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Sketchbook of a Baltic Voyage 1882

The 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 ships.  There 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.

The 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.)
It appears that C.W. Elliott was a schoolboy, and Mr Whitestone his teacher. Two illustrations in the book are of the Seven Wise Men of Greece, as they are – an illustration of the classroom with pupils in gowns and mortar-boards, with Mr. Whitestone at the blackboard, each of them characterized as one of the wise men - and as they used to be BC 400 – an illustration of the original Greek wise men.
Most of the drawings and watercolours are illustrations of dramatic events of the Great War, drawn with enthusiasm and accuracy, giving a view of the war as vivid in the mind of this young man.
The pictures are on alternate pages of the book, except for the central double-page spread of the British troops repelling German attacks E. of Armentières.
The book is in very good condition, detached from the wraps, the wraps worn along the fold, and the staples rusted causing a little discolouration on a few pages, but the pages and pictures being otherwise clean.
A unique and fascinating sketchbook.



William Heath

Parish Characters in Ten Plates by Paul Pry Esq. Pl. 11 (sic)

Caleb Quotem the Parish Factotum
He is all – he is every thing – the parish could not go on without him – He has more trades than hairs in his wig.
(A caricature of the Duke of Wellington)

Published June 12 1829 by T. McClean 26 Haymarket sole publisher of P. Pry Caricatures None are original without this name.
This is one of a series of caricatures by William Heath published by McClean, and it shows the Duke of Wellington with a whip in one hand and a bearskin hat in the other, listing his attributes. This list begins ‘Cabinet maker, Undertaker, Finance, Beat France, Bony Parte, Made him smart…’
The engraving is in very good condition with original hand-colouring, and is the first state. There exists a pirate edition by Gans with a false date preceding this one. The British Museum has copies of both which may be viewed on their online catalogue. It is an uncommon item.
The engraving has a little light foxing, two pinholes in the left hand margin, well away from the image, and a tape strip along the top edge on the back. This is not sellotape and has not discoloured the paper.
The sheet measures 42.5 cm tall by 28.7 cm wide (16.75 by 11.4 inches approx), and the image measures 33 cm tall by 23.3 cm wide (13 by 9.75 inches approx).


Thomas Rowlandson and Henry Bunbury

The City Hunt

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.
This is an uncommon etching.
The sheet measures 37.5 cm wide by 29 cm tall, (14.75 by11.5 inches).



The London Gazette Extraordinary
Wednesday, August 28, 1793

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)
This is a single leaf ‘Extraordinary’ (or, Extra, Extra, read all about it!), a printed supplementary to the London Gazette to report on breaking news. This Extraordinary was printed to publish a dispatch from Sir James Murray Adjutant General to the Forces under the Command of his Royal Highness the Duke of York. The dispatch reports on an action at the beginning of the Siege of Dunkirk, and includes a return of the Killed, Wounded and Missing of the British and Hessian Troops in the Action of the 24th August 1793. The return of the Austrian killed and wounded was not received at this time.
This is the first day of the siege, which was part of the Flanders Campaign of the French Revolutionary Wars, which preceded the Napoleonic Wars. Troops under the command of Prince Frederick, Duke of York were British, Hanoverian, Austrian and Hessian.
This Extraordinary is in fair condition with four lost corners, a tear part way across the old central fold, which has resulted in a small amount of lost text on the front of the sheet, and writing back and front in the blanks at the bottom of the sheet, in a hand contemporary with the publication. There is also some discolouration along the old folds.
This is a very rare survival, an item meant to last no more than a day or two, but which is now almost 222 years old.



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.
The book has the name E. Williams written twice on the endpaper, and this handwriting matches some of the writing within the book. Several hands have contributed to the book, as is often the case with family recipe books. The book is in good condition, having had its missing spine replaced in brown cloth. Its original brown cloth boards are a little spotted and the corners are bumped. Inside there are spots to the pages, and a few of the pages are heavily spotted, attesting to use in the kitchen, though they remain legible. Some page corners are missing, taking a letter or two, but not much affecting the written text.
A very nice example of a family recipe book.
19cm, 7.5 inches, tall.


An Original Handwritten World War II Diary
8th Army in Italy

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.
The dairy gives a wonderfully immediate picture of what life was like for the soldiers day to day. Simpson was in a motorcycle platoon, riding as a dispatch rider, and also in a mortar platoon.
The diary is densely written in a cash book, and the handwriting is clear and very legible. Simpson wrote a great many letters for others, and he details all the letters he wrote and received, which were of great importance to him. Simpson’s account of this campaign contains mundane day-to-day accounts, humour, military action, motorcycle maintenance and more. A truly unique account of an important historical period.
Loosely included are two postcards from Simpson’s brother (still at school) a letter from his former headmaster, a pass form, unfilled, an uncompleted reservist form and a small copy of a Christmas greeting with a cartoon from Christmas 1944.
The book is 17 cm tall, 2.5 cm thick (6.75x 2.5cm). It is in very good condition with a rubbed and worn binding, the cloth being missing from the back board, an ink stain affects the top of some pages at the beginning, but does not affect the text, and the contents are tightly bound. For a book that saw a lot of action, it is remarkably fresh.



18th- 19th Century Pocket Notebook
William Lupton, Rutland

Land Surveying, Agriculture, Poetry & Prophecy

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.
At the outset, the book was kept with entries about land surveying and the mathematics concerned, and there are a number of calculations of the areas of several irregularly shaped fields, all with beautiful diagrams and calculations done in a clear and neat 18th century hand. There are several pages about ‘Duodecimal Arithmetick’, and some “Concerning the Sliding Rule’, “Decimal Arithmetick”, “Concerning the Circle Form”. At the other end of the book, there are pages concerning “The Method of Measuring Round & Squar’d Timber both by the True and Customary way”
Later entries in the book are accounts, the ear;liest of these being from 1809, ‘An Account of Money p’d to Labourers Commencing June 11th, including what is now due.’ Accounts follow for 1810 and 1811, and at the other end of the book for 1812, 1813, and 1822 to 1835 consecutively. The accounts are for things as various as a ‘Plow with two teams in Mr. Sailes Close’, various accounts for loads of wood, accounts for good such as tea and coffee, gun stocking, cloth, gin, and much else. The accounts are kept in a less careful, but still quite legible hand. Loosely included are a few handwritten receipts (paid) for such things as ‘5 bushell peas and 2 sacks potatoes’.
Even more interest, though are the contents of the front pocket of the book. These are three sheets of paper, small, medium and large. The small and large pieces have poems written on them, which aas far as I can tell may well be original. The smaller poem is about love, the longer is entitled ‘There give you a few words upon Yesterday, to Day and to Morrow: Representing Time Past, Present and to come’. The third [piece of paper is perhaps the most interesting. It is entitled ‘Prophecy’ and continues ‘A Copy of a remarkable prophecy founding Paris and sent to a Gentleman in London, from his friend, who writes that I was Engraved in Hebrew character, & verry (sic) elegantly inlaid with Gold, it is supposed to have lain there over six hundred years under an old wall taken down by the Late King of France to be rebuilt: on removing the rubbish from the foundation, this Stone was Discovered…’ there follows an assurance of veracity and a transcription of the prophecy which covers the years 1790 to 1800. It is a prophecy of world war, followed by the coming of ‘a descendant of David’ who will bring world peace.
Internal evidence of place names indicates that William Lupton lived in the County of Rutland.
The notebook is bound in vellum with a brass clasp, one half of which is missing. The vellum is darkened and has some marks and a tear where the missing part of the clasp was. The notebook has good quality laid paper pages, which are quite unaged. About a quarter of the book is blank. The whole is in very good condition and tightly bound. 18cm tall (7.25 inches)




An 1830s Lady’s Scrapbook

This is a fascinating scrapbook, bound in half black leather over marbled boards, dating from the early 1830s, the reign of William IV, who came between George IV and Victoria.  The Princess Victoria does feature in this scrapbook, as a sweet little girl. 
The book has mainly blue sugar paper pages, with a great variety of cuttings and other elements pasted to them.  Many of the cuttings come from ‘The World Of Fashion: And Continental Feuilletons’, a magazine of the period, which did feature fashion plates and a great deal more.  The scrapbook has quite a lot of the hand-coloured fashion plates from this magazine, and many interesting little cuttings arranged artfully on the pages.  There are also some lovely miniature watercolours and larger pencil drawings, some of these done directly onto drawing paper pages bound into the book between the sugar paper pages.
There are also quite a few examples of handwriting, including one letter across four pages, and a two-page poem, these pasted into the book by their edges. Also notable are several instances of tiny silhouettes, cut from white paper and mounted onto a coloured backing, including four of fairies.
There are many engravings, including a panorama of Paris over four separate plates, two views of ships in the Bristol docks (more picturesque than modern docks), and many portraits of the famous, featuring female artists, many different European monarchs, including those of Morocco, and of the Ottoman empire, and also the king of Madagascar.
The book is packed with all kinds of treasures and is a wonderful piece of personal history.  There are datable elements from 1829 to 1833, and one later loose insert from 1875, a pencil-drawn cartoon entitled ‘An awful warning to young ladies who walk abroad at unseasonable hours’.
The book has some splitting at the hinges, and the contents are loose from the spine, though held together in four sections.  The contents are all in very good condition, and there are some loose items also.  There are 174 pages, with a few blanks, but most filled.  The book measures 25x20cm, or 10x8inches.
There are a great many fascinating things to discover in this album.



A Hand Written Music Manuscript Book, 1847/8

This is a very attractive music manuscript book, bound in Half dark maroon leather over maroon moiré cloth boards, with titles and decorations in gilt and five raised bands on the spine. All edges speckled red.
The book measures 30 cm, 11.75 inches, tall, and contains pre-printed stave sheets on which are hand written quite a number of songs and a few other pieces. The first song, “I’m Afloat, I’m Afloat” is dated 1847. A later song is dated 1848.
Other songs include, Oh Take Me Back to Switzerland; To Cheer Me on the Main; The Grecian Daughter; Wha wadna fetcht for Charlie?;Lovely Night; J’aime mieux m’amie; By the Sad Sea Waves; Mary Blane; The Soldier’s Wedding; Buffalo Gals; and many more. Buffalo Gals was first published in 1844, so this is quite an early instance of it appearing in an English collection of songs. The first 88 pages of the book have music written on them, with a very few blanks between songs. This is about half of the book. The rest of the pages are unused.
Where appropriate the music is supplied with handwritten words. Two songs have lyrics tipped in on smaller separate sheets, and there is one more such sheet that is loose. The pages have stab holes, and some are obviously shaved at the fore-edge, which suggests that the pages were purchased in a soft cover and only later bound in this attractive hard binding.
A lovely item.



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.
The album is on very good condition with some wear to the leather of the spine, some bumping to the clasps, and a little discolouration to the endpapers. Otherwise the pages and photographs are clean and bright.
The album is 16cm tall, and 5cm thick.


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.


Music Manuscript/Family Recipe Book 

This 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 A.M.B.C.  Later 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. 10/7/02.  Following 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 1914.  The 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. 

This 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. 

The 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 endpaper.



Thesaurus gravis
Et jocosus
Specimens of British Poets with a slight infusion of Prose to compose it

Edward Dod Colville 

This is a charming handwritten notebook, dated January 20th 1825 on the title page, filled with youthful exuberance.  It 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!
Though for active deeds preparing,
Thous hast not been naughty yet,
Though already given to swearing.” 

He 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 subject.
The bulk of the entries were made up to about 1829.  Colville was sworn in to the high office of Registrar of the Court of Chancery in that year, as a note in the book attests.  I have also found this: 

“Petition against Chancery Register Bill. 

A 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 Petition.

Ordered, that the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

From: 'House of Commons Journal Volume 85: 16 June 1830’” 

The 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 from Austerlitz. 

There 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 favourite flower;’ 

The book is 18cm tall and 1.5 cm thick including boards.



An 1890s Scrap Album 

This 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 creased.  The 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.



Recollections of Hastings 

Publisher: Newman & Co, 1875.

This is a souvenir of Hastings consisting of twelve engravings bound between boards in a concertina.  The boards are covered in red cloth with titles and decorations in gilt on the front and decorations in blind on the back. 

The 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 endpaper.  There 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.
The engravings are: Hasting from the Sea; Hastings and the Pier; Pelham Place, Hastings; Hastings Pier; Robertson Terrace and Hotel, Hastings; Interior of Hastings Castle; Pelham Crescent, Hastings; Wellington Square, Hastings; East Cliff, Hastings; Lover’s Seat, Hastings; Dripping Well, Fairlight; Ecclesbourne Valley, Hastings. 

Each 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. 

A rare and very attractive piece of ephemera.


Properties of Soils

Their Action by Filtration on Manures;
And Prevention of Smut in Wheat
By the use of D. Clarke’s Wheat Protector

A 19th Century Advertising Pamphlet

This 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.

A very rare piece of agricultural advertising ephemera.

12.3cm by 9cm, very good condition, some creases and light marks and a small hole in the final leaf.