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We are currently in possession of this attractive Morocco bound and tooled quarto manuscript journal of Charlotte Dent (then Thompson) from before her marriage to middle age. Closely but clearly written in ink over approximately 500 pages covering the trials and tribulations of 19th Century life as the wife of a regular army officer.

1851/52 covers a lengthy stay in Venice and other European destinations before returning to The Manor House in Lee and her marriage in 1854 to Capt. Arnold Thompson of the Royal Artillery.

Posted to Gibraltar, she tours and writes about here and Spain. Trips to Tangier then back to London. Her husband by now a Colonel (and after the date of writing, a Major General). Trips to Switzerland, Italy, France, Belgium and Germany.

A concise and interesting read of a bygone age presented in an attractive format. Features a lock with two keys

Serious offers invited.


Mayfly's Mission Statement 

To purvey history

We aim to sell unique and unusual articles of historical significance; documents, books, ephemera. Some are permanent, some more transitory. Over the past decade we have handled an eclectic mixture of material, either directly or in partnership. Examples include the original photographic archive of Errol Flynn’s youth in Australia, the founding subscription share documents of the Bank of England from 1694 and have even recently acquired the notes of the first meeting of the British Interplanetary Society in 1951 including original manuscript input from Sir Arthur C. Clarke (before he met Kubrick!)

We are always interested in talking to people who have interesting books or archives that they wish to sell/dispose of. We are happy to buy or work directly to maximise their full potential. Our ultimate goal of course is the acquisition of something signed by Shakespeare!



Outstanding document, sent promptly...perfect!
— Illinois based buyer - purchasing Isle of Man Appointment of Head Constable 1874
Excellent! Beautiful original document and shipped fast!
— American Buyer - purchasing Queen Victoria signed military commission Madras Staff Corps 1867
Excellent seller, highly recommended, many thanks. What a stunning book great.
— UK based buyer purchasing - Edwardian Entertainers autographs in book 1908-1917 Chung Ling Soo & many others
Excellent scarce book from a 5***** Ebay seller
— UK based buyer purchasing - Original Charles Dickens autograph 1869 pasted into flyleaf of book

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Mayfly Ephemera have residence every Saturday from 7am until 3pm on the famous Portobello Road. Find Heather & John at W. Jones & Son Antique Market. A great place to find all sorts of hidden treasures. 


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