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[ Rhys Davies, Welsh novelist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rhys Davies.') to 'Dr. Schwartz'

Author: 
Rhys Davies [ born Vivian Rees Davies ] (1901-1978), Welsh novelist and short story writer
Publication details: 
15 Russell Court, Woburn Place, London, W.C.1. 13 February 1965.
£120.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, although aged and creased. Hard work has kept him occupied, and prevented him from answering his correspondence. Regarding Schwartz's 'enquiring if I had any of my manuscripts etc to offer you' he explains that portions have been sold to the University of Texas and Sir Lewis Sterling. 'I keep on postponing the assembling of such material as I have. However, I am retaining your letter, & will write again if I find there is anything which might interest you.' Note: Presumably to Jacob (Jake) Schwarz, bookseller and scholar.

[ Rose Fyleman, writer and poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Miss May' [ children's author Beatrice Irene Magraw ]

Author: 
Rose Fyleman [ Rose Amy Fyleman ] (1877-1957), writer and poet, author of children's books on fairies [ Beatrice Irene Magraw [ B. I. Magraw, born Beatrice Irene May ] (c.1888-1970), author ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Promised Land, North Holmwood, Dorking. 16 August [ no year ].
£75.00

2pp., 8vo. On aged and creased paper.

[ S. R. Robinson, dramatic critic. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. R. Littlewood'), a letter of condolence to the widow of conductor Herman Finck

Author: 
S. R. Robinson [ Samuel Robinson Littlewood ] (1875-1963), dramatic critic [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 220 Worple Road, Wimbledon, S.W. [ London ] 2 May 1939.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight staining to signature. Written in a close hand. He has been 'intensely grieved' on his return from Canada to find that her 'dear and brilliant husband' has died.

[ Geoffrey Drage, author and Conservative politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Miss May' [ children's author Beatrice Irene Magraw ], acknowledging her 'kind and graceful hospitality.

Author: 
Geoffrey Drage (1860-1955), author and Conservative politician [ Beatrice Irene Magraw [ B. I. Magraw, born Beatrice Irene May ] (c.1888-1970), children's author ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Commission on Labour, 44 Parliament Street, London. 10 November 1892.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition. He thanks her for 'the very pleasant glimpse of yourself and your family which I got last Saturday to Monday'. He hopes she will excuse the delay in acknowledging her 'kind and graceful hospitality'.

[ Herman Finck, composer and conductor. ] Autograph Letter Signed, as musical director of the Palace Theatre, 'To The Gentlemen of the Orchestra', informing them of the abolitiion of 'the system of sending deputies'.

Author: 
Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor [ The Palace Theatre, London ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Palace Theatre Limited, Shaftesbury Avenue, London. 15 January 1912.
£56.00

1p., 4to. On aged and worn paper. Reads:'To The Gentlemen of the Orchestra | Commencing with February 17 '12 the system of sending deputies will be entirely abolished in this orchestra. To those members who are not desirous of continuing their engagement under this new rule, I would ask that they gave their names to Mr Honrig before friday evening next, in order that they may receive notice of the termination of their engagement four weeks from that date - 19th inst: | Herman Finck | Musical director'. Finck's 'In the Shadows' was one of the last tunes played as the Titanic went down.

[ Naomi Mitchison, Scottish author. ] Typed Letter Signed to 'Mrs. Magraw' [ children's author Beatrice Irene Magraw ], giving advice on how to approach the BBC with 'school broadcasts'.

Author: 
Naomi Mitchison [ Naomi Mary Margaret Mitchison, Baroness Mitchison; née Haldane ] (1897-1999), Scottish author [ Beatrice Irene Magraw [ B. I. Magraw, born Beatrice Irene May ] (c.1888-1970), author]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of River Court, Hammersmith Mall, London W.6. 24 October 1938.
£180.00

2pp., 4to. Forty-four lines of text. She thanks her 'for returning the plays, and thte nice things you say about them'. Mitchison's entry in the Oxford DNB has no reference to her working for the BBC, but from the context of the letter it is clear that she wrote scripts for radio broadcasts for children. Regarding the BBC she suggests that Magraw writes to 'Miss Edith MacQueen, and if I were you I think I should write out one or two synopses of broadcasts which you propose to do'.

[ Augustus Short, Bishop of Adelaide. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'A Short'), written while at Oxford to Rev. Richard Harington, regarding the Oxford Movement and 'Schismatics', and reporting a comment by John Henry Newman.

Author: 
Augustus Short (1802-1883), first Bishop of Adelaide, Librarian of Christ Church [ Rev. Richard Harington (1800-1853), Principal of Brasenose;J ohn Henry Newman; the Oxford Movement; Tractarians ]
Publication details: 
Neither with place or year [ 1840s ]. One 'Wednesday. Mh. 13.'; the other 'Tuesday | June 4'.
£320.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. According to Short's entry in the Oxford DNB, he 'had many friends among the Tractarians, and wrote (but did not publish) a defence of Tract 90, though he voted for the condemnation of W. G. Ward's Ideal of a Christian Church in 1845. In 1846 he delivered at Oxford the Bampton lectures entitled The Witness of the Spirit with our Spirit'. ONE: 'Tuesday | June 4'. 3pp., 12mo. He begins by stating that he is enclosing the 'Extracts from the Tracts', together with Harington's 'paper of observations'.

[ Beatrice Irene Magraw, children's author as "B.I. Magraw". ] Collection of personal papers, including autobiographical account, an article, newspaper cuttings, portrait photograph, publicity material, letters from Richard Church and Norman Fulton.

Author: 
Beatrice Irene Magraw [ B. I. Magraw, born Beatrice Irene May ] (c.1888-1970), author, wife of Charles Magraw (d.1973), deputy headmaster, Bishop Cotton School, Simla [ Richard Church; Norman Fulton ]
Publication details: 
London and Bristol. Between the 1930s and 1960.
£350.00

Eleven items, in good overall condition. ONE: Autograph biographical account, on form headed 'National Service'. 4pp., folio. Bifolium. Includes personal and academic details, details of publications and political views. As her 'Literary Pseudonym she gives '(occasionally) "MARY PADESON". She has, she states, no academic qualifications, 'But read economics in youth (Society of Oxford Home Students) Ill-health prevented continuance of studies & examination'.

[ Arabella Buckley, author and science educator. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arabella B Fisher') to 'Miss May', arranging a meeting.

Author: 
Arabella Buckley [ Arabella Burton Buckley, married name Arabella Burton Fisher ] (1840-1929), author and science educator, secretary to Charles Lyell [ Charles Darwin; Alfred Russel Wallace ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Fircroft, Park Town, Oxford. 17 February 1910.
£150.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. She has been informed by 'Miss Mildred Jones' that May is 'an out-student at one of the Oxford colleges, and that you would probably like to come and see me'.

[ William Sloane-Stanley of Paultons; horse-racing ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. S. Stanley') to 'My dear Coke' [ 'Coke of Norfolk', Earl of Leicester? ], regarding horsebreeding, Lord Palmerston/ field sports, country houses, high society gossip.

Author: 
William Sloane-Stanley (c.1780-1860) of Paultons [ Paulton's Park ], Hampshire, successively MP for Oxford and Stockbridge [ Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester ('Coke of Norfolk', 'Coke of Houghton')]
Publication details: 
Paultons [ Paultons Park, near Romsey, Hampshire ]. 1 December [ no year ].
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. A gossippy letter, much of the context of which has been lost. Begins: 'My dear Coke | May I trouble you to pay the inclosed Bill for me at Mattocks - I have sent you a small Bill on Coutts, which I will make payable to the Proprietor of the Museum -'. Regarding horsebreeding he notes from the newspapers 'that the hon. W. Howard has sold Hundershelf or Hengerst & Haphazard with a long Pedigree to Mr. Painter. The Abbot will no doubt have a second Dairy Maid - by the bye that sort of Butler is a very dear article -'.

[ The 'Bottle Trade' in eighteenth century England. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos Dale') from Thomas Dale of Shields [ South Shields ] to Charles Wren of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, regarding the 'Bottle Trade', the Eden Treaty, and the 'Shields Houses'

Author: 
Thomas Dale of Shields [ South Shields ] [ Charles Wren of Newcastle upon Tyne; the Eden Treaty, 1786 ]
Publication details: 
Shields [ South Shields, Northumberland ]. 27 February [ no year, circa 1786 ].
£220.00

4pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. An excellent letter on an unusual subject, written in forthright style. The author – who like the recipient is a member of the local mercantile community – gets down to business immediately: 'Sir | The late great demand for Bottles in England was the effect of Mr Pits [sic] commercial Treaty with France.

[ Thomas Fairman Ordish, antiquary. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Fairman. Ordish') to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, cancelling an arrangement to use its premises for his lecture for the London Shakespeare League.

Author: 
Thomas Fairman Ordish (1855-1924), antiquary, Shakespeare scholar and expert on early English theatre [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 2 Melrose Villas, Ballard's Lane, Finchley, N. [ London ] 31 March 1913.
£30.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with the Society's date stamp. He has been informed by the secretary of the London Shakespeare League that 'other arrangements have been made for my Lecture, so that the official application for the loan of your Lecture Theatre will not be made'. He apologises for the trouble he has given, but was happy for 'the occasion it gave for seeing you. It was with pleasure I observed the signs of general "fitness" in you, although it was a long time since I saw you last'. He ends by asking Wood to inform 'Mr.

[ Wyatt Wyatt-Paine, lawyer and editor of legal textbooks. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'W. Wyatt Paine') to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts

Author: 
Wyatt Wyatt-Paine (c.1855-1935), lawyer and author of numerous legal textbooks
Publication details: 
The first from 4 Harcourt Buildings, Temple, E.C. [ London ]; 12 August 1913. The second from 'Hill Pide', Ventnor, Isle of Wight; 22 August 1913.
£45.00

In Wyatt-Paine's obituary The Times (13 April 1935) described him as 'probably one of the most learned lawyers who ever held the office of stipendiary magistrate'. Both items in good condition, lightly aged, and both bearing the Society's date stamp. ONE: 12 August 1913. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. The letter concerns the Swiney Prize, regarding which Wyatt-Paine has 'perused a notice [...] which states that the prospective award in January 1914 will be made for a treatise on "General Jurisprudence"'.

[ Sir Walter Townley, diplomat. ] Two Typed Letters Signed (both 'Walter Townley') and Autograph Letter in third person, to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, two regarding a lecture by him, with two letters by his private secretary.

Author: 
Sir Walter Townley [ Sir Walter Beaupré Townley ] (1863-1945), diplomat, British Ambassador to the Netherlands at end of First World War [ Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
Autograph Letter on letterhead of 32 Eaton Square, London; undated (stamped date 1 March 1920); two other items from The British Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands East Indies (Inc.), 38 Dover Street, London. 20 and 30 September 1921.
£40.00

Five items in good condition, lightly aged. All items with the Society's stamp. ONE: TLS. 20 September 1921. 1p., 4to. Agreeing to the Society's request for 'an authoritative paper on the subject of trade with the Netherlands East Indies', and asking for the proposed date ('approximately'), as he will be 'in Holland in the latter part of October, when I shall be in a position to get all the latest and most reliable information obtainable upon this interesting and very important subject'. TWO: TLS. 30 September 1921. 1p., 4to.

[ Sir Cecil Harcourt Smith, archaeologist and Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Cecil H. Smith.') to Sir Henry Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, describing arrangements for the judging of the Owen Jones prizes

Author: 
Sir Cecil Harcourt Smith (1859-1944), archaeologist and Director and Secretary of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1909-1924 [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 24 October 1916.reg
£50.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. With the Society's oval date stamp. He is sending as promised 'a note of the arrangements agreed upon between us at our interview to-day'. Undertaking to provide space at the Museum 'for the purpose of receiving, arranging for judgment, and re-despatching the designs submitted for the Owen Jones prizes for industrial design. The judging will be done by your nominees, and all correspondence in connection with the matter will be in your hands'.

[ Sir Harry Ricardo, pioneering engine designer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Harry R Ricardo') to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, regarding an invitation to give a course of lectures.

Author: 
Sir Harry Ricardo [ Sir Harry Ralph Ricardo ] (1885-1974), pioneering engine designer [ Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
Penotone, Lancing, Sussex. 22 July [1921].
£40.00

1p., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged. With the Society's date stamp and a query in red pencil. He apologises for the delay in replying to an invitation 'to give a short course of lectures': 'I should very much like to do this at some later date but I am afraid that I have already committed myself so deeply for this next winter and spring that it will not be possible for me to do so.' He is 'very flattered indeed' by the inviation and regrets having to decline it.

[ Sir Richard Redmayne, civil engineer. ] Six Autograph Letters Signed (all 'R. a. s. Redmayne') to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, regarding Society business and 'Mr. Digby's death'

Author: 
Sir Richard Redmayne [ Sir Richard Augustine Studdert Redmayne ] (1955), civil and consulting engineer in Britain and South Africa [ Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
The last four on his letterhead, 34 Victoria Street, Westminster; the first from Imperial Mineral Resources Bureau, London; the second from the Imperial Institute, London. 1924, 1925, 1926 (3), 1927.
£45.00

The six items in good condition, lightly aged. Each with the Society's stamp. Each 1p., 8vo. On 25 September 1925 he expresses sorrow on hearing 'of Mr. Digby's death. What was the cause of it? It seems only the other day that I saw him at the Society of Arts on the occasion of Professor Parks' address, when I took the chair.' He also states that he can 'say positively that I could read my paper before the Royal Society of Arts on December 2nd, but I am doubtful on the point – such a mass of pressing work has come along since I first contemplated writing the paper.

[ Lorn Loraine, Noel Coward's devoted secretary. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lorn. Loraine. | Secretary'), thanking an unnamed individual on Coward's behalf for a 'clever caricature of himself'.[Coward]

Author: 
Lorn Loraine [ née Macnaughtan ] (1894-1967), Noel Coward's devoted secretary [ Noël Coward ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 111 Ebury Street, SW1 [ London ]. 14 November [ 1927 ].
£40.00

2pp., 12mo. On blue paper. In good condition. She writes on Coward's behalf from his home, saying that 'he was delighted and amused at receiving the clever caricature of himself'.

[ Rev. Robert Whiston, inspiration for Trollope's 'The Warden'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Whiston') to the Mayor and Corporation of the City of Rochester, regarding an application to make a dock and use a creek in the River Medway.

Author: 
Robert Whiston (1808-1895), Headmaster of Rochester Cathedral Grammar School [ King's School ], 1842 -1877, inspiration for Anthony Trollope's 'The Warden'
Publication details: 
Rochester [ Kent ]; 16 June 1854.
£180.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Docketed: 'Application of the Revd. Robt. Whiston to make Dock & use Creek'. Written in a hurried hand.

[ Rev. Robert Whiston, the inspiration for Trollope's 'The Warden'. ] Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Note Signed (both 'Robert Whiston') to Richard Prall, Rochester solicitor

Author: 
Robert Whiston (1808-1895), Headmaster of Rochester Cathedral Grammar School [ King's School ], 1842 -1877, inspiration for Anthony Trollope's 'The Warden' [ Richard Prall (1802-67), solicitor ]
Publication details: 
Letter from Rochester [ Kent ]; 28 September 1872. Note from St. Margarets; 20 April 1877.
£150.00

Both items in fair condition, aged and worn. ONE: ALS. 28 September 1872. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He is 'taking somewhat of a liberty', but having heard 'that you are parting with one of your Clerks', says 'a word in favour of a person in whom for many reasons I take a great interest, & of whom you & your Brothers may know something. | I mean Mr. Prothero for many years an Inmate of my House, & an Assistant Master in the School'. Prothero was 'for some years a Clerk in the County Court', but 'is obliged from paucity of business to leave it, & is now out of employment'.

[ Lord Marchmont on the anti-Catholic ('No Popery') agitation of Lord George Gordon and the Protestant Association. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Marchmont') to an unnamed recipient, giving advice for 'every Friend to our Constitution'.

Author: 
Hugh Hume-Campbell, 3rd Earl of Marchmont [ Lord Marchmont; in youth styled Lord Polwarth ](1708-1794), Scottish politician, Governor of Bank of Scotland [ Papists Act, 1778; Lord George Gordon ]
Publication details: 
London; 6 February 1779.
£135.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium, docketed on reverse of second leaf 'Popish Bill'. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins with reference to the giving of the recipient's 'Directions' to 'the Gentleman', before turning to the anti-Catholic agitation: 'As I never heard of the allarm [sic] taken about Popery, but from the News Papers, I took it to be a thing little attended to. I am assured no step is to be taken in the matter this Session. It is therefore the business of every Friend to our Constitution to prevent the Protestants from being deceived into any Acts of violence.

[ Hugh Hume-Campbell, 3rd Earl of Marchmont. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Marchmont'), the second concerning the 'Great Seal' and the death of Andrew Pringle, Lord Alemoor.

Author: 
Hugh Hume-Campbell, 3rd Earl of Marchmont [ Lord Marchmont; in youth styled Lord Polwarth ](1708-1794), Scottish politician, Governor of the Bank of Scotland, 1763-90 [ Andrew Pringle, Lord Alemoor ]
Publication details: 
Both from London. 18 February 1766; 18 April 1776.
£100.00

Both letters 1p., 4to. Both on bifoliums with second leaf docketed. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: London; 18 February 1766. He begins with reference to the sending of two bills to 'Mr. Fairholme', then turns to the question of a receipt for 'Rob: Minto', which he provides, with its own signature, at the end of the letter. He then states that as a result of 'Mr Pringles Letter' he has 'lost hopes of Lord Nisbet'. Finally he says that he has 'had a Letter of form from Billie notifying Widderburn's Death'. TWO: London; 18 April 1776. Docketed 'Great Seal'.

[ Jocelyn Fitzgerald Ruthven, master mariner. ] Twenty-five items from his papers: correspondence, vellum certificates, commissions, testimonials, including address signed by 79 passengers on first (maiden) voyage to Australia of SS Orient.

Author: 
Jocelyn Fitzgerald Ruthven [ born Jocelyn Fitzgerald Trotter ] (1849-1943), master mariner in Britain and Australia, Commodore of the Orient Line
Publication details: 
[ Orient Steam Navigation Company Ltd. ] England (London, Liverpool and Redhill) and Australia (New South Wales), between 1863 and 1912.
£2,250.00

Ruthven was born in Ireland, the son of Galway landowner Clifford Trotter. He was a master mariner, a Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and wrote several nautical manuals. At the time of his retirement as commodore of the Orient Line of ships in 1911, Ruthven had completed forty-five years at sea and thirty years in command of Orient steamers (Orient Steam Navigation Company, Limited – hereafter OSNC).

[ Alan John Sainsbury, Lord Sainsbury. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Sainsbury') to J. Samson, Assistant Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, agreeing to take the chair for a paper by Sir Rex Cohen, Chairman of Selfridges. With copy of Samson's letter.

Author: 
Alan John Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury [ Lord Sainsbury ] (1902-1998), leading member of the owners of Sainsbury's supermarket chain
Publication details: 
On letterhead of J. Sainsbury Ltd, Stamford House, Stamford Street, London SE1. 4 September 1964. Copy Letter by Samson: 6 August 1964.
£50.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged, stapled to the carbon of the letter from Samson to which it is replying. On his return from holiday he states: 'I shall be very happy to take the chair for Sir Rex Cohen, Chairman of Selfridges, when he reads a paper on modern retail trading to the Society on Wednesday, January 13th.'

[ Cecil Lawson, landscape painter. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Cecil Lawson') to London art dealer C. W. Deschamps, regarding the Melbourne International Exhibition.

Author: 
Cecil Lawson [ Cecil Gordon Lawson ] (1849-1882), English landscape painter [ Charles William Deschamps (1848-1908), London art dealer ]
Publication details: 
Bolton Bridge, Skipton, Yorkshire. 21 July 1880.
£45.00

1p., 16mo. In fair condition, on aged paper with traces of mount adhering to reverse. Reads: 'Dear Sir | Will you kindly let me know the latest date for sending pictures to the Melbourne International Exhibition and Oblige | Yours very sincerely | Cecil Lawson.'

[ George Whyte-Melville, Scottish novelist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G Whyte Melville') to 'Lady Violet' [ Lady Violet Greville ], declining a dinner invitation.

Author: 
George Whyte-Melville [ Major George John Whyte Melville ] (1821-1878), Scottish novelist and writer on field sports [ Lady Violet Greville (1842-1932) ]
Publication details: 
On his armorial letterhead, 22 Onslow Gardens, South Kensington, S.W. [ London ]
£35.00

1p., 16mo. In fair condition, aged and with bands of glue at head and tail on reverse. He thanks her for her note, but he cannot join her party. 'I wish I could!' Postscript: 'I hope you are quite well again!'

[ Victorian women and the legal profession. ] Illustrated humorous manuscript valentine poem, in the form of a 'Brief | for the opinion of Mr Harington', on what would happen if the 'ladies' appeared 'in wig and gown', with '”chambers” up in town.'

Author: 
[ Victorian women and the legal profession ] [ Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet, judge ]
Publication details: 
[ London. ] Dated at head 'February 13th. A.D. 1890'.
£120.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Folded in customary fashion, with 'Brief | for the opinion of Mr Harington' on the outside of the packet, beneath which, in another hand: 'Feby 14th. 1890 | Richard Harington Esq'. The author's hand is clearly disguised, as is usual with valentines, the writing being markedly ornate. There are various crude drawings in the margins, ranging from images of a barrister and a woman, faces of two women (one smoking a pipe), to small representations of cigar boxes, briefs and books.

[ Sydney Ffoulkes, composer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sydney ffoulkes'), a letter of condolence to the widow of fellow-composer Herman Finck.

Author: 
Sydney Ffoulkes, composer associated with the actor Sir Henry Irving and the BBC [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor ]
Publication details: 
4 Seaford Mansions, Jevington Gardens, Eastbourne. 21 April 1939.
£40.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He has learnt with 'the deepest regret' of his 'old friend's passing'., and sends his condolences. He will be unable to attend the funeral service, as he had 'a bad fall & fractured two ribs'. He concludes: 'Herman was a great fellow, & nobody will ever replace him -'. Finck's 'In the Shadows' was one of the last songs played as RMS Titanic went down.

[ Reginald L. Hine, author and attorney. ] 10 Signed Letters (7 in Autograph; 3 Typed) to Franziska Hyde, regarding his writing and hers, with four letters to her from his wife following his suicide, and copies of Hyde's letters to him.

Author: 
Reginald L. Hine [ Reginald Leslie Hine ] (1883-1949), author and attorney, local historian of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, author of 'Confessions of an Uncommon Attorney' [ Franziska Hyde ]
Publication details: 
Eight on his letterhead, Willian Bury, Letchworth, Herts. 1948 and 1949. Her letters from 7 Byron Place, The Triangle, Clifton, Bristol.
£950.00

The collection of 35 items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. A good-natured playful correspondence on both sides, with both parties delighting in literary byways (Hine signs one letter 'Yours in the love of learning'). ONE: 10 Signed Letters (7 in Autograph; 3 Typed) to Franziska Hyde, and one unsigned Autograph Letter Signed, regarding his writing and hers, with four letters to her from his wife following his suicide, and copies of her letters. Between 5 October 1948 and 20 February 1949.

[ Joseph Lewis, senior conductor of the BBC. ] Autograph Letter Signed, a warm letter of condolence to the widow of composer Herman Finck.

Author: 
Joseph Lewis (1878-1954), senior conductor of the BBC and composer [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead ('Conductor. | Adjudicator.'), 1 Central Parade, Horley, Surrey. 22 April 1939.
£35.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Although '[w]ords at these times seem rather empty things', he feels he must write to express his sympathy on her loss: 'To know dear Herman as I knew him, was to love him - & I am ,mindful of many happy times we had together & many kindnesses he has shown me'. He asks her to be consoled by the fact that Finck 'leaves behind him a fine reputation & a grand record of service'. According to a contemporary account: 'Joseph Lewis, senior conductor of the BBC, was born in Brierly Hill Staffs, in 1878.

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