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[Catherine Frances Macready, actress and wife of William Charles Macready, to homeopathist Dr F. F. H. Quin.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C F Macready') inviting Quin to dinner, with signed postscript requesting 'Powders' for her 'Nose & Legs'.

Author: 
Catherine Frances Macready [née Atkins] (1823-1852), actress, first wife of the actor-manager William Charles Macready (1793-1873) [Dr. Frederick Foster Hervey Quin (1799-1878), homeopathic doctor]
Publication details: 
'5 Clarence Terrace [London] | Wedy. Morg.' [No date, on paper with watermarked year 1837.]
£250.00

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium, with the letter on the recto of the first leaf, and a long postscript on the recto of the second. In good condition, lightly aged, folded twice. A friend of Charles Dickens and his circle, and physician to Queen Victoria's uncle Prince Leopold, Quin founded the London Homeopathic Hospital in 1849. The letter invites Quin to 'dine with us on Tuesday the 23rd. Inst at a quarter before seven o' clock'. The pith is in the two postscripts: 'P.S.

['Max Wall' [Maxwell George Lorimer), comedian and actor.] Autograph Signature: 'Good luck to Enid! | Max Wall | 1951'.

Author: 
'Max Wall' [Maxwell George Lorimer (1908-1990)], comedian and actor in music hall, theatre, film and television
Publication details: 
No place. 1951.
£28.00

On one side of 8 x 13.5 cm leaf of cream paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight creasing to one corner. A good, firm underlined signature. Reads: 'Good luck to Enid! | Max Wall | 1951'. On the reverse is the autograph of an unknown signatory: 'To Enid | [Sister? Lister?] [J?] Ferguson'.

[Mabel Constanduros [Mabel Tilling], radio comedienne.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mabel Constanduros') to Fleet Street editor Collin Brooks

Author: 
Mabel Constanduros (1880-1957, born Mabel Tilling), radio comedienne, actress and screenwriter [Collin Brooks (1893-1959), journalist and Fleet Street editor; Collie Knox (1899-1977), journalist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 9 Wetherby Gardens, S.W.5. [London] 13 December 1946.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight damp staining. Addressed to 'Mr Brooks'. She is sending 'the script for you. It can, of course, be knocked about how you like. It is just a peg on which to hang things.' She reports that 'Collie' (i.e. Collie Knox) was pleased with Brooks's message, 'and sent most cordial ones back to you'. She concludes: 'We had an extremely pleasant lunch, and I shall look forward very much to meeting you again'.

['Wee Georgie Wood', i.e. George Wood, music hall performer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('George.') to 'C. B.' [impressario C. B. Cochran?], regarding two photographs and a 'cutting from the NY Daily Mirror'.

Author: 
'Wee Georgie Wood', i.e. George Wood (1894-1979), popular English music hall performer
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Savage Club, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1. 25 September 1947.
£60.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight rust staining at head from paperclip. Reads: 'Dear C. B/ | Choice of two photographs with pleasure that you so flatter me as to want one. | Thought the enclosed cuttings from the NY Daily Mirror would interest you. Dont trouble to retain them. | Yours | George.' Wood was a screen and stage actor and comedian. A dwarf, he usually performed as a child. He wrote a weekly column in The Stage, and was a stalwart of the Savage Club. He is mentioned by John Lennon in the Beatles song 'Dig It'.

[Horace Sequeira, actor, portrait painter and make-up artist.] Four items: Autograph Duologue titled 'Seeing the Coronation'; duplicated duologue titled 'A Quiet Day's Sketching in Sussex'; and two price lists.

Author: 
Horace Sequeira (1887-1973), actor, make-up artist, portrait painter [Old Vic and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London]
Publication details: 
All four undated (one circa 1953 and the others earlier). One item from 5 Belsize Crescent, Hampstead, NW3 [London], and two others from 17 Welbeck Mansions, Inglewood Rd, NW6.
£250.00

Sequeira was born in Aldgate. In the years following his service in the London Regiment during the First World War, he acted in Shakespeare at the Old Vic, and he would continue as an actor into the age of film and television. In addition to acting Sequeira taught (including a youthful Peter Cushing) at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, painted, and in 1953 published a book on stage make-up. The present four items, all undated, are in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: Autograph duologue titled 'Seeing the Coronation'. 5pp., foolscap 8vo. With revised conclusion, 1p., 12mo.

[William Charles Macready, celebrated actor and friend of Charles Dickens.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. C. Macready') to 'Mr. Hawtrey', written within days of the death of his 'Sister and Friend' Letitia; also discussing the Sherborne Institution.

Author: 
William Charles Macready [W. C. Macready], celebrated actor and friend of Charles Dickens [his 'Sister and Friend' Letitia Margaret Macready (d.1858); Hawtrey; Sherborne Institution, Dorset]
Publication details: 
Sherborne House [Dorset]. 9 November [1858].
£120.00

The present item was written at the end of a period of great tribulation for Macready. As W. T. Price explains in his biography: 'Macready suffered repeated sorrows in his retirement. His wife died in 1852, and his two sons died in their youth, Walter Francis Sheil, aged 13, in 1853, Henry Frederick Bulwer, aged 19, in 1857.

[William Charles Macready, celebrated actor, friend of Charles Dickens.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. C. Macready.') [to 'Hawtrey'], regarding Prince Albert, the education of the poor, and the recipient's brother's school.

Author: 
William Charles Macready [W. C. Macready], celebrated actor, friend of Charles Dickens [Hawtrey; Sherborne, Dorset ]
Publication details: 
Sherborne House [Dorset]. 31 May [no year, but before 1860].
£120.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium with mourning border, on paper embossed with the Macready crest. In fair condition, lightly aged, with torn hole to one corner of the first leaf (not affecting text), presumably caused by removal from mount. The recipient is clearly a member of the Hawtrey family (and presumably a relation of Edward Craven Hawtrey of Eton), as the letter concludes with the Macready family's best wishes 'to Mrs. Hawtrey'. It must date from before Macready's departure for Cheltenham in 1860.

[Lillah McCarthy, English actress and theatre manager, wife of Harley Granville-Barker.] Typed Letter Signed ('Lillah McCarthy') to author Clifford Bax, regarding the 'details of my birth' and her production of 'Judith'.

Author: 
Lillah McCarthy (1875-1960), English actress and manager of the Little and Kingsway Theatres, and with her husband Harley Granville-Barker (1877-1946), of the Savoy [Clifford Bax (1886-1962), author]
Publication details: 
The Kingsway Theatre, Great Queen Street, W.C.2. [London] 3 May 1919.
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. She was glat to receive his letter and will send 'details of my birth as soon as I can get a moment to myself'. She hopes he will 'come and see "Judith" and then come round to my room afterwards and tell me what you think about it all'. Accompanied by a leaf of paper carrying a calligraphic manuscript biography, written during McCarthy's lifetime.

[ Charles Kemble, actor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Kemble.') to an unnamed recipient, sending an autograph and apologising for the delay in a charming fashion.

Author: 
Charles Kemble (1775-1854), English actor, member of a notable theatrical dynasty, joint proprietor of Covent Garden Theatre, London
Publication details: 
11 Park Place, St James's [ London ]. 12 November 1836.
£35.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter reads: 'Sir | Having mislaid your letter of 14th. March last, you have doubtless considered me a very discourteous person - this day, in turning over a parcel of letters which had been put aside as answered, I fortunately discovered yours among the rest, requesting my Autograph, which I hasten to send you; and with many apologies for the delay, I am, Sir, | Your obedient servant | C. Kemble'.

[ 'Lewis Melville' [ pen name of Lewis Saul Benjamin ], author and actor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lewis Melville'), enquiring whether his book 'In the World of Mimes' has been accepted for publication.

Author: 
'Lewis Melville' [ pen name of Lewis Saul Benjamin (1874-1932) ], literary biographer, novelist and actor
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Playgoer's Club, Strand, W.C. [ London ]. 28 July 1900.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. On grey paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. He writes to enquire whether the recipient 'can undertake the publication of the novel I submitted to you – In the World of Mimes – as I am leaving town at the end of the week', and he hopes to 'settle the matter one way or the other (preferably one way & not the other)' before he leaves. 'In the World of Mimes' was published in London by Greening & Co. in 1902.

[ Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson and his theatrical manager Shad Frost. ] Autograph Signatures on copy of duplicated typed contract, made out for 'John Kelt' [i.e. the actor's brother Eric Forbes-Robertson ]

Author: 
J. Forbes Robertson [ Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson ] (1853-1937), English actor-manager, the finest Hamlet of his day; his theatrical manager Shad Frost [ Shadrach Frost ] (1867-1919) ]
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£180.00

2pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged and worn paper. The name of the play is nowhere given. A standard duplicated typed theatrical contract ('MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT'), in which 'J. FORBES ROBERTSON (Hereinafter called the Manager) […] agrees to engage the services of the Player for tour'. It is made out in the actor's hand for 'John Kelt | 13 Gardens | Shepherds Bush Road | W.', with the tour beginning on 'August 3rd.' (year not given), for the 'weekly salary' of £3. Signed by 'J. Forbes Robertson.' Witnessed by 'Shad Frost'.

[ Laura Henderson, founder of the Windmill Theatre. ] Autograph Letter Signed to an actress [ Janet Achurch ], praising her performance in 'A Doll's House'

Author: 
Laura Henderson [ born Laura Forster ] (1863-1944), founder of the Windmill Theatre, London [ Janet Achurch, stage name of Janet Sharp (1863-1916), actress ]
Publication details: 
14 Hill Street, Berkeley Square [ London ]. 'Sunday' [ 1889 ].
£320.00

4pp., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Achurch's entry in the Oxford DNB explains the context: 'In 1889, when she was still only twenty-three, she undertook the management of the Novelty Theatre, London, where on 7 June she appeared as Nora in the first English production of Ibsen's A Doll's House.

[ Sir Gerald du Maurier, actor-manage. ] Typed Letter Signed to composer Herman Finck, regarding his 'very delightful well-favoured' daughter.

Author: 
Sir Gerald du Maurier [ Sir Gerald Hubert Edward Busson du Maurier ] English actor-manager [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), Anglo-Dutch composer and conductor ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Wyndham's Theatre, London. 5 September 1921.
£40.00

1p., 8vo. On aged and worn paper. Reads: 'One of the extraordinary things in this world is heredity. I occasionally met on the golf links at Thurlestone, a very delightful well-favoured young lady, of whom I saw too little. She told me she was your daughter. Is it possible? and such charming manners too. Well! its a wonderful world.' Finck's song 'In the Shadows' was one of the last to be played as RMS Titanic went down.

[ Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson, actor. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Johnston') to his sister the artist Cecilia, on family matters, with a description of his passage across the Atlantic on a troop ship.

Author: 
Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937), distinguished Shakespearian actor [ Cecilia Forbes-Robertson, artist ]
Publication details: 
First: 10 June 1916, letterhead of Hartsbourne Manor, Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire. Second: 28 December 1917, letterhead of 18 Sussex Square, Brighton. Third: 4 October 1915; Wychdene, St. Cliff Parade, Broadstairs.
£100.00

All three items in good condition, lightly aged and worn, and all in envelopes addressed by him to her at 48 Hogarth Road, South Kensington (the third 'Earls Court'). ONE: 10 June 1916. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He begins by expressing a desire to visit the family, and then gives directions for the use of field glasses which he is sending his father. 'They are German I am sorry to say, but the best.' TWO: 28 December 1917. 2pp., 12mo. He found her 'beautiful drawing' on his return home, and 'Auntie Gertrude will see it today. - I was thirteen days at sea, the ship having to go up to Halifax.

[ Allan Wilkie, Shakespearian actor-manager in Australia. ] 24 Autograph Letters Signed to the theatre historian Allan Duncan, discussing his life and career in England and Australia, with copies of 18 of Duncan's replies, and nine other items,.

Author: 
Allan Wilkie (1878-1970), Anglo-Scottish Shakespearian actor-manager in England and Australia; Barry Duncan Duncan [ Horace Alexander Barry Duncan ] (1909-1985), theatre historian and bookseller
Publication details: 
The first five from 42 Mount Edward Road, Rothesay, Bute, Scotland; 17 of the others (including 7 on his letterhead) from Montford House, Rothesay; the other one from Edinburgh. Between 11 January 1965 and 15 October 1969.
£1,750.00

It is safe to say that no Shakespearian actor travelled as widely as Allan Wilkie, and few can surely match the number of his performances. Although born in Liverpool, Wilkie considered himself Scottish ('a young Scots boy'). Inspired by Osmond Tearle, he took to the stage, learning his craft with Ben Greet's company. The Times obituary of 'Mr. Allan Wilkie | Shakespearian actor-manager', 8 January 1970, describes how, after six years as a touring actor-manager in England, Wilkie took his troupe to India, China and Japan, 1911-1913.

[ Joseph Younger, Georgian actor. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Jos. Younger'), the first to an unnamed recipient regarding the death of a soldier, and the second to the soldier's father, 'Mr. Finlay'.

Author: 
Joseph Younger (c.1734-1784), English actor
Publication details: 
First letter: 'London April 2d. 1782' and 'No. 6 St. Martin's Street | Leicester Fields.' Second letter: 'Liverpoole [sic] | Augt. 26th. 1782.'
£120.00

Both in fair condition, on aged paper, and each with the upper inner corner torn away, resulting in slight loss of text. ONE: To unnamed recipient, 2 April 1782. 2pp., 4to. The letter begins: 'I am requested by my worthy friends Mr. & Mrs.

[ Printed items. ] Leichner of London, stage make up manufacturers: set of sixteen 'Leichner Make-Up Charts', notes on 'Casualty Faking' for Civil Defence Training, and other material.

Author: 
L. Leichner (London) Ltd., make-up for stage, film, photography and television, founded by Ludwig Leichner (1838-1912)
Publication details: 
L. Leichner (London) Ltd., Leichner House, Acre Lane, SW2; Leichner Make-Up and Beauty Studio 44a Cranbourn Street, WC2. One item dted April 1958 and the others from the same period.
£180.00

The material is in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Set of 16 black and white 'Leichner Make-Up Charts', each on a loose 22 x 13.5 cm piece of art paper. Complete with covering leaf. Illustration and instructions on how to prepare make-up for characters including 'Haggard Man', 'Villain', 'Stage Butler', 'Italian', 'Arab', 'Clown', 'Red Indian', 'Oriental', 'Jovial Woman' and 'Ballet'. TWO: Duplicated Typescript titled 'Casualty Faking'. 6pp., 4to.

[ Phyllis Hartnoll, theatre historian and poet. ] Four Typed Letters Signed to the theatrical bookseller Barry Duncan, with other material relating to the purchase of items from him.

Author: 
Phyllis Hartnoll (1906-1997), theatre historian, musicoloist, poet and publisher [ Barry Duncan [ Horace Alexander Barry Duncan ] (1909-1985), London theatre historian ]
Publication details: 
Three of the letters on Oxford University Press letterheads. Other items addressed from her home, Hobbits, Nether Westcote, Kingham, Oxon. 1945 and 1946.
£180.00

Nine items. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Heavily annotated by Duncan. The letters (each 1p. long, two in 4to and two in 8vo) concern her orders and wants'. On 23 April 1945 she writes: 'I find on looking through the Play Pictorial bound volumes that No. 28 His Highness My Husband is missing. It is not a very important one, in fact I don't remember hearing of the play before, but if you happen to have a copy among your single numbers, I should be glad to have it, in order to complete the volume.

[ Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson, Shakespearian actor. ] Twelve publicity photographs in celebrated roles, individually mounted [ from a set titled 'Souvenir of Forbes-Robertson's Farewell at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane'. Dated 'London, Spring, 1913' ].

Author: 
Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937), Shakespearian actor
Publication details: 
[ Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. 1913. ]
£120.00

Twelve black and white photographs, of slightly varying sizes (around 15 x 10 cm.), each mounted on a piece of grey paper 25 x 18.5 cm. paper with caption and credits printed on it. All in good condition, lightly aged and worn. The twelve are part of a set of sixteen, which were housed in a printed grey-card wallet (not present), titled 'Souvenir of Forbes-Robertson's Farewell at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane'. Dated 'London, Spring, 1913'. The front cover of the wallet carried a list of sixteen 'pictures of some of his most famous parts'.

[ Nathaniel Newnham-Davis, food writer, gourmet and 'Home Front Actor'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('N Newnham Davis') to Douglas Sladen, giving advice about publication of an article on Fred Archer, the jockey, and his work looking after German PoWs.

Author: 
Nathaniel Newnham-Davis (1854-1917), food writer, gourmet and 'Home Front Actor' [ Douglas Sladen [ Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen ] (1856-1947), author and academic ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Officers' Mess, Alexandra Palace, N. [ London ] 27 January [ no year, but First World War ].
£50.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly aged and ruckled paper. The letter begins: 'My Dear Douglas Sladen | Fred Archer has been dead quite a time and I do not know whether Editors of Sporting Papers would consider his life a live subject.

[ Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson, distinguished Shakespearian actor. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Johnsont') to his niece Ida Forbes-Robertson, on family matters and a benefit performance.

Author: 
Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937), distinguished Shakespearian actor [ his neice Ida Forbes-Robertson ]
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of Hartsbourne Manor, Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire. 11 May and 7 June 1916.
£80.00

Both letters are in their envelopes, with stamps and postmarks, addressed by Johnston to his neice at 48 Hogarth Road, South Kensington. ONE: 11 May 1916. 1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks her for her 'sweet letter' and explains that he is 'down here in bed with a cold'. He hopes for a meeting when he comes to town, congratulates 'Philip' (her brother Philippe (1898-1968), artist and illustrator) on doing well, and sends best wishes to her mother (the Polish artist Janina Flamm). TWO: 7 June 1916. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium.

[ Dulcie Gray, actress. ] Copy of typescript of 1991 autobiography 'Looking Forward, Looking Back'; corrected typescript of first part of unpublished book 'Four Years'; prompt copies for her and her husband of their autobiographical play 'Curtain Up'

Author: 
'Dulcie Gray' [ Dulcie Winifred Catherine Savage Bailey ] (1915-2011), actress, wife of actor Michael Denison [ (John) Michael Terence Wellesley Denison ] (1915-1998)
Publication details: 
None of the three items with place or date. 'Looking Forward, Looking Back' published in 1991. 'Four Years', 1940s or 1950s. The prompt copies for production of 'Curtain Up' at the Guildford Theatre, 1998.
£650.00

Gray - who in addition to her acting career was a crime novelist and lepidopterist - has an excellent entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, which also carries details of Denison. ONE: Typescript of 'Four Years | By | Dulcie Gray'. [2] + 63pp., 4to. Stapled. With front brown-paper cover with red label bearing title, with stamp of typewriting agency Ethel Christian, 36-38 Southampton Street, Strand. Signature of 'Michael Denison' at head of title-page. On aged and worn paper, and lacking the last couple of leaves and back cover.

[ Edward Askew Sothern, English actor. ] Autograph Signature ('E. A. Sothern | Haymarket Theatre.') on part of letter.

Author: 
E. A. Sothern [ Edward Askew Sothern ] (1826-1881), English actor, best-known for playing Lord Dundreary in 'Our American Cousin'
Publication details: 
Haymarket Theatre [ London ]. Undated.
£20.00

On one side of 6 x 10 cm piece cut from the end of a letter. In fair condition, aged, ruckled and a little faded. Reads: '<...> kindly pass | Very soon | If convenient | & oblige - | E. A. Sothern | Haymarket Theatre.'

[ Charles Fechter, Anglo-English actor. ] Autograph Signature ('Ch. Fechter') and authorisation of admission to '2 boxes' at the Adelphi Theatre, London.

Author: 
Charles Fechter [ Charles Albert Fechter ] (1824-1879), Anglo-French actor
Publication details: 
Adelphi Theatre, London. 23 December [ no year ].
£20.00

On one side of a 7 x 9 cm piece of laid paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn; apparently cut down. Reads: 'Adelphi | Admit 2 boxes | Wed. Dec 23 | Ch. Fechter'. Good bold signature.

[ Georgian theatrical newspaper cuttings, mainly concerning the opera singer 'Mrs. Cargill' [ Ann Cargill ] and the actress 'Mrs. Bishop' [ Elizabeth Sarah Bishop ], at Covent Garden and Drury Lane, London. With contemporary manuscript additions.

Author: 
'Mrs. Cargill' [ Ann Cargill, née Brown ] (1760-1784), opera singer; 'Mrs. Bishop' [ Elizabeth Sarah Bishop, née Lyon ] (1787–1831), actress, wife of Sir Henry Rowley Bishop (1786-1855), composer
Publication details: 
[ From the Morning Post, London. ] Cuttings relating to Cargill, dating from between 1777 to 1784. Those relating to Bishop and others, London, 1809-1831.
£180.00

A total of 93 newspaper cuttings, 87 of which are laid down on eleven 4to leaves of wove paper, the other six cuttings being loose, with one playbill. The cuttings - around two-thirds of which relate to Cargill, most of the rest relating to Bishop - are in fair condition, lightly-aged with a handful worn, on aged leaves worn at edges. Most of the cuttings are dated, and on the few occasions the source is given it is 'M P', i.e. the Morning Post. The first leaf carries a trimmed-down playbill for a benefit performance for 'Mrs.

[ Sir Henry Irving. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H Irving') to 'Lord Gray', regarding a theatre box.

Author: 
Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905), eminent Victorian actor-manager
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 15A, Grafton Street, Bond Street, W. [ London ] 15 February [ no year ].
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. In a difficult hand. He hopes there is 'no misunderstanding about the box for tonight', which is reserved in the recipient's name at the theatre: '& you have only to ask for your box'. He ends: 'We shall meet tonight I hope after the play.'

[ Samuel Phelps, actor-manager. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. Phelps') [ to Hay], regarding arrangements for an engagement in Exeter.

Author: 
Samuel Phelps (1804-1878), actor-manager at Sadler's Wells, London
Publication details: 
'T[heatre]. R[oyal]. Worthing'. No date [ 1836 ].
£40.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'My Dear Sir/ | I should like much to visit Exeter, but the distance is so great & travelling (with my family) so confoundedly expensive - that I had made up my mind, this summer should end my wanderings - however as Exeter is in the "land of my nativity" [he was born at Devonport] it is a strong temptation for me to winter with you'. He refers him to 'Mr Hughes' with regard to his 'capability', and states his terms 'for myself & wife who can play little chambermaids &c - and be useful on all occasions'.

[ Charles Kemble, actor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Kemble.') to C. R. Smith, correcting a mistake regarding the British Archaeological Association.

Author: 
Charles Kemble (1775-1854), English actor [ C. R. Smith [ Charles Roach Smith ] (1807-1890), antiquary and archaeologist; British Archaeological Association ]
Publication details: 
Athenaeum Club [ London ]. 27 August 1847.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight rust spotting around date at head. He explains that it is 'under a mistake' that he has been 'proposed as an Associate of the Central Committee of the British Archaeological Association', and he declines the 'honor intended' with 'sincere thanks'.

[ J. C. Williamson Ltd., Australian theatre management firm. ] Collection of 15 numbers of 'J. C. Williamson Ltd. Magazine Programme' and two numbers of 'Theatre Royal Magazine Programme'.

Author: 
J. C. Williamson Ltd., Australian theatre management firm, founded by American actor James Cassius Williamson (1845-1913)
Publication details: 
[ Printed by Whitmarks Ltd, Sydney, Australia, for the publishers City Ads. Ltd. ] The 17 numbers dating from between 1928 and 1941.
£220.00

The collection is in fair condition, with rusted staples, and slight age and wear to the covers of most of the numbers, with a handful in not such good condition, the covers of one of them being almost detached. All 4to, and ranging in length between 20pp. and 64pp. Well-illustrated, with coloured covers, biographies, news and gossip, relating to actors, plays, the chain and its theatres, as well as wider topics such as 'Russian Ballet in London', 'A Few Toilet Hints. By Phyllis Monkman', 'The Grenadier Guards Band. Shortly to Tour Australia', and 'Modern Make-Up'. By Miss May Murray.

[ 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'.

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