DECEMBER 2017 22 NEW ACQUISITIONS
FACSIMILES OF BURMESE DOCUMENTS EDITED FOR THE USE OF STUDENTS, WITH THE SCARCE SUPPLEMENT
. Burmese Petitions, Letters, and Other Papers Reproduced by Photolithography.
Folio (344 x 2l 6 mm), pp. , [l blank], [99 (facsimiles)], ; very occasional light spotting, title slightly creased; original buckram-backed maroon boards, spine lettered in brown, uncut, first quire partially unopened; upper board slightly faded, light offsetting on endpapers, otherwise a very good, fresh copy in the original boards. £l 00 A selection of documents reproduced in facsimile and numbered from l to l 00, which encompass a wide range of subjects; they include ‘Application to Carry Arms’, ‘Application for Appointment as a Clerk’, ‘Report of a Murder’, ‘Objections to Encroachments of a Fishery Lessee’, ‘Appeal in a Dacoity Case’, ‘Application of a Pongyi to cut Teak to Build a Monastery’, ‘Application to Float Salved Timber to Min-gon’, etc. The work was edited by Bridges, formerly of the Indian Civil Service and Lecturer in Burmese in the University of Oxford, and was for the use of students. The documents are grouped in sections, which are graded from ‘Elementary Standard’ upwards, and Bridges explains in his preface that they ‘are intended to provide students with specimens of the papers which they will have to deal with in the course of their work in Burma, and to accustom them to read the written character, which differs considerably from the printed form’. This copy includes a loosely-inserted, supplementary stitched quire of four leaves, which has a further series of facsimiles numbered from l 0 l to l 07.
. Saint Swithun’s School, Winchester. [
Pencil, ink and watercolor on paper, with gilt borders, l 55 x 38 cm; inscription on the original passepartout, ‘Designed by Mitchell & Bridgwater. Chartered architects. Drawn by D. L. Bridgewater’; signed below on the right: ‘D. L. B.’; minor spotting, very good. £900 + VAT in the EU Fine architectural drawing of the facade of the Saint Swithun’s School in Winchester, including plans of the ground floor and layout. A nice example of the art deco and modernist styles, to be seen particularly in the detailing of the brick building. The school moved to its present location overlooking the Hampshire Downs in l 93l, the new buildings being formally opened in l 932. During World War II the school turned into a hospital and in l 942 became an American casualty clearing station. The building was designed by the architectural firm Mitchell & Bridgwater, based at that time at Berkeley Square in London. The drawing is by Derek Lawley Bridgwater (l 899-l 983), known for his housing, schools and hospitals, and as the author of (l 948), which he wrote with John Gloag. Cf.
, p. 704.
UNRECORDED RELIGIOUS BROADSIDE
On the crucifixion of our saviour and the two thieves. . Engraved broadside, 42 x 3l .5 cm; with decorative borders and vignettes, employing numerous different calligraphic fonts; small loss to lower right blank corner, a few short closed tears at edges, a few marks, some spotting to verso; a very good copy. £500 An attractive, unrecorded religious broadside, displaying an impressive range of calligraphic fonts. The sheet depicts the crosses of Christ and the two thieves bearing the words each spoke at the Crucifixion arranged vertically. Running across these are 26 lines of verses (beginning ‘Behold O God in rivers of my tears’) forming acrostics with the text on the crosses. The sheet was published by Richard Hickman (or Hinckesman) and engraved by Thomas Merrifield of l l Piccadilly. ESTC records a few similar broadsides published between c. l 765 and c. l 800 under the title – all extremely rare. We have been unable to trace a copy of this item on COPAC, ESTC or OCLC.
THE ‘AUTHOR'S AUTOGRAPH EDITION’ OF BYRD’S ACCOUNT OF FIRST AMERICAN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION
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