[Ralph Straus.] Typed Letter Signed to the theatrical historian and bookseller Ifan Kyrle Fletcher, discussing, with biographical information, playbills associated with George Augustus Sala he requires. With Typed Note Signed and Typed Card Signed.

Ralph Straus (1882-1950), author and literary biographer [George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), journalist; Ifan Kyrle Fletcher (d.1964), theatrical historian and bookseller]
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The letter and note both on letterheads of Ralph Straus, The Tanyard, Shorne, Nr. Gravesend; 6 January 1939 and 8 January 1945. The card from the Tanyard; 7 January 1945.
SKU: 14883

All three items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. All signed 'Ralph Straus'. ONE: TLS. 6 January 1939. 1p., 8vo. After expressing his willingness to have 'the programme of Wat Tyler and the Bil of Madame Sala for 1827', he expresses his desire to acquire playbills 'of Sala's grandfather, in a King's Theatre ballet 1776 onwards - particularly if it gives his Christian name of Claudio. I know of one in Jan. 1788. Sala's father was a dancing-master, and never, I fancy, on the stage.' He gives a list of his desiderata amongst 'G.A.S.'s theatrical productions before Wat Tyler', before continuing: 'There would naturally be no mention of Sala's name as scene-painter while he was at the Princess's. He was only an assistant to Beverley. But heh was on his own for a month or two at the Standard Theatre, Shoreditch, about May, 1847. Any bill giving his name there would be welcome.' TWO: TCS. 7 January 1945. 'Thank you for your letter, but I am not buying much Sala stuff these days.' THREE: TNS. 8 January 1945. Ordering a letter by Henry Kingsley.