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John Cumberland (1787-1866), London theatrical publisher [Charles Thompson; Cumberland's British Theatre]

[John Cumberland, London theatrical publisher.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Cumberland') to Charles Thompson, declining to take on his unpublished play, and discussing the question of copyright.

1p, 8vo. Aged and worn. Four folds. Panel from envelope attached to reverse, with postmark and address to 'Chas. Thompson Esqr. | 34 Bedford Street | Covent Gard.' He has 'already so many unpublished Plays' in which he has 'the right of Representation', that he must 'decline making any further...

£180.00
Julian Huxley [Sir Julian Sorell Huxley] (1887-1975), evolutionary biologist, eugenicist, first director of UNESCO, brother of Aldous Huxley, grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley

[Julian Huxley, biologist, first director of UNESCO.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Julian Huxley.'), complaining of overwork, but offering to read the recipient's father's book in the vacation.

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. The recipient is not named. He will 'certainly get hold of' the recipient's father's book, but he will not be able to read it immediately, as he is 'overworked with term'. He will however have 'plenty of leisure in the vacation'.

£80.00
Julian Huxley [Sir Julian Sorell Huxley] (1887-1975), evolutionary biologist, eugenicist, first director of UNESCO, brother of Aldous Huxley, grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley [Dr Maurice Ernest]

[Julian Huxley, biologist, first director of UNESCO, as Secretary of Zoological Society of London.] Typed Note with cyclostyled signature, informing Dr Maurice Ernest that he does not consider the 'main thesis' of his book 'biologically justified'.

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded three times. Cyclostyled signature: 'Julian S. Huxley'. Addressed to 'Dr. Maurice Ernest, | New Court, | Esher, | Surrey.' He apologises for having been unable to read his book, adding: 'I am afraid I cannot feel that your main thesis is...

£50.00
Lady Burdett Coutts [Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts] (1814-1906), philanthropist, social reformer and one of the wealthiest women in England

[Lady Burdett-Coutts, Victorian philanthropist and social reformer.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr. Blunt', regarding a meeting with his parents at 'the Rectory'.

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of grey paper from mount adhering at head of second page. Folded once. Reads: 'The Baroness Burdett Coutts sends her kind compliments and thanks to Mr. Blunt and regrets that she is unable to avail herself of the kind proposal of his Father...

£40.00
Lady Burdett Coutts [Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts] (1814-1906), philanthropist, social reformer and one of the wealthiest women in England [Anti-Vivisection]

[Lady Burdett-Coutts, Victorian philanthropist and social reformer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Burdett Coutts -') in praise of an individual for his 'Protest against that hateful thing known as Vivisection'.

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, but with traces of glue on blank reverse of second leaf, which has a vertical closed tear the length of a fold line in blank space beneath signature. The male recipient is not named. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir | Do not think me intrusive...

£65.00
Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958), painter noted for her depiction of horses, especially during the First World War

[Lucy Kemp-Welch, painter noted for her depiction of military horses in the Great War.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lucy Kemp-Welch'), accepting an invitation from 'Cousin Florence'.

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Having found among her correspondence an unanswered letter from her cousin she apologises for the apparent rudeness, before accepting her 'kind invitation to luncheon when next we are in your neighbourhood'. She hopes that they '...

£50.00
Mathias Sandor [Mathiás Sándor] (1857-1920), Hungarian artist who settled in the United States [Howes Norris Jr, autograph collector]

[Mathias Sandor, Hungarian-born American artist.] Original artwork: miniature graphite drawing of an attractive fin-de-siècle woman, heading an Autograph Note Signed ('Mathiás Sándor') to 'Mr Howes Norris Jr', responding to request for autograph.

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of glue from mount on blank reverse. Central horizontal fold, not affecting the drawing. Sandor was clearly a generous fellow, and Norris was a lucky one. Sandor has responded to a request for an autograph by sending a note topped by...

£150.00
Mortimer Menpes [Mortimer Luddington Menpes] (1855-1938), Australian-born British painter, author, and horticulturalist

[Mortimer Menpes, Australian-born British painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mortimer Menpes'), giving good practical advice to a young female painter whom he is convinced has 'a future'.

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, on aged paper with several fold lines. Twenty-one lines of text, written lengthwise on both sides of the leaf. The name of the recipient ('Miss Haziel'? 'Miss Hajrel'?) is unclear. He offers his sincere congratulations on her picture, which is 'work which shows...

£180.00
Prince Metternich [Paul Graf Wolff Metternich zur Gracht] (1853-1934), Prussian and German Ambassador in London and Constantinople [Sir William James Colville (1827-1903)]

[Prince Metternich [Paul Graf Wolff Metternich zur Gracht], German Ambassador in London.] Autograph Signature ('P. Metternich') to secretarial letter, in English, to Sir William Colville, asking for clarification on 'the printed Rules of Ceremony'.

2pp, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with traces of paper from mount on inner margin of recto of leaf. Folded twice. Only the signature is in Metternich's hand. The letter is addressed to Colville at his London residence, 47 Chester Square, and begins: 'Dear Sir William, | Would...

£56.00
R. H. Bruce Lockhart [Sir Robert Hamilton Bruce Lockhart] (1887-1970), diplomat, author and secret agent [Thomas Lloyd Humberstone, Secretary, University of London]

[Sir Robert Hamilton Bruce Lockhart, diplomat, author, secret agent.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. H. Bruce Lockhart.') to Lloyd Humberstone, describing his book 'Your England' as a tribute to the 'broad-minded, tolerant, and humane' English.

1p, landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for his letter containing 'kind words about my book, Your England'. He did not expect anyone to agree with all he wrote in it. His aim in writing was 'to pay a tribute to the English who are the most broad-minded, tolerant, and...

£45.00