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Letter of receipt drawn up by Estienne Daulezy, escuier (squire) "in the present wars for the present journey to England, under the command of monseigneur le mareschal de sancre" [Louis de Sancerre, Marshal of France], for the sum of 75 livres tournois demanded from Jehan le Flament, the king's [Charles VI's] military treasurer, as wages due to himself and seven other squires on the expedition.1 small oblong page on vellum, c. 3 x 9 ins, written in French in a gothic cursive hand. Lille [Flanders] 20 October 1386.

Stock Code: 9620


ALBEMARLE, George Monck, Duke of (1608-1670). Parliamentary Commander who brought about teh Restoration of Charles II.

Letter Signed ("Albemarle") as Lieutenant General of the Forces, to Sir William Compton, Master of the Ordnance, requiring him to deliver to Quartermaster Richard Collins "tenn Barrells of powder with a Double proportion of match for the use of my Regim[en]t of of his Ma[jes]t[ie]s Foote Guards."

Half page folio with integral leaf on which has been written "Sr, These being joint", indicating that an enclosure was once present. 20 May 1663.

Stock Code: 11016


ALEXANDRA (1844-1925). Queen Consort of Edward VII.

Original Photograph by Vandyk of the Queen in later years, seated in an armchair, a Japanese Chin dog on her lap. Alexandra’s signature, taken from a letter or an album, has been added in a window in the mount. In a gilt presentation frame, surmounted by a crown. Image size: 24½ x 17 cms; in all 49 x 32 cms.

Stock Code: 216113


ALEXANDRA (1844-1925). Queen Consort of Edward VII.
ALEXANDRA, 1844-1925. Queen Consort of Edward VII

Postcard Photograph Signed ("Alexandra little Georgie & little Togo"), showing the Queen holding her young grandchild [later George, Duke of Kent], and cradling Togo, her pet Japanese Chin, in the crook of her other arm.

c. 12½ x 8 cm, mounted on black card, in all 24 x 19 cm, n.p., n.d. [but c. 1905-06]

Stock Code: 2893


ALLENBY, Edmund, Viscount (1861-1936). Field-Marshal
ALLENBY, Edmund, Viscount 1861-1936. Field-Marshal

Photograph Signed (“Allenby F.M.”) showing the General entering Jerusalem through the Jaffa Gate, on foot, on 11 December 1917.

c. 10 x 15 cms, captioned at the bottom left “General Allenby enters Jerusalem”. Signed after July 1919 when Allenby was made Field Marshal.

Stock Code: 216316


ANGOULEME, Louis Antoine, duc d'

Letter Signed ("Louis Antoine") to the Minister of the Interior, sending two petitions [not present] with a request that they be dealt with favourably.

1 page 8vo in French with integral blank leaf, Tuileries, 7 April 1818.

Stock Code: 11437


ARDIZZONE, Edward (1900-1979). Artist and Illustrator.

Autograph Letter Signed ("Edward Ardizzone") to "Dear Mr. Woodhouse", regarding a drawing he had supplied.1 page 4to, 130 Elgin Avenue, W9, 29 October 1959.

Stock Code: 10968


ASQUITH Herbert Henry

Typed Letter Signed ("H.H. Asquith") to A.G. Gardiner, editor of The Daily News, indicating his pleasure at the "excellent reports of the progress of the Gladstone League".

1 page 4to with integral blank leaf, 10 Downing Street, March 1910.

Stock Code: 213686


ATTLEE, Clement Richard (1883-1967), Prime Minister 1945-51.

Typed Letter Signed and Subscribed ("Yours sincerely C.R. Attlee"), as Leader of the Labour Opposition to Churchill's Conservative government, a letter of support and encouragement to George Willis, who was about to stand as the Labour candidate in the by-election for the seat of Edinburgh East.

1½ pages folio on separate leaves, House of Commons, 2 April 1954.

Stock Code: 10935


BADEN POWELL, Robert (1857-1941). Hero of Mafeking and Founder of the Scout Movement.

Typed Letter Signed ("Robert Baden Powell") to Major Tudor Craig, thanking him for allowing a visit to the Lord Roberts Memorial Workshops.

1 page 4to on letterhead of the Boy Scouts Association, London, 5 February 1917.

Stock Code: 10065


BAKST, Leon Samoilovitch (1866-1924). Russian painter; designer with the Ballets Russes.

Autograph Card Signed ("Leon Bakst") to Miss Ella Dixon, sending her his best wishes for the Russian New Year, and apologizing for being unable to attend a rendez-vous.1 page small 8vo in French on blue card, 112 Boulevard Malesherbes [Paris], 16 January 1914. Together with the autograph envelope addressed to Miss Dixon at 6 St. James's Terrace, London.

Stock Code: 10780


BALFOUR, Arthur James (1848-1930). Prime Minister 1902-05.

Letter Signed (“Arthur James Balfour”) while serving as First Lord of the Treasury, to the Reverend Isaac Taylor, regarding the “difficulty in administering the 5/- grant” to schools. 2½ pages 8vo, marked “Private” 10 Downing Street, 13 March 1897.

Stock Code: 216468


BALLANTYNE, Robert Michael

Autograph Letter Signed ("R.M. Ballantyne") to "My dear Mr. Lawrence", thanking him for news of "the "boy" who was so enthusiastic about the Lifeboat cause".

3 pages 8vo, Harrow, 3 July 1893.

Stock Code: 215945



Autograph Letter Signed (“Jules LeMessurier”) to Mrs. Simpson, Hereford Square, London, giving details of his experiences serving with the artillery of the National Guard during the Siege of Paris in 1870, the letter being sent via balloon post.

3 pages large 8vo with integral address leaf, the address leaf bearing two 20 centimes stamps, postmarked (“Paris / r. de Palestro / 29 Sept. 70”) and stamped “Par Ballon Monte”, Paris, 28-29 September 1870.         

Stock Code: 215987


BARHAM, Richard Harris (1788-1845). Humorist.

Autograph Leter Signed ("R H Barham") to an unnamed correspondent, 2 pags 8vo with integral blank leaf, Amen Corner, Monday Morning, n.d.

Stock Code: 9106


BAX, Arnold (1883-1953). British composer.

Autograph Musical Quotation Signed ("Yours sincerely Arnold Bax May 1923"), three bars, identified by the composer as being from the Violin & Piano Sonata in E.1 page oblong 12mo on card, n.p., May 1923.

Stock Code: 10758


BEATTY, David, Earl (1871-1936). Admiral.

Photograph Signed ("David Beatty"), showing the admiral standing on the deck of a ship, his hands in his pockets, signed by him on a light portion of the image.Image size c. 6¼ x 8¼ ins., mounted and in a plain black wooden frame, in all 10 x 11½ ins., n.p., n.d.

Stock Code: 10544


BEAUHARNAIS, Eugene de (1781-1824). Viceroy of Italy and stepson of Napoleon I.

Letter Signed ("Eugene Napoleon") to "Monsieur le Ministre des Cultes" [Bigot de Préameneu], listing the Italian bishops who were on their way to Paris, and which had begged to be excused because of their "age or their infirmities".

2 pages 4to in French, Cherbourg, 27 May 1811.

Stock Code: 11107


BEERBOHM, Max (1872-1956). Author and Caricaturist.

Autograph Letter Signed ("Max Beerbohm") to "My dear Christian", 1 3/4 pages small 8vo on separate leaves, 48 Upper Berkeley Street, Tuesday, n.d. [?1914].

Stock Code: 5982


BERNADOTTE, Jean Baptiste Jules (1763-1844). French Marshal; l
BERNADOTTE, Jean Baptiste Jules 1763-1844. French Marshal; l

Autograph Letter Signed ("Bernadotte") to "general Bonaparte 1er Consul", asking for the command of an army against Portugal, and reporting on the situation in "the west" [Brittany]. 1½ pages 4to in French, Landerneau, 19 fructidor an 8 [6 September 1800].

Stock Code: 10973



Visiting Card Signed (“Sarah Bernhardt”) with autograph message in French, printed “Sarah Bernhardt”
with a pale blue-grey border.
5½ x 9¾ cms, 1879.

Stock Code: 215554


BERTHIER, Louis Alexandre, Prince of Wagram and Neuchatel (1

Letter Signed ("Ml Berthier") to the Inspector in Chief of Revenues for the Grande Armée, informing him which servicemen will or will not be eligible for bonuses paid at the end of the Austerlitz campaign.1 page folio in French, Munich, 14 March 1806.

Stock Code: 5371


BERTHIER, Louis Alexandre, Prince of Wagram and Neuchatel (1
BERTHIER, Louis Alexandre, Prince of Wagram and Neuchatel 1

Letter Signed ("Alex. Berthier") to the Prefect of the Deux-Sèvres Department, interceding for Citizen Louis Foucher, a volunteer accused of desertion and who should have benefited from an amnesty, with a reply at the end of the letter explaining that the amnesty had been overturned a few days later.2 pages folio in French on letterhead with a vignette of the Ministry of War, Paris, 5 pluviose an 11 [26 January 1803].

Stock Code: 5363


BETJEMAN John (1906-1984). Poet Laureate.
BETJEMAN, John 1906-1984. Poet Laureate

Typed Letter Signed (a rather scrawled “John Betjeman”) to “Dear Mr. Mills”, regretting that he cannot read his manuscript on mediaeval stained glass, and making suggestions for the printing of the illustrations in his book. 1 page 4to, 29 Radnor Walk, SW3, 20 March 1975.

Stock Code: 217514


BISHOP, Isabella Lucy Bird (1831-1904). Traveller and Writer.

Autograph Correspondence Card Signed ("I L Bishop") to Mrs. Barbour in Tatenhall, Cheshire, 1 page oblong 8vo with address and postal markings on the verso, 5 Howard Square, Eastbourne, 26 December 1893.

Stock Code: 10512


BLUCHER, Gebhard Leberecht von (1742-1819). Prussian Field Marshal.

Letter Signed (“Blücher”) to Colonel von Borstel in Dusseldorf, asking him to refer three officers to Major General von Dobschütz who will issue them with new orders.
1 page folio in German, Headquarters, Liége, 24 April 1815.

Stock Code: 11192


BRIDGES Robert (1844-1930). Poet.

Autograph Letter Signed (“Robt Bridges”) to the chemist Nevil Vincent Sidgwick, discussing the position of the choir in earlier periods. 2 pages 8vo with integral blank leaf, together with the front of the associated envelope, Yattendon, 29 September 1904.                    

Stock Code: 217926


BRITTAIN Vera (1893-1970). Writer, Pacifist and Feminist

Typed Letter Signed (“Vera Brittain”) to Norma Polglase at the Poetry Society, asking her to reserve a copy of William Kean Seymour’s biography of Jonathan Swift.

1 page 4to on grey-blue paper, 4 Whitehall Court, 19 June 1967.   

Stock Code: 214046


BROOKE, Sir James (1803-1868). The 'White Rajah of Sarawak'.

Autograph Letter Signed ("J Brooke") to "My dear Cumming" arranging a visit but regretting that "we have scarely any woodcocks".

2 pages 8vo, Burrator Horrabridge, 17 November 1866.

Stock Code: 11408


BROWN, Oliver "Nolly" Madox (1855-1874). Author and artist, son of Ford Madox Brown.

Autograph Manuscript Signed "Oliver Madox Brown", incomplete, 2 pages 8vo, n.p., n.d [probably 1871-2], written partly in pencil.

Stock Code: 11321


BRUCH, Max (1838-1920). German Composer.
BRUCH, Max 1838-1920. German Composer

Autograph Letter Signed ("Max Bruch") to a Ms. Phipps, 2 pages 8vo in German with integral blank leaf, 18 Crompton Avenue, Liverpool, 24 January 1881.

Stock Code: 9076



Programme for a concert held at Buckingham Palace, printed in purple ink on white, the lion and unicorn royal crest embossed at the top in gold, red and blue. The text is surrounded by a wide lacy floral border.

9¼ x 7½ ins, Buckingham Palace, 3 June 1887.

Stock Code: 11241


BURNE-JONES, Georgiana (1840-1920). Wife of Edward Burne-Jones.

Autograph Letter Signed ("G. Burne-Jones") to "Miss Whelpton". 1½ pages 8vo, 6 Pembroke Gardens W., 16 March 1905.

Stock Code: 11312



Autograph Letter Signed (“Isabel Burton”) to “Dear Mr. Irwin”, explaining that her husband “was taken suddenly dangerously ill” and “cannot be spoken to”.

1 page 8vo with integral blank leaf, Hotel Windsor, Cannes, 3 March [1887].

Stock Code: 215506



Typed Letter Signed (“Roy Campbell”) to “Dear Wyndham Goldie” (the actor Frank Wyndham Goldie), arranging for a reading for radio broadcast, with an autograph postscript remarking that “we have the greatest difficulty with Conan Doyle stories because of some copyright complications. . .”

1 page small 8vo on British Broadcasting Corporation letterhead, London, 30 August 1948.

Stock Code: 216001


CARDIGAN, James Brudenell, 7th Earl (1797-1868). General; led the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Autograph Letter Signed ("Cardigan") to an unidentified correspondent, a strong letter of recommendation for Dr. [E.H.] Nolan, author of the History of the War with Russia.4 pages 8vo, Portman Square, 20 April 1857.

Stock Code: 9691


CARSON, Sir Edward (1854-1935). Irish Unionist politician and barrister.
CARSON, Sir Edward 1854-1935. Irish Unionist politician and barrister

Autograph Letter Signed (“Edward Carson”) to “Dear Sir Reginald”, asking him to send a telegram to Lord Farnham whose “two boys are dying”. 1 page 4to, 5 Eaton Place, 12 April 1916.

Stock Code: 11525


CASTLEREAGH, Robert Stewart, Viscount (1769-1822). Politician.

Letter Signed ("Castlereagh") to Lieutenant de Basterot, accepting his resignation but expressing concern "for the loss of your Services".

1½ pages 4to with integral blank leaf, a torn portion of the letter cover with the intact red wax seal tipped onto the blank leaf, Dublin Castle, 27 August 1798.

Stock Code: 11270


[CHARLES Duc d'Orleans

Document in his name ordering his treasurer-general Pierre Renier to pay 10 livres tournois to Mahiet Fere, guard of his chamber, for services rendered in the past, and it is hoped again in time to come, "nous estant prisonier es mains des anglois" (we being prisoner in the hands of the English).

12 x 38 cms. in French on vellum, traces of three small wax seals, Paris, 15 April 1417.

Stock Code: 215510



Programme for a lecture, "Souvenir of an Afternoon with Dickens" by Bransby Williams, in aid of the Charles Dickens Home for Blinded Soldiers and Sailors given at the Manchester Hippodrome.

8 pages 8vo, Manchester, 16 November 1918.

Stock Code: 11566


CHARLES II (1630-1685). King of Great Britain.

Document Signed ("Charles R"), ordering that the Great Seal be affixed to "an Instrument . . . containg powers to . . . prince Rupert . . . John Earle of Radnor . . . Henry Earle of Arlington" and others "to treat of & conclude a treaty of Comerce for the Coast of Africa between us & the States generall of the United Netherlands"

1 page folio with integral blank leaf and blind stamp seal, countersigned by the Earl of Sunderland, Whitehall, 26 April 1680.

Stock Code: 10468


CHARLES II (1630-1685). King of Great Britain

Letter Signed ("Charles R"), a warrant addressed to Sir Edward Walker [Receiver of the King's Moneys, and later in charge of arrangements for Charles's coronation] ordering payment to ". . . our trusty & welbeloved servant George Barker Esqr our Avenor [chief officer of the stables], the summe of one thousand guilders towards the charge of Horsemeate for our stable since our last coming to Breda . . ." Countersigned by Robert Long [member of Charles's Privy Council in exile, later Chancellor of the Exchequer]. 1 page small 4to with integral address leaf, countersigned by Robert Long [member of Charles's Privy Council in exile, later Chancellor of the Exchequer]. and receipted by George Barker on the verso. Breda, 25/15 May 1650.

Stock Code: 10543


CHARPENTIER, Gustave (1860-1956). Composer, known for his opera Louise.
CHARPENTIER, Gustave 1860-1956. Composer, known for his opera Louise

Autograph Note Signed (“G. Charpentier”) to Emile Drain, thanking him for his “amiable souvenir”. 1 page large 8vo in French on a letter card, n.p. [postmarked Paris], 29 August 1930.

Stock Code: 216488



Typed Letter Signed ("John Cheever") to Jay Neugeboren, an amusing letter explaining the reasons for the various places where he writes.

1 page 8vo, Ossining, New York, 31 October 1977.

Stock Code: 215946


CHESTERFIELD, Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of (1694-1773). Leter-Writer, Wit, and Politician.

Autograph Letter Signed ("Chesterfield") to "Dear Dayrolles" [his godson, the diplomat Solomon Dayrolles, the British Resident at Brussels], wryly describing his philosophy of life after his retirement from front-line politics.2 pages 4to, Blackheath, 25 Septembeer 1754.

Stock Code: 8534


CHESTERFIELD, Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of (1694-1773). Letter-Writer, Wit, and Politician.

Autograph Letter Signed ("Your sure and decayed friend Chesterfield") to Mr. Fisher, 1 page 4to with integral autograph free frank address leaf signed ("To Mr. Fisher at his House in Derby, Free Chesterfield").London, 5 September 1771.

Stock Code: 9169


[CHURCHILL Sir Winston (1874-1965). Statesman.]

Commemorative Envelope, signed by four Prime Ministers (“Alec Douglas-Home”, “Harold Wilson”, “Avon” [Anthony Eden] and “Harold Macmillan”), with an embossed black and gold “In Memoriam” stamp to the left and four 5 cent stamps with Churchills picture on the left.
Postmarked Fulton, Mo., 13 May 1965.

Stock Code: 215430


CLARKE, Henri Jacques Guillaume, Duc de Feltre (1765-1818). Napoleon's Minister of War.
CLARKE, Henri Jacques Guillaume, Duc de Feltre 1765-1818. Napoleon's Minister of War

Autograph Letter Signed ("Clarke") as Governor of Berlin to Marshal Soult, saying that he is enclosing the translation of three intercepted letters [not present] and quoting part of the the troubling content of yet another intercepted letter. 1 page folio in French with integral blank leaf, Berlin, 14 August 1807.

Stock Code: 11096


COBHAM, J. Maclaren. Nineteenth century critic and novelist and ROSSETTI, Lucy Madox (1843-1894) née Brown

Autograph Letter Signed ("J McClaren Cobham") to "Mrs Rossetti" [probably Lucy Rossetti née Madox Brown].1½ pages 8vo (and an additional half page note in a different hand (annotated in pencil "Lucy Rossetti")), writing about the whereabouts of a "packet of MS" and family news. The additional note to the foot of the letter states where the packet is to be found..41 Hayter Road Brixton Hill S. W., 17 March 1886.

Stock Code: 11340



Document Signed (“Carnot” “Charles Cochon” “Prieur d[e] l[a] m[arne]” “Lo[ui]s Guyton” “J[ean].F[francois].B[ertrand]. Delmas” “Merlin. d[e]d[ouai]” and one other), as members of the Comite de Salut Public, authorising Citizen Florin Delaoutre to export cloth to Switzerland and to import cotton. 1½ pages folio in French with integral blank leaf, [Paris], 11 frimaire an 3 [1 December 1794].

Stock Code: 216454