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Rev. Joseph Loscombe Richards (1798-1854), DD, Rector of Exeter College, Oxford, and Chaplain to Prince Albert [William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister; Oxford University Act 1854]

[Rev. Dr Joseph Loscombe Richards, Rector of Exeter College to William Ewart Gladstone, MP for the University of Oxford.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J L Richards'), describing in detail his position on the revision of college statutes.

A significant item in the history of the University of Oxford, in which a college head puts his position on the difficult question of the revision of college statutes to the Member of Parliament for the University, in the period immediately preceding the passing of the Oxford University Act of...

£450.00
W. B. Yeats [William Butler Yeats], Irish poet, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature [Annie Horniman [Annie Elizabeth Fredericka Horniman] (1860-1937), patron of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin]

[W. B. Yeats, Annie Horniman, and the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.] Manuscript Letter by Yeats, signed by him but written out by Horniman as his secretary, declining to provide work for publication, as he is 'writing plays for our little Irish Theatre'.

Written at a crucial time in the run-up to the foundation of the Abbey Theatre. As Horniman's entry in the Oxford DNB states: 'In 1903 Yeats lured Annie to Dublin where he hoped her backing for productions by the Irish Literary Theatre would bring more of his poetic dramas to the stage. To her...

£1,000.00
Anna Eliza Bray [born Kempe, sometime Stothard] (1790-1883), historical novelist [her nephew, John Arrow Kempe (1846-1928) Knight Comptroller and Auditor General]

[Anna Eliza Bray, historical novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed to her nephew John Arrow Kempe, explaining that she wishes him to act as her literary executor, and discussing the 'revised copies' of her works.

4pp, 18mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. With envelope addressed 'To | John Arrow Kempe Esqre. | St James's Rectory | Piccadilly | W'.A long letter, with the words 'To be carefully kept' at the head of the first page. The letter begins with a light-hearted reference to...

£550.00
Edith Clara Summerskill (1901-1980), Baroness Summerskill (1901-1980), physician, feminist, Labour politician and writer, Minister of Insurance, 1950-1951; mother of Shirley Summerskill

[Edith Summerskill, physician, feminist and Labour politician.] Autograph Note Signed ('Edith Summerskill.') to 'Sir Thomas', thanking him [for the Christmas present of a diary].

2pp, 18mo. On aged paper, with short closed tear to one edge. He has evidently sent her a present of a diary, and she write that it was 'very sweet' of him to remember her over Christmas, adding: 'I shall use your diary every day during the coming year.' She ends with her best wishes of the...

£40.00
George Dyer (1755-1841), classicist, poet and editor of the 'Delphin Classics', friend of Leigh Hunt and Charles Lamb [Abigail Lousada (c.1772-1833); Augustus De Morgan, mathematician]

[George Dyer, classicist, poet, friend of Leigh Hunt and Charles Lamb.] Autograph Letter in the third person to bluestocking 'Miss Lousada' (Abigail Lousada), regarding letters he is writing, meeting Augustus De Morgan, and 'the little Mathematician'

On 7.5 x 14 cm piece of laid paper, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. In fair condition, on aged and spotted paper. The letter reads: 'G Dr. respects to Miss Lusada - begs she will please to accept the enclosed - 3 more Letters will follow - wch. shall be sent. to Miss Lusada - Dr. is...

£120.00
H. Buxton Forman [Harry Buxton Forman] (1842-1917), literary forger, partner-in-crime of Thomas James Wise, literary editor whose work includes editions of the letters of Shelley and of Keats

[H. Buxton Forman, literary forger, T. J. Wise's partner-in-crime.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H Buxton Forman') to 'Mr Walker', regarding a 'translation of Villon' and 'the transcript of your Shelley letter'.

1p, 16mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. He is sending Walker the 'long-delayed translation of Villon, - for which I have undertaken to receive such subscribers' guineas as were promised through me'. He thanks him for sending corrections of Forman's 'transcript' of Walker's '...

£180.00
Jane Porter ['Miss Jane Porter of Edinburgh'] (1776-1850), historical novelist and dramatist, best-known for her novel 'The Scottish Chiefs' [Henry Colburn (1784-1855), London publisher]

[Jane Porter, novelist and dramatists.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Porter') [to the publisher Henry Colburn], regarding plans for contributing to the 'Naval & Military Gazette' and 'New Monthly Magazine'.

3pp, 18mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper, with traces of mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded three times. The male recipient is not named, but is Colburn, proprietor of the two magazines named. She begins by saying that she has 'duly received your last number of...

Literature, Women £380.00
'John William Calcraft' [stage name of John William Cole (c.1793-1870)], actor, dramatist and lessee of the Theatre Royal, Dublin

['John William Calcraft' (stage name of John William Cole), actor and lessee of the Theatre Royal, Dublin.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'J. W. Calcraft'), regarding debts and plans for productions.

Both letters 2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Cole's handwriting is difficult. The recipient is not named. The first letter, 34 lines long, concerns a bill which Cole has drawn on the recipient of the letter. It is coming due, and he is uncertain whether it is for £90 or £100. He asks...

£45.00
Allardyce Nicoll [John Ramsay Allardyce Nicoll] (1894-1976), Shakespearian scholar and historian of drama, founding director of Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham, Professor at Birmingham University

[Allardyce Nicoll, Shakespeare scholar.] Nine Autograph items from his papers, seven of them relating to Macbeth, including lecture notes, commentary and memoranda; one comprising two drafts of a discussion of 'The Winter's Tale'.

Nine autograph documents from the Allardyce Nicoll papers, which taken as a whole provide an insight into the working and thought processes of one of the foremost British Shakespeare scholars and Theatre Historian of the twentieth century. Seven of the items - presumably University of Birmingham...

Social history £1,250.00
Horace Smith [Horatio Smith] (1779-1849), poet, author his brother Joseph Smith of the 'Rejected Addresses' (1812), friend of Percy Bysshe Shelley [Joseph Blunt]

[Horace Smith, poet and friend of Shelley, author with his brother Joseph of the 'Rejected Addresses'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Horatio Smith'), playfully thanking Joseph Blunt for making him 'a present of a pair of horns'.

2pp, 12mo. On bifolium. Twenty lines of text. In fair condition, aged and worn, with chipping and short closed tears to extremities. Folded twice. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Joseph Blunt Esqre.' Signature underlined with a flourish. The letter begins: 'Here I am again installed in...

£80.00