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Littleton Powys [Littleton Charles Powys] (1874-1955) of the Powys Family, teacher (Sherborne) and naturalist [his wife the novelist Elizabeth Myers (1903-1947); Collin Brooks (1893-1959), journalist]

[ Littleton Powys, second-eldest of the Powys family, Sherborne schoolmaster and naturalist.] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Littleton') to the journalist Collin Brooks ('Collin'), mainly regarding his late wife the novelist Elizabeth Myers.

Littleton Powys was the second-eldest of eleven, his siblings including writers John Cowper Powys, T. F. Powys and Llewelyn Powys, architect A. R. Powys, artist Gertrude Powys, lacemaker Marian Powys, and poet and novelist Philippa Powys. His autobiography 'The Joy of it' was published in 1937,...

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957), major Greek writer, nominated nine times for the Nobel Prize in Literature

[Nikos Kazantzakis, major Greek writer.] Eight-page typed Synopsis in French of his 'The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel', with Autograph Corrections in pencil.

Kazantzakis considered 'The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel' his greatest work. He began writing it in 1924, and reworked it constantly, drafting seven different versions, until its completion in 1938. The poem takes up where Homer's epic leaves off, and describes in heavily-symbolic style the final...

Sir T. C. Hope [Sir Theodore Cracraft Hope] (1831-1915), British civil servant of the Government of India [Religious Equality; Religous Nineteenth-century Education in Schools]

[ Sir T. C. Hope and 'Religious Equality'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Theodore C Hope') discussing religious education in schools, together with four pamphlets by him on 'Religious Equality'.

Hope calls (Item Four below) for 'a frank recognition of the fact that the faith of the nation is to be found under various, and in some cases discordant, forms, which each require cultivation in conformity with the conscientious beliefs of those who hold them', this being the only way that...

Anna Swanwick (1813-1899), Victorian author and reformer in the field of women's education [Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885); Somervile Hall, Oxford; Girton College, Cambridge]

[Anna Swanwick, author and reformer in the field of women's education.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Anna Swanwick.') to 'Dr. Chepmell' [Edward Charles Chepmell], inviting him to dinner.

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. She is responding to his 'kind wish, on the occasion of our last pleasant interview, that our intercourse might be Socially, if not professionally, renewed', by inviting him to dinner, in the hope that she may be 'so fortunate as to find you...

Evelyn Beatrice Hall [E. Beatrice Hall] (1868-1956), author under the pseudonym S. G. Tallentyre, best known for her work on Voltaire [Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885), physician]

[Evelyn Beatrice Hall, biographer of Voltaire.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Beatrice Hall') to 'Dr. Chepmell' [Edward Charles Chepmell], regarding her article on Galiani, his superior knowledge of the eighteenth century, and Vauvenargues.

In The Friends of Voltaire (1906), Hall penned the rallying cry for the freedom of speech 'I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it', which is often misattributed to Voltaire himself. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. In an attempt to...

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), founder of modern nursing [Jervis Trigge Giffard]

[Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing.] Autograph address to Rev. Jervis Trigge Giffard, from front of envelope. With note on reverse relating to provenance.

On panel torn from front of envelope. In fair condition, lightly aged, with one closed tear affecting the word 'Jervis'. The address reads: 'The Revd. | Jervis T. Giffard | Long Ditton Rectory | Kingston on Thames'. Above this in pencil: 'Florence Nightingale's writing'. In pen on reverse: 'Miss...

Mary Letitia Martin (1815-1850), Irish writer known as the 'Princess of Connemara', granddaughter of the MP Richard Martin (1754-1834, 'Humanity Dick') [T.C. Newby, London publisher]

[Mary Letitia Martin, Irish writer known as the 'Princess of Connemara'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('M Martin') to 'Miss OMeara', on reviews of her novel 'St. Etienne', literary success and disillusionment, her publisher T. C. Newby and Jane Austen.

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, and with closed tears up gutter and one fold. Addressed to 'My dearest Miss OMeara'. With reference to her first published work, 'St. Etienne, a Romance of the First Revolution' (T. C. Newby, London, 1845), she begins by thanking her 'for the Review which...

Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915=2011), travel writer and soldier who fought with the Cretan resistance during the World War II

[Patrick Leigh Fermor, travel writer and soldier.] Autograph Note Signed, to 'Mr R. W. Thornton'.

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and with two fold lines. Written in blue ink on one side of the leaf, with the inscription and date in separate stylised simple design of clouds containing the inscription and date, surrounded by birds. Inscription in cloud, one third of the way down the...

Philip Larkin [Philip Arthur Larkin] (1922-1985), English poet associated with 'The Movement', novelist and librarian at the University of Hull [Michael Dawson and the Ilkley Festival]

[Philip Larkin, poet.] Typed Letter Signed ('P. A. Larkin') to Michael Dawson, offering to bear in mind his invitation to produce a poem for the Ilkley Festival.

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. He begins by thanking him for his letter 'about the possibility of a poem in connection with your Ilkley Festival next Easter'. He doubts whether, even if he promised to do so, he would be 'able to produce anything', but asks to be informed...

RMS Titanic sinking, April 1912 [William Hall]

[Sinking of RMS Titanic, April 1912.] Long unpublished contemporary manuscript poem, signed by 'William Hall', titled 'Titanic', written within weeks of the sinking.

4pp., 4to. On three leaves. In fair condition, aged and creased. The poem, headed 'Titanic', is 64 lines long, divided into 15 stanzas (the first ten numbered), and is signed and dated at the end, following 'R.I.P.', 'William Hall | May 1912'. The verse is heartfelt and devout, in style...