CULT

[ 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.

[ William Upcott, antiquary and autograph collector. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Dr J. B. Brown

Author: 
William Upcott (1779-1845), antiquary and autograph collector
Publication details: 
'Islington - | 102 Upper Street'. 10 October 1839.
£120.00

H2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with the blank second leaf placed in a windowpane mount. The letter gives a good impression of Upcott's questionable character, well-described in Janet Ing Freeman's entry on him in the Dictionary of National Biography. It reads: 'My friend will not part with his Autograph of O. Cromwell – He purchased it for 5 Guineas – the usual price – To his signature in my possession is attached that of his Secretary Thurloe – by no means a common Autograph – Dr. R.

[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.'

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