EDITH

[ Dulcie Gray, actress. ] Copy of typescript of 1991 autobiography 'Looking Forward, Looking Back'; corrected typescript of first part of unpublished book 'Four Years'; prompt copies for her and her husband of their autobiographical play 'Curtain Up'

Author: 
'Dulcie Gray' [ Dulcie Winifred Catherine Savage Bailey ] (1915-2011), actress, wife of actor Michael Denison [ (John) Michael Terence Wellesley Denison ] (1915-1998)
Publication details: 
None of the three items with place or date. 'Looking Forward, Looking Back' published in 1991. 'Four Years', 1940s or 1950s. The prompt copies for production of 'Curtain Up' at the Guildford Theatre, 1998.
£650.00

Gray - who in addition to her acting career was a crime novelist and lepidopterist - has an excellent entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, which also carries details of Denison. ONE: Typescript of 'Four Years | By | Dulcie Gray'. [2] + 63pp., 4to. Stapled. With front brown-paper cover with red label bearing title, with stamp of typewriting agency Ethel Christian, 36-38 Southampton Street, Strand. Signature of 'Michael Denison' at head of title-page. On aged and worn paper, and lacking the last couple of leaves and back cover.

[ Printed article, inscribed by the author. ] Edith Wharton's New York: Two Period Pieces. [ The Progress of a Social Indictment ]

Author: 
Louis Kronenberger [ Edith Wharton; University of Michigan ]
Publication details: 
Extracted from the Michigan Quarterly Review [ Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, Vol. 4 No. 1, Winter 1965 ].
£25.00

11pp., 4to, paginated 3-13. On six leaves extracted from the magazine, stapled together at head. In fair condition, aged and a little worn. Inscribed at head of first page: 'Best as always. Hope to see you soon | Louis.' From the papers of the American critic Harry Levin (1912-1994).

[ Edith Nesbit, children's author. ] Illustrated handbill, signed by her 'E. Nesbit', celebrating 'The Reconstruction of Rheims Cathedral as a Memorial to the Allied Fallen'.

Author: 
E. Nesbit [ Edith Nesbit; Edith Bland ] (1858-1924), Children's author and poet, a founder of the Fabian Society [ Restoration of Rheims [ Reims ] Cathedral, following the First World War ]
Publication details: 
Signed and dated: 'E. Nesbit | 1921'.
£20.00

Printed in black ink on one side of a 14 x 11 cm piece of wove paper. At the foot, in blue ink, is a good firm signature: 'E. Nesbit | 1921.' Above a central engraving of the façade of the Cathedral is written in stylised lettering: 'THE RECONSTRUCTION OF RHEIMS CATHEDRAL AS A MEMORIAL TO THE ALLIED FALLEN'. Beneath the illustration is printed, in conventional lettering: 'May France and the British Empire ever walk side by side in the paths of Peace!' Restoration of the cathedral began in 1919, and is still in progress.

[ National Council for Civil Liberties, London. ] Printed Second World War handbill advertising a mass meeting for 'Press Freedom', with speakers including H. G. Wells; C. E. M. Joad; Michael Foot; Edith Summerskill; T. L. Horabin; Aneurin Bevan.

Author: 
[ National Council for Civil Liberties, London ] [ H. G. Wells; C. E. M. Joad; Michael Foot; Edith Summerskill; T. L. Horabin; Aneurin Bevan ]
Publication details: 
'Central Hall Westminster S.W.1 [ London ] | Saturday, 11th April, 1942 | 2.30 p.m.'
£25.00

Printed in bold black ink on one side of a 13.5 x 9cm. piece of wove paper. In good condition, lightly aged. States that 'Speakers will include: | H. G. Wells; Dr. C. E. M. Joad; | Richard Coppock; | (Secretary, National Federation, Building Trade Operatives| Michael Foot; (Evening Standard) | Dr. Edith Summerskill, M.P.; | T. L. Horabin, M.P.; D.N. Pritt, K.C., M.P.; | Aneurin Bevan, M.P.; | and others.' A scarce survival: not present in the Imperial War Museum collection. The NCCL was founded in 1934.

[ 'The Chevalier Sir Frederick Bowman, K.C.E.' ] 'Shakespeare Souvenir' pin badge, depicting Bowman as the Bard of Avon, attached to a Typed Letter Signed ('Frederick H.-U. Bowman') to Barry Duncan, regarding the actress Edith Loraine and her career.

Author: 
Frederick Bowman [ Frederick H. U. Bowman; The Chevalier Sir Frederick Bowman K.C.E. ] (1893-1969), Liverpool music hall actor, eccentric and author [ William Shakespeare; Count Potocki de Montalk ]
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of 'The Chevalier Sir Frederick Bowman K.C.E.', Humanimal House, Sandown Lane, Liverpool, with date stamp 1 June 1964. Pin badge undated, but contemporaneous.
£56.00

Letter: 1p., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly creased and aged. With a few autograph emendations. In a characteristically eccentric letter he writes that their common friend Jimmy Linton has told Bowman that Duncan 'may be able to give me some particulars and perhaps a photo of Edith LORAINE who played Godiva in F. B. Woulfe's Company, presenting the famous historical play by Max Goldberg, (John F. Preston.) He refers to Mabelle F. Barlow, Lady Astor and his own play 'Divorce or Dishonour'. As a boy he was greatly impressed by Loraine's performance, and it 'started my interest in Coventry.

[ Nigel Playfair and Philip Carr. ] Typescript of ' "Shock-headed Peter" A Children's Farce with Songs, Adapted by Philip Carr and Nigel Playfair from The well-known Pictures and Verses of "Struwwelpeter" Music by Walter Rubens'.

Author: 
Nigel Playfair; Philip Carr; Walter Rubens [ Struwwelpeter; Shock-headed Peter; Edith Craig ]
Publication details: 
[ London, circa 1900. ] With label and stamp of Samuel French, Ltd, 26, Southampton Street, Strand, London, W.C.2.
£450.00

106pp., 4to. In good condition internally, on lightly-aged paper, in worn grey-cloth binding, with large and wordy French label on front cover. Rubens's score is not present. The text is preceded by twelve pages carrying: a 'List of Scenery and Properties', 'a 'Scene Plot', 'Light Plots', 'Property Plot', 'Hand Properties', 'Prompter's Cues' and 'Costumes and Wigs'. Possibly a prompt copy, with a number of passages deleted, and a few minor emendations made, in pencil, as well as call notes typed on the versos of some leaves, opposite the relevant text.

[ Edith Nesbit, children's author. ] Illustrated handbill, signed by her 'E. Nesbit', celebrating 'The Reconstruction of Rheims Cathedral as a Memorial to the Allied Fallen'.

Author: 
E. Nesbit [ Edith Nesbit; Edith Bland ] (1858-1924), Children's author and poet, a founder of the Fabian Society [ Restoration of Rheims [ Reims ] Cathedral, following the First World War ]
Publication details: 
Signed and dated: 'E. Nesbit | 1921'.
£20.00

Printed in black ink on one side of a 14 x 11 cm piece of wove paper. At the foot, in blue ink, is a good firm signature: 'E. Nesbit | 1921.' Above a central engraving of the façade of the Cathedral is written in stylised lettering: 'THE RECONSTRUCTION OF RHEIMS CATHEDRAL AS A MEMORIAL TO THE ALLIED FALLEN'. Beneath the illustration is printed, in conventional lettering: 'May France and the British Empire ever walk side by side in the paths of Peace!' Restoration of the cathedral began in 1919, and is still in progress.

[ Lady Sarah Caroline Sitwell of Rempstone Hall, bluestocking. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'S C Sitwell'), poignantly describing her circumstances in the last months of her life.

Author: 
Lady Sarah Caroline Sitwell (c.1781-1860) of Rempstone Hall, Leicestershire, bluestocking and society hostess, described by Lord Byron as 'a wit and blue' [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895) ]
Publication details: 
All on letterheads of Rempstone [Leicestershire]. One dated 23 February 1860, another dated 10 November [1860], and the last 'Thursday' [no year]
£220.00

The three items totalling 11pp., 12mo. On three bifoliums. In good condition, lightly aged. ONE: 23 February 1860. 3pp., 12mo. She begins: 'I cannot receive yr. repeated welcome remembrance of old Remp[ston]e. days, without a line of thanks for the pleasurable thoughts they awaken - a boon, to a Recluse, who lives much on the past & on the far-off present, which a friendly telescope may bring before her'. She congratulates him in graceful terms on his 'success'.

[British House of Commons private members bill.] Women's Disabilities. A Bill To remove certain legal disabilities of women. Presented by Dr. Summerskill, supported by Mr. Janner and Dr. King.

Author: 
[Women's Disabilities Bill (British House of Commons private members bill, 1952); Parliamentary paper; Edith Summerskill, Labour politician and feminist; Greville Janner; Horace Maybray King]
Publication details: 
Ordered, by The House of Commons, to be Printed, 19 November 1952. London: Printed and published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office.
£80.00

5 + [1]pp., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and lightly-worn, with slightly rusted staples and rust stain from paperclip. Scarce: the only actual copy on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat at the LSE in London.

[Book; Inscribed by Author, Edith Sitwell, and by bookseller, Bertram Rota] In Spring

Author: 
Edith Sitwell
Publication details: 
'Privately Printed in London Anno Domini MCMXXXI'
£120.00

Wood Engravings by Edward Carrick.8vo, [11]pp., printed privately for Terence Fytton Armstrong [John Gawsworth, ]Number 7 of 290 (305) copies printed on Charles I hand-made paper, engraved title-page and two other decorations, mottled pale green paper-covered boards, sl. speckled, with original glassine-type thin paper wraps, sl. chipped and speckled, yellow printed label with an additional engraving on the front, endpapers sl. browned, a little faded, generally good to very good.

[Sir Sacheverell Sitwell.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Sacheverell Sitwell') to Mrs Strutt, discussing social engagements and complaining of an indisposition which is 'the bane of my life'.

Author: 
Sir Sacheverell Sitwell (1897-1988) [The Sitwells; Edith Sitwell; Osbert Sitwell]
Publication details: 
The first letter on letterhead of 12 Southwick Place, [London] W2, and dated 18 June 1934. The second letter on letterhead of 21 Cambridge Square, [London] W2.
£120.00

Both letters in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Each in its envelope, addressed to Mrs Strutt at 12 Somers Place, Hyde Park. Letter One: 1p., 12mo. He apologies in florid style about a clash in dinner engagements. 'I made a desperate attempt to avoid a dinner-party tonight with the Wimbornes and was told that I should

18 Autograph Letters Signed from Captain Hon. Sir Seymour John Fortescue, Equerry-in-Waiting to the Prince of Wales [the future King Edward VII], to 'Lady Edith', filled with English high society and horse- racing news and gossip.

Author: 
Captain Hon. Sir Seymour John Fortescue (1856-1942), Equerry-in-Waiting to King Edward VII, 1893-1910
Publication details: 
On the following letterheads: 23 Dover Street, London (5); Royal Yacht Osborne; H.M.S. Renown, Mediterranean; The Grove, Watford; 22, Avenue du Bois de Boulogne, Paris; Place Vendôme, Paris; Hôtel Weimar, Marienbad; Turf Club, Piccadilly. 1894-1899.
£850.00

18 long letters, totalling 106pp., 4to, and 2pp., 8vo. Fourteen signed 'Seymour Fortescue' and four 'Seymour F'. Three with the year stated by Fortescue, ten others dated in pencil in another hand. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. For biographical information about Fortescue, see the end of this entry.

'Children's Book' in the autograph of Edith Louisa Henderson-Begg, wife of Rev. Canon William Henderson-Begg of Edinburgh, filled with information on the childhood of her three sons Robert John, Colin and Alec, with letters by them and photographs.

Author: 
Edith Louisa Henderson-Begg [née Cornish], wife of Rev. William Henderson-Begg (1877-1934), Rector of St Paul's and Canon of Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh [their sons Robert John, Colin and Alec]
Publication details: 
St Mary's Rectory, Edinburgh, Scotland. The notebook contains entries dating from January 1911 to June 1926.
£250.00

43pp., 12mo. Closely written in a ruled black cloth notebook, titled on first page 'CHILDREN'S BOOK'. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper; torn scraps of paper adhering to the waxed cloth covers. Containing such information as date and time of birth, weight of child, name of doctor and 'nurse-housemaid', teething ('R. J.s first eye-tooth'), first walk, first words ('R. J. said ("I'm a pe-pe" - this probably only imitation; since called himself Baby).

Printed advertisement for 'Resident Students' at Greenway Court, Hollingbourne, Kent, an agricultural college for women run by 'Miss Edith Bradley and Miss Baillie-Hamilton'. With photographic illustration.

Author: 
[Greenway Court agricultural college for women, Kent, 1908-1924, founded by Miss Baillie-Hamilton and Edith Bradley (c.1859-1943), first Warden of Lady Warwick Hostel [later Studley College], Reading]
Publication details: 
[The Mercia Dairy and Poultry Farm] Greenway Court, Hollingbourne, Weald of Kent. Undated [circa 1918].
£45.00

1p., 8vo. Printed in blue on shiny art paper. In good condition, slightly-aged. Headed: 'Greenway Court, Hollingbourne, Kent', followed by a 7 x 10 cm photograph of the 'Dining Room, Greenway Court'. The text begins 'Miss Edith Bradley and Miss Baillie-Hamilton receive a few Resident Students at Greenway Court, to train for practical work in Dairy and Fruit Farming, Market Gardening and Bee Keeping.' Details of the 'complete course' are given, and of the fees. 'The Farm consists of Fifty Acres of Orchards, Pasture and Arable.

Autograph Letter Signed from the author Edith Sichel, thanking Lady Mary Ponsonby for sending the 'adorable manuscript' of her memoir, and discussing the way in which the 'whole Court lives' in it.

Author: 
Edith Sichel [Edith Helen Sichel] (1862-1914), English author, sister of the writer Walter Sichel (1855-1933) [Mary Elizabeth Ponsonby [née Bulteel], Lady Ponsonby (1832–1916)]
Publication details: 
On her letterhead at 353 East 72nd Street, New York 21. 29 December 1947.
£85.00

4pp., 12mo. 49 lines. Bifolium. On aged and creased paper, with remains of stub. In what appears to be a reference to the memoir by Lady Ponsonby that was published after her death (London: John Murray, 1927), Sichel (at the risk of appearing 'an impertinent Bore') thanks her 'for that adorable manuscript': 'You have made me so happy these days, transported me so entirely to the world I longed to see, that it would really be ungrateful not to say how much I thank you. The whole Court lives, and the Queen most of all, & Prince Albert.

Autograph Note Signed to unnamed male correspondent.

Author: 
Edith Coates (1908-1983), English mezzo-soprano opera singer.
Publication details: 
Undated; 31 Makepeace Avenue, Highgate, London.
£28.00

12mo, 1 p. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Punch-hole in top left-hand corner. Replying to an autograph hunter, she states that she has 'signed the programme' and has 'much pleasure in returning it with every good wish'. Good, firm signature.

Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Osbert') to 'My dear James' [the film producer R. J. Minney].

Author: 
Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969) [R. J. Minney]
Publication details: 
Letter One: 'Friday Renishaw' [c.1942]; on letterhead of 2 Carlyle Square, SW3. Letter Two: 5 April [c.1942?]. On illustrated letterhead of 'Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire [last word deleted]'. Letter Three: 4 January 1944; on Renishaw Hall letterhead.
£165.00

Sitwell and Renishaw collaborated on the play 'Gentle Caesar' (published in 1942), and the last two letters would appear to concern a possible film adaptation. All three items very good on lightly aged paper. Letter One ('Friday Renishaw'): 12mo, 2 pp. 18 lines of text. Apparently written around the time of the play's composition. Sitwell is 'delighted' that Minney is 'already immersed in Pares's book. I have just read the Czar and Empress Marie's Letters.' He has 'marked (in the preface mostly) what I thought helpful for atmosphere, or amusing'.

Easter-Tide. Poems by E. Nesbit and Caris Brooke.

Author: 
E. Nesbit [Edith Nesbit; Edith Bland] and 'Caris Brooke' [Saretta Nesbit]
Publication details: 
Undated [dated to 1888 by the Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature]. 'London Henry J. Drane & Co. Lovells Court Paternoster Row E.C. (Produced in Germany.)'
£150.00

8vo (dimensions roughly 21 x 16.5 cm): 24 pp. In original coloured illustrated card wraps. The whole bound with black thread. All edges silvered. Aged, worn and lightly spotted, but tight and in reasonable condition overall. Two small wormholes in back wrap, affecting the verso of the last leaf. Fifteen poems, seven of them by Nesbit: 'Song', 'Possibilities', 'Vie Manquees', To a Picture by Giovanni Bellini', 'The Better Part', 'Rondeau' and 'Lovers'. Every page of the volume carries illustrations of nature in black and light green. Similar designs in colour on the covers.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Osbert') to 'My dear James'.

Author: 
Osbert Sitwell [Sir Francis Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell, 5th Baronet] (1892-1969), English writer and aesthete
Publication details: 
Monday' [no date]; on illustrated letterhead of Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire (amended by Sitwell to 'Renishaw | N[ear]. Sheffield').
£120.00

12mo, 2 pp. Very good. Attractive letterhead with engraved illustration of 'Renishaw Hall | Derbyshire' (last word crossed out by Sitwell). Written in purple ink. Asks if there is 'anything to be made of a curtain-raiser, or short film, which wd. show Napoleon catching the cold, which lost him the Battle of Waterloo? . . It is an amusing idea.' He considers that it is 'sure to have been some very silly person who sneezed at him . . . Or is the idea nonsense!'

Autograph Letter Signed ('W. H. Mallock') to 'Mrs Nesbit'.

Author: 
William Hurrell Mallock (1849-1923), English author [Edith Nesbit]
Publication details: 
10 October 1879; 15 Savile Row, London.
£35.00

12mo: 1 p. On discoloured paper with wear at head and traces of previous mount adhering to blank reverse. He sent the publishers Chatto & Windus her novel the previous Monday, 'begging them to write to you on the matter, and giving your work my best recommendation'. He has not heard anything from them himself, but expects it will 'take a week or two, before they can give an opinion'. The recipient may be Edith Nesbit, although this is unlikely as Nesbit was her maiden name. She became Edith Bland in 1880. None of her works appear to have been published by Chatto & Windus.

signatures as members of the cast of a play,

Author: 
Edith Evans, Claude Rains, C. Aubrey Smith, et al.
Publication details: 
1921
£100.00

Edith Evans (1888-1976), distinguished English actress, created Dame of the British Empire in 1946; Claude Rains (1889-1967), English-born film actor, best known for his part in "Casablanca"; C. Aubrey Smith (1863-1948), England cricketer and actor, Hollywood's idea of the quintessential Englishman. Their signatures on a piece of paper, 7 by 4½ inches, mounted on a piece of pink card, along with those of six other members of the cast of the play "Daniel", performed at the St James's Theatre in London in 1921.

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