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[ Reginald Hill, crime writer ] Five Autograph Postcards and Cards Signed (all pictorial) "Reg" to Hunter Davies, author and journalist, and friend since childhood

Author: 
Reginald Hill, crime writer (1936-2012)
Publication details: 
'Oakbank'. Broad Oak, Ravenglass, Cumbria, 3 dated (1994, 2000, 2011).
£200.00

Three Postcards Signed, and two (folding) cards) with between 6-21 lines of writing. Good-humoured tone, with references to a novel published by "Margaret" [Forster, Davies's wife] which has given him an idea for a detective novel, a self-deprecating comment ("insecure jumped up northern grammer school lad"), reflection on how well he and friends have dome (no "jail-bait failures"), news of a death, a White Christmas, a plan for a "double-act at Keswick", treatment for illness (2011), etc.

[Thomas Gordon Hake, poet and physician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. G. Hake') to 'MM Dalziel Bros', regarding their engraving of Arthur Hughes's drawings for his 'Parables and Tales'.

Author: 
T. G. Hake [Thomas Gordon Hake] (1809-1895), poet and physician [Arthur Hughes (1832-1915), Pre Raphaelite illustrator; Dalziel Brothers, engravers; Chapman & Hall, London publishers]
Publication details: 
On his monogrammed letterhead, Coombe End, Roehampton, S.W. [London] 28 February 1872.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with small circle of ink placed by Hake at bottom right. Regarding his 'Parables and Tales', illustrated by Arthur Hughes and published by Chapman & Hall in 1872, he writes: 'Dear Sir [sic] | Please to give me a line to say when Mr Hughes drawings will be ready for press and when you will require my proofs - | Yours truly | T. G. Hake'.

[ Arthur Boyd Houghton, artist. ] Printed invitation from Gilbert Dalziel, as editor of 'Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday', to view Houghton's 'The Exit of Useless Mouths from a Besieged City', set within an engraving of a detail from the painting.

Author: 
A. B. Houghton [ Arthur Boyd Houghton ] (1836-1875), artist and illustrator; Gilbert Dalziel [ Gilbert Georger Dalziel ] (1853-1930), illustrator and editor of 'Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday'
Publication details: 
'to be presented to the readers of "Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday"'. Messrs. Vicars Bros., 5 Eagle Place, Piccadilly, S.W. [ London ]. No year [ 1872 ].
£32.00

Printed in black, on a 16 x 12.5 cm light-brown ground, on one side of a 21 x 17.5 cm piece of laid paper. In poor condition, aged and heavily worn, with closed tears repaired with archival tape. Made out in manuscript to 'S. A. Forbes Esq'. The text, engraved onto the plate, features in a column towards the bottom right of the print. Surrounding the text, to the left and above, is the engraved detail from the picture, showing a mediaeval town, with a woman leaning out of a window, watching a great column of people being led away (from top right to bottom left) by a soldier with a pike.

[Sir Hubert von Herkomer, painter.] Five illustrated items designed by him for his private Wagnerian theatre: invitation to 'The Sorceress'; prospectus, libretto and invitation card for his 'Pictorial-Music-Play' 'An Idyl'; and Christmas card.

Author: 
Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914), German-born British painter admired by Van Gogh [Joseph Bennett; Edward Dalziel (1817-1905), wood engraver; Dorothy Dene (1859-1899), actress; Lululaund, Bushey]
Publication details: 
The Herkomer Theatre [on the Lululaund Estate], Bushey, Hertfordshire. 1889 and 1890. [Items printed by Novello, Ewer, and Co. of London, and R. and R. Clark of Edinburgh.]
£1,150.00

In addition to his pioneering cinematographic work, Herkomer was a theatrical innovator. As Lynda Nead points out in her 'The Haunted Gallery' (Yale, 2007), it was shortly after the opening of his art school that 'he and his students created an auditorium, modelled on Wagner's Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, for public performances of plays, written, directed and, indeed, performed by Herkomer'. See also M. A. K. Taylor, 'The New Stagecraft' (1953); J. Stokes, 'Resistible Theatres' (1972); and L. M. Edwards, 'Herkomer: A Victorian Artist' (1999). These five items all relate to the project.

Autograph Note Signed to E.W. Cooke, marine painter.

Author: 
F.W.Hulme, landscape painter (DNB).
Publication details: 
4 Hereford Square, Old Bromprton, [London], no date.
£56.00

One page, 8vo, good condition. "Allow me to introduce to you Mr John Dalziel, an excellent engraver in wood. | If your drawings for the Art Union are not already engaged & you should be disposed to place them in his hands I have no doubt of his giving you full satisfaction."

Autograph Note Signed to (J. Saddler)

Author: 
George Dalziel
Publication details: 
No date.
£50.00

Wood engraver2pp., 8vo. Staining not obscuring the text. He promises to go to his house to "sign the Return you speak of" and announces a recent change of address.

Illustrated ticket to 'Smoking Evening', addressed in manuscript to 'Mr. W. Dalziel' (the engraver William Dalziel, 1805-1873?).

Author: 
Society of British Artists.
Publication details: 
Suffolk St. | Pall Mall | East | Decr. 9th. | 8 o'clock' [no year, but pre-1887].
£45.00

Dimensions roughly 5 1/2 inches by 4 inches. Must predate 1887, when the prefix 'Royal' was added. Amusing modern-looking cartoon-style illustration by 'F C' of furious pipe-smoking pianist jumping up to hammer the keys, with his hair forming into the 'S' of 'Society', with moustachioed cigar-smoking tweedy individual in front of piano being hit in face by whisky tumbler.

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