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Elsie Corbett [ Elsie Cameron Corbett ] (1896-1977), First World War Red Cross nurse in Serbia [ Kathleen Dillon [ Kathleen Nora Dillon ] (1877-1958) of Spelsbury House, Oxfordshire; W. N. Pharazyn ]

[ British Red Cross in Serbia in the First World War. ] Autograph diary (largely unpublished) of nurse Elsie Corbett, describing twelve months based at Yelak, including 'Christmas and social events'. With unpublished poem by William Noel Pharazyn.

Elsie Corbett was the daughter of Archibald Corbett, 1st Baron Rowallan (1856-1933), and sister of a Governor of Tasmania. She joined the Red Cross during the First World War, and met Kathleen Dillon, a member of the notable Dillon family of Ditchley, while seabound for Serbia. Kathleen Dillon...

Frederick Tayler [ John Frederick Tayler ] (1802-1889), painter, President of the Royal Watercolour Society, London [ Robert Hills (1769-1844), Secretary, Society of Painters in Water Colours ]

[ Frederick Tayler, President of the Royal Watercolour Society. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Fredk. Tayler.') to 'Hills' [ Robert Hills, Secretary, Society of Painters in Water Colours ], commenting on his 'rustication' and the death of 'Worley'.

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The year of writing is supplied in a contemporary hand. Beside his address at the head if the ketter Tayler writes: 'This will sound tarnation rural in the catalogue.' He begins the letter by explaining that he is 'dating from my...

Henry M. Stanley [ Sir Henry Morton Stanley; Doctor David Livingstone; The Livingstone Memorial at Chitambo's, British Central Africa ]

[ 'The Livingstone Memorial. At Chitambo's, British Central Africa.' ] Leaflet carrying printed circular letter by Henry M. Stanley, 'soliciting a small subscription'.

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with short closed tear at head of both leaves. There are gaps to the document, for the insertion in manuscript of the recipient's name and for the completion of the date. First page headed 'The Livingstone Memorial. At Chitambo's,...

Samuel Carter Hall (1800-1889), Irish-born journalist and editor of the Art Monthly [ Ugo Foscolo (1778-1827), Italian poet and revolutionary; Thomas Crofton Croker (1798-1854; John Noblett ]

[ Samuel Carter Hall, editor of the Arts Monthly, while literary secretary to Ugo Foscolo. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S Carter Hall') to Thomas Crofton Croker, regarding the whereabouts of his books, with reference to John Noblett and 'Mr. Ebbs'.

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair lightly aged and worn, with slight damage to second leaf caused by the breaking open of the wafer, and slight wear at the foot. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'T. C. Croker Esqre 31 Bedford Street | Covent Garden'. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition,...

Sir Henry Morton Stanley [ born John Rowlands ] (1841-1904), Welsh journalist and African explorer associated with Dr David Livingstone

[ A 'rapid survey of the British Spheres of Africa' [ by H. M. Stanley? ]] Printed pamphlet: 'Our Future Relations with Africa. Speech at Newtown, N. Wales. July 23rd, 1897.

13pp., 8vo. Stapled. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight rust to staples. Consisting of a title leaf and 9pp. of text in small print, paginated [2] 3-11. The author is not named, and no other copy of the title has been traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC, but the item comes from...

Sir Henry Morton Stanley [ born John Rowlands ] (1841-1904), Welsh journalist and African explorer associated with Dr David Livingstone [ Captain Philip H. B. Salusbury ]

[ Sir Henry Morton Stanley, African explorer associated with Dr David Livingstone. ] Magazine article titled 'Captain Salusbury's Congo "Revelations."'

8pp., 8vo. Paginated 645-652. In good condition, lightly aged. Extracted from the magazine and with traces of stitching. Reproducing a letter dated from 'Grayshott, Hants. | August 15th, 1896.' Stanley takes offence to 'the many ridiculous calumnies found in amost every sentence of [Salusbury's...

Sir Henry Newbolt [ Sir Henry John Newbolt ] (1862-1938), poet [ Henry Simpson (d.1939), founder and president of the Poets' Club, London ]

[ Sir Henry Newbolt, poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Newbolt') to 'Simpson' [ Dr Henry Simpson ], giving his reasons for resigning the presidentship of the Poets' Club.

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He begins by stating his great appreciation of 'the kindness of the Committee – I have had a long and sympathetic experience of the Club and the relationship has been to me a happy one from first to last'. Were he able to 'fulfil the duties...

Louisa Jane Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn [ born Lady Louisa Jane Russell ] (1812-1905), sister of Liberal Prime Minister Lord John Russell

[ The Duchess of Abercorn (sister of Prime Minister Lord John Russell) writes to her childrens' nanny. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'L Abercorn') to 'Emery', giving family news, and reminiscing about her friendship with Queen Victoria.

From the context of the letters (especially Item Three below) it is clear that 'Emery' had been nanny to the Duchess's two sons (and the youngest of her fourteen children) Frederic (1856-1928) and Ernest (1858-1939). The four letters total 14pp., 12mo. The letter from Fenton is the only one...

Margaret Forster (1938-2016), English novelist and biographer

[ Margaret Forster reviews Germaine Greer's book on the menopause for the Guardian. ] Autograph fair copy of Forster's Guardian review of Greer's 'The Change', with earlier draft, rough notes, and the marked-up review copy.

Forster's review (welcoming, but with reservations) was published in the Guardian, 24 September 1991, under the title 'Menopause: mid-life crisis or cause for celebration?', with a subtitle providing a neat summary: 'Is the menopause really, as Germaine Greer argues, “the beginning of the long,...

Margaret Forster (1938-2016), English novelist and biographer [ Frances Sherwood (b.1940), American author, Professor of English at Indiana University; 'The New Historical Fiction'; New York Times ]

[ Margaret Forster responds to 'The New Historical Fiction'. ] Autograph Draft of Forster's New York Times review of Frances Sherwood's 'Vindication', with photocopy of the fair copy, page of autograph notes, uncorrected proof, press release, slip.

The present collection provides an interesting view of the response of a traditional novelist and biographer to the work of a proponent of 'The New Historical Fiction'. Margaret Forster was a noted British author, in addition to her many novels she published a number of biographies, including...