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SOLD ITEMS SELECTED FROM OUR ARCHIVES. 

This category contains a number of autograph letters and documents that we have previously sold but are considered to be sufficiently of interest to be retained as sources of reference only.

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LOUIS KOSSUTH (1802-1894) Autograph Signature
LOUIS KOSSUTH (1802-1894) Autograph Signature

LOUIS (LAJOS) KOSSUTH Autograph Signature. Hungarian revolutionary politician and the first President of independent Hungary.   Autograph signature on paper piece with the words added, in his hand, "Late Governor of Hungary". A fine, large signature. This has been purposely written on paper for an autograph collector and is not a signature that has been clipped from a letter or document.   Paper piece measures approx 4.5 x 2.75 inches. There are mounting traces to the edges of the blank verso, else fine.   Louis Kossuth (or Lajos Kossuth in Hungarian form) was a revolutionary freedom fighter during the Hungarian.....

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FRANCIS OSBORNE, 5th DUKE OF LEEDS (1751-1799) Autograph Letter Signed
FRANCIS OSBORNE, 5th DUKE OF LEEDS (1751-1799) Autograph Letter Signed

FRANCIS OSBORNE, DUKE OF LEEDS Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) statesman. Pitt the Younger's Foreign Secretary.   ALS. 1p. Grosvenor Square. January 29th 1794. To William Grant.   "The moment I received the honour of your letter, I wrote to Dr. Arnold expressing my wishes that Mr Sale's attendance at the Academy tomorrow might be dispensed with. I am sorry to find there is a contest at Windsor, but sincerely wish you success in the present, and every other object of your wishes."   4to. Approx 8.5 x 7.25 inches. Slight age toning and browning to left edge. Slight mounting.....

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T. E. LAWRENCE (1888-1935) Newsprint Portrait Signed
T. E. LAWRENCE (1888-1935) Newsprint Portrait Signed

T. E. LAWRENCE Newsprint Portrait Signed. British (Welsh born of Anglo-Irish parents) soldier, writer and scholar. He played a key role in the WW1 Arab Revolt (1916-1918) and won immortality as the almost mythical "Lawrence of Arabia".   Autograph Signature (signed as T.E. Shaw, a name he used when seeking anonymity after the war) above a newsprint photograph mounted on post-card.  The portrait shows T .E. Lawrence in RAF uniform and astride his Brough Superior motorcycle, similar to the machine on which he was killed in 1935.   Approx 5.5 x 3.5 inches. A few very light foxing spots, else fine......

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WILLIAM ETTY (1747-1849) Autograph Letter
WILLIAM ETTY (1747-1849) Autograph Letter

WILLIAM ETTY AUTOGRAPH LETTER. English artist best known for his painting of nudes.    AL. 1p. 14 Buckingham Street, Strand.  Tuesday [no date]. To [Sake Dean] Mahomed.   "Mr. Etty's respects to Mr. Mahomed & begs to say that tho' his rheumatism is decidedly better, he feels as if he should not like to take his vapour bath till Saturday at three, as he has not had a good night, and does not feel strong this morning, but on Saturday at 3 he should like to have it".   Some browning to left margin and with some old mounting traces on.....

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CATHERINE GLADSTONE (1812-1900) Autograph Letter
CATHERINE GLADSTONE (1812-1900) Autograph Letter

CATHERINE GLADSTONE Autograph Letter Philanthropist and benefactor. Wife of Prime Minister W. E. Galdstone   AL. 2pp.  Hawarden Castle, Chester. October 10th no year [but 1863]. No address [but to the Wedgewood Institute and Memorial Committee]. Together with a fine contemporary portrait photograph.   "Mrs William Gladstone accepts with much pleasure the invitation for Miss Agnes Gladstone.  Her brother, the Rev.d Henry Gladstone would very much like to be present at the laying of the Foundation Stone, should it be convenient to spare another ticket, but Mrs Gladstone does not ask for him to be included in an invitation to.....

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CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) Autograph Letter Signed
CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) Autograph Letter Signed

  CHARLES DICKENS Autograph Letter Signed   British Novelist.    ALS (Autograph Letter Signed). 1p.  Gads Hill Place, Higham by Rochester, Kent.  Saturday, Ninth May 1863. To William Woodall replying to a request for him to read to the Wedgewood Institute. Together with a contemporary portrait photograph.   "Sir, In answer to your obliging letter dated the day before yesterday, I beg to say that I can not propose any conditions on which I could have the pleasure of reading in Burslem. Faithfully yours", With a good full signature.   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Traces of mounting on verso,.....

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JULES MASSENET (1842-1912) Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
JULES MASSENET (1842-1912) Autograph Musical Quotation Signed

JULES MASSENET AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION Signed. French composer, best known for his operas.   An attractive quotation of 8 bars on three staves from his opera 'Griselda' (Griselidis).  Signed by Massenet, who has also added the title, the place and date (Paris, August 1903) and the word "respectueument".  Written on a post-card for the Paris Exposition Universelle 1900 and addressed by Massenet on verso to Mme Carmen de Negarrita Lynels [?] 1211 rue Suipacha, Buenos Ayres, Republique Argentine.   Some marking and creasing but generally VG.   Massenet's 3 act opera, Griselidis, had first been performed in Paris in November.....

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LOUIS MOUNTBATTEN (1900-1979) Photograph Signed
LOUIS MOUNTBATTEN (1900-1979) Photograph Signed

LOUIS MOUNTBATTEN PHOTOGRAPH Signed. Earl Mountbatten of Burma (born Prince Louis of Battenberg). Uncle to Prince Philip and second cousin to Elizabeth II. British naval officer and the last Viceroy of India.   Photograph, signed Louis Mountbatten in the lower white border. With the words added in his hand "April 1944 - February 1948. S.E.A.C."  The photograph shows Louis Mountbatten half-length in the uniform of a British Rear-Admiral, looking to his left with hands clasped.  The photographer is not known.   Approx 9.5 x 7 inches (including white border).  There is an old glue spot in left white border (not touching.....

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LUKE FILDES (1843-1927) Autograph Letter Signed
LUKE FILDES (1843-1927) Autograph Letter Signed

LUKE FILDES Autograph letter Signed. Sir Samuel Luke Fildes (known as Luke Fildes). British (English) painter.   ALS. 1p. 11 Melbury Road, Kensington, W.  27th April 1885. To [William] Woodall.  Together with a contemporary portrait photograph.   "Many thanks for the kind invitation for May 6th. It will give me much pleasure to come."   12mo.  Approx 5.5 x 3.5 inches. Lacking integral blank leaf and with mounting residue to verso, else near fine.  The portrait of Luke Fildes is an albumen photograph of carte de visite size, measuring approx 3.5 x 2.5 inches. It shows him quarter-length with arms.....

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REAR ADMIRAL JOSEPH HENRY MARRYAT (1830-1881) (Nephew of the novelist, Captain Frederick Marryat). Autograph letter book of his correspondence 1842-1845, whilst a midshipman on the China Station and small archive of Marryat Family Papers
REAR ADMIRAL JOSEPH HENRY MARRYAT (1830-1881) (Nephew of the novelist, Captain Frederick Marryat). Autograph letter book of his correspondence 1842-1845, whilst a midshipman on the China Station and small archive of Marryat Family Papers

REAR ADMIRAL JOSEPH HENRY MARRYAT (1830-1881) Autograph Letter Book and related documents British sailor. Nephew of the novelist Captain Frederick Marryat. Autograph letter book of his correspondence 1842-1845, whilst a midshipman on the China Station. Together with a small archive of family documents, letters and photographs. The letter book contains Joseph Marryat’s own copies of letters written by him to his parents and others and also letters received by him or copied to him. In addition to Marryat’s letters, the book contains several copy letters of Captain Sir Edward Belcher. The entries commence on November 6th 1842 and continue to.....

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