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Auction Description for Sotheby's: English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations

English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations (338 Lots)

by Sotheby's


338 lots with images

December 13, 2016

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London, United Kingdom

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BRODRICK, ALLEN. DOCUMENT SIGNED,

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Description: listing seven accusations against Thurloe from "inbred Malice against his Ma[jest]ys Royall person" to the corruption of "Severall of his Ma[jest]ys servants and Agents & procured them to betray his Ma[jest]ys affayres", contemporary marginal notes in another hand (e.g. naming the corrupted servants as Sir Richard Willis and others), two pages, integral blank, folio, [May-August 1660] [with:] "The motives & reasons which induced the Dutches of Yorke to embrace the Catholique Religion, written by her owne Hand at St James's 20 August 1670", contemporary manuscript copy, 3 pages, folio, the second leaf lacking blank bottom half of leaf 

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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PROCEEDINGS IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS ON THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE EARL OF CLARENDON, MANUSCRIPT, 1670S

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Description: scribal manuscript in a single hand, recording a series of debates from 26 October to 18 December 1667, with red ruled margins and contemporary pagination, 270 pages, folio, vellum boards gilt, c.1670s

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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CLARENDON, EARL OF. HIS LIFE, SCRIBAL COPY, 18TH CENTURY

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Description: in a single hand, the text divided into seven parts, dated at the beginning and at the end of each part, Montpellier, 23 July 1669 to 1 August 1670, red-ruled margins, paginated, in 58 stab-stitched fascicules, 1407 pages, plus blanks, folio (325 x 200mm, Maid of Dort "Pro Patria" watermark), eighteenth century, severe damp damage to the final fascicule and the last few fascicule somewhat affected by damp 

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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LAURENCE, FIRST EARL OF ROCHESTER. TWO AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT MEDITATIONS, 1686-91

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Description: the first taking as its text Lamentations 3:22 ("It is of the Lords mercy that we are not consumed, because his compassion faile not"), a poignant search for solace in the immediate aftermath of her death ("...It was of the Lords mercy that I was not consumed this day, when the comfort of my life was taken from me when her breath, went out of her Nostrills, and she grew cold, as I was holding her hands..."), 17 pages, folio, dated Cornbury, 12 April 1686, stab-stitched in paper wrappers, tears at stab-holes; the second with memories of his wife and melancholy reflections on the state of the nation under William and Mary ("...What is become even of the most glorious of all this Kings actions, since his comeing to the Throne, I mean his triumphant victory at the Boyne, by which it seemed once as if he had entirely conquer'd that Kingdome and established the rest..."), 12 numbered pages, folio, dated New Park, 12 April 1691, stab stitched in paper wrappers

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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KEENE, SIR BENJAMIN. THREE BUNDLES OF LETTERS RELATING TO SPAIN, 1730S

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Description: including correspondence between Keene and the Foreign minister, Thomas, Duke of Newcastle, and between Keene and the Spanish Secretary of State Sebastian de la Cuadra, petitions and memorials by British merchants in the Americas, letters of British prisoners of the Spanish in Havana and elsewhere ("...the place we are in is 130 foot long, and about 30 foot broad and 300 and odd slaves with Iron on and Chaines and as full of vermine as you can think..."), minutes of meetings, details of recompense demanded by the British crown for Spanish depredations of merchant shipping, one bundle comprising earlier papers relating to disputes between British merchants and the Spanish in the West Indies, including instructions to Admiral Charles Stewart, Commander in Chief of the Jamaica station, altogether c.57 items, 1729-39 but mostly 1737-39, dust staining

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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VISCOUNT CORNBURY. THE MISTAKES, AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT PLAY, C.1730S

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Description: autograph draft manuscript of a play in five acts, with title page and dramatis personae, extensive revisions throughout, loose in bifolia, 64 pages, plus blanks, folio (varying sizes), final leaves torn with loss, elsewhere with occasional nicks, tears, and dust-staining

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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VISCOUNT CORNBURY. UNDKAN: KING OF TARTARY, AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT PLAY, ?1730S

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Description: autograph draft manuscript play, in five acts, with dramatis personae listing names of professional actors and a "Prologue to the Spoken by Mr Wilks" (2 pages) loosely inserted, revisions throughout, at least two cancelled passages overlaid with sealing wax, 58 pages, plus blanks, folio, ?1730s, marbled paper wrappers, covers lightly worn

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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POETRY. MANUSCRIPT VERSES, 18TH CENTURY

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Description: including copies of poems by Jonathan Swift (answer poem, "The nymph who wrote this in a humourous fit", together with original "Rebus"), R. B. Sheridan ("Verses to the memory of Garrick"), Voltaire (verse epistle to Frederick the Great, 1747), William Congreve (epistle to Lord Cobham "Sincerest critic of my Prose or Rhime"), James Thompson ("Come gentle god of soft desire"), Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Colley Cibber, and Earl Nugent ("Ode to William Pultney"), theatrical prologues and epilogues, two poems addressed to William Whitehead on his being made Poet Laureate, one poem addressed to Lord Cornbury, and various political satires (on Robert Walpole and other subjects), two poems with integral address leaves to Lady Charlotte Hyde, various sizes, 1730s-80s (mostly 1730s-40s)

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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SOCIETY OF DILETTANTI. MANUSCRIPT PROPOSAL FOR ITS FOUNDATION, C.1750

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Description: "It is Proposed. That the Dilettanti do form themselves into a Society, For the Encouragement of Arts, as well whose Usefull as those Ornamental", outlining the intention that members establish a fund to distribute prizes ("praemiums") to be awarded to outstanding works in various named categories, manuscript, with revisions in pencil, four pages, folio, c.1750, spotting, nicks

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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DOUGLAS FAMILY, DUKES OF QUEENSBURY. CORRESPONDENCE AND PAPERS, INCLUDING A POEM BY WILLIAM WHITEHEAD, 1730S-50S

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Description: five letters by Henry, Lord Drumlanrig, to his uncle Lord Cornbury, from France, with news of personal and public affairs from the the Battle of Casteldelfino to his acquaintance with Voltaire, 1743-44, with two letters by T.F. Delaporte (apparently Drumlanrig's tutor) to Cornbury, 1743 and one retained draft letter by Cornbury to Drumlanrig dispensing avuncular advice; three letters by Lord Charles Douglas to Cornbury, two written on board ship immediately after his escape from the Lisbon earthquake ("...there is now no Town, all is burnt or Tumbled down, and the Houses that are Standing in the Country are so much shattered that Nobody dares Inhabit them..."), 8 pages, 1748 to 8 November 1755, with a related note by Cornbury, and a draft memorandum on a scheme of reading history for Lord Charles; a copy of a will, presumably that of the Duke of Queensberry; two pseudonymous letters ("Salamander" and "Montezuma”), one to Lord Cornbury, the second to the Duchess of Queensberry, describing Jamaica with a salacious account of a slave woman, Jamaica, 11-26 November 1738  [with:] William Whitehead, poet laureate, autograph manuscript poem entitled 'To her Grace the Duchess of Queensberry' ("Say shall a Bard in these late times..."), 2 pages, with a covering autograph letter, written in the third person, by Whitehead to Lord Clarendon enclosing the poem and asking it to be sent to the Duchess, and a further letter by the Duchess of Queensberry to Clarendon, "neither daring to receive, or caring to reject" the poem, 1 page, 22 April 1777, in a letter wrapper with seal

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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LORD CORNBURY. GROUP OF PAPERS RELATING TO THE SECRET SERVICE AND OTHER GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE, C.1707-41

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Description: i) "A further report of the Commission of Secrecy", investigating the costs of military operations in the Americas in the early stages of the War of Jenkins's Ear, 55 pages, with an additional 16 appendices including summary financial accounts, witness depositions, and related details, 79 pages (134 pages in total), folio, c.1742; bundled together with eight miscellaneous summaries of specific government expenditures, including summary accounts of Secret Service expenditure, 1707-1720 and 1731-41, expenditure on bounties (with names of recipients), 1731-41, and subsidies for government-supporting newspapers, 1731-41;ii) Bundle of about twenty summary estimates of specific expenditures, mostly military, including regiments of marines, German troops in British pay, troops in the colonies, ordnance, navy, and other costs, with other related papers, 1740s;iii) Bundle of six papers relating to remittance of funds to British forces in Flanders, including proposals and Cornbury's draft pencil notes, early 1740s;iv) Bundle of four summaries of government surpluses for the Aggregate Fund, folio, 1745-46;v) Report on the military forces of France, 31 pages, folio, 1738

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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VILLIERS, THOMAS, EARL OF CLARENDON. SEVEN MANUSCRIPT WORKS, 18TH CENTURY

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Description: i) "A Sketch of a Plan for the Education of a Prince of Wales", in a scribal hand with autograph revisions, 22 pages, paper wrappers;ii) Epistle to the Earl of Westmorland on plans for Grand Tour, retained scribal copy, 11 pages, Grosvenor St, London, 14 February 1778, paper wrappers;iii) "Some Opinions, perhaps Errors, of a Warm Friend to Mr [George] Grenville 1761", fair copy in a scribal hand, 11 pages, paper wrappers;iv) "Hints to Opposition with Opinion on the state of America", containing a mixture of autograph draft and fair copy memoranda on opposition (e.g. "general reflections ... by some of the able persons, who lament the mal-administration of public affairs") and affairs in America ("...It must soon be determined whether our Colonies shall be Allies or under Subjection...") as well as draft letters by Clarendon to George Grenville and Lord Temple, altogether 29 pages, paper wrappers ;v) "Humble opinions, offered to the King Thro' Mr H. 1769", retained drafts of four letters addressed anonymously to the King through Mr "C.H.", on the constitutional crisis triggered by John Wilkes's contested election to the Commons, together with copies of four copy letters and press cuttings, 22 pages, February-May 1769;vi) "A Letter from Lord Hyde to Lord Viscount Howe 1770", retained copy, on the strategy and significance of the naval command in the Mediterranean, 22 pages, The Grove, 23 November 1770, paper wrappers;vii) Epistle to the Countess of Egremont on the education of her son ("...It is observable, Madam, that the finest Plants require the most Care, as they may be the soonest nipped by hard Weather; and it is but too certain, that every Season of Life is obnoxious to Blights and Storms..."), fair copy in a scribal hand, text on rectos only, 30 numbered pages, The Grove, 1765, half calf on marbled boards

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ALLEN, RALPH. NARRATIVE OF THE BYE-WAY AND CROSS-ROAD POSTS, 1761

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Description: fair copy manuscript signed and dated by Ralph Allen, with four appendices (improvements in Post Office revenue from 1720-1761; "Advantages to the National Commerce by the safe and speedy Conveyance of Letters"; petition of Ralph Allen to the Commissioners of the Treasury; report of Robert Hampden, Postmaster General, to the Lords of the Treasury, 1760), red ruled margins, altogether 65 numbered pages, 4to (275 x 220mm), Prior Park, Somerset, dated 2 December 1761, contemporary marbled boards, binding stained, worn at spine

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TRYON, WILLIAM. SIX AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED, TO LORD CLARENDON, ON AMERICAN AFFAIRS, 1764-1777

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Description: including his explanation of the mood in the colonies ("...The inhabitants ... have great Elbow Room in their Plantations, Live in great freedom and Independency ... upon an equality in Circumstances and Manners..."), giving a dramatic account of his family's narrow escape from the fire that destroyed New York's Government House  ("...In two or three minutes after we were out of the House, the flame Ran up the Principal staircase and Reached the Door through which we made our Escape...", 31 December 1773), after the outbreak of war expressing his wish for military command and with news of the surrender of Ticonderoga, 32 pages, folio and 4to, Brunswick, North Carolina, New York, and Kings Bridge Camp, 2 August 1766 to 16 July 1777, occasional nicks at folds [with:] a series of seven copy letters by Benjamin Barons, deputy Post-Master of North Carolina, to Tryon, Charlestown, North Carolina, 1765-66, and a related letter by Barons to Lord Hyde, 1766; [also with:] small bundle of correspondence between Tryon and James Stansfield, carpenter, about the establishment of a saw mill in North Carolina, 1764

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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AMERICAN REVOLUTION. MANUSCRIPT TREATISE ON GREAT BRITAIN AND THE AMERICAN COLONIES, 1760S, WITH A LETTER (2)

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Description: an anonymous manuscript treatise calling for free trade between Britain and the American colonies, the encouragement of American manufacturing, the better understanding of the needs and desires of American settlers ("...We do not enough consider, that the first care & concern an American Setler [sic] has, is to clear his land, to get Bread to eat from it, and to support himself and Family by the produce of it..."), the limitation of taxation and, among other legislative reforms, the abolition of the Act reserving white pines for the crown, fair copy in a single hand, text on rectos only, with occasional additions on the facing versos, complete in four numbered 4to notebooks, c.110 pages, plus blanks, with five slips of paper with contemporary notes in another hand loosely inserted, marbled paper wrappers, probably late 1760s [with:] Thomas Howard, autograph letter signed, to "My Lord" [Thomas, 1st Earl of Clarendon], on British difficulties in the War of Independence ("...The country is so very strong, and the general enmity so very prevalent against us, that we find infinite difficulties whenever we are separated for any length of time from our shipping...") and advising on military policy, 8 pages, folio, Philadelphia, 30 November 1777

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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SERLE, AMBROSE. SERIES OF NEWSLETTERS ON AMERICAN POLITICS, 1769-1785

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Description: reporting on American affairs, with extensive detail on the febrile political atmosphere in the colonies in the years before the War of Independence, such as non-importation schemes and their collapse, the smuggling of tea, the entangled commercial relationship between Britain and America, popular and legislative hostility to Britain, and the Boston Massacre ("...The attacks made by the Inhabitants upon the Soldiery do not seem to arise from accidental starts of passion, but from principle, sowered by disappointment and desperate through despair... The first blow is now unhappily struck: may some gentle Providence and wise Counsels ordain and direct it to be the last!...", 23 April 1770), repeatedly reporting on the hostility of various Indian tribes and also Spanish and French activities, c.96 pages, 4to, 1769-1770; [with:] a summary of the white, black and Indian populations in the American colonies and interior, 1774 (3 pages), "An abstract of the present state of South Carolina ... 1770" (3 pages), and "A List of the principal Sinecure Offices in North America and the West Indies" (3 pages); [also with:] 10 autograph letters signed, by Serle, to Clarendon, chiefly on American affairs, including criticisms of the evacuation of Philadelphia, c.29 pages, Maidenhead Thicket and elsewhere, 1779-1785

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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SERLE, AMBROSE. MANUSCRIPT TRACTS ON AMERICAN AFFAIRS, 1768-1780

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Description: 'Thoughts of the Fur Trade on the River Mississippi', 10 pages, folio, 1769'Lusus Politicius or an Essay on the Pretensions of the Colonies', ("...It is a more glorious and more difficult Task wisely to adjust the Principles of domestic Government, than to conquer a Nation or even to subdue the World..."), 29 pages, folio, 1769'Thoughts upon the Means of Establishing Episcopacy in the Colonies', two copies, one with an introduction signed by the author addressed to Lord Hillsborough, 71 pages, folio, 1771-72'A Political Essay [on Rhode Island Affairs]', 19 pages, folio, dated August 1772 (this and above are bundled together with a contemporary label)Untitled tract on American policy ("...The present system of Policy, with regard to America, seems to be founded upon these Principles; our Superiority over the Colonies, or rather their Dependence upon us, and to make that Dependence productive of Advantages to and determining in the Interest of the Mother Country.."), addressed to Lord Hyde, signed and dated, 10 pages, folio, Lambeth, 28 May 1768, rodent damage with some loss at outer marginsUntitled tract on the development of manufacturing in America, addressed to Lord Hyde, signed and dated, 7 pages, folio, Lambeth, 26 July 1768'An Epitome of some Facts and Thoughts respecting North America', contending that the American colonies had been a drain on Britain's resources, 18 pages, folio, dated January 1780

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[MARRIOTT, SIR JAMES]. MEMOIRE JUSTIFICATIF DE LA CONDUIT DE LA GRANDE BRETAGNE, 1779

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Description: 4to, FIRST EDITION, stab-stitched in contemporary paper wrappers, untrimmed, marginal tear to title page not affecting text, other minor nicks and tears, dust staining to first few leaves

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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HOWE, ADMIRAL RICHARD. 16 AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED TO LORD CLARENDON, MOSTLY RELATING TO THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, 1775-78

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Description: complaining of inadequate instructions and delays in confirming his position, writing from America on the progress of the war on land and sea, the policies of the London government and position of the opposition, the attitude of the rebels ("...the manner in which the resistance has been conducted proves that no regular government can be established here but by compulsion...") with warnings at their lack of interest in a negotiated peace, writing on 20 November 1777 in the aftermath of the British defeat at Saratoga of his wish to be relieved of command, later commenting on the rebels' increasing confidence, and discussing the evacuation of Philadelphia, including news of William Tryon and Ambrose Serle, with extensive discussion of patronage and his proposed peerage, also including a partial duplicate (in Howe's autograph) and a draft letter, partially in Hyde's hand, by Howe to Benjamin Franklin, cautiously opening a line of communication between Franklin and Hyde but warning that "on the present American context, your principles & his, or rather those of Parl[iamen]t are, as yet, so wide from each other that a meeting merely to discuss them might give you an unhappy trouble" (20 February 1775), 51 pages, plus blanks, chiefly 4to, London, New York, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Philadelphia, often on board HMS Eagle, 20 February 1775 to 15 June 1778 (where dated), docketed [with:] retained copies of letters by Clarendon to Howe, including a long letter setting out Howe's remit including his "discretionary power to negotiate" and with military and diplomatic advice ("...The idea of subduing disaffection & of reviving loyalty by reason alone may be conceived, but must not delude; an attempt may be made to compass by a well-adapted proclamation so laudable an end; though but little I am afraid is to be obtained by the pen, 'till the sword has been successful...", 16 March 1776), expressing his confidence that military success will bring the rebels to the negotiating table and of Howe's place in those negotiations  ("...I reflect with satisfaction that your Lordship knows Dr Franklyn, since he has been, & is likely to be, their leading negotiator. It is disagreeable to converse in armour; but one must have a defence of steel against the wiles of cunning men...", 29 November 1776), 25 pages, plus blanks, folio, 1776-1777, stab-stitched in paper wrappers 

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WILBERFORCE, WILLIAM. AN APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE NEGRO SLAVES IN THE WEST INDIES. 1823

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Description: 8vo, first edition, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title ("From the Author") in a clerk's hand, stab-stitched, light soiling to outer leaves

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CAPPER, COL. JAMES. MANUSCRIPT ACCOUNT OF THE FIRST ANGLO-MARATHA WAR, WITH RELATED CORRESPONDENCE, 1774-81

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Description: copy manuscript, in a scribal hand but signed and dated by the author, labelled "Duplicate", loose in 31 numbered bifolia, 122 pages, 4to, Lisbon, 26 November 1781, creased[with:] 16 letters signed by Capper, to Lord Clarendon, on Indian affairs, including the progress of the Anglo-Maratha War and his disputes with the East India Company, c.58 pages, various sizes, Madras, Fort St George, and other locations, 1774-81, creased

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EDWARD, 17TH EARL OF DERBY. SERIES OF C.630 LETTERS TO LADY WOLVERTON, 1900S-40S

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Description: providing regular detailed updates on public and political life over a period of more than thirty years, with a regular stream of confidential information, from the time of his opposition to Lloyd George's "people's budget" and struggles for power within the Conservative Party, as well as gloomy prognostications on the likelihood of war with Germany (“...The German Emperor sent a message by [Sir John] French to Haldane to say that he had better not rely too much on the French as he would guarantee to be in Paris in 33 days – personally...”,  13 September 1911), news from within government during World War I including divisions within Cabinet (“It appears that K. has promised the French 70 Divisions – being 20 more than he told the cabinet...”, 5 September 1915), disagreements over conscription, news from the Front including Gallipoli and the Somme (“...we have lost nearly all the ground we took yesterday – and I am afraid the loses are very heavy – don’t say anything about this as it will I suppose not be put quite so crudely in the papers. I am rather low about the whole affair – we have only got half of what we hoped to get and I suppose have lost over 100,000 men in doing this...”, 8 July 1916), the Easter Rebellion in Ireland, then with news as Ambassador in Paris from negotiations preceding the Armistice (“...The President’s wretched 14 articles are likely to cause a certain amount of trouble...”, 6 November 1918) to the years after the Versailles Treaty, to political affairs in the inter-war years, the letters also discussing mutual friends and family, horse-racing, and personal affairs, the last few letters written during World War II (“...I am writing this during an air raid...” Knowsley, 12 Sept 1940), also including a small number of letters by other correspondents including the Dowager Countess of Dudley (Lady Wolverton's mother), various locations including Knowsley Hall, Derby House in London, the War Office, and the British Embassy in Paris, almost all letters with original envelopes, c.1907-1941

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MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS. CONTEMPORARY COPIES OF PAPERS RELATING TO HER TRIAL AND EXECUTION, 1586-87

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Description: i) Copies of four letters between Anthony Babington and Mary, Queen of Scots, 25 June to 3 August 1586, 3 pages;ii) "A copy of the letter from the Sco: Q: unto Anthony Babington 17 of July 1586", the so-called "bloody letter", 5 pages, plus blanks;iii) "A note of the poyntes of the Inditement agaynst Ballerd, Babington, Barnewell, Tichborne, Savage Salisburie and Dunne", with summaries of their confessions and those of others involved in the plot, also a transcript of an incriminating letter by Babington to Mary, Queen of Scots, 12 pages, plus blanks;iv) Anthony Babington, copy letter to Queen Elizabeth, begging forgiveness, n.d., 1 page;v) Account of the execution of those convicted for the Babington plot on 20-21 September 1586, 15 pages, plus blanks, damp damage with some loss;vi) Proceedings in the House of Commons concerning "this horrible conspiracye to take awaye the Lyeffe of our most gratious Quene" on 3 November 1586, 6 pages, plus blanks, damp damage with slight loss;vii) Christopher Hatton ("Mr Vicechamberleyne"), copy of his speech in Parliament against Mary, Queen of Scots, 3 November 1586, 5 pages;viii) Petition to Queen Elizabeth against Mary, Queen of Scots (“The worde of god doth often and most earnestly teache, that godly Princes and magistrates ... ought severely and uprightly to minister Justice...”), usually known as 'Reasons to prove the Queens Majesty bound in Conscience to proceed with Severity in this Case of the late Queen of Scots', 4 pages;ix) A speech or discourse on the necessity of executing Mary, Queen of Scots (beginning "And [sic, for "As"] paynefull maryners, so must vigilent and carefull magistrates not only pumpe out the water alredy entred, that is caste out of the common weale so dangerous members..."), 2 pages, with a poem on the same subject entitled "The Q of Scotts Doome" (beginning "If Maria lyve, Eliza needs must dye..."), in five six-line stanzas, 1 page, apparently unpublished and unrecorded (not in the Folger first-line index);x) Queen Elizabeth, copy letter to Sir Amias Paulet, c.January 1587, 1 page, torn at fold;xi) Copy of the commission to the Earls of Shrewsbury, Kent, Derby, Cumberland, and Pembroke to carry out the sentence of death passed against Mary, Queen of Scots, 1 February 1587, 2 pages, plus blanks, docketed;xii) Copy letters between Amias Paulet and Francis Walsingham, William Davison, and others, relating to Mary, Queen of Scots, 1 page, February 1587;xiii) William Davison, account of the signing and dispatch of Mary, Queen of Scots’s execution warrant in February 1587, endorsed “Secretary Davisons Apologie”, 4 pages, some damp damage, torn at fold with slight loss;xiv) Robert Beale, copy letter to the Privy Council giving an account of the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, 5 pages, Fotheringay, 8 February 1586, docketed "From the Earle of Shrewsbury &c to the LL. of the Counsell from fotheringay";xv) Copies of Babington letters, the interrogation of Mary, Queen of Scots, at Fotheringay and subsequent trial, followed by copies of documents relating to the trial of the Earl of Essex and fellow conspirators, in an early seventeenth century hand, 28 pages; all folio, housed together in a collector's folding box [with:] manuscript notes on Mary, Queen of Scots, thought to be in the hand of George Harbin, including notes on published and manuscript sources, c.115 pages, with an additional file of unrelated antiquarian and genealogical notes in the same hand, early 18th century, housed in a collector's folding box 

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LOCKE, JOHN. AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMANE UNDERSTANDING LONDON, 1690 (1 VOL.)

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Description: folio (313 x 193mm.), FIRST EDITION, title within double-rule border, second issue with cancel title-page with irregular block of type-ornament in five rows and Edw[ard] Mory's name in the imprint, contemporary mottled calf, rebacked, some slight browning to text, slight damp-staining to inner margins at beginning and end

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COOTE, GENERAL SIR EYRE. THREE AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED AND RELATED MATERIAL, 1780-85

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Description: one letter to John Purling (marked "Duplicate") DISCUSSING THE DANGEROUS POLITICAL SITUATION JUST BEFORE THE OUTBREAK OF THE SECOND MYSORE WAR ("...It is most certain, that the Marattas have united all their jarring Interests, and even formed an Alliance with Hyder Ally for the purpose of annoying us...") and criticising Warren Hastings, 12 pages, folio, Lucknow, 29 January 1780; the other two to the lawyer John Thomas Batt on his legal affairs, 4 pages, 4to, Wrest Park and Lucknow, 11 December 1775 and 15 November 1782; [with:] 10 letters by Lady Coote to Batt (including one duplicate) on personal, legal and financial matters, 52 pages, 27 February 1780 to 24 October 1791; [also with:] letter signed by William Banton, under sentence of death, to Lady Coote, imploring her to sign a petition for clemency, Newgate, January 1785; two letters by Purling forwarding Batt letters by Coote, and three further items; 12 of the letters retaining address wrappers or panels (19)

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ROBERTSON, DR ROBERT. FIVE MANUSCRIPT DIARIES AND SICK BOOKS, 1779-1823

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Description: Two Diaries: i) Diary, with daily entries recording his medical practice along with weather reports on the facing versos, providing a detailed account of his career at sea on HMS Edgar, including an account of the Battle of Cape St Vincent and other encounters with enemy ships, then on HMS Romney (from 20 July 1782), then in private practice in Hythe, Hampshire (from 6 April 1783) and finally as physician in charge at Greenwich Royal Hospital (from 26 August 1791), with detailed records of interesting cases, notes of those added to the sick lists, and some general comments on disease, the later entries largely restricted to weather reports, c.387 pages, with five additional leaves inserted, 22 October 1779 to 20 August 1795, large 4to (295 x 240mm), half calf on marbled boards, worn, hinges splitting, loss at spine; ii) Diary, at Greenwich Hospital, with daily entries primarily recording weather conditions but with regular additional remarks on such subjects as the treatment of prominent or interesting patients (e.g. Sir Hugh Palliser in 1796), the lying in state of Lord Nelson at Greenwich ([4 Jan. 1806] "Vast numbers of people came to see the Remains of Lord Nelson" [5 Jan. 1806] "Horse Guards came down to keep the mob off the gates, which they forced"), public affairs, his own ill-health and personal affairs, c.236 pages, 22 August 1795 to 6 February 1823, folio (380 x 255mm.), vellum boards, worn, hinges splitting, loss at spine Three sick books: iii) Sick Book maintained during service as Ship's Surgeon on HMS Edgar and HMS Romney, with title ("Edgar's Diary of the Sick"), daily entries recording those in the sick bay, their name, age, date taken sick, date of recovery or when sent to hospital, disease and symptoms, and medical treatment, c.376 pages, 1 July 1779 to 31 December 1782, large 4to (295 x 240mm.), half calf on marbled boards, binding worn, upper cover detached; iv) Greenwich Royal Hospital Sick Book, listing patients' names, ages, date of admission, place admitted from, disease and symptoms, medicine ordered, whether they recovered or died, and their date of discharge, with monthly summary returns of admissions, showing an average intake of between 30-50 admissions per month, mostly of older patients suffering from a wide range of diseases including many cases of fever, bowel cases, phthisis, intemperance, insanity, and other common disorders but with rarer cases including St Vitus Dance and vertigo, also with related notes including on controversy about the treatment of the families of pensioners, and a note that "The air pump vapor Bath was made a trial of on Admiral [John Willett] Payne nine times - under the Direction of Dr Blegborough" (July 1803), 462 numbered pages, 22 December 1790 to August 1803, folio (368 x 270mm.), quarter vellum on marbled boards, worn; v) Greenwich Royal Hospital Sick Book, listing patients' names, ages, date of admission, medicine ordered, place admitted from, and outcome, partially autograph, c.118 pages, plus blanks, 1 January 1815 to 1 December 1818, 8vo (243 x 148 mm.), contemporary calf, worn

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ROMNEY, GEORGE, AFTER. PORTRAIT OF EMMA HAMILTON AS CIRCE, NINETEENTH CENTURY (1)

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Description: head and shoulders in a white gown, oval, pastel, framed and glazed (800 x 650mm.), nineteenth century

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NELSON, HORATIO, LORD. AUTOGRAPH LETTER, UNSIGNED, TO EMMA HAMILTON, 1804

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Description: A HIGHLY INTIMATE LETTER EXPRESSING HIS LOVE FOR THEIR DAUGHTER HORATIA ("...unexampled love, never I trust to be diminished much less broken..."), wishing that he could have smallpox in her place, and recalling a dream ("...I dreamt last night I heard her call papa & point to her arm just as you described..."), 2 pages, 8vo, integral autograph address leaf ("Lady Hamilton"), noted in another hand as having been enclosed with another letter to Lady Hamilton dated HMS Victory, 13 August 1804, three words crossed through at a later date with the erased text written in pencil above ("our dear child"), [HMS Victory, probably April 1804], portion of address leaf restored, neat repairs, traces of seal

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WEIR, JAMES. COLLECTION OF WATERCOLOUR VIEWS OF NAVAL SUBJECTS, 1796-99

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Description: "Island of Capraja SW by W" (250 x 360mm.), dated 7 July 1796, framed (365 x 510mm.), pencil mark, light staining; "Porto Ferajo S by E ... from the sea" (180 x 305mm.), initialled and dated, July 1796, framed (270 x 380mm.), tear at margin; [Nelson's fleet at anchor, Porto Ferrajo, Elba], (215 x 330mm.), July 1796, framed (370 x 465mm.); "Toulon, the 2 Brothers bearing NE 1/2 E" (125 x 475mm.), dated 24 August 1796, framed (285 x 590mm.), slight soiling; "Adml. Man's [squadron] getting under weigh from Fiorenzo" (185 x 330mm.), captioned and dated, 9 September 1796, framed (315 x 425mm.), spotting; "Lord Nelson saluted by the Messinese when going in quest of Bonaparte" (110 x 210mm.), signed and dated 20 June 1798, mounted and framed (275 x 360mm.), tear; Montecristo and Pianosa (80 x 205mm.), captioned and dated, 12 June 1798, framed (235 x 350mm.), soiling; Mt Etna with a ship in the foreground (105 x 205mm.), captioned and dated, 21 June 1798, framed (200 x 270mm.), tear; "The Vanguard with part of Lord Nelson's fleet at Naples" (170 x 265mm.), dated October 1798, framed and glazed (335 x 420mm.); "W. of the entrance to the bay of Palermo" (160 x 235mm.), dated 31 May 1799, framed (240 x 310mm.), slight soiling; "Valley W. of Palermo" (160 x 230mm.), captioned and dated, 31 July 1799, framed (230 x 320mm.), light spotting; "Palermo" with Nelson's fleet at anchor (165 x 235mm.), captioned, [May-August 1799], framed (220 x 270mm.), slight discolouration; "Bay of Palermo", with Nelson's fleet at anchor (155 x 340mm.), two sheets laid down together, [May-August 1799], framed (260 x 460mm.), trimmed

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BAILY, J.T. HERBERT. EMMA, LADY HAMILTON, 1905, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH PRINTS AND LETTERS (1 VOL.)

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Description: EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY HORATIO, LORD NELSON, to John Sullivan, assuring him of his high regard for his nephew, Mr Forbes of HMS Phoebe (1 page, 4to, 22 December 1803, integral blank, fold tears repaired), an autograph document signed by William Hamilton (15 March 1770), an autograph letter signed by William Hayley, to John Flaxman, describing his new library in detail and requesting twelve busts (3 pages, integral address panel, 4to, 24 July 1784), an autograph letter signed by Thomas Lawrence, to Richard Lane (2 pages, 8vo, n.d.), around 70 prints of the Napoleonic era including portraits, views, and other subjects, and about 50 later prints, lithographs and reproductions, large 4to (290 x 240mm.), finely bound in crushed green morocco gilt 

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[QUEEN VICTORIA]. HEATH'S BOOK OF BEAUTY, 1839, INSCRIBED BY QUEEN VICTORIA (1 VOL.)

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Description: 8vo, INSCRIBED BY QUEEN VICTORIA ("To The Viscount Falkland from Victoria R Windsor Castle Oct. 22. 1838") on the front paste-down, additional engraved vignette title page and 12 engraved plates, original blue watered silk embroidered in yellow silk thread with a floral design, gilt edges, rubbed

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NIGHTINGALE, FLORENCE. TWO AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED, TO DR MACPHERSON, SCUTARI, 1856

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Description: sending him supplies and provisions, including winter clothing, books ("Dickens & Chambers &c"), hams and bacon ("...It seems rather anomalous sending the 'unclean beast' to a Turkish Contingent. But you will find it very acceptable to your European convalescents in Hospital..."), with repeated complaints about theft by purveyors, 8 pages, 4to and 8vo, Scutari, 29 January to 23 February 1856, light soiling, nicks at margins, remains of mounts on final versos

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SMITH, ADAM [MCCULLOCH, JOHN RAMSAY]. SKETCH OF THE LIFE AND WRITINGS OF ADAM SMITH, LL.D., 1855 (1 VOL.)

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Description: 8vo, FIRST EDITION, PRINTED ENTIRELY ON VELLUM (with the exception of the facsimile letter), half-title, portrait frontispiece by R.C. Bell after Tassie, a second portrait after Kay opposite the first leaf of text, double page folding facsimile letter, full navy morocco gilt, spine titled in gilt, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, joints slightly rubbed

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BURTON, RICHARD. AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT ON THE WEALTH OF ZANZIBAR, 1870S (1 VOL.)

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Description: discussing the personal wealth of the Sultan, the region's rich resources and recent changes in the economy, working draft with extensive revisions, brown ink with occasional additions in pencil, text written first on numbered rectos (1-8) with additions, revisions and notes on the facing versos, 13 pages, plus blanks, 8vo, mid-1870s, bound with a transcription in modern speckled calf, strengthened at folds, light staining to outer leaves

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DARWIN, CHARLES. FOR PRIVATE DISTRIBUTION ... EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS ADDRESSED TO PROFESSOR HENSLOW, 1835 (1 VOL.)

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Description: 8vo (215 x 137mm.), FIRST EDITION OF DARWIN'S FIRST SEPARATELY PRINTED WORK, inscribed at the head of the first page "from Professor Henslo[w] /[18]38", disbound, housed within tan buckram folding case, leaves slightly browned with minor occasional spotting, remains of original pale grey plain wrappers to spine and first and final leaves, three stab holes from previous binding

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DARWIN, CHARLES. ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, 1859 (1 VOL.)

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Description: 8vo, FIRST EDITION (with two quotations on the verso of the half-title), half-title, folding lithographed diagram at p.117, 32pp. publisher's adverts dated June 1859 at end (Freeman's state 2), original green blind-stamped cloth (Freeman variant a), lettered in gilt on spine, binders label of Edmonds and Remnants at end, a little bumped at head and foot of spine, some light wear to boards, inner hinges splitting, preliminary gathering a little loose, some very light spotting

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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DARWIN, CHARLES. THE VARIATION OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS UNDER DOMESTICATION, 1868 (2 VOL.)

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Description: 2 volumes, 8vo, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (with 5 lines of errata in vol. 1 and 7 lines in vol. 2), woodcut illustrations, 32pp. publisher's adverts dated April 1867 at end of vol. 1 and 2pp. dated February 1868 in vol. 2, original green cloth, ruled in blind and lettered in gilt on spine (with publisher's imprint in one line), small chip from upper edge of title page in vol. 1 (resulting from the opening of the gathering), bindings a little worn at extremities

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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DARWIN, CHARLES. TWO WORKS, 1872-1875 (2 VOL.)

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Description: i) The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. John Murray, 1872, 8vo, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (with final signatures 2B2 and 2C3, with 2B1 and 2C1 signed), 7 heliotype plates (3 folding) numbered in Roman, 4pp. publisher's adverts dated November 1872 at end, original green cloth, ruled in blind and lettered in gilt on spine [Freeman 1141; Norman 600], possibly lacking preliminary blank, binding slightly rubbed at extremities, plate VI with a small closed tear to upper corner; ii) Insectivorous Plants. John Murray, 1875, 8vo, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, half-title, woodcut illustrations, original green cloth, ruled in blind and lettered in gilt on spine [Freeman 1217; Norman 601], binding slightly rubbed (2)

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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DARWIN, CHARLES. LETTER SIGNED, TO PROFESSOR HUMPHRY, 1873

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Description: explaining with regret that his health will prevent his attending a meeting but assuring him "how glad & proud I shall be to aid in any way in doing honour to the venerated memory of [Adam] Sedgwick", the body text in the hand of Emma Darwin, 2 pages, 8vo, Down House headed stationery, 14 March 1873, light spotting and nicks at edges not affecting text

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[BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER]. THE BOOKE OF THE COMMON PRAYER AND ADMINISTRACION OF THE SCARAMENTES, 1549 (1 VOL.)

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Description: small folio, early state (with "fol.xvii" misnumbered "fol.xviii"), woodcut title [McKerrow and Ferguson 68], title and calendar printed in black and red, woodcut initials throughout, later calf, flat spine in six compartments, red spine label lettered in gilt, all edges red, rubbed, lacking four clasps, additional ink decorations to title page, resulting in an area of loss below imprint, some slight staining to lower edge of leaves A2-A5, some ink annotations

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[BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER]. THE BOOKE OF COMMON PRAYER, 1632, BOUND WITH A PSALTER (1 VOL.)

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Description: small 4to, woodcut title [McKerrow and Ferguson 164b], calendar printed in red and black, separate title page for "The Psalter, of Psalmes of David", lacking final blank; [bound with:] The Whole Book of Psalmes: Collected into English meeter. Printed by T[homas]. P[urfoot]. for the Company of Stationers, 1633, small 4to, woodcut title [McKerrow and Ferguson 263], printed music in the text, pages numbered on rectos only, index at end; contemporary English calf elaborately gilt with floral centre- and corner-pieces on a semis of inverted fleurons, within a wide gilt border of volutes, flat spine in five compartments tooled in gilt with the same stamp as the wide border, edges gilt and gauffered, two clasps, additional pair of catches [?] on upper edge (possibly rings for a girdle book?), lacking both straps and one catchplate on lower board, somewhat rubbed

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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[BIBLE]. THE HOLY BIBLE, CONTAINING THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE NEW, 1763 (1 VOL.)

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Description: folio, ONE OF 1,250 COPIES, third state (with list of subscribers ending with "York"), separate title page for New Testament, 22pp. index and tables at end, contemporary full red morocco richly gilt, oval centrepiece featuring a gilt vignette of Athena within a border decorated with leafy sprays, small floral cornerpieces, gilt Greek border, flat spine in six compartments elaborately gilt, one compartment titled in gilt, the others with vignette of stag within a decorative floral border, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, very small tear to lower edge of leaf *e2, very occasional light browning

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[BIBLE]. A CURIOUS HIEROGLYPHICK BIBLE, 1785, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY ALEXANDER BOSWELL (1 VOL.)

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Description: 12mo, third edition, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY [?] ALEXANDER BOSWELL ("A | Present from | James Boswell Esqr | To | His eldest Son | Alexander | 1785") on the front free endpaper, ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED BY ALEXANDER TO JAMES FORBES ("to Mr James Forbes | from his affecte friend | Alexr Boswell") on verso of the front free endpaper, frontispiece, numerous illustrations, original pictorial printed boards, boards worn, spine perished, inner hinges split, occasional tears

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BOSWELL, JAMES. THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D., 1791, PRESENTATION COPY (2 VOL.)

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Description: 2 volumes, 4to, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO SIR WILLIAM FORBES ("To Sir William Forbes | of Pitsligo Baronet | these volumes | are presented | by his much obliged | and faithful friend | The Authour.") on a note tipped in before the title, FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 1,750 COPIES, second state of volume one (with "give" spelt correctly on p.135), portrait frontispiece by James Heath after Sir Joshua Reynolds, 2 plates by H. Shepherd in volume 2, cancel leaves Mm4 and Nn1 in volume one, and E3, Oo4, Qq3, Zz1 and Eee2 in volume 2, contemporary tree calf, speckled edges, spine joints a little worn, boards a little bumped and rubbed; [bound with]: The Principal Corrections and Additions to the First Edition of Mr. Boswell's Life of Dr. Johnson. [Printed by Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, 1793], 4to, bound in respective volumes (as intended), without title page

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BOSWELL, JAMES. THE JOURNAL OF A TOUR TO THE HEBRIDES WITH SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D., 1785, PRESENTATION COPY (1 VOL.)

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Description: 8vo, second edition "revised and corrected", PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO SIR WILLIAM FORBES ("To Sir William Forbes | of Pitsligo Baronet | from his much obliged | and affectionate friend | The Authour") on the verso of the half-title, half-title, cancel leaf F5, 1pp. publisher's adverts announcing Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson as "preparing for the press", contemporary calf backed marbled boards, spine somewhat worn, boards slightly rubbed, some minor worming, short tear to fore-edge of D7

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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[CAVE, EDWARD, AND OTHERS]. THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, 1732-1799 (68 VOL.)

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Description: volumes 1-58 bound in 64 volumes, together with 2 index ("to the first fifty-six volumes", 1731-1786) volumes, 8vo, some title pages for individual numbers, engraved plates and maps, many folding, contemporary panelled calf with decorative floral borders and additional floral tooling (earlier volumes speckled calf), spines in six compartments numbered in gilt and with red spine labels lettered in gilt, speckled edges;  [with:]  The Gentleman's Magazine: And Historical Chronicle. For the Year MDCCXCIX. Printed by John Nichols...and sold by Elizabeth Newbery, 1799, volume 69 bound in 2 volumes, 8vo, engraved plates (one folding), contemporary half calf over marbled boards, speckled edges; sold as a periodical, not subject to return, rubbed (68)

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FERGUSON, ADAM. PRINCIPLES OF MORAL AND POLITICAL SCIENCE, 1792 (2 VOL.)

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Description: 2 volumes, 4to, FIRST EDITION, half-titles, contemporary tree calf, spine in compartments, red spine label, green speckled edges, some very occasional minor spotting, spines very slightly faded

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FORBES, SIR WILLIAM, OF PITSLIGO. MANUSCRIPT LETTERS OF ADVICE TO HIS CHILDREN, 5 VOLS, C.1800

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Description: manuscript fair copies of fifty letters addressed to his children, each on a named religious topic, with a partially autograph signed preface ("Memorandum"), in at least two scribal hands, each volume with contents pages, volume 3 signed by the author at the end, text on rectos only, with footnoted references, scattered erasures and corrections and also occasional insertions on the facing versos in various hands, volume 2 with a bibolium of notes loosely inserted apparently by Bishop [Daniel] Sandford and volume 3 with a single leaf loosely inserted, paginated, altogether 1074 pages, bound in 3 volumes, large 4to (280 x 220mm.), preface dated 5 October 1803, tree calf with morocco lettering piece on spine ("Letters") and labelled 1-3;[with:] sixteen additional letters, entitled "Letters on Study", with title page, content page, in a single scribal hand, text on rectos only, with occasional erasures and corrections, 263 pages, large 4to (287 x 222mm), c.1800, calf backed marbled boards, matching lettering piece and labelled 4;[with:] thirteen additional letters, entitled "Letters on a right Conduct in regard to Society", with title page, content page, in a single scribal hand, text on rectos only, scattered erasures and corrections with occasional insertions on facing versos, 388 pages, large 4to (292 x 226mm.), c.1800, calf backed marbled boards, matching lettering piece and labelled 5 (5)

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FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN. EXPERIMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS  ON ELECTRICITY, 1769 (1 VOL.)

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Description: 4to, fourth edition, half-title, 7 engraved plates (2 folding and 5 full page), woodcut illustrations, pp.111-112, pp.416-417 and pp.465-472 duplicated in the pagination as issued, 16pp. index at end, contemporary calf, spine in compartments with red spine label, boards slightly rubbed with one significant scuff to lower board, slight tear to inner edge of one folding plate

Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate."In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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GIBBON, EDWARD. THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, 1776-1788 (6 VOL.)

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Description: 6 volumes, 4to, FIRST AND EARLY EDITIONS (volume 1: second edition, with preface dated 1 June 1776; volumes 2-6: first edition), half-titles, portrait frontispiece dated 1780 in volume one, 3 folding maps in volume 2, cancel leaves G1 (signed *G) and Ll1 (signed *L1) in volume 2, and H3 (so signed) and L2 (signed *L2) in volume 4, errata leaf at end of volume 3, errata for volumes 4-6 at end of volume 6 on verso of 4U1, final blank at end of volume 6, contemporary calf, speckled edges, lacking leaves a1-a4 in vol. 5, some repairs to spines, some minor spots of soiling to boards, occasional spotting (particularly to pp.415-428 in vol. 2) (6)

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