Lot 220

Smith (William Henry)

Signed letter (‘W.H. Smith’), in English, black-brown ink, to Lady Strangland (?), concerning political opinions on the Turkish Empire after his visit to Constantinople, letterhead ‘Greenlands, Henley on Thames’, slight yellowing, traces of glue to recto of first leaf, includes manuscript copy, 8vo, Henley-on-Thames, 12 Apr 1881; sepia photograph of ‘Right Honourable W.H. Smith M.P.’, mounted on card with company data to verso (‘London Stereoscopic Company, Photographers to the Royal Family, Numerous Prize Medals, 110 & 108 Regent Street and 54, Cheapside’ and stamp ‘Limited’, little thumbing to lower margin, traces of glue to verso, 10.2 x 6.2 cm., [late 19th century]; Walker (Tomaso), autograph letter signed to Count Mamiani della Rovere, congratulating on his appointment as Minister of Education of the Kingdom of Sardinia under Cavour, one page, integral blank, 8vo, Daily News Office, 22 January 1860; with signature of journalist William Fraser (4)

*** William H. Smith (1825-91) was the son of W.H. Smith, founder of the renowned bookselling and newsagent business. He was Secretary of State for War, First Lord Treasury and Leader of the House of Commons.

Sepia photograph of ‘Right Honourable W.H. Smith M.P.’, mounted on card with company data to verso (‘London Stereoscopic Company, Photographers to the Royal Family, Numerous Prize Medals, 110 & 108 Regent Street and 54, Cheapside’ and stamp ‘Limited’, little thumbing to lower margin, traces of glue to verso,10.2 x 6.2 cm, [late 19th century].

Estimate: £120-£180