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The Autograph department specialises in letters, documents and manuscripts of significant historical, literary, military, musical, artistic and royal figures from the late mediaeval period to around 1960 – for example from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, from Louis XIV to Louis Armstrong, from Charles I to Charles Dickens..

Our holdings of British material are particularly rich and we can often offer a selection of documents signed by monarchs from Henry VIII to George VI, letters of statesmen from Pitt to Churchill, of Romantic poets and 19th century novelists, and of military and naval figures such as Cromwell, Marlborough, Wellington and Nelson. We are also able to offer items of American interest, such as signed photographs of Harriet Beecher Stowe or Franklin D. Roosevelt. We are strong in French documents and letters, literary, artistic and historical, especially the ancien regime and the French revolutionary period. A particular speciality is the Napoleonic era, and we are often able to offer significant material of Napoleon, his family and marshals.

It is a matter of pride that we concentrate on material with good content, in good condition, and which we are able, through careful research and cataloging, to set in the proper historical context to assist collectors.

We have recently issued a pamphlet, Collecting Autographs, which gives the history (and surprising antiquity) of this collecting field, advises on conservation, and explains the specialist terms often used in descriptions.

Featured Items

CROMWELL,, Oliver 1599-1658. Lord Protector 1653-8.

CROMWELL, Oliver (1599-1658). Lord Protector 1653-8.]
Document in his name, a plea concerning a land dispute "inrolled at Westminster before Oliver St. John & his associated Justices of the Comon Bench of the Terme of Easter". Signed above the tag "Robinson".1 page large oblong folio on vellum, c. 18 x 27 ins, with elaborate pen and wash decoration to the first three words and their initials, as well as along the left and right margins, with the major portion of the Seal of the Court of Common Bench [of which an indistinct impression only remains]. Westminster, 11 May 1657.

TOLSTOY,, Leo 1828-1910. Russian Novelist

TOLSTOY, Leo (1828-1910). Russian Novelist.
Postcard Photograph Signed ("Leo Tolstoy 10 Aug. 1910"), a sepia image showing the elderly writer outdoors in a padded wheelchair, with his secretary Valentin Bulgakov standing next to him. The postcard is addressed in another hand on the verso to the bookseller Hippolyt Bohm in Graz, Austria.5 1/2 x 3 1/2 ins., n.p. [but Yasnaya Polyana], 10 August 1910.