Autograph Letters

[ Thomas Hughes, author of 'Tom Brown's Schooldays'. ] Autograph Signature on part of letter.

Author: 
Thomas Hughes (1822-1896), English lawyer and judge, author of 'Tom Brown's Schooldays'
Publication details: 
Place not stated. [ 1873. ]
£25.00

On 3.5 x 16.5 cm piece of paper, cut from the end of a letter. Ruckled and lightly stained, with small closed tear (not affecting signature). Good firm signature. Reads: 'Kindest regards to your wife | Ever most truly yours | Thos Hughes'. At bottom left: '1873'. Same year printed on reverse, which carries more autograph text by Hughes, written at right angles to the text on the other side.

[ William Ewart Gladstone, British Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature ('W E Gladstone') from franked letter.

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), British Liberal Party politician, four-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated. [ 1859? ]
£25.00

On 2.5 x 11.5 cm. piece of paper, cut from front panel of envelope. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Lower part of address present, reading 'Gt Grimsby | Grantham'. Circular frank in red ink over this, reading 'FREE | 8 JY 8 | 18<5?>9'. Good firm signature underlined at bottom left: 'W E Gladstone'.

[ R. E. B. Crompton, inventor and electrical engineer. ] Autograph Card in the third person, paying his subscription to the Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
R. E. B. Crompton [ Rookes Evelyn Bell Crompton ] (1845-1940), British inventor, electrical engineer and industrialist [ Crompton & Co. ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Thriplands, Kensington Court, W. [ London ] 31 January 1901.
£38.00

On both sides of a 9 x 11 cm. grey card with embossed letterhead. In good condition, lightly aged. Docketted and with Royal Academy of Arts stamp. 'Lt. Colonel Crompton begs to enclose a cheque in payment of his subscription and will be greatly obliged to the Secretary if he will send him a form to enable his Bankers - Messrs. Barclay & Co. to pay the subscription in future.' Crompton's firm Crompton & Co. was one of the world's first large-scale manufacturers of electrical equipment.

[ Joseph Barber Lightfoot, Bishop of Durham. ] Autograph Signature ('J B Lightfoot') on part of letter.

Author: 
J. B. Lightfoot [ Joseph Barber Lightfoot ] (1828-1889), Bishop of Durham and Professor of Divinity at Cambridge
Publication details: 
'Trin: Coll. | Nov. 18th'. [ Cambridge, year not stated. ]
£35.00

On 11 cm square piece of light-blue paper cut from the end of a letter. Good firm signature, preceded by five lines of text in a difficult hand, appearing to read: '

to every one but the Academic Deanery should have failed to a man of Academic & literary distinction | I am, dear Dr.

, | Very truly yrs | J B Lightfoot | Trin; Coll. | Nov. 18th'.

[ Robert Stephenson, railway engineer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rob Stephenson') to '- Moberley Esq', regarding the purchase of a 'Machine'.

Author: 
Robert Stephenson (1803-1859), pioneering railway engineer, constructor of 'Stephenson's Rocket'.
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 24 Great George Street, Westminster [ London ]. 1 June 1852.
£450.00

2pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, with the text of the letter on the first leaf, and the second laid down on a leaf removed from an album. Stephenson's letter in good condition, on lightly aged paper. He writes that he is sending the recipient the reply he has received from 'Mr Harrison'. He feels that it would be better for Moberley to 'purchase the old Machine of the Contractors Messrs Rush & Lawton'. He does not know their address, but if they send him 'any drawing, it will be forwarded'. Rush and Lawton were Newcastle railway contractors. The recipient is probably W. H.

[ C. Aubrey Smith, Hollywood actor and test cricketer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Aubrey . . S.') to 'George'

Author: 
C. Aubrey Smith [ Sir Charles Aubrey Smith ] (1863-1948), English stage and film actor and test cricketer
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'The Round Corner', 2881 Coldwater Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills. 22 July 1943.
£35.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He thanks him for thinking of his birthday, and taking the trouble 'to bring me that sherry'. He has not yet sampled it, as 'it's a bit too hot for anything but water, just at present'. He will telephone him, as he doesn't 'feel cocksure' about his address. He ends with regards to 'Mrs George'. In pencil in another hand at head: 'Here it is, George | C.A.S.'

[ C. Aubrey Smith, Hollywood actor and test cricketer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Aubrey. S.') to 'Dear George & Mrs. George', regarding a change of address.

Author: 
C. Aubrey Smith [ Sir Charles Aubrey Smith ] (1863-1948), English stage and film actor and test cricketer
Publication details: 
629 No: Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. 27 July 1948.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good conditon, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks them for the birthday card, and asks them to note the change of address: 'we moved down here on Monday of last week & it has been a bit chaotic - like squeezing a Cape Cod Oyster into a cockle shell.'

Three Autograph Letters Signed "J.A. Fleming" (electronic engineer ) to Sir Henry Truman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Sir John Ambrose Fleming
Publication details: 
November 1915 to February 1916; London.
£250.00

English electronic engineer (1849-1945), inventor of thermionic valve. Widely considered to be 'the founder of electronics'. All three items good though grubby and on slightly discoloured paper. Item three dog-eared and grubby in top left-hand corner. All signed 'J. A. Fleming' and bearing the Society's stamp. ITEM ONE (two pages, quarto, 15 November 1915, University College, Gower St, to Wood, docketed): On the subject of a paper he proposes to give to the Society entitled 'The Organisation of Scientific Research'.

[Darwin connection] Autograph Note Signed "W.S. Dallas" to the Rev. J.M. Mello, geologist, about a paper by Henry Clifton Sorby, geologist inter alia

Author: 
W.S. Dallas [ William Sweetland Dallas ], zoologist.
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Geological Society, Burlington House, W., 15 Sept. 1874
£125.00

One page, 12mo, good condition, tipped on another peice of paper with unrelated notes on verso. Note (Wiki) "He curated collections at the British Museum and the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, and was editor of the Popular Science Review.

[Small archive; Ireland 1920] Robert Lynd & the Daily News, Telegrams & Articles on Ireland, 1920

Author: 
Robert Lynd reporting firsthand on the Irish situation in 1920 for the "Daily News".
Publication details: 
[1920]
£1,500.00

The items gathered here comprise telegrams of copy sent from Ireland by Robert Lynd to his Fleet Street newspaper, the London Daily News, together with manuscripts of his editors on the paper, and his own collection of newspaper cuttings of his articles, some gathered together with a view of publication in book form, together with some articles by other writers, relating to the 'Black and Tan' period.The first item in this list is a document of particular historical importance.

[Tony Sarg; railway posters] Three Autograph Letters Signed to 'Miss Manook'.

Author: 
Tony Sarg [ Anthony Frederick Sarg (1880-1942), known professionally as Tony Sarg, a German American puppeteer and illustrator]
Publication details: 
London, 1911-1913.
£250.00

ITEM ONE: 20 May 1911, on letterhead '3, Linnell Close, | Hampstead Garden Suburb, | London, N.W.'; ITEM TWO: 23 Dec. 1912, Granville House, Arundel St., Strand, London, EC..' ITEM THREE: 11 January 1913, 'Granville House. | Arundel St. Strand. | London E.C. ITEM ONE: 3 pages, 12mo. Very good, though slightly discoloured. 'Your very closely written letter would have melted any artist's heart and I did the little sketch [not present] in seperate [sic] envelope with great pleasure, particularly as the object of your collection is to cheer you up in your old age.

[Harry Reginald Hall of the British Museum, Egyptologist.] 27 Autograph Letters Signed to F. G. Gordon, written in a playful style on scholarly matters, including Tutankhamun's tomb. With a copy of Hall's funeral service, and two other items.

Author: 
Henry Reginald Holland Hall ['Harry Hall'] (1873-1930), Egyptologist, Keeper of the Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities, British Museum [Frank Gordon Gordon [né Straube] (1874-1968)
Publication details: 
Most on British Museum letterheads; two from his home address, 13 Chalcot Gardens, NW [London]; others on Royal Societies Club and Burlington Fine Arts Club letterheads. One from Abydos, Egypt. Sixteen between 1897 and 1929; the others undated.
£950.00

The letters total 104pp., mainly 12mo. In fair overall condition, with light aging and wear. Seventeen are signed 'H. H.', three 'Harry Hall', one 'H. R. Hall', three 'H.', one unsigned. Most addressed to 'Frank', others, in playful style, to 'Ryzt Worchypfull & very dere ffrend', 'Respected Friend and most admir'd Poet!' and 'the Scribe of the Admiral's | Yamen, Fa-erh-an-ki'. Also present is an Autograph Card Signed.

[Violet Attlee, wife of the Prime Minister Clement Attlee.] Autograph Note Signed ('V H A') at head of Autograph Letter from Downing Street secretary E. J. Sayer, apologising for a mistake.

Author: 
Violet Helen Attlee [née Millar] (1896-1964), Countess Attlee, wife of Clement Attlee (1883-1967), 1st Earl Attlee, Labour Prime Minister; Elizabeth Sayer, later Cooper, Downing Street secretar
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Prime Minister. Sayer's apology: 30 March 1950. Violet Attlee's reply on the same day.
£65.00

1p., on 20.5 x 8.5 cm slip, headed by the Prime Minister's official letterhead. Sayer's apology is headed 'Mrs Attlee', and she writes that she feels she 'must apologise in writing for the mistake I made over the arrangements for giving your two seats to the Misses Trevor', hoping that it did not cause inconvenience and promising not to do the like again. Violet Attlee's reply, headed 'Miss Sayer', is at the head of the letter: 'Please don't worry. It is quite a relief to me to find that somebody besides myself makes mistakes! | W H A 30/3'.

[Mary S. Sims of the YWCA, New York.] 146 Autograph Letters Signed and other correspondence to her English cousin H. Herbert C. Arthur, regarding her work travelling around America as YWCA 'Secretary for Cities', and other matters.

Author: 
Mary S. Sims (1886-1976), Executive Secretary and Secretary for Cities, the National Board of The Young Women's Christian Associations, New York [Agatha Mary Harrison, Quaker; H. Herbert C. Arthur]
Publication details: 
Most from New York [National Board of Young Womens Christian Associations of the United States of America]; others from various parts of America and England. Written between 1917 and 1928.
£1,800.00

146 Autograph Letters Signed and 4 Typed Letters Signed, 1 Autograph Note Signed, 1917-1928, with 3 Autograph Cards Signed and one Post Office Telegram. Totalling in excess of 500pp. The collection is in good condition, with light aging and wear. All letters in their envelopes. Sims addresses Arthur as 'Bert' (and on one occasion as 'Mon cher cousin'), and the envelopes are mostly addressed to him at his home, 59 Howard Road, New Malden, Surrey, or at his place of work with the Inland Revenue, York House B3, Kingsway, London.

[Oxford Movement; E.B. Pusey, churchman, and others.] Six Autograph Letters Signed ('E B Pusey' and 'E B P') to Francis Richard Wegg-Prosser ('W. P.'), discussing his conversion to Roman Catholicism. With substantial related correspondence.

Author: 
Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882), Church of England clergyman, Regius Professor of Hebrew at Christ Church, Oxford [Francis Richard Wegg-Prosser [ne Haggitt] (1824-1911), founder of Belmont Abbey]
Publication details: 
One letter dated from Christ Church, Oxford; 5 November 1852, another from 'Pusey nr. Faringdon [Oxfordshire]' and third from 'Asherne | Dartmouth [Kent]'. Wegg-Prosser's copy letter from 45 Grosvenor Place [London]; 7 May 1862.
£950.00

The Oxford Movement; E.B. Pusey and othersEdward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882), Church of England clergyman, Regius Professor of Hebrew at Christ Church, Oxford [Francis Richard Wegg-Prosser [ne Haggitt] (1824-1911), founder of Belmont Abbey] With: a collection of letters on the same or similar subjects from various clergymen to Wegg-Prosser, converted to the Catholic Church.[Pusey] Six Autograph Letters Signed ('E B Pusey' and 'E B P') to Francis Richard Wegg-Prosser ('W. P.'), discussing his conversion to Roman Catholicism [conversion 1852].

[Agatha Mary Harrison, women's rights reformer and friend of Mahatma Gandhi.] Eighteen Signed Letters (sixteen in Autograph) and one card to H. Herbert C. Arthur, regarding her work for the American YWCA on child labour in China. With other matter.

Author: 
Agatha Mary Harrison (1885-1954), English Quaker women's rights reformer and close friend of Mahatma Gandhi [World YWCA; women's rights; industrial welfare; child labour; China; H. Herbert C. Arthur]
Publication details: 
London, Prague, Asbury Park, Bristol, Manchester. Between 1924 and 1928.
£950.00

16 ALsS, 2 TLsS, 1 ACS. Also included are a draft of Arthur's first letter to Harrison (see Item Twenty below), a photograph of Harrison and Mary S. Sims (Item Twenty-three), and two papers on workers' rights in China (Items Twenty-one and Twenty-two). The collection is in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Ten of the nineteen items are in their envelopes, addressed to Arthur at 59 Howard Rd, New Malden, Surrey, with three sent from on board ship (SS Aquitania, SS Mauretania and SS Berengaria). The letters total 43pp. (see each letter for format).

[Paul Robeson; SIGNED.] Studio photograph, with inscription to 'Dora', signed 'Paul Robeson'.

Author: 
Paul Robeson [Paul Leroy Robeson] (1898-1976), American actor and singer, prominent in the Civil Rights Movement
Publication details: 
Dated by Robeson' "Show Boat" London, 1929'. Embosed 'REPRO. BY | S. GEORGES | 14. GREEN ST, | W.C.2.' and with the firm's stamp ('S. Georges Ltd. Photographic Expert') on the reverse.
£100.00

Black and white photographic print, 21 x 14 cm. Creased and stained, with short closed tear at head and slight loss to one corner. Robeson's inscription, in the bottom left-hand corner, reads: 'To "Dora" | With all good wishes and all good fortune. | Paul Robeson | "Show Boat" | London 1929'. The image is a head and shoulders shot of an assured Robeson in jacket, shirt and tie.

[Stella Cobden-Sanderson, author.] Four Autograph Letters Signed and one Autograph Card Signed to Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, with topics including a miscarriage by Lynd and evacuation from Cannes Harbour (with reference to Somerset Maugham).

Author: 
Stella Cobden-Sanderson (1886-1979), author, daughter of suffragette Anne Cobden-Sanderson [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
West Grinstead; 23 Hertford St, London; Long Crendon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (2); Nice. Between 1918 and 1944.
£135.00

The letters total 10pp., 12mo and 8vo. The three items in good condition, lightly-aged. ONE: ALS. The Taby Cat, West Grinstead; 17 Jan. [1918]. First 2pp only. In envelope postmarked 18 Jan. 1918. TWO: ALS. 23 Hertford Street, London, on cancelled letterhead of the Forum Club, 6 Grosvenor Place, Hyde Park Corner; 23 Aug. [1921 or 1922]. A sensitive letter of condolence on one of SL's miscarriages, signed 'Your devoted Stella'. Docketed by Lynd's daughter Maire Gaister: 'Probably in 1921 or 1922 after a still-born baby. S. L.

3 ALsS, 1 TLS and 2 ANsS, all signed 'AE', to Sylvia Lynd, poet and novelist.

Author: 
George William Russell ('Æ') (1867-1935), Irish poet.
Publication details: 
Various places, 1904-1933.
£850.00

3 ALsS, 1 TLS and 2 ANsS, all signed 'AE', three from 41 Sussex Gardens, London; two from 84 Merrion Square, Dublin; and one on letterhead of the Irish Statesman, 84 Merrion Square, Dublin, four dated between 1904 and 1933, the other three undated., totalA letter tentatively dated to 1918 or 1919 by MG begins 'It is very good & generous of you & Robert in these hard times to pass on the money received for literary work to Mrs Connolly.

[Sir William Beechey, English portrait painter.] Autograph Note Signed ('Mr. Beechey'), in French.

Author: 
Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), English portrait painter
Publication details: 
'16th. May [no year]'.
£32.00

On 7 x 11 cm slip of paper. In fair condition, aged and creased. The note, all in Beechey's hand, and probably addressed to a bookseller, reads: 'Monsieur - | De Regno Laconico, de Piraeeo. 1687. 2to. | Mr. Beechey | 16th. May'.

[Manuscript material; bookbinders] List of customers of Bookbinder in Cambridge, with a collection of letters, 1909 -1924

Author: 
[Stoakley & Son[s]; Frank E. Stoakley; bookbinders]
Publication details: 
c.1906-1924
£320.00

List of customers of bookbinder, Stoakley & Son, pre-1920(?)(from the list Professor Oppenheim died in 1919), 3pp., c.16 x 25cm, bifolium, 132 names listed alphabetically in pencil, most with ticks (bills paid?). Customers include A.C. Benson, Deighton Bell, Sir James Dewar, "Gaselee", "Gladstone", "Dr Greg" (W.W.?), Dr Keynes, J.M. Keynes, Bishop of Gibraltar, Alfred Milner, Lord Rayleigh, Sedgwick Museum, Sir J.J. Thomson, and several colleges. WITH: 21 Autograph Letters from a later incarnation of the Stoakley business, Signed, "H.T. Penn Young", Medical Officer H.M.

[William Pett Ridge, author.] Autograph Card Signed ('W. P. Ridge') to 'Miss Paget'.

Author: 
William Pett Ridge (1859-1930), English writer
Publication details: 
Letterhead of 24 Ampthill Square, London, NW. 'Thursday' [postmark 28 June 1906].
£25.00

In good condition, lightly-aged. Addressed to 'Miss Paget, | 28, Campden Hill Square | W.' Reads: 'I will look in this morning at the hour of coffee.'

[Thomas Cadell, publisher] Autograph Note Signed, "T Cadell", to his assistant "Lawless", with (on same page) Autograph Note Signed "Robert Lawless", to "Madam" (Mrs Grignion, wife of the impoverished artist, Charles Grignion.)

Author: 
Thomas Cadell, publisher and bookseller, and Robert Lawless, his assistant
Publication details: 
Portsmouth, 11 October 1786.
£220.00

One page, 12mo, laid down on larger piece of paper, after formation of a 2" closed tear. text complete and clear. [Cadell] "If the game sent with this tolerably good send it to [Mrs] Grignion with my love. You will tell them it may be Sunday before we arrive as the weather is so uncertain." [Lawless adds] "Madam | I am afraid these are bad, but I believe it is only when it was shot" [whatever that means]. Lawless earned an obituary in the Annual Register.

[William Cole, antiquary and friend of Horace Walpole.] Autograph Note Signed ('Wm. Cole') concerning a book from the Royal Library.

Author: 
William Cole (1714-1782), English antiquary, friend of Horace Walpole [The Royal Library]
Publication details: 
Dated 'Jan: 26 1744-5'.
£80.00

On slip of 2 x 11 cm paper. Laid down on 8 x 14.5 cm piece of brown paper. The note reads: 'Jan: 26 1744-5 Had this Duplicate valued by ye. Bookseller, fr ye. Royal Library, according to an Order of ye. University | Wm. Cole'.

[Charles Fairfax Murray.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. F. Murray') to 'Fisher' [barrister Richard C. Fisher?] regarding his purchase of the Bellini Crucifixion, now in the Louvre, with reference to Duveen. Rodolphe Kann, von Bode, Volpi, Bonacossi.

Author: 
Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), art connoisseur and artist [Sir Joseph Duveen; Rodolphe Kann; Wilhelm von Bode; Elia Volpi; Alessandro Contini Bonacossi]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'Via Marsilio Ficino 12 | Firenze'. 24 September 1913.
£950.00

A significant letter, filling gaps in the provenance of Bellini's Crucifixion, now in the Louvre. All that has been known hitherto about the painting's provenance is that at the beginning of the twentieth century it was in the Paris collection of the banker Rodolphe Kann, and that before the Second World War it was owned by the Florentine dealer Alessandro Contini Bonacossi, from whose heirs it was acquired by the Louvre in 1970.

[Peter Rylands] Autograph Letter Signed "Peter Rylands" to "Brooke Robinson" (Dudley lawyer?).

Author: 
Peter Rylands, politician and wire manufacturer (Wikipedia)
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Bewsey House, Warrington, 25 Sept. 1871.
£80.00

Four pages, 12mo, remannts from tipping in album or similar, sl. grubby, text clear and complete. He discusses the previous situation of "John Gamble", a servant, who he says was 'trustworthy & obliging' in the few months he was employed by him., "He is not at all afraid of hard work but rather appears to like it but is somewhat rough in his manner & makes too much noise." He had to tell him off for this, and prefers quiet servants.

[F. G. Kitton, Dickensian.] Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Card Signed (both 'F. G. Kitton') to Winfield S. Moody, editor of The Book Buyer, discussing the claim that Dickens's works were written by Herbert Spencer', and a query on Thackeray.

Author: 
F. G. Kitton [Frederic George Kitton] (1856-1904), illustrator, writer and authority on Charles Dickens [Winfield S. Moody (1816-1894), editor of The Book Buyer; Dickensiana]
Publication details: 
Both items from Pré Mill House, St Albans, England. 19 and 27 March 1999.
£140.00

LETTER: 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged and worn paper. Kitton writes that he has received two copies of the Book Buyer for March, and is 'much interested' in it for two reasons: 'Mrs. Garlands flattering comments upon myself and my work', and 'a very generous notice of my latest Dickens production'. He finds illustrations 'excellently reproduced', and praises 'the careful attention that has obviously been bestowed upon the preparation of both blocks and letterpress'. Turning to another matter, he notes 'a query (no.

[Lovat Fraser, editor of The Times of India.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lovat Fraser') to the news editor of the Daily Mail, sending 'something short' regarding 'Lord Hardinge's arrival' (having served as Viceroy of India).

Author: 
Lovat Fraser (1871-1926), editor of The Times of India, writer and traveller [Charles Hardinge, 1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurst [Lord Hardinge] (1858-1944), Viceroy of India, 1910-1916]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the White House, Slough. 23 April 1916.
£80.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with traces of brown--paper mount adhering to blank reverse. He is sending, at 'Mr Marlowe's request, [...] something short to be added to your announcement of Lord Hardinge's arrival' (not present). He realises that 'space is limited', so he has 'made a brief catalogue of his principal doings'. He ends by asking for the piece to be anonymous.

[Janet Leeper, writer on ballet.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Janet') to the theatre director E. Martin Browne, giving a detailed analysis of productions at Aldeburgh and Southwark of Benjamin Britten's opera 'Noye's Fludde'.

Author: 
Janet Leeper, writer on ballet [E. Martin Browne (1900-1980), English theatre director; Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), English composer; the Aldeburgh Festival]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 30 Bramham Gardens, [London] S.W.5. 15 January 1959.
£220.00

4pp., 8vo. 102 lines of neatly and closely written text. With original envelope addressed by Leeper to 'E. Martin Browne Esq | 99 Claremont Avenue | New York 27 | U.S.A.' Leeper begins by expressing her pleasure that Browne is 'going to do the first American performance of Noye's Fludde', which she describes as 'a great work - big & simple & satisfying, & very moving'.

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