Autograph Letters

autograph letter signed to Albert Case,

Author: 
Alma Murray
Publication details: 
3 September 1902, with letterhead 49 Comeragh Road, West Kensington.
£20.00

English actress (1854-1945). 2 pp, 12mo. "All my recitations are favorites just when I am reciting them - so the question you ask me is rather difficult to answer. - I love my work, so each bit of it has its special place in my heart. Sometimes - it may be a sad one or a merry one that I feel most devoted to. - The audiences help you at these moments & make special favorites for a few hours."

Autograph letter not signed to The Editor of the Quarterly Review (Lockhart).

Author: 
Rev. Arthur Hudleston.
Publication details: 
11/02/33
£45.00

Two pages, 8vo, good condition. With a note identifying the writer who simply describes himself in his letter as "The Author of the accompanying volume of sermons" of which he asks the Editor to give an early notice. He offers the "accustomed remuneration [!] for this trouble through his publishers." He asks for the book to be returned to his publishers (Rivington) if no review is contemplated. N.B. Rivington published Hudleston's "Discourses on Religion and Morality".

Autograph letter signed to Lady Ball,

Author: 
Cyril Maude
Publication details: 
16 January [no year], 60 South Audley St.
£15.00

English actor-manager (1862-1951), apparently written to an "angel". "Thank you for your letter. / It is a humorous sketch for 3 or four people lasting 23 minutes with lots of 'Punch' & a wonderfully funny part wh. whould show me off. My offer runs to Easter and all that is if only I can find what they want in advance. Voila!" Negligible traces of previous mounting on blank reverse.

one autograph note signed to Mr <? Buster>,

Author: 
Charles Wyndham
Publication details: 
19 October [no year], on letterhead of Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road.
£15.00

English actor-manager (1837-1919), knighted in 1902. One page, 8vo. "Dear Mr / Thanks for enclosure & letter. / Yrs sincly / Charles Wyndham". Grubby, ruckled, and with traces of previous mounting on blank reverse.

Typed note signed,

Author: 
Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery
Publication details: 
28 November 1927, with letterhead The Durdans, Epsom.
£30.00

Liberal Prime Minister (1847-1929). One page, 12mo, on mourning paper. "Dictated. / My dear Constance, / I always reckon on your sympathy, and so your kind note has not taken me by surprise. / Your affte / [signature]". The signature looks like little more than "Ry".

one autograph fragment signed,

Author: 
Augusta Katherine
Publication details: 
6 May 1883, no place.
£25.00

(died 1904), wife of Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar. Second daughter of Charles Gordon-Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond and Gordon. One page, 12mo. "<...> so unhappy / Y. most sincerely / Augusta K Saxe Weimar / May 6th / 83". Docketted beneath this "Princess Edward of Saxe-Weimar. Two grease stains to recto, and four pieces of gummed paper from mounting on the blank verso.

Autograph letters signed (x 2) to the actress Hilda Trevelyan [1880-1859],

Author: 
Cyril Maude
Publication details: 
April 29 and 1 September [no years].
£30.00

English actor-manager (1862-1951). The first, April 29, Rivoli, with letterhead of The Playhouse, Northumberland Avenue, one page, 8vo. "Dear Miss Trevelyan, / Very many congratulations. You are absolutely 'sweet' in the piece. It is so many years since we met. Your performance is beautiful. I wished to come round & see you but didnt like to intrude." The second, 1 September [no year], with letterhead 26 Cleveland Gardens, Lancaster Gate, 2 pp, 12mo. Affectionate letter to "Dear little Manageress" (Trevelyan was for a time co-manageress of the Vaudeville Theatre).

Autograph letter signed to Sir John Coxe Hippisley

Author: 
Duke of Somerset
Publication details: 
Maiden Bradley, 12 Sept. 1821.
£100.00

Edward Adolphus Seymour, eleventh Duke of Somerset (1775-1855), agriculturist, etc. Three pages, 4to. His correspondent was Sir John Hippisley who, among many avocations, pursued agricultural science which is the main topic of this letter. Somerset is pleased to see the books of General Beatson, former lt gen in the East India Company and Governor of St Helena, but also an experimental agriculturist.

Autograph note signed to Mrs [Edith] Cabourn,

Author: 
Cyril Maude
Publication details: 
19 December [no year], with letterhead Redlap, Dartmouth.
£15.00

English actor-manager (1862-1951). One page, 12mo. "I am so sorry that owing to some money losses I cannot send more for poor Charlie Rocks widow."

autograph card signed to [John] Cabourn,

Author: 
Ben Webster
Publication details: 
16 December 1904, 31 Bedford Street Strand, with letterhead of the Garrick Club.
£30.00

Actor (1864-1947). 2 pp. "Dear Cabourn, / We are drawn together in the 1st heat of the Billd Handicap - when do you think you will be able to play - the thing is hanging fire a bit."

typed note signed to the actor [John] Cabourn,

Author: 
Dion Boucicault the younger
Publication details: 
28 February 1905, on letterhead of the Duke of York's Theatre.
£20.00

Actor-manager (1859-1929), son of the actor and dramatist. "Dear Mr Cabourn / As Mr Barrie's new play has turned out there is no part in it that would have been at all suitable to yourself. I wish there had been." The reference is to "Alice-Sit-by-the-Fire" by J. M. Barrie (1860-1937), which, written for Ellen Terry and replacing his "Peter Pan" at the Duke of York's, ran for 115 productions. Loss to one of the lower corners.

autograph note signed to Georgina Jones,

Author: 
Agnes Strickland
Publication details: 
21 October 1858, no place.
£20.00

Historian (1796-1874), whose most famous work was "The Lives of the Queens of England". One page, 12mo, on blue paper. "Believe me to be, dear Miss Georgina Jones very truly / Agnes Strickland / Octr. 21 1858". Unobtrusive numbering in one corner.

Autograph letter signed to Mrs [?] Villiers,

Author: 
E. G. Harcourt-Williams
Publication details: 
20 July (no year), with letterhead Permanent address High Bank Addiscombe Croydon
£20.00

Actor and producer (1880-1957). 2 pp, 4to. He thanks her for taking an interest in his work. "Yes - you are right I have a wonderful mother. / Wasn't it dreadful on Saturday afternoon! I thought it brave of you to sit it through." Somewhat grubby and creased.

autograph letter signed to Edward Draper,

Author: 
Andrew Halliday [full name Andrew Halliday Duff]
Publication details: 
21 October 1872, with embossment 122 Camden Street.
£25.00

Essayist and dramatist (1830-1877). 1 page, 12mo. "If you should be in the neighbourhood of the T. R. D. L on Saturday about 3 o'clock, I should like to see you, with any of your quaint music books in your pocket. Have you still got "the ", & "the Vicar still preaches that Peter & Poule." For the latter see "Guard Room" Canto VI." Remains of mount glued to reverse of blank second leaf.

Autograph note signed to Mrs [?] Hartland,

Author: 
Dion Boucicault.
Publication details: 
17 February 1915, on the letterhead of the Duke of York's Theatre.
£20.00

Dion Boucicault the younger. Actor-manager (1859-1929), son of the actor and dramatist. One page, 8vo. "Dear Mrs Hartland, / I wonder if you could see me here at 2-45 on Friday when I will give you my decision. / Yours very truly, / Dion: Boucicault." Slight creasing to two corners.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2pp., 8vo, to unnamed correspondent

Author: 
Wilhelm Ganz
Publication details: 
09/07/90
£25.00

German-English musician (1833-1914). He tells of an approach made him by someone offering an engagement and giving a draft which was ultimately returned by the Bank.

Autograph letter signed to [?] Pemberton,

Author: 
Edward Compton
Publication details: 
20 March 1890, 96 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, on letterhead of the Compton Comedy Co. on Tour.
£20.00

English actor-manager (1854-1918). One page, 8vo. "My dear Pemberton / We had a beastly passage over here, have both been seedy ever since, & only just able to crawl through our routine work I shall not attempt to sit down to the Play until Sunday, but on that day I will write you all about the new Scenario."

Typed letter signed to L. E. Berman,

Author: 
Bronson Albery
Publication details: 
7 July 1943, on the letterhead of the New Theatre, St Martin's Lane.
£20.00

English theatre manager (1881-1971). One page, 4to. He thanks him for his note about "A Woman of No Importance". In an apparent reference to a letter written by him to The Sunday Times about that newspaper's drama critic James Agate (1877-1947) he writes: "My letter was somewhat emasculated, as not only was a sentence left out in the middle, but the concluding sentence ran as follows: - / "Mr. Agate will never cease being provocative but his influence will necessarily diminish in proportion to the contempt he feels for his job.

Autograph note signed to the actress [Jean] Webster Brough,

Author: 
Cyril Maude
Publication details: 
28 October [no year], with letterhead 22 Bruton Street, Berkeley Square.
£15.00

English actor-manager (1862-1951). One page, 12mo, cropped to an uneven shape. "Dear Miss Webster Brough / How very very kind of you to write like that. I have so greatly appreciated your thoughtfulness. I loved your dear father - bless him / Yours sincerely / Cyril Maude". Negligible traces of previous mounting at head of page.

Autograph letter signed to "Farquhar".

Author: 
A.A. Knox
Publication details: 
31/01/77
£20.00

Journalist and police magistrate ((1818-1891). One page, 8vo. He invites him to dinner. "The Grimstones and Toole are coming - and others whom I dare say you know". He asks for the response to be sent to the Police Court at Marlborough Street.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2pp., 12mo, to "Mrs Hawes"

Author: 
Richard Westmacott
Publication details: 
17/05/44
£25.00

Sculptor (1775-1856). Work takes precedence over "gaieties" so he cannot accept an invitation.

Autograph Note initialled to "Catalina"

Author: 
Sir Henry Lytton Bulwer
Sir Henry Lytton Bulwer ANS
Publication details: 
No date.
£30.00
Sir Henry Lytton Bulwer ANS

Diplomat. One page, 8vo. He asks for a pair of Chinese slippers to be added to her brother's account and warns her against a "maddish charlatan" with whom he has crossed swords.

Autograph Note, third person, to "Mr Buick"

Author: 
Sir J. Bernard Burke,
Publication details: 
18/04/63
£30.00

Genealogist. One page, 8vo. He presents his compliments and says he will answer Buick's enquiry on his return to Dublin Castle.

Autograph Note Signed, one page, 8vo, to Lord Harmsworth, press baron

Author: 
Schomberg K. MacDonnell
Publication details: 
10/08/98
£25.00

Irish civil servant ((1861-1915). He hopes for a meeting in London. "I want very much to see you for a few minutes".

Autograph Letter Signed, 2pp., 8vo, to Ernest Carr

Author: 
W. Pett Ridge
Publication details: 
14 April (n.y.)
£25.00

Novelist (1864-1930). He announces the birth of his first child, with comment on its colour.

Signature clipped from document

Author: 
Richard Westmacott
Publication details: 
no date
£25.00

Sculptor (1799-1872). Clipped signature from an appeal to the Artists' Benevolent Fund. Thomas Phillips, portrait painter (1770-1845), signature is on the same piece of paper

Autograph Letter Signed, 2pp., 8vo. to Goodall & Turner, solicitors or insurers

Author: 
Thomas Aston Coffin
Publication details: 
16/02/08
£75.00

American loyalist. He is returning a policy from which his "Liquors" have been mistakenly excluded. He asks for his cellar to be insured.

Autograph Postcard Signed to "Madam"

Author: 
Tito Mattei
Publication details: 
11/10/88
£30.00

Pianist. 2 sides. He accepts an invitation to play a solo for the "Sick Childre (sic) Hospital" adding his choice of music for the programme.

Statements of Account (x 2), signed.

Author: 
W.H. Russell
Publication details: 
1853
£65.00

Irish war correspondent amd miscellaneous writer (1820-1907). 2pp., 8vo. One signed twice by Russell, the other initialled. The statement gives details of three articles contributed to the Miscellany, including "The Lewis - What is it?".

Autograph Letter Signed to "Spencer"

Author: 
W.H. Russell.
Publication details: 
04/06/82
£75.00

Irish war correspondent. 2pp., 8vo. He produces some badinage about an invitation card, then comments on the situation in Egypt: "I wish the Powers - which they aren't by the by - had let our fat friend Ismail [Pasha] alone just tightening the bit a little & and then there would be none of this darkness over the land of Egypt . . . ", concluding with jocular mis-spellings of "poetical".

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