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'Father Christmas' [Humorous Manuscript Article]
Author: MORTIMER, John Year: 2000
Publisher: Not known Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: Yes

'I first had serious doubts about F. Christmas when I was about five and my mother took me to visit him in Selfridges...' A funny Christmas-themed two page squib written in black ink on foolscap paper...

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'I only wish that Italian tenors could do as much'
Author: PINSUTI, Ciro Year: 1872
Publisher: Unpublished letter Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: Yes

Autograph letter with musical fragment from the Anglo-Italian composer then living in London, Ciro Pinsuti, to the English tenor and occasional composer W H Cummings, congratulating him on 'the great ...

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'it takes me a long time to write a lecture'
Author: MURDOCH, Iris Year: 1972
Publisher: Unpublished Dust Jacket: No
Place: Steeple Aston, Oxon Signed: No

90 word letter by the novelist Iris Murdoch to John Mowat at The College of St Matthias in Bristol, declining an invitation to give the St Matthew's day lecture, 'please forgive me for saying no. It t...

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'Puritano frenetico’ - 27 letters by F R Leavis
Author: LEAVIS F R [Philip Dosse] Year: 1972
Publisher: Unpublished Dust Jacket: No
Place: Cambridge Signed: Yes

27 autograph letters (40 pages) offering advice and literary opinions to the "Books and Bookmen" editor, Philip Dosse, complete with Cambridge memories of Wittgenstein and a damning judgemen...

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11 year old Lawrence Olivier in Twelfth Night
Author: OLIVIER, Lawrence Year: 1918
Publisher: Alex Corbett Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: No

Schoolboy Shakespearian photograph of Lawrence Olivier playing Maria in Twelfth Night in 1918 - from the actor's own collection. Oliver has annotated the verso of the card mount in pencil, at first mi...

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A Letter from Princess Sophia Matilda (1831)
Author: Princess Sophia Matilda of Gloucester Year: 1832
Publisher: Unpublished letter Dust Jacket: No
Place: Ranger's House, Blackheath (London) Signed: Yes

An autograph letter written by the twelfth child and fifth daughter of George III and his wife, Charlotte of Mecklenburg Strelitz. The letter which is dated June 8th 1831 is written from the Ranger's ...

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A manuscript letter from Nancy Astor with ephemera
Author: Nancy Astor Year: 1957
Publisher: Unpublished letter Dust Jacket: No
Place: Cliveden Signed: Yes

A thank you letter from the American-born socialite and MP Nancy Astor, written at her coastal retreat at 'Rest Harrow, Sandwich Bay, Sandwich, Kent' to a Mr Leaver thanking him for help at her countr...

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ALS about his Knighthood
Author: MURRAY, John IV Year: 1898
Publisher: Unpublished Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: Yes

Autograph Letter from the publisher John Murray IV (1851-1928), thanking his correspondent for congratulations on his knighthood. Writing on one side of a bifolium with the blind stamp of The Athenaeu...

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American Civil War Scene [Printing Block]
Author: N/A Year: 1930
Publisher: J Wood Dust Jacket: No
Place: Chorley Signed: No

[23x27cm] Large illustrative printing block apparently showing an American Civil War scene, with a cavalry man bearing the Texas Lone Star State flag in combat with a sabre-bearing horseman who is see...

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An Autograph Letter by the founder of Unitarianism
Author: LINDSEY Theophilus [Joseph Priestley] Year: 1799
Publisher: Unpublished Manuscript Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: No

(16.5x7.5cm) A handwritten letter in brown ink by the first minister of an overtly Unitarian Church in England, the Rev'd Theophilus Lindsey, mentioning his great friend the chemist and fellow preache...

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Chesterfield and Bolsover Water Board Reservoirs
Author: N/A Year: 1944
Publisher: Chesterfield and Bolsover Water Board Dust Jacket: No
Place: Chesterfield and Bolsover Signed: Yes

A large quarto manuscript volume (32x32x5cm) containing detailed daily records of temperature and rainfall at the Linacre Reservoirs in Derbyshire from April 1944 to January 1964. Bound in red reverse...

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Clerkenwell Houses taken from the Poor Rate 1803/4
Author: N/A Year: 1803
Publisher: Unpublished Manuscript Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: No

An official manuscript record, taken street by street, of the number of houses in the London district of Clerkenwell, derived from the Poor Rate records of 1803-1804 and written at the time. The manus...

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Commonplace and Notebook (with Darwinian content)
Author: PEYTON, William W [Charles Darwin, T H Huxley, Herbert Spencer] Year: 1895
Publisher: Unpublished Dust Jacket: No
Place: Dundee Signed: Yes

pp 284 (80,000 words) Intellectually ambitious manuscript notebook by a published Dundee cleric who writes about Herbert Spencer, T H Huxley, 'Books', 'Calvinism', 'Readings in the Dresden Library', '...

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From the Editors and Photographers of Life
Author: LIFE Photographers; Jim Mahan; Derek Bayes Year: 1963
Publisher: LIFE Magazine Dust Jacket: No
Place: Washington DC Signed: No

26x34cm. Commemorative presentation folder of LIFE photographs of Harold Wilson's visit to President Kennedy's White House in April 1963. The 30 vintage photographs were taken by two LIFE photographer...

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John by Divine Providence Archbishop of Canterbury
Author: MOORE, John, Archbishop of Canterbury Year: 1792
Publisher: Unpublished Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: No

The Archbishop of Canterbury John Moore appoints John Thomas Batt administrator of his late brother's estate following his death intestate in 1791. The Reverend Charles William Batt, chaplain to the d...

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Ladies' Year Book: 1921 [with diary entries]
Author: MARGATE, Adele; Charles Letts Year: 1921
Publisher: Charles Letts Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: Yes

pp 64; page/week. A young London mother's diary for 1921. Adele Margate's ownership signature appears on the first endpaper above the adverts: she has made around 150 short diary entries in the printe...

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London Lyrics [fair copy manuscript]
Author: LOCKER LAMPSON, Frederick [R E Holmes Year: 1890
Publisher: Unpublished Dust Jacket: No
Place: Unknown Signed: No

Manuscript fair copy of Locker Lampson's London Lyrics by R E Holmes who has signed her (?) additional notes to the rear. Probably completed as an act of homage in the 1890s, Holmes has copied the tex...

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Oberammergau Photo Album (1950)
Author: MACDONALD, Joy Year: 1950
Publisher: Unpublished Photographs Dust Jacket: No
Place: Oberammergau Signed: No

[48] A fine oblong photo album recording a visit by a British family to Oberammergau in southern Germany for a performance of the renowned Passion Play. The collection begins and ends with annotated a...

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Olivier as Hamlet: from the Actor's Library
Author: OLIVIER, Lawrence Year: 1948
Publisher: N/A Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: No

(25x20cm) Large format vintage photograph showing a regal-looking Olivier playing Hamlet in the 1948 film. This is a stamped proof 'Ref LO/3' which was owned by Olivier himself, probably dating from t...

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Original Artwork for Science Fiction Magazine
Author: QUINN, Gerard Year: 1959
Publisher: Nova Publications Ltd Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: Yes

15x15cm An accomplished original pen and ink illustration by Gerard Quinn for E C Tubb's short story 'Star Ship' published in the journal, New Worlds 35 in 1959. The image shows five men with bare tor...

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Prince Augustus Frederick declines an invitation
Author: Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex [George III, Jonathan Wathen Waller] Year: 1833
Publisher: Unpublished Manuscript Dust Jacket: No
Place: Kensington Palace, London Signed: Yes

An autograph letter written by the sixth son of George III, to his friend and Royal eye surgeon, Jonathan Wathen Waller. Writing from Kensington Palace on June 12th 1833 the Duke of York uses the excu...

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Prosba Růže [Czech manuscript prayer book]
Author: KROFF Jan Year: 1799
Publisher: Unpublished Dust Jacket: No
Place: Bohemia Signed: No

[4] pp 1-16, 21-120 Late eighteenth century Czech manuscript collection of morning prayers written in a variety of coloured inks by Jan Kroff. Bound in contemporary diced calf over thin wooden boards,...

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Reliure de moi Abraham Pillet Notaire
Author: PILLET, Abraham Year: 1657
Publisher: Unpublished Dust Jacket: No
Place: Rossinière, Switzerland Signed: Yes

[pp] 44 Notary's manuscript for the Swiss village of Rossinière. Small quarto, stab sewn with 'Reliure de moi Abraham Pillet notaire, faicte au nom de La Commune [Rossinière] L'an 1657' written on t...

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Royal Canoe Club founder recalls 1825 sea rescue
Author: MACGREGOR, John Year: 1875
Publisher: Unpublished letter Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: Yes

A lively four page letter from the pioneering canoeist and writer John Macgregor to 'Reed' apparently on Royal Canoe Club business. (Macgregor had founded the British Royal Canoe Club a few years earl...

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Souvenir of the Opening of New Library Manchester
Author: N/A Year: 1934
Publisher: Manchester Library Dust Jacket: No
Place: Manchester Signed: No

A commemorative handkerchief marking the opening on July 17th 1934 of the 'New Library' in Manchester. The one foot square piece of printed muslin has an open book at its centre with an image of the n...

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St Anthony, Lenton, Minute Book of the Lay Council
Author: POLLARD, John; Rev'd Percy Smith, N H Pownall, Herbert Simpson, Thomas Stone, Samuel Woolley Year: 1887
Publisher: Unpublished Dust Jacket: No
Place: Lenton, Nottinghamshire Signed: No

ff 40 The octavo-sized minute book of the Priory Church of St Anthony, Lenton, in Nottinghamshire from 1887 when the church was rebuilt to 1897. The book is bound in quarter green roan over textured p...

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Travel Albums by a Norfolk Artist
Author: MILLER, Philiippa Ruth - Pippa Year: 1932
Publisher: Unpublished Dust Jacket: No
Place: England and abroad Signed: No

Eight oblong quarto albums of illustrated manuscript travel diaries and photographs, enlivened by the sketches of the Norwich artist Pippa Ruth Miller. The albums which date from 1932 to 1967 are all ...

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Typed Letter from the first Labour Prime Minister
Author: MACDONALD, Ramsay; Sir Josiah Stamp Year: 1930
Publisher: Unpublished Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: Yes

On Downing Street headed paper, Ramsay Macdonald writes to the Chairman of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, Sir Josiah Stamp, to thank him after 'My daughter and I spent a most delightful day...

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Welsh Place and House Names [typescript]
Author: LYONS, E A Year: 1943
Publisher: Unpublished Dust Jacket: No
Place: Llanelly Signed: No

[ff] 100 Substantial original typescript on the origins of Welsh place and house names and their translations into English which was presented with some flourish to Llanelly Public Library. Foolscap p...

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Yorkshire & Wales Watercolour Sketchbook
Author: J.J.C. Year: 1889
Publisher: Unpublished Dust Jacket: No
Place: Yorkshire & Wales Signed: Yes

39 watercolours of Yorkshire and Welsh scenes contained within a small oblong sketchbook sold by 'James Bolton' stationers of Bristol, the artist's monogram 'JJC' appears on the first pastedown follow...

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