DRYHURST

[ Sylvia Lynd, Irish Nationalist poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. L.'), presumably a copy of not sent, to the humorist E. C. Bentley ('Mr. Bentley')

Author: 
Sylvia Lynd [ née Dryhurst ] (1888-1952), poet and Irish Nationalist, wife of journalist and essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949) [ E. C. Bentley [ Edmund Clerihew Bentley ] (1875-1956), author ]
Publication details: 
14 Devonshire Hill, Hampstead. 19 June 1913.
£200.00

4pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. A magnificently impassioned letter, written to a family friend, a colleague of her husband's on the Daily News. The letter begins in stirring style: 'I propose to sulk till Home Rule is passed. I have set my heart on that Bill. It isn't a particularly good Bill, but it is called "Home Rule" & I would put my right - no - at any rate my left hand into a fire to see that catch-cry cleared out of the world forever. It is the only thing that will cure the Unionists of their cowardice.

[ Sylvia Lynd, poet and Irish Nationalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sylvia Dryhurst'), probably to her cousin Georgie Maquay, reporting on the meeting for the 'amalgamation of the National Council & Sinn Fein League' and announcing her engagement.

Author: 
Sylvia Lynd [ née Dryhurst ] (1888-1952), poet and Irish Nationalist, wife of journalist and essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949) [ Sinn Fein ]
Publication details: 
11 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London, N.W. 30 December 1912.
£150.00

4pp., 4to. In fair condition, on browned and brittle paper, with chipping and one closed tear repaired with archival tape. Manuscript note at head of first page, in the hand of her daughter Maire Gaister, identifying the probable recipient as Georgie Maquay, son of Florence Dryhurst's sister ' (so understandably in South America to escape her)'. The letter's salutation and valediction are in Gaelic.?>

Typed copy of a letter, purportedly by an Irishwoman, addressed to a lady resident in England [Nannie Dryhurst or her daughter Sylvia Lynd?], describing the 'butchery' inflicted on her son, killed by the British during or after the Clonmult Ambush.

Author: 
Clonmult Ambush of Irish Republican Army members by British forces, 20 February 1921, during the Irish War of Independence; Nannie Florence Dryhurst (1888-1952); Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952)]
Publication details: 
3 March 1921.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. One minor manuscript emendation (see below). Dated at the head 'March 3rd. 1921' and addressed to 'Madam'.

Mimeographed copy of Typed Letter, 'sent to all Foreign Embassies, Legations, etc. in London', regarding the hunger strike in Brixton Prison of Thomas MacSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork. With covering typed note by Art O'Brien.

Author: 
[Terence Joseph MacSwiney (1879-1920), Lord Mayor of Cork, died after hunger strike in Brixton Prison; Mary MacSwiney (1872-1942); Art O'Brien; Irish War of Independence; Nannie Dryhurst; Robert Lynd]
Publication details: 
Letter: place not stated; 9 September 1920. Covering note: without date or place.
£280.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly aged paper. Letter: 2pp., 4to. Headed 'Care of [blank] | To His Excellency The Ambassador of [blank]'. It begins: 'Your Excellency, | We beg to bring under your notice the following facts with regard to the present slow murder of the Lord Mayor of Cork in Brixton Prison, as a matter of concern for your Government. | The Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney, was arrested on August 12th. in the City Hall, Cork, by the English Army of occupation.

Unpublished youthful autograph poem by Sylvia Lynd [née Sylvia Dryhurst], dealing in a humorous style with the perils of buying footwear in Edwardian Finchley, North London, beginning: 'By some devil surely sent | Sandal hunting off I went'.

Author: 
Sylvia Lynd [née Sylvia Dryhurst] (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, novelist and essayist, wife of the Irish essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [London, before 1909.]
£135.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifiolium of ruled paper, with 'HIERATICA' watermark of 'J. S. & Co.' From the Lynd archive, and judging from the handwriting a youthful effort, almost-certainly dating from before Sylvia Dryhurst's marriage to Robert Lynd in 1909. In fair condition, on aged paper. In seven stanzas, the first three giving a taste of an amusing and unusual jeu d'esprit and excellent piece of Edwardian social history: '1) By some devil surely sent | Sandal hunting off I went, | And my footsteps never slowed | Till I reached the Finchley Road. | Chorus: (with fervour) Damn them ! | Damn them !

Bookplate by Edward Gordon-Craig for Martin Shaw, with Autograph Note by Shaw to 'Mrs. & Mr. Dryhurst', requesting 'as a Xmas present a new member' [of the Purcell Operatic Society], and explanatory note by the Dryhursts' granddaughter Maire Gaster.

Author: 
Edward Gordon Craig (1872-1966) and Martin Shaw (1875-1958), founders of the Purcell Operatic Society; Maire Gaster [née Lynd] (1912-90), granddaughter of A. R. Dryhurst and N. F. ('Nannie') Dryhurst
Publication details: 
[London.] 1901.
£220.00

The bookplate is 3.5 x 2.5 cm, and shows a troubadour with a lute, with the initials 'M S' at the foot. It is affixed to a piece of 14 x 9 cm card. Bookplate in good condition, on aged card with one creased corner. The card carries the message in pencil by Shaw: 'Mrs. & Mr. Dryhurst.

Circular letter, in a secretarial hand, on behalf of the Committee of the Eastern Question Association, London, signed and completed by A. R. Dryhurst, and addressed by him to Thomas Redfern, regarding the publication of speeches by W. E. Gladstone.

Author: 
Alfred Robert ('Roy') Dryhurst (1859-1949), Secretary, The Eastern Question Association, King Street, Westminster [Thomas Redfern; William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Eastern Question Association (Appointed by the National Conference), Committee Rooms, 27 and 28, Canada Building, King Street, Westminster. 26 May 1877.
£65.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Signed 'A R. Dryhurst'. The document begins: 'I am desired by the Committee to inform you that they have resolved to print the speeches revised by himself, which Mr. Gladstone delivered at the beginning and end of the debate on the Eastern Question.' The terms are then given, 'With the view of securing for them, the widest possible circulation'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Teddy Craig') from Edward Gordon Craig to Nannie Florence Dryhurst, anarchist, suffragette, giving details of his charges for designing and printing bookplates. With proof of Craig's bookplate for Dryhurst.

Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of 17 Sunderland Terrace, London W2. Neither item dated.
£250.00

Letter: 1p., 12mo. On letterhead of 12 Sunderland Terrace, London, printed in orange with orange border. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He states that his daughter Nelly (1904-1975) has given him her bookplate block 'to get printed for you'. He quotes prices for 100 and 300 prints, 'only to old friends so please dont tell anyone else!! If you will just let me have a P.C I will get them done in two days.' Nelly has also told him that Mrs Dryhurst's husband Alfred Robert Dryhurst (1859-1949) 'wanted to know my price for a bookplate (but perhaps she got that wrong) anyhow I generally charge £10.

Printed pamphlet issued by the Georgia Committee, and titled 'The Acid Test', containing the article 'The Acid Test for the Bolsheviks' by Robert Lynd, and a list of 'important dates in the recent history of Georgia'.

Author: 
[The Georgia Committee; C. E. Maurice, Chairman; R. Ellis Roberts, Vice-Chairman; N. F. Dryhurst, Hon. Secretary; Robert Lynd]
Publication details: 
[The Georgia Committee, 3 Adelphi Terrace, Strand, London. 1922.]
£150.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On lightly-aged and creased paper, with short closed tear at centre of gutter. The first page is headed 'THE ACID TEST', and carries an announcement by Maurice, Roberts and Dryhurst, reading: 'The Georgia Committee, first formed in 1906 as the "Georgia Relief Committee," was revived in 1922 by the friends of Georgian Independence, and is open for membership to all supporters of the Rights of Small Nations.

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