Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts

by Chiswick Auctions
January 25, 2017 1:00 PM GMT Live auction
Acton, London, LDN, UK | Auction Details

213 Lots

52: DOYLE, Arthur Conan (1859-1930). MS. To a friend discussing going to Ski the next day, together with his sister Lottie. At this time in his life, Conan Doyle needed time to 'cure' his wife, Louisa of tuberculosis- which meant spending considerable time in the clean air of Switzerland. The previous year on a visit to Switzerland, he came up with the idea to 'kill-off' Holmes, (in the Alps), in order to devote all his time to his wife, as he was fed up with the constant demands of his publisher. His involvement with two Swiss friends who introduced Skis to Switzerland and their joint trek through the Maienfelder Furka Pass, became major news at the time. One can credit Doyle as being the 'father' of English Ski tourism in Europe. Taking inspiration from his previous enjoyment of the sport NorwayÊhe ordered a pair of skis, which arrived at Davos. Meeting two brothers in Switzerland who practised the sport, albeit at night for fear of being ridiculed,Êhe teamed up with themÊand scaled theÊ 7,700-foot Jacobshorn mountain. The MS reads: "My dear Wolson, my sister and I hope to come along in the morning after allÊ & have a shot with the ski. Don't wait for us. Yours very...A. Conan Doyle". Mounted with an image of Holmes and Moriarty tussling at theÊ Reichenbach Falls in the "Final Problem" and the original mailing envelope "H. Vernes Walson Esq. Fluela Hotel...", the envelope date marked 13.1.94 Davos". [With]: A letter of Authenticity from Autografica dated 18-2-2016 and a copy of a newspaper article from The Telegraph relating to Conan Doyle and Skiing.
Est: £600 - £800
70: R.M.S. TITANIC - Albert Charles THOMAS (1889-1973). Ê"No. 680500. Continuous Certificate of Discharge." 8vo (160 x 110mm). 25-pages, tables. Original black cloth wallet with flap, rectangular section in upper cover cut-away revealing the holder's signature on the first page, "Board of Trade" coat-of-arms stamped in gilt above (lightly rubbed). A HIGHLY IMPORTANT RECORD OF ALBERT CHARLES THOMAS'S SERVICE ON BOARD R.M.S. TITANIC ON ITS FATEFUL MAIDEN VOYAGE, WITH NEAR-CONTEMPORARY AUTOGRAPH NOTES OUTLINING THE DISASTER WITH CHILLING BREVITY: ... 'DATE AND PLACE OF DISCHARGE:' "15 APRIL 1912. AT SEA" ... 'DESCRIPTION OF VOYAGE:' "INTENDED NEW YORK." On pages 15-16, the first column, under the printed heading 'Name of ship and official number, Port of registry, and tonnage,' is filled in, in a contemporary hand, "Titanic. 131428. Liverpool 21831"; the second column, under the printed heading 'Date and place of engagement', is filled in, "10 April 1912, South'ton"; the third column, under the printed heading 'Rating; and R.N.R. No. (if any)' is filled in "Stwd"; the fourth column, under the printed heading 'Date and place of discharge' is filled in "15 April 1912 At Sea"; the fifth column under the printed heading 'Description of voyage' is filled in "Intended New York"; and the final column, under the printed heading 'Signature of Master', is filled in "Extracted from List of Crew [?]Th. Malan, Registrar General, 30th May 1912," with blue stamp. The booklet, which is signed on several occasions by the holder, details a total of 42 voyages made between 18th February 1910 and 30th January 1914, including the ill-fated one on board Titanic, but also on board the steamers Asturias, Teutonic, Ionic, Kinfauns Castle, Majestic, Oceanic, Araguaya, where his positions are described variously as Waiter, 2nd Pantry Steward, Steward and Assistant Steward. In the columns for 'Report of Character. For ability. For general conduct' the stamps are, without exception, 'Very Good'. The 'title' page of the booklet is inscribed in a contemporary hand "Renewal Book. Original lost through shipwreck." Loosely-inserted is a modern photograph of Albert Thomas, in uniform, from an original taken in 1928. According to the on-line resource "Encyclopedia Titanica", Thomas, a First Class Saloon Steward, was one of 60 occupants of Lifeboat 15 (along with 23 other crew members) which was located on the starboard side of Boat Deck, adjacent to the fourth funnel. With a second similar booklet for Albert Thomas detailing voyages made between 4th February 1914 until 27th February 1923, serving on various vessels. (2)
Est: £8,000 - £12,000
72: R.M.S. TITANIC - SILVER SIFTER. -Original piece from the RMS Titanic Cafe Parisienne. ÊÊThe sifter was in the possessionÊÊMr Horace Bradshaw after he had accepted it as part payment in exchange for a dress uniform for Titanic Purser Reginald. L. Barker. Mr Barker was onboard Titanic when it sailed from the shipyard in Belfast to Southampton. ÊMr Barker, who wanted desperately to sail on its maiden voyage couldnÕt afford his uniform so stole several items from the ship including a decanter and this sugar sifter. He used them in exchange for his dress uniform and enlisted on the maiden voyage. ÊSadly Mr Barker lost his life in the sinking and his body was never recovered. The sifter itself is hallmarked 1885 (Charles Edwards) and was reworked by the then newly established (1902) Arthur Price & Co. It is engraved with foliate decoration and the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company monogram to the front of the handle and the inscriptions OSNC and RMS Titanic Cafe Parisienne to the back. With: a postcard depicting Purser Barker in his uniform. SIGNED by Titanic survivor Miss Millvina Dean (1912-2009)Êwho was the youngest survivor, rescued from lifeboat No.13 by the crew of RMS Carpathia on 15th April 1912. ***********Provenance: A copy of a contract has been located that mentions the exchange of the items for Purser Barker's uniform and reads: "Contract Agreement. On Thursday December 16th 1911 between Horace Benjamin Bradshaw, Tailor of (an undecipherable address) Barrow-Upon-Soar Leicestershire and Reginald L Barker purser for the White Star Line Company Ltd. Southampton Hampshire of (an address in Southampton- undecipherable). a, One White Star Line Officers Dress Suit b, One Dress Officers Suit c, One White Star Line officers waistcoat d, One pair of black uniform shoes. In exchange for the following items from the new White Star liner SS Titanic a, Three items from the liners Cafe Parisienne b, Three items from the SS Titanic 1st class barbers shop c, One silver item from SS Titanic a la carte restaurant [.] To be delivered to the White Star Line offices Canute Road Southampton on 6th April 1912 [.] Mr Barker (?) my cousin Mr J.A. Bradshaw is signing on on the 6th April 1912........." (fairly undecipherable here but J A Bradshaw was a plate steward on board Titanic who also died in the sinking). It then mentions 'victualling steward' it finishes with "it just remains for me to thank you for your order". The original document was apparently sold at some stage with one/or more of the other pieces. **********(2)
Est: £3,000 - £5,000
85: TENNYSON, Alfred Lord (1809-92)ÊCharles DICKENS (1812-70). A collection/small archiveÊof related envelopes, correspondence, a sketch and autographs assembled by members of the Charles W. Ellis family over a number of years of friendship with Tennyson and Dickens. Included in this collection are numerous envelopes in Tennyson's hand to the Ellis family, including an envelope with his personal seal and an envelopeÊsigned with his name in full and dated 1862, a calling card from Lady Tennyson, inscribed ":With thanks and best wishes for the New Year", a note from Hallam Tennyson dated [18]99. A RARE program pamphlet (1868) produced for a series ofÊDickens "Farewell Readings" by Messrs. Chappell and Co. at the St. James's Hall. The readings commenced on the evening of October 6th . With a program devoted to "Doctor Marigold" (from the Christmas Story) and "The Trial" from Pickwick. He had settled with his tour manager, Chappell & Co., on 100 readings for the princely sum of £8000. The following year Dickens would have to cut a provincial tour short after collapsing showing symptoms of a mild stroke in Preston on 22nd April 1869. This pamphlet is for the 'Last Readings' i.e. Dickens' Twelve Final performances.Ê A Stereoscopic photograph of Dickens, with DickensÊname inscribed under the image, two clipped signatures from Dickens,Êfrom a letter to Charles Ellis and Mrs C. Ellis respectively.Ê A pencil drawing of Gads Hill, by a member of the Tennyson family, inscribed: "Home of Charles Dickens.... from Wilderness Aug 3rd 1870" the drawing bears the initials T c and T [?- indecipherable character], drawnÊin Tennyson's Study in The Wilderness (his Summerhouse) at Farringford on the Isle of WightÊof Charles Dickens' home in Gads Hill, apparently sent to Ellis. A postcard, written & illustrated during the siege of Ladysmith, by Melton Prior of the "Illustrated London News". Postcard addressed to Mrs. Melton Prior in Kent/part of Ellis archive but connection is not known. The piece is inscribed thus: "Ladysmith Feb 26.00 This is the 117 day since Bombardment commenced. We have had nearly 18,000 shells into the Town & Camp. We are on starvation rations, which does not agree with any of us, Whiskey is £10-15 a bottle. We still hope for relief- but it looks far off". ****Please note that the location of the sketch hasÊafter further consideration been changed to Dickens' country house- Gads Hill as opposed to his London residence- Doughty Street. ******* Each element has been mounted including descriptions in an album of black card.
Est: £4,000 - £6,000
187: WW1 - Seven files of archive correspondence retained by Major G. Scovell of HQ Northern Command York 1915-1916. An interesting archive which provides some very telling insights into the problems of the British Army before and after the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Much of the correspondence relates to the struggle to provide to provide training and tactical policy for young officers and NCO's in new weapons such as hand grenades, stokes guns and in the protection against poisonous gas. Papers cover the setting up of the Bombing school at Otley near Leeds and it later professional differences with the Southern Bombing school at Clapham. Interesting letters relating to young officers being poorly trained and sent to France with very little training and as a result getting wounded or killed very quickly. Letters relating to the pressure placed on the command to release its instructors for front line duty. A scarce archive of private, official, semi-official and occasionally outspoken correspondence of a Home Command officer training on an unprecedented scale in the early part of the Great War. ******WITH***** Winston CHURCHILL An Extract From the Verbatim Notes Of A Meeting Between The Ministry of Munitions and the Trade Unions of Great Britain Held at the Central Hall, Westminster on Wednesday, 1st August, 1917. Copy of notes typed verbatim - Winston Churchill in the chair. Concerning using skilled men in the Army rather than returning them to their trades.
Est: £350 - £400
188: ELLIOTT & GRANT FAMILIES in INDIA and BRITAIN. 1769 and onwards. MS. c.ÊEarly 20th Century. 4to. ÊThis book of much genealogical detail comprises a whole series of information and letters from 1769 to around 1860. They have been copies, annotated and indexed in a legible hand. The book comprises correspondence, notes and documentation etc. concerning very largely the Elliott (Laugharne, Glamorgan, Wales) family to whom they were related. Also mentions (pp.222) of the Laugharne family in Laugharne, Camarthenshire (and an extensive family historical note). Also many mentions of the Davies, Voyle, Rankin, Turner (County Down), Bushby (County Dumfries), Carmac (Lurgan, County Armagh, County Louth) families, who were related, in India from 1769 to 1838. From the letters they are clearly a very well connected family as high born and well-known names crop up throughout the text. Mostly John Elliott to his brother and others. Numerous other names are mentioned in the extensive and detailed notes which follow each copy letter. The compiler is not known (the initials are DJW) has laboriously indexed, cross-indexed and compiled events by date across the 320 pages to recreate about 70 years in the lives of these families and their relatives, friends et al. The main 'character' in the early part of this book had three children with an Indian women. A huge amount of information about life in India, social mores, also in Britain. (Damage to top right hand corner affecting roughly a third of the book, with some loss to text, affecting a word here and there). Original black boards (top right hand corner of the book damaged with loss, covers worn).
Est: £50 - £80
190: WORLD WAR ONE ARCHIVEÊ- A large archive of around 240 WW1 letters and other documents of King's Liverpool Regiment interest. Original letters from three PARKER brothers in the King's Liverpool Regiment, on the Western Front, all Officers. Thomas W.L. Parker, (addressed as Tommy or Tom), Percy Herbert Parker (addressed as Herb) & John Nowell Parker (addressed as John or Jack)|. All seem to have been in the KLR. Almost all letters have their original envelopes and were sent between themselves and to their mother, father and other relatives, also from fellow Officers. Most letters are from John, also calledÊJack, at the front in France, to hisÊbrother Tommy back in England. Also from their mother and father. The letters details cover trench conditions and action. One of the brothers, Tommy, who attended Cambridge was wounded early in the war (not documented) and invalided back to the UK where he was based in and around Winchester, Reading and Warminster.ÊJohn seems to have spent most of the war in France (not identified due to censorship) and lost his thumb and two fingersÊin a bombing accident early in 1917. This is described in one of the letters and the subsequent treatment and court martial (exonerated). Also often much candid talk of women, including visiting prostitutes and contracting VD, particularly Herbert (Herb). As well as aroundÊ240 letters andÊother documents, there are Regimental orders, notebooks with platoon details and otherÊMilitary ephemera. With: an accompanying transcript of some of the letters.ÊÊ*****WITH*** 1 item of ephemera relating to the Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Division; a dossier showing the Hood's chronological Êinvolvement in WW1. Framed and glazed.
Est: £500 - £800


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