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Onward Christian Soldiers!

Anglican Priest and hymnwriter. A signed quotation from his most famous work. He pens the first half of each of the first two verses. “Onward Christian Soldiers-Marching as to War, With the Cross of Jesus-going on before. Like a mighty army-moves the Church of God-Brothers we are treading – where the Saints have trod.” He signs the eight neatly written lines S. Baring-Gould and adds a short dedication beneath dated Feb 21, 1914. There is some ink blotting on “trod” but still an attractive and displayable quotation from one of the best known English hymns, written almost 50 years earlier than this presentation. [#5024]

$1,500.00
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British illustrator and caricaturist, ALS, 1 page 8vo, May 14th, 1873 to Samuel Carter Hall. Cruickshank informs Hall that his drawings for Hall’s poem “The Trial of Sir Jasper” are with the “Brothers Dalziel”. Hall’s poem about drink and temperance was published in 1873 with illustrations and engravings submitted by several artists, including Cruikshank. The Brothers Dalziel, George and Edward, were prominent engravers who worked with many artists and publishers of the day. The attractive one page letter on blind embossed personal stationary of 263 Hampstead Rd. is darkly penned with a large strong signature. It is a very nice example referencing both his published illustrations and his commitment later in life to promoting temperance. [#5026]

$350.00
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Signed cover marked private addressed in Dickens’ hand and signed by him in the lower left in blue ink. The stamp was cut away and the front panel of the envelope then pasted onto another stamped cover in an effort to simulate the original appearance. There is some soiling but still nice clear contrast with the blue ink.

$750.00
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Lafayette on unrest following the Second French Revolution in 1830

Significant single page ALS, Paris October 26, 1831. Lafayette writes a letter of introduction which quickly turns into a first-hand account of the fluid political events in France. A poor economy and dissatisfaction with the French Bourbon Monarchy in the late 1820’s ended with a Second French Revolution in July 1830. King Charles X was replaced with a new constitutional monarchy and King Louise Phillipe. Revolutionary enthusiasm spread to other European countries, eventually coming full circle and leading to another French rebellion in 1832. Lafayette, hero in American and France, was politically active and a member of the Chamber of Deputies during this time. In a dramatic and revealing account of the residual unrest following the change in regimes and unrest in other countries, especially Portugal, Lafayette writes:
"A great deal has been obtained by our Revolution of July. Yes, there has been a deviation from the System, external and interior, which I had contemplated . The European Journals and our debates at the Tribune tell more about it than could be contained in a voluminous letter.
It is probable that the five powers of the Conference, in their seeming good understanding, will prevent a new explosion of war in Belgium. I would not however insure the continuation of a general peace for for more than a few months. We hope something will be done this winter to put down the ever increasing tyranny of dom Miguel whose name of Monster depend upon it, has not been misapplied."
At the letter’s conclusion he references a French debt against an American claim and says he will have the satisfaction as both an American and French official to vote for the payment. This is an outstanding Lafayette letter on the revolutionary currents running through Europe.

$3,500.00
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Two murdered statesmen and a Supreme Court Justice

A very unusual signed document appointing a Counsel General to Ecuador, 7/15/97 countersigned by future Supreme Court Justice William Day as Acting Sec. of State and then accepted with a signed endorsement on the bottom from Ecuador's President Eloy Alfaro who like McKinley would be murdered. This is possibly a unique combination of signatures by McKinley and another murdered head of government. It is a most unusual example of an otherwise common presidential document.

$1,100.00
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Two page letter on blind embossed stationary of Lyceum Theatre “25 February1893” thanking someone for sending a play. The letter is handwritten by Bram Stocker, author of Dracula, as the secretary for the then more famous actor Henry Irving who has signed the letter. The fame of both reversed over time and letters like this are particularly interesting to collectors because of the writing in the letter more than the signature. [#4783]

$350.00
 
.Thackeray, William Makepeace -

Brief ALS, April 23 [ny] explaining that "it is not my wish at present to repeat my lectures on The Georges". These lectures on the British Monarchs became a printed work in 1852 The Four Georges. The letter is written in his typical fine, small hand and is in excellent condition.

$275.00
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British naturalist and biologist. Wallace's work on evolution that encouraged Darwin to put his theory's in print first. ALS, September 29, 1886, 1 1/3 pages front and back of a single sheet. Wallace makes arrangements to stay with a friend after a lecture at Buckhurst Hill. He signs the letter in full "Alfred R. Wallace".

$350.00
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Deposed King of Spain, grandfather of the current King, Juan Carlos

Signed letter, from Rome where he was in exile, April 1939. The content is Routine but the signature is excellent and it is in very nice condition.

$150.00
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On the death of Sara D. Roosevelt's sister (FDR's Aunt)

British novelist and short story writer. Two page letter signed August 16, 1940 to Sara D. Roosevelt, mother of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, expressing her sympathy on the loss of Sara’s sister Deborah Delano Forbes. Nice content about referencing the fall of France and a Bottome’s husband being wounded in WWI. Mrs. Roosevelt has written “acknowledged” in the upper left.Interesting piece for the FDR specialist. [#4673]

$75.00
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British author, autograph letter signed with initials. Two pages on a folded four page 8vo sheet, not date. There is a small tear from the wax seal on the third and four page which effects nothing, otherwise in fine condition with a couple of prior owner's pencil notations in blank spaces #4083

$250.00
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Controversial Queen Regent as mother of Louis XIII

Marie de' Medici (1575-1642) controversial Queen Consort to French King Henry IV and Queen Regent as mother of the young Louis XIII, signed document “Marie”. The document measures 9 x 7 ˝ and appears to be authorization for some payments in 1614. There is a rough transcription in French but it has not been translated. The Italian born Queen served as Queen Regent following Henry’s assassination in 1610 until Louis took the thrown in 1617. She eventually was forced to leave France after plotting against her son.

$1,250.00
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British Poet

John Drinkwater British poet and playwright. One page ALS, 7/16/14 sending a poem or essay for the short-lived literary magazine New Numbers. He provides travel plans for forwarding proofs of the magazine. Two file holes on one side touch two words of a postscript written vertically in the margin. [#4789]

$125.00
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Scottish born German pianist and composer. Signed card inscribed and dated March 19, 1892. [#4626]

$50.00
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British researcher on human sexuality

Havelock Ellis British physician and author best known for his work on the study of human sexuality. He is credited with writing the first English language medical study on homosexuality. His work and relationship with Margaret Sanger influenced her own work on sexuality and birth control. Two page ALS on a single sheet, [n.d.] Hayward’s Heath, Sussex. Signed with his first name only. Francoise mentioned in the letter was his companion after his wife Edith died in 1916. They moved to a home in Wivelsfield Green sometime after 1918. [#4797]

$150.00
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Russian violinist

Russian violinist, signed program on photo cover. The eight page program is for a December 23, 1919 recital at City Hall in Bangor, Maine. Some soiling and scuffing on the cover, away from the autograph and a flattened center vertical fold. [#4528]

$80.00
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George III - signed military commission appointing J. N. Steber as a Quarter Master to the Chesseurs Britanniques. The King’s signature is quite large and it has been countersigned by the Home Secretary Lord Hawkesbury, later Prime Minister from 1812-1827. The document is dated August 4, 1804. [#4870]

$500.00
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British artist

Francis Seymour Haden, English artist, author on art, brother –in-law of James Whistler. Three page ALS on a folded sheet, January 1881 May Fair, Westminster. Haden writes to Lady Elizabeth Eastlake, also an author and art historian, asking about some sketches published in her book “Letters From The Baltic.” [#4900]

$90.00
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WWI British Field MArshal

Field Marshal who led the British Expeditionary Force in WWI and commanded epic battles including Somme and the Hundred Days Offensive. ANS on a postcard signed "Haig" with a postscript initialed "H". The March 1924 note authorizes the use of his photo "in the leaflet in connection with the Autograph Album". [#4668]

$250.00
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British Author and Member of Parliament, undated one page ALS of introduction of two young men. The letter is in black border House of Commons mourning stationary. Hughes wrote Tom Brown’s School Days and Tom brown at Oxford. There is one slight fold tear beginning at the margin in one spot and mounting remnants on the back. [#4544]

$125.00
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British archaeologist who excavated Ninevah, political official and author. ANS in 3rd person, April 1854 stating that he has not received a letter. The note has been pasted at the corners to a heaver paper stock. [#4666]

$200.00
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Martin Niemoeller – German theologian sent to concentration camps for his opposition to Nazi influence in the church. Signed card. [#3778]

$75.00
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Irish National Leader
free franked cover from 1835

Irish political leader of the 19th Century. A franked cover from 1835 along with a small engraving.

$150.00
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One Prime Minister to another
sending papers on the American boundary

British Prime Minister in the mid 1880’s. ALS “Palmerston” from Carlton Terrace July 24, 1840 as British Foreign Secretary. The future Prime Minister writes a one page letter to his brother-in-law and Prime Minister Lord Melbourne sending papers (not present) relative to the American Boundary to be presented to the House of Lords. This was likely about the boundary dispute in Oregon. Unusual letter from one Prime Minister to another. [#4662]

$150.00
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British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister in the 1830’s and 1840’s. He may be perhaps known for having re-organized the police system which gave rise to the name of British police as “Bobbies.” ALS “Robert Peel” in the text making an introduction. Two pages. [#4653]

$90.00
 
Plunkett, Edward (Lord Dunsany),
IRish writer and chess expert

Irish writer and dramatist, chess expert. Signed letter, 3 pages, July 10, 1922 on Dunstall Priory about a chess problem. Signed “Yours very truly Dunsany”. It is in excellent condition. [#4532]

$75.00
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Canadian explorer of the Arctic

Wilhjamlur Stefansson, Canadian arctic explorer. Signed slip dated 5/11/30. [#4888]

$40.00
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possibly intended for Dickens
Dickens' friend, pushed for copyright protection in England

British author, friend of Dickens, leader in parliament who helped pass England’s copyright protection. ALS, possibly to Dickens, mentioning the House of Commons. [#4603]

$200.00
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Master of The Temple, London

Rev. Charles John Vaughan, British theologian and clergyman. ALS, 8 pages on small 8vo, July 2, 1873, “The Temple” (Temple Church in London where Vaughan served as Master or leader). A lengthy letter of apology to an American minister who came to visit and apparently missed seeing Vaughan. Two folded sheets loosely joined with a couple stitches and some glue remnants on the back edge. Vaughan has been brushed with speculation and presumed scandal for his brief stint and sudden unexplained resignation as headmaster of Harrow School, a boys’ school. [#4204]

$100.00
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Noted British sculptor,

Autograph letter signed, May 8, 1839, Wilton Place in London. He declines an invitation to the annual Artists’ Benevolent Fund dinner due to another engagement, signing the letter “Rich Westmacott”. This is a very nice one page example with a light vertical fold. His works are still very much a part of London’s landscape with examples in Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace Gardens and in the British Museum.

$150.00