Autograph Letters

[ Patrick Leigh Fermor ]Manuscript letter, in Greek, from 'Haris' in Heraklion, informing Fermor of allegations that he ordered the execution of 'Apolorona and Hania' and others, and that he is organizing the military occupation of Crete by the British.

Author: 
[Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011), British soldier and travel writer; 'Haris' of Heraklion, Cretan opponent of Communism; Cretan resistance; SOE; Major 'Xan' Fielding (1918-1991)]
Publication details: 
Heraklion [Crete, Greece]. 12 January 1947.
£450.00

4pp., 8vo. 96 lines of text. On paper ruled for accounts. On lightly-aged paper, with loss to corners and at central edge, affecting a few lines of text. Accompanying the letter is a translation (2pp., 8vo) by Colin Jordan, with the assistance of Dr Loukas Christodloulos. The letter is of great interest, casting light on Leigh Fermor's activities in Crete in the period following the Second World War.

[ John Masefield, Poet Laureate. ] Autograph Signature ('J. Masefield.').

Author: 
John Masefield (1878-1867), Poet Laureate from 1930 to his death
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£20.00

On 7 x 11 cm slip of paper, torn from the end of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged, with minor staining to one corner. Reads, with top line slightly cropped: 'I may have more leisure. | Yours sincerely, | J. Masefield.'

[ Connaught Rangers and King's Royal Rifles. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Captain E. A. Grubbe of the Connaught Rangers from Lieut J. G. Surman, praising the regiment and enclosing two photographs, a carte de visite and a view of cavalry training.

Author: 
John Gilbert Surman, 9th King's Royal Rifle Corps [ Captain Edmund Alexander Grubbe (1857-c.1923), Connaught Rangers; G. V. Yates, Sheffield photographer ]
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of the King's Royal Rifles, addressed by Surman from The Camp, Kilworth, County Cork [ Ireland ], 14 June 1896. Undated carte de visite by G. V. Yates of Sheffield.
£120.00

Surman had a brief and undistinguished military career. Having trained with the Connaught Rangers, on 30 October 1895 he received a commission in the 9th Royal Rifle Corps, which he resigned a year later, on 20 October 1896. ONE: Autograph Letter Signed from 'J. Gilbert Surman' to Grubbe, in fragment of envelope addressed by him to 'Captain E. A. Grubbe | The Depôt of the Connaught Rangers | Galway'. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He writes having 'now left the Connaught Rangers to join my own Regiment at the above place.

[ Frederick Richard Pickersgill, RA. ] Autograph Signature ('Fred R PIckersgill') on part of letter.

Author: 
F. R. Pickersgill [ Frederick Richard Pickersgill ] (1820-1900), RA, English artist and book illustrator
Publication details: 
36 Mornington Crescent, 24 May 1853.
£20.00

On 7.5 x 11 cm slip cut from the end of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged. On one side reads: 'Gentlemen | Your Obt. Servt. | Fred R Pickersgill | 36 Mornington Crescent | 24 May 1853.' and on the other '[...] at the ensuing half yearly distribution of the Funds of the Institution - | Mr. Varrall is not personally known to me but from the representation of Mr WIlliams ARA [...]'.

[ Alberto Randegger, composer. ] Autograph Note Signed to 'Miss Elphick'.

Author: 
Alberto Randegger (1832-1911), Italian composer who from 1854 lived in England.
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 10 Lower Seymour Street, Portman Square, W. [ London ]. 16 July 1891.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dear Miss Elphick | I shall be happy to see you on Wednesday the 22nd. inst at 10.45 a.m. | With kind regards | yours truly | Alberto Randegger'.

[ Alfred Emmott, 1st Baron Emmott. ] Autograph Card Signed ('Alfred Emmott') to 'Holdsworth', undertaking to present a petition to the House of Commons.

Author: 
Alfred Emmott (1858-1926), 1st Baron Emmott, Oldham cotton magnate and Liberal politician
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Horton, Chipping Sodbury. 9 April 1904.
£28.00

In good condition, with slight crease to one corner. Informing him that he will be 'very glad to present your petition when the House re-opens'.

[ The Trial of Queen Caroline, 1820. ] Manuscript draft 'Address to the King' (King George IV) [ by the nobility and gentry of Cambridgeshire ] censuring 'his present Ministers' for the 'extraordinary proceedings' against Queen Caroline.

Author: 
[ Queen Caroline of Brunswick (1768-1821), consort of King George IV ] [ Samuel Wells, Under Sheriff of the County of Cambridgeshire ]
Publication details: 
[ Cambridgeshire, 1821. ]
£60.00

The present item is the subject of a letter to The Times, 1 August 1821, from Samuel Wells, 'Late Under Sheriff of Cambridgeshire', in which it is quoted as having been drawn up at a 'public meeting of the County of Cambridgeshire [...] convened by the late High Sheriff, in consquence of a requisition presented to him for that purpose, which requisition was signed by several noblemen and magistrates, with 27 other proprietors of considerable estates within the county'. 2pp., 4to. On watermarked laid paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn.

[ W. J. Thoms, founder of 'Notes and Queries'. ] Eight Autograph Letters Signed (all 'William J Thoms') to Doyne Bell, Permanent Secretary to the Privy Purse, on antiquarian matters, including a proof prospectus for the Folk-Lore Soc

Author: 
W. J. Thoms [ William John Thoms ] (1803-1885), antiquary, founder of 'Notes and Queries' [ Doyne Courtenay Bell (1831-1888), Permanent Secretary to the Privy Purse; Folk-Lore Society [ Folklore ] ]
Publication details: 
Seven from 40 St George's Square, SW [ London ]; one on House of Lords letterhead. Between 5 June 1876 and 10 October 1878.
£320.00

The eight letters total 18pp. of text, and are accompanied by a printed proof prospectus for the Folk-Lore Society, and a newspaper cutting relating to the Church of St Margaret, Westminster (which Thoms avows as his own, describing it as 'my Jeremiahade on the desecrators of Van Dun'), laid down on a leaf of House of Lords letterhead. All items in good condition, lightly-aged. The prospectus, of which no other copy has been traced, accompanies a letter of 4 January 1878, in which Thoms writes: 'I blush with shame at the proof I enclose that I am getting into my dotage.

[ Agitated letter from a Georgian coffeehouse. ] Autograph Letter Signed from 'H. Leigh' to 'Miss Mary Leigh' (his sister?), describing an argument about religion in a coffee house, and giving information regarding a forthcoming funeral.

Author: 
H. Leigh [ Miss Mary Leigh; New Hummums Coffeehouse, Covent Garden, London ]
Publication details: 
'New Hummums [ the New Hummums Coffee House, Covent Garden, London ] | Friday night | 1/2 past 11'. Postmark of 18 February 1834.
£56.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with seal in black wax and two postmarks. Addressed to 'Miss Mary Leigh | 3 | Blandford Square | Regents Park'. The letter is addressed to 'My dearest soul', and begins: 'I am now, as I have been so many hundreds of times, without profiting by the experience, bitterly suffering for my excitement and agitation.

[ Steamship in Greek War of Independence. ] Autograph Letter Signed by Nicholas Robilliard, and Autograph Note Signed by Thomas Whitmore, concerning the Karteria: 'the Man of War Steam-ship (supposed to be built & fitting for the Greek Committee)'.

Author: 
Nicholas Robilliard; Thomas Whitmore [ London Greek Committee; Greek War of Independence ]
Publication details: 
Both Letters dated 8 December 1825. Robilliard's letter without place; Whitmore's note from the Custom House [ London ].
£220.00

The subject is clearly the Karteria, the first steam-powered warship to see active service. The Karteria was built in 1825 for the Greek insurgentsd by Daniel Brent Shipwrights in the Greenland South Dockyard, Rotherhithe, London. It was financed mainly from the proceeds of the 2nd Greek Loan raised by the London Philhellenic Committee, but also from the private funds of Captain Frank Abney Hastings. Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE: Robilliard to 'Thos Whitmore Esq | Secretary &c &c &c'. 1p., 4to. Headed 'Confidential'. Signed 'Nis Robilliard'.

[ Thomas J. Wise; Inscribed by author and another ] A Review of Reviews

Author: 
Fannie Ratchford, Rare Books Librarian of the University of Texas (Fannie Elizabeth Ratchford).
Publication details: 
No imprint [ Austin, Texas, 1946 ]
£180.00

71pp., cr.8vo, printed wrappers, edges sunned and sl worn, good condition. Inscribed by author, front cover, "From Fannie Ratchford", with a note, also on the front cover, "Dear Mr. Muir, | Keep this if you have not got it - otherwise throw it away | Esher" [Brett, Oliver Sylvain Baliol (1881-1965) 3rd Viscount Esher, Book-Collector ]. Also, inside front cover, Muir's simple bookplate. Originally published in the Library Chronicle of the University of Texas, vol. I, no. 4, 1945 and vol. II, no. 1, 1946. A postscript has been added.

[ Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, playwright. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arthur W. Pinero') to the actor-manager Arthur Cecil Blunt, explaining that he cannot dramatize the novel of 'Mr. Wigram'.

Author: 
Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934), playwright [ Arthur Cecil [ Arthur Cecil Blunt (1843-1896), actor-manager and playwright ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 64 St John's Wood Road, NW [ London ]. 26 May 1887.
£60.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'Arthur C. Blunt, Esq', with salutation to 'My dear Cecil'. With regard to 'Mr. Wigram's letter' he writes that he 'would rather not dramatize a novel, and did I feel an inclination to do so I don't think I am at all a good man for the work'. He nevertheless asks the recipient to inform Wigram that he is 'complimented by his and Lord Desart's proposal'. The postscript is mildly amusing: 'P.S. I hope I am not liable to misconstruction in enquiring after your Housemaid's Knee'.

[ Thomas Guthrie, Church of Scotland minister and philanthropist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr Hanbury', regarding the receipt of money, and 'Derby's Bill'.

Author: 
Thomas Guthrie (1803-1873), Church of Scotland minister and philanthropist
Publication details: 
Edinburgh. 2 April 1859.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with slight loss to two words from damage at margin. The first paragraph reads: 'I know enough of siness never to put off acknowledging receipt of money - I got your kind letter this morning with the enclosure - You are more considerate than many people, for which I send you my best thanks.' The second paragraph relates to 'Derby's Bill', which Hanbury has 'recycled', and concerning which Guthrie asks 'What next & next?' Guthrie's entry in the Oxford DNB describes him as 'one of the greatest of Free Church leaders'.

[ Marquis of Salisbury, British Prime Minister. ] Part of Autograph Letter to the Bishop of Peterborough, with signature ('Salisbury').

Author: 
Marquis of Salisbury, British prime minister [ Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1830-1903) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hatfield House, Hatfield, Herts. Date not present [ post 1870 ].
£30.00

1p., 12mo. With mourning border. In fair condition, on lightly-spotted and aged paper with Joynson watermark dated 1870. The text, addressed to 'The Rt Rev. The Lord Bishop of Peterborough', reads: '[...] for the Church. Without these I fear, the Chapel Service alone will not keep up the Christian character of the College teaching. | Believe me | Yours faithfully | Salisbury'.

[ E. V. Lucas and Methuen & Co Ltd, publishers. ] Typed Letter Signed ('E V Lucas') from E. V. Lucas to 'Mr. Wilber', regarding portrait tablets of Sir Algernon Methuen, with copy of the printed booklet 'Sir Algernon Methuen Baronet. A Memoir.'

Author: 
E. V. Lucas [ Edward Verrall Lucas (1868-1938), author ] [ Sir Algernon Methuen, publisher; Methuen & Co Ltd, publishers ]
Publication details: 
Booklet: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street, W.C., London. Printed at the University Press, Aberdeen. 1925. Lucas's letter dated 21 September 1925, on Methuen & Co letterhead.
£80.00

Lucas's letter is 1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly spotted. He informs Wilber that when he arrives at the office the following morning, he will find that 'the two portrait tablets of the late Sir Algernon Methuen, the founder of our firm, have been unveiled'. He explains that the tablets are 'a gift to the firm from Lady Methuen, whose wish is that each member of the staff should possess a copy of the accompanying Memoir'. The booklet is 13pp., 4to. With three plates including collotype frontispiece portrait of tablet of author.

[ A. J. Hall and Dr. James Stewart. ] Autograph Note Signed [ to Dr James Stewart ] by the Irish singer A. J. Hall, with biographical 'Memo. by Dr. James Stewart ("Sheamus Rua")'.

Author: 
A. J. Hall, Irish singer [ Dr James Stewart ('Sheamus Rua') of the Irish Medical Schools' and Graduates' Association ]
Publication details: 
Note on letterhead of the Junior Athenaeum Club, 116 Piccadilly [ London ]. 18 November [ circa 1898 ]. Stewart's memorandum undated.
£60.00

The note and memo are on a 12mo bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. The letter is signed 'A. J. Hall' and addressed to 'My dear Doctor'. He explains that he would gladly visit him, 'if at liberty', but that he is 'at Wolverhampton that night with Madame Albani'. The biographical note, presumably in Stewart's autograph, is on the reverse of the second leaf of the bifolium, beneath the following, in red ink: 'Memo. by Dr. James Stewart ("Sheamus Rua") Hon. Secy.

[ Herman Wouk and the making of the 'Winds of War' television series. ] Eighteen Typed Letters Signed and three Autograph Letters Signed from Wouk to screenwriter Jack Pulman, with copies of Pulman letters, and other material relating to the project.

Author: 
Herman Wouk (b.1915), American novelist [ Jack Pulman (1925-1979), British screenwriter; Stanley Kallis; Dan Curtis (1927-2006), director; Paramount Pictures ]
Publication details: 
Washington, Los Angeles and London. Most of Wouk's letters on his Washington letterhead. Between 2 December 1977 and 22 April 1979.
£1,800.00

From the Jack Pulman papers. Pulman's distinguished career is well described on the British Film Institute's website, which descibes the background to this material, although its author us clearly unaware of the increasing tension between Pulman and Wouk revealed by material in the present collection: 'In early 1978 Paramount TV producer Stanley Kallis and author Herman Wouk approached Pulman to write a treatment (to be followed by a screenplay) for Wouk's sweeping World War Two novel 'The Winds of War'.

[ The engagement of a Victorian banker. ] Correspondence of Hugh Colin Smith (future Bank of England Governor) and his future wife Constance Maria Josepha Adeane, comprising nineteen Autograph Letters Signed from her to him and seven from him to her.

Author: 
Hugh Colin Smith (1836-1910), Governor of the Bank of England, 1897-1899 (Deputy Governor, 1895-1897)
Publication details: 
Her nineteen letters from Mount Clare, Roehampton; Bacres, Henley on Thames; 20 Park Street [ London ] and Goldings, between 9 April 1864 and 27 December 1866. His seven letters from Ashburton, Newton Abbot, between 27 May and 19 July 1865.
£250.00

The twenty-six items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. His seven letters, all signed 'Hugh C. Smith', total 52pp., 12mo. Her nineteen letters, signed 'Constance M. J. Adeane', 'Constance Adeane' and 'Constance', total 114pp., 12mo. The correspondence begins on 9 April 1864, with her declining his proposal of marriage: 'Dear Mr. Hugh Smith | I have quite come to the conclusion that it will not be fair to keep you any longer in suspense for the chance of consideration & time making me change my mind – as it is quite made up.

[ Charles Rowcroft as Editor of Hood's Magazine ] Three Autograph Letters Signed "Chas Rowcroft" to [ J.T.J. Hewlett, author of "Peter Priggins" (1841)

Author: 
Charles Rowcroft, novelist, author of Tales of the Colonies, followed by The Bushranger of Van Diemen's Land, AND An Emigrant in Search of a Colony [Australia}
Publication details: 
Upper Stamford Street (2) and the Strand (1), 19 April, 13 & 17 May 1845.
£150.00

Three Autograph Letters Signed, nine pages, 12mo, all bifoliums, fold marks, good condition. [April] Marked "Private & Confidential", he says he won't hold back on plain-speaking, going on to criticise Hewlett's last article as lacking the wit and humour of the 'celebrated author of Peter Priggins'. "I had no inclination to put such counterfeit coin in my magazine. At the same time I was anxious to secure the cooperation of one who could write [phrase underlined] as you have done;- [...] I quite agree ith you in the propriety of your desire 'to know the parties with whom you work'.

[ T.C. Newby, publisher ] Autograph Letter Signed "TC Newby" to J.T.J. Hewlett, author of 'Peter Priggins. The College Scout"., making an offer on a novel and explaining his thinking,somewhat incoherent (c.time of publication of "Wuthering Heights").

Author: 
.T.C. Newby, publisher (Brontes etc)
Publication details: 
No place or date [ Watermark 1845 ]
£180.00

Two pages, 12mo, fold marks, good condition. "I waited [to give] my reply to your note that I might get some information to guide me in my decision. I regret that my impression as to the danger of bringing out a work which has already appeared in Magazine [...] & consequently all I should feel inclined to do would be to risk the producing the work, & to give you 50£ upon its reaching a sale of 250 copies, or if you consider it more advantageous to receive 25£ upon a sale of 200, & a further sum of 25£ upon the sale of £250 & 25£ upon every further sale of 50 copies.

[ R. H. Mottram, author of the 'Spanish Farm' trilogy. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. H. Mottram') to 'Mr Pettitt', regarding the autographing of books and his Rankin relations in Rochford.

Author: 
R. H. Mottram [ Ralph Hale Mottram ] (1883-1971), English novelist, author of the 'Spanish Farm' trilogy
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Poplar Avenue, Eaton, Norwich. 11 July 1928.
£30.00

1p., 8vo. Lightly aged, and with creasing and closed tear at head. He will be pleased to autograph any copies of his book which Pettitt would like to send, and concludes: 'Are there any Rankin's in Rochford now? They are related to me'.

[ Sir John Jeremie, Governor of Sierra Leone. ] Autograph Note in the third person, inviting '- Payne Esqr.' to dinner.

Author: 
Sir John Jeremie (1795-1841), British judge and diplomat, Chief Justice of Saint Lucia and Governor of Sierra Leone, whose writings contributed to the abolition of slavery.
Publication details: 
Government House, Freetown [ Sierra Leone ]. 10 January 1841.
£25.00

1p., 12mo. On a bifolium, part of the second leaf of which has been torn away, but with address by Jeremie to 'Payne Esqr. | Commanding the G

'. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Reads: 'Sir John Jeremie presents his compliments to Mr. Payne & begs he will do him the favor of dining with him on Tuesday at half past six o'clock.'

[ Lord Dudley Coutts Stuart, Liberal politican and husband of Princess Christine Bonaparte. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Dudley Coutts Stuart'), undertaking to visit the pianist Charles Salaman.

Author: 
Lord Dudley Coutts Stuart (1803-1854), Liberal politician, husband of Lucien Bonaparte's daughter Princess Christine Bonaparte, supporter of Polish independence [ Charles Salaman (1814-1901), pianist]
Publication details: 
34 St James's Place [ London ]. 17 July 1848.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. On aged and lightly-worn paper. It will give him great pleasure to wait upon Salaman and his sister, and he will certainly do so 'unless absolutely prevented' by the House of Commons, which he hopes will not be the case. The word 'Lord' has been added in a contemporary hand before Stuart's signature.

[ Colonel Percy H. H. Massy of British Military Intelligence. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('P. H. H. Massy') to 'Cochrane' discussing the botanical interests of Prince Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, with reference to the botanist W. Siebe, and his own post.

Author: 
Col. P. H. H. Massy [ Colonel Percy Hugh Hamon Massy ] (1857-1939), traveller, sportsman and British Military Intelligence officer in the Balkans [ Prince Ferdinand I of Bulgaria (1861-1948) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the British Vice Consulate, Varna. 14 October 1903.
£56.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Although he finds it strange that Cochrane should have had no reply from 'the professor', he points out that he sometimes goes travelling for weeks. He gives the address of 'Monsieur le Docteur W. Siebe' at the German Consulate in Mersine, before continuing: 'Strange to say I have another letter to forward to him from a friend of mine, and Prince Ferdinand, with whom I was talking here a few days ago, knows Dr. Siebe also and gets many bulbs from him and looks on him as a wonderful botanist.

[ 'Pneumonia Evening' at the Osler Club, London. ] Signed Typed Circular from L. Carlyle Lyon, Assistant Secretary to the Osler Club, addressed to Dr Nehemiah Asherson, regarding the 'Pneumonia Evening' and the Club. With annotations by Asherson.

Author: 
L. Carlyle Lyon [ Dr Louis Carlyle Lyon (d.1970) ], Assistant Secretary, Osler Club, London [Nehemiah Asherson (1897-1989), English physician and Librarian of the Medical Society of London ]
Publication details: 
From Lyon's private address, 42 Corringway, Ealing, W5 [ London ]. 29 December 1951.
£80.00

1p., folio. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with leaf from diary tipped in onto blank reverse. Signed 'L. Carlyle Lyon', addressed by Lyon to 'Mr. Asherson' with seasonal greetings in autograph. Heavily annotated with notes by Asherson. Begins: 'You are cordially invited to attend (with a friend or friends) the "Pneumonia Evening" of the OSLER CLUB (President, Mr. V. Zachary Cope, F.R.C.S, in the Chair) on FRIDAY, January 11th, at 7.45 p.m. at the Medical Society of London, 11, Chandos Street, Cavendish Square, W.1. | Speakers: Lord Horder, G.C.V.O.: "Osler and Pneumonia".

[ Napoleon General; Battle of Ulm ] Note Signed "L.G. Suchet", text in secretarial hand, with further autograph note signed "Soult"note

Author: 
Louis-Gabriel Suchet, (1770-1826), Duke of Albufera (Duc d'Albuféra), was a Marshal of France and one of Napoleon's most brilliant generals. [ Marshal Soult ] .
Publication details: 
Le 3 Thermidor An 12 [July/August 1805 prob.]
£850.00

One page, 8vo, fold marks, corners chipped, mainly good condition. Part-printed (Heading "Au Quartier General de [wincille - in MS] Le {date as above] de la Republique francaise || Suchet General de Division Inspecteur General d'Infanterie."). Text in secretarial hand as follows: "A monsieur le marechal, | J'ai l'honneur de vous adresser un extrait des rapports qu'a recu le colonel du 17eme Regiment d'Infanterie legere, de ses officiers embarque.

[ George Grossmith, Victorian humourist. ] Dictated Letter, Signed ('Geo: Grossmith') with autograph postscript, to 'George R, &c.' [George R. Sims], describing their first meeting, and commenting warmly on their thirty-eight years of friendship.

Author: 
George Grossmith (1847-1912), humourist, author, actor and singer [ George R. Sims (1847-1922), journalist and bon vivant ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 55 Russell Square, W.C. [ London ] 22 June 1908.
£80.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and stained, with creasing along one edge. A wonderful letter, linking two notable figures in late-Victorian society, beginning: 'Do I remember it? how can I ever forget it, considering that we introduced ourselves to each other, without any introduction; & that casual acquaintanceship has developed into a friendship (without a discordant note) which has lasted for about 38 years.' Regarding their first meeting he writes: 'I was not subpoenaed as a short hand writer, as no such functionary was engaged at Bow St.

[ Henry Southgate, auctioneer and anthologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to E. D. Girdlestone

Author: 
Henry Southgate (1818-1888), London auctioneer [ Southgate & Barrett, 22 Fleet Street ] and anthologist [ E. D. Girdlestone [ Edward Deacon Girdlestone ] (1829-1892) ]
Publication details: 
Woodbine, Sidmouth, Devon. 11 May 1878.
£56.00

4pp., 12mo. Two pages on bifolium with two-page postscript on loose leaf. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for his 'kind note and opinion respecting my "Many Thoughts" [ anthology of 1857 ] of which nearly 267 - tons have been sold, an odd way of putting it you will say, but such is the fact.' He is working on a 'curious and suggestive book now on Aphoristic Wisdom'. He thinks he may 'gather something' from Girdlestone's 'Collection', which he undertakes will be 'most carefully and thankfully returned'.

[ Katherine Thomson ('Grace Wharton'), Victorian novelist and historian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('K. Thomson') to an unnamed man, regarding the publication of a novel after 'the storm of adverse criticism is over'.

Author: 
Katherine Thomson ('Grace Wharton') [ née Katherine Byerley; Mrs A. T. Thomson ] (1797-1862), Victorian novelist and historian
Publication details: 
37 <Sheffield?> Road, Derby. 4 December [ 1861 ].
£56.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. She assumes that her work ('Celebrated Friendships', 1861), 'published with Messrs Hogg', has attracted his attention. 'Now about my novel, about which you have been very kind. Till the storm of adverse criticism is over, I think it will be much better to delay the work. Any notice it may have, will be cursory, & slight.' She wishes to postpone publication: 'My name will not appear in any book next year, that I know of, at present.' She will be in Derby for a few days, and will be happy to hear from him.

[ Dame Marie Tempest, actress. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mary') to 'My dear Cyril', discussing his 'amusing and witty play' and the one in which she is acting.

Author: 
Dame Marie Tempest [ Mary Susan Etherington ] (1864-1942), English singer and actress ('the queen of her profession')
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'Miss Marie Tempest'. 'Monday' [ no date ].
£35.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with slight loss to one corner and creasing to another. Strengthened on reverse with a small piece of tape. Letterhead in red, with Tempest writing in green ink. She writes warmly: 'I've read your Play, and I think it charming up to the point of the two people who are crooks! It suffers from the same thing that our present Play suffers from. Too sudden a jump!' She invites him to go and see the play, 'and you will gather what I mean'. She ends by describing his play as 'amusing and witty'.

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