DANCING

[ Betty Vacani, dance teacher ] Typed Letter Signed "Betty Vacani" to "Mr. Pfister", father of Phrosso Pfister, later rincipal of The London College of Educational Dance Training (later the London College of Dance)

Author: 
Betty Vacani [ Betty Vacani (Elizabeth Joan Hankinson), dancing teacher (1908-2003) ].
Publication details: 
[Headed notepaper] 159 Brompton Road, SW3, 18 April 1939
£45.00

Two pages, 12mo, fold mark, very good condition. "I was so delighted to get a letter from Phrosso this morning, saying that you were going to allow her to take up Dancing as a career when she has finished her Schooling in Paris. |We should be so very pleased to have her as a Student, as she has always shown such intense keenness and enthusiasm as a child in the Classes for her Dancing, that I am sure she will make a success in this very happy and health giving profession.

[ The London College of Educational Dance Training (later the London College of Dance). ] Printed prospectus from 1946, with one letter from the principal Grace Cone, and four from vice-principal Anita Heyworth, to Phrosso Pfister.

Author: 
[ The London College of Dance [ The London College of Educational Dance Training ]; Grace Cone; Anita Heyworth; Phrosso Pfister (1922-2013) ]
Publication details: 
The London College of Educational Dance Training, The Lodge [ Rawdon Hall ], Holyport, near Maidenhead, Berkshire. 1944, 1945 and 1946.
£220.00

The London College of Educational Dance Training opened at Rawdon Hall in 1944, merged with Middlesex University in 1994, and shut in 2003. Grace Cone, the first principal, retired in 1966, and was replaced by her vice-principal Anita Heyworth. Heyworth retired in 1973 and was replaced by Phrosso Pfister. Pfister had become a student at the college in 1945, following war service with the SOE in Egypt and Italy, and had become a staff member in 1949. The present collection of five items is from Pfister's papers.

[ Hugh Foss, Bletchley Park codebreaker ] Draft Autograph Letter UNSIGNED with substantial corrections, all in Foss's hand, to a "Miss Kaye" thanking her fopr a "pleasant evening's dancing".

Author: 
Hugh Foss [ Hugh Rose Foss ] (1902-1971), British cryptanalyst, a Bletchley Park codebreaker [Japanese; Chelsea Reel Club (for Scottish country dancing); German Enigma Code; Japanese Naval Codes ]
Publication details: 
No place or date. Written on notepaper with printed heading "Hon. Secretary, London Fencing Club."
£90.00

Foss was a distinguished cryptanalyst, and his career is described in his entry in the Oxford DNB. At Bletchley Park during the Second World War he was the first person to decode a day's worth of the German Enigma Code (in 1940); and heading the Japanese Naval Section in Hut 7 (between 1942 and 1943). His wife Alison (née Graham, 1908-1979) inspired his interest in Scottish country dancing in the early 1930s. He was Vice-President of the Chelsea Reel Club on its formation in 1935; and became Chairman in 1938.

[ Hugh Foss, Bletchley Park codebreaker. ] Draft of Autograph Letter Signed ('Hugh Foss') as Vice Chairman, Chelsea Reel Club: a circular regarding 'the first meeting of the new season', including the meeting's 'Agenda' in six numbered parts.

Author: 
Hugh Foss [ Hugh Rose Foss ] (1902-1971), British cryptanalyst, a Bletchley Park codebreaker [Japanese; Chelsea Reel Club (for Scottish country dancing); German Enigma Code; Japanese Naval Codes ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 37 Robyns Way, Sevenoaks, Kent. Undated. [ Shortly before 'the Ball at Chelsea Town Hall on Friday, 29th October, 1937'. ]
£220.00

Foss was a distinguished cryptanalyst, and his career is described in his entry in the Oxford DNB. At Bletchley Park during the Second World War he was the first person to decode a day's worth of the German Enigma Code (in 1940); and heading the Japanese Naval Section in Hut 7 (between 1942 and 1943). His wife Alison (née Graham, 1908-1979) inspired his interest in Scottish country dancing in the early 1930s. He was Vice-President of the Chelsea Reel Club on its formation in 1935; and became Chairman in 1938. While at Bletchley he taught a regular class on the subject.

[ Margot Asquith, Countess of Oxford. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Margot Oxford') to the actor-manager George Grossmith junior, expressing a strong desire to dance the tango with him.

Author: 
Margot Asquith [ Emma Alice Margaret Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith; née Tennant ] (1864-1945) [ George Grossmith junior (1874-1935, actor-manager and comedian ]
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Both on letterheads of 44 Bedford Square, London WC1. 14 and 15 May 1929.
£50.00

Each letter 2pp., 12mo. On letterheads with mourning borders. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Both written in pencil, in a difficult and hurried hand. The first letter reads: 'I was sorry, Dear Mr. Grossmith that you cd. not come last night. I long to dance the tango with you - wh. I have now learnt - as I know we cd. do it well together. One wants imagination for these dances; & this is what you have got. Do get me invited to some ball where you will be, as I adore dancing'. The second letter is written in the same vein, with reference to 'Mr. Selfridge's dance'.

[ The Vestris Family. ] Printed receipt to 'M. Gye', on letterhead, signed over tax stamp by 'G Vestris' (;Mad[moisel]le Vestris'.

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[ The Vestris Family, dancers on the London stage; Royal Italian Opera, Covent Garden ]
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On letterhead of the Royal Italian Opera, Covent Garden. 6 June 1866.
£56.00

1p., landscape 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads, with manuscript text in square brackets: 'Royal Italian Opera, | Covent Garden. | [Madle Vestris] | Londres, [Le 6 Juin] 18[66]. | Recu de M. Gye la somme de [£40 - -] | [G Vestris | B.V, | £[40 : - : -']'.

[ Michel Panaieff, Russian ballet dancer. ] Autograph Signature ('Mischa Paniaieff') on photograph.

Author: 
Michel Panaieff (1913-1982), Russian dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and teacher of ballet in America
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On photograph cut from programme for 'the ALHAMBRA Co., Ltd.' [ Blackpool, Lancashire ] Dated by Panaieff to 1936.
£28.00

Black and white photograph of Panaieff in costume and dance pose, cut from a magazine. 15 x 10 cm, with border. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Good firm flourishing signature across the image, reading: 'Mischa Paniaieff | Lancks [sic] | 1936'.

[ Lucile Alexia Grahn-Young, Danish ballerina. ] Autograph Signature ('Lucile Grahn') on part of letter written in French.

Author: 
Lucile Grahn [Lucile Alexia Grahn-Young] (1819-1907), Danish ballerina
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£30.00

On a piece of paper torn from a letter, roughly 9 x 12 cm in dimensions. In fair condition, on aged and creased paper. Signed 'Votre | très respectueuse | Lucile Grahn'. The five lines of text, addressed to a man, ask for the date of his departure, and a forwarding address.

Signature on card ('Alicia Markova') of the prima ballerina Dame Alicia Markova.

Author: 
Dame Alicia Markova [Lilian Alicia Marks] (1910-2004), Britain's first prima ballerina and in the 1940s the world's highest-paid dancer, discovered by Serge Diaghilev, and partnered by Anton Dolin
Publication details: 
Dated by Markova to 1933.
£25.00

In black ink on 5 x 8 cm card, with rounded edges. In very good condition, lightly aged, with evidence of previous mounting on the marbled reverse. Reads 'Alicia Markova | 1933.'

Printed notice from the Vice Consul of Boulogne, informing the town's residents that 'Divine Service will be performed in his House on Christmas day'.

Author: 
[Sir William Hamilton (1788-1877), British Consul at Boulogne-sur-Mer from 1826 to 1873]
Publication details: 
'Vice Consular Office | 23rd December 1817.'
£120.00

1p., landscape 8vo (34 x 22 cm). In fair condition, on aged paper with wear to extremities. An attractive notice, in large type, reading: 'THE VICE CONSUL hereby notifies to the British residents in Boulogne that Divine Service will be performed in his House on Christmas day. | Vice Consular Office | 23rd December 1817.' With faint circular stamp of the 'VICE CONSULAR SERVICE'. Manuscript note on reverse, in a contemporary hand: 'Duplicate of the <?> affiche in the town of Boulogne | on Saturday 24th Decr 1817'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('(Miss) "Clive Arden" | (L. Clive Nutt).') to the editor of the Daily Graphic.

Author: 
Clive Arden (pseud. of Lily Clive Nutt), English novelist
Publication details: 
19 April 1924; Hampton House, Hampton-in-Arden, Warwickshire.
£38.00

4to: 2 pp. 26 lines. On lightly discoloured and spotted paper. She will be happy 'to send you word occasionally of any work or other matter concerning myself which might interest your readers'. Her 'new book', 'Enticement', 'has just been published by Leonard Parsons. At present I have not commenced another.' She has just returned from North Africa, 'where I motored over 3,000 miles in Algeria & Tunisia. On the strength of this I do not contemplate writing a "Sheik" story! We met no sheiks.

Typed Letters Signed (two) to W.G. Raffe, author of "Dictionary of the Dance".

Author: 
Mirabai.
Publication details: 
Brussels6 and 21 Dec. 1949.
£250.00

Srimathi Mirabai, Indian Classical Dancer - "India's Pavlova". One page each, large 4to, good condition, the second has a representation of an Indian dancer cut from corner (present in first), with some additions in Mirabai's hand. (6 Dec.) She gives information about her activities, the tour, her studies, her performances in India and Ceylon, enclosing a photo (not present). (21 Dec.) She gives some idea of the thinking behind the tour, testing whether Indian Classical Dancing would be successful in London and Europe. Her partner has returned to India but she has her eye on another.

Autograph Card Signed to unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
Victor Silvester
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£15.00

English ballroom dancing champion and bandleader (1900-78). Dimensions: 2½ inches by 4 inches. In good condition, with traces of mount adhering to otherwise-blank reverse. Reads 'With best wishes | from | Victor Silvester'.

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