CYPRUS

[Cyprus Emergency [Greek Cypriot War of Independence], 1955 to 1959.] Red card carrying ‘Restricted’ printed British Army ‘Instructions to individuals for opening fire in Cyprus. | Issued by Chief of Staff to H.E. the Governor.'

Author: 
Cyprus Emergency [Greek Cypriot War of Independence], 1955 to 1959 [British Army Counter-Insurgency; EOKA]
Publication details: 
‘CS/1060/A/Dec. 55.’ [December 1955; COSHEG, British Cyprus.]
£160.00

An interesting artefact, issued at the commencement of the conflict, and laying out the rules of engagement. The only copies traced are in the A. J. B. Walker collection in the Imperial War Museum, the National Army Museum and the University of Cyprus. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. On 26 December 1955 the British Governor General of Cyprus declared a state of emergency, as a result of the EOKA insurgency which had begun with the 1 April Attacks. 4pp, 32mo, printed in black on a bifolium of red card.

[Fraser Wilkins, first United States ambassador to Cyprus.] Autograph Letter Signed to ‘Sir Harry’ [Sir Harry Luke], discussing the assassination of President Kennedy.

Author: 
Fraser Wilkins (1908-1989), first United States ambassador to Cyprus, 1960-1964 [Sir Harry Charles Luke [born Harry Charles Lukach] (1884-1969), British Colonial administrator and author]
Publication details: 
2 December [1963]. On letterhead of the ‘Embassy of the United States of America’ (in Cyprus).
£100.00

2pp, 8vo. On bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, on brittle and lightly discoloured paper, with short closed tears at edges of postage fold, and creased corner. The owner has identified Wilkins in red ink note at top left-hand corner of first page. Signed ‘Fraser Wilkins’. Begins: ‘Dear Sir Harry. / It was very thoughtful of you to write at this sad time. We had not realized that you were both in Kyrenia.’ Regarding the assassination he writes: ‘It is sad - not only for Mrs Kennedy & his family but also for our Country.

Two Autograph Letters Signed ('Maurice') from writer and British Council official Maurice Cardiff to Felicity Rhodes, the first letter accompanied by a typed poem by Cardiff, and the second by an Autograph Poem by him titled 'A Winter Casualty'.

Author: 
Maurice Cardiff [Maurice Henry Cardiff] (1915-2006), writer and British Council officer, friend of Patrick Leigh Fermor, Peggy Guggenheim, Edward James and Lawrence Durrell [Constantine P. Cavafy]
Publication details: 
The two letters both on letterheads of Stones Farm, Little Haseley, Oxford, and dated 29 May 1995 and 4 February 1996. The poems without place or date.
£120.00

All items in good condition. The letters on blue paper, and each in a stamped, postmarked envelope, addressed to 'Mrs Felicity Rhodes | North Lodge | 128 Banbury Road | Oxford'. Letter One (29 May 1995): 2pp., 12mo. He thanks her for typing the poem, which is 'only just the first part of a rather long one and doesn't really quite stand on its own - not that the whole thing comes off except for a few lines here and there.' he has 'never thought of having any Poems published', as he is 'only too aware of how sadly they limp along'. He has only shown them to 'one or two friends'.

Two Autograph Letters Signed ('Maurice') from writer and British Council official Maurice Cardiff to Felicity Rhodes, the first letter accompanied by a typed poem by Cardiff, and the second by an Autograph Poem by him titled 'A Winter Casualty'.

Author: 
Maurice Cardiff [Maurice Henry Cardiff] (1915-2006), writer and British Council officer, friend of Patrick Leigh Fermor, Peggy Guggenheim, Edward James and Lawrence Durrell [Constantine P. Cavafy]
Publication details: 
The two letters both on letterheads of Stones Farm, Little Haseley, Oxford, and dated 29 May 1995 and 4 February 1996. The poems without place or date.
£120.00

All items in good condition. The letters on blue paper, and each in a stamped, postmarked envelope, addressed to 'Mrs Felicity Rhodes | North Lodge | 128 Banbury Road | Oxford'. Letter One (29 May 1995): 2pp., 12mo. He thanks her for typing the poem, which is 'only just the first part of a rather long one and doesn't really quite stand on its own - not that the whole thing comes off except for a few lines here and there.' he has 'never thought of having any Poems published', as he is 'only too aware of how sadly they limp along'. He has only shown them to 'one or two friends'.

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