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'Lewis Melville', pen name of Lewis Saul Benjamin (1874-1932), English author, born into a Jewish family

[ 'Lewis Melville' [ Lewis Saul Benjamin ], Anglo-Jewish author. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Lewis Melville')

1p., 12mo. On grey paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dear Sir, | Will you please give me an appointment on Thursday next when I am in town? | Faithfully yours, | Lewis Melville'.

'Mrs George Wrottesley' [ Margaret Anne Wrottesley, nee Margaret Anne Burgoyne ] (c.1832-1883), journalist ('M. A. B.'), daughter of Sir John Fox Burgoyne [ Thomas Hailes Lacy, theatrical bookseller ]

[ 'Mrs. George Wrottesley' [ Margaret Anne Wrottesley ], journalist and daughter of Sir John Fox Burgoyne. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr Lacy' [ theatrical bookseller Thomas Hailes Lacy ], regarding copies of two plays.

See Mrs George Wrottesley's obituary in The Times, 10 May 1883, in which she is praised for 'her undaunted courage and unshaken endurance of difficulties displayed repeatedly during her father's mission to the East' in 1854. 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. The main body of the letter...

'Sarah Gainham', pseudonym of Sarah Rachel Stainer Ames (1915-1999), British novelist and journalist, author of 'Night Falls on the City' (1967)

[ 'Sarah Gainham' [ Rachel Ames ], novelist and journalist. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Sarah Gainham') to 'Miss Cond' [ Eileen M. Cond ], announcing the near-completion of the third novel in her 'Night Falls on the City' trilogy.

1p., landscape 12mo. She thanks her for her 'kind note', is glad she enjoyed 'A Place in the Country', and is returning her bookplate 'signed as requested'. 'The third part of the trilogy will, I hope, be ready for publication next year. As yet it has no title, although nearing completion.' A...

Agnes Giberne (1845-1939), prolific British author and astronomer, who helped set up the British Astronomical Association

[ Agnes Giberne, British astronomer. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Agnes Giberne'), sending her autograph to 'Mr Case'.

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: 'Dear Mr Case, | You are most welcome to my Autograph, which I send in signing myself - | Yours faithfully | Agnes Giberne'.

Alexander Buchan (1829-1907), Scottish meteorologist, oceanographer and botanist, pioneer in the field weather forecasting, Secretary of the Scottish Meteorological Society [ Alexander Ramsay ]

[ Alexander Buchan, Scottish meteorologist and pioneer in the field of weather forecasting. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alexander Buchan') to Alexander Ramsay, regarding his election as a member of the Scottish Meteorological Society.

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and with wear to edges. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I have the pleasure of forwarding the official notice of your election as Member of the Society, and send by the same post a copy of the last issue of the Society's Journal. | Your subscription, as intimated,...

Beatrice Coogan (born Beatrice Tole), Irish novelist and socialite, mother of the historian Tim Pat Coogan [ Tudor Hall, Monkstown, County Dublin, Ireland ]

[ Beatrice Coogan, Irish novelist and socialite. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Miss Cond' [ Eileen M. Cond' ], regarding her 'tribute' to her book [ 'The Big Wind' ], her brother in Australia, and Monkstown.

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged. She thanks her for her 'tribute to my book', adding: 'Fancy you thinking that I lived in Australia! My brother to whom I gave a dedication lives there. I never get further than Monkstown which is part of Dunlaoghaire.' She ends by observing that Cond's...

Captain Edward Pelham Brenton (1774-1839), Royal Navy officer involved in the 1809 capture of Martinique, controversial naval historian and charity worker

[ Captain Edward Pelham Brenton, Royal Navy officer and naval historian. ] Autograph Signature ('Edwd P Brenton') to list of nine 'Plates not returned'.

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with dog-eared corners at foot. Brenton's florid signature is placed at the foot of a numbered list headed 'Plates not returned'. The plates are all on maritime themes, and may be connected with his 'Naval History of Great Britain from the Year 1783 to...

Captain Frederick Marryat (1792-1848), Royal Navy officer, novelist, friend of Charles Dickens, inventor of Marryat's Code of signalling

] Captain Frederick Marryat, novelist and friend of Charles Dickens. ] Autograph Signature ('F Marryat') to conclusion of letter to his mother and family.

On one side of a slip of paper cut from a letter. In good condition, lightly aged. The conclusion of a letter, reading: '[...] also to get another Servant, so I shall put it off till my return & I have every thing in order. | My kind love to all of you & you my dear Mother ever truly | F...

Catherine Gaskin [ Catherine Gaskin Cornberg ] (1929-2009), best-selling Irish-Australian novelist in the field of romantic fiction [ William Hope Collins (1903-1967), Glasgow publisher ]

[ Catherine Gaskin, Irish-Australian author of romantic fiction. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Catherine Gaskin Cornberg') to 'Miss Cord [sic]' [ i.e. Eileen M. Cond ], discussing her former publisher William Hope Collins and his family.

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. She begins by agreeing to inscribe Cond's bookplate, before continuing: 'Ye, I did know Hope Collins – not particularly well, since he was based in Glasgow, and I lived in New York and the West Indies from 1955 to 1967 and so our visits to London rarely...

Charles Greville [ Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville ] (1794-1865), English diarist ('The Greville Memoirs') and first-class cricketer

[ Cholera; Charles Greville, celebrated diarist and first-class cricketer. ] Autograph Signature ('C Greville') to part of letter.

The Greville Memoirs caused an uproar on its publication in 1874. Queen Victoria described it as a 'dreadful and really scandalous book' which should be 'severely censored and discredited'. Disraeli characterised its author as 'the vainest being—I don't limit myself to man—that ever existed;...