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[ Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, Ceylonese art theorist and geologist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('A K Coomaraswamy') [ to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ], regarding his wife's 'recital of Indian music'.

Author: 
Ananda K. Coomaraswamy [ Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy ] (1877-1947), Ceylonese geologist and expert on Indian art [ Alice Ethel Richardson; Sri Lanka; Sir Henry Trueman Wood; Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Manor House, Britford, Nr. Salisbury. 19 October 1915.
£56.00

1p., 16mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, bearing the oval stamp of the Royal Society of Arts. Reads: 'Dear Sir, | I am sending you a bill of my wifes recital of Indian music on Nov. 16 and hope you will kindly exhibit it in the rooms of the Society. | Yours faithfully | A K Coomaraswamy'. For information on Coomaraswamy's distinguished career, see his entry in Who Was Who. Coomaraswamy married Alice Ethel Richardson (1889-1958), who performed Indian music under the stage name of Ratan Devi, in 1913. She was a disciple and lover of Aleister Crowley.

Five Typed Letters Signed and one Autograph Note Signed ('Gerald', 'Gérard', 'G. H.') from the arms dealer and fraudster Gerald Hamilton (model for Christopher Isherwood's 'Mr Norris') to Yvon Davis [pseudonym of Tom Driberg?] of Bradwell Lodge.

Author: 
Gerald Hamilton (c.1888-1970), arms dealer, traitor and fraudster, the original of Christopher Isherwood's 'Mr. Norris' [Yvon Davis; Tom Driberg; Bradwell Lodge]
Publication details: 
The first two letters on letterheads of 91 Kinnerton Street, Belgrave Square, SW1; the fourth from London, and the others without place. The first letter dated 22 December 1939 and the last 21 January 1940; the note undated.
£280.00

All in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letters are dated 22, 24 and 25 December 1939 and 20 and 21 January 1940; the note is undated. The letters total 6pp., 4to, with an additional 1p., 4to, carrying a translation from Spanish; the note is on the back of a scrap of Asbach Uralt packaging. The first two letters are in English, the other letters and the note in French. One envelope is present, addressed to: 'M. Yvon Davis, Bradwell Lodge, Bradwell-on-Sea, nr.

[Printed handbill poetical Christmas keepsake by Victor B. Neuburg, with wood engraving by 'O. W.']

Author: 
Victor B. Neuburg [Victor Benjamin Neuburg (1883-1940), poet and author, proprietor of the Vine Press, Steyning, Sussex]
Publication details: 
The Vine Press, Steyning, Sussex. Christmas, 1921.
£250.00

1p., 12mo. On piece of aged and lightly-creased laid paper. The engraving, at the head of the page, is 7 x 9.5 cm., is a stylised full-length depiction of a young man in eighteenth-century dress, wearing a cravat, with hands on hips, standing between two trees. The poem reads 'Dear He - / Or She - / This from me, / Victor B. / Neuburg, to thee.' Second stanza: 'Not me: we, / I forgot, you see.' In bottom left-hand corner, in italics, 'Christmas, 1921.' And in italics in bottom-right: 'The Vine Press, / Steyning, / Sussex.' No other copy found listed.

Typed Letter Signed from the Richmond bookseller Eric Barton, and Autograph Letter Signed ('Irène Barton') from his wife Irina Barton, to 'Mr. Bright', with reference to Aleister Crowley, Montague Summers and the unveiling of a plaque to Oscar Wilde.

Author: 
Eric Barton [Eric William Wild Barton] (1909-1997), bookseller, proprietor of the Baldur Bookshop, Richmond; his wife, born Irina Rowlands-Wisbeach [Aleister Crowley; Montague Summers]
Publication details: 
Eric Barton's letter: 19 November 1954. Irena Barton's letter: 21 November 1954. Both on letterheads of 63 Primrose Mansions, London, SW11.
£65.00

Eric Barton's letter: 4to, 1 p. Nineteen lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. His wife wishes him to apologise for not replying: her illness and that of their 'small son' prevented them both from 'attending to a huge mass of correspondence following the Oscar Wilde ceremonies'. He will attend to Bright's order and will also 'put you on our mailing list for books by and about Crowley and Summers. I too met both these gentlemen when they lived in Richmond, and visited Mr. Crowley at his flat in the Paragon'.

Autograph address and short note.

Author: 
John Cowper Powys (1872-1963), Anglo-Welsh writer
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£75.00

On one side of a piece of wove paper, cut into a rectangle approximately 4.5 x 9 cm. Good, on lightly-creased paper with one vertical fold. Cut from an envelope, with traces of the postmark over the autograph, and a section of the gummed strip on the reverse. Reads 'From | John Cowper Powys | Waterloo | Blaenau - F Festiniog | Merionethshire | North Wales | I enjoyed thinking of you in Italy'.

Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr Disspain'.

Author: 
John Cowper Powys (1872-1963), Anglo-Welsh writer [William Blake; Denis Saurat]
Publication details: 
8 November 1958. 1 Waterloo, Blaenau-FFestiniog, Merionethshire, North Wales.
£300.00

8vo, 4 pp. Bifolium. Very good on lightly aged paper. Written in Powys's distinctive, sprawling hand. Concerns William Blake and the monograph on him (1954) by Denis Saurat, who 'must indeed be a wonder considering the scope of his interests.' 'Yes I was brought up by my mother on the Poems of Blake; so I am always interested by any reference to them or any reproduction of them. Indeed and indeed I can fully understand your being so hypnotized by the pictures of Blake that you find yourself going to see them when you had decided to go somewhere else'. Powys is 'in excellent health'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Gerald Kelly') to unnamed male autograph hunter.

Author: 
Sir Gerald Kelly (1879-1972), portrait painter, Aleister Crowley's brother-in-law
Publication details: 
29 September 1935; on letterhead '65, Gloucester Place, Portman Square, W.1.'
£30.00

One page, 12mo. On ruckled paper with damage on reverse due to removal from mount. Text clear and entire. The autograph wasn't sent because Kelly was away. 'Why you want it I can't understand but since you ask for it: - here it is: -'.

Engraving by 'J Brown', from drawing by Marshall, captioned 'BARCLAY'S DICTIONARY, WORD CONJURER.'

Author: 
William Marshall Craig (fl.1788-1828), English artist [Barclay's Dictionary; T. Kinnersley]
Publication details: 
Published as the Act directs by T. Kinnersley, May 1st. 1813.'
£56.00

Dimensions of paper roughly ten inches by seven and a half wide. Clear impression on aged paper. Shows a standing magician waving a wand with a skull behind him and a kneeling servant hiding behind the hem of his gown, reciting a spell from a book on a table in front of him. The two demons he has conjured up stand to his left, looking rather pleased with themselves. Snakes, smoking cauldron, pin cushion, hourglass, knife, etc. Extracted from Barclay's Dictionary, where it was used to illustrate the word 'conjurer'.

Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed male correspondent.

Author: 
Lance Sieveking
Publication details: 
Highgate | over the Week End | Sunday'.
£45.00

Author and radio producer (1896-1972), 'tall, goodlooking godson of G. K. Chesterton', and friend of Aleister Crowley and E. M. Forster. Two pages, 12mo. Folded once. In good condition, with slight loss at head. A somewhat camp missive: 'My Dear Boy, | (What lovely yellow paper you use!) I am overwhelmed with disappointment - but I cannot dive on Monday. Could you possibly make it Tuesday? I should love to - and am only sorry you did feel that the other evening was a failure - and that you feel I affect you like you say. I will try not to now I know. | Lance'.

One Autograph Letter Signed, one Typed Letter Signed, two Autograph Cards Signed and one Autograph Letter Signed by another party and forwarded to F. J. Epps, F.G.S.

Author: 
Charles Maxwell Knight
Publication details: 
Letter of 14 May 1951 on letterhead The Homestead, Park Road, Camberley, Surrey; card of 13 June 1951, no place; typed letter of 6 November 1953 on letterhead of Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London; card of 4 June 1956: no place.
£150.00

Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society (1900-68); fascist; writer of thrillers; intelligence officer for MI5 who recruited Ian Fleming, Tom Driberg and Anthony Blunt; jazz drummer; friend of Aleister Crowley; said to have been the individual on whom the M of the James Bond books is based. The forwarded letter is signed 'Angus' and is on letterhead Old Rectory Ashton Northampton. All five items are in good condition, all of one page, the letters 8vo and the cards 16mo. Knight's handwriting is difficult.

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