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Arnošt Kraus [Arnost Kraus; Arnošt Vilém Kraus] (1859-1943), Czech historian

[Arnošt Vilém Kraus, Czech historian.] Autograph Signature (‘Dr Arnost Kraus’) from the autograph collection of Howes Norris Jr.

1p, 12mo. In good condition, on aged paper, with patches of lighter and darker discolouration from varying exposure to sunlight. Good firm signature, enclosed in circular flourish: ‘Dr Arnost Kraus’. See image.

History £35.00 Kraus
Brian Aldiss [Brian Wilson Aldiss; Brian W. Aldiss] (1925-2017), British author, a leading figure in the ‘British New Wave’ of science fiction.

[‘Congratulations on your stamina.’ Brian Aldiss, author and science-fiction writer.] Autograph Card Signed to Bruce Watson, regarding his claim to have read all of Aldiss’s books.

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. Card with letterhead printed in blue with landscape orientation on one side; the other side blank. In very good condition. Clearly responding to a request for an autograph. The first paragraph reads: ‘I was astonished to hear you had read all my books. No one has...

Literature £45.00 Aldiss
Carlo Marochetti [Baron Pietro Carlo Giovanni Battista Marochetti] (1805-1867), RA, Italian sculptor, active in France and settled in England, gaining commissions from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

[Carlo Marochetti, distinguished Italian sculptor, responsible for statue of Richard the Lionheart outside the Palace of Westminster.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Marochetti’), in French, thanking the recipient for the gifts he has found in his pantry.

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. There is a blue plaque at his house in Onslow Square, announcing that he lived there from 1851 to his death in 1867. 2pp, 12mo. On first leaf of bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Addressed to ‘Mon cher Monsieur’. He has...

General Sir Andrew Francis Barnard (1773-1855), distinguished Anglo-Irish officer in the British Army, decorated for his services during the Napoleonic Wars, and Equerry to King George IV

[General Sir Andrew Francis Barnard, army officer and courtier.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘A F Barnard’) to ‘Augustus’, providing information regarding pictures [in the royal collection], and ‘the Clue to their History’.

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. From 1821 to the end of his life Barnard served as a courtier, notably as Equerry to King George IV, and it would appear that the present item is written in response to an enquiry made to the recipient of the letter regarding paintings in the royal collection. He...

Henry Mancini (1924-1994), Hollywood composer regarded as one of the greatest in the history of cinema, whose compositions include ‘Moon River’ and ‘The Pink Panther Theme’

[Henry Mancini, one of the greatest composers in the history of cinema.] Large publicity photograph with Signed Autograph Inscription ‘to Ray’.

A true great: Mancini won four Oscars, a Golden Globe and twenty Grammies. No place or date. Black and white 19 x 23.5 cm print on 20 x 25.5 cm glossy photographic paper. In fair condition, with slight creasing at one corner. In sports jacket and tie, Mancini stares over his piano with the...

Music and Theatre £50.00
John Hodgson [occasional pseudonym ‘Archæus’] (1779-1845), antiquary and county historian of Northumberland [Admiral Robert Osbaldeston Mitford of Mitford Castle; John Murray-Aynsley]

[John Hodgson (‘Archæus’), antiquary and county historian of Northumberland.] Autograph Letter Signed, accepting the invitation of the recipient and ‘Mrs Mitford’ to go to his house and meet ‘Mr & Mrs Murray Aynsley’.

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and lightly ruckled and stained paper, with traces of mount on blank reverse. Signed ‘John Hodgson’. He writes: ‘I am much obliged to Mrs. Mitford and yourself for inviting me to partake of the hospitalities of your house at any time & particularly so in...

John Lawrence Toole (1830-1906), English comic actor, a consummate farceur, championed by Charles Dickens, and proprietor of Toole’s Theatre in London’s Charing Cross

[John Lawrence Toole, comic actor and theatre manager.] Autograph Letter Signed to David Cunningham, referring to the ‘terrible blow’ of the death of his wife and daughter, and enclosing a photographic postcard of Toole in the character of ‘The Don’.

Toole’s entry in the Oxford DNB describes how ‘Toole was desolate, and his health broke’, after the Tooles’ twenty-two year-old daughter Florence died from typhoid fever on in November 1888, contracted a week before when visiting her parents who were performing at Cork. Her mother, Toole’s wife...

Music and Theatre £120.00 Toole
Lady Pembroke [Elizabeth Herbert [née Spencer], Countess of Pembroke and Montgomery] (1737-1831), object of the affections of King George III during his first bout of insanity [Hon. George Ellis]

[Lady Pembroke, object of the affections of the insane King George III.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Eliz: Pembroke’) to her nephew the Hon. George Ellis, having received permission from the Queen to allow him to ‘cut a dash abroad’.

See her entry in the Oxford DNB, which states that ‘During his periods of ‘madness’, George III imagined that he was married to Lady Pembroke. Apparently, 'his infatuation went back to the days when he was only seventeen and she, of the same age, was Elizabeth Spencer'. The king went so far as...

Lascelles Abercrombie (1881-1938), English poet and literary critic, a member of the ‘Dymock Poets’ group

[Lascelles Abercrombie, English poet and literary critic.] Autograph Note in the third person regretting his inability of attending of the annual meeting of the Friends of the Bodleian Library.

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. At the time of writing he was Professor of English Language and Literature at Leeds. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Reads: ‘Mr Lascelles Abercrombie regrets his inability to attend the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Bodleian in the...

Lord Auckland [George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland] (1784-1849), Whig politician and Governor-General of India

[Lord Auckland, Governor-General of India.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Auckland’) to ‘FitzGerald’ [William Vesey-FitzGerald, 2nd Baron FitzGerald and Vesey], rejoicing in the ‘mark of favor and distinction’ he has obtained for Captain Macgregor.

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, on the first leaf of a bifolium, the blank second of which carries traces of mount. Folded twice. Begins: ‘My dear FitzGerald / I thank you very much for your obliging note - and I rejoice greatly that you have obtained...