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(WILLIAM III, King of England [1650-1702]).
Manuscript Document.
np: July 3, 1701..
one-page folio. (horizontal folds, chipping & repairs to edges). (WILLIAM III, King of England [1650-1702]). Manuscript Document, dated July 3, 1701, addressed to Charles [Montagu, 1st Earl of] Halifax [1661-1715], Auditor of the Exchequer, signed by H.Boyle, Richard Hill, and T[homas] Pelham (?) [1st Baron, 1653-1712]. Reqesting payment of £300 to Simon de Brienne and his wife Mary, being a year's salary at Christmas 1699 for their service as Housekeeper and Wardrobekeeper at King William III's Palace at Kensington.
$200 USD                          Book Number: elala5058                         Order / Enquire

folio manuscript leaf on vellum from: GREGORY I, Saint, 'The Great', Pope [c540-604]. Homiliae In Evangelia.
[cEngland: c1160]..
275 x 176 mm. (justification: 210 x 120 mm.). Latin text. written in brown ink in Carolingian minuscule between 2 verticals & on 35 horizontals ruled in plummet, prickings visible in outer margin. rubrics & 2 9 & 6-line initials in red on verso. capitals on recto touched in red. (some soiling to margins). Pope Gregory has been eulogized as "one of the most notable figures in Ecclesiastical History. He has exercised in many respects a momentous influence on the doctrine, the organization, and the discipline of the Catholic Church. To him we must look for an explanation of the religious situation of the Middle Ages: indeed, if no account were taken of his work, the evolution of the form of mediaeval Christianity would be almost inexplicable. And further, in so far as the modern Catholic system is a legitimate development of mediaeval Catholicism, of this too Gregory may not unreasonably be termed the Father. Almost all the leading principles of the later Catholicism are found, at any rate in germ, in Gregory the Great." (Dudden, Gregory the Great, I, p. v) His Homilies on the Gospels were a series of instructions made to the faithful on the chief texts of the Gospels read in church throughout the liturgical year. These forty sermons, first preached in 591-92 at the beginning of his papacy, were extremely popular, and were among the most widely read and highly venerated texts of the Middle Ages. Some 400 medieval manuscripts of the homilies survive, and they were frequently printed, beginning in 1473. Because Gregory illustrated dogma with numerous examples drawn from life, the text contains significant anecdotes regarding Gregory himself and contemporary events at a trying time when Rome and Italy were subjected to flooding, pestilence, Lombard invasions, and the death of Pope Pelagius II. The present leaf contains the end of Homily 12 and the beginning of Homily 13, which opens midway on the verso.
$5000 USD                          Book Number: elala5211                         Order / Enquire

Manuscript document on vellum in Latin.
Novara: October 23, 1264..
181 x 112 mm. written in brown ink in a small notarial hand. with notarial sign in ink in lower left. Relating to a formal meeting at Carignano between Giacomo Pellati Romagnano, Attorney for Zilia, widow of Belengerio Marquis of Romagnano, and the heirs of Giacomo Marquis of Romagnano.
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Manuscript document on vellum in Latin.
Padua: February 16, 1375..
240 x 174mm. written in black ink in a small notarial hand. with large sign in ink in lower left of notary Edmondo Domenico of Padua. Recording the request from Bernardino da Oleo for renewal of investiture, and its granting by the Bishop's vicar, Brother Pietro da Montagnana, on condition of a tribute to be made to the Bishop every year on Christmas Day of a pound of wax.
$1500 USD                          Book Number: elala5213                         Order / Enquire

Letter on business and personal matters from Pietro Sagredo in Legnago in the Province of Verona to his brother Antonio in Venice.
Legnago: July 1, 1464..
pp. 1 with postscript & address on verso. 189 x 216 mm. paper watermarked with two arrows on the cross of St. Andrew. sender's red merchant seal under paper in lower right. (horizontal & vertical folds). Pietro acknowledges receipt of Antonio's letter of June 30 advising him of the payment of 50 gold ducats from Alvise, son of the Barbarigo prosecutor. He mentions a sale of lead and asks Antonio to send the malvasia. He looks forward to his visit, mentions his problems with their brother Lorenzo, and notifies Antonio of the death of Michele Capello on June 30. On the cover is the postal note 'dd' ('dedit'), signifying that the letter has to be given to the addressee personally.
$1500 USD                          Book Number: elala5214                         Order / Enquire

Manuscript letter of a judicial nature written on a printed AQ Francesco Millo Dacio V Dry stamp letter sheet (N 12512) from 'sovroconsole' Antonio Moro to the 'podestà' of Verona.
Venice: August 30, 1639..
217 x 301 mm. remnants of wax seal. noted in ms. at bottom as executed. From 1609 to 1797 it was compulsory in the Republic of Venice that all notaries, scribes, and public servants who had to send letters to authorities, were required to use preprinted numbered lettersheets costing 4 soldiers each and bearing the letters 'Aqe' (Acque for water) together with a woodcut of the Lion of San Marco, the symbol of Venice. The fees charged were used for the Office of Water Inspection, in order to control and protect against tidal floods, and also for canals and bridges in Venice. The letters themselves could be written on the recto as here or verso. The 'sovroconsole' Antonio Moro here orders the 'podestà' (city magistrate) of Verona to follow the actions decreed at the request of Giovanni Paolo Troiani against Santo Ponichino and his property.
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ABERDEEN, John Campbell Hamilton Gordon, First Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair [1847-1934].
Photo postcard, signed.
np: nd..
5 ¼" x 3 3/8". ABERDEEN, John Campbell Hamilton Gordon, First Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair [1847-1934] [Governor-General of Canada (1893-1934)]. Photo (of Aberdeen) postcard, signed 'Aberdeen' to Miss M. John, stamped 'Private Secretary Lord Lieutenant.'
$150 USD                          Book Number: elala750                         Order / Enquire

ASQUITH, Henry Herbert, first Earl of Oxford and Asquith [1852-1928].
Autograph Letter, Signed.
London: January 15, 1900..
one-page 12mo. ASQUITH, Henry Herbert, first Earl of Oxford and Asquith [1852-1928] [Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1908-16)]. Autograph Letter, Signed, on letterhead, dated London, January 15, 1900, to C.Hedby (?). Thanking the addressee for sending the copy of Dr. Hodgkin's interesting paper. Until Margaret Thatcher, Asquith was the longest continually serving Prime Minister of Great Britain in the twentieth century. Asquith's Liberal government produced a series of domestic reforms including social insurance and the reduction in power of the House of Lords. Although he led the nation into World War I, he was replaced in late 1916 by David Lloyd George because of his indecisiveness in dealing with a series of military and political crises.
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BELLEAU, Sir Narcisse Fortunat [1808-1894]
Autograph letter in French, signed.
Montreal: 1867..
8vo. 3 pages. docket title. (horizontal & vertical folds - 2 short tears at folds, blank bit soiled). BELLEAU, Sir Narcisse Fortunat [1808-1894] [Premier of United Canada (1865-67); First Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Quebec (1867-73)]. Autograph letter in French, signed, dated Montreal, January 4, 1867 on Executive Council Canada letterhead, to the 'Procureur Général du Bas Canada'. [Docket Title: Letter the Honble N.F.Belleau Sentence of Death on three Fenians Commuted to Imprisonment in Penitentiary - order to take three in charge by N. Schillar (?) 4 January 1867 - Dispatched 9 January 1867]. An important letter from Narcisse Belleau, premier of United Canada, on the fate of three convicted Fenians. Belleau requests that the unnamed prisoners, whose death sentences have just been commuted to imprisonment, be transported, under armed guard and by special train, directly to the provincial penitentiary at Kingston. Belleau stresses the necessity of keeping the matter strictly confidential: "Ce qui suit doit être tenu sous le plus grand secret & executé avec toute la discretion dont vous avez fait preuve en plusieurs occasions. "
$899 USD                          Book Number: elala754                         Order / Enquire

BESANT, Sir Walter [1836-1901].
Autograph Letter, Signed.
np: March 9, 1884..
8vo. pp. 2. BESANT, Sir Walter [1836-1901]. Autograph Letter, Signed, on letterhead, dated March 9, 1884, to H.O.Davidson. "...The scheme of the People's Palace is not advanced much (if any) further than I have indicated in my paper. Sir Edward Hay Currie could give you any paper that they have recently issued. There is to be, I believe, another meeting at the Mansion House on the subject knowing it very much wanted and no doubt when the Palace is once fairly started, personal help will be also be added for a time...P.S. Mr. Clinton Dawkins, Burlington Fine Arts Club...has been acting as a kind of Honorary Secretary to the promoters. He might tell you more than Sir Edward." The establishment of the People's Palace in the East of London was a result of Besant's efforts to arouse the public conscience to the hardship among the poorest classes there. Inspired by Sir Walter Besant's novel 'All Sorts and Conditions of Men', which was essentially a plea to resolve the problems of poverty in East London, the People's Palace for the recreation, amusement and education of the people of the East End of London was built over a period of years from 1886. Opened officially by Queen Victoria in 1887, the project included a technical school, swimming baths, winter gardens, gymnasium and lecture rooms.
$250 USD                          Book Number: elala5024                         Order / Enquire

BINNEY, Hibbert [1819-1887].
Autograph letter, signed.
Sydney(?): 1861(?)..
8vo. 4 pages. stitched in paper wrs. (horizontal folds). BINNEY, Hibbert [1819-1887] [Fourth Anglican Bishop of Nova Scotia (1851-87)]. Autograph letter, signed 'H. Nova Scotia', dated Sydney (.?), Hounston, March 26, 1861 (?), to Mr. Hodgson. ".I would have had much pleasure in being with you on the opening of your church if it had been possible, but I have been pretty well worked between friends & Societies since I came to England & I shall soon have to return to Halifax.".
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BISMARCK, Schönhausen [1815-1904]. [Chancellor of the German Empire (1871-1890) & Prince].
Manuscript letter, signed 'Reinhausen'.
Berlin: 1886.
oblong 8vo. 1 page. BISMARCK, Schönhausen [1815-1904]. [Chancellor of the German Empire (1871-1890) & Prince]. Autograph letter by way of 'Reinhausen', Member of the Vice Chancellors Office, signed 'Reinhausen', dated Berlin the 16 August 1886, to William Murray Esq. Hamilton. On Westlock watermarked paper. oblong 8vo. pp. 1. (horizontal & vertical folds with two short tears in left creases). "To your Honor I am instructed to express the sincere thanks of Prince Bismarck for the well wishing sentiments expressed in the verses, enclosed in your favor of the 27th".
$125 USD                          Book Number: alysser163                         Order / Enquire

BONAPARTE, Elizabeth Patterson [1785-1879].
Autograph Letter, initialed 'E.P.'.
Baltimore: June 6, 1842..
8vo. pp. 2 with conjugate blank leaf. (news clipping - a review of the writer's Life and Letters, & mounting stub on verso of blank leaf, small hole in letter affecting 2 words). BONAPARTE, Elizabeth Patterson [1785-1879] [Wife of Jérome Bonaparte and Sister-in-Law of Emperor Napoleon I of France]. Autograph Letter in English & French, initialed 'E.P.', dated Baltimore, June 6, 1842 to a Mrs. Stewart. Married at eighteen to the youngest brother of Napoleon, Elizabeth was abandoned by her husband two years later at Napoleon's insistence. Her father, a successful merchant, was the second wealthiest man in Maryland, and by the time Elizabeth died at 94 her estate was worth 1.5 million. She was a witty and pretentious woman, prone to flaunting her royal connections. In her letter interspersed with French phrases, she thanks Mrs. Stewart for her flattering sentiments and the gift of an armlet, promises to send her a ruby ring, and bemoans the hardships of her existence. "...No one, my dear friend, feels more sensibly than myself the delight of inspiring affection because in my own sad country, I have ever resembled the Plant of the Desart, which can cling to nothing, & belong to no one. I would not remain here one hour could I command my actions, but l'argent est la clef de tous les ressorts, & dans ce moment every one is embarrassed beyond my feeble powers of description on this subject. Tenants cannot pay, some will not, state Insecurities have, for the last nine months, yielded nothing. I am forced to watch events, but hope that at length I shall emancipate from the soil of the Debtors & the Rogues, and breathe once more in an European atmosphere...Quant à la Société bourgeoise de ce pays je la vois moins tous les jours & je prends en patience la solitude - I am tired, worn out & have discovered or nearly so, a new feeling - that of apathy...What can bring Lord Morpeth to visit this country? "Quoi sans être oblige" as the Husband said to a Lover whom he surprised with his ugly wife."
$400 USD                          Book Number: elala5025                         Order / Enquire

BRIGHT, John [1811-1889].
Autograph letter, signed.
Rochdale: 1868..
24mo. 2 pages. BRIGHT, John [1811-1889] [British M.P., President of the Board of Trade]. Autograph letter, signed 'John Bright', dated Rochdale, August 19, 1868, to J.M.A.McCutcheon, General Agent, Fergus, Ontario. Offered with: Autograph letter, marked 'Copy', from McCutcheon to Bright, dated August 1, 1868. 4to. 3 pages.McCutcheon outlines the problems created by unscrupulous wholesale and retail merchants in Canada, and proposes that Britain would do well to establish a colonial trade agent in Canada. He offers himself as a candidate for the position, outlining his qualifications. Bright replies that he is unable to help: "I must leave the insecurity you speak of to cure itself." The Honourable John Bright of Rochdale, Lancashire, was a British statesman who was recognized as one of the most eloquent speakers of his day. Elected to Parliament in 1843, he fought successfully for the repeal of the Corn Laws. He denounced the British policy in the Crimean War and supported the union cause in the American Civil War. In 1868 he was appointed President of the British Board of Trade. He was Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1873 and 1888. He opposed the home rule policy of Prime Minister Gladstone.
$175 USD                          Book Number: elala758                         Order / Enquire

Collection of 1 18th century and 39 19th century signed autograph letters and documents by British judges and barristers, some of them Lord Chancellors, Attorneys-General, Chief-Justices and politicians.
vp: 1789-1880..
various sizes. BRITISH JUDGES AND BARRISTERS. Collection of 1 18th century and 39 19th century signed autograph letters and documents by British judges and barristers, some of them Lord Chancellors, Attorneys-General, Chief-Justices and politicians. The collection includes letters and documents signed by Alexander Wedderburn, 1st Earl of Rosslyn, 1st Baron Loughborough [1733-1805], Lord Chancellor [1793-1801], Sir William Elias Taunton [1743-1835], Sir William Macleod Bannatyne [1743-1833], John Toler, 1st Earl of Norbury [1745-1831], Charles Butler [1750-1832], the first Catholic barrister in England since the revolution of 1688 (1791), Joseph Jekyll [1753-1837], Solicitor General to the Prince of Wales (1805), Sir Thomas Plumer [1753-1824], first Vice Chancellor of England (1813-1818) and Master of the Rolls (1818-1824], Sir John Dallas [1756-1824], Sir Samuel Romilly [1757-1818], prominent legal reformer who succeeded in having capital punishment for minor crimes abolished, Anthony Highmore [1758-1829], &c. Further details available upon request.
$2000 USD                          Book Number: elala5063                         Order / Enquire

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