[ Giulia Ravogli and Sofia Ravogli, Italian opera singers. ] Autograph Note [ in the hand of Giulia Ravogli ] Signed 'Giulia and Sofia Ravogli', to 'Mr Neil Forsyth' of the Royal Opera House, requesting a box for 'Pagliacci, and Deux Pigeons'.

Giulia Ravogli (1866-1941), contralto, wife of Harrison Cripps; her sister Sofia Ravogli (1865-1910), soprano, Italian opera singers [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]
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On letterhead of 10 Bentinck Mansions, Bentinck Street, Manchester Square, W. [ London ] 28 June 1906.

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The note- which is signed 'Giulia and Sofia | Ravogli' - is in the hand of Giulia Ravogli. It reads: 'We send to you our kind remembrances and we should be very pleased if you could spare a box for us for Monday evening next. "Pagliacci, and Deux Pigeons -', In his 2012 biography of Dame Clara Butt, Maurice Leonard writes that Giulia was 'an unusually tall contralto', who formed 'a sort of operatic double act' with her sister the soprano Sofia Ravogli, the two women 'appearing in Norma, Aida and many other works together.

[ Philip Ridgeway, theatrical producer. ] Typed synopsis of unpublished autobiography, with autograph emendations, discussing his dramatisations of Thomas Hardy, London Chekhov productions (with Komisarjevsky); touring revues; BBC and war work.

PhIlip Ridgeway (1891-1954), theatrical producer, broadcaster, radio entertainment producer [ Theodore Komisarjevsky; Thomas Hardy; Charles Laughton ]
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Without place or date. Written after the Second World War.

6pp (the first three in folio, the last three in 4to), with an additional slip of paper from a seventh page. Each page on a separate leaf, all of them stapled together. In fair condition, aged and with slight ruckling and damp spotting to first leaf. Minor autograph emendations and additions throughout. It is puzzling that more information is not available concerning Ridgeway's eventful career, for which see his obituary in The Times, 28 October 1954. The present document is unsigned and untitled, and is clearly a draft synopsis of a proposal for an autobiography.

[Privy Council Medical Research Council] Printed Item: 'The Application of the Air Force Physical Efficiency Tests to Men and Women.'

Lucy D. Cripps, M.B., D.P.H. [Privy Council Medical Research Council; Royal Air Force]
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Special Report Series, No. 84. London: Published by His Majesty's Stationery Office. 1924.

48 + [4]pp., 8vo. Stapled. In green printed wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Divided into ten chapters, including 'Royal Air Force Tests used in the Present Investigation' and 'Types of Respiration, and the Respiratory Apparatus in Men and Women'. An interesting document: the Royal Air Force only having been in existence for six years. With stamp, shelfmark and label of the Board of Education Reference Library. Four copies on COPAC, and uncommon.

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