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I strongly suggest the would be interested parties, private buyer or museum alike to make an APPOINTMENT with meto come and veiw the item in full.. as there is a lot of material in it which you cannot see from these few photographsor my long winded description before you buy or put in an offer. This item is at the bank and I will need a little notice before you come to veiw it.. payment can be cash, bacs - iban bank transferor a cleared cheque.
This has to be one of the most interesting items I have bought in a long time...it is my sort of item... and to be honest with you I NEVER veiwed this album before I bought it... it cost me a small fortune ...but reading the sale description of it .. was GOOD ENOUGH for me to buy it without inspecting it...!!!!. and I am so pleased I did... if you are, like me.... are interested in this sort of UNIQUE - ONE OFF entire's, letters and signatures of FAMOUS PEOPLE from the 18-19th Century you will love it... I sell similar single entire's - signed letters for £1500 EACH regular.... this albumis a TREMENDOUS item of social history from the 18 - 19th Century... all gathered and collected by someone famous as well I think......it is anautograph - signatures - CDV photo's - letters album.
It would be such a shame to SPLIT this album up ...but in the event of it not selling I may do.
Be assured this album is period...it is NOT a fresh made up album of letters, entires, signatures etc.
This sort of album was a pastime for the very RICH folks back in the Victorian period....some grand houses, Lords & Ladies of the country house estates would COLLECT this sort of thing ... often you will see albums full of EMBOSSED FAMILY CRESTS & MONOGRAMS from letter heads of the famous people of the time.. I have a couple of those albums on my if you are into those.. this ALBUM ... goes a little further than that... it is on a differant scale ...a differant league.
Very few people during this time would be able to collect this sort of item....and you would have to be within the circle of Royalty, Dukes, Lords & Ladies etc... to even come near to getting a hold of some of these letters.. UNLESS of course they were sent to YOU or someone close related to you.
This album has been the personal album belonging to 2nd Duke of Wellington ARTHUR RICHARD WELLESLEY 1807 - 1884. He was the eldest son of 1st Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley.
I will describe the album first....it is WELL used.. the leather covers are scuffed and rubbed..it has gilt tooling to the covers and the word Photographs to the front... the whole SPINE curved part is LOOSE ...broken off. The small bit of leather is with it but loose from the top left side....inside it has nice marbled paper within the covers.
The next page...has pencil wording top left corner... From .... De Crespigny .... family.
If you are the buyer of this book .. you may be able to find the LINK between this family and the Duke of Wellington ...as to how they come to have this in their possession...anyway thats only part of the MYSTERY of the book... you will find that most of the letters are to the Duke of Wellington from the people with whom he was in circles with.... thats why there are so many interesting items within the book..
When you google search this name DE CRESPIGNY ..it is MOST INTERESTING too.. I am no longer allowed to add website links so you will have to do this research yourself now.
Then it has 2 later added lined paper pages with an INDEX and each SURNAME is in alphabetical order ...with the page numbers ...all written by the same hand....some have more than one page....there are 99 on this written index.
Here I will just tell you how many items there are within this book.... these are my countings and findings... there are 50 pages with a TOTAL of148 itemspasted - stuck in the book....with a grand total of 227 items of interest ... split up into the following....110 signatures - autographs on the letters, envelops and on the cut paper ones, 30 x CDV small and large sepia cabinet - carte de vistephotographs, 75 letters...interestingly too... I see quite a lot of the letters are written on Mounring paper..... with the black outer line..... but NOTE here... the letters are not in relation to Mourning.. so they must have just used paper that was handy .. as most of the letters are replies to them in relation to Invites of a Concert or Ball held by the Duke and Duchess of Wellington ...unless it was tradition then .. had you had a death in the family .. you would send ALL letters with black lines around them ... so I'm a little puzzled here... most of the letters have signatures upon them, 6 of the letters have the envelope fronts with them and they have signatures too,1 x cheque which is signed, 1 x Queen Victoria seal with signature, and 4print engravings to show the reader what the person looked like.. these are not signed.... 2 items in the very front are LOOSE.
You will see the pages have ALL got something stuck in them ..in doing this.. it makes the pages crinkle and go out of shape.. you can see on some pages where the years of dust and muck has gathered in the areas where the draft could blow in.. this is NORMAL for this type of scrap like book... buyers of this sort of items will know this is NORMAL .. if you are new to buying this sort of item.. be aware it is NOT in mint flat condition... but again that is what we all know as being " RIGHT "...you cannot fake this... this album is really TREMENDOUS and worthy of being in a MUSEUM or SERIOUS PRIVATE COLLECTION alike.
So inside.. there are itemspasted to the pages ...small bits of paper with signatures andautographs... some you will see are typical of the period...CUT signatures, meaning they have been cut off larger documents, letters etc... this is not uncommon.
As I look through it again and again I see quite alot of letters addressed to Dear Duke, My Lord Duke, My Dear Duke, My Dear Sir, My Dear Duke of Wellington, with dates on these letters 1860, 1863 and addressed to Apsley House.
Going by this ... the person that owned this book and stuck them all in COULD have been a relation of the Duke of Wellington... or someone associated with his family.
Loose in the front is a print picture of Her Royal Highness THE DUCHESS OF KENT .. also a blue bit of torn paper ..it has wording.. hand written..... Your obedient Servant ...signed John Simon...he is not on the Index.
The dates cover from 1785 or so right thru to about 1882 or so I think... the early ones tend to be on the CUT King George signatures...the MAJORITY are letters written in the 1860's - 70's really addressed to The Duke of Wellington.
So we are at the INDEX now...I only have space for 24 PHOTOGRAPHS on this listing.. so WHICH items am I going to photograph you are asking... with the abundance of WEALTH within the book... plus I have to show you the CONDITION of the book too... plus where do I start describing whats in it...I could just reel off the INDEX .. well some I cannot even read..but they start with
PRINCE ALBERT - PRINCE ARTHUR - DUKE DE AUMALE - EARL OF ABERDEEN - LORD ARUNDLE - KING OF BELGIANS - LORD BINGHAM - ELIHA BURRITT - PRINCE LUCIEN BONAPARTE - LORD GEORGE BENTINCK - LORD BRAYBROOKE - ( MP ) JOHN BRIGHT - EARL BEAUCHAMP - unidentified last on the B's - Late DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE - DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE - EARL CLARENDON - LORD COWLEY - LORD CLYDE - ( MP ) T. W. COKE - LORD CAMPBELL - LORD CRANWORTH - LORD COLVILLE - LORD CLANWILLIAM - CALTHORPE - ( MP ) ED CARDWELL - CHARLES DICKENS - LORD DALHOUSE - ( MP ) BENJAMIN DISRAELI - SINGH DULEEP - ( MP ) J E DENISON - LATE EARL DERBY - SIR HENRY ELLIS - GOVERNOR EYRE - DUKE OF EDINBURGH - COUNT FLANDERS - KING GEORGE IV - KING GEORGE III - unidentified - ( MP ) BRAMPTON GURDON - EARL OF GRANVILLE - PRINCE OF HOLLAND - J O HALLOWELL - LORD HERBERT - KING OF HANOVER - PRINCE F HOLSTEIN - LORD HOUGHTON - MARQUIS LORNE - EDWARDBULWER LYTTON - SIR EDWIN LANDSEER x 2 - LADY LEICESTER - LORD LYTTON - ( MP ) ROB LOWE - PRINCE LEOPOLD - DUCHESS OF MECHLENBURG - G MAZZINI - LORD MELBOURNE - THOMAS MOORE - J MITFORD - LORD MACAULEY - SIR RODERICK MURCHISON - SIR WILLIAM STERLING MAXWELL - THE 3rd EMPEROR NAPOLEON - J S NICHOLS - OXFORD Bp ..could mean BISHOP of OXFORD there is no number next to this name - SIR ROBERT PEEL (MP) - LORD PALMERSTON (MP) x 2 - SIR I PALKINGTON (MP) - SIR EDWARD PARRY - SIR FRANCIS PALGRAVE - DUKE OF PORTLAND - THE QUEEN x 2 ..this is QUEEN VICTORIA - LORD JOHN RUSSELL (MP) - Sir or Sam or John ROGERS - EARL OF RIPON - JOHN ARTHUR ROEBUCK - DUKE OF RICHMOND - PRINCE EDWARD SAXE WEIMAR - LORD SYDNEY - LORD STANLEY - ALBERT SMITH - LORD St LEONARDS - EARL STANHOPE - MARQUIS SALISBURY - DUKE OF SUSSEX - MARQUIS TWEEDALE - WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY - SIR J TROUBRIDGE - LORD TOWNSEND - WILLIAM IV - PRINCE OF WALES - 1st DUKE OF WELLINGTON - 2nd DUKE OF WELLINGTON - LORD WODEHOUSE - SYLVAIN VAN DE WEYER - SIR ARCHDALE WILSON - LORD WESTBURY - DUKE OF WESTMINSTER - Bp of WINCHESTER ...last entry.. could be BISHOP .. not sure.
So as I have been looking thru the fascinating book I can read some of the letters.. these may well be HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT too... as a lot are addressed to The Duke of Wellington and are in relation to him sending people Invitations for a CONCERT & BALL on differant dates 1860 and 1873 .. these letters are their replies to him.......also I see on page 27 there are only supposed to be 2 items according the the Index on this page and there is a 3rd item ..its a letter with the embossed address wording on the top BUCKENHAM HOUSE BRANDON .. the letter is signed by W BARING .. this of course is WILLIAM BINGHAM BARING ...so not all is as the Index would have us think.. this applies the other way as well.. as I've just cross checked it.. there are 4 pages with more or less items on them than it says in the index....I think the Index and pages numbered has been done at a later time ...maybe not even by the same original owner...anyway that does not really matter.
Also I have noticed the name GURNEY.
Also the letters .. typical of the period they have the embossed coloured address at the top.. and the Royal connected ones have Crowns or Monograms of initials..these are interesting too... WINDSOR CASTLE VR Prince Leopolds letter is addressed from Windsor Castle 1873 but has a gilt ENGLISH ROYAL CYPHER but has unknown Initials in the centre - NAPOLEON letter and envelope have the Cypher - MARLBOROUGH HOUSE - BUCKINGHAM PALACE - CLARENCE HOUSE - MARQUIS LORNE - PRINCE GEORGE OF CAMBRIDGE - St JAMES PALACE - 72 PORTLAND PLACE - WALMER CASTLE - 35 THURLOE SQUARE - 33 GROSVENOR SQUARE - GROSVENOR HOUSE - LORD LYTTON - LADY LEICESTER - LORD HOUGHTON - WARDOUR CASTLE - NORTH END LODGE , WALTHAM GREEN - 1 CARLTON GARDENS - BOARD OF GREEN CLOTH - MULGRAVE CASTLE , WHITBY , YORKSHIRE - EARL OF DERBY - SIR RODERICK MURCHISON , GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OFFICE - 1 MANSFIELD STREET - LAVINGTON HOUSE PETWORTH - 42 EATON PLACE - 11 DOWNING STREET , WHITEHALL.
Then to change the subject slightly...the original photograph CDV are of QUEEN VICTORIA - PRINCE CONSORT - PRINCE GEORGE , DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE - DUCHESS OF MECKLENBURG - PRINCE EDWARD SAXE WEIMAR - KING OF HANVOVER - COUNT FLANDERS - PRINCE HENRY d'ORLEANS , DUKE OF AUMALE - LORD BROUGHAM - LORD J RUSSELL - PALMERSTON - EARL CLARENDON - LORD STANLEY - LORD CLYDE - CHARLES DICKENS - WILLIAM THACKERAY - loose large CDV of a Gentleman in a KNIGHTS TEMPLAR masonic outfit - ALBERT SMITH - LORD WODEHOUSE - LORD CAMPBELL - LORD MACANLY - MAHARAJA DULEEP SINGH , later known as the BLACK PRINCE OF PERTHSHIRE - SIR REGINALD MUNCHINSON - LORD HERBERT - ROEBUCK - LORD TOWNSEND - BRAMPTON GURDON - DENISIN - LORD WESTBURY.
The letter to the Duke of Wellington dated April 4th 1876 from Paris, Avenue Montaigne No. 23 ...is from the King GEORGE V of Hanover ... it has a SCRAWLY signature ... but the letter has been written by a differant hand.. this is due to the fact the King of Hanover was BLIND ..a small bit of paper also stuck in says he is stone blind, which of course only signed the letter... the LETTER is very interesting though ...its all fully readable..and he is thanking the Duke for sending 2 original letters of the late King to the Dukes father and they were forwarded to him from a Baron ...the contents of the letters were very valuable to him as they proved how clearly the King was aware of the Prussians policy towards her neighbours and how firmly he withstood every incroachment of that power against his kingdom and consequently that if he had lived in 1866 he would have acted as he had done. These letters are important besides their political importance, be always cherished by me and sacred relics, having been written to my late and ever lamented father to your father whose fame will never fade and since they were given to me by you, his son , who, as I know has in every way inherited his attachment to the Royal House of Hanover and its holy cause , I remain dear Duke , yours most sincerly ....SCRAWLY signature.
Another letter is to My Lord Duke 1863 ...and its from Prince Frederick of Holstein in regard to the Dukes invitation to Her Majesties Birthday celebration ..he is unable to attend as hes otherwise committed.
The COUTTS & Company Cheque is for £560 its dated 1824 and its signed by Wellington , its to himself .. .. there is a letter with it ...also signed Wellington.
A letter dated 16th June 1860 ...from THE COUNT OF FLANDERS is on BUCKINGHAM PALACE headed paper... it is to the Duke of Wellington and its in reply to an invitation to ASPLEY HOUSE on the 20th..as his father the King is still to be here ( Buckingham Palace ) on the day of the Duchess of Wellingtons Concert.
Interesting too are the PRE STAMP and Queen Victoria postage stamp frank marks on some of the stuck in envelopes... these may be of interest to some people too.....The Napoleon letter has CHISELHURST C MR 31 71 and a duplex mark over the one penny red LE EL .
The envelope on page 9 from the Late Duke of Cambridge has red circle PAID FC then another line of wording and 1843... OXFORD something D. PAID .....also a circle in black with TOO LATE GPO.....and another circle in black ?ETFORD JY 19 184 A.
There is a 1 d penny red GT TG with a duplex 922 oval and it has a WORKSOP C AP 26 76 .... another from the Duke of Richmond ...no stamp.. has a red circle LONDON OFFICIAL PAID L C 18 NO 75 ....another on a cut signature of LORD CRANWORTH says in a black circle.. COURT OF CHANCERY P.S.O. ...and another of LORD WESTBURY has no stamp but a red circle with OFFICIAL PAID LONDON V JA 8 62 .
Page 31 has the famous Charles Dickens small photo cdv which has pencil wording below it Charles Dickens .... and on the opposite page his letter is interesting .... Devonshire Terrace ... Second March 1843 ...Dera Sir,
I enclose you Mr Prescotts letter. I shall be glad to hear of any improvement in ??. Please to take care that Mrs Hogarth has the ? month .( these last 3 words I dont understand quite )... Faithfully Yours Charles Dickens ...with the really nice scribbly underlining he did.
Anway the book is really fascinating and I am sure who ever buys this will be as enthusiastic about it as EVERYONE that has seen it whilst its been in my possession.
The book is approx 7 and half inch x 9 and half ich x 2 and 1/4 inch deep.
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Conversion ... approx... 2.5cm = 25mm =1 inch
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