SCIENCE, MEDICINE  AND SCHOLARSHIP
Lot 129
SCIENCE, MEDICINE AND SCHOLARSHIP
Sold for £9,000 (US$ 14,706) inc. premium

Lot Details
SCIENCE, MEDICINE AND SCHOLARSHIP
Substantial collection of autograph letters etc., many to Davies Gilbert (originally Giddy) PRS, including letters etc. by William Pitt the Elder (allowance, signed, for the Swiss consul's expenditure "For Pens, Ink, Paper and other Stationary Ware... and Written Intelligence", 1761), C.G. Spurgeon (autograph admission ticket), Samuel Pond (offering a tour of the Royal Observatory, 1811), Richard Trevithick (clipped address front to Gilbert), S.P. Rigaud (three, to Gilbert), James M. Rendel, Sir William Gell, Sir James Mackingtosh, William Sancroft (tax receipt signed, 1668), Napier of Magdala, Richard Arkwright Junior, William Gell, H.C. Sorby, F.W.H. Myers, the eccentric Martin van Butchell, W.H. Wollaston (to Gilbert, warning him against overpricing gas), William Whewell, Sir Gardner Wilkinson, Samuel Woodward (to Hudson Gurney), William Cullen, Joseph Henry of the Smithsonian (soliciting specimens from New Zealand), the African explorer W.J. Burchell (to William Swanson), Josiah Nuttall (also to Swanson, about Bullock's Egyptian Hall), Sir John Sinclair (about his Code of Agriculture which "will become a standard work, both at home and abroad"), Thomas Sopwith, John Tyndall, John Whitaker (about The Ancient Cathedral of Cornwall: "I added one chapter to it a few weeks ago, a short dissertation of what Borlase is so shy of – noticing the wretched idolatry of the druids. I wanted by it to excite the horror for this applauded species of Heathenism", 1802), Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins, the orientalist John Wilson (sending books from Bombay to Lieder in Cairo, 1848), A.H. Haworth (to Swanson), James Tate (about his Horatius Restitutus), Richard Pulteney (to Nourse, ordering books, 1757), John Berkenhout (about sore throats, 1777), the surveyor Thomas Colby, William Buckland (group, to Gilbert, Murchison and others, one praising the achievements of Agassiz), Sir Benjamin Brodie, Sir Thomas Dyke Acland (to Davies Gilbert), R. Bullen Newton, Richard Owen, Daniel O'Connell, William Pengelly, J.J. Conybeare (two, to Gilbert), William C. Borlase, James Silk Buckingham and Thomas Pringle (conjoint letters, on Indian slavery, 1830, plus a letter by Buckingham to Hume, about Bentham, Mill et al.), William B. Carpenter, Sir Robert Walpole (Treasury leaf), J.F.W. Herschel, Henry Kater (two, one to Gilbert about surveying instruments), John Leslie (to Gilbert), Sir Roderick Murchison, Robert Hunt (group, about portrait photography in 1854, and sending Mrs Enys autograph letters in 1855, "One from Mr Chas Darwin the Pacific Voyager & Author of the Coral Islands &c"), Henry Piddington (fine botanic letter), Samuel Birch (group, one incorporating hieroglyphs), Richard Pococke (as Bishop of Ossory, about his work on inscriptions, 1764), Thomas Andrew Knight (sending Gilbert "Grafts of the mongrel Siberian Crab"), Robert Cuninghame (fine letter from Dublin in 1774 to Sir William Hamilton in Naples, about the difficulty in obtaining Irish Wolfhounds), warrant signed by Godolphin and others for the salary of Sir Richard Onslow as Speaker (2 January 1709[/10]), William Wilberforce, Henry Halford, royal physician (Windsor Castle, 24 April 1830: "The King has pass'd two good nights..."), Abram Robertson (from his Oxford Observatory), George Bidder the 'Devonshire Calculating Boy', Queen Victoria (warrant signed, granting Sir William Molesworth of Pencarrow the right to counter-sign military commissions), Michael Angelo Taylor MP (to Gilbert, describing his bill to limit pollution caused by steam engines of 1821), William Pole (to Gilbert, on Watt and the history of steam power), William Clarkson (to Gilbert, on the poor), Henry Trengrouse (to Gilbert, on his cork lifejacket, 1822), the soldier Charles Trelawny (1696), Nathaniel Wallich (group), Sir Isaac Heard (group), Napoleon's doctor Barry O'Meara, Cardinal Howard of Norfolk, T.H. Huxley, R.W. Fox (group), Jesse Foot (splenetic letter), Jane Lady Franklin, Francis Galton, William Bray, Samuel Birch, Thomas Carlyle (address front to Caroline Fox), members of learned institutions (the Smithsonian, Uppsala University), and many others, in a run of Victorian albums, or loose
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