Historical Documents, Postal History and Autographs

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Historical Documents, Postal History and Autographs

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AustraliaTasmania1839 Part printed Police Office, Hobart Town pass, amended in manuscript as issued from Campbell Town, in the name of Henry Stewart, "a Prisoner" permitting him to "look for work" and return ten days later. With his personal details completed on the reverse and other regulations to be followed while on temporary release.Stewart was convicted of larceny at the Lancaster Quarter Sessions on 4 January 1832 and sentenced to 14 years transportation, sailing aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" (as stated on the reverse of the pass), arriving at Hobart in July 1832. A fascin...

AustriaPrince George of Hesse1705 (29 July) warrant signed to "Mr. Thomas Clarke, Storekeeper of her Majesties Ordinance at Gibraltar" ordering Clarke to "issue such Stores hereafter mentioned being for the service of this present Expedition", listing such items as: "Muskett Shott (100,000", Cohorn Mortars (29)"Iron Crows (2), etc.". Signed "George P. of Hesse". Document a little worn with some tears, one just barely touching the signature. An important document with relevance to the Twelfth Siege of Gibraltar during the War of Spanish Succession.Prince George of Hesse (1669-1705) was head of...

AustriaPrince Klemenz Wenzel von Metternich1810 (26 May) letter signed in French from Vienna to the Marquis of Wellesley by means of introduction of the Count Nugent. Signed "Le Prince de Metternich Winneburg".Metternich was an Austrian Statesman and between 1821-48, Chancellor of the Austrian Empire.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

AustriaMusicFranz Liszt1879 Carte de visite studio photograph by J. Ganz, Brussels, signed and dated in ink by Liszt, the Hungarian born pianist and composer.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

CanadaJohn Alexander Douglas McCurdyA small group (5) items including a 1916 airmail cover from Montreal to Long Beach bearing Canada 'Air' 5c. with type written endorsement on envelope 'early bird / flew before dec. 17, 1916' and signed "Sincerely - John McCurdy", with cut out photograph of McCurdy affixed, possibly later; large 10"x8" original photograph of McCurdy seated at the wheel of his plane stamped on reverse 'are force photo, wright-patterson air force base dayton, ohio'; together with three black and white picture postcards depicting McCurdy in flight and one showing McCurdy's wreck...

Ceylon1836 "The Ceylon Almanac and Compendium of Useful Information for the year 1836, published at Colombo / Printed at the Government Press / by P.M. Elders / Price 7s.6d." 294pp with a map frontispiece, contemporary half calf, spine lettered in gilt, marble boards, small split to head of spine, a fine copy.With added pencil notes, bookplate of J. Forbes Leslie and signature of Mrs Forbes on the front free endpaper, wife of Capt F.J. Forbes of 78th Regt, Commandant of Matele Fort, near Kandy in 1836. Filled with key information, including Post Office details and Rates of Postage.Subject to...

Collections17th-19th C. group of items, mostly receipts and warrants (9) including 1643 signed warrant for payment by George Newton with mention of Temple Church, London, 1777 Tonnage receipt for the sum of £30 signed "Melbourne" by 1st Viscount Melbourne, with ALS from Lady Melbourne all with old mounts on collector's pages, interesting.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

CollectionsBritish PoliticiansA large collection containing 120+ items including ALS, documents signed, free fronts, cut signatures of various politicians dating from 1622-1965. Highlights include 1622 exchequer receipt, possibly signed Sir Abraham Dawes, 1677 piece cut from doc. signed by Sir Robert Long, 1711 LS by Sir John Powell arranging payment, 1728 legal transaction signed Thomas Hanmer, 1777 ALS from Lord Stormont, 2nd Earl Mansfield as ambassador in Paris, 1799 ALS from Henry Dundas, 'King Henry the Ninth', 1777 ALS from Robert Peel, 1802 and 1839 ALS from Charles James and Elizabeth...

CollectionsSmall group with autograph book (10), including Winston Churchill, and cut collection (35), featuring performing artists and TV personalities Margot Fonteyn, Van Johnson, Vera Lynn, Nicholas Parsons as well as politicians Hubert Humphrey and Alexander of Tunis (2) amongst others.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

CollectionsMostly loose autographs taken from small but well used leather bound autograph book carried by a flight attendant (included in this lot) c.1952. Autographs include: Julie Andrews, Winston Churchill, 'Herman of Herman and the Hermits' with small cartoon, Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr and more.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

CollectionsAmericanaA group lot (9 items) including Danny Kaye cut signature; Fred Dupre signed press photograph; 1898 William Gillette autograph note written from London mentioning "Held by The Enemy"; 1908 ALS from Winston Churchill (American novelist and politician); 1959 telegram from John Davidson Rockefeller Jr. 1970 Sophia Loren signed 'Peace Justice Progress' UN commemorative FDC and 1984 piece signed "To John - all good wishes, Frank Sinatra".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

CollectionsAviationZeppelin group including 1922 (14 June) ALS from Major George Herbert Scott on slightly stained paper as a "first class" reference for his engineer "Mr. Reid" who is "leaving owing to the temporary closing down in airships flying"; large original photograph showing Major Scott and Landsdown in uniform; various copies of 3 different photographs showing the Graf Zeppelin D-LZ127 passing over Middlesex; spectacular Zeppelin postcard signed by Graf Zeppelin with Detlev Niemann certificate; 1931 picture postcard showing Zeppelin on Munster Flight (S 121A) sent aboard the ship and...

CollectionsEntertainers and Personalities19-20th C. A large group of 80+ items mostly cut signatures, with some signed photographs and ALS of actors, dramatists, Victorian entertainers, T.V. personalities etc. including: 1912 Edward Gordon Craig ALS, Bransby Williams signed postcard Edith Elizabeth ('Evie') Greene photograph signed and dated 1914, Wilson Barrett, Lottie Collins, Richard Briers, Sydney Grundy pithy telegram writing, likely to his agent reading "Certainly, stop it. Quite unauthorised", signed; Arthur Lowe; Charles Reade ALS and Aubrey Smith ALS; together with group of signed com...

CollectionsMusicA small group (14 items) including 1965 Sir Arthur Bliss ALS; 1908 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor autograph on piece; Sir Daniel Eyers Godfrey signed postcard; Tito Mattei handwritten musical score showing fourteen bars with voice, signed on correspondence card; John Philip Sousa signed postcard; Herr Arnold Spiegler signed picture postcard of himself; 1915 souvenir printed on silk of Clara Butt-Rumford Concert (damaged and glued to mount); 1947 (2 Sept.) TLS with manuscript insertions to Janet Fraser from Ralph Vaughan Williams writing that he "listened in to you on Sunday; unfortuna...

CollectionsRoyal Air ForceA comprehensive collection (70+ items) of R.A.F. commemorative covers and various others signed by the pilots and war heroes associated including 1928 TLS from Hugh Trenchard, 1963 ALS to Hugh Dowding, 1970 30th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Royal Air Force Colitshall commemorative cover signed by Sir Keith Park; cover signed Sir Barnes Wallis; cover signed Sir Arthur Harris and many more.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

CollectionsSportsA group (20+) items including various signed commemorative covers with sporting themes (Racing, Cricket and Football), notably the Duke of Hamilton, Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart; Arthur Edward Robert Gilligan signature on MCC headed paper; 1939 ALS from Sir Malcolm Campbell; 1965 ALS from Christine Truman James and more.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

DenmarkAeronauticaJacob Ellehammer1906, original photograph (3x4inches) framed in a sunken mount, signed and dated by JCE Ellehammer (1871 - 1946), a Danish engineer who first constructed a monoplane in 1905 and in 1906 a "semi biplane" in which he made a tethered flight on 12 September 1906. The photograph shows Ellehammer in this biplane and is inscribed and dated by him on this date. Uncommon.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

FranceKing Louis XIV, The Great Cipher1669 (30 May), 1671 (6 Dec.) and 1672 (6 Nov.) part encrypted letters signed to Pierre de Villars, Marquis de Villars, ambassador to Spain from 1679 to 1681, the second being most heavily encrypted with the majority of text in code, both letters have been deciphered, presumably by the recipient. Both signed "Louis" and countersigned beneath. Scarce and fascinating.The Great Cipher, developed by the Rossignal family, was used for communication of a sensitive nature, especially when sending messages abroad. The culmination of the Thirty Years War, The Franc...

FranceLouis XIV1711 (12 May) document on vellum appointing Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars (son of Pierre de Villars) as Marshal of France, signed "Louis" together with a 1669-1684 group comprising (8 documents) to and from de Villars to various dignitaries during his stay in Italy.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

FranceMaria Theresa1744 (18 Feb.) letter signed to Leopold von Weingarten, translated, with her complex and elaborate travel requirements for her sister and brother-in-law, specifically that "the posts and whatever else may prove necessary should be paid for them." and that "In all, 178 draught horses and 27 riding horses will be required at each posting station.". An impressive complete document with address panel and filing endorsement, wax seal missing.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

FranceGeneral Louis Lazare Hoche1796 (6 Feb.) letter from secretary (Grigue at Montaigne) to the General discussing the movement of troops and the Bureau in Paris.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

FranceEmpress Josephine1804-12, a roughly paper bound journal stamped with the cachet of the Horse Post being the Inspector of the Posts register for the Mons Staging Post giving details of "Postillons" (post boys) complaints. On page 2, dated 18014 (21 Aug.) M. Delacour, Inspector of the Posts gives a warning that Empress Josephine will be passing through, detailing her large retinue of carriages. Josephine had been returning to Paris from Aix-la-Chapelle where she had received an address from the Mayor, possibly following the proclamation of 18 May declaring Napoleon and Josephine as Emperor...

FranceBaron Alexandre Elizabeth Michel Digeon1809 (19 Sept.) power of attorney document from Andre Claude Noel, the Imperial Notary in Paris as a request presented to "His Serene Highness" to confer the title of Baron on General Digeon.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

FranceGeneral Francois Etienne Damas1813 (15 June) letter signed from Dusseldorf to Mr. Schmitz, Prefect of the department of the Rhine concerning the application of a customs officer, Francois Eminghams, who applied for a position in one of the brigades. Signed "Damas".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

FranceMarshall Edmond Le Boeuf1870 (22 April) letter signed from Le Boeuf as Minister of War to the General commanding the 3rd Army Corps at Nancy informing him that "the Procurers General now no longer have to furnish to the Commander of the Army Corps" ... "the reports which they had to address to him at the end of every quarter". Signed "Le Boeuf".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

FranceA group of documents (14) ranging from the Revolutionary 1790s to WWI including very interesting 1791 (20 Feb.) unsigned letter written in English to Thomas Somers-Cocks in Downing Street describing the conditions in Paris, mentioning "37,000 men and women without any visible means of support & who live on rapine & murder" ... "Paris is actually menaced with a massacre more bloody than that 1st Bartholmew"; 1816 autograph note from Marie Amelie, last Queen of France; 1839 ALS from Ferdinand Philippe, Duc d'Orleans; 1861 autograph note from Duc de Gramont; 1862 ALS from Eugene Emmanuel Vi...

FranceCharles De Gaulle1952 (3 July) photograph (approx. 15cm x 20cm) on card dedicated, signed and dated by Charles De Gaulle "C. de Gaulle", sold with undated birthday card signed "C. de Gaulle" with Cross of Lorraine emblem on cover and patriotic picture inside.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

FranceMusicCharles Gounod1860(?) brief ALS writing to arrange a date. Signed "Ch. Gounod".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

FranceMusicLeo DelibesUndated ALS in French to "Cher Ami" explaining that Felice Arnaud (Soprano) has had to leave for Bordeaux but this has meant he has been able to finish "the revision of our first orchestral act and also the recitatives - I m ahead, am I not?". Signed "Leo D.". Paper with small remnants of mounting at top.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

GermanyThurn and Taxis1588 - 1787 a group of seven entires carried by the postal network run by the Thurn and Taxis post office. 1588 EL from Meiningen to Frankfurt am Main carried by foot messenger; 1616 EL from Malines to Stuttgart endorsed "1 port"; two EL rated "v8" (8 stuivers) in manuscript sent from Mons to Antwerp and Tournai to Antwerp; three EL from Antwerp to addresses in Flanders rated 2 (stuivers) to be paid by the recipient. Posted 1747, 1761 and 1787 during the period that the Netherlands was under Spanish and Austrian occupation and the postal system was run by Thurn and Taxi...

GermanyRegensburg1776 an entire letter written by Sir Robert Liston (1742 - 1838) from Ratisbon while attending the Diet of the Holy Roman Empire as an observer for the British Government, to which he makes reference in a family letter addressed to Edinburgh, with various manuscript rate markings and bishop marks of the foreign and general branch. Liston later served as envoy extraordinary to the United States (1796 - 1800).The Diet was a deliberative body rather than legislative, and was in permanent session at Regensburg from 1663 - 1806.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more info...

GermanyCoburg1846, 1849 two entire letters with the 'coburg / date' two line postmark in red, indicating free postage. The content written on elaborate printed notepaper of Duke Ernst II of Saxe Coburg and Gotha (1818-1893), elder brother of Prince Albert. He allowed the Thurn and Taxis post to operate in the territory and received a free postal concession in return. The letters show evidence of having been sewn closed, a method applied to ensure confidentiality.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

GermanyMaximillian Karl, Prince of Thurn & Taxis1858 (15 April) signed piece cut from document signed at Regensburg with wonderfully clear wafer seal.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Gibraltar1823 (2 Jan.) printed certificate issued by the Earl of Chatham granting Alex Storace(?) permission to embark as passenger aboard the "Jesus Nazarene" bound to Vinairs and certifying that "Good Health is enjoyed in the Town and Territories, without any Suspicion of Plague or contagious Distemper". Signed "Geo. J. Harding".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great Britain1377 (reign of King Edward III) assize of novel disseisin written in Latin on parchment (2½ x 12 inches) beginning "Edward by the grace of God King of England and France and Lord of Ireland" appointing Henry Percehay and Walter Clopton to be Justices in a case of land possession at Evercreech, Somerset. Countersigned "Colyngb", likely Collingbourn, Chancery clerk responsible for issuing the writ. Sold with complete translation in English.A Novel Disseisin [recent dispossession] was a vital form of land possession and repossession used during the middle ages. Documents of this kin...

Great BritainWilliam Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke1554 (12 April) letter signed 'Pembroke' from St. James' to Giles Gore as a call to arms as commanded by Queen Mary mustering "all my servants and tenants & others within my rules and office and to have same in a perfect readyness furnyshed with horsse Armour and weapon withall ye force they are able to make". Document complete with address panel and small tear along fold.It is possible that Pembroke's call to arms is in relation to the unrest caused in previous months by Sir Thomas Wyatt in opposing the marriage of Queen Mary I and Philip II...

Great BritainPhilip II (King of England)1555 (12 Feb), letter signed 'Yo el Rey' as King of England to his Chancellor, Francesco Taverna regarding unpaid amounts owing to Stefano Dorio, the Royal Messenger, from his pension granted by Charles V. Document complete with address panel and good wafer seal, some browning and minor tears along the edges to be expected.Following King Philip's marriage to Mary I, the King could claim the title of King of England as well as the Kingdom of Naples (1554-58). The title would be removed on the death of Mary. It was Philip II who sent the Armada against En...

Great BritainRobert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury1598 payment request from Thomas Fynnett, messenger of the Queen's Chamber, "for being sent in hast in service of her Majestie". Signed "Ro: Cecil" as Secretary of State, and "William Waad".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainSir Edward Dyer1604 (24 Nov.) document signed "Edward Dyer" in acknowledgement of Dyer's payment of five pounds as part of a debt of four hundred pounds due to Sir Edward Stanhope. Document is oblong and indented at top with filing endorsement on reverse. Stain to bottom right, otherwise in reasonable condition. Exceptionally rare.Sir Edward Dyer (1543-1607), known as a preferred courtier to Queen Elizabeth I and a prominent poet as Author of two of the most famous Elizabethan lyrics, 'My Mind to Me a Kingdom is' and 'The Lowest Trees have Tops'.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Prem...

Great BritainAlgernon Percy, 10th Duke of Northumberland1620 (20 July) vellum document laid on card signed "Northumberland" in large, clear script.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainLord Spencer Compton, Lord John Conway1625 (8 Nov.) letter signed from Compton by means of recording the delivery to Lord Conway of "a great rich Jewell of gold called the Mirrour of Great Brittaine ... A fair Jewell in fashion like a feather of gold ... A faire flower of gold with three great Ballasses ... A great poynted diamond with the Collett taken from a Coller of gold ... A broken Coller of gold ... A Jewell of gold of the letter J.". An extraordinary list. Signed "Sp. Compton". Some staining and tears to the paper and laid onto page.This document is evidence of the pawnin...

Great BritainThomas Pott, "Master of his Majesties Harriers"1631 (25 Aug.) receipt signed by Thomas Pott as Charles I's hunt master for £200 to be paid out of the exchequer to a London merchant, presumably for the upkeep of the harriers. Also with signatures of Thomas Hayles and George Plunkett as witnesses. Some fraying to paper and trivial piece missing to bottom right.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing Charles Ic.1641-43 document signed "Charles R". An incomplete but pre-signed fishing licence with blanks left for the name of recipient, name and origin of vessel and place of issue. Countersigned "B Gerbier" by Balthazar Gerbier. Document laid down on thin card otherwise in good condition, with contemporary coin.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainCivil WarThomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Cleveland1628 (1 July) deed on parchment signed "Cleveland" assigning a part of the revenues of Stepney and Hackney to his servant Robert Dixon, witnessed by Richard Ferrers. Attractive and in very good condition.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainCivil WarOliver Cromwell1651 (5 Nov.) letter signed "O Cromwell" to Sir John Wollaston ordering payment "ont Major General Lambert the some of eighty two pounds for eighty two days pay as Major General". With later receipt of payment signed John Lambert "J Lambert". Rare bearing both signatures of Cromwell and Lambert. Document with good repair along edge, otherwise in good condition.John Lambert in 1651 won an important victory in Inverkeithing for the English Parliamentarians giving Cromwell control over the Firth of Forth.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more informa...

Great BritainCivil WarCornelius Holland1652 (15 Oct.) document signed "Cor. Holland". A receipt "of Thomas Fauconberge ... the sum of twenty pounde upon my allowance ... paid unto me by the Cofferer of the late Kings house". In very good condition with non-contemporary note in pencil on reverse.Cornelius Holland (1599 - c.1671) known as a possible regicide although his name is not included on the warrant for Charles I's execution.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainCivil WarGeorge Monk, 1st Duke of Albermarle1662 (14 Jan.) letter signed "Albermarle" from the "Cockpitt" addressed to "Gentlemen" informing that "by consent and approbation of the Lord Chancellor I have appointed Edmund Fennell Esq. to be my Deputy to official in my sted as Judge of the Sessions". Together with pages from 1852 London Illustrated news commemorating his funeral.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainCivil WarA group of related documents (3) including 1641 (24 Aug.) letter signed "James Chaloner" to his uncle Lord Ferdinando Fairfax regarding discussions of the House of Commons covering "the disbanding of our Armie ... as how far they may raise present monies for this purpose", and predicting that "the house are intended to make a recess for some time", with full address panel and wax seal, an interesting document; 1645 (Jan.) receipt signed William Constable (regicide) "Wm: Constable" for his allowances as a Member of Parliament with similar signed "James Fiennes" on reverse;...

Great BritainRobert Broomfield1659 (4 Aug.) letter signed regarding a Thomas King who was "lately employed by the State to carry ammunition ... for the Guarrison of Dunkirke" where he received "out of the stores there about 2 or 3000 musketts to bring over for England", Broomfield then suggests that King had been keeping back the locks to "putt some of them into a penny purse to mend his wages". Signed "Rob: Broomfield". An interesting whistle-blowing document. Some tears and staining to be expected.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions f...

Great BritainGeorge Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham1661 (17 Jan.) document signed "Buckingham" on vellum appointing Edward Freemen as his deputy steward. Seal tag and dockets all present.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainThomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton1665 (14 March) letter signed "T. Southampton" ordering the sum of "Six Thousand Five hundred pounds to be paid to Sr. William Walter Knt & Barronet ... in full discharge of soe much money by him lent and paid to other persons upon ye Account of his late Majesty at Oxford". With filing endorsement to reverse.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainSamuel Pepys1668 (22 Sept.) letter signed "S Pepys" to Edward Gregory, clerk of the cheque at Chatham regarding the wreckage of H.M.S. Royal Oak, "his Royal highness hath beene pleased by his order bearing date the 17th instant to direct us to cause the officers that have hitherto beene borne on her to be forthwith discharged". Also signed by Sir William Penn, William 2nd Viscount Brouncker and Sir John Mennes. Paper in good condition. An interesting piece of Naval history and a sought after signature.H.M.S. Royal Oak, launched in Portsmouth in 1664 and burnt in battle by the Dut...

Great BritainStop of the Exchequer1671 (3 November) memorandum "To make an account of all Orders past to Sr. Thomas Osborne & Sr. Thomas Littleton dureing their joint management of ye Office of Treasurer of ye Navy. Also an Account of payments made to them on any of ye said Orders since your last certificate ending ye 21st of February last. For my Lord Bruckner". Followed by various calculations of sums to be paid including, among others, "Assigne of Edw. Backwell - 104.15.6", "Assignee to Doctor Chamberlaine - 200.0.0", and "To be paid in to the Exchequer 00.4.9". Written in more than one uni...

Great Britain1673 (3 May) letter between M.P.s from London to Edinburgh with integral address panel "For the Right Honourable The Lord Provost at Edinburgh" without bishop mark or 'free' stamp as would be expected, with very good seal.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing Charles II1677/8 (17 Jan.) document on vellum signed "Charles R" appointing David Eyton as an "ensigne of that Company of Foot in the Regiment of Our Guard called the Coldstream". Complete with wafer seal (cracked) and ink a little faded on the signature.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing Charles II1678 (25 Feb.) seemingly hurried document signed headed "Instructions for Our Trusty and well beloved John Bribane Eighth Sent by (?) to Flanders", instructing him to "immediately embarque yourself upon the Vessel appointed for you, and make the best of your way to Ostend where when arrived you shall deliver Our Letter to the Governor and Receive his answer and if you there find Bruges not invaded by the French you shall goe withall expedition thither and deliver Our Letter to the Governor or Commander in chief there" ... "You shall in both places as well you can in...

Great BritainKing Charles II1679/80 (16 Jan.) document signed "Charles R" at Whitehall enacting the termination of copper two penny and six penny pieces in Scotland and praising General Charles Maitland, Sir James Falconer, Master of the Scottish Mint, and Alexander Maitland for the substitutes for copper coins. Also countersigned "Lauderdale" by John Maitland, 1st Duke of Lauderdale, with a signed note on the reverse by William Paterson.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainBank Account Book1685 (March) - 1685 (December) single leaf of unknown bank account book listing credits in favour of "William Tempest" including "Mr. Robert Clayton" £18, "Mr. Francis Child" £2000 and "Sir William Turner" £74 16s. Signed "Tempest". On the reverse there are two listings for the debits of "William Lloyd" and "John Carpenter". A fascinating financial artefact.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing James II1686 (25 March) document signed with integral address panel to "Sir William Stapleton Our Captain Generall and Governor in chief in and over Our Islands of St. Christophers, Nevis, & Monserrat, Antega, Barbuda, Anguilla, and all other the Carybe Islands lying to Leeward from Guardaloupe to the Island of St. John de Porto Rico", complete with full wafer seal. Document relieving Stapleton of his duties, explaining that "it is necessary for the recovery of your health you should go and remaine some time in France, We are graciously pleased hereby to give you leave to go...

Great BritainSir Richard Haddock1691 (15 June) warrant headed "By the Principle Officers and Commanders of their Majesty's Navy" to the officers of the yard at Portsmouth instructing them to send "an account: what goods are remaining un served into store, by whom and upon what contracts", enabling the Navy to keep track of "the state of the stores in their Majesty's severall yards". Signed "R: Haddock". Some excess inking to bottom of page though not affecting the signature.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing William III1695 (17 June) exchequer warrant to pay a total of £1,775 to a list of six recipients for various duties to the crown including £300 to the Duchess Dowager of Buks as Royal bounty, £500 to Sir Robert Atkins, £125 to Mark Kirke, Maid of Honour to Mary of Modena and to Philip Howard for his services relating to "Barillia and Potashes". Signed clearly "William R" at the top and countersigned "Godolphin" and "Montague". Superb, in good condition though with old mounts to non-contemporary page on reverse.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information pleas...

Great BritainKing William III1695 (20 November) document signed "William R" as a warrant to pay the pensions of twenty four individuals summing £627, 10/7½d. The majority of the names are female and a few are noted as being "for herselfe and children" with sums ranging from £2 to £125. Countersigned "Godolphin" and "Ste: Fox". Document long and torn down left side as to be expected and backed with blue paper by means of repair. Rare.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing William III Assassination Plot1695-98, four printed Acts of Parliament relating to the Jacobite assassination plot, namely 1695 (22 Nov.) An Act for Continuing the Imprisonment of [x] Counter, and others, for the late Horrid Conspiracy to Assassinate the Person of His Sacred Majesty", mentioning "John Bernadi, Robert Cassells, Robert Meldrum, James Chambers and Robert Blackburne"; 1695 (22 Nov.) "An Act to Attaint such of the Persons concerned in the late Horrid Conspiracy to Assassinate His Majesties Royal Person who are fled from Justice, Unless they render themselves to Ju...

Great BritainHenry Greenhill1698 (15 Oct.) document signed as a "Loan to Add to the Establishment of the 15th June Cast: Free Masons - 16, Bricklayers - 16, Labourers 47", seemingly to be assembled in Portsmouth. Signed "H. Greenhill" by Henry Greenhill among five other Naval signatures.Henry Greenhill (1646-1708) - brother of painter, John Greenhill - was a British Mariner, Governor of the Gold Coast, Commissioner of the Navy and a Member of Parliament. Known also for overseeing the construction of Plymouth Dock.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms an...

Great BritainSidney Godolphin, 1st Earl1679-1709 A group of documents (4) signed by Sidney Godolphin including 1679 printed warrant to Sir Robert Howard as Auditor of the Receipt to pay Richard Twisdell, victualler of St. George's parish "for quartering several men from Capt. Francis Hawley's soldiers, in the late Duke of Monmouth's regiment"; 1680 order to pay Sir Leoline Jenkins £2,000; 1696 letter from the "Whitehall Treasury Chamber" "The Justices of the Peace of the County of Westmorland" on account of the neglected collection of " the duties ariseing by Marriages Births Burialls &c.", si...

Great Britain1652- 1715, a group of Commissioner documents (4) including 1652 resolution (copy) by the "Commissioners for removing obstructions, in lands and estates forfeited to the Commonwealth for treason, to be sold by the use of the Navy", subscribed by Robert Aldworth, John Barnes, Francis Mussended and William Roberts; 1669/70 letter from the "Commissioners of Accounts" to Sir Robert Long from Brookehouse in Holborn investigating the advancement of £250,000 to Sir George Carteret "by the late favours of his Majesties Hearth Duty"; 1711 letter from the "Commissioners for examining Public...

Great Britain1708-35 three documents relating to the payment of messengers. The first 1708 a request from John Barrett, Messenger in Ordinary at the exchequer receipt, for expenses incurred "in riding with, and delivering of diverse parcells of Acts of Parliament for granting an Aid to Her Majesty to be raised by a Land Tax in Great Britain for the service of the year 1708", listing the five journeys undertaken. With instructions to pay signed by John Smith as Chancellor of the Exchequer; 1709 request for payment from William Wekett, also a Messenger in Ordinary, for "for extraordinary charges...

Great BritainLetters of Attorney1668-1739 A group of documents (5) including 1668 letter from Sir Joseph Seymour to William Aldworth, signed by Seymour; 1691 from Thomas Neale to John Radford regarding £260 owing to Neale as Groom of the Bedchamber to Charles II, signed by Neale; 1702 from Jonathan Scarth to John Moore collecting money from the Navy, signed by Scarth; 1739 from William Turnbull appointing men to collect money from the Exchequer; together with 1720 quietus for Richard Norris as Sheriff of County Palatine of LancasterSubject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information p...

Great Britain1670 - 1793 A group (6) including two teller's bills and four Exchequer bills, including signatures of Robert Howard and Robert Walpole (son of the Prime Minister).Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great Britain1680-1736, a group of printed receipts (14) of various kinds including signatures of Sir Henry Firebrace, George Hamilton, Earl of Orkney, Henry Grey, Earl of Kent, Richard Hampden and Arthur Onslow; including receipts for payment of window tax (1714), repayment of loans lent to the Crown, and a loan on credit of an Act granting William III duties on glasswares, bottle, coal &c. "for carrying on the war against France", one Naval (1718) being in receipt of £2,087 4/6d. as part of an order for "ten hundred thousand pounds" (£1,000,000 - an extraordinary sum) for the use of the Navy...

Great Britain1628-1724, an excellent collection of financial documents (35 items) ranging from receipts to warrants, orders and petitions, each with a well-researched typed description providing a fascinating financial overview of the period. Highlights include signatures of Sir Robert Long, Sir Henry Guy, Sir Robert Howard, Thomas Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, Charles Mordaunt, Earl of Monmouth, Sir Charles Carteret. More interesting documents include 1666 application for payment for the expenses of attending the King at Oxford in the period that Parliament relocated there, 1678 order to...

Great BritainJacobite UprisingKing James II1686 (24 July) letter signed "James R" to Richard Earl of Ranelagh ordering payment "out of Monies appointed for the Use of Our Guards Garrisons and Land Forces ... to pay to Our Right Trusty and Wellbeloved Councellor George Lord Dartmouth the Summe of two thousand and seventy pounds three shillings and ten pence the same being certified by you to be due to Our Royal Regiment of Fuziliers". Countersigned "William Blathwayt" and with receipt of payment on reverse signed "Tho: Rickers". Document repaired along folds and split between the two leaves. So...

Great BritainJacobite UprisingKing James II1687 (20 Sept.) letter signed in French from Windsor to Cardinal Colloredo, writing "My Cousin, I have received the letter You wrote to me on the death of my Sister and Mother-in-law the Duchess of Modena", thanking him for his concern and begging him to believe that "I will interest myself in an equal degree in what may concern you". Signed "Jacques R". With address panel and two wax seals showing a clear impression of the Stuart royal arms, both affixing red silk.Duchess (Laura Martinozzi) of Modena (1639-87) by marriage to Alfonso IV. Mother of Ma...

Great BritainJacobite UprisingMary of Modena1695 (18 Jan.) letter signed in French to Cardinal Colloredo from St. Germain-en-Laye writing "The passion and zeal with which you are interested in all that concerns me, the expressions are so true and so pious that they are as edifying as they are obliging, they do confirm me much in the resolution that I took a long time ago to wait with submission and resignation the effects of God's will whose judgements I will always adore, either he continues to afflict me or he is pleased to comfort me...". Signed "Maria R". Bearing two black wax seals showin...

Great BritainJacobite UprisingKing James II1698 (24 January) letter signed in French from exile in St. Germain-en-Laye to "Cardinal Cacia" thanking him "with all our heart for [his kind words] and we ask you to be assured of our special esteem which we will give you scheduled on the occasion. So we pray to God that he may have you, My Cousin, in his holy and worthy guard". Signed "Jacques R". Document in good condition complete with address panel bearing red wax seal with good impression of Stuart seal.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Condition...

Great BritainJacobite UprisingQueen Anne1709 (23 April) letter signed to the Duke of Lorraine in French writing of her appreciation for his kind words and attachment to the "Great Alliance" to which he has provided a service by "leaving so generously your pretensions to Montserrat to clear the way for the public good" . Signed "Anne R". With address panel and filing endorsement on reverse with good wafer seal.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainJacobite UprisingCharles Edward Stuart ('Bonnie Prince Charlie')1760 (25 June) ALS in French on full side on single page, the reverse being a letter from Joseph Thompson, to which the Prince is responding. Thompson writes to "confirm the content" of his previous letter "as I find myself unaware of the content of your letters", asking the Prince to forward a letter to Monsieur Drumlee. Signed "Joseph Thompson". The Prince then writes, explaining that "I put off replying to the first till later as I was waiting for an opportunity to write to you more fully, which will present itself...

Great BritainJacobite UprisingPrincess Louise Maximilenne Caroline Emmanuel, Countess D'AlbanyUndated other than "This Monday 16th" autograph letter in French to "Madame The Countess Ciccogniari" writing in response to Ciccogniari's letter "on the life of La Fontaine. He is one of the most original authors who lives in any language, and whatever he looks at interests him immensely but what interests me more is the health of your dear husband. I am concerned that he has fallen ill again as he did not favour me either Saturday or yesterday morning". Unsigned although with integral address panel...

Great BritainJacobite UprisingPrinted Matter1715-46 an illuminating, over-arching group (14) of newspapers, magazines and printed acts of parliament including: The Flying Post: or, The Postmaster, 1715 (7-9 June) with reference to an account from Brussels that "may put our rebellious Faction to the Blush, when they hear that Foreign Papists pay such Respect to our Protestant King, while our English High-Church Zealots expose the Reputation of what they call the Church, and make it a Scandal to the Protestant Name"; The London Gazette (2) 1745 (Aug., Nov.), the first "Ordering a Reward of Thirt...

Great BritainJacobite UprisingA group (10 items), with useful research notes, from or relating to personalities involved in the Jacobite Uprising including 1691 ALS with integral address panel from James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde to John Piggott instructing him to "perfect & compleat the settlement of the militia" , 1714 ALS from Richard Minshull (Jacobite intriguer) to Edward Blount mentioning "we prisoners are as neglectful of the world or of our former Acquaintances as They have bine slighting of us", 1734 ALS from "Harland" to Col. Liddell, outer wrapper with '24 / mr' Bishop Mark and si...

Great BritainJacobite UprisingLibraryA collection of nineteen rare and or reference books on the subject of the Jacobite movement including Abbadie, James, The History of the Late Conspiracy Against the King and the Nation, (1696); Barron, Evan Macleod, Prince Charlie's Pilot, initialled by author, (1913); Cadell, Robert, Sir John Cope and the Rebellion of 1745 (1898); Chambers, Robert, History of the Rebellion of 1745 (1869); Johnstone, Chevalier de, Memoirs of the Rebellion (1820, 1st Ed.); Crighton, Patrick (possible), The Woodhouselee Ms (1907); Doddridge, Philip, Life of Col. Gardiner (1...

Great BritainSir Christopher Wren1700 (April) piece cut from accounting document, possibly a ledger, signed by Christopher Wren "Chr. Wren", alongside Stephen Fox "Ste: Fox" and Richard Jones, 1st Earl of Ranelagh "Ranelagh". Excellent condition and a scarce signature.Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) architect, scientist and artist. Architect of the current St. Paul's Cathedral, and at the time of this document, Commissioner at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainWilliam Wake, Archbishop of Canterbury1703 (27 April) majority piece cut from document "We the Minister & Church Wardens of Middlesex, doe hereby Certifye, that Mrs. Eliz. Brook (... mentioned in a Certain Order upon the Excise No. 3409) is now living". Signed "Wm. Wake".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainQueen Anne1708 military appointment document on vellum appointing Simon Parry as captain of the Portuguese foot regiment under the command of Colonel Constantine De Magby. Signed "Anne" and countersigned by Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland and James Taylor, Secretary at War. Document lacking wafer seal but bearing usual revenue stamps, vellum a little foxed and heavily folded.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainJoseph Addison1709 (22 April) commission document headed "Thomas Earle of Wharton, Viscount Winchendon, Baron Wharton of Wharton, Lord-Lieutenant Generall, and Generall Governour of her Majesty's Kingdom of Ireland etc." appointing "Thomas Paistow" "to be Captaine of a Company, in the Regiment of foote to be forthwith raised for her Majesty's Service, and commanded by Sir John Wittewronge". Signed "Wharton" and countersigned "J. Addison". Small piece excised from foot of document and usual signs of age.Joseph Addison (1672-1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright and polit...

Great BritainJohn Lauderdale1710 (March) ALS "Letter to Capt. Bruce" writing "I am informed that Lieut. Cunningham and other officers that were taken to make a pretence of Exile are not making their recruits. But I hereby order you to tell them that in case they fail in making their Complement ... I shall proceed against them In a Court Martiall And that they need not Expect favour at my hands", ordering therefore that they raise the troops by the 15th of the month. Small part of document missing and with repairs, signed "Lauder" and with integral address panel noting "To the care of the post...

Great BritainQueen Anne1711 (2 July) sign manual warrant written from Windsor Castle to Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, as Lord Treasurer to pay £1,000 "towards making good the taxes which were assigned on Our Pallaces of Whitehall and St. James's for the year 1705". Signed "Anne R" in a clear hand at the head and countersigned "Oxford" and the foot, with filing endorsement on reverse. Paper with marking around edges from previous framing, otherwise very good. Sold together with a 1711 ALS from Henry Gardie, Anne's Quarter Waiter and a receipt signed by Beata Danvers, a Woman of An...

Great Britain1712 (22 Jan.) indenture between William Cotton and Alexander Samson for the lease of land, seemingly the Manor of Streatham, bearing the royal cypher of Queen Anne, document exceptionally well preserved.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing George I1714/15 (22 Feb.) Document signed "George R" on vellum appointing John Owen an ensign in a company of the third regiment of foot guards, countersigned "Holles Newcastle" by Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle, then Secretary of State and "R. Arnold" by the Secretary at War. Document bearing 2/6d. vertical strip of three revenue stamps, some large stains obscuring some text and a little wrinkled.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainJohn Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough1714 (20 Aug.) document signed "Marlborough" appointing John Brice of Woodstock park as "Gamekeeper of the Manor of Combe and Stonefield in the Manor of Woodstock". Document with the 'VI Pence' revenue stamps and good wax seal, paper reinforced along left edge.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing George I1717 (6 July) military appointment on vellum signed "George R" at top, appointing "James Carey" Captain of the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards", countersigned "J. Addison" by Joseph Addison.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainLewis Dymoke1720 (19 July), letter signed relating to a power of attorney for Sir Robert Chaplain, "authorising and empowering any other persons at the Bank of England" on behalf of Lewis Dymoke. Document lightly pasted onto collectors page.Lewis Dymoke (1669-1760) King's Champion to both George I and George II. Sir Robert Chaplain (1670-1726) who held a seat in the House of Commons until he was expelled owing to his role as Director of the South Sea Company under which title he oversaw the illegal inflation of their stock.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more informati...

Great BritainSir Robert Walpole1721 (17 March) exchequer warrant to pay "Samuel Pit Esq." £250 as his salary, signed "R Walpole", "Geo. Baillie", examined "Halifax", and signed on receipt "Chandos" by James, Duke of Chandos. Document mounted by two hinges to collectors' page.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainGeorge Keith, 10th Earl of Marischal1736 (17 Aug.) signed letter to "George Keith" (a name sake) from Chalons in France, signed "Marischal". A curious and candid letter over two pages in which the author seems to be plotting a clandestine sale of his land - "The less noise such an affair makes, it must go the better on", mentioning though that "if the affair comes known, the Government may either buy my estate in case of sale, or set up somebody underhand to do it". In a personal note, Marischal mentions that the bearer of this letter had enjoyed too much of the Spanish wine with...

Great BritainRobert Walpole1736 (1 Oct.) two page Treasury document headed "A State of the General or Aggregate Fund" giving a statement of the accounts as per the "Quarter ended at Michaelmas 1736" showing payments to the Bank of England of £15,000 "in lieu of 2000000 in Exchequer Bills; £30,000 to the "Civil List"; two payments to the "South Sea Company" totalling over £10,000; with balance remaining shown as £209,169 5/8d. Warrant on reverse addressed to the Earl of Halifax to distribute the income of the accounts. Signed "R Walpole" and countersigned "Sundon" / "Winnington". Document with...

Great BritainSir Robert WalpoleTwo undated signatures cut from documents "R Walpole".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainWilliam Stanhope Harrington1738 (12 July) payment request given at Whitehall of £400 to Horatio Walpole for "Postage of Letters and Packets / Stationary /News Papers and other Intelligence". Signed "Harrington" with part signature of Walpole - part of document missing owing to large filing tearSubject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing George II1745/6 (7 Feb.) document on vellum signed "George R" appointing Simon Parry to the rank of Major in a foot regiment commanded by Charles Otway, countersigned by the Duke of Newcastle "Holles Newcastle". Document slightly separated along folds, bearing strip of three 2/6d. blue revenue stamp, without paper seal.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing George III1760 (27 Oct.) military appointment given at court at Saville House on vellum appointing "Philip Berry" to be "Adjutant to Our Twenty First Regiment of Dragoons (or Royal Forresters) commanded by ... John Manners". Signed "George R" and countersigned "W Pitt" by William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham. Document with usual folds, some minor staining to reverse, full filing endorsement and complete wafer seal. A very early George III signature.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainSamuel Pegge (The Elder)1766 (23 Feb.) signed letter to unknown recipient beginning "Lover of Coins, I have just now printed an essay on ye Coins of the British King, Cunobelin, & a noble series it is". Signed "Samuel Pegge". Letter part excised, cut and reattached, seemingly without loss.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainPrime Ministers1769 (16 Jan.) Treasury document ordering the payment of a total of "£499.7.10½" to William Earl of Chatham. Signed "Grafton" by 3rd Duke of Grafton, "North" by Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guildford, "Onslow" by George Onslow and "Lincoln" by the 9th Earl of Lincoln, with "Chatham" signed receipt on reverse. Filing line drawn through the middle of the document, as per custom and tear to left of document clear of text with old repair. A fine group of signatures three of whom future of current Prime Ministers or 1st Lords of the Treasury.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’...

Great BritainGiles WelsfordA detailed account written in two soft cover books of G. Welsford's crossing from London via St Helena to Bencoolen aboard the Francis between 1787-88. Of particular interest is Welsford's impressions of Sir Robert Brooke, future governor of St Helena travelling, with his family, to commence his new post. Journals also include Brooke's exploits in fishing sharks, a carnival-like celebration on board, descriptions of colonial Batavia and commercial life in the East Indies.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for...

Great BritainKing George III, Botany Bay1789 (9 May) autograph note, all in George III's hand from Windsor making plans to hold a "Council on the remaining Irish Bills" and, most significantly, referring to the "Secretary of War's proposal for raising the corps to relieve the Marines at Botany Bay", adding that "I believe it is as economical as the Service may permit, therefore Lord Sydney may forward it". Signed "G R.". A most important document of historic significance. Generally good condition with remains of collectors' mount. provenance:Sotheby's, 29 Oct. 1968 (collection of Richard Hun...

Great BritainAugust Henry, 3rd Duke of Grafton1791 (4 August) ALS with integral address panel intact (also signed "Grafton") to "Mr. Wedgwood" (Josiah) at his warehouse in Greek St. requesting that "Mr. Wedgwood is desired to send by the next Monday's Towcester wagon directed to the Duke of Grafton near Stony Stratford 6 wash hand basins & Ewers, with coloured edges, of different colours, 2 of each to match ... Goods sent in the Country ought always to be examined with more attention, as a faulty shape etc is more difficult to replace". Signed "Grafton".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium....

Great BritainKing George III1792 (11 April) document signed. An order that "out of such Monies as are in or shall come to your hands from the Sum voted & appropriated to defray Charges incurred by the last Armament, you do pay unto Our Trusty & Welbeloved Captain Alexander Perkins Lindsay, the Sume of One hundred, ninety three Pound, three Shillings & tenpence ... being for the Levy Money & Pay of sundry Non Commissioned Officers & Private Men raised by him towards forming an Independent Company of Foot". Signed "George R" - large and clear - to the top, Countersigned by Sir George Young, and...

Great BritainGeneral Josiah Champagne1795 two documents headed "Return of the number of Men Furnished daily by the 80th Regiment for the Engineers Party from 25th to 31st October 1795 - Erecting Batteries Isle Dieu", the other headed "Return of men Furnished daily for the 80th Regiment for the Road Masters Party...". Both signed "J. Champagne"Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing George III1799 (16 December) signed appointment of "Dixon Brown" to the position of "First Lieutenant of a Company" in Newcastle to "serve without Pay, for the Protection thereof ... but not to take Rank in Our Army..". Signed "George R" clearly. Document pasted to album page but with fine wafer seal and with 7/6d. embossed revenue.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainGeorge IIIA group of five Free Fronts signed by five of George IIIs sons: Duke Clarence (before his accession to the throne as William IV); Prince Edward, Duke of Kent; Duke of Cumberland; Duke of York & Albany; Duke of Cambridge and William IV signature cut from letter.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainQueen CharlotteCut signature "Charlotte R" pasted on to album page beneath repro. of H. Adlard engraving of the Queen.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainRear Admiral Duckworth1801 a group of three letters apparently from the Antigua Victualling office to Duckworth in Martinique regarding receipts for sums of money.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainNaval1803 (18 May) Admiralty document headed "By the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland" to "Sir John Tho.s Duckworth KB, Rear Admiral of the Red Etc. Etc. Etc. Jamaica" regarding policy on Spanish Naval ships. The document states "You are hereby required & directed to pay every possible attention to the Naval Preparations that may be making in the Spanish Ports and to take every practicable means of obtaining from time to time, all the intelligence you may be able to collect on that subject, accordingly ....

Great BritainNavalA good group of documents (25) including Sir Richard Haddock cut signature; 1752 commission document appointing a Lieut. to HMS 'Winchelsea', signed Admiral Lord Anson; 1808 official receipt for pay from the 'Messina signed by George Airey; 1810 (10 July) letter signed from Sir Charles Cotton (Admiral) from San Joseph off Toulon to Captain Robert Mitford requesting him to receive on board men listed overleaf "For a passage to Gibraltar ... and transferring them to Alacrity", signed "C. Cotton"; 1813 (28 Aug.) letter signed from Sir Richard Hussey Bickerton (Admiral) to Captai...

Great BritainKing George IIISmall group of three items including attractive cut signature "George R" from document, five supposed strands of the King's hair and a c.1804 court summons for Frances Heath with red 5/- embossed revenue.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainGeorge III1804 (5 Aug.) military appointment on vellum appointing John Mitchcock as "Captain of a company in Our fifty ninth for the second Nottinghamshire Regiment of Foot Commanded by... Lieutenant General Alexander Ross. Signed "George R" at top, countersigned "Rob. Jenkinson" by then Secretary at War and later Prime Minister and [Lord] "Hawkesbury", 2nd Earl of Liverpool. With full wafer seal and £1, 10/- blue revenue stamp, some staining as to be expected.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainWarren Hastings1805 ALS entire sent from Daylesford House to Richard Cosway RA, signed "Warren Hastings" requiring the completion of his work on the portrait of Lord Fife and others, explaining that "Lord Fife has done me the honour to ask my consent to have your portrait of him engraved ... You are fortunate, that I am not likely to be soon in town; for I should be very importunate and very troublesome ... I am almost past my 72nd year, & wish much to have my collection completed before I die".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Cond...

Great BritainThomas Coutts, Banking1806 (14 Oct.) receipt for £1,500 from Lord Camden. Signed "Thomas Coutts.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainDuke of Wellington1811 (2 March) ALS written as Field Marshal from Castans (?) to Admiral Berkely writing "as there is no Packet on this sail, & it is essential that the Mail must be sent to England tomorrow, I shall be very much obliged to you, if you would make it convenient to send a vessel with it", signed "Wellington". Endorsed "2 March 1811 Lord Wellington to send Vessel with the Mail". A fantastic letter sent from the Peninsular at a pivotal moment.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainDuke of Wellington1834 (2 Nov.) letter from Walmer Castle to "W" in response to his letter, explaining that he doesn't believe he will be "called upon ... to give an opinion", but is happy to do so if required. Signed "Wellington" with unwritten half of paper separated along fold and with small piece missing.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainDuke of WellingtonRichard Colley, 1st Marquis of Wellesley1837 free front to Benedict Arthur signed "Wellesley" and free envelope sent to the Marchioness Wellesley signed "Wellesley".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainDuke of Wellington1841 (25th Dec.), Dublin, two ALS from "W. Booth" to Wellington, both with endorsement or note on reverse in Wellington's hand. One letter refers to an "unpleasant and embarrassing correspondence" regarding "letters furnished by General O'Lawler" that comment on "Lord Londonderry's attack on the General", bringing Booth to the same conclusion that he had previously from reading Londonderry's book - "that His Lordship has been impugned by some Spaniard at Granada". The other letter regarding "the Rate of Exchange at which the Portuguese Bill ... should be paid"....

Great BritainDuke of WellingtonA superb group comprising ten ALS and three 3rd person letters including 1837 ALS regarding a court verdict and that "the Queen is anxious to keep business out of the hands of her mother ... In their view she is influenced by Lord Melbourne"; 1838 ALS with reference to "filly Copenhagen", two ALS 'orders to view' at Apsley House, 1839 ALS to General Sir Willoughby Gordon regarding a paper to be debated in the House of Lords, 1841 ALS to Mrs. Cross giving complex instructions on the post, or "Official Boxes", and 1846 ALS to Mrs. Cross requesting "boiled fowl and...

Great BritainDuke of WellingtonAn assorted group of documents, Free Fronts etc. (10) including cut signature; Free Fronts (2) with 1825 signed in full and one undated initialled; franked envelope initialled "Wn" with good seal on reverse; envelope addressed "Mrs. Cross / Duke of Wellington / Hair Cut / January 14th 1847"; 1830 Free Front signed "Winchelsea"; Christmas Wishes to Mrs. Cross written on embossed notepaper signed "Elizth Wellington"; 3rd person letter from Catherine Duchess of Wellington presenting her "compliments to Mr. Dighton"; Order of Service for Wellington's funeral and larg...

Great BritainDuke of WellingtonA group of related material (11) from Wellington's Generals etc. including Free Fronts (5): 1821 signed "Colville", 1824 signed "Harris, 1825 signed "Combermere"; ALS (6) including: 1812 from Sir John Croft, Wellington's diplomat and spy, 1829 from General William Carr Beresford, 1832 from Fitzroy Somerset, 1863 lengthy letter from General Sir Robert Gardiner. A good group.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing George III1809 (8 Sept.) warrant addressed to Lord Eldon as Lord Chancellor, requiring him to issue a warrant by the Great Seal appointing Viscount Stangford Ambassador to the Portuguese Court in exile in Brazil. Signed at top "George R" with his 'mad' signature and by George Canning as Foreign Secretary. Document bound together over four sheets with copy of the Portuguese translation.Viscount Strangford had previously been Ambassador at Lisbon and was instrumental in persuading the Portuguese Court to evacuate to Brazil under threat of Napoleon's forces.Subject to 20% VAT o...

Great BritainGeorge CanningTwo ALS to unnamed correspondents, 1816 (10 March) claiming to have "no recollection of this case"; 1817 (17 April) after having forwarded a note, initialled.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great Britain(King George IV) Prince Regent1820 (24 January) ALS on mourning letter paper from Carlton House to King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies regarding announcing the "decease of my dear Brother His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent". Document folded in the usual manner bearing black wax seals with original black silk ties. Signed "George PR".Just five days after this letter was set, King George III died of his illness and George the long awaited Prince Regent became King George IV.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing George IV1821 (20 Dec.) military appointment appointing Charles Makepeace Lieutenant in the Fourth of the Royal Irish Regiment of Dragoon Guards. Countersigned "R Peel" by Sir Robert Peel and "R Turkin", Secretary at War. Complete with wafer seal and £1, 10/- revenue stamp, document in generally good condition, at one point pasted into album but successfully removed, showing filing endorsement on reverse.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainThomas RidoutCollection of letters written by Thomas Ridout from the Kutch province (Bhuj and Mandavie), 1822-24. Letters are, in their majority, dated to around his 21st birthday, addressed to his mother and siblings, providing an eye witness account of Britain's military and political involvement in local affairs, as well as his impressions of Bhuj and the vicissitudes of a young soldier's life. Details include the logistics of receiving letters from England and a detailed account of his expenses. Of particular interest to topographers is his list of Kutch places recorded to ent...

Great BritainKing George IVSigned document on long format folded paper headed "The Word for July 1826" with a table headed "Days" and "City" below listing a different British city or county for each day of the month. George IV applying his signature with a flourish. Fascinating.It is possible that this was a list drawn up for passwords to the Tower of London.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing William IV, Duke of Clarence1827 (27 Nov.) ALS from Bushey House "Late in the Evening" to an unknown correspondent writing "I have so sincere and affectionate regard for the King as my sovereign and as my brother that whether publicly or privately he does that which is right I rejoice at the bottom of my heart".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainHenry Edward, Cardinal Manning, Archbishop of Westminster1808 - 1892 Carte de visite studio photograph by Whitlock, Birmingham, signed in ink, in a contemporary leather frame Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainJoseph Hume1833-53 three ALS, the first, 1833 to Daniel O'Connell regarding bills expected to be challenged, namely "one which lowers the qualification of Vestry men from £30 to £20 a year"; the second, 1853 to Thomas Twining regarding "the Working Classes of this United Kingdom"; the third with date obscured to William Hargrave explaining that he will be unable to attend the "public meeting" on account of his engagement to "carry up five or six addresses from Scotland, to Her Majesty the Queen, at 12 o'clock on Monday.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information p...

Great BritainQueen Adelaide1841 autograph note on decorative card "60. 2. 18 / Beloved are all they that / put their trust in him". Signed "AR"Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainSir Rowland HillUndated ALS to his Nephew on "Hampstead N.W." headed mourning note paper reading "My Dear Ormond, Say Friday morning if you please as I have an appointment with your Uncle Arthur tomorrow morning. Yours Affect. Rowland Hill". Sold together with used 1d. black (BD) with four margins.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainPostal Instructions1844 (April) large internal postal instructions document "To All Postmasters", "No. 14" listing from A-Z "Peers Entitled to Receive Petitions Free by Privilege of Parliament, if under the Weight of 32 Ounces". Annotated in pencil next to each name with a number, some with other known names for the said Peer, for example "Wellesley" is pencilled in alongside Wellington and "Dundas alongside Zetland, with same names added later - "Nelson" and "Napier" are late additions in pencil under 'N'. Some staining and tears along folds. A wonderful document.Subject to 20%...

Great BritainPostal HistoryA small group of stamp related material (5 items) including 1850 (2 Aug.) William Mulready signature clipped from document and mounted in frame, accompanied by 1841 Mulready sent to Piccadilly; Free Front signed "W Wm. Wyon" by William Wyon, Chief Engraver for the Royal Mint; and 1966 British Philatelic Exhibition presentation card with Battle of Hastings 4d. signed "David Gentleman", accompanied by wonderful illustrated first day cover for the issue showing an ink drawing of a battle scene.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Term...

Great BritainQueen Victoria1848 (28 Aug.) ALS written in German, with translation, from Osborne House to Arthur Mennsdorff-Pouilly on note paper with beautifully embossed crest mentioning "How nicely old Radetzky behaved and how victorious are the Austrian garrisons" ... "From Gotha the news is very good, but less so from Coburg. In Vienna things still look gloomy". Initialled "V.R.".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainBenjamin Disraeli1851 (28 March) ALS over four pages to Edward Harper headed "Private" explaining his intentions to oppose the Ecclesiastical Titles Bill - "I don't think the Government will venture to omit Ireland from the bill: but in that event ... I shall oppose the bill altogether ... the measure will be defeated [and] the Government will resigned, & the settlement of the question will be thrown upon us. No doubt a great responsibility but we must meet it like men". Signed with initial only "D". Some staining and repairs, but good content.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premiu...

Great BritainIsambard Kingdom Brunel1855 (11 May) Messrs Drummond cheque for £842, 15/10d. written, dated and signed "I K Brunel", bearing "Draft One Penny" with tear to left of cheque.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainPrince Albert, Prince Consort1858 ALS from Buckingham Palace to a correspondent with name redacted returning the plan for the defence of Portsmouth "which has received the Queen's approval". Sold together with 1856 (20 Jan.) ALS from C. R. Phipps, Prince Albert's secretary, to W. Eastlake relaying Prince Albert's "pleasure with which he has heard of the successful establishment of the Plymouth School of Art", enclosing also a cheque for £25.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainQueen Victoria1859 (6 June) original draft LS to the Queen of Norway giving credence granted to Augustus Berkley Paget on the occasion of his appointment as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Sweden and Norway. Complete with Victoria's full signature and subscription though interestingly the first page has been neatly deleted with a cross through the text for no known reason.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainCharles Darwin1864 (6 Nov.) ALS over four pages on 'Down Bromley, Kent' letter paper to Sir Henry Holland thanking him for his congratulations on "the honour [Copley medal] which the Royal Society has given me", going on to write "I have just read H. [Herbert] Spencer's work; it strikes me extremely clever, & yet, I cannot tell why, I never feel much wiser, when I have finished reading him. I am, I hope, decidedly getting better, but fear I shall never reach my former modicum of strength ... I was very ill for about ten months, incessant vomiting, which became bad when you were in...

Great BritainQueen Victoria1869 (26 Feb.) "Licence to Plead" addressed to Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, QC who is thereby licenced in the trial of Samuel Charles. Signed "Victoria R" and "Gathorne Hardy", then Home Secretary.Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, a judge noted to for his retirement from his post after succumbing to insanity following his judgement in the Mrs. Maybrick case, and for being the father of J.K. Stephen - Jack the Ripper according to the author, Michael Harrison.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainQueen VictoriaUndated part document (top half) signed "Victoria R", likely to have been early in the Queen's reign as it makes reference to King William IV.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainThe Tower of LondonAn interesting group of ALS (3) including 1877 (14 Sept.) letter on "The Tower of London" headed paper signed "Charles Maitland", Lieut-General of the Tower mentioning a letter from Henry Ponsonby "telling me that he had seen the rules. He asks me if the fact of the guards presenting arms to General officers does not interfere with the Palatial look of the Tower", admitting that he was only following "the order of 1796"; also two fine letters dated August 9 and 11 1880 to Sir Charles (Yorke) from the same correspondence regarding whether or not "the public shall...

Great BritainLord Salisbury1885 (22 Nov.) ALS as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs over seven pages to correspondent at the Conservative Committee, Penzance responding to a letter enclosing a clipping - which Salisbury has pasted back into his response - criticising him of building a residence in Dieppe, France so that he could escape to "peace and security", he apparently went only in time for the Franco-German war to begin, at which point he returned "to the country he had so basely deserted". Salisbury makes some efforts to refute this in his letter. Complete with original franked cove...

Great BritainQueen Victoria, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman1892 (1 April) military appointment of "James Henville Thresher" to the rank of "2nd Lieutenant". Signed "Victoria R" to top, particularly obscured by light blue wafer, and "H. Campbell-Bannerman" as Secretary of State for War at bottom right. Document separating slightly at folds and with trivial staining, otherwise in good condition.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainWilliam Gladstonec.1800s a good group comprising two ALS, two signed Free Fronts and an admittance ticket to Gladstone's funeral, also included with ALS from Catherine Gladstone.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great Britain19th Century Social ReformersA group (13 items) including 1850-87 a small group of John Bright material comprising six ALS, three cut signatures and one third person letter; Richard Cobden, two ALS (1850, 89) and undated cut signature.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainSir Winston Churchill, Boer Warc.1899 souvenir postcard with image showing the City of London Imperial Volunteers in action during the South African War. Signed "Winston S. Churchill", most likely at a later date. Sold together with Belgian colour picture postcard depicting prisoners arriving in Pretoria apparently showing "Lord Churchill at left in cap".In 1899 Churchill had travelled to South Africa as a war correspondent with the 'Morning Post'. He was captured that year by the Boers and made a much celebrated escape from captivity.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For mo...

Great BritainSir Winston Churchill1929 (20 Feb) TLS thanking Lady Wise for her for her "interesting letter of the 17th instant". Signed "Winston S. Churchill" with "Ch. of Exchequer" added beneath in another hand. Sold with Lady Wise's undated and unsigned three page letter (likely a copy) which Churchill is writing in response to. Wise writes that she has read Churchill's 'The Aftermath' in The Times, explaining that her "husband, the late Sir Frederic Wise" had been tasked on March 17th 1919 in Paris to report on the Peace Conference and the "financial condition of Germany ... [and] her abil...

Great BritainSir Winston Churchill1945 printed Valentine's postcard with Churchill's 'The Spirit of Britain' speech with message in Churchill's hand, inscribed "to Igor, sincerely, Winston S. Churchill 1945". Postcard bearing 1st class stamp cancelled by 6/11/08 remembrance c.d.s. Interesting.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainSir Winston ChurchillA charming group of informal original photographs and postcards (9, one a copy and four of which postcards (agfa) by William Deakin, literary assistant Churchill. Two show Churchill painting a scene in Madeira, probably while staying at Belmond Reid’s Palace, two photographs show Churchill stepping off an aircraft with one of his daughters, one appears to show Churchill at the Chartwell Golden Orf pond seated on his wicker chair observing Deakin knee deep in the water at work with a spade - on this stone is now chiselled 'sir winston often sat beside this pond...

Great BritainSir Winston ChurchillA small group of related material (10 items) including two undated Christmas cards from Churchill (unsigned) with colour reproductions of Churchill's 'Le Begunage, Bruges' and 'Sirmione'; 1947-1954 telegraphs from Churchill (5), 3 transmitted by American services, two thanking "all so much for your kind Birthday wishes = Winston Churchill"; 1910 printed 'Home Office Pass' to "Me. Cartie and one friend", possibly in Churchill's hand and 1947 telegram to art supplier in Switzerland reading "Please say whether tempera can be used on ordinary paper. Winston Churc...

Great BritainFamily of Sir Winston ChurchillA small group (10 items) including 1942 facsimile letter from Clementine Churchill thanking all for support to her "Red Cross Aid to Russia" fund; 1889 ALS from Lord Randolph Churchill (Father) to unnamed correspondent in assurance that "I know little about Bolton Partners [a company which exploited iron ore on the Blenheim estates] in which you tell me, much to my regret, that you invested 200£"; 1896 ALS from Lady Randolph Churchill (Mother) to Mr. & Mrs. Milthorpe regretting that she will not be able to open a bazaar, adding that "My son told me y...

Great BritainKing Edward VIIUndated ALS written from Marlborough House to Lady de Clifford thanking her for her "excellent" photograph. Signed "Albert Edward", accompanied by approx. A4 size press photograph of his 1902 Coronation as the Royal Carriage leaves the Abbey.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainRobert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell1900 (13 Oct.) short autograph note to "Miss Buckley" to say "I will do what I can for Corpl Hillier, Yours trly, R Baden Powel". Dated from Pretoria.Baden-Powell was stationed as Garrison Commander during the Siege of Mafeking which had only lifted in May of 1900.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainPrincess Louise, Princess Royal1901 (24 Jan.) ALS on embossed mourning letter paper from Brighton to "Lepel", on the death of Queen Victoria writing "It's all so sad, and so sudden! We must ever miss her, and her dear memory will never die! We have been here quietly, and on Monday hope to join my dear parents in London. My beloved Mother was very tired after standing for hours holding my Grandmother's hand" ... "Indeed I feel for Miss Phipps what grief and loss for her, in the dear friend who was so good to all her people". A nice, personal letter.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Pr...

Great BritainSir William Henry Birkbeckc.1906 exhaustive manuscript and typescript by Birkbeck, the first page of which is titled "A Scheme for the Organisation of the British Army upon Japanese Lines" with two "Ruling Factors": reconciling "the number of men required" with "the sum of money annually available for their provision" and that "The strength of the army must depend upon the objective for which it is to be maintained". Continuing with the redefinition of the Army's purpose as set out in 1888, suggesting instead "The effective support of the civil power throughout the Empire". Docume...

Great BritainPolar ExplorationA small group of items (3) including a wonderful, undated prayer written on two sides of a small piece of paper almost certainly in Sir William Edward Parry's hand contained in near contemporary wrapper labelled "One of a series of Prayers, written by Captain Parry, and read to his crew daily during their Arctic Exploration". Also a picture postcard with polar bear scene from Polhavet bearing Norwegian 5 ore and 'polhavet' c.d.s. and cachet and printed message in four languages "This card will be carried by the 'Fram' across the Polar Sea and afterwards conveyed b...

Great BritainKing Edward VII1908 (20 Sept.) ALS on Tulchan Lodge headed letter paper to Lady Seafield "I must write a few lines to thank you for a charming day's shooting yesterday which I thoroughly enjoyed ... I deeply regret that it will not be possible to visit Cullen today and the distance is too great for an afternoon's motor drive", though pledging to "visit this charming locality next year". Signed "Edward R", together with hand addressed cover with intact wax seal carried privately.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers...

Great BritainField Marshal Herbert Kitchener1910, a magnificent original photograph being a full-length portrait of Kitchener in full uniform and decorations, holding his Field Marshal's baton to his waist. Signed "Kitchener / F.M. on the card beneath. Photograph measuring 19.7 x 27cm.Photograph reproduced in 'Kitchener', a biography written by John Pollock Constable (2001)Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainEmmeline PankhurstTwo 1914 ALS from 36 Buckingham Gate, SW, both to "Miss James", the first being 11 Sept. thanking her for the offer of her "dear little home at Renley" but declining as "I am obliged to be in London". The later being 24th Nov, over two pages, this time accepting her offer of lodgings, mentioning also that "Now, everybody (the Govt. included) seems quite accustomed to the idea of Zeppelin raids & we are not afraid of them. I am however leaving this address in a few days not on account of danger but because my tenancy comes to an end this month". Both signed "E. Pa...

Great BritainField Marshal Herbert Kitchener1916 (5 May) an interesting souvenir sent from General Sir Reginald Wingate comprising three items: An envelope endorsed "From General Sir Reginald Wingate / Last Photo Taken of Lord Kitchener, 5.6.1916", a note from Wingate reading " a little souvenir of 'K. of K. and of Me 20th July 1933", and a copy of the original photograph, seeming itself to be a photograph of the original with annotations that is held by the National Army Museum (NAM. 1960-12-380-1). Together with scarce official admiralty report presented to Parliament titled "The Loss of the...

Great BritainField Marshal Herbert Kitchener1916 (27 May), a unique group of original candid photographs (6.2 x 8.8cm) (5) showing Kitchener entertaining convalescent soldiers at Broome Park. Kitchener, aged 65 and in the last year of his life, is seen in a suit and hat with a walking stick, greeting the soldiers accompanied by a lady and a man in uniform. Each photograph with inscription in pencil by the lady in the photographs, one reading "The last photo of Lord Kitchener (?) in England". Certainly among the last photographs taken of Kitchener in England as on 5 June 1916 HMS Hampshire with...

Great BritainField Marshal Herbert KitchenerA fascinating group of pamphlets and printed matter relating to Kitchener: a facsimile of Kitchener's 1915 (16 May) letter calling for 300,000 recruits, and pamphlets titled 'Commanders of the Empire', 'Britain's Great Men, Kitchener, The Man and his Campaigns', 'The Life of Kitchener' by H. F. B. Wheeler, mostly contemporary postcards commemorating Kitchener (29, including two silk), and c.200 pages from the 'London Illustrated News' covering the re-conquest of the Sudan from the advance of the Dongola (1896, to the Battle of Omdurman (1898).Subjec...

Great BritainR.M.S. Titanic1912 hard bound first edition of the "Shipping Casualties (Loss of the Steamship "Titanic")", being a "Report of a Formal Investigation into the circumstances attending the foundering on 15th April, 1912, of the British Steamship "Titanic", of Liverpool, after striking ice in or near Latitude 41° 46' N., Longitude 50° 14' W., North Atlantic Ocean, whereby loss of life ensued". Included in the report are extraordinarily detailed accounts of the ship's workings, namely "Life-Saving Appliances", specifying the various types of boat making up the "Twenty boats in all [wh...

Great BritainKing George VI (Prince Albert)1915 (5 Sept.) ALS on P. & O. S. N. Co. S.S. headed paper with "China, Hospital Ship" in manuscript, writing to Captain Brown "I am sending you a photograph of myself which I hope you will like. It is in remembrance of the time I spent in the engineering department under you in the 'Collingwood'". Having been unwell, Albert writes "I have quite recovered again now and hope to return to the ship again very soon. It is very bad touch to be unwell at such a time as this and I think I have had my full share of it for one year. Hoping you will like the pho...

Great BritainFirst Transatlantic FlightCaptain Sir John 'Jack' Alcock1919 (12 June) ALS on headed paper from "The Cochrane" Hotel in St. John's, Newfoundland to "Dear Nell [Miss Nellie Lyford] and all at Wisbech", writing "Your letters and also Phil's reached me safely and I must say were very welcome. In this cold & foggy country one needs cheery letters from home to brighten one up. Still I shall not be here long, for tomorrow I hope to make a start on my big flight. This letter will accompany me in the mail with I shall carry, so I hope you receive it safely. Well bye bye, I hope to see you...

Great BritainJames Harold Wilson, Prime MinisterA unique and significant group comprising the childhood stamp album, a brown, cloth bound Stanley Gibbons 'Improved Postage Stamp Album", 14th Edition inscribed neatly in ink on the first page "J. Harold Wilson, 40 Western Rd., Cowlersley, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, Christmas, 1929", when Wilson would have been aged thirteen. While it is clear to see that the album was once well filled, most of the stamps have been removed. Sold together with a presentation booklet for the "Commemorative Stamps Produced by Sierra Leone to Mark the 20th Anniversary...

Great BritainGeorge V1931 (2 March) format letter on large gilt edged letter paper with embossed Royal Arms to "The President of the Republic of Costa Rica" informing him of the "termination of the Mission entrusted to him [Major Charles Braithwaite Wallis]" as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Signed "George R.I." in ink.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing George VUndated cut signature "George R.I." mounted with photograph of oil paint portrait.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainEdward Duke of Windsorc.1936 2½d. blue postage stamp mounted on card and signed "Edward Duke of Windsor" across both stamp and card. Unusual.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing Edward VIIIc. 1936 draft copy for the "Official Souvenir Programme of the Coronation of His Majesty King Edward VIII" with blank pages titled "Photograph of His Majesty the King", "A Message to the Empire from His Majesty the King", "Photograph of Her Majesty the Queen Mary", a page planned for a poem by John Masefield, Poet Laureate and more. Interesting.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainRoyal Christmas Cards1939 card hand signed from Queen Mary with image of flower garden and embossed message "With best wishes for Christmas and the New YearSubject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainRoyal Christmas CardsA group of three cards including, 1973 hand signed from the Queen Mother with portrait showing her seated in a garden, 1974 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip card signed by autopen and undated card from Queen Elizabeth II, likely signed by autopen with print of 'The Holy Family', Sebastiano Ricci.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainA collection of Royal Christmas cards (3) with others including 1946 card with embossed crown and group photograph around piano of Queen Elizabeth, King George VI, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, signed "George R.I." and "Elizabeth R" with registered envelope bearing George VI cypher stamp; 1953 card with embossed crown and photograph showing the Queen Mother with Princess Margaret at the Coronation in 1953, dressed in their Coronation Robes; 1973 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip autopen card with registered envelope with QEII cypher stamp; 1975 Prince Philip typed letter sign...

Great BritainVernon Byers (RCAF), 617 Squadron 'Dambuster' Pilot1941-43, an extraordinary and rare group providing unique insight into the service of Vernon Byers (1919-43) as a pilot of 'K King' with the 617 Squadron commanded by Guy Gibson, tasked with carrying out Operation Chastise, otherwise known as the 'Dambuster' raids. Comprising Byers' dramatic and extremely scarce flying log book (one of very few to have survived from the nineteen pilots involved in the raids) sold with his poignant group of medals: 1939/45 Star, Aircrew Europe Star, Defence medal, Canadian Voluntary Services medal...

Great BritainDillwyn Knox, Bletchley Park1942 (31 Aug.) ALS to "My dear Teddy" declining a trip on account of having already booked another. Signed "Dillwyn". Rare.Dillwyn Knox (1884 - 1943), a Cryptographer who worked on the Zimmermann Telegraph, and the enigma codes at Bletchley Park.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainGerman Occupation of Jersey1940-45, an extensive and fascinating collection of the 'Jersey Evening Post' - 123 different editions, included scarcer German language editions dated 1940 (2), 1941 and 1942.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainUnconditional Surrender of Germany1945 (7 May) telex notification headed "Most Immediate Broadcast" from "Main Second Army" to "HQ Second Army", with the message:"Following signal has been received from SHAEF / First (.) A rep of the German High Comd signed the Unconditional Surrender of all German Land Sea and Air Forces in Europe to the Allied Expeditionary Force and simultaneously to the Soviet High Comd at 0141 hrs Central European time 7 May under which all forces will cease active op at 0001 B hrs 9 May / Second (.) Effective immediately all offensive ops by allied expeditio...

Great BritainMontgomery of Alamein'The Spirit of Man' an anthology compiled by Robert Bridges, October 1946 edition, signed and dated "Montgomery of Alamein / 12-6-48".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainMontgomery of Alamein1957 (13 Feb.) ALS from Versailles to "Bisset" thanking him for his letter and politely declining to write a forward to his book. Signed "Montgomery of Alamein.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainKing Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor1972, a group of four items relating to the funeral of the Duke of Windsor comprising the ceremonial booklet, the order of service, an admission ticket for one and a place ticket for 'The Right Honourable Harold Wilson'.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainRoyal Menus1994-2000, a group of typed menus (15) for Royal functions, each in the same format on card with gilt edges and the embossed cypher EIIR of Queen Elizabeth II, including 1996 (17 Dec) and 2000 (19 Dec) - the Queen's pre-Christmas Family Luncheon at Buckingham Palace; 1996 Christmas and Boxing Day, New Year's Eve with a Cold Buffet at Sandringham and 1999 Christmas Day. A scarce group.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainArt and LiteratureFulke Greville1619 (1 Aug.) payment order for (?) Digby to "receive the some of three thousand poundes of the first payment ... and four thousand pounds ... according to the Lordes former resolution". Signed "Robert Naunton", "Fulke Greville" and "Jul. Ceasar". Small corner missing removing one word.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainArt and LiteratureChristopher Anstey1795 (18 Sept.) ALS from Christopher Anstey to Rev. Charles Dyers enclosing a new sonnet titled "To my Old Wig" (printed into the empty page of letter in very deep letterpress) in the "melancholy sentimental species of writing ... [which] I find very much come into fashion of late". Signed "Chri' Anstey". With address panel bearing 'bristol' postmark, rated with manuscript '5'. Unusual.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainArt and LiteratureElizabeth Craven1795 (4 Aug.) ALS over two pages to unknown correspondent informing him that the "Comte de Seigneley who is gone with Lord Moira, was robbed by a French servant of his that had lived with for thirty years", it appears that having been disappointed with his wages, the servant "went off with his master's cloaths - not excepting the scarlet uniform. And there are now in London many French Vagrant servants all Jacobins who have left their masters in the same manner". Signed "Elizabeth M. Brandenbourg". An interesting letter.Subject to 20% VAT on Buye...

Great BritainArt & LiteratureUndated Victorian 'Rebus' letter apparently to Alice Barker (friend of Lewis Carroll) with skilled two tone ink drawings and all text in rebus, reading "I am writing to show you what the ladies at Tomkins were like. You would have enjoyed being one too. What a shame you can't be here for all the good things..." Signed with self-portrait. A curious item.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainArt and LiteratureSir Walter Scottc.1800 ALS from Abbotsfield agreeing to "chair at the Annual meeting of the Scottish Union Conference on Wednesday 16th November". Signed "Walter Scott". Letter pasted into manuscript album.Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) remembered for his poetic and political work, this is a nice example of the latter.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainArt and LiteratureLord George Gordon Byron1806 piece cut from original hand-written draft manuscript for the poem "Oscar of Alvar" showing on one side, stanza 19, and on the other, stanza 22. Stanza 19 "While Allan's soul belied his form, / Unworthy with such charms to [corrected from 'Allan, that such a soul should'] dwell, / Bright on the lightning's of the Storm, / Like that his deadly vengeance fell,"; Stanza 22 "Hark to [corrected from 'how'] to the Pibroch's pleasing [corrected from 'pleasant'] note, / Hark to the swelling [corrected] nuptial Song, / In joyous strains the vo...

Great BritainArt and LiteratureThomas Bewick1818 (1 Oct.) receipt note for a " copy of Aesops's Fables £1, 11/-, 6d.". Signed "Thomas Bewick, Robert Elliot Bewick" on paper with night time vignette and thumb print. Sold with "Thomas Bewick" cut signature.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainArt and LiteratureGeorge Bernard Shaw1926 (28 May) autograph note on card to Frank Reynolds of the Albert I Theatre in Paris writing "There are no British rivals anywhere except Paris; so I am open to a proposal. It must be definite as to dates and places when the moment comes. But nothing blocks the way as far as I know for the earlier plays as to which no question of priority can arise". Signed "G. Bernard Shaw".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainArt and LiteratureWilliam Wordsworth1826 (1 Sept.) piece cut from letter from Rydal Mount signed "Wm. Wordsworth" pasted into album but clean and clear.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainArt & LiteratureJohn Everett Millais1858 (4 March) ALS to unnamed correspondent thanking him for a permit. Signed "John Everett Millais".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainArt and LiteratureLord Alfred Tennyson1872 (30 July) ALS over two pages to Mr. Upston thanking him for "the lens which you have been good enough to send me", explaining that "The copyright of my poems is in the hands of (?) ... tho' as far as I am concerned you are welcome to publish the works..". Signed "A Tennyson", together with cover mounted on blank page of letter.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainArt and LiteratureT.S. Eliot1934-37 a fine group of eight TLS from Eliot to Gwyneth Thurnburn at the Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art, Royal Albert Hall and J. Clifford Turner. All letter paper headed either "The Criterion, a Quarterly Review, Edited by T.S. Eliot" or "Faber & Faber Limited Publishers", and both cases addressed from 24 Russell Square, London. The series of letters appears to trace the arrangement of a chorus for the performance of a new Eliot poem, potentially to be performed at Canterbury with the help of Thurnburn from inception to completion.1...

Great BritainArt and LiteratureT.S. Eliot1942 "Little Gidding" published by Faber And Faber, the fourth and final poem of TS Eliot's Four Quartets, signed by him on the title page, with neat ownership signature of Frank W. Bridges; together with the Order of Service for the memorial service held for T.S. Eliot at Westminster Abbey, 4th January 1965Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainArt and LiteratureVita Sackville-WestVita Sackville-West1953 (March 13) ALS over two pages to Mrs. Cradwell from Sissinghurst Castle discussing Iris Stylosa with reference to an article she had written and offering to exchange a root of the White Stylosa for Mrs. Cardwell's dark one.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainArt and LiteratureHenry MoorePhotograph signed in pen accompanied by 1972 letter from Moore's secretary enclosing the photograph on his request.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainArt and LiteratureA small group of authors etc. (18 items) with Free Fronts, cut signatures and ALS including cut signatures 1747 William Mason, undated William Cobbett, 1828 Robert Smith Surtees, two undated Anthony Hope Hawkins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Gerald Dunlop Leslie, Robert Browning, Wilkie Collins; 1818 ALS from William Blackwood (publisher), 1873 Gerald Massey note signed mentioning "Tonight have made a brand new Rhyme", 1873 ALS from Thomas Cooper (chartist and poet); 1948 ALS from Hugh Lyon and 1955 ALS from Laurence WhistlerSubject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For...

Great BritainArt and LiteratureA group of artists' cut signatures, ALS and signed photographs (26 items) including cut signatures of Horace Walpole, Henry B Chalon, Sir Frederick William Burton and Valentine Cameron Prinsep; 1862 Edwin Landseer autograph note; George Nayler 1828 LS in secretarial hand to Francis Freeling bestowing "Armorial Ensigns" to him upon his becoming a Baron for his GPO work; Undated ALS from George Nayler to Re. Singleton asking for his thanks to be passed to the Duke of Northumberland; undated ALS from Sir David Wilkie; 1882 ALS from Sir Edgar Joseph Boehm; 1892 ALS f...

Great BritainArt and LiteratureCartoonsA collection lot featuring various styles and cartoonists from the 19th C. through to the 21st (20 items) including Harry Furniss caricatures - two in separate designs - of the Uniform Penny Postage envelope and card with 1905 ALS written in reverse and illustrated with man turning his head to the reader and cut signature; Dorothy Furniss ALS (2) attractively illustrated; Phil May (English caricaturist) cut signature; Eric Linley Sambourne, draughtsman for 'Punch', sheet showing three separate illustrations - an elaborate juggling act, a hatted lady and b...

Great BritainMapsGreenwood, Pringle & Co. 1825 colour map of the "County of Essex , From an Actual Survey made in 1824 by G. & J. Greenwood". Map printed in north and south pieces both 156cm x 66cm and folding to marbled front and back pieces, one stamped on reverse "john clack / antrim", both pieces contained in false-book box with roan binding with some damage to box only.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainMilitaryA group (21 items) 18th - 20th C. ALS, Free Fronts and cut signatures of Generals and other military personnel including 1753 cheque paying £300 to Sir John Lambert signed by the recipient, "Albermarle and by Nathan Solomon, 1761 "Memorial of Major Crawfourd, late Commandant of a Battalion raised by himself" in Scotland at the expense of "£477.10.9" asking Lord Viscount Barrington to posthumously promote Crawfurd to "confer upon him some other Mark of Royal Favour", 1822 & 1839 free fronts signed by Cardigan, 1853 "Raglan" free front, 1861 ALS from Captain Fairfax, 1878 AL...

Great BritainPoliticians18th-19th C. collection (40+) of Prime Ministers ALS, signed photographs, Free Fronts etc. including Henry Pelham cut signature; Henry John Temple Palmerston cut signature, ALS (2) and Free Fronts (2); Robert Peel ALS(2) and Free Front; Lord Grenville 1810 Free Front and ALS; William Lamb, Viscount Melbourne ALS and signed Free Front William Pitt, the Younger ALS with signed cover; George Gordon Aberdeen ALS; Archibald Roseberry ALS note on headed mourning note paper, initialled; Salisbury ALS and cut signature; Herbert Henry Asquith signed cabinet photograph ALS (2) on...

Great BritainPoliticiansA wide ranging group of ALS (112) from 19th century mainly Prime Ministers and other politicians and social reformers, some with more interesting content, including John Bright (19), George Canning (11), Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh (2), Richard Cobden (4), Joseph Hume (24), Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (21), Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Roseberry (14), Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (17). A valuable lot with great scope.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainPoliticiansA collection of 20th C. Prime Ministers and politicians TLS, signed cards and covers (c.50) including Clement Atlee TLS and third person invitation response; Stanley Baldwin signed piece (with others); Lloyd George signed photograph and TLS; Harold Wilson signed photograph; Margaret Thatcher signed photograph, signed HoC menu and signed cover; Tony Blair signed photograph and commemorative envelopeSubject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainPublic FiguresA large group (35+ items) of barristers, professors, churchmen etc. including 1689 lengthy ALS giving his opinion regarding a deed or bargain and sale between "A.B." and "C.D.", perhaps hypothetical, 1736 John Conybeare (Bishop of Bristol) signed document, 1739 ALS from John Leland (Presbyterian Minister), 1978 ALS from Lord Kenyon, William Maltby signed Free Front, Sydney George Holland, 2nd Viscount Knutsford TLS, William Howley, Archbishop of Canterbury ALS (2), Frederick Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury ALS, Arthur Hobhouse, Barrister group of 3 ALS to James F To...

Great BritainRoyaltyA group lot (16 items) of Free Fronts, ALS and documents from those in service to or related to Royalty including Maria Fitzherbert (secret wife of George IV as Prince of Wales) cut signature and front addressed to her, Edward Duke of Kent 1816 ALS, Frederick Duke of York 1818 ALS, Sir William Knighton (George IV's Secretary) 182(?) ALS, Duke of Cambridge 1821 ALS, Duke of Sussex 1827 ALS bemoaning the Duke of Wellington's "facility of access in Certain Quarters", Ernst August, King of Hanover initialled cover addressed to Princess Mary, Arthur James Mason (Lady Margaret's...

Great BritainScience & InventionSir Humphry Davy & John HodgsonUndated third person note from Humphry Davy arranging to meet John Hodgson writing "Sir H. Davy hopes for the pleasure of receiving Mr. Hodgson", unsigned. Also with short note clipped from Hodgson ALS with signature John Hodgson.John Hodgson (1779–1845) was an English clergyman and antiquary who assisted Sir Humphry Davy (1778–1829) in inventing the miners' gas lamp. Hodgson was influential in identifying Methane and the pair are known to have met in Newcastle in the summer of 1815.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more...

Great BritainScience & InventionSir Robert Smirke1806 (26 June) ALS sent from Albany in London to an unknown correspondent. Smirke writes "Finding the wall at the back of the closet, where the staircase is proposed to be made, in so ruinous a state, that to keep it would in all probability be attended with more expense than its removal, I have given directions that it be pulled down", continuing to explain that owing to this the work on the correspondent's property will be postponed, giving also his quote. Signed "Rob. Smirke".Sir Robert Smirke (1770-1867) was an English architect who practic...

Great BritainScience & InventionCharles Babbage1858 (3 March) third person autograph letter to "Dr. and Mrs. Arnott" accepting an invitation to dinner. Document laid down on album page.Charles Babbage (1791-1871) mathematician and computer pioneer, considered by some as 'Father of modern computing'.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Great BritainScience & InventionA small group (10 items) 1769 (16 July) ALS from Thomas Gisborne, President of the Royal College of Physicians, to Thomas Barrett with address panel; 1854 "Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester document signed by John Moores, William Fairbairn, Joseph Cheeseborough Dyer, Eaton Hodgkinson, James Prescott Joule, Rev. Henry Halford Jones and Roland Angus Smith; 1887 Joseph Lister cut signature; 18 Aug. (no year) ALS from Wilson Fox, Physician to Queen Victoria; Benjamin Brodie cut signature; Sir William Jenner cut signature; Christopher Cockerell, invent...

HawaiiRoyaltyThree unused tickets for receptions given by Hawaiian royalty at Iolani Palace (Honolulu), one in English and two in Hawaiian issued by Her Majesty Liliuokalani.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

(x) IndiaFort William, Bengalc.1800s, a group of documents (18) mostly official documents signed at Fort William including indentures and other court documents including wills issued by the "Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal" signed by various officials at Fort William, 1859 Bailiff document to seize the property if "Prince Muhamed Ruheemudeen", signed by Sir William Gilmore, Sheriff of Calcutta and other similar documents, some with revenue stamps. An interesting group.Subject to 5% tax on Hammer Price in addition to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information plea...

IndiaSir Jacob Hair David Sassoonc.1900s, a large group of 100+ covers largely from India to Sassoon's residence in London, mostly complete with letters and documents (some written in Judeo Arabic, some translated seemingly for filing purposes) and many signed by Sir David relating to his business in Bombay and Hong Kong - Sassoon J. David & Co., Ltd. Much of the material touches on the trading of cotton and opium, two commoditiesSubject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

ItalyPostal HistoryUndated c.15th - 16th century folded wrapper from Cingoli to Modena with manuscript rate "L. 1.60" and remnants of wax seal on reverse. Remarkable for its size, measuring 35 x 85mm.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

ItalyPostal HistoryUndated envelope from the Queen of Naples addressed to "A Son Altesse Royale La Princess de Galles" (Highest Royal Princess of Wales), bearing complete wax seal on reverse, some staining to the envelope, interesting.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

ItalyPostal History1464 (21 Aug.) entire on vellum carried via ship from Doge Cristoforo Moro to the Ducal Domain of the Venetias, complete with extraordinarily clear lead seal of the Doge attached by string. Some cracking to the vellum as to be expected, otherwise fine and rare.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

ItalyPostal Historyc.1480-83 entire letter from Ludovico il Moro, then Duke of Bari, to his secretary, Bartolomeo Calco, signed "Ludovicus Maria Sforza", with paper seal of the Duke intact with only a little cracking. Rare and in very good condition considering its age.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

ItalyPostal History1555 two entire letters from Zeme addressed to Francesco Taverna, then Governor of Milan with paper seals intact on both. A fine and interesting pair.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

ItalyPostal History1538 (22 Feb.) entire letter to Padoa with manuscript endorsement "citto, citto, citto", very attractive and a scarce postal marking.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

ItalyPostal History1563 entire letter on vellum from the Doge Girolamo Friuli to Sebastiano Venerio endorsed with manuscript "cito", "citissimo" and "volantissimi", complete with wonderfully clear impression of the lead seal of the Doge, attached by string. A rare and important item of Italian pre-philately.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

ItalyLeopold de Medici1673 (18 April) letter in Italian signed to Messrs Verrazanno and Serzelli expressing his pleasure in learning the news that 400 onze was being packed ready for shipment soon to be followed by another 300 onze.Leopold de Medici (1617-1675) was known for his collections, including coins, which are now housed in the Uffizi. This letter is likely part of a correspondence in which he acquired coins.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

ItalyKing Victor Emmanuel IIUndated cut signature "Victor Emmanuel" with Giuseppe Garibaldi small autograph note responding to autograph request, signed "G. Garibaldi".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

ItalyItalian Aeronautical EphemeraA series of c.76 photographs showing various unidentified airplanes and their crash sites, some showing dramatic crashes into a picturesque harbour wall, others showing various airplane parts lodged into nearby roofs.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

ItalyItalian Aeronautical EphemeraA large collection of archival photographs (c.1,000 different photographs) housed in 16 folders and well organised, Ex. the Ala Littoria airline, most with corresponding official archival envelopes. Highlights include photographs (3) of the Princess and Maharaja (Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV) of Mysore, the 'Volta Conference' (7), Carlo Celcroix visiting the hangers after his accident resulting in his blindness (5), the future King Hassan II of Morocco as a child and his father, future King Mohammed V of Morocco, photographs with Japanese officials inspecting an air...

Napoleonic WarsLady Emma Hamilton1791 (14 July) ALS over two pages to Mary Dickenson from whom she joyously accepts an invitation, signed "I am your obliged & truly grateful & sincere Emma H". Hamilton writes "You have made me very happy by your great kindness in having wrote to invite me with your dear Uncle to visit you and Mr. Dickenson at Taxal, I have so many obligations to you Madm. that think the joy I felt when I recd. your dear letter..", leaving an interesting P.S. to say "Cavr Palombi is the best man in the world & Miss Dickinson will be very happy, & now I feel dubly so as I shall...

Napoleonic WarsGeorge John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer1797 (April 3) bestowal document signed to Cuthbert Collingwood announcing that "The King having been pleased to order Gold Medals to be struck in commemoration of the Victory obtained by His Majesty's Fleet under the Command of Admiral Sir John Jervis, over that of Spain in the Action of the 14th February cast off Cape St. Vincent" is to award Collingwood said medal and present him with it upon his next visit to St. James'. Signed "Spencer". Document written on single page of parchment and in good condition.Collingwood was awarded a Naval '...

Napoleonic WarsLord Cuthbert Collingwood1803 (3 Dec.) letter signed to William Marsden, Secretary of the Admiralty, from "Queen, off Carthagena" reading "I am to acknowledge the receipt of the order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty ... directing me to take the Acasta under my command -; which I did yesterday when she joined me". Signed "Cuthb Collingwood".Lord Cuthbert Collingwood (1750 - 1810) Vice-admiral and second in command at Trafalgar.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Napoleonic WarsHoratio Nelson1803 (4 Dec.) document (trimmed) "Given on board the Victory off Toulon" signed "Nelson & Bronte" with full note in different hand reading "To The Captain or Commander of any of His Majesty's Ships or Vessels which may be ordered on the Mediterranean Station. By Command of the Vice Admiral. Wm. Jeoff". Document laid down on album page though paper in good condition.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Napoleonic WarsHoratio Nelson1804 (4 Aug.) left handed ALS signed "Nelson & Bronte" from the 'Victory' to William Marsh expressing his exhaustion and explaining his personal sacrifices in his efforts to draw the French fleet into battle, clearly hoping for the renewal of the Peace of Amiens he begins his letter "I shall hopefully if I live see you soon, asses milk and a few months quiet may set me up again for another campaign". In Dispatches and Letters of Lord Nelson there are listed five different letters dated August 1804 in which Nelson expresses his need for asses' milk, in one dated 18...

Napoleonic WarsHoratio Nelson1805 (16 Jan.) ALS in left hand from the Victory likely to Colonel Lean over two pages signed "Nelson & Bronte". Nelson thanks Lean for the hospitality given to Captain Keats by Lean's secretary Mr. Montford writing "your house Sir was I understand the only one open to our Gentlemen whilst the business (?) with the Dey was in suspense" mentioning also that "Your Secretary told Captain Keats that He was perfectly sure that His Conduct would meet with your approbation and I shall not fail of making such liberal conduct known to His Majesty's Ministers in my first dis...

Napoleonic Wars1805 two original issues of 6 November and 27 November The London Gazette Extraordinary the earlier announcing the death of Lord Nelson, both giving a copy of the letter sent by Collingwood to Marsden, the latter giving a copy of a letter sent by Collingwood to Captain Blackwood. Also 7 November The Times announcing the death of Lord Nelson, also giving a copy of the letter sent by Collingwood to Marsden. Gazettes with some weakness along the folds. A fascinating group.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Napoleonic WarsSt. Helena1808 (9-18 July) printed page from log book of the "Woodford" at St. Helena recording 'Courses', 'Winds &c.', 'Condition', with a larger space for general observations. Together with a lengthy letter over three pages from Richard Bayldon a Cadet stopping at Myrtle Bower in St. Helena while on voyage to Bengal writing "The people here are so indolent they never once turn the Earth up, but let the (?) Bushes and all kinds of Rubbish grow. When we arrived within a few leagues of the Island I thought it was not possible for any human Being to love on but as we approached n...

Napoleonic WarsWilliam Nelson, 1st Earl Nelson1810 (29 April) ALS to Sir George Nayler writing "In consequence of something which has occurred since I met you in St. James's street yesterday, I wish very much to have a few minutes conversation with you as soon as convenient". Signed "Nelson & Bronte". Also a complete letter written by an anonymous sender signed "Nelson & Bronte" on address panel by means of franking privilege.Sir George Naylor 1764 - 1831, although started life as a miniaturist, moved into heraldry and took up the position of Genealogist of the Order of the Bath and Blanc Cou...

Napoleonic WarsTwo ALS, one 1814 (31 Oct.) from Frances Herbert Nelson in Exmouth writing that she is "determined not to have Messrs Flight & Brooke's Axels I wish to know whether you have disposed of them". Signed "Frances H Nelson & Bronte" document on one page with sums on the reverse in different hand. Also 8 April (no year) from Horatio Nelson (3rd Earl) at Trafalgar to unnamed correspondent explaining that when he travels to London he will "bring up the Nile medal and the stars which the Admiral wore on his coat" to show "Mr. Maclise". Signed "Nelson" on reverse, document on single page...

Napoleonic WarsTwo letters signed, the first from 1806 (20 Feb.) given aboard the "Mary Transport Messina Harbour" regarding the levying of "money & allowance for Passage and Contingencies of Recruits" and a balance owed to him for these services. Signed "Hudson Lowe" as Lieutenant-Commander of the Royal Corsican Rangers. The other an 1817 (5 June) letter signed from St. Helena to Rear Admiral Sir Pulteney Malcolm having not received the "supply this Government expected to be received by the David Transport on occasion of her last arrival from the Cape of Good Hope and having reason to believe...

Napoleonic WarsBarry Edward O'Meara1817 (2 Sept.) copy made by O'Meara of his report made from "Longwood" to Sir Hudson Lowe in which he wrote "the state of General Bonaparte's health has been generally good since the last report. I have signed / Barry O'Meara, Surgeon". Also included with 1817 (3 Sept.) original copy headed "Report No. 23" relating to the transport of a report about the health of Napoleon. An interesting pair.Barry Edward O'Meara (1786-1836) was an Irish Surgeon best known for being surgeon to Emperor Napoleon while he was in exile in St. Helena.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’...

Napoleonic WarsJohn Pasco1828 (13 Oct.) ALS from Keyham Point to an unnamed correspondent signed "John Pasco" arranging a life insurance policy that appears to have the value of £150. Notes on the reverse in another hand read "Insurance Asylum £150 on his life to 24 Oct 1829. Medical Fee & Stamps £6. 11. 1". Document written on two sides of same page with remainder of mounting and very small hole in middle of letter.John Pasco (1774–1853) acted as Signal Officer aboard HMS Victory and gave Nelson's well known and rousing signal "England expects that every man will do his duty".Subject to 20%...

Napoleonic WarsSir William Beatty1834 (26 April) ALS to "Sir Thomas", Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy from the United Service Club, signed "Wm. Beatty". Beatty writes "I enclose you the memorandum of my old friend Dr. Ulwins[?] of Bedford Row on the subject of the Tancred Studentship for Physic". Rare.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Napoleonic WarsSir Thomas Masterman Hardy1836 (8 May) ALS over two pages to Mr. Locker sending a reference for John Scott which Hardy mentions as being "the son of the late Secretary to Lord Nelson".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Napoleonic WarsVariousA small group of documents (11) relating to Nelson and the Napoleonic Wars including two likely incomplete letters from John Spencer dated 1766 and 1775, only one signed with the other addressed to Sir William Hamilton; undated piece cut from letter and pasted into Victorian album signed "Collingwood" by Cuthbert Collingwood reading "the smallest accident to his skin is ceased(?) with the greatest difficulty. I desire my kindest love to my brothers and sisters and my dear Mary"; 1821 ALS from George Keith Elphinstone to Sir Admiral Fleming regarding freehold signed "Keith...

Napoleonic WarsPeninsular WarA group of letters, documents etc. (7) including 1810 part printed receipt for money "being the New Amount of 200 Days Bat and Forage allowance due". Signed C. Campbell by Colin Campbell, Lieutenant-General who served with Wellington in India and the Peninsular; the same receipt in different format signed "E J Macgregor Murray Capt." by Sir Evan John Macgregor-Murray, Major General Lieut and Assistant Adjutant General in Spain and Portugal, General during Peninsular; 1807 fragment of printed document signed "Robert Mackay" and "Frederick Adam"; 1813 Warrant receipt...

Napoleonic WarsLazare Carnot1800 (21 July) report from Lazare Carnot as Minister of War to Napoleon beginning with a note "The First Consul thought that Citizen Dulac's request ought to be dismissed, to invite General Morand to choose another officer. This business is Urgent. Carnot". Writing further that "The First Consul has confirmed on the 1st of this month, in the rank of Major, Citizen Dulac, who is intended, at the request of General Morand, to go and command the Artillery in Alexandria" continuing to point out that the said officer has only occupied minor roles such as General Staff an...

Napoleonic WarsNapoleon Bonaparte I, Emperor of France1803 (14 Jan.) part printed summons headed "Bonaparte, Premier Consul de la Republique Francaise" to the President of the Canton of Sauveterre to convene an assembly. With secretarial signature "Bonaparte" and those of the Ministre de l'interieur and the Secretary of the Premier Consul, with full seal of Napoleon's 1st Consul.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Napoleonic WarsLouis Alexandre Berthier, 1st Prince of Wagram1804 (25 Dec.) letter in French signed as French Minister of War to M. De Fermont "Director General de la Liquidation" regarding the distribution of military divisions and their organisation. Some marking to the bottom of the page but not obscuring text.Louis Alexandre Berthier, 1st Prince of Wagram (1753-1815) French Marshal, Vice-Constable of the Empire and Chief of Staff under Napoleon.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Napoleonic WarsNapoleon Bonaparte1805 (8 March) letter from Prince Eugene de Beauharnais to Marshal Berthier, initialled by Napoleon. Letter reads "I hasten to inform your Excellency that, by virtue of your orders, the various detachments of infantry left at the times indicated, and that I am leaving this morning with all the cavalry. I left Stupini the sixty chasseurs commanded by three officers, and the fifteen gendarmes with one officer. I have sent an officer to Milan, to the General Fontanelli the governor of the palace, to make sure of the billets for the Imperial Guard". Signed "Prince...

Napoleonic WarsNapoleon Bonaparte1805 (13 Nov.) part printed document with manuscript insertions - an extract from the minutes of the Secretaries of State listing names of the Tribunal at Brunn, the capital of Moravia and the headquarters of Napoleon before the Battle of Austerlitz. Initialled by Napoleon in the lower left corner of the document.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Napoleonic WarsNapoleon Bonaparte I, Emperor of France1810 (22 Aug.) LS to Marshal Clarke, Duke of Feltre (Minister of War) from Fontainebleau with note pinned to foot that the letter was received by M Gerars and forwarded to M Barnier. Napoleon gives orders to create the Corfu garrison which was to be made up of men from three companies of 200 men each from the battalions at Porto Ferraio, Bastia, and Ajaccio. The men are to head for Leghorn and from there to Rome where they are to be reviewed by the Major of the 14th Regiment of Light Infantry. The Major is to remove any that look 'puny' and...

PrussiaGebhard Leberecht von Blücher1814 (19 Oct.) ALS to Herr Schwenke (?) apparently making arrangements for his property in Silesia making mention of the fact that the government may have to move some of the assistant foresters to other positions. Signed "Blucher. Rare.Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742-1819) was a Prussian Field Marshal best known for leading an army against Napoleon I at the Battle of Nations, 1813 and Waterloo in 1815.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

RussiaTsar Nicholas II1902 typed document with decorative lettered heading in Cyrillic "The Decree of Russian Orders / Imperial and Tsarist / Honours", signed at the foot by Tsar Nicholas II (1858 - 1918), awarding the orders of Saint Prince Vladimir, Saint Anna, and Saint Stanislav to named recipients.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

RussiaRoyalty1922-46 group of covers (13) addressed to members of the Imperial Family and the aristocracy in exile, sent from Belgium, Cameroon, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Syria, USA and Yugoslavia. Addressees include Grand Duchess Xenia (sister of the last Tsar), her husband Grand Duke Alexander, sons Princes Vasilt, Andre, Nikita; further to Princes Dimitri, Gabriel, Serge Dolgoruki, Serge Dolgoruki, Serge Mestchersky and Prince Volkoski.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

RussiaGrand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna1924 two page ALS by Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (1882-1960), younger sister of Tsar Nicholas II, written in French to her former tutor Thormeyr (in Switzerland) from Hvidore, Copenhagen; the home jointly owned by her mother the Dowager Empress and Queen Alexandra.Olga writes of times long gone, her sister Xenia's family and financial worries in London, and mentions Princess Irina, her niece who was married to Prince Felix Youssoupoff (the assassin of Rasputin), her sons with her second husband, as "life gets on my nerves and it annoys me to have to go...

RussiaGrand Duchess Olga AlexandrovnaFramed photograph, privately taken, of Olga seated in a garden with a Cyrillic postcard back, and an autograph message written in English to "My darling Titty-dear, (Princess Marie Louise of Baden). Sandro (her sister Xenia's husband) and I just went to an exhibition where we spent three hours. Xenia and Mama (the Dowager Empress) return next week, I think. I go to the circus with heaps of nephews (Xenia's boys). Irina (her niece) is already engaged to the young Prince Yousoupoff (later implicated in the murder of Rasputin) and one says she is happy and d...

RussiaPrincess Elena of Greece and Denmark1927 (4 Sept.) ALS in English from Yugoslavia to Millicent Croft, nurse to the Vladimir Family, thanking her for her "letter and wishes for our silver wedding." ... "We came here on August 15th and hope to stay as long as possible, that is before the beginning of Oct, before returning to Paris". Signed "Ellen". Together with original stamped envelope.Princess Elena of Greece and Denmark married Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark, 3rd son of King George I of GreeceSubject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Cond...

RussiaSpace HistoryYuri Gagarin1961 (12 April) 4k. postal stationery cover issued for the space flight of Yuri Gagarin, signed by Gagarin with commemorative postmark (2) "triumph of science / first man in space" cancelling commemorative 3k stamp.provenance:Sotheby's New YorkSubject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

(x) Singapore1900s-1920s, a fascinating diplomatic correspondence in ancient Japanese script over some 20 letters each with their franked cover, addressed from Singapore to Japan, some with maps of islands off Singapore. The period and the fact that we cannot translate these texts lead us to believe the letters contained sensitive information, possible written in code.Subject to 5% tax on Hammer Price in addition to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

South AfricaCape Town1819-1826, two documents, the first a slave owner's birth registration for a slave named Salomon; the latter a registration for the sale of a slave named Gewind age 50, endorsed as certified as not being mortgaged.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

South AfricaBoer WarA manuscript and postal group including 1900 (26 March) long ALS from Corporal T. Peter over four pages to his brother describing the capture of Cronje's army with comments on camp life and specifically the "Spiritual work here" thanking "God for His wonderful Blessing as many as 10 of my comrades were saved in one night ... if God was against us the Boers would soon defeat us"; also a fine photograph showing troopers with dogs sat on their gun carriage in the desert laid on card with some damage; included with several stamps on piece with various F.P.O and numbered post of...

SpainKing Philip II1564 (14 March) letter signed in Spanish, with translation, to the scribe of Philip's court regarding the resignation of "Bernad Macipe" from this position. Signed " Yo El Rey".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

SpainAlexander Farnese1580 (29 July) letter in French signed "Alexandre" to Valentin de Pardieu detailing a deal struck with Welsh soldier Thomas Morgan to regain control of areas held by Protestant rebels resisting Spanish rule in Spanish Netherlands. Farnese offers an exchange in which Charles V would regain "Nieuport, Bruges or Dunkirk, in exchange for a certain fee or pension which might be agreed with him [Morgan]", further promising "an annual pension of six thousand florins for the duration of his natural life". Document complete with address panel and in good condition.This document i...

SpainKing Philip III1609 (30 July) secretarial letter signed "Yo el Rey". Document complete with address panel marked "Por el Rey" and wafer seal, in very good condition. Remains untranslated.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

SudanCharles George Gordon1877 (March) illustrated ALS written from Keren in Southern Sudan over five pages, one separate, to Col. Nugent. Gordon writes having "Just arrived from Massawah today. 4½ days more or less misery the first 2½ days were along the desert by sea, the other two days were along mountainous passes", Gordon describes being met "at the foot of the Massalut pass ... by a hoard of all sorts ... musicians & dancers ... however any emotion I felt at this disappeared when I was claimed as a countryman, by an Englishman dressed like an Abbysinian viz with a sheet wrapped around hi...

SudanCharles George Gordon1880 (31 Jan.) ALS on single page of note paper from Southampton to his brother Enderby writing that "these papers [now separated] belong to the box of Chinese papers which you have ... My baggage has still not arrived from Egypt. I am glad to hear you are well again.". Signed "C G Gordon". Document with a few tone spots and trivial tear to top left.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

SudanGordon Relief Expedition, Sudan1884 (22 Oct.) neatly written ALS in form of diary over four pages from John Francis Burn-Murdoch, 2nd Lieutenant, with original cover postmarked from Esneh and endorsed "On active service". Better extracts from letter read: Tuesday 21st "Reached Luxor at 3 o'clock. Strange to see about 700 British soldiers strolling about the temples. Some of the fellows went to the British Consul's house at Luxor and came back with a lot of curiosities. Rodney gave me part of the case of a mummy." An interesting letter.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more infor...

SudanGeneral Sir Leslie Rundle1896 (23 Oct.) ALS written from HQ, Egyptian Army over five sides of paper, to "My Dear Pullen" with mention of his temporary role as Commander in Dongola, now returning to his role at the War office in Cairo and discussing the success of the recent campaign.Sir Leslie Rundle (1856-1934) served as General during the Second Boer War and WWI. He saw involvement in the 1884 Nile Expedition and the 1889 Khartoum Expedition, nicknamed 'Sir Leisurely Trundle'.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

SudanLord Herbert Kitchener1896 (2 Nov.) printed form headed "Contract on Re-Engagement" between Kitchener and Captain Norman Edward Young extending his contract as Captain of the Royal Artillery. "Signed in duplicate at Cairo ... Herbert Kitchener Sirdar". Sold with initialled note written in response on letter from The Fine Art Society rendering Lord Kitchener an "a/c [account] for £25, instead of 30 guineas, the catalogue price of the small Chinese Shrine". Kitchener responds "I think this is expensive better be returned".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please v...

SudanMajor General Archibald Hunter1897 (12 Nov.) ALS written from Berber to Major General Charles Benjamin Knowles headed "PRIVATE". Hunter is in response to Knowles having returned "from a 16 days patrol up the Atbara. Osman Digna had gone before I started ... He had a fine well built town of 5000 inhabitants, a good market, and a great depot for the manufacture of salt.", writing further that "Mahmoud holds on to Metemneh and will not budge, Our gunboats have bombarded him twice but he laughs at them. The right bank of the Nile is clear. The road is open to Suakin - I have been 150 miles of...

SudanField Marshal Herbert Kitchener1898 (21 June) ALS over four sides written from Sirdarieh, Cairo to Major General Maurice making comments on the press, recommending Frank Rhodes for the Standard, should the Times not keep him on and complaining further that he wishes that "they would keep stupid notices about the advance out of the press like Reuter's last communique. They may bring about the worst possible end to the campaign. I mean the Khalifa bolting before we arrive. I fancy however he will stand, of course it is quite impossible to be sure & there is no good flaunting our numbers in...

SudanRudolph von Slatin (Slatin Pasha)Signature "Rudolph von Slatin" on large piece (11.4 x 6.2cm), very slight smudge to "S".Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

SudanSir Reginald Wingate1902-12 a group of three ALS and one TLS including 1902 (1 Dec.) ALS from Sirdarieh, Cairo with mention of having "to rush off to Egypt to look after arrangements for keeping Cholera out of the army & the Sudan ... I have just come back from conducting the great K. of K. [Kitchener] to & from the Sudan, 1907 (9 April) ALS (part typed) from HQ Egyptian Army, Khartoum discussing with "Mr. Murdoch" "Lieutenant Magill's official application for the Egyptian Army", 1912 (8 Jan.) ALS from HQ Egyptian Army to Lt. Col. Crawford congratulating him on the turn out of the Egyptia...

SudanGeneral Sir John MaxwellTwo ALS as commander of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, the first being 1914 (26 Oct.) to Lord Edward Cecil with mention of an order for new clothes, asking "do you think that if we retain these old clothes it will put off the invasion of Egypt for a few days? If so we might stick to the for a bit longer - How on earth did they get to Egypt?". The second being 1915 (9 Jan.) also to Cecil discussing the "two brothers Lindemann of Alexandria, One of them recently did not behave as he should have done & moreover they are Germans. I have therefore decided to send the...

SudanOmar Pasha12 July (no year) ALS from Cambridge to unnamed correspondent writing "I am now roaming along the banks of the Cam, but I hope ere long to find myself on that of the Nile". Signed "Omar". Interesting.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

United States of AmericaAndrew JacksonUndated large part letter or draft to John H. Eaton, one side ruled with lines across text marking censorship or copying, but text still clear. The text begins some way though the letter (ruled side) with "the latter, as intended it shall be the last official act of my life, will give me time" proceeding to comment on the consequences of the recent election held in Pennsylvania predicting that The N. States Bank of Pennsylvania will be blown sky high" and "The Van Buren Tickett will be carried in that state by at least 25,000 majority". On the reverse, Jac...

United States of AmericaPostal History1851 entire letter sent from Agawam, Massachusetts to a Charles Kindman, endorsed "(per express)", bearing unusual embossed private courier marking showing a messenger on horseback over the word "to" and with contemporary label sealing the letter reading "If you neglect me you lose me". A curiosity, especially being so small in size, measuring when folded 32 x 62mm.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

United States of AmericaWilliam Alexander Chesney1861 (19 April) ALS to his Uncle, General Francis Rawdon Chesney in Ireland writing to "let you know the state of things in Our once United States", explaining that "Our prospects for the future here are very gloomy. The union of the States that once constituted this mighty Republic has ceased to exist and we are now on the verge of a revolution". An interesting letter with relevance to the 1861-65 American Civil War.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

United States of AmericaThomas Edison1895 (11 Jan.) secretarial letter on paper headed "From the Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison", stamped "phonograph dictation" to Thomas E. Francis reading "... I beg to state that the attached clipping is not correct", with secretarial signature "Thos. A. Edison. Included with original cover and aforementioned clipping wich states that "It is said that Mr. Thomas A. Edison is engaged in a new invention ... It is to render communication between opposite ends of the earth possible without telegraph, telephone or any of the many appliances known to modern societ...

United States of America1939 Royal Visit1939 (11 June) printed programme with the Seal of the President of the United States in gilt for an evening's entertainment held at Hyde Park, New York, the private residence of President Roosevelt. The performers are listed as "Princes Te Ata in American Indian Folk Lore; Ish-Ti-Opi, American Indian Bariton; Edward Pfleger, at the Piano; Kuruks Pahitu, at the Tom-Tom". Sold together with unused sheet of White House headed notepaper.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

United States of America20th Century PoliticiansA good group of mostly Presidents including Woodrow Wilson cut signature, Dwight Eisenhower signed newspaper clipping photograph, 1951 TLS from Herbert Hoover with original envelope, 1945 Yalta UN Conference FDC signed Harry Truman and Edward Stettinus and 1945 Battle Scenes FDC signed by Dwight Eisenhower, 1980 Democratic Convention cover signed by Jimmy Carter, 1985 Inauguration day cover signed by George Bush; and similar signed by Ronald Reagan.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for B...

YugoslaviaKing Peter II1939 1d green affixed to card (approx. 8.5cm x 9cm) signed over both "Peter II R in green ink.Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.