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MARY-41712-1.jpg THE ENGAGEMENT OF PRINCESS MARY AND ALBERT VICTOR
MARY (of Teck, 1867-1953, later Queen of George V) & ALBERT VICTOR(1864-1892, Duke of Clarence)

Extraordinarily rare engagement photo signed "May" and dated showing the couple three quarters length, arm in arm, looking straight at the camera, 6" x 4", no place but Luton Hoo,

Item Date:  1891
Stock No:  41712      £775

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MAYHEW-41721-1.jpg MAYHEW ON THE CARE OF PUGS - "YOU OUGHT TO KEEP A PUG FAT"
MAYHEW (Augustus Septimus, 1826-1875, Journalist and Author, he wrote in collaboration with his brother Henry)

Autograph Letter Signed "Gus" to 'Dear Em', Mrs Horace Mayhew (his sister in law, wife of his brother Horace MAYHEW, 1816-1872, Journalist and sub-editor of Punch) saying that he had "started off twice to visit you (or rather I have hobbled off) but each time the rain has washed me back again. How much more water do the cisterns of Heaven contain? Has the leaden cloud above been fitted up for a huge shower bath. I went out last night to sup with a friend & the storm surrounded me and sent me home with legs as wet as a ducks. Now I have rheumatism, & knees I am ashamed to own. We fed our little fellows on biscuits soaked in gravy, & meat - not much, but just a comforting quantity. You ought to keep a pug fat. He ought to look like a swell, body-wise & in behaviour. Round, glossy & impudent. The pieces off your plate & bread & gravy should be enough. They must have a little meat to raise their spirits. Also they (or he - yours) should sleep warm, that his skin may keep its polish with a new hat gloss. Our younkers sleep in a tub & keep each other cosy. I'll struggle, the moment the sun honours us with a visit, to limp over to you ...", with a postscript of a menu "taken down from Mrs Aug Mayhew's kind dictation. Biscuits broken up & soaked (sopped) in gravy & added to chopped meat, three times a day, enough to crowd a good sized cheese plate. Any bones to play with, or odds and ends, besides Pugs are hungry eaters & stow away large quantities, hence none but the rich and noble can afford to keep them. Keep him well, let him sleep warm & give him exercise - then, he will never have distemper or any other ailment. He will be strong, healthy & witty, charming you with his antics & winning your love by his affection at once a glory & a comfort ...", 4 sides 8vo., 7 Montpelier Row, Twickenham, 9th June

Item Date:  1872
Stock No:  41721      £275

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NAPOLEON-I-39568-1.jpg NAPOLEON WRITES TO HIS ADVISOR THE DUC DE FRIOUL MONTHS BEFORE HIS DEATH
NAPOLEON I (1769-1821, Emperor of the French)

Fine Letter Signed 'Nap[oleon]' in French with translation to the Duc de FRIOUL Géraud-Christophe-Michel Duroc, 1772-1813, General and Diplomat, one of Napoleon's closest advisers) saying that he has been told that the wages of "the Lancers of the Guard is 666. f. and that of the second infantrymen of 765. f. - I understand very well that the old infantrymen who do their service by me have 765. f but my intention is that the second infantrymen, who are only ordinary soldiers who do not do the service by me have for first wage only 450. f. - would you draft for me a report and a project of decree. Second infantrymen and spearmen should not cost me more than 450. What is sufficient for hussar regiments should be for lancers and second hussars as well ...", 1 side 4to., Fontainbleau, 27th January

Item Date:  1813
Stock No:  39568      £6750

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PAVLOVA (Anna, 1885-1931, Russian Ballerina)

Superb Postcard photo by Foulsham and Banfield, signed showing her full length, in costume for the Pepita ballet 'The Pharaoh's Daughter', dancing with Michael Mordkin, 5½" x 3½", no place, no date but

Item Date:  1905
Stock No:  41511      £1500

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RUSKIN-41728-1.jpg RUSKINS DISCOVERS A LOST SKETCHBOOK OF J.M.W. TURNER'S
RUSKIN (John, 1819-1900, Writer and Critic)

Autograph Letter Signed 'J. Ruskin' to an unnamed correspondent "My dear Sir" saying that his "sketchbooks is safe here, and is without question Turner's, and of singular interest. May I come to see you about two o'clock next Tuesday and would you kindly in giving me permission - or offering any other time in the day, tell me how most easily to find your street, as I don't know the north of London ...", 1 side 8vo., "Arthur Severns, Herne Hill", 7th March

Item Date:  1884
Stock No:  41728      £1475

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