BULLDOG

[Sir Edward Elgar, celebrated composer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ed: Elgar'), exhorting G. Robertson Sinclair to 'Bring DAN!' to a rehearsal to hear 'his tune', with note in another hand explaining how Sinclair's bulldog Dan inspired Elgar.

Author: 
Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934), celebrated composer [George Robertson Sinclair (1863-1917), Hereford Cathedral organist]
Publication details: 
No date. With Malvern and Hereford postmarks, both dated 24 September 1898. Anonymous explanatory note dated 26 August 1907.
£3,200.00

In the present letter Elgar would appear to be referring to the rehearsals for his cantata 'Caractacus', the first performance of which Elgar conducted at the Leeds Festival on 5 October 1898. As the explanatory note that accompanies the letter explains, Elgar took inspiration from Sinclair's bulldog Dan, described by him as 'a well-known character'. For example the eleventh of the Enigma Variations was, Elgar explained, suggested by Dan 'falling down the steep bank into the River Wye; his paddling upstream to find a landing-place and his rejoicing bark on landing'. 1p, 12mo.

[Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist, 'Darwin's bulldog'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. H. Huxley') to 'F. P. Bernard Esq M.A.', explaining his inability to comply with a request.

Author: 
T. H. Huxley [Thomas Henry Huxley] (1825-1895), biologist, friend and supporter of Charles Darwin
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 4 Marlborough Place, Abbey Road, NW [London]; 9 June 1862.
£50.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse. Folded twice. Addressed to 'F. P. Bernard Esq M.A.' (a mistake for the barrister Francis George Bernard?) Written in purple ink, with signature and name of recipient faded as written at the end of the pen's load. He regrets to find that he has 'inadvertently omitted' to answer his letter, 'which had been put among many other papers'.

[ Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist ('Darwin's Bulldog'). ] Autograph Note Signed ('T H Huxley') to 'Jones', regarding the whereabouts of 'Montagu I' and 'Montagu II'.

Author: 
Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), English biologist, friend of Charles Darwin and supporter of the theory of evolution ('Darwin's Bulldog')
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£220.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and spotted, with traces of mount adhering to reverse. Reads: 'My dear Jones | Montagu II is in the Fruit Room | You have Montagu I I think? | Yours sincerely | T H Huxley'. Note: A Google search throws up the Fruit Room in the Topkapi Palace (Istanbul) associated with Lady Mary Wortley MONTAGU. Would the association be presumptious.

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