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Lot 303GEORGE III. Military Commission, signed 'George R' by the King upper left, appointing William Dawson to be Captain in the 10th Royal Veteran Battalion. Countersigned lower right by Lord Hawkesbury (later the 2nd Earl of Liverpool). Vellum 12 x 15 inches, royal wafer seal affixed, fold, light surface creasing, generally good. Our Court at Saint James's, 22 September 1808. King George III (reigned 1760-1820). Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool (1770-1828), Prime Minister 1812-27. He signed as Lord Hawkesbury until the death of his father in December 1808. SIA..
Lot 304LISTER, Joseph. A significant Autograph Letter Signed 'Joseph Lister' to Dr. W.Bullock, discussing in detail the production of diptheria serum, its price, and the quantities in each bottle. 3 pp. 6 x 4 inches, unsightly tears at the head of each page (but without loss), otherwise good. 12 Park Crescent, 17 July 1896. Joseph Lister (1827-1912), surgeon, whose work introduced the antiseptic system into modern surgery, and who developed a commercial serum therapy against diptheria. His correspondent is Dr W. Bullock, head of the Serum Department at the British (Jenner, and later Lister) Institute of Preventive Medicine (founded by Lister and others), and subsequently Professor of Bacteriology at the London Hospital Medical School. ''Before writing to Sir H.Rosen regarding the price to be charged for the diptheria serum, I want to know from you again (for it has slipped my memory) how many cubic centimetres your 1000 units go into. You and I agreed that 2s. would be a proper price to charge for 1000 immunising units, but I do not recollect what bulk of the serum contains that number, I see Behring's 1000 units are in 2cc. Of course I know that what we propose to do is to state in each bottle the number (1000) of units it contains, not the bulk of the serum. But I should like to know what bulk your 1000 units occupy with your present serum. May I trouble you to let me know by return of post. Yours very truly, Joseph Lister. Am I not right in thinking that you consider 1000 units a single dose?''. SIA..
Lot 309DICKENS, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed 'Charles Dickens', to Major Lake, explaining the difficulties attending arranging a meeting, not being sure when ''my Scotch friend departs for Edinburgh'', and needing to stay close to theatres and other public places ''within call - like a Surgeon'', trusting instead ''to our better fortune - Autumn - and India!''2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, in superb condition, with the original envelope (stamp removed) also signed 'Charles Dickens', addressed to Major Lake, 9 Charles Street, St. James's. Tavistock House, 24 April 1853. Charles Dickens (1812-1870), author. The editors of the Dickens Collected Correspondence suggest that the recipient might have been Major Edward John Lake (1823-1877) of the Bengal Engineers, a supposition vindicated by Dickens's reference to India in the above. His 'Scotch' guest was John Gordon, a radical Scottish lawyer, who was known to have been in London at that time. This letter was written during the serial publication of Bleak House, the April issue (Part XIV) comprising chapters 43 to 46. SIA..
Lot 312GEORGE IV. Warrant Signed 'George R' at head, countersigned by William Huskisson, appointing James Dottin Maycock to the Council of the Island of Barbados 2 pp. 14 x 9 inches, folded, Royal wafer seal affixed, with an integral leaf addressed to Sir Henry Warde, Governor and Commander in Chief of the Island of Barbados, marked Duplicate (documents were sent overseas in duplicate, in case of loss at sea). Given at Our Court at Windsor, 25 May 1827. A fine original Warrant signed by the Prince Regent [later King George IV (reigned 1820-1830)]. William Huskisson (1770-1830), statesman, the first man to be killed by a steam locomotive, was run down, 'seeming like a man bewildered', by the engine Rocket at the opening of the Liverpool to Manchester railway. James Dottin Maycock M.D.(d.1837) was the compiler of Flora Barbadensis: a catalogue of plants, indigenous, naturalized, and cultivated, in Barbados : to which is prefixed, a geological description of the Island (1830). SIA..
Lot 317Royalty. EDWARD VIII, GEORGE VI, QUEEN MARY, January 1936. Lower section only of a War Office document bearing the signatures 'Mary R' (Queen Mary), 'Edward P' ( Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor), 'Albert' (later King George VI) and Duff Cooper (1890-1954, politician, diplomat and author), Secretary of War. 4½ x 7 inches, in good condition, some paper adhering where an official note had been attached. 17 January 1936. Signed three days before the death of King George V on 20 January 1936, on which day Edward ascended the throne as King Edward VIII. SIA..
Lot 319BADEN-POWELL, General Robert, 1st Baron. Typed Letter Signed 'Robert Baden-Powell' as Major-General, to Stilwell & Sons regarding a payment to Captain Stewart for pack saddles. 1 page 10 x 8 inches, folds, in good condition. 8 St. George's Place, Hyde Park Corner [London], 15 October 1901. Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, first Lord Baden-Powell (1857-1941), hero of Mafeking, founder of the Boy Scouts. SIA..
Lot 325Original George Barris black and white Marilyn Monroe photograph signed by him. This is no. 99 of a limited edition of 99 (stamp on rear). He kept this the last one in his collection until his death. These were the last pictures taken of Marilyn a few days before her death, 28cm x 35cm. SIA..
Lot 326Original George Barris colour Marilyn Monroe photograph signed by him. This is no. 99 of a limited edition of 99 (stamp on rear). He kept this the last one in his collection until his death. These were the last pictures taken of Marilyn a few days before her death, 35cm x 27cm. SIA..
Lot 327STANLEY, Henry Morton. Autograph Letter Signed 'Henry M.Stanley', to Mrs. Jeune, regretting that his presence in Hombourg prevents the pleasure of being with her at dinner. A good one page example, 7 x 4½ inches. Hotel de Russie, Hombourg-Les-Bains, 8 July 1886. Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904), explorer in Africa, led the expedition to find David Livingstone in 1871. SIA..
Lot 328BURTON, Richard Francis, Autograph Letter Signed 'R.F.Burton', to Sir Henry Thompson, losing no time in ''assuring you that I shall be most happy to assist at the 'Function' of Feb 4, and that I will keep military time''.1½ pages 4½ x 3½ inches (could be opened out for display), in good condition. Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall, 16 January, no year given. Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), explorer and orientalist. Sir Henry Thompson (1820-1904), surgeon and polymath. SIA..
Lot 336CLARENCE, Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward, Duke of. Part Document Signed 'Albert Victor, Major Commanding X Royal Hussars', the lower section of a ''Descriptive Return of a man proposed for enlistment'', in this case for William Robert Bulcock, aged 18 years and 3 months, and above the signature the Duke has written: ''I will take this Man.'' 6½ x 8½ inches, folds, in good condition. Dublin, 19 October 1891. The uncommon signature of 'Eddie', Albert Victor Christian Edward, Duke of Clarence (1864-1892), first son of Edward, Prince of Wales, and grandson of Queen Victoria. Fabricated rumours about him included a connection with the Jack the Ripper murders, and an association with the Cleveland Street scandal. Just as plans for both his marriage to Princess Mary of Teck and his appointment as Viceroy of Ireland were under discussion, Albert Victor fell ill with influenza in the pandemic of 1889-92. He developed pneumonia and died at Sandringham House in Norfolk on 14 January 1892, less than a week after his 28th birthday. SIA..
Lot 337COLLINGWOOD Cuthbert Vice-Admiral. An original Naval Order Signed 'Collingwood', as Vice Admiral of the Red and Commander in Chief in the Mediterranean, to Lieutenant Fisher, commander of H.M. Sloop Espoir, directing him to deliver dispatches to Rear Admiral Martin at Minorca, providing detailed instructions for handing the Espoir back to Captain Mitford ''and you rejoin your proper Ship'', orders for Mitford in the Espoir to go to Malta and then Toulon. 2 pp. 12 x 8 inches, in fair condition, some light water stains, light soiling at folds. From the papers of Captain Robert Mitford. Given on board the Ocean off Cadiz, 5 August 1808. Signed at sea by Collingwood as Commander in Chief. Cuthbert Collingwood, Lord Collingwood (1750-1810), Vice-Admiral, second in command at the Battle of Trafalgar. ''Captain Mitford went to Malta in the Trident to join the Espoir, but if on your arrival at that Island, he should have gone to Toulon for that purpose, you are to return to Vice Admiral Thornbrough as speedily as possible, as the Espoir is to proceed to whatever place Captain Mitford may be, in order to his joining her without any delay.'' SIA..
Lot 338RACKHAM, Arthur. Autograph Letter Signed 'Arthur Rackham', to A. Schener, 27 Old Bond Street, listing the drawings and books (''2 Ring, 1 Springtime, 1 Undine'') awaiting Mr. Taylor at the studio. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches, in pencil. With the original envelope, also in Rackham's hand, in ink. 6 Primrose Hill Studios, 21 July 1933. ''I shall be up next week & will go on with the other books.'' Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), artist and illustrator. SIA..
Lot 344AMHERST, Jeffrey, 1st Baron, Field-Marshal. Letter Signed 'Amherst' as Commander-in-Chief, to Captain Polson, 60th Foot, informing him that His Majesty has granted Polson ''leave of absence for the recovery of your Health''. 1 page 9 x 7 inches, in good condition, a little dusty, with the integral blank leaf docketed by the recipient. Whitehall, 18 December 1781. The desirable autograph of General Jeffrey Amherst (1717-97) who commanded the British expedition against the French in Canada in 1758-60. In 1760 he was appointed governor-general of British North America. He had less success against Pontiac in the Indian rebellion which followed, and Amherst returned to England in 1763. In 1772 he became commander-in-chief, and in 1796 a field-marshal. Captain John Polson, 60th Foot, commanded the expeditionary force which set out from Jamaica in 1780 for an attack on Nicaragua, the expedition in which the 22 year old Horatio Nelson distinguished himself. SIA..