Date Published: 1867 to 1890
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Samuel Smiles was a Scottish non-fiction author and a government reformer. His best known work, Self-Help, combined Victorian morality with sound free market ideas into moral tales, showing the benefits of thrift, hard work, education, perseverance, and character. He also drew upon the personal success stories of the emerging self-made millionaires in the pottery industry (Josiah Wedgwood), the railway industry (Watt and Stephenson), and the weaving industry (Jacquard) to make his point that the benefits of the market were open to anyone.
The collection consists of 12 items, dating from 1867 to 1890, specifically, 7 letters, 1 portion of another letter/note, 3 cartes de visite, and 1 book.
• ALS to William Paget, 1 January 1864, saying that he’ll provide Paget with “statistics about rails”.
• ALS to Mr. J. Holden, 4 December 1867, confirming that he has written The Lives of George & Robert Stephenson, but not the Life of Robert Stephenson by itself.
• ALS to James Nasmyth (1808-90; engineer, inventor of the steam hammer), 8 Pembroke Gardens, 8 January 1883, agreeing to send the wax cameo. •ALS addressed Dear Sir (D. Nutt Esq), 16 February 1888, sends stamps and envelope for “Strongbow”, says he is leaving and not to send more of this series of publication.
• ALS to Smiles from Patrick Stirling (1809-1891), lawyer and economist, 11 August 1890 from his home, Kippenden House, Dunblane, 2 pp., short closed tear to front page just impinging on the address, informing Smiles of his regard for his works and sending him a copy of his translation of Bastiat’s Harmonies of Political Economy, undertaken more than 30 years previously at the suggestion of Michel Checalier and now in a second edition. He refers to the wide circulation of the book in the English-speaking world and suggests that Bastiat be numbered amongst the “worthies” mentioned by Smiles.
• ALS, n.d., to R. Harrison, “Be kind enough to let me have Servinus Shakespeare….”
1 Autographed Note Signed;
• A clipped portion of an ANS, n.d. “I sent you a copy of a work of mine about to appear, that you may, if you think proper, allude to it in your weekly letter.”
3 cartes de visite ;
• With 3 b&w cartes de visite of Smiles: all by Samuel A. Walker, Photographic Gallery & Studios, Cavendish Square, one of Smiles standing, n.d. Two are signed in pencil; the signatures appear to written by Smiles himself.
1 book with ALS affixed;
• James Nasmyth, Engineer: An Autography, ed. Smiles (London: John Murray, 1883), xviii, [ii], 456 pages, plus 4 pp. publisher's adverts.; with an etched portrait-frontispiece, 10 plates, and 81 illustrations in the text; original dark green cloth, with bevelled edges, gilt illustration and ruling to front cover, with a little rubbing, and slight wear at the of spine and corner, some foxing to portrait and title-page, otherwise a very good copy. Signed presentation copy from Smiles to General Caddell, dated 1 Sept., 1883, with a two-page ALS also to General Caddell, affixed to the front free endpaper