London, South Kensington
6 June 2006
ALBUM -- containing autograph letters signed by Daniel O'CONNELL (to Alderman Kenny, asking for support of his friend George Fearon for appointment to the office of subsheriff, 3 pages, 4to, London 3 May 1830); Wilkie COLLINS (1870), Anthony TROLLOPE (1876), Jenny Lind-Goldschmidt; Lord Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby, William Holman Hunt (fragment) and others; signatures including Edward Lear and Duleep Singh; and an engraved portrait of Samuel Parr, signed by Parr, 1823; also two documents, one signed by George I (1719) and George II (1756), both trimmed, one strengthened along centre fold, loosely inserted, altogether 24 letters and approximately 50 signatures and freefranks, 4to, half-morocco (upper cover detached, worn).
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