17 June 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 10,000
Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000
HILL, Rowland (1795-1879). Post Office Reform; its Importance and Practicability. London: W. Clowes and Sons, 1837.
8o (216 x 133 mm). (Some scattered light foxing.) Original printed wrappers (some light foxing, some small chips to corners one repaired); cloth folding case. Provenance Frederic Hill (presentation inscription on upper wrapper).
FIRST PUBLISHED EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED to Frederic Hill by Rowland Hill on upper cover. "The penny post inaugurated and administered by Rowland Hill required the adoption of four novel principles: (1)prepayment of postage, (2) payment by weight instead of by the number of sheets, (3) the use of envelopes, (4) the use of adhesive stamps on letters. Prior to this reform, for example, the use of an envelope would have been a novelty to most letter-writers and entailed double postage." PMM 306(a).
HILL. Autograph letter signed ("R. Hill") to Frederic Hill, London, 28 May 1846. 2 pages, 8vo, on London & Brighton Railway stationery. An invitation to a testimonial dinner: "The City Council make the formal presentation of the testimonial on Wednbesday week...there will be a dinner at Blackwall to which many M. P.s will be invited. There will also be Father (I expect) Mother, Eileen & Arthur. Can you come a little earlier than you intended?..."
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