AUTOGRAPH

[Terence Tiller, poet and radio producer.] Heavily-revised Autograph Draft ['Work-sheet'] of his poem 'Camels', with signed inscription; together with a typescript of the poem, also signed (both signatures 'Terence Rogers Tiller').

Author: 
Terence Rogers Tiller (1916-1987), poet and BBC radio producer, born in Cornwall, educated at Cambridge
Publication details: 
Both items dated May 1965.
£220.00

Tiller's entry in the Oxford DNB explains the background to this poem. In 1939 he 'went to Cairo to teach English literature and history at Fuad I University. During the Second World War he became closely associated with the group surrounding Personal Landscape, a review in the Middle East that had been founded and was edited by Lawrence Durrell, Robin Fedden, and Bernard Spencer'. Two items, both in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: Autograph Draft of the poem, in pencil, with numerous deletions, emendations and rubbings-out. 1p, folio.

[William Bodham Donne, second Librarian of London Library, reports on serious illness of William Makepeace Thackeray.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. B. Donne.') to Lady Cullum, giving information about Thackeray, and complaining about 'Mr. Bird'.

Author: 
William Bodham Donne (1807-1882), author and second Librarian of the London Library [Lady Ann Cullum, wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum of Hardwick House; William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist]
Publication details: 
4 November [1849]. Bury St Edmunds.
£90.00

Donne was a neighbour of Lady Cullum's, having moved to Bury St Edmunds in 1846. The present letter is written following Thackeray's near fatal illness of 1849, during the writing and serialisation of 'Pendennis'. The recipient Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House, was a close friend of Thackeray's. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter is complete from salutation to signature, but Donne has written '(over)' in the bottom left-hand corner of the page, suggesting a postscript.

[Henry Betty, actor.] Autograph Letter Signed [to Madame Celeste, lessee of the Royal Lyceum Theatre, London], announcing his father's recovery from illness, and requesting 'the favour of an Order' [to a performance of 'A Tale of Two Cities'].

Author: 
Henry Betty [Henry Thomas Betty] (1819-1897), actor and founder of Betty's Fund for Poor Actors and Actresses, son of actor William Betty (1791-1874) [Madame Celeste, lessee, Royal Lyceum Theatre]
Publication details: 
'Thursday Morning. | Feb 16/60. [16 February 1860] | 37. Ampthill Square. | Hampstead Road. | Regents Park.' [London]
£90.00

The Times, 16 February 1860, announces 'the new drama, called A TALE OF TWO CITIES', at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, 'Sole Lessee and Directress, Madame Celeste'. ('Madame Céleste' [Céline Céleste-Elliott] (c.1815-1882) was a French dancer and actress.) 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded three times. The recipient is not named. The letter has a large signature ('Henry Betty.') with florid underlining.

[Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton), poet, author and Liberal politician.] Holograph poem (signed 'Richd M Milnes.'), titled 'The Fifteenth of December, 1840' [published as 'The Funeral of Napoleon']

Author: 
Richard Monckton Milnes [Lord Houghton] (1809-1885), poet, author, Liberal politician and book collector [Napoleon Bonaparte]
Publication details: 
Dated by Milnes at end: 'Paris. Jan. 1841.'
£220.00

2pp, 8vo. On a gilt-edged leaf of umwatermarked wove paper. In good condition, lightly aged. A fair copy in Milnes's autograph. A curious poem, in which Milnes's Napoleon-worship wins through over considerations of the futility of war. Retitled 'The Funeral of Napoleon', the poem was first published in 1841 in the Spectator, and in slightly different form in Milnes's 1844 collection 'Poems, Legendary and Historical'. There are a number of differences between the present version and that published in the Spectator. The final stanza is entirely recast.

[Sterling Heilig, American journalist.] Typed Letter Signed ('Sterling Heilig.') to Fleet Street journalist 'A. T. Q. C.', discussing his 'business of writing sensational letters to the American Sunday papers' and 'cribbing' (plagiarism).

Author: 
Sterling Heilig (1864-1928) of Philadelphia, American author, journalist and war correspondent [Fleet Street journalism; fin-de-siècle]
Publication details: 
'40 rue Laffitte, Paris, | September 29, 1894.'
£180.00

1p, 4to. On leaf of aged, worn and creased cartridge paper. Addressed to 'A. T. Q. C., | Care of The Editor of | The Speaker, 115, Fleet Street, E.C., London.' An interesting letter, touching on English and American journalistic practice, 'sensational' copy, plagiarism and fin-de-siècle Paris. The context is not entirely clear: one reading is that the recipient reported on or reproduced in the Fleet Street newspaper the Speaker one of Heilig's 'sensational letters to the American Sunday papers', only to have it 'cribbed' by Pearson's Weekly.

[Charles Kean, actor.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles Kean') [to the actor Leigh Murray], regarding the securing of a Drury Lane theatre box from the doorkeeper 'Mr. Massingham'.With biographical item

Author: 
Charles Kean [Charles John Kean] (1811-1868), English actor born in Ireland, son of the celebrated Edmund Kean (1787-1833) [Henry Leigh Murray (1820-1870); 'Mr. Massingham', Drury Lane doorkeeper]
Publication details: 
'Thursday' [no date or place, but written from London, while performing at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane].
£75.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of grey-paper mount on blank reverse, and minor discolouration at one edge from glue used. The actor Henry Leigh Murray (1820-1870) is identified in pencil as the recipient. The letter begins: 'My dear Sir, | You are quite welcome to a P[rivate]. Box if there is one to spare'. He asks him to 'call or send to Mr. Massingham at the Box Office at 1/2 past 4 o'clock who has received instructions to attend to your wishes, if all the Boxes are not let by that time'.

[Drinkwater Meadows, actor.] Autograph Letter Signed [to the actor Henry Leigh Murray], regarding the receipt of a card for a private box at Drury Lane from Charles Kean, and his serving 'on the Grand Jury at Clerkenwell Sessions House'.

Author: 
Drinkwater Meadows (c.1799-1869), actor at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London [Henry Leigh Murray and Charles Kean, actors]
Publication details: 
'Monday' [no date or place, but written on 18 August (no year) from London].
£35.00

See Meadows' entry in the Oxford DNB. The recipient of the letter is not named, but it comes from the album of the actor Henry Leigh Murray, which also contained a letter regarding a theatre box from Charles Kean (offered separately). 1p, 12mo. 1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of grey paper mount on reverse, and slight discolouration at corners from glue. Written with mock-pomposity, and beginning: 'My dear Sir | I hereby give you notice that Mr C. Kean has delivered unto me a Card for a Private Box for to-morrow Augt. 19th.

[Harold John Tennant: his book with signed inscription to 'Oc', i.e. Brig. Gen. Arthur Melland Asquith, son of his brother-in-law the Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith.] Sir Charles Tennnant His Forbears and Descendants.

Author: 
H. J. T. [Harold John Tennant (1865-1935), son of Sir Charles Tennant, brother of Margot Asquith; her son by Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith, Brigadier General Arthur Melland Asquith (1883-1939)]
Publication details: 
Privately printed. 1932. [Printed by the London Caledonian Press Ltd., 74 Swinton Street, London, WC1.]
£100.00

63pp, 8vo. With frontispiece of 'The Bart.' and long fold-out family tree at rear. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. In original blue cloth binding with the cover bearing device of sailing ship and motto 'Dabit Deus Vela' in gilt. The inscription, on the front free endpaper, reads: 'To | dear Oc | from | H. J. T. | Christmas 1932.' Two 11 x 15.5 cards, printed in brown, are loosely inserted. One depicts a sumptuous interior, the other an old lady sitting at the window of a country house (The Glen?). Both have on the reverse the stamp of 'P. A. ELLIS, | Photographer, CLOVELLY.'

[Anna Gurney, philologist and philanthropist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A Gurney') to Lady Cullum of Hardwick House, discussing the Cullums' European tour, and giving news of their friends.

Author: 
Anna Gurney (1795-1857), philologist and philanthropist, member of the Gurney Quaker banking family [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
23 October [circa 1842]. 'N Repps [i.e. Northrepps] Cottage [near Cromer, Norfolk]'.
£180.00

See Anna Gurney's entry in the Oxford DNB. The recipient and her husband had spent some time in Rome in 1842, and in 1838 had befriended the Alpinist Henriette d'Angeville at Geneva. 4pp, 4to. Bifolium with mourning border and watermark year 1840. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of glue from label on outsides of gutter. The letter begins: 'My dear Lady Cullum | I think You & Sir Thomas may be home by this time & I must wish to enquire how you both are after your long wanderings.

[Sir Arthur Schuster of the University of Manchester, physicist who first described the concept of antimatter.] Typed Letter Signed ('Arthur Schuster') to Sir H. T. Wood, explaining his reason for declining to join council of Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Sir Arthur Schuster [Sir Franz Arthur Friedrich Schuster] (1851-1934), German-born physicist at the University of Manchester who first described the concept of antimatter
Publication details: 
30 June 1917. On letterhead of Yeldall, Twyford, Berks.
£120.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. With date stamp of the RSA. In response to a letter from Wood, he writes that he is 'highly honoured by the election to the membership of the Council of your Society', but that he is 'obliged to communicate to you my inability to accept it'. He explains: 'My work at the Royal Society has, in consequence of the War, increased to such an extent that I do not feel justified in undertaking any additional duties'.

[Edward Copleston, Bishop of Llandaff and Provost of Oriel College and Professor of Poetry, Oxford.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Copleston') laying out the conditions under which he will subscribe to a publication.

Author: 
Edward Copleston (1776-1849), Bishop of Llandaff, Provost of Oriel College, Professor of Poetry, Oxford, Political Economist
Publication details: 
11 March 1821. Oriel College [Oxford].
£85.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper with one corner torn away (without any loss of text). Folded three times. The recipient is not named. The letter begins: 'Sir | Your letter enclosing a prospectus of your proposed work has just reached me. I beg you will excuse me for not entering into a discussion of the subject, which is a rule I have found it necessary, under my engagements, to make.

[Edward Hull, geologist, Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward Hull') to Sir H. T. Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, suggesting the reading of a paper by relative on the German use of fat in explosives.

Author: 
Edward Hull (1829-1917), Irish geologist, Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland and Professor of Geology in the Royal College of Science, Dublin [Royal Society of Arts, London]
Publication details: 
Undated, but with date stamp of the Royal Society of Arts, London, 24 March 1916. On letterhead of 14 Stanley Gardens, W. [London]
£50.00

3pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. With date stamp of the RSA, and endorsement in blue pencil. He is writing to inform Wood that 'a relative of mine has written a paper on a subject of importance regarding the connection of fat [containing glycerin] with manufacture of explosives in Germany - and showing how that Country is approaching a crisis - when her supply of fat will be approaching exhaustion'.

[Mary Stocks (Lady Stocks), author and supporter of women's suffrage and social reform.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mary Stocks') to J. Samson of the Royal Society of Arts, regretting that she is 'too senile' to chair a meeting.

Author: 
Mary Stocks [born Mary Danvers Brinton; Lady Stocks] (1891-1975), writer and worker in fields of women's suffrage, welfare state and social work; linked to Strachey, Wedgwood and Ricardo families
Publication details: 
31 August 1973. On letterhead of 'The Lady Stocks', Aubrey Lodge, Aubrey Road, W8 [London].
£60.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with pin hole to one corner. Folded twice. The surname in Stock's signature underlined in green. She is 'greatly honoured' by Samson's invitation, '& it is a thing I should have loved to do. But the sad fact is, I am getting too senile to be sure of being able to keep a discussion in hand as a competant [sic] chairman should'. The letter concludes: 'I fear I am a bad example of an 82 year-old in view of what Sybil Thorndike does at 90!'

[Suttons Seeds, Reading.] Typed Letter Signed from Martin H. J. Sutton of the Royal Seed Establishment to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, regarding his experiments with 'radio-active fertilizers'.

Author: 
[Suttons Seeds] Martin Hubert Foquet Sutton (1875-1930) of the Royal Seed Establishment, Reading, grandson of Martin Hope Sutton (1815-1901), seed merchant
Publication details: 
18 September 1915. On letterhead, with Royal Warrant, of The Royal Seed Establishment, Reading, England.
£120.00

See the entry for Martin Hope Sutton in the Oxford DNB, and that for his grandson Martin Hubert Fouquet Sutton in Who Was Who. 2pp, 4to. I good condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded three times. With RSA date stamp. Signed 'Martin H F Sutton'. In reply to a letter from Menzies, Sutton expresses regret that 'it will be impossible for you to attend the Demonstration here on the 24th inst.' Sutton will be 'publishing certain particulars for the benefit of those present' and will be glad to send Menzies a copy.

[Great War ep'mera: Asiles des Soldats Invalides Belges, Brussels, Belgium; Edith Cavell] Nicely-printed notebook intended for correspondence filled with illustrations of German and Allied proclamations & illustrations of devastation by Léon Huygens.

Author: 
Asiles des Soldats Invalides Belges [Brussels, Belgium] [Henri de Schoonen, Président] Léon Huygens (1876-1919), Belgian artist [First World War; the Great War; World War One]
First World War
Publication details: 
[Brussels, Belgium.] Asiles des Soldats Invalides Belges. Circa 1917 or 1918.
£320.00
First World War

An unusual piece of First World War ephemera, a nicely-printed notebook intended for correspondence produced to raise funds for the charity. 48pp, 12mo, each page printed on its own leaf of wove paper. The leaves are perfect bound at the head, notebook-style, into grey card printed wraps, but with the glue now brittle and with the leaves now detached from the wraps, and with some leaves now loose.

[Royal Mail; General Post Office.] Six items in Postal History: subscription form for Post Office Relief Fund, 1914; circular from E. W. Walker of National Federation of Sub-Postmasters; article on 'A Postal Anniversary'; three Glasgow District items

Author: 
[Royal Mail; General Post Office; postal history; Post Office Relief Fund, 1914; National Federation of Sub-Postmasters; Glasgow District Manager; George Ritchie of Linlithgow]
Publication details: 
[Royal Mail; General Post Office; Glasgow District Manager] 1914, 1916 and 1940.
£220.00

Six items. The collection in fair condition, apart from Item Two. ONE: Printed form, a 'List of Subscribers' for the 'Post Office Relief Fund. | Second Appeal.' Dated '11/14T', i.e. November 1914. (In 1914 the Post Office set up a relief fund to help relatives of GPO staff who had gone off to fight.) 1p, folio. Eleven lines of text are followed by the 'List of Subscribers', in three columns headed: 'Name', 'Rate for every complete 10/-' and 'I hereby authorise the deduction of my Subscription from my salary', the last subdivided into 'Signature' and 'Rank'.

[ Louis Philippe ] Note (secretarial) Signed boldly "Louis Philippe" to "Monsieur le Comte" (not named) informing him of the opening of "la session des Chambres". In French.".

Author: 
Louis Philippe [(1773–1850), King of the French from 1830 to 1848
Publication details: 
Paris, 10 Novembre 1832.
£90.00

Paper, c.17 x 12, one edge trimmed, margin created by fold, good condition. Text in secretarial hand "Monsieur le Comte, Nous vous faisons savoir que l'ouverture de la session des Chambres est fixee au dix neuf de ce mois de Novembre et que vous devez y assister."

[Coroner's Private Notes; Bernard Spilsbury ] London Coroner's Notebooks: Ten 8vo notebooks survive from a sequence (numbered 1, 5, 11, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26)

Author: 
R. B. Hervey Wyatt: A London pathologist and coroner, 1931-1954.
Publication details: 
1931-1954
£5,000.00

A treasure trove of socio-medico-legal information, in seven out of a total of ten volumes of notes by a protégé of Sir Bernard Spilsbury (two of whose autopsies are described in detail), with descriptions of his autopsies (1931) and his own reports as coroner of numerous inquests by him (between 1931 and 1945), in cases of murder, suicide (mainly Lysol and gas poisoning) and accident, such as: 'Self induced abortion', 'Septic foot - cutting toe-nail', 'Arm caught in machinery', 'Fall from barge into R[iver]. Lea', 'Burns at home | Clothing caught fire', 'Fall fr.

[Gladstone PM Library; Samuel Rogers, 'the Banker Poet', inscribes a volume of his poems, with proof engravings by Finden and Goodall from Turner & Stothard, to 'his friend' William Ewart Gladstone.] Poems by Samuel Rogers.

Author: 
Samuel Rogers ('The Banker Poet'); J. M. W. Turner; Thomas Stothard; William Finden; Edward Goodall; Thomas Cadell and Edward Moxon, London publishers [William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister]
Publication details: 
London: Printed for T. Cadell, Strand; and E. Moxon, Dover-street. 1834.
£150.00

viii + 296pp, 8vo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and spotted paper, with slight damp staining along bottom edge. In contemporary green crushed morocco binding, with gilt decoration to the edges of the inside covers, all edges gilt, rebacked and with new endpapers. Inscribed by Rogers on flyleaf: 'To W. E. Gladstone | from his friend, the Author.' Beneath this Gladstone has added in pencil: 'June 1838'. The volume contains a handful of light annotatory marks in pencil, no doubt also by Gladstone.

[Antique china, furniture and silverware.] Notebook containing a mixture of illustrations on silk and card, with printed and manuscript descriptions.

Author: 
[Antique china, furniture and silverware; antiques; Victorian and Edwardian collecting]
Publication details: 
[English: late Victorian or Edwardian.] In album with label on front pastedown of Hatton & Son, Law and General Stationers, Booksellers & Binders, 81 Chancery Lane, London, W.C.
£150.00

70pp, on thirty-six leaves of a worn 16.5 x 10.5 late-Victorian album, bound in black cloth. An additional seven pages at the end of the volume carry an index, divided into 'China', 'Furniture' and 'Silver Pages'. In fair condition, aged and worn. The compiler is unidentified. The first nineteen pages of the volume carry a total of thirty-six 5.5 x 3.5 cm silk labels, each with a coloured illustration of an item of porcelain (from 'Astbury' to 'Zurich'), with the manufacturer's name and marks beneath, each accompanied by a strip of paper carrying a caption printed in blue.

[James Robertson Anderson, Scottish actor.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J R Anderson') to 'Lloyds', explaining that he can no longer pay for his son's 'Board & lodging', suggesting that they live apart, getting the boy's sister 'to reason with him'.

Author: 
James Robertson Anderson (1811-1895), Scottish actor and dramatist [F. Lloyds of the Liverpool Theatre?]
Publication details: 
18 April 1871. 9 Clements Inn, Strand [London]. With his armorial letterhead.
£35.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. The letter begins: 'My dear Lloyds, | However I may grieve at any misunderstanding between you and James - I cannot interfere.

[Perceval Gibbon, Welsh author and journalist, friend of Joseph Conrad.] Fourteen Autograph Letters Signed to his London literary agent James Brand Pinker, on professional matters, and also motor-cycle accidents and an incident with a 'certain lady'.

Author: 
Perceval Gibbon (1879-1926), Welsh author and journalist, friend of Joseph Conrad, Major in the Royal Marines and war correspondent [James Brand Pinker (1863-1922), London literary agent]
Publication details: 
The fourteen letters between 1903 and 1923. The last from Le Hocq, Jersey, the others from various London addresses.
£450.00

Fourteen letters with a total of 25pp, various formats. The collection in good condition, lightly aged. The first two letters, from 1903, signed 'R. Perceval Gibbon', the other fourteen, 1909-1923, signed 'Perceval Gibbon'. Written in a close neat hand, a correspondence - by no means a perfunctory - casting light on the relationship between Gibbon and his agent. Sent on following letterheads: 1903 (two), Bryn-Gwyn, 116 Clapton Road, N.E.; 1909, Elm Lodge, Riverside, Mortlake, S.W.

[Perceval Gibbon, Welsh author, to agent J. B. Pinker.] Three letters: two from Switzerland in 1914, discussing plans to become a war correspondent, and concern over Joseph Conrad; third (1917?) describing a visit to Pinker's son on the Western Front

Author: 
Perceval Gibbon (1879-1926), Welsh author and war correspondent, friend of Joseph Conrad [James Brand Pinker (1863-1922), London literary agent; his son son Eric Seabroke Pinker (1891-1973)]
Publication details: 
TLS: 'Nov 7th. [1917?] | c/o The Press Officer, | G. H. Q., B. E. F., France.' [i.e. General Head Quarters, British Expeditionary Force]. Two ALsS: 1 and 5 August 1914. On letterheads of Hotel Hilterfingen Pension, Thunersee [Switzerland].
£250.00

Gibbon was a New York Times war correspondent with the Italian Army during 1917 and 1918. He reported from the Isonzo, the Plave, the Carso, and elsewhere along the Italian front. In 1918 and 1919 he served as a Major in the Royal Marines. The main letter of the three present here was written from the Western Front on 7 November [1917?], Gibbon's agent J. B. Pinker having clearly asked him to arrange a meeting with his son, who was serving with the British Army. It is a Typed Letter Signed, 4pp, 4to, with a few autograph emendations. On four leaves of cartridge paper.

[Sir Archibald Geikie, Scottish geologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arch Geikie') [to Hyslop?] on the death of his son Roderick Geikie.

Author: 
Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924), Scottish geologist, Director of the Geological Survey of Scotland
Publication details: 
19 December 1910. On letterhead of Shepherd's Down, Haslemere, Surrey.
£35.00

1p, 12mo. With mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. The recipient is not named, but from the postscript may be named Hyslop. The letter was written following the death (under a train at Bayswater Station) of Geikie's son Roderick (1874-1910), Chief Clerk in the Colonial Office, who was educated at Harrow School. It reads: 'Dear Sir | Will you accept my sincere thanks for your kind letter.

[Sir Edward German, composer.] Autograph Signature ('Edward German :') to secretarial letter to Mrs Russell, apologising for not writing 'personally'.

Author: 
Sir Edward German (1862-1936), composer of incidental music and comic opera, best remembered for 'Merrie England'
Publication details: 
5 January 1928. On letterhead of 5 Biddulph Road, Elgin Avenue, W.9.
£25.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Only the salutation ('Dear Mrs. Russell,') and the valediction ('Yours very sincerely | Edward German :' are in German's hand; the rest is by a secretary. He writes that he would 'have liked to write you [sic] personally, but it is a little more than I can manage at present'. Nevertheless he assures her that he is 'most grateful' for her 'very kind message'.

[Ursula Bloom, novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ursula'), regretting that a 'Foyle lunch' will prevent a meeting, she being 'really dreadfully worried' about a problem with the recipient's sight.

Author: 
Ursula Bloom (1892-1984), popular novelist, author of more than five hundred books
Publication details: 
'Sunday'. On her letterhead, 191 Cranmer Court, S.W.3. [London]
£56.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, creased and lightly aged. Folded twice. Letterhead printed in red, with illustration of quill pen, inkstand and lighted candle. Written in purple ink. The recipient is not named and the letter begins: 'My dear, | I am horrified to find I have made some awful mistake in my diary & am at the Foyle lunch on Wednesday to stand in for someone else who may not turn up, so I can't break with it. I could cry, for I feel that I have let you down & so wanted to see you to hear how you really are'. She is 'worried to death' about the recipient's sight.

[John Sparrow, academic and bibliophile, Warden of All Souls College, Oxford.] Autograph Letter Signed and three Autograph Cards Signed to Brian Hill, praising his book 'Pleasure Garden' and discussing Dr Pan, with reference to buggery.

Author: 
John Sparrow [John Hanbury Angus Sparrow] (1906-1992), academic and bibliophile, Warden of All Souls College, Oxford [Brian Hill (1896-1979)]
Publication details: 
Letter 24 October 1956; two of the cards from around the same date, the third card dated 22 November 1935. The first three with letterhead of the Warden, All Souls College, Oxford. The third 1935 card without place.
£120.00

The four items in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: ALS. 2pp, 8vo. Folded twice. He wishes to tell him 'what pleasure Pleasure Garden has given & is giving me - chequered only by occasional [footnote: '& most unworthy'] annoyance that you should have spotted something which I thought that no one but myself had ever noticed and appreciated'. He finds it 'a delightful and entirely fresh book - which pleases many different bits of one's mind'. He continues in the same tone, noting with approval that Hill has 'preserved specimen's of Pan's quaint pomposity'.

[Lascelles Abercrombie, Georgian poet and Oxford literary critic.] Autograph Letter Signed to the pre-eminent historian of drama Allardyce Nicoll

Author: 
Lascelles Abercrombie (1881-1838), Georgian poet and literary critic at Oxford University, one of the 'Dymock poets' [Allardyce Nicoll [John RamsayAllardyce Nicoll] (1894-1976), historian of drama]
Publication details: 
2 May 1932. On letterhead of 7A, Stanley Gardens, W.11. [London]
£45.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'Dear Allardyce | May I present you with this as a (somewhat belated) Easter egg? - At least I meant to get it off at Easter, but various alarums and excursions got in the way.' Persisting with the conceit, he explains that 'there is no more obligation on you to eat it, than there is to eat any other Easter egg'. He gives a list of three theatrical topics for his 'Malvern lectures', beginning with 'Play of the Wether [sic] & R. Roister Doister & their respective authors'.

[P. C. Wren, novelist, author of 'Beau Geste'.] Typed Letter Signed ('P C Wren') to 'Miss Mills', explaining that he is sending her his autograph 'on one of my own private book-plates'.

Author: 
P. C. Wren [Percival Christopher Wren] (1875-1941), writer of adventure fiction, best remembered for his novel 'Beau Geste'
Publication details: 
3 January 1928. On letterhead of the Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth.
£32.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Folded once. Her letter has been forwarded to him and he has 'much pleasure in sending you my autograph. In order to make it a little more personal, I am sending it on one of my own private book-plates.'

[John Keble, Anglican cleric and poet, leader of the Oxford Movement.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. K.') to Rev. Alfred Kent of Fairford, discussing the appointment of an organist, and an inscription to mark his parents' grave.

Author: 
John Keble (1792-1866), Anglican cleric and poet, a leader of the Oxford Movement, after whom was named Keble College, Oxford
Publication details: 
'Hursley, St. Stephens Day 1859', i.e. Hursley Vicarage, Hampshire; 26 December 1859.
£50.00

4pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good conditon, lightly aged. Folded twice. With envelope addressed by Keble to 'Revd. Alfred Kent | Coln St. Aldwins | Fairford'. He thanks him for his 'note about the Organist', before mentioning 'two or three things which have struck Mr. Richards (our Curate & Precentor) and myself'.

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