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[Verney Lovett Cameron, African explorer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('V. Lovett Cameron'), with initialled postscript ('V. L. C.') to 'Mrs. Marshall', regarding difficulties in setting up a tennis club in Croydon.

Author: 
Verney Lovett Cameron (1844-1894), African explorer, the first European to cross equatorial Africa from sea to sea [Croydon; lawn tennis]
Publication details: 
9 December 1887. Kwinhata, Espom Road, Croydon.
£250.00

See Cameron's entry in the Oxford DNB. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Having traversed the African continent from East to West in 1875 (the first European to do so), Cameron now turns his attention to the establishment of tennis club in Croydon. He has received a letter 'from Mr. Jaques about the tennis ground. The fencing is nearly finished and he seems in a hurry'. There is a problem however: lack of members.

[Sir John Franklin, Arctic explorer.] Autograph Letter Signed to his wife ('My dearest Jane'), describing King William IV's first levee and his own meeting with the monarch, as well as family business.

Author: 
Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), Arctic explorer who perished with his entire expedition to chart the North-West Passage [Lady Franklin [nee Jane Griffin] (1791-1875); William IV, 'the Sailor King']
Publication details: 
21 July [1830]. 55 Devonshire Street [London].
£2,800.00

3pp, 4to. A long letter, with seventy-three lines of closely-written text. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Slight damage to second leaf through breaking of black wax seal, parts of which still adhere. Folded four times. Addressed, with postmark, on reverse of second leaf to 'Lady Franklin | Egremont Place | Brighton'. The letter is signed 'John Franklin' and addressed to 'My dearest Jane', the couple having married two years previously.

[Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, civil engineer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mc Id Brunel') to William Horsley, regarding 'an order for your party to see the Shield' and 'the removal of every thing on the opposite Side' of the Thames Tunnel.

Author: 
Sir Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849), civil engineer who constructed the Thames Tunnel with his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859)
Publication details: 
'Y Tunnel 2d July 40' [London, 1840.]
£1,200.00

1p, 12mo. Laid down on a piece of paper cut from an album, the mount having 'Sir Isambard Brunel' written on it in a Victorian hand. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: 'My dear Sir, | I inclose you an order for your party to see the Shield. I cannot possibly engage to see them, as my time is more than ever uncertain on this side [last two words underlined] | We are so busy in preparing for the removal of every thing on the opposite Side, that I cannot command any particular hour of the days, for a week to come. | I am my dear Sir Yours faithfully | Mc Id Brunel'.

[Thomas Hughes, politician and judge, author of 'Tom Brown's School Days'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Tho. Hughes') to 'Bricknell', regarding the threat of resignation (from the Athenaeum?) by 'the good but peppery & impulsive D[octo]r.'

Author: 
Thomas Hughes (1822-1896), politician and judge, author of 'Tom Brown's School Days'
Publication details: 
7 June 1775. On letterhead of the Athenaeum Club [London].
£320.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Clearly and firmly written. The letter would appear to concern an individual who is threatening to resign his membership of the Athenaeum Club, and ends with reference to proxy voting for new members. Hughes begins by reporting that he has 'already written to the good but peppery & impulsive Dr. of whom I am as fond as you are'.

[Lewis Carroll, author of 'Alice in Wonderland'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. L. Dodgson'), explaining 'the law, as regards dramatic performances' to an individual who wishes to stage one of his works.

Author: 
Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898)], author of 'Alice in Wonderland'
Publication details: 
'Ch. Ch. [i.e. Christ Church College] Oxford | Dec. 31 (91' [1891].
£2,650.00

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of mount adhering to the reverse of the blank second leaf. Good firm signature. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir, | I am neither the author, nor owner of copyright, of any plays. If you wish to dramatise any book for yourself, you have full right to do so. Also, if you wish to perform, in public, any play, you have full right to do so, so long as you do not charge for admission.

[Sabine Baring-Gould, ghost story writer, antiquarian and folklorist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. Baring Gould'), regarding the copyright of his 'Lives of the Saints'.

Author: 
Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924), ghost story writer, antiquarian, folklorist and Anglican priest
Publication details: 
20 March 1897. Lew Trenchard, North Devon.
£56.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Neatly and closely written out. Good firm signature, not hyphenated (as opposed to his entry in the Oxford DNB). A short letter, begging with thanks to the unnamed recipient 'for a sight of your beautiful drawings.' He continues: 'I have nothing to do with the publication of “Lives of the SS” as I parted with copyright at the time they were just done.' The sixteen volumes of his 'Lives of the Saints' appeared between 1872 and 1877.

[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.

[Frederic Yates, English artist active in America.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Fredc Yates') to Mrs Oldham, describing in moving terms the funeral of Anne Oldham.

Author: 
Frederic Yates [born Frederic Keeping] (1854-1919), English artist active in America before returning to England and settling in the Lake District [Anne Oldham]
Publication details: 
17 May 1895, on letterhead of 3a Portman Mansions, W. [London]
£180.00

Yates studied in Paris before setting up a successful practice in San Francisco, also teaching there at the Art Student League. His portraits include the educator John Haden Badley and the only president of Hawaii, Sanford Ballard Dole. He returned to England in 1900, but was invited back to America to attend the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson and to paint his portrait. Wilson presented Yates with the flag that his hand rested on whilst he took his oath of office. The Oldham family moved in artistic circles, and Constance Oldham was John Ruskin's god-daughter and corresponded with him.

[Frederic Yates, English artist active in America.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Fred Yates') to Mrs Oldham, describing his examination of the wreck of HMS Foudroyant, for a painting she has commissioned. With sketches of the ship in ink and pencil.

Author: 
Frederic Yates [born Frederic Keeping] (1854-1919), English artist who found fame in America before settling in the Lake District [Oldham family; HMS Foudroyant; Royal Navy; Plymouth; Devonport]
Publication details: 
Letter: 'Sunday noon' [no date]. On letterhead of the Royal Hotel, Devonport. Pencil sketches without date or place.
£450.00

Yates studied in Paris before setting up a successful practice in San Francisco, also teaching there at the Art Student League. His portraits include the educator John Haden Badley and the only president of Hawaii, Sanford Ballard Dole. He returned to England in 1900, but was invited back to America to attend the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson and to paint his portrait. Wilson presented Yates with the flag that his hand rested on whilst he took his oath of office. The Oldham family moved in artistic circles, and Constance Oldham was John Ruskin's god-daughter and corresponded with him.

[Frederick Burnaby, adventurer, balloonist, Times war correspondent, British Army intelligence officer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Fred Burnaby'), requesting that 'Edward' accept an article by a female mountaineer, and referring to Randolph Churchill

Author: 
Frederick Burnaby [Colonel Frederick Gustavus Burnaby] (1842-1885), adventurer, balloonist, Times war correspondent, British Army intelligence officer [Randolph Churchill]
Publication details: 
15 October 1884. On letterhead of the Grand Hotel, Birmingham.
£750.00

Burnaby is the beau idéal of the Victorian military adventurer. 2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Folded twice. A hurried letter, with a couple of deletions. Written a few months before Burnaby's death. He explains that a 'mutual friend' has asked him 'to submit to you the enclosed article – on mountaineering – She does not wish her name to be mentioned – hence I must not divulge it.' Should the article not be wanted he asks for it to be returned to him at Somerby Hall, Oakham, 'in the course of the next two or three days'.

[John Ruskin, Victorian art critic.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Ruskin') to Rev. G. T. Oldham ('Dear Townsend'), re. Ruskin's goddaughter Constance Oldham, his views on education & Francesca Alexander. With proof of Printed "Letter" on John Leech.

Author: 
John Ruskin (1819-1900), prominent Victorian art critic, author, artist and thinker [Rev. George Townsend Oldham (1849-1901) of Blackheath; Constance Oldham; Francesca Alexander; John Leech]
Publication details: 
'Sunday 13th Nov. 87' [1887]. No place.
£2,200.00

LETTER: 2pp, 12mo. On a bifolium of grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Twenty-eight lines of text in Ruskin's neat and controlled hand. The salutation is to 'Dear Townsend' and the recipient is named by Ruskin at the end as 'Revd. G. T. Oldham.' The first paragraph reads: 'Dear Townsend | Of course I'll write my name on the big photo and be ever so proud; though the use and meaning of it in the light you have taken it is new to me – and not mine though I'm very thankful to steal it. I do hope the big proof will come [?], and delight and surprise F.

Clara Novello [Clara Anastasia Novello; Countess Clara Anastasia Gigliucci], celebrated soprano.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Clara Novello'), giving details of her plans for a concert in Belfast.

Author: 
Clara Novello [Clara Anastasia Novello; Countess Clara Anastasia Gigliucci] (1818-1908), celebrated soprano, daughter of music publisher Vincent Novello [Henry Bussell, Philharmonic Society, Dublin]
Publication details: 
'26 April 1854. Porchester Lodge, 8A Porchester Terrace, Hyde Park [London].
£220.00

4pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. With embossed armorial letterhead. Good firm signature: 'Clara Novello.' An interesting letter, casting light on the practical arrangement of musical concerts in Victorian Britain and Ireland. The recipient is not named, and the letter begins: 'Dear Sir, | I have not heard from Mr. Bussell of your Concert, but on receipt of your favor of the 15th. consider myself engaged to Belfast for the 1st.

[Charles Stuart Calverley, poet, classical scholar and wit.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C S. Calverley') to Charles R. Steggatt, declining to order cigars with the comment: 'I never by any chance smoke a cigar.'

Author: 
Charles Stuart Calverley [born Charles Stuart Blayds] (1831-1884), poet, classical scholar and wit
Publication details: 
18 December 1880. 12 Mostyn Terrace, Grand Parade, Eastbourne.
£45.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. In envelope with penny red stamp and postmark, addressed to Steggatt at 53 Norwich Street, Cambridge. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir | I regret that I cannot give you an order. I have no doubt of the excellence of the cigars, but I never by any chance smoke a cigar. | Believe me | Yours truly | C S. Calverley'. A nice Cambridge association, given that Calverley's most famous poem is 'Ode to Tobacco', and that it features in Cambridge on a brass plaque on the wall of the former Bacon's tobacconists.

[Anthony Trollope, Victorian novelist, to Octavian Blewitt.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. T.'), asking 'Mr Blewitt' [Octavian Blewitt] to omit a reference to the 'failure' of Charles Dickens ('privately my friend') and Lord Lytton in an article.

Author: 
Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), Victorian novelist, author of 'The Chronicles of Barsetshire' [Octavian Blewitt (1810-1884), Secretary of the Royal Literary Fund; Charles Dickens; Bulwer Lytton]
Publication details: 
25 February 1870. On letterhead of Waltham House, Waltham Cross.
£3,000.00

The letter contains an undertaking by Trollope to publish a piece by Blewitt, but the Wellesley Index has no record of a piece by Blewitt being published at this time in the St Paul's, of which Trollope was editor. The nature of the 'failure' of Dickens (who would be dead within months) and Lytton, is unclear, but it may concern the provision for impoverished authors.

[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 'the Prince of Preachers'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. H. Spurgeon'), to a newspaper editor, regarding a meeting at the Tabernacle. Together with a Negretti and Zambra carte de visite with facsimile signature.

Author: 
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), 'the Prince of Preachers', popular Particular Baptist preacher [Passmore & Alabaster, Paternoster Row publishers; Negretti & Zambra, Crystal Palace photographers]
Publication details: 
Letter: 5 November [no year, but after 1861]. Nightingale Lane, Balham, Surrey. Undated carte de visite 'Photographed by Negretti & Zambra, Crystal Palace' and published by Passmore & Alabaster, Paternoster Buildings, London, E.C.
£180.00

See Spurgeon's entry in the Oxford DNB. He was accorded one of the first of the LCC Blue Plaques at his address, 99 Nightingale Lane, but it does not state when he lived at that address. He opened his Metropolitan Tabernacle, then the largest building in England for public worship, at the Elephant and Castle in 1861. Letter: 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. The recipient is not named. Begins: 'Dear Sir, | Next Sunday evening, Nov 10 my people will again stay away from the Tabernacle that strangers may find room. Please allow me to intimate this in your columns.

[Abbotsholme School, Derbyshire, progressive school founded by Scottish educationalist Cecil Reddie.] Eleven items of printed ephemera, including illustrated booklets including 'Abbotsholme an Educational Laboratory', prospectuses, advertisements, re

Author: 
Abbotsholme School, Derbyshire, progressive school founded by Scottish educationalist Cecil Reddie (1858-1932)
Publication details: 
[Abbotsholme School, Derbyshire.] Between around 1910 and 1933.
£220.00

The collection is in good condition, with light signs of age and wear, and two items (noted below) with punch holes. ONE: Large illustrated advertising booklet in brown card wraps. Printed on cover in gold: 'Public-school education to meet present-day requirements: At Abbotsholme School, Derbyshire.' Undated (circa 1910). Landscape 8vo, 30pp. One punch-hole through all the pages. Cover also has large printing in black of school badge. Written in a serious tone and profusely illustrated with photographs of school scenes.

[William Rogerson, astronomer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Rogerson.') to 'W. S. B. Woodhouse Esqr.', regarding William Holden and his memorial to Jeremiah Horrox.

Author: 
William Rogerson (1796-1872), astronomer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and putative murderer of the son he had by his daughter [Moses Holden (1777-1864) of Preston, astronomer; Jeremiah Horrox
Publication details: 
11 August 1847. 19 George Street, Greenwich.
£45.00

Rogerson was employed at the Royal Observatory between 1822 and 1845. The long entry on Rogerson on the Royal Observatory website (which states that he 'brought both honour and shameful publicity to the Observatory'), gives full details of the circumstances surrounding his dismissal, and his trial for the murder of his son Theodore Horatio Richardson, one of three or four children had by his daughter Ann Maria. 3pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight traces of glue from mount to blank reverse of second leaf. One fold. Fifty-three lines, closely written.

[Willie Smith, World Billiards Champion, 'the greatest all-round billiards player who ever lived'.] Autograph Signature ('Willie Smith') in response for autograph.

Author: 
Willie Smith (1886-1982), World Billiards Champion in 1920 and 1923, said to be 'the greatest all-round billiards player who ever lived', also snooker player who lost World Championship final in 1933
Publication details: 
1 February 1924. No place.
£25.00

On 8 x 11 cm piece of card. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of glue from mount on reverse. A good bold signature, clearly in response to a request for an autograph. Reads: 'Yours Truly | Willie Smith | 1 – 2 – 24'. Smith has made a short line under the date, but the signature is not underlined.

[John Burton Rondeau of Salford, Manchester book collector.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J B Rondeau') to a bookseller, explaining how he made purchases from the Bindon Blood and Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe collections.

Author: 
J. B. Rondeau [John Burton Rondeau] (1825-1862) of Salford, book collector [James Crossley; Cheetham's Library, Manchester; Bindon Blood; Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe; Bernard Quaritch, bookseller]
Publication details: 
17 July 1858. No place. [Salford or Manchester?]
£45.00

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium with mourning border. Heavily aged, worn and creased, with traces of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. There is no salutation. The letter begins: 'It is impossible to make the best selection, out of 11 vols which I gave Quaritch, £8. for, from the Bindon Blood Collection, and 3 thick vols, collected by the very well known Collector Chas. Kirkpatrick Sharpe of Edinbro'. I bought from Upham & Beet for £4. nett so many curious amongst the above vols.' He hopes some of these volumes will be useful to the recipient, 'now, and already before sent'.

[Lady Bulwer Lytton [Rosina Bulwer Lytton], Anglo-Irish novelist, wife of Lord Lytton.] Autograph Letter in third person to 'The Editor of “The Lady's Newspaper”' [Ebenezer Landells?], sending him a letter to read over, and referring to a 'Champion'.

Author: 
Lady Bulwer Lytton [Rosina Bulwer Lytton, née Rosina Doyle Wheeler] (1802-1882), Anglo-Irish novelist, wife of Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton [Lord Lytton]
Publication details: 
'Thurloe Cottage Old Brompton Feb 6th. [1842?]'.
£180.00

4pp, 16mo. Bifolium. Forty-two lines of text. Letterhead of family crest in gold and red. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of white paper mount adhering to last page. Three fold lines. The editor's 'obliging Note' affords her 'sincere pleasure to have the opportunity of expressing her gratitude to him in person', and she asks him not to call some day the following week (she is 'going out of Town' the week after), but not in the morning, as she has 'much business, of a disagreeable and imperative nature to transact now'.

[Chiswick Press, London.] Small printed pamphlet: 'A List of Typographical and Bibliographical Works by Chas. T. Jacobi | Managing Partner of the Chiswick Press'.

Author: 
'Chas. T. Jacobi, Managing Partner of the Chiswick Press' [Charles Whittingham and Co., London publishers and printers]
Publication details: 
London: At the Chiswick Press | Tooks Court, Chancery Lane'. [Colophon: 'Chiswick Press: Charles Whittingham and Co. Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, London.'] No date [1909].
£120.00

[16]pp, 16mo (11.5 x 7.5 cm). Stitched unpaginated pamphlet, tastefully printed with decorative headpiece to title, and the Press's celebrated device to the colophon. A frail survival, aged, worn and spotted, with one corner of last leaf dogeared. At foot of title-page: 'Any volume will be sent on receipt of Postal Order in advance.' Following the title-page are two pages with a history of 'The Chiswick Press. | Founded 1789.' Then a full-page advertisement for 'A Practical Treatise on the Art of Typography', with a full page containing 'Some Press Opinions'.

[Sir Oliver Lodge, physicist, inventor and spiritualist.] Autograph Signature ('Oliver Lodge') for autograph collector.

Author: 
Sir Oliver Lodge [Oliver Joseph Lodge] (1851-1940), physicist and inventor in the field of radio, and Christian Spiritualist
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£23.00

The signature 'Oliver Lodge' is firmly written in the bottom of three rectangular panels printed in red, with no other writing on the page, on one side of a 12mo leaf removed from 'The Meredith Birthday Book', the other side featuring quotations from the novelist for 13 to 15 June. In good condition, lightly aged.

[Sir Robert Peel, Tory Prime Minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police.] Autograph Signature with frank on front panel of envelope addressed by him to the Earl Talbot. With his engraved crest.

Author: 
Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), Tory Prime Minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police ('Peelers')
Publication details: 
Franking stamp with date 8 April 1830.
£35.00

Neatly written out by Peel on a 7 x 11.5 cm rectangle, cut from the front panel of an envelope. Laid down on a piece of paper cut from an album. All in Peel's hand, and reading: 'Private & Confidential | To | The Right Honble. | The Earl Talbot | Ingestrie | Stafford'. Peel's signature 'Robert Peel' (he would inherit the baronetcy the following month) is between two lines in the customary position at bottom left, with the stamp in red ink at top right. Laid down to the left of this item is a 3 x 2 cm piece of paper carrying the engraved crest, with the word 'Peel' printed below it.

[Lord Salisbury and the Scramble for Africa: The Partition of West Africa and Creation of Nigeria] Diplomatic Papers of Sir Martin Gosselin, including correspondence with Sir Percy Anderson and Sir George Goldie of the Royal NIger Company.

Author: 
Lord Salisbury and the Scramble for Africa [diplomatic papers of Sir Martin Le Marchant Hadsley Gosselin (1847-1905); Sir Percy Anderson; Sir George Goldie; Royal Niger Company]
Publication details: 
1895-1898
£2,950.00

Lord Salisbury's great strength lay in foreign affairs. During his third ministry, 1895-1902, he chose to serve as both Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary. The foreign policy he pursued was vigorous and decisive (he was being sarcastic when he used the phrase 'Splendid Isolation') and his main aim was for Britain to prevail in the Scramble for Africa. The present collection provides an intimate insider's view of the workings of Salisbury's Foreign Office at a crucial period of expansion in the history of the British Empire.

[Mrs Barbauld [Anna Laetitia Barbauld, née Aikin], poet, essayist and children's author.] Autograph Note in the third person, flattering 'Miss Sharpe' while inviting her for tea.

Author: 
Mrs Barbauld [Anna Laetitia Barbauld, née Aikin] (1743-1825), poet, essayist and children's author [Mary Sharpe, friend of Mrs Elizabeth Carter]
Publication details: 
'Thursday | morn'. No date or place.
£35.00

1p, landscape 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with 'diamond' folding. Reads: 'If it suits Miss Sharpe to fulfill her kind intentions by drinking tea with Mr Barbauld this afternoon, Mrs B – will feel herself, as she always does when she gives her her company, much obliged to her -'. Addressed on reverse to 'Miss Sharpe'. The recipient is presumably Mary Sharpe, friend and travelling companion of Mrs Elizabeth Carter (1707-1806).

[Cardinal de Retz [Jean François Paul de Gondi], Archbishop of Paris, memoirist.] Autograph Note Signed, in French, to unnamed recipient, recommending the 'Sr de filene'.

Author: 
Cardinal de Retz [Jean François Paul de Gondi] (1613-1679), Archbishop of Paris, memoirist, agitator in the Fronde [Louis XIII; Louis XIV]
Publication details: 
'A Commercy le 5 Decembre 1668'.
£850.00

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with stub of mount adhering to one edge and several neat fold lines. The six lines of the document are pressed up at the top of one page, and the hand is difficult to modern eyes. It appears to read: 'Je vous recommande de tout mon coeur les interets du Sr de filene et reprends [?] cette occasion de vous assurer de la passion que [?] de vous servir.' The handwriting accords with other examples, and the words of the signature are not entirely clear, appearing to read: 'J [F?] Cardinal de Rets. [sic]'

[Phrenology in Manchester: Johann Gaspar Spurzheim, celebrated phrenologist.] Autograph Letter in the third person, in English, to 'Mr Sowler' [proprietor of the Manchester Courier], announcing postponement of lecture at Mechanics Institution.

Author: 
Johann Gaspar Spurzheim (1776-1832), German physician and celebrated phrenologist
Publication details: 
Without date or place [Manchester. Circa 1829 to 1830.]
£100.00

1p, 12mo. Written lengthwise on a single leaf. In good condition, lightly aged, with strips of thick paper from mount adhering to the reverse, which carries Spurzheim's address to 'Mr Sowler | St Anns Square [Manchester]'. The recipient is Thomas Sowler the second, proprietor of the Manchester Courier, and father of Sir Thomas Sowler (1818-1891). The text reads: 'Dr.

[John Cowper Powys to his 'Jewish Book-Pedlar'.] Nine envelopes, all addressed in autograph by Powys to 'G. L. Lewin Esq' of 41 Great Russell Street, London, eight with Powys's signature and address on reverse.NO LETTERS PRESENT.

Author: 
John Cowper Powys (1872-1963), novelist and poet [George Lionel Lewin (1890-1970), 'Jewish Book-Pedlar' of Great Russell Street, London]
Publication details: 
Between 1945 and 1959. All from Merioneth, North Wales (the first four from Corwen and the last five from Blaenau Ffestiniog).
£220.00

Evocative artefacts of the interesting connection between Powys and the man who supplied him with the books for his translation of Rabelais. On 24 September 1940, in 'Letters to Sea-Eagle', Powys gives a lengthy account of 'Our Jew Book-Pedlar' and the bombing by the Germans of his Russell Street address.

[Lillah McCarthy, actress and wife of Harley Granville-Barker, on William Poel and Sir Henry Irving.] Three typescripts, including 'Notes from memory of William Poel' and 'Sir Henry Irving in 1895 from memory by Lillah McCarthy'.

Author: 
Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble] (1875-1960), actress associated with Bernard Shaw and her husband Harley Granville-Barker [William Poel (1852-1934), pioneer director of Shakespeare; Sir Henry Irving]
Publication details: 
Uniform. Without date or place. But one with reference to Wolfit's 1944 'Lear'.
£400.00

Three typescripts from the papers of Lillah McCarthy (Lady Keeble). The first two – both apparently unpublished – are full of interest: they gives personal reminiscences of her work with William Poel, the 'pioneer of modern Shakespeare production', whom she considered the greatest influence on her career. She describes Poel's working methods, his lecture style, rehearsals, use of make up, modern influence (with reminiscences about Wolfit and Olivier), and even his death, at which she was present.

[Lillah McCarthy (Lady Keeble), actress, wife of Harley Granville-Barker, on William Poel.] Parts (one in autograph the other a printed proof) of an [unpublished?] lecture on late-Victorian Shakespeare production and the influence of William Poel.]

Author: 
Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble] (1875-1960), actress associated with Bernard Shaw and her husband Harley Granville-Barker [William Poel (1852-1934), pioneer director of Shakespeare]
Publication details: 
[The Pioneer Club and The Writers' Club, London.] [1930s?]
£320.00

Parts of the text of a lecture – apparently unpublished – by the actress and theatre manager Lillah McCarthy, wife and female lead of the innovative director Harley Granville-Barker, regarding late-Victorian practice in Shakespearian production, and the enormous positive influence of the Shakespearian director William Poel. In her autobiography McCarthy claims that it is to Poel, the 'pioneer of modern Shakespeare production', that she owes 'more than to all the many others who have taught me'.

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