MANUSCRIPTS AND EPHEMERA
sketches in this book were made during a voyage
aboard the S.S. James Groves in August to
September 1882. The book contains twenty-one pencil
sketches of various subjects, many including
is a view of Elsinore and Elsinborg from the sea,
two pages of studies of people, a view of Nizhni
Novgorod, some uncaptioned sketches, a view of
ships at Soderköping, two of Motala, one of
Wadstena Castle, these last all in Sweden, and
other sketches of views which I cannot place,
possibly because the names have changed, or have
been misspelt by the artist.
sketchbook has a leather spine, missing its
backstrip, but isotherwise in very good condition. There are some occasional marks, but the
book is mainly clean and bright and is tight in
its binding. It measures 13cm tall by 18cm wide and has
blank pages as well as those with sketches.
World War One Sketchbook
This sketchbook is bound in cream cloth covered wraps and measures 17.5 cm tall by 27 cm wide (7 inches by 10.75 inches). The book begins with a handwritten contents page with a presentation inscription ‘To Mr. Whitestone From C.W. Elliott, July 1918’. The contents list the 24 drawings and watercolours in the book, each with a descriptive title (British biplane attacked by Hun Scouts; British Seaplanes & Motor-boats attacking U-boat; T.B.D. attack on Hun Battleship, Jutland 1916; British troops repelling German attacks E of Armentières, etc.)
Published June 12 1829 by T. McClean 26 Haymarket sole publisher of P. Pry Caricatures None are original without this name.
Thomas Rowlandson and Henry Bunbury
This is an original antique hand-coloured etching published c.1810. On the left hand corner is H. Bunbury Del, and on the left, Rowlandson Scul. It is a wonderful cartoon, lively and funny still. The etching is in very good condition, nice and clean, and the colours still bright. It has one tiny closed tear to the top edge, about 1cm long, unnoticeable when framed. The etching comes unframed and unmounted.
The London Gazette Extraordinary
Printed by Edward Johnston in Warwick-Lane, 1793. One sheet, printed both sides. 32 cm tall by 21cm wide (12.5 by 8.25 inches)
A 19th Century Handwritten Recipe Book
This is a very nice example of a handwritten recipe book, which, judging from the handwriting, dates about from the 1840s to ‘60s. The book contains 160 handwritten pages, plus one loosely laid in sheet, and a short run of blank pages. The handwritten pages are mainly recipes; Her Majesty’s Pudding, Diet Bread, Almond Lake, Mrs. Higgs Winter Pudding, Little Biscuit Puddings, Artificial Ginger, Potted Pilchards, Solid Syllabub, Mutton Pie, Mince Meat, Queen Mab’s Pudding, the inevitable Black Cake, and many others, too many to list. Many pages have more than one recipe. Some of the pages are also apparently French lessons.
An Original Handwritten World War II Diary
This listing is for the handwritten diary of A.G. Simpson of Skipton in Yorkshire, and of the Queen’s Royal Regiment. It covers the period April 8th 1944 to 10th June 1945, taking Simpson from a young man of 19, not long out of grammar school, now in the army, through deployment overseas to Italy and through the Italian campaign, including the battle of Gemmano, to his arrival in Venice, where he ends the diary in hospital with a severely ulcerated leg.
18th- 19th Century Pocket Notebook
This is a unique pocket notebook kept by William Lupton, inscribed by him inside “William Lupton, Dec. ye 14 1794”. On the outside of the book he has also written his name, but with a date in 1796.
An 1830s Lady’s Scrapbook
A Hand Written Music Manuscript Book, 1847/8
Victorian Photograph Album 1860s
This is a very nice photo album, dating from the 1860s, with a tooled leather binding, gilt edges to the pages, and brass gothic style clasps. It contains 49 photographs, one decorative with poem, three of dogs (one of which is a photographic reproduction of a drawing, and two are of the same little lap dog), two hand-coloured (one of ferns and lily of the valley, from a Brighton photographer, and the other of a lady in a blue beribboned bonnet from a photographer in the Strand, London), 15 are portraits of men (one appears to be a photo of a portrait), 24 are of women, displaying a very interesting range of fashion (one of these is a postage stamp sized image), one is a family group and three are views of buildings, one of which may be Richmond Castle, since many of the photos originate in Richmond, Yorkshire.
A Victorian Practice Writing Sheet
Publisher: T. Goode, Clerkenwell. This is a large format writing practice sheet, 50.5 by 38 cm. The title of the sheet is Solomon’s Judgment, and the large header woodcut portrays this biblical story. There are six further woodcuts at the sides of the sheet, illustrating quotations from Kings, and a woodcut panel at the bottom of the sheet which appears to portray a sacrifice in the temple, in which is the name of the pupil whose writing practice sheet this was “Richard Allix Dec 21st 1858”. The centre of the sheet is filled with Master Allix’s handwritten account of the story of Solomon’s Judgement, complete with spelling errors. From his hand, I would say that Richard Allix was about eight or nine when he wrote this.
The woodcuts all have contemporary hand-colouring.
These sheets were probably produced in some quantity, but very few survive. This sheet is in very good condition, with age-toning, and some short closed tears around the edges, several with tissue-paper repairs. There are also some spots around the edges, which appear to be where a low-tack adhesive has been used to mount the sheet to a backing. There is currently no backing on the sheet.
There is a great deal of charm in the simple but dramatic woodcuts, and in the handwritten retelling of the well-known story.
Manuscript/Family Recipe Book
is a very nice mid-19th century music manuscript
book bound in full red morocco with gilt
decorations on both boards and spine, with four
raised bands on the spine, and the title and owner
name (Mr. C. Ratliff) in gilt on the top board. All edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Inside, some pages at the beginning of the
book have been excised, and the book given over to
a family collection of recipes and other useful
instructions. The book begins with three crochet patterns
and a recipe for lemon pudding, these signed
recipes in the same hand, e.g. Mrs. Layons Sauce,
are dated 1878, 79, 80, to 83. Further on, a recipe for Burnet Wine and
several other recipes are signed and dated N. A.
on from these there are recipes singed I.A.A.,
M.A. in an early 20th century hand, followed by
followed by a dated recipe in another hand dated
recipes go on for some time in similar hands,
proceeding into the later 20th century, the last
recipe being for Myfanwy’s Cake, dated 30/8/73. Just under half of the book is filled with
recipes, the rest being blank.
is a very attractive book, in very good condition,
having some minor scuffs to the binding and a tiny
area of loss to the foot of the spine, some marks
on the pages, tightly bound.
book measures 11cm tall by 20.5cm wide. 83 pages of recipes etc. about 130 blank
pages, and a knitting pattern for a ‘Night
Sock’ written on the verso of the rear free
is a charming handwritten notebook, dated January
20th 1825 on the title page, filled with youthful
begins with an extract from the memoir of Captain
Charles Lydiard from the Naval Chronicle, on the
Capture of Curacoa, followed by the inscription
from Lord Nelson’s Monument at Glasgow,
epigrams, inn signs, poems by others etc. Soon, however, he begins to write down his own poetry, which
is witty and humorous in tone. One ‘To The
Infant Parliament’, begins;
“Hopeful Infant, England’s pet!
has also written down poems by his friend, Tom
Warrener (identified as the vicar’s son in a
pencilled note). There are two jocular poems on the death of
an unfortunate cat in the Warrener family, the
first by T.W., the second by Colville, another by
Colville on the death of a favorite little dog
named Rose, and followed by T.W. on the same
against Chancery Register Bill.
Petition of Thomas Alexander Raynsford, Francis
Benjamin Bedwell, James Christmas Fry, and Edward
Dod Colville, Esquires, the four Sub or Deputy
Registrars of the High Court of Chancery, William
South, and Joseph Collis, Esquires, the two
Entering Clerks of the said Court, John Francis Le
Cointe, Robert Onebye Walker, Henry Edgeworth
Bicknell, James Montresor Standen, Henry Hussey,
Francis Robert Bedwell, Cecil Monro, and Edward
Dod Colville, the younger, Gentlemen, the eight
Articled Clerks to the four above-named Sub or
Deputy Registrars, was presented, and read; taking
notice of the Bill to regulate the Office of
Register and Keeper of the Register and Registers
of the High Court of Chancery; and praying, That
the same may not pass into a law, and that they
may be heard by their counsel, and, if necessary,
adduce evidence in support of the prayer of their
that the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and
'House of Commons Journal Volume 85: 16 June
book also contains two newspaper cuttings from the
1820s, one being a spoof advertisement for ‘The
General Cooling Company” and the other an
account of an incident after Napoleon’s return
is much more in the book, including some later
entries from the 1840s, some in pencil. About two-thirds of the book is filled, the
rest blank. The
book is clean and tightly bound in its marbled
paper covered boards, with leather spine and
corners, though with losses from the head and foot
of the spine. The endpapers are marbled, and there is a
sheet loosely inserted, a piece of handwritten
prose beginning ‘The Rose was always my
The book is 18cm tall and 1.5 cm thick including boards.
1890s Scrap Album
is a lovely scrap album, bound in dark red leather
with bright gilt decorations on the front. Inside are 22 thick card leaves with gilt
edges, making 44 sides decorated with scraps and
greeting cards. The cards are birthday, Christmas, New Year
and Good Luck cards, and one Easter card. There are many themes to the cards and
scraps, birds, dogs and cats and other animals,
butterflies, flowers, religious motifs, and one
unusual card with kangaroos, which appears to have
come from Australia. Many are embossed or are decorated with
gilt or glitter. One page has postcards of Norton and
Willian villages, and a charming photograph of the
actress Ellaline Terriss. Towards the end of the album there is one
card for Christmas of 1899, looking forward to the
‘New Century’. Several cards have been pasted in whole, so
that they can be opened, and two of these are
album appears to have belonged to a Miss Violet
Turner. On the last page is pasted a hand drawn
picture of two caterwauling cats on a wall.
The album is in very good condition. There are signs that two pages have been
removed, some pages have lost corners, there are
light marks to the pages. There is a little bumping to the spine and
corners of the binding and a split to the leather
of the spine hinge at the back of about 3 inches,
but the binding is firm and sound. It measures 25 cm tall by 31 cm wide.
Newman & Co, 1875.
concertina of engravings has a shiny surface glaze
which has preserved them very well, with just a
couple of very light marks, and one fold having a
1cm split. The
paper of the spine lining has a little loss, and
there is a gift inscription from 1876 on the back
is some rubbing to the cloth on the front board,
and one small dint on the back board. The gilt is bright and the whole in very good condition.
engraving measures 5.2 by 8.8 cm, not including
the borders, and the concertina measures 7.3 cm
tall by 121.5 cm long. The closed book is 7.6 cm
tall by 11.2 cm wide.
rare and very attractive piece of ephemera.
Action by Filtration on Manures;
is a small eight-page pamphlet on the properties
of soils, finishing with an account of the use of
D. Clarke’s Wheat Protector and its efficacy,
dating from about 1850.
very rare piece of agricultural advertising
by 9cm, very good condition, some creases and
light marks and a small hole in the final leaf.