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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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LAWRENCE ALMA-TADEMA (1836-1912) Autograph Letter Signed
LAWRENCE ALMA-TADEMA (1836-1912) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR LAWRENCE ALMA-TADEMA AUTOGRAPH LETTER Signed. Dutch born British painter known for his decadent classical scenes.   ALS.  2pp.  17 Grove End Road, St. John's Wood, N.W.  19th April, 1892.  To [William] Woodall M.P.  Together with a very fine contemporary portrait photograph.   "It is very kind of you to ask us to dine with you at the House of Commons, we should like it immensely - the 19th (Thursday!) is the only day on which we are free out of those you suggest.  We will be at the House at quarter to 8. With many thanks."   12mo.  Approx.....

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P T BARNUM (1810-1891) Autograph Signature
P T BARNUM (1810-1891) Autograph Signature

P T BARNUM Autograph Signature. Phineas Taylor Barnum, American showman, scam-artist and hoaxer. Proprietor of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey's Circus.   Autograph signature and subscription "yours faithfully" cut from the foot of a letter.   On paper piece measuring approx 4 x 2 inches. Mounting remnants on verso. Very good.   P T Barnum can lay some claim to be the greatest showman of all time. His circus was the original "greatest show on Earth" and "three ring circus" and he was the man who gave us Jumbo the Elephant, the midget Tom Thumb, the original Siamese twins.....

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QUEEN ADELAIDE (1792-1849) Autograph Note Signed
QUEEN ADELAIDE (1792-1849) Autograph Note Signed

QUEEN ADELAIDE Autograph Note Signed. Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen. Queen Consort of the United Kingdom and Hanover and spouse of William IV.  The city of Adelaide in Australia was named after her.   Autograph LETTER (Note) Signed.  [No place, no date]. A brief letter to an aide or orderly, to be delivered by hand.  Signed with initials.   "I want carriage with all liveries at a quarter before two aft[ernoon] and 4 aft[ernoon] my plain carriage."   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Some creasing and slight browning. Laid down on thin card with mounting traces on verso.  Good.  .....

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ROBERT BADEN-POWELL (1857-1941) Newsprint Portrait Signed
ROBERT BADEN-POWELL (1857-1941) Newsprint Portrait Signed

LT-GEN ROBERT BADEN-POWELL Newsprint Portrait Signed. British soldier and founder of the Boy Scout movement.   Newsprint photographic portrait mounted on post-card and with autograph full signature and date "Robert Baden-Powell Lt. General. March 1928" written boldly across image and mount. The newsprint photograph shows Baden-Powell full-length, in plumed hat and wearing dress uniform, displaying military decorations and honours. The 70 year old general retains an erect military bearing despite his advancing years.   Approx 5.5 x 3.5 inches. Fine.   Robert Baden-Powell entered the army in 1876. He achieved national acclaim when he led the successful defence of the seige.....

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ANNIE BESANT (1847-1933) Autograph Letter Signed
ANNIE BESANT (1847-1933) Autograph Letter Signed

ANNIE BESANT Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) socialist, theosophist, women's rights campaigner and Indian congresswoman and Home Rule activist.   ALS. 1p. Theosophical Society, Adyar, Madras. October 18th 1921. To Sir William Vincent.   "I forgot last night that you would probably like to see the Library, & this evening it will be too dark. The contents are many of them inflammable, & we have no lights there. If you return on the 21st, you arrive in the morning. Why should you not come over either before or after lunch. Any hour you fix would suit me, & I would.....

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LAWRENCE ALMA-TADEMA (1836-1912) Autograph Letter Signed
LAWRENCE ALMA-TADEMA (1836-1912) Autograph Letter Signed

LAWRENCE ALMA-TADEMA R.A. Autograph Letter Signed. Dutch born British painter known for his decadent classical scenes.   ALS.  1p.  Bleak House, Burslem.  [no date].  To [William] Woodall M.P.  Together with contemporary portrait photograph on post-card.   "I am very sorry not to have met you here but I have all the more to thank you for your kind hospitality and those you have left to attend to me [etc]. . ."   12mo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches.  Chip to left edge and small hole near right margin (not touching text). Mounting traces on verso with part of old album.....

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RICHARD BRIGHT (1789-1858) Autograph Letter Signed
RICHARD BRIGHT (1789-1858) Autograph Letter Signed

RICHARD BRIGHT AUTOGRAPH LETTER Signed. British (English) physician and pioneer of the treatment of kidney disease.   ALS. 1p and integral blank leaf. 11 Saville Row. May 10th, no year. To "My Dear Sir".   "I saw Dr Chambers today and asked him whether he would wish (if I could get it) a copy of Dr Blackall's portrait and he said he should very much desire it, and as I think Dr Blackall will be plain with his nature [?] I mentioned it to Chambers, telling him at the . . . [?] Committee he might not get it."  .....

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GBP185.00
SARAH BERNHARDT (1844-1923)
SARAH BERNHARDT (1844-1923)

SARAH BERNHARDT Autograph Letter Signed. With associated items.   French actress. Known as 'The Divine Sarah'.   ALS on her embossed monogrammed correspondence card. 1p. No place. No date. With the original monogrammed envelope addressed in her hand to Lady Head. Together with two ticket stubs for the orchestra stalls at the Sarah Bernhardt Theatre dated 3rd February 1908, two telegrams from Sarah Bernhardt to Lady Head, dated 1903 and 1905 (one with original envelope) and the Dowager Lady Head's admittance card to the requiem for Sarah Bernhardt held at Westminster Cathedral on Tuesday, April 10th 1923.   The 6.....

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GBP225.00
SIR GEORGE BIDDELL AIRY (1801-1892) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR GEORGE BIDDELL AIRY (1801-1892) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR GEORGE BIDDELL AIRY Autograph Letter Signed. British mathematician and astronomer. Astronomer Royal from 1835 to 1881. The man who established Greenwich as the location of the prime meridian.   ALS. 1p. Royal Observatory Greenwich. March 27th 1851. To the engineer, Charles Manby.   "I am much obliged by your note regarding the presenting of the Paper & Discussion on the Exhibition Building. It will enable me to remove some misunderstanding."   12mo. Approx 6.25 x 3.75 inches. Trimmed and with mounting traces to verso. All else very good.   In addition to his considerable achievements as a mathematician and.....

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GBP75.00
SPENCER PERCIVAL (1762-1812) Autograph Letter Cover Signed
SPENCER PERCIVAL (1762-1812) Autograph Letter Cover Signed

SPENCER PERCIVAL AUTOGRAPH Letter Cover Signed British Prime Minister. The only one to have been assassinated.   Autograph letter cover, SIGNED by Spencer Percival (whilst Prime Minister) and addressed in his hand to His Grace, The Duke of Newcastle, Clumber, Notts. With Free Frank stamp dated 1810 (the day and month being illegible).  With Spencer Percival's red wax seal on verso, impressed with a good strike of his heraldic arms.   The letter cover is a folded 4to sheet measuring approx 9 x 7.25 inches (5 x 3.25 inches when folded).  Mounting traces on verso and slight browning but else in.....

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