madame De Sévigné.

    Philadelphia : 1927

    The Carnavalet Edition, number 20 of 1,550 copies only, here including a document signed by Louis XIV. Whitman Bennett bound a number of sets in the same style, either through agreement with the publishers or as an offering to subscribers, but we can trace no other set with a similar document.

    Though an unusual offering, it is a fitting pairing... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 139107

  14. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.
    HAMMOND, Richard. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.

    [Ipswich : 1733

    A remarkable manuscript volume proudly detailing 84 varieties of carefully curated carnations accompanied by a number of reflective religious discourses. The unique work, which has been provided with a locally printed title page, contains 18 meticulously if naively hand-drawn and captioned illustrations depicting carnations, a campanula pyramidalis,... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 138840

  15. Autograph letter signed.
    DICKENS, Charles. Autograph letter signed.

    1842

    Autograph letter signed from Charles Dickens to Thomas C. Grattan (1792-1864), Irish novelist and British consul in Boston, upon Dickens's return from his first trip to America, in total around 200 words in his hand. A bitter Dickens reflects upon his trip, generally seen as unsuccessful following controversies over copyright, and has come back to find... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 137058

  16. Autograph letter signed, "P. Kropotkin".
    KROPOTKIN, Peter. Autograph letter signed, "P. Kropotkin".

    Boxborough Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill : 1888

    Autograph letter signed by the Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin, settled in England after fleeing persecution in Russia and the continent, to an unknown recipient, finalising the arrangements for a provisional lecture of his to be given on 17 October 1888.

    In the letter Kropotkin refers to one "Mr Appleton" as the organiser of this particular... Learn More
    £1,350.00

    Stock Code: 129779

  17. Autograph letter signed, the day before she was elected Leader of the Conservative Party.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Autograph letter signed, the day before she was elected Leader of the Conservative Party.

    10 February 1975

    Autograph letter signed from Margaret Thatcher, dated 10 February 1975, the day prior to her election as Leader of the Conservative Party - and thus Leader of the Opposition - on 11 February.

    Sent to Joan Pashley in Luton, Thatcher writes "Dear Mrs. Pashley, Thank you for your kind letter. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. You managed everything... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 142141

  18. Autograph letter signed to Harriet Boinville.
    SHELLEY, Mary. Autograph letter signed to Harriet Boinville.

    [84 Park Street : March-May 1841?]

    Autograph letter signed to Harriet Boinville (attributed so by Bennett), sister-in-law to the radical vegan John Frank Newton. In 1813 Percy Shelley had been close friends with the Boinvilles when married to Harriet Westbrook, and he had also been in love with Harriet Boinville's daughter. Mary's letter to Boinville is full of interest, discussing the... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 129798

  19. Autograph letter signed ("M. E. Lewes") to Anne Thackeray.
    ELIOT, George. Autograph letter signed ("M. E. Lewes") to Anne Thackeray.

    London : 1872

    George Eliot invites William Makepeace Thackeray's eldest daughter to one of her famous literary "at homes". The short letter, dated 16 January 1872, reads: "My dear Miss Thackeray, I shall be at home at 4 o'clock on Thursday, & shall be delighted to see you, & Mrs Sartoris, whom I seem already to know a little 'in the spirit'. Yours always truly, M... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 139465

  20. Autograph letter signed, in English, to Alice Ambrose,
    WITTGENSTEIN, Ludwig. Autograph letter signed, in English, to Alice Ambrose,

    Trinity College, Cambridge, : 1936

    An unpublished autograph letter by Ludwig Wittgenstein to his student Alice Ambrose, written after her return to America following completion of her second PhD at Cambridge, thanking her for a gift and attempting to offer an explanation in response to a letter of hers, in which he confesses to a lack of modesty.

    An American philosophy student,... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 132705

  21. Extraits de l'Examen Critique du Militaire Française,
    BOHAN, François Philibert Loubat de. Extraits de l'Examen Critique du Militaire Française,

    1820

    Neatly written and clearly legible manuscript copy of Bohan's important and uncommon work.

    Originally published in Geneva 1781, "The third volume, including some extracts of the other two was reprinted Paris 1821 under the title of 'Principes pour monter et dresser les chevaux de guerre'" (Huth). The revision was carried out by the astronomer... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 46213

  22. Typed letter signed from each, to Air Commodore A. V. Harvey, MP.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. & Clementine. Typed letter signed from each, to Air Commodore A. V. Harvey, MP.

    3 February 1948 and 14 March 1948

    Winston Churchill writes to invite his fellow Conservative MP Arthur Vere Harvey to a parliamentary luncheon: "Dear Harvey, I am asking a few of my Parliamentary colleagues to luncheon on Thursday, February 12, at 1 p.m., and I should be so glad if you could come. Yours sincerely Winston S. Churchill".

    Clementine Churchill wrote the following... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 137038

  23. Tuhfat al-'Iraqayn [The Gift of the Two Iraqs].
    KHĀQĀNI, Afdal al-Din-al-Shirwani al-. Tuhfat al-'Iraqayn [The Gift of the Two Iraqs].

    [Safavid Iran : [c.1600]

    A most attractive and highly uncommon Safavid-era manuscript, the only mathnawi - or long narrative poem in couplet form - of the celebrated 12th century CE Persian poet Khāqāni; it is presented here in an appealing binding, the onlays, probably once gilded but the gilt now oxidised, almost certainly made of paper, a distinct Safavid practice at this... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 132183

  24. Autograph letters to Professor Donald Robertson.
    HOUSMAN, A. E. Autograph letters to Professor Donald Robertson.

    Cambridge : 1920-36

    An exceptional collection of autograph letters signed from poet and classicist A. E. Housman (1859-1936) to Donald Struan Robertson (1885-1961 - a stellar Greek scholar attached to Trinity College, Cambridge, from his undergraduate days until his death) and his wife. He was particularly respected for his work on Apuleius, and was Regius Professor of... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 119798

  25. Autograph letter signed to T. S. Eliot.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Autograph letter signed to T. S. Eliot.

    Hogarth House, Paradise Road, Richmond, Surrey : Sunday [?12 November 1922]

    An exceptional letter connecting two of the key figures of the English modernist movement, here in their capacity as publisher/editors in the annus mirabilis of modernist publishing. Virginia Woolf writes to T. S. Eliot, addressing him familiarly as "Tom", on Hogarth House stationery towards the end of 1922, the year in which the Woolfs began to run... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 126655

  26. Log book of Commodore John Ford.
    HAITIAN SLAVE REVOLT. Log book of Commodore John Ford.

    1792 - 1794

    A conspicuous survival from a period of violent tumult in the Caribbean: the log book of the distinguished Royal Navy officer Commodore John Ford, kept while Commander-in-Chief, Jamaica Station. "At the start of the French Revolutionary War Ford d. 1796 had nine small vessels including three frigates in addition to his flagship at Jamaica. Having been... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 128585

  27. Autograph letter signed to his lifelong friend, actor Monty Woolley.
    PORTER, Cole. Autograph letter signed to his lifelong friend, actor Monty Woolley.

    Los Angeles : [1936]

    A very appealing, amusing, and warm autograph letter entirely in pencil and signed familiarly "Potah", to Porter's lifelong friend and Yale classmate, the actor Monty Woolley (1888-1963). Porter writes to Woolley at the Shubert Theatre, Boston, to congratulate him on the successful tryouts of the new Rodgers & Hart musical comedy On Your Toes, in which... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 126892

  28. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Down and Out in Paris and London.
    ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Down and Out in Paris and London.

    3 May 1932 - 25 Sep 1972

    Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence relating to their publication of George Orwell's first book, Down and Out in Paris and London, including the original contract for the book. Down and Out was Orwell's memoir of his life among the poor and destitute in and around the two cities, and remains among his best-known non-fiction works.

    After... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 131747

  29. Falconry in the British Isles.
    SALVIN, Francis Henry, & William Brodrick. Falconry in the British Isles.

    London : 1855; revised in 1872.

    Author's heavily revised and expanded proof sheets in preparation for the second edition. Falconry in the British Isles by Francis Henry Salvin (1817-1904), with plates by William Brodrick (1814-1888), is the most important work on the subject produced during the nineteenth century, and an essential standard work. The first edition was published in... Learn More
    £45,000.00

    Stock Code: 137081

  30. Autograph letter signed to an unnamed "Monsieur", thanking him for his good wishes upon his appointment as Contrôleur general of finance.
    LAW, John. Autograph letter signed to an unnamed "Monsieur", thanking him for his good wishes upon his appointment as Contrôleur general of finance.

    Paris : 14 January 1720

    A fine example of the famous speculator John Law's signature, appended to an autograph letter, written in a neat cursive secretarial hand, to an unknown "Monsieur", thanking him for his complimentary letter following Law's appointment to the post of controller-general of finance of France.

    "Monsieur, je reçois avec beaucoup de plaisir votre... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 114640

  31. Typed letter signed to the publisher John Gilbert.
    WHITE, E. B. Typed letter signed to the publisher John Gilbert.

    8 August 1961

    Typed letter signed from E. B. White to the publisher John Gilbert at Books for Pleasure: "Dear Mr. Gilbert: Thanks for your letter inviting me to write an introduction to a book of photographs. I am sorry that I cannot accept this assignment. My life at this point is a matter of catching up with jobs already begun, and with no time for new work. But... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 139160

  32. Autograph letter to Marianna Hammond.
    SHELLEY, Mary. Autograph letter to Marianna Hammond.

    Putney : 4 February [1845]

    Autograph letter, incomplete or at least unsigned, to Marianna Hammond, a friend of Claire Clairmont, relating Claire's health and problems with inheritance after the death of Sir Timothy Shelley. Mary also relates a piece of contemporary gossip about the death of Lady Elizabeth Aldborough (who married the third earl in 1777): "She sent for a doctor... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 129994

  33. Autograph letter signed to an unnamed "Monsieur", giving orders for the provision of payment in his role as controller-general of finance of France.
    LAW, John. Autograph letter signed to an unnamed "Monsieur", giving orders for the provision of payment in his role as controller-general of finance of France.

    Paris : 1720

    A fine example of the famous speculator John Law's signature, appended to an autograph letter written in a neat cursive secretarial hand, to an unknown "Monsieur", giving orders for the provision of payment, written during perhaps the most prosperous period of Law's career, following Law's appointment to the post of controller-general of finance of... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 125706

  34. An amateur manuscript copy of The Forsaken Merman.
    ARNOLD, Matthew. An amateur manuscript copy of The Forsaken Merman.

    1897

    A unique calligraphic manuscript copy of Arnold's poem "The Forsaken Merman". The present copy includes fine illustrations within ornamental borders, possibly after original designs, in an art nouveau style reminiscent of masters such as Edward Burne-Jones, Robert Anning-Bell, and Walter Crane. We were unable to trace information about the "Dodo" who... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 138062

  35. The Alphabet Illustrated.
    [JOHNSTON, George Liddell; James Albert Buchanan Jay.] The Alphabet Illustrated.

    [Herefordshire, : c.1858]

    A finely executed alphabet book of captioned pen-and-ink drawings, featuring personified letters in the Victorian grotesque tradition. The drawings were executed by a talented amateur artist, carefully copied from a rare, privately-published work, The Alphabet Illustrated, by Reverend George Liddell Johnston, a feature of which is the caricatured, oversized... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 137720

  36. Autograph letter signed discussing the frustrations of publishing a periodical work for children.
    AUSTIN, Sarah. Autograph letter signed discussing the frustrations of publishing a periodical work for children.

    26 Park Road, Regent's Park : [no year, but likely c.1829-36]

    Autograph letter signed to an unknown female recipient setting out Austin's thoughts regarding the establishment of a "periodical work for children". Despite the recipient's enthusiasm, her own, "and that of everyone, without a single exception, of my female friends and acquaintances I am forced to relinquish it from the difficulty of finding a publisher... Learn More
    £525.00

    Stock Code: 124627

  37. Autograph draft for Men and Women of the Time: A Dictionary of Contemporaries.
    FAITHFULL, Lilian. Autograph draft for Men and Women of the Time: A Dictionary of Contemporaries.

    13 Kensington Square, W., : [1899]

    Two page autograph draft with annotations and corrections in ink and pencil by Lilian Faithfull, an early reformer of women's higher education and one of Virginia Woolf's lecturers, for her autobiographical entry in Men and Women of the Time: A Dictionary of Contemporaries (1899). Written in the third person, it culminates with her appointment as Head... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 132800

  38. Original manuscript notebook.
    WOMEN; WORLD WAR II. Original manuscript notebook.

    Ramsgate : April 1942 - March 1943

    A poignant manuscript notebook, amusingly illustrated, recording the friendship and lively exploits of a group of six young women from Ramsgate during the Second World War. The group, who named themselves "the Order of Little Bears", consisted of Maud Isabella Milgate, the primary author of this manuscript, her sister Blanche Adelaide Milgate ("Bibs"),... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 137776

  39. Typed letter signed.
    PANKHURST, E. Sylvia. Typed letter signed.

    14 March 1939

    A typed letter signed by Sylvia Pankhurst on New Times and Ethiopia News headed paper. In the letter Pankhurst thanks Edward Philip Ockey for his help with her Esperanto, and notes that she hopes he "will be able to bring our paper to the notice of others". Ockey (1913-2006) was editor of the British Esperantist and a port officer who served with the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 137160

  40. Collection of autograph letters signed to the dedicatees of The Magician's Nephew.
    LEWIS, C. S. Collection of autograph letters signed to the dedicatees of The Magician's Nephew.

    1963

    A remarkable and rich archive of 29 autograph letters from C. S. Lewis to the Kilmer children, dedicatees of The Magician's Nephew. This highly desirable archive is the most extensive collection of letters by Lewis to have come to market in recent years.

    The letters, three of which are unpublished, were written over nine years from 1954 to 1963.... Learn More
    £200,000.00

    Stock Code: 134030

  41. Autograph letter signed discussing Christopher Robin's school.
    MILNE, A. A. Autograph letter signed discussing Christopher Robin's school.

    London : 1930

    Milne writes to thank Mrs Taylor for the gift of some asparagus and the comic verse she had sent him: "... I had to eat it first to make sure that it was the genuine thing... I'm wondering now whether I oughtn't to have sent my boy to your school. Would he have had asparagus and a hot bath on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday? Well, it's too late now;... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 132105

  42. Autograph letter signed relating to the clandestine publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover.
    LAWRENCE, D. H. Autograph letter signed relating to the clandestine publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover.

    Kesselmatte, Gsteig b. Gstaad (Bern) : 1928

    Autograph letter signed from Lawrence to Allen W. Steele of the book wholesalers William Jackson Ltd, requesting that they return to the bearer of the letter, Enid Hilton, over 70 copies of Lady Chatterley's Lover which they had ordered and subsequently rejected. Privately printed in Florence in 1928 with the help of the Florentine bookseller Pino Orioli,... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 137216

  43. Holograph Musical Quotation Signed: "April in Paris".
    DUKE, Vernon. Holograph Musical Quotation Signed: "April in Paris".

    1941

    Boldly penned and lengthy musical quotation - the first seven measures including lyrics - of one of Duke's finest and most memorable compositions, neatly inscribed "To Lionel A. Aucoin from Vernon Duke Sept. 27th, 1941". "April in Paris" is, of course, one of the timeless standards of the "Great American Songbook", originally composed for the 1932 Broadway... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 121835

  44. Letter Book of correspondence with Admiral Duckworth during the retaking of Minorca, 1798-9.
    STUART, General Sir Charles. Letter Book of correspondence with Admiral Duckworth during the retaking of Minorca, 1798-9.

    Mahon : 1798-9

    It is rare indeed that British Military History throws up a general who seriously could be considered as an exemplar of Sun Tzu's Sage Commander. And it is perhaps not particularly surprising, in view of the generally sanguinary tendencies of the historians of the British Army, that his greatest feat "being bloodless, has been absolutely forgotten"... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 120807

  45. Autograph letter signed ("W Pitt") to William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland.
    PITT, William, the Younger. Autograph letter signed ("W Pitt") to William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland.

    Downing Street : 1787

    Autograph letter signed to Pitt's close advisor William Eden, at the time at the height of his influence as envoy to France, in which Pitt attempts to gauge potential French support for the early Abolitionist movement spearheaded by his friend and political ally, William Wilberforce. "You have had a letter from my friend Wilberforce, on a scheme which... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 122705

  46. "Argentina, escucha lo que mi patria te dice", typescript poem signed.
    NERUDA, Pablo. "Argentina, escucha lo que mi patria te dice", typescript poem signed.

    [June 1944]

    A scarce example of a signed carbon copy typescript poem by Pablo Neruda, with three small corrections in his hand. The 18-verse poem "Argentina, escucha lo que mi patria te dice" ("Argentina, hear what my country says to you") was written by the Chilean poet and diplomat on 4 June 1944 in response to the coup d'état of 1943 in Argentina. It was first... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 134176

  47. Second Opium War.
    CHINA. Second Opium War.

    An enthralling and richly detailed journal of a decade at sea with the US Navy during the 1850s, recording back-to-back cruises on three sloops-of-war, seeing action in three different arenas: on the Cyane, which shelled Greytown, Nicaragua (1854), the Preble during the Paraguay Expedition (1858) - a flexing of muscle by the US Navy that concluded peaceably... Learn More
    £9,500.00

    Stock Code: 127365

  48. Journal d'Henri-César de Castellane Majastre, Commandant les Chébecs du Roi Le Caméléon & Le Singe, armés à Toulon le 23 juin 1773 … manuscript log of operations against Barbary Corsairs.
    CASTELLANE-MAJASTRE, Henri-César. Journal d'Henri-César de Castellane Majastre, Commandant les Chébecs du Roi Le Caméléon & Le Singe, armés à Toulon le 23 juin 1773 … manuscript log of operations against Barbary Corsairs.

    At sea : 1773

    Born into the Provençal noble family with close ties to the sea, Henri-César de Castellane-Majastre, (1733-1789), was a career naval officer joining the service at the age of sixteen, ranking as lieutenant from 1762 to 1775, promoted captain 1777. He participated in the American War of Independence commanding the Marsellais, 74, in de Grasse's fleet,... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 126873

  49. Autograph letter signed to John George Cochrane.
    SHELLEY, Mary. Autograph letter signed to John George Cochrane.

    33 Somerset Street, London : 23 December 1829

    A very scarce signed letter of one page from Mary Shelley to John George Cochrane, the Scottish editor and publisher of the Foreign Quarterley Review, describing "M. Beyles' book" (Stendhal's Promenades dans Rome) as "so trite so unentertainingso very commonplace that I have found it quite impossible to do anything with it". This letter was likely written... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 120610

  50. Essay sur l'Usage de l'Artillerie dans la Guerre de Campagne et dans celle des Sieges.
    DUPUGET, Edme-Jean-Antoine. Essay sur l'Usage de l'Artillerie dans la Guerre de Campagne et dans celle des Sieges.

    1767

    A handsome and highly interesting manuscript. The first published edition was issued by Arckstée & Merkus in Amsterdam in 1771, credited to "un Officier du Corps," the author previously identified by Barbier as Edme-Jean-Antoine Du Puget. Du Puget (1742-1802) was a member of an old aristocratic family from Bresse and was introduced to the corps by... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 41080

  51. Harmolodics - an autograph musical manuscript.
    COLEMAN, Ornette. Harmolodics - an autograph musical manuscript.

    New York : c.1980

    A remarkable piece, we can trace no other Ornette Coleman musical manuscript ever having appeared on the market. Written in brown felt-tip, the sheet is inscribed lower right in black ink: "To Anthony / Thanks For Everything / Ornette Coleman." Harmolodics was the name that Coleman gave to his unique musical philosophy and compositional/improvisational... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 103666

  52. 79th Division Headquarters Troop: A Record.
    CAIN, James M., & Gilbert Malcolm. 79th Division Headquarters Troop: A Record.

    [N.p.] : [1919]

    First edition, first printing. Scarce, with WorldCat showing six copies only and no copy in auction records. During the First World War, Cain, the future author of The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, Double Indemnity, etc., served with Malcolm in the 79th Division, a unit raised at Camp Meade in Cain's home state of Maryland in 1917. The... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 99729

  53. Autograph manuscript notes on Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations.
    NAPOLEON I. Autograph manuscript notes on Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations.

    Valence : 1791

    Napoleon was in garrison at Valence with the 4th Artillery Regiment from 16 June to 31 August 1791. He used his spare time to read the first volume of the French translation of Smith's Wealth of Nations by the poet Jean-Antoine Roucher (1745-1794), made from the fourth English edition (London, 1786), which had been published in 1790. Napoleon has written... Learn More
    £250,000.00

    Stock Code: 136833

  54. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz.
    ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz.

    20 November 1940-17 Jul 1967

    A collection of documents from the archive of Victor Gollancz, the first publisher of George Orwell, regarding the publication of his books. The archive of Victor Gollancz was sold by the firm's parent company in recent years, from whom the material was directly acquired. The contents include carbon copies of letters sent from Gollancz to Orwell and... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 131761

  55. Autograph letter signed to Alexander Blackwood.
    SHELLEY, Mary. Autograph letter signed to Alexander Blackwood.

    Putney : 11 January 1845

    Autograph letter signed to Alexander Blackwood (attributed so by Bennett), in which Mary solicits, albeit unsuccessfully, for the publication of "a tale that has been confided to me from India". The author of the tale was a Bengal artillery lieutenant, Captain Sir James Abbott, who had already had his Narrative of a Journey from Heraut to Khiva, Moscow,... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 129803

  56. Autograph letter signed to Frederic Mansel Reynolds.
    SHELLEY, Mary. Autograph letter signed to Frederic Mansel Reynolds.

    33 Somerset Street, London : [December 1832 - January 1833?]

    A very scarce signed letter of four pages (latterly mounted in a die-cut paper frame bearing the legend "Mrs Shelley author of 'Frankenstein', daughter of William Godwin") addressing the novelist and editor of The Keepsake, complaining of a returned copy, and mentioning "one of the Keepsakes you sent me has pages omitted& is turned topsy turvy in the... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 120611

  57. Hubert Gregg's archive of typescripts, autograph manuscripts, and letters relating to the plays of Agatha Christie;
    CHRISTIE, Agatha. Hubert Gregg's archive of typescripts, autograph manuscripts, and letters relating to the plays of Agatha Christie;

    1953-72

    A superb collection of material, illuminating Christie's relationship with her director and producer over the course of five plays and two decades. The typescripts in particular document the process from casting to opening night in great detail, the contributions and opinions of the director and producer recorded at each point, but with little doubt... Learn More
    £16,000.00

    Stock Code: 110880

  58. Two typed letters signed to J. Gower Saunders. Regarding a Memoranda concerning the publication of the 'Life of Lord Randolph Churchill'. Together with a letter from Churchill's private secretary.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Two typed letters signed to J. Gower Saunders. Regarding a Memoranda concerning the publication of the 'Life of Lord Randolph Churchill'. Together with a letter from Churchill's private secretary.

    Lake Como, Italy : 1945

    An initial letter sent from Kathleen Hill, Churchill's private secretary dated 30th August confirming a letter and Memoranda had been received from Mr Saunders and that Mr Churchill will reply when returning from holiday. Closely followed by a letter from Churchill while on holiday, dated 5th September, thanking Mr. Saunders for the Memoranda and reads..."Should... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 63413

  59. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Inside the Whale.
    ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Inside the Whale.

    1 Jan 1940 - 13 Oct 1966

    Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence relating to their publication of George Orwell's first collection of essays, Inside the Whale, including the original contract. Orwell began work on the essays in May 1939. The outbreak of the war led to an unproductive period, but by mid-December he had finished the book and sent the manuscript to Gollancz.... Learn More
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 131758

  60. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of The Road to Wigan Pier.
    ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of The Road to Wigan Pier.

    29 Oct 1936-27 Aug 1958

    Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence regarding the publication of George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier, including the original contract for the work. Orwell's classic study of industrial poverty in the north of England remains in print today, and is among the most esteemed and best-known of his non-fiction books.

    After Orwell finished... Learn More
    £35,000.00

    Stock Code: 131757

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