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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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CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) Autograph Signature
CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) Autograph Signature

CHARLES DICKENS Autograph Signature. British novelist.   Autograph Signature on paper piece laid down on part of an old album page. A good example of this early form of his signature.   Approx 2.5 x 1.25 (excluding album leaf). Fine.   Provenance: From a 19th century collection made by a daughter of the Exeter surgeon, Thomas Shapter, the epidemiologist and Mayor of the City of Exeter.    ..

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MARY GLADSTONE (1847-1927) Autograph Letter Signed
MARY GLADSTONE (1847-1927) Autograph Letter Signed

MARY GLADSTONE Autograph LETTER Signed Together with an integral ALS of W. E. Gladstone.   Mary Gladstone (later Mary Drew) was the daughter of Prime Minister W. E. Gladstone and acted as his secretary at Downing Street.   ALS. 2pp. Together with a 1p ALS of W.E. Gladstone. Hawarden Castle, Chester. January 7th 18[8?]6. To Canon [?] Rowsell.   "I do not know how to be sorry enough, but the beautiful . . . [?] was discovered today amongst the number of parcels the servants hid under the string and paper and brought it up-stairs and apparently forgotten its existence.....

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MICHAEL FARADAY (1791-1867) Autograph Letter Signed
MICHAEL FARADAY (1791-1867) Autograph Letter Signed

MICHAEL FARADAY AUTOGRAPH LETTER Signed. Together with a fine carte de visite portrait photograph.   English physicist and chemist who made important contributions to science of electomagnetism and electrolysis.  Discoverer of Benzine and inventor of an early form of the Bunsen burner.   ALS.  1p (with integral blank leaf).  Royal Institution. 27th July, 1838.  To Mr. Shipman.   "I have just returned to town and much regret that I could not reply to your letter sooner."   8vo.  Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Paper watermarked J. Green & Son 1838.  Glue stain and piece of old album leaf on integral blank.....

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NEW ZEALAND HAU HAU WAR (1864-5) WINIATA WIREMU PATENE Autograph Letter Signed
NEW ZEALAND HAU HAU WAR (1864-5) WINIATA WIREMU PATENE Autograph Letter Signed

[NEW ZEALAND HAU HAU WAR 1864-5] WINIATA WIREMU PATENE Autograph Letter Signed. New Zealand Maori Tribal Leader.   ALS. 2pp with integral blank leaf. In Maori with a contemporary English translation. Karakiriki. 15th September 1882. To Charles Smith.   "In England the country of Queen Victoria O friend I salute you I salute you. My love to you in your absence from us. That is the end of the sighing. This is a word to you. Tell me something great (a good deal) about England. Whatever it is that you tell me will be good, also as a lamentation by.....

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TSAR NICHOLAS II (1868-1918) and ALEXANDRA Signed Gift Inscription to Edward Prince of Wales
TSAR NICHOLAS II (1868-1918) and ALEXANDRA Signed Gift Inscription to Edward Prince of Wales

TSAR NICHOLAS II AND ALEXANDRA Signed Gift Inscription to the future Edward VII. Last Tsar and Emperor of Russia and his wife the Tsarina, both murdered at Ekaterinburg in 1918.   Paper piece signed by both Nicholas and Alexandra "For dear Uncle Bertie From Nicky and Alix, Xmas 1896".  The inscription is in the hand of Alexandra but both Nicholas and Alexandra have signed their names in their own hand.  The paper is presumably taken from the wrapping of their Christmas gift to Edward, Prince of Wales, sent to him in 1896.   The irregular shaped paper piece measures approx 4.....

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WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT (1880-1969) Autograph Letter Signed
WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT (1880-1969) Autograph Letter Signed

WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT AUTOGRAPH Letter Signed. British (Scottish) artist best known for his often controversial watercolours of women.  ALS.  1p. Peel Cottage, Campden Hill, W.8.  June 22nd 1937.  To [Victor Hume] Moody.   "Many thanks for your most pleasant invitation to exhibit but I am terribly sorry I have absolutely nothing available.  Trusting you will have an excellent exhibition.".   4to. Approx 10 x 8 inches. Slight creasing, else fine.   From the studio archive of the Malvern artistsVictor Hume Moody and his daughter, Catherine Moody. V.H. Moody was principal of the Malvern School of Art (1935-1962) in which post he.....

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CARLO ALFREDO PIATTI (1822-1901) Autograph Letter Signed
CARLO ALFREDO PIATTI (1822-1901) Autograph Letter Signed

CARLO ALFREDO PIATTI autograph letter Signed. Italian cellist. ALS. 4pp. 15 Northwick Terrace, Maida Hill, NW.  1st December 1892.  To [Samuel] Chappell. "The Suite (No.1) by Bach is in G. -  (Prelude (Courante (Sarabande (Minuet 1st & 2nd (Gigue There is an Allemande after the Prelude but all the pieces being in G, I am afraid it would be too much. However I do not think the Suite will last more than 10 or 12 minutes.  The Suites are for Violincello Solo, but a very old friend of mine told me (I don't know upon what authority) that Bach used.....

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JOHN OWUSU-ANSA (b.circa 1850) Autograph Letter Signed
JOHN OWUSU-ANSA (b.circa 1850) Autograph Letter Signed

JOHN OWUSU-ANSA (John Osoo Ansah) Autograph Letter Signed. Akan Prince and chief negotiator for the Ashanti in the Anglo-Ashanti Wars.   ALS. 2pp and integral blank leaf. 28 Finsbury Square. 23rd July 1874. To Richard [Cooke] Coles, Esq.   "I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter enclosing the Bill which you kindly sent to the Foreign Office for me. Please to accept my sincere thanks. Regarding your offer to take the Bills, having been obliged to make some arrangements before we received it from the Colonial Office, I think we can avoid troubling you further about this Bill. But.....

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MICHAEL FARADAY (1791-1867) Autograph Letter Signed
MICHAEL FARADAY (1791-1867) Autograph Letter Signed

MICHAEL FARADAY Autograph Letter Signed. With a steel engraved portrait.   English physicist and chemist who made important contributions to science of electromagnetism and electrolysis. Discoverer of Benzine and the inventor of an early form of the Bunsen burner.   ALS. 1p. Royal Institution. March 2nd 1833. To the Egyptologist T[homas] J. Pettigrew.   "The Committee of Friday evening begs to thank you for the interesting statement you were good enough to make to the members yesterday evening."   12mo. Approx 5.5 x 4.5 inches. Laid down on card by the original collector and mounted with John Cochran's 1842 steel.....

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SIR THOMAS GLADSTONE (1804-1889) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR THOMAS GLADSTONE (1804-1889) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR THOMAS GLADSTONE AUTOGRAPH Letter Signed. British Tory (later Conservative) M.P. Elder brother of Prime Minister, W. E. Gladstone.   ALS. 2pp. Fasque. August 3rd 1885. To Catherine [Gladstone], wife of W. E. Gladstone.   "My Dear Catherine, I thank you sincerely for your most kind note.  Ol - [?] is rather serious & this anniversary a most sad one. Let me congratulate you on the young heir - a most happy event for all of you. Your . . . [?] - boy promises well. Believe me, ever affectionately yours, T. Gladstone."   12mo. Approx 6 x 3.75 inches......

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GBP50.00
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