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[ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of 'Sherlock Holmes'. ] Autograph Note Signed ('A Conan Doyle'), regarding the printing of matter in a future edition of one of his books.

Author: 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), creator of 'Sherlock Holmes'
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£300.00

On a 7 x 13 cm slip of paper. In good condition, lightly aged, with central vertical crease and one corner slightly dogeared. The ink of a few words slightly smudged by Doyle on blotting the letter, but the signature unaffected. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I have put it in, but what Edition it will appear in depends on the printer. Sooner or later, anyhow. | Yours truly | A Conan Doyle'.

[ Sir J. D. Rees, British Resident, proposes a toast to the Maharaja of Travancore on Queen Victoria's birthday. ] Manuscript transcript of the speech, corrected in Rees's autograph.

Author: 
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author [ Mulam Thirunal Rama Varma, Maharajah of Travancore, 1885-1924 ]
Publication details: 
'[...] at dinner at Residency on 31st. May [ no year, but between 1895 and 1898 ]'.
£150.00

From the papers of Sir John David Rees, who served as Resident on three occasions between 1895 and 1898. For information on Rees, (see his obituary in The Times, 3 June 1922. The present eulogy should be evaluated in the light of another document among the Rees papers (offered separately), in which he states that 'Native rajas are unfit to be members of the House of Lords; even if they are found fit they will be of no use.' 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with closed tear at head of gutter.

[ Mrs Molesworth, children's writer. ] Autograph Signature ('Louisa Molesworth') on valediction to letter.

Author: 
Mrs Molesworth [ Mary Louisa Molesworth, née Stewart; M. L. S. Molesworth; 'Ennis Graham' ] (1839-1921), English children's writer
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£25.00

On one side of a 2.5 x 11 cm slip of paper, cut from the end of a letter. Reads 'Yours very sincerely | Louisa Molesworth'.

[ John Cam Hobhouse, Lord Broughton, Radical politician and Lord Byron's best man'. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Broughton') to 'Mr Wright'.

Author: 
John Cam Hobhouse, 1st Baron Broughton [ Lord Broughton ] (1786-1869), Radical politician and close friend and best man of Lord Byron
Publication details: 
No place. 21 May 1863.
£50.00

In fair condition, lightly aged and slightly ruckled. Broughton's dates in a contemporary hand at top left. Reads: '21. Mayy 63 | Mr Wright | This is my hand writing - I wish it was more neat & more legible. | Yours faithfully | Broughton'.

[Printed booklet by K. M. Briggs.] Stories Arranged for Mime | By K. M. Briggs | Number 2 | Whuppity Stoorie'

Author: 
K. M. Briggs [Katharine Mary Briggs] (1898-1980), English folklorist, author of the Dictionary of English Folk-Tales [Capricornus press, Dunkeld, Perthshire]
Publication details: 
Made and printed in Great Britain by Capricornus, Dunkeld, Perthshire. [No date.]
£35.00

[16]pp., 12mo. Stapled. In green printed wraps with illustration on cover. In very good condition, very lightly-aged with slight rusting to the two staples. The thirteen Capricornus items on COPAC indicate that the press was connected with K. M. Briggs, or at least with her family, who had moved to Perthshire with their father in 1911. Uncommon. Copac lists sets of the three volumes in the series at the British Library, National Library of Scotland and Oxford, and a single copy of this number at the National Library of Wales.

[Printed booklet by Elspeth Briggs, sister of the folklorist K. M. Briggs.] The Constant Gardener | A Play in One Act | By Elspeth Briggs'.

Author: 
Elspeth Briggs, sister of the folklorist K. M. Briggs [Katharine Mary Briggs] [Capricornus press, Dunkeld, Perthshire]
Publication details: 
Capricornus, Dunkeld, Perthshire. No date.
£35.00

36pp., 12mo. In cream printed wraps with illustration on the front cover. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper with slight spotting to covers. The thirteen Capricornus items on COPAC indicate that the press was connected with K. M. Briggs, or at least with her family, who had moved to Perthshire with their father in 1911. Uncommon. Copies on COPAC at the British Library, National Library of Scotland, Oxford and Trinity College Dublin.

[ Graham Greene, major English novelist. ] Autograph Signature ('Graham Greene') to typed valediction to letter to 'The Lord Iddesleigh'.

Author: 
Graham Greene (1904-1991), major English novelist
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£120.00

On 6.5 x 12 cm slip of thin laid paper, cut from the end of a typed letter. Signature in blue ink. In fair condition, lightly aged, with tissue labels from mount adhering to the blank reverse. Reads: '[...] | Yours sincerely, | [Graham Greene] | Graham Greene. | The Lord Iddesleigh, | Pynes, | Exeter.'

[ Dame Edith Sitwell, poet. ] Autograph Signature ('Edith Sitwell') on valediction to a letter, a fragment of which is on the reverse.

Author: 
Edith Sitwell [ Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell ] (1887-1964), English poet and literary critic, with her brothers Sacheverell and Osbert one of 'the Sitwells'
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£30.00

On 8 x 12.5 cm piece of paper, torn from the end of a letter. In fair condition, aged and lightly spotted. On one side of the slip is the conclusion of the letter: '[...] | Yours very sincerely | Edith Sitwell'. On the other side is the following autograph fragment: '[...] kind of you to invite me to your lumcheon party on Tuesday, and I am looking forward to it so much. I have not seen you for [...]'.

[ Bret Harte, American author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Bret Harte') to 'Colonel Colville' [ Col. W. J. Colville ], concerning an 'Inspection' at Clarence House, and 'a sentimental pilgrimage' of 'old London'.

Author: 
Bret Harte [ Francis Bret Harte ] (1836-1902), American short story writer and poet [ Col. William James Colville (1827-1903), Comptroller of the Household of the Duke of Edinburgh ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 15 Upper Hamilton Terrace, N.W. [ London ] 12 June 1890.
£150.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of glue on reverse of blank second leaf. He thanks him for his 'kind remembrance', and undertakes to 'come with much pleasure to Clarence House, a little before the time of Inspection and bring two friends'. The letter concludes: 'Meantime we must not forget that you and I are going to set apart some afternoon to make a sentimental pilgrimage into the Past in some corner of old London!'

[ James Dredge Jr, civil engineer and co-editor of 'Engineering'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('James Dredge') to 'Willy' [ presumably Stanhope Forbes of Newlyn's brother -see note below], condolences on death of his father, ruminating on mortality.

Author: 
James Dredge Jr (1840-1906), English civil engineer and co-editor with William H. Maw of the periodical 'Engineering'
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'Engineering: An Illustrated Weekly Journal, Edited by William H. Maw and James Dredge', 35 & 36 Bedford Street, Strand, London, W.C. 8 December 1888.
£60.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Letterhead in black and red ink. In fair condition, aged and worn, with creasing at head. A sensitive letter of condolence, beginning: 'Dear Willy | I was so shocked to hear on Thursday of the great loss you have sustained, and I hesitated to write to you, for letters of condolence are such empty useless things. But on the other hand I dont want you to suppose that I feel indifferent to anything that touches you so closely & deeply.

[ John Payne Collier, Shakespearian critic and forger. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Payne Collier') to James Orchard Halliwell [ J. O. Halliwell-Philipps ], clearing up a misunderstanding regarding payment for his [ Shakespeare Society ] 'Reprints'

Author: 
John Payne Collier (1789-1883), Shakespearian critic and forger [ James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps [ born James Orchard Halliwell ] (1820-1889), antiquary; Shakespeare Society ]
Publication details: 
Maidenhead [ Berkshire ]. No date.
£105.00

1p., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, slghtly aged, with small smudge to signature. Collier produced his first Shakespeare Society reprint in 1841. On the reverse of the second leaf Halliwell-Phillipps has written, presumably to an autograph collector: 'Is this any use to you?' Addressing himself to 'Dear Halliwell', Collier begins by informing him that he is returning his 'P[ostage]. Stamp'. He asks him not to be 'affronted', explaining: 'What I meant by any printed note was, that each recipient of my Reprints, who wished to continue, should send me another P[ost]. O[ffice].

[ Percy Craft and Stanhope Forbes, Newlyn School artists. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Percy R. Craft') from Craft to Forbes, sending condolences on the death of his father.

Author: 
Percy Craft [ Percy Robert Craft; Percy R. Craft ] (1856-1934) and Stanhope Forbes [ Stanhope Alexander Forbes ] (1857-1947), RA, English artists of the Newlyn School, Cornwall
Publication details: 
Pyne Villa, St Ives, Cornwall. 7 December 1888.
£60.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Craft and his wife have 'just heard with surprise of the great loss' Forbes has 'so suddenly sustained', and send their 'sincere sympathy for you in so sudden a bereavement'. They extend their condolences to Forbes's mother, and Craft explains that his wife has not written to her personally, as she did not wish 'to add to the burden that unfortunately she is now compelled to bear'. From the Forbes papers, from which other Newlyn items are offered separately.

[ Henry Richmond Droop, Victorian Mathematician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. R. Droop') [ to E. Meyrick Goulburn, Dean of Norwich ], presenting a copy of his book 'The Edwardian Vestments', and discussing its contents. With the book itself.

Author: 
Henry Richmond Droop, M.A., of Lincoln's Inn, Barrister-at-Law; Formerly Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge [ H. R. Droop (1832-1884), mathematician ] [ Edward Meyrick Goulburn (1818-1897)]
Publication details: 
Letter: addressed from 1 New Square, Lincoln's Inn [ London ]. 1 February 1882. Book ('Reissued with supplementary notes.'): Published in London by Hatchards, Piccadilly, 1876.
£400.00

LETTER: 8pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums. In good condition, lightly aged, and tipped-in onto the half-title of Item Two below.

[ Arthur Hill Hassall, public health pioneer. ] Secretarial Letter, Signed 'Arthur. H. Hassall', to T. H. Huxley, presenting a copy of his 'The Narrative of a Busy Life', with the book and a manuscript copy of a letter from him to Lord Rayleigh.

Author: 
Arthur Hill Hassall (1817-1894), physician and microscopist, pioneer in the field of public health [ Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), biologist; Lord Rayleigh and the Royal Society ]
Publication details: 
Letter from Hassall to Huxley: 3 Alpenstrasse, Lucerne (on cancelled letterhead of Corso dell'Imperatrice, San Remo), 23 September 1893. Copy Letter from Hassall to Rayleigh, same details. Book: Longmans, Green, & Co., London and New York, 1893.
£650.00

All three items in good condition, lightly aged, with the book in worn and spotted binding. ONE: Letter from Hassall to 'Professor Huxley', in the hand of 'an amanuensis' and signed by him. 3pp., 12mo. Tipped-in onto the half-title of Item Three below. He begins by explaining that he has 'directed Messrs. Longmans' to forward a copy of his book (which he describes as 'a brochure') to Huxley.

[ Charles Cowden Clarke, Shakespearian scholar and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C Cowden Clarke') to J. MacCabe (Scottish journalist?), thanking him for his 'punctuality in the matter of the Newspaper Report of my last Lecture'.

Author: 
Charles Cowden Clarke (1787-1877), Shakespearian scholar and author, friend of John Keats and Charles and Mary Lamb
Publication details: 
Alma Hotel, Edinburgh. 16 March 1856.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for his 'kind punctuality in the matter of the Newspaper Report of my last Lecture'. He cannot give MacCabe 'a positive direction, as to my movements', and thus asks him to 'send a copy of the paper to "Mrs. Cowden Clarke No. 27 Porchester Terrace Bayswater, London:" to whom I should have forwarded it, had I received it from you'. He will still see the report on his arrival home. He concludes with renewed thanks, and 'every Kind wish for your health and worldly prosperity, (your other-worldly, I doubt not of)'.

[ William Allan, Quaker scientist and abolitionist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Allan') to R. H. Marten

Author: 
William Allan (1770-1843), Quaker scientist and abolitionist [ R. H. Marten [ Robert Humphrey Marten ] (1763-1839) of Broadway House, Plaistow, City merchant and Baptist minister ]
Publication details: 
No place. 19 November 1827.
£80.00

Allan was an associate of Humphry Davy and Luke Howard. 1p., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by sending his condolences to Marten's family 'on the present severe trial with which it has pleased Providence to visit you' (the death of the second of Marten's three wives?), and continues with pious sentiments: 'To you the Stroke, although expected, must be heavy – but it is some consolation, that the amiable Sufferer is released from Pain, & from the troubles of this Life, and is gone to receive her reward'. Eight lines follow in the same tone.

[ Rotha Quillinan, daughter of Wordsworth's son-in-law Edward Quillinan, and granddaughter of Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges. ] Offprint of notice of the 'Death of Rotha Quillinan'.

Author: 
Rotha Quillinan (1822-1876), daughter of William Wordsworth's son-in-law Edward Quillinan (1791-1851), poet, and granddaughter of Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
Publication details: 
From the Westmoreland Gazette, 12 February 1876.
£100.00

Galley proof with 69 lines of text in a single column of small type, on slip of paper laid down on leaf removed from album. At foot: 'Westmoreland Gazette, Feb. 12, 1876.' In good condition, lightly aged. The text begins: 'Another personal link between the present generation and the band of poets and writers whose memory hovers around the Lake district has been severed in the death, last week, of Miss Rotha Quillinan.

[ Sir James Knowles, Victorian architect and journalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('James Knowles') to Sir J. D. Rees, on his article on 'Hindoo marriages' and marriage of 'Loder' [Lord Wakehurst] and 'Lady Louise' [Lady Louise de Vere Beauclerk].

Author: 
Sir James Knowles [ Sir James Thomas Knowles ] (1831-1908), Victorian architect and journalist, editor of 'The Nineteenth Century' [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Queen Anne's Lodge, St. James's Park, S.W. [ London ] 17 October 1890.
£65.00

For information on Knowles see his entry in the Oxford DNB, and Priscilla Metcalfe's monograph (OUP, 1980). 1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The handwriting is not entirely straightforward. He sends 'a thousand thanks' for Rees's 'admirable' article 'on Hindoo marriages', for which he is enclosing a cheque for twenty pounds. He hopes Rees approves of the title.

[ Frank Miles, artist, friend of Oscar Wilde, and Jack the Ripper suspect. ] Four prints of portraits of young ladies, three of them presented as cabinet cards titled 'The Miller's Daughter', 'Rose' and 'A Little Queen. | A Study by Francis Miles'.

Author: 
Frank Miles [ George Francis Miles ] (1852-1891), artist and friend of Oscar Wilde, architect, gardener and Jack the Ripper suspect
Frank Miles
Publication details: 
Two published by Mansell & Co., Percy Street, London, and dated 1872 and 1873. Two published by Poulton & Co., London.
£300.00
Frank Miles

Wilde lived with Miles in the house in Tite Street which Miles had commissioned E. W. Godwin to build for him. Miles ended his days at Brislington House Lunatic Asylum. All four engravings are printed in black. Three (all 'Copyright') are on 13 x 9.5 cm pieces of paper, each laid down on 16.5 x 10.5 cm pieces of card, with printed text in red ink on the card beneath the print; the fourth print is on a loose 12.5 x 9.5 cm piece of paper.

[ H. H. Asquith, Liberal Prime Minister. ] Autograph Card to his 'Darling' [ i.e. his wife Margot Asquith ]

Author: 
H. H. Asquith [ Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith ] (1852-1928), Liberal Prime Minister [ Margot Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith [ née Tennant ] (1864-1945) ]
Publication details: 
'Fr. 27 Ap 06' [ i.e. 27 April 1906 ] On embossed House of Commons letterhead.
£80.00

Written in autograph on both sides of a blank 9 x 11 cm card, with embossed House of Commons device at top left of first page. In good condition, lightly aged. It begins: 'Darling – I am too busy to-day to write. The house is nearly finished, & (I believe) came this morning, as she has no pied à terre. Bob also arrived from his fishing, wh. improved at the end. goes off this evening to Winchester.' He gives the initials (indecipherable) of the individual at whose house he dined two nights before, '& went up to see the Bart & talked with him for some time.?>?>

[ Robert Southey, Poet Laureate and friend of Wordsworth and Coleridge. ] Autograph Note Signed to the author Andrew Picken agreeing to subscribe 'willingly' to his 'volumes' ('The Black Watch'?).

Author: 
Robert Southey (1774-1843), Romantic poet, friend of Wordsworth and Coleridge, one of the Lake Poets, Poet Laureate [ Andrew Picken (1788-1833), author ]
Publication details: 
Keswick. 13 March 1833.
£500.00

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed by Southey on the reverse of the second leaf, which has been overlaid top and bottom with grey paper, 'To | Andrew Picken Esqre | Gothic Cottage | Regents Park East.' The note reads: 'Keswick. 13 March 1833 [year possibly altered in pencil to '1835'] | Sir | I subscribe willingly to your volumes & wish you success with them | I remain Sir | Yr obedt servt | Robert Southey'. Southey is presumably referring to his last work, The Black Watch (1833), which appeared just as he died of a stroke. Suitable for framing.

[ Allan Cunningham, Scottish poet and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed to William Jerdan, editor of the Literary Gazette, an amusing letter of introduction for Henry Glassford Bell, editor of the Edinburgh Literary Journal.

Author: 
Allan Cunningham (1784-1842), Scottish poet and author, a member of the 'London Magazine' circle of John Scott [ William Jerdan; Literary Gazette ; Henry Glassford Bell; Edinburgh Literary Journal ]
Publication details: 
37 Belgrave Place [ London ]. 28 September 1830.
£220.00

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Will. Jerdan Esq | Grove House | Brompton', with second signature 'Allan Cunningham' at bottom left of address. Docketed on the same page, presumably by Jerdan: 'A Cunningham | Introduction of Mr Bell | Ed. Of Edinh. Lit. Journal'. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The author, recipient and subject of the letter are all Scottish. A spirited and amusing letter: 'My dear friend. | Peace and health be with you in spite of captious authors and high-trotting horses.

[ Captain Basil Hall, RN, Scottish explorer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Basil Hall'), praising Florence, describing a view of 'Dom Miguel', and discussing his homesickness.

Author: 
Captain Basil Hall (1788-1844), Scottish explorer and Royal Navy officer
Publication details: 
Florence. 7 September 1834.
£180.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Thirty-five lines of closely-written text. Addressed by Hall on reverse of second leaf to 'Mrs. Stisted | Villa Broderick | Lucca Baths', with note that the letter is 'For[warde]d By Ch[ristophe]]r. Pearson'. He begins by introducing to Mrs Stisted and her husband 'Col.

[ Charles Neate, Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ch. Neate') to Lord Valencia, offering to show his 'Yankee' friend around Oxford.

Author: 
Charles Neate (1806-1879), Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford, and Member of Parliament for Oxford [ Lord Valencia [ Arthur Annesley, 10th Viscount Valentia ]; Oriel College ]
Publication details: 
'Oxford & Cam Club' [ London ]. 16 July [ no year ].
£220.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged, with reverse of second leaf laid down on leaf removed from album. Valentia's father had been, like Neate, a Member of Parliament for Oxford. The letter begins: 'Dear Lord Valentia. | I am sorry it so happens that I was away, and shall be till next Monday - when I return home <?> to <?> street for the next six Weeks'.

[ Edward Carpenter, poet, socialist and homosexual activist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ed. Carpenter'), praising a portrait, disparaging 'the people', and stating that 'something is being built up, wh. cannot be consumed'.

Author: 
Edward Carpenter (1844-1929), poet and author, socialist and homosexual activist, friend of Rabindranath Tagore, and a friend of Walt
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 17 November 1905.
£250.00

2pp., landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The recipient is not named or addressed, the letter starting abruptly after the date: 'I like your portrait much. Thanks for sending it. Yes, the people are [last word underlined] fools, and the mills of God grind slowly. Nevertheless the work is not lost, and its outcome is sure. It is no good bothering about special results. They must take their own way (generally to the Crematorium!) but all the while something is being built up, wh.

[ Alice Meynell, poet and suffragist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Miss Harraden', thanking her for her consideration and inviting her to visit.

Author: 
Alice Meynell [Alice Christiana Gertrude Meynell, née Thompson ] (1847-1922), poet, suffragist, author and editor [ Beatrice or Gertrude Harraden? ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 47 Palace Court, W. [ London ] 3 February 1897.
£90.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with dogeared corners. She is effusive in her thanks for Harraden's 'generous thought of writing to me. | To receive such a letter from one like you is a great delight. I am sure you would be glad if you knew how great.' She asks if it would be 'asking too much to beg you to come and see me - next Sunday or any Sunday that might suit you?'

[ Lord Frederick Campbell, Scottish nobleman and politician. ] Autograph Note in the third person to 'Mr: Heath', apologising for missing him when he called.

Author: 
Lord Frederick Campbell (1729-1816), Scottish nobleman and politician, Lord Clerk Register of Scotland, and successively Member of Parliament for Glasgow Burghs and Argyllshire
Publication details: 
'Arlington Street - Saturday' [ 1806 ].
£40.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and creased paper, with strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse. The leaf has been folded in two, with 'Mr: Heath' written by Campbell on one part, beneath which, in another hand are the recipient's initials 'J. H.' and the date 1819. Above this, in pencil, in a third hand: 'Ld. Fredk Campbell still living at the age of near 90'.

[ Margot Asquith to her husband Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Yr. own | Margot'), to 'Darling', discussing personal matters including her love for her baby and a portrait of 'R' by John Singer Sargent.

Author: 
Margot Asquith [ Emma Alice Margaret Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith, née Tennant ] (1864-1945), wife of Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith [ Herbert Henry Asquith ] (1852-1928)
Publication details: 
On letterhead of St Salvator's, St Andrews, N.B. [ Scotland ]. 'Sunday 6th. [around 1900?]'
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter, the handwriting of which is not altogether straightforward, begins: 'Darling It is so cold here we have to have fires wh. is a blow for the children for having no gov[erness]. I thought we sd. Live on the beach for tea & everything whereas the wind obliges one to wear Xmas clothes you are well out of it'. She continues: 'Jack King & their babies are here I mind no Visitors who are busy & they always are. Their infants are sweet.

[ James Parsons of York, Congregational minister. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Rev. James Everett

Author: 
James Parsons (1799-1877) of Salem Chapel, York, Congregational minister [ James Everett (1784-1872), Methodist minister ]
Publication details: 
23 St Saviourgate [ York ]. 31 August 1839.
£40.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of tape adhering to one edge from mount. He is 'requested by the Committee of our Auxiliary in aid of the London Missionary Society to ask for your presence and assistance at our approaching anniversary in aid of that Institution'. He gives the date and details of the event, to be held at Salem Chapel, including 'a public breakfast in the school room in the morning, and a meeting in the evening'. He names two individuals from whom help is expected, with mention of 'two of the native refugees from Madagascar'.

[ Arthur Calder Marshall, author. ] Typed Letter Signed to Harry L. Spilstead, regarding his edition of the ballads of George R. Sims.

Author: 
Arthur Calder Marshall (1908-1992), English novelist, essayist, critic, memoirist and biographer [ Harry Leonard Spilstead; George R. Sims (1847-1922), author and bon vivant ]
Publication details: 
3 The Grove, Lower Teddington Road, Hampton Wick, Kingston-upon-Thames. 15 January 1968.
£50.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. The main topic of the letter is Marshall's work preparing his book 'Prepare to shed them now. The Ballads of George R. Sims' (London: Hutchinson, 1968). A long and characteristic letter. After references to their meeting at the British Museum and to 'that excellent bookseller, Mr Wallace of The Guild Hall Bookshop' ('he showed me a selection of the Dagonet Ballads – nothing like as good as the copy you saw'), he turns to a 'Sims letter' which Spilstead sent him: 'I cant at the moment date it.

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