BILLING

[ Maud Allan: 'The Cult of the Clitoris'. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs Sassoon', with reference to Sybil Thorndyke, 'Prius' and 'Major Clare's play'.

Author: 
Maud Allan [ born Beulah Maude Durrant ] (1873-1956), Canadian pianist, dancer and actress, denounced by Noel Pemberton Billing as a lesbian and German spy
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Hotel Majestic, Paris. 19 June [ no year ].
£100.00

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. She begins by thanking her for 'Mr. Prius' address - I wanted to see if he would be interested in a big Opera season of 4 weeks which very important people over here are planning for London.' She has sent Prius 'Major Clare's play', but neither she nor Clare has heard from him. 'What is happening to it? Do you know? - if so, I'd like to know or has he taken it to Sybil Thorndyke?' She is 'having a lovely time - seeing plays etc & doing just as I will.

[Noel Pemberton-Billing, aviator and politician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('D<?> Pemberton Billing') to 'Mrs. Ross Clyne'.

Author: 
Noel Pemberton-Billing (1880-1948), English aviator and imperialist Member of Parliament ('First Air Member'), originator of the 'Cult of the Clitoris' scandal
Publication details: 
On his letterhead (with 'PEMBERTON-BILLING' in bold), 4, Elm Court, Middle Temple, E.C. [London] 2 May [no year].
£65.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged and creased paper. In the signature Pemberton Billing's surname (unhyphenated) is preceded by what looks like 'Dot' or 'DA', the significance of which is unclear, but which may be an abbreviation of his RNAS rank. The letter reads: 'Dear Mrs. Ross Clyne, | As I am so very uncertain in my involvements at present - Will you ring me up on your arrival in Town? and I will then fix an appointment with you.'

The Art of Fiction. A Lecture delivered at the Royal Institution on Friday evening, April 25, 1884 (With Notes and Additions).

Author: 
Walter Besant
Publication details: 
London: Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly. 1884. [Billing and Sons, Printers, Guildford.]
£28.00

Octavo: 39 pp. Stitched. In original orange wraps, with grey printed paper boards. On spotted, aged paper, with insect holes to a couple of leaves. Wraps stained and worn. First English printing of an essay noted for its coupling with Henry James's piece of the same name (not present here) in an American edition of 1885.

Disclaimers at the heralds' visitations. A list of persons who were disclaimed as gentlemen of coat-armour by the heralds at the visitations of the various counties of England; with an introduction.

Author: 
John Paul Rylands, F.S.A.
Publication details: 
Guildford: Printed by Billing and Sons. 1888.
£125.00

8vo. Pages: xi + 87. One of only a hundred copies, according to the British Library catalogue. In original red cloth binding with short title in gilt on front board (somewhat grubby and stained with stained manuscript title on spine). Tight copy but with front hinge cracked. Bookplate of Howard H. Cotterell of Walsall, and with his ownership inscription on title-page, which is neatly blindstamped with his address in top right-hand corner.

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