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[Edmond Malone, Irish Shakespearean scholar.] Autograph Note in the third person to the Pall Mall bookseller Henry Payne, returning one book and rejecting another.

Author: 
Edmond Malone (1741-1812), Irish Shakespearean scholar and editor of the works of William Shakespeare [Henry Payne, London bookseller]
Publication details: 
'Friday Morn -'. [London; before 1782.]
£450.00

On one side of a 10 x 22.5 cm slip of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged, with creasing to one edge. Addressed by Malone on reverse to 'Mr Henry Payne | Pall Mall', and endorsed in another hand 'Edmd Malone Esq'. Indicating that he is a troublesome customer, he writes: 'Mr Malone finds this book (Brome) which was paid for last night was not what he wanted – He returns it – and will take some other article instead of it - | He had quite forgot the Chaucer [added here: 'No. 544'] that was laid by – He does not mean to have it –| Friday Morn –'.

[William O'Brien, Irish nationalist politician and editor.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr Edwards', stating, following his 'Tyrone Victory', that 'our Liberal friends' were right 'in trusting Mr. Parnell and his party' in the 1885 general election.

Author: 
William O'Brien (1852-1928), Irish nationalist politician, editor of the Irish National Land League journal 'United Ireland', associated with Parnell and Home Rule
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'United Ireland, Dublin.' 14 December 1885.
£280.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Written after his successful return as Member of Parliament for the new constituency of Tyrone South. Headed 'Private' and signed 'William O Brien'. Begins: 'My dear Mr Edwards | Of all the letters of congratulation I received on our Tyrone victory, there was not one that gave me more pleasure than your kind note.' He would have answered sooner, had the 'fatigue of the contest' not 'proved a little too much' for him, and it would have given him 'particular pleasure' to make Edwards's acquaintance.

[George Combe, founder of the Edinburgh Phrenological Society.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo. Combe') supplying a paragraph by his brother Dr A. Combe on Sir Walter Scott's 'conduct', which he suggests Joseph C. Neal insert in 'The Pennsylvanian'.

Author: 
George Combe (1788-1858), Scottish phrenologist and lawyer, founder of the Edinburgh Phrenological Society [Joseph C. Neal (1807-1847), editor of The Pennsylvanian'; Sir Walter Scott]
Publication details: 
Marshall House [i.e. Marshall House Hotel, Philadelphia]; 11 March 1839.
£280.00

1p, 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper adhering to reverse of second leaf, which is addressed to 'Joseph C. Neal Esq | Pennsylvanian office'. He was gratified at Neal's 'notice of Rogets re-publication'. He has sent Roget 'and also the Editor of the Phren: Journal a copy of the Pennsylvanian containing it'. He quotes a paragraph from a 'letter from my Brother Dr. A. Combe', which he suggests Neal makes use of 'as a piece of literary news, only suppressing all allusion to the source from which it is derived'.

[James Currie, Scottish physician in Liverpool, abolitionist and editor of Robert Burns.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ja Currie') [to Mrs Riddell?], playfully critiquing a poem and 'Riddle', with reference to 'Mr & Mrs Ogle' and 'Miss Moore'.

Author: 
James Currie (1756-1805), Scottish physician in Liverpool, abolitionist and editor of Robert Burns [George Ogle, Irish politician; Bath; Mrs Riddell]
Publication details: 
Annotated in pencil: 'Bath - in the Spring of 1805'.
£180.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of leaf. Folded three times. The recipient is not named, but the letter is annotated in pencil with the words 'From Bath – in the Spring of 1805 | To a lady of the name of Riddell' (explaining a pun on the word 'Riddle' in the letter). (Another candidate for recipient is the 'Miss Moore' referred to in the letter, although this does not accord with the salutation.) Apparently written in the final months of Currie's life.

[John Gideon Millingen, army surgeon and author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J G Millingen') to William Jerdan, editor of the Literary Gazette, asking him to publish W. R. Hamilton's obituary of his brother.

Author: 
John Gideon Millingen (1782-1862), army surgeon and author, brother of James Millingen, uncle of Julius Michael Millingen [William Jerdan, editor, Literary Gazette; William Richard Hamilton]
Publication details: 
Garrick Club [London]; 21 October 1845.
£200.00

For Millingen, his brother the archaeologist James Millingen (1774-1845), James's son Julius Michael Millingen (1800-1878), the antiquary and diplomat William Richard Hamilton (1777-1859), and the recipient the editor of the Literary Gazette William Jerdan (1782-1869), see the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount attached to the reverse of the second leaf, which is endorsed by Jerdan ('1847 | Dr Millingen | death of his brother in No 1501 –'), and has attached to it a printed slip with a biographical note.

[Sir Francis Cowley Burnand, editor of Punch.] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. C. Burnand') to the playwright and author Mrs Craigie ('John Oliver Hobbes'), regarding publication of her latest 'story'.

Author: 
F. C. Burnand [Sir Francis Cowley Burnand] (1836-1917), comic author and playwright, editor of Punch magazine ['John Oliver Hobbes', pen-name of dramatist Pearl Mary Teresa Craigie (1867-1906)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the publishers of Punch: Whitefriars, E.C. ('Telegrams: | CHARIVARI, LONDON.') 28 October 1899.
£40.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin vertical strip of paper from mount adhering along top of first page. Begins: 'My dear Mrs Craigie | Mr Arthur à Beckett tells me that your story will soon be ready. When? I want if possible to commence with it [?] within the next fortnight. I shall have to definitely settle the matter. I hope you will let me have it very soon as I will then have it set up for you at once [last two words underlined]'.

[Edward Kay Robinson, naturalist and BBC broadcaster.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Kay Robinson') [to publisher Grant Richards], regarding his misgivings over the proofs of his book 'To-day with Nature'.

Author: 
E. Kay Robinson [Edward Kay Robinson] (1855-1928), British journalist and BBC broadcaster on natural history [Grant Richards (1872-1948), London publisher]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Northgate Hall, Warham, nr. Wells, Norfolk. 24 June 1901.
£35.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Robinson is concerned, as he sent 'the corrected proofs and copy of index some time ago – quite a fortnight, I should say': 'Have you not received them? Please wire on receipt of this, if you can find them: though I am afraid they may have got lost at this end, as several letters did lately.' If need be, he has 'duplicate proofs and could correct these sharp and I have rough copy of most of the index too'. If informed 'at once', he can 'set to work'. From the Grant Richards papers.

[Macvey Napier, editor of Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Edinburgh Reiew.] Autograph Letter Signed to his former pupil Robert MacFarlane (the future Lord Ormidale), regarding his book on the 'Practice of the Jury Court'.

Author: 
Macvey Napier (1776-1847), Scottish solicitor, editor of Encyclopaedia Britannica and Edinburgh Review, Professor of Conveyancing at Edinburgh University [Robert MacFarlane, Lord Ormidale (1802-1880)]
Publication details: 
Castle St. [Edinburgh] 30 March 1837.
£180.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, folded twice, with traces of glue from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Signed 'Macvey Napier' and addressed to 'Robert Macfarlane Esq'. After thanking him for sending a copy of his work on the 'Practice of the Jury Court', he explains that, although the subject 'is of great importance', it 'lies out of that department of the Law' to which Macvey finds it necessary, 'under the pressure of other avocations', to limit his studies.

[Sidney Dark, journalist and author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sidney Dark') to Collin Brooks, editor of 'Truth', regarding an article he was asked to write at a 'very alcoholic Savage lunch'. With copy of Brooks's waggish response.

Author: 
Sidney Dark [Sidney Ernest Dark] (1874-1947), journalist, critic and voluminous author, editor of the Church Times [Collin Brooks (1893-1959), Fleet Street editor]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Lane End Cottage, Sonning, Berkshire. 4 May [1947].
£35.00

ONE: ALS from Dark to Brooks. The handwriting is quite atrocious, and the present transcription is at points tentative. Dark begins by recalling that at 'the delightful & very alcoholic Savage lunch' (i.e. lunch at the Savage Club), Brooks 'suggested that I should write an article for Truth. Perhaps because of the super-abundant alcoholic I have clean forgotten what the article was to he about. If you haven't & still want it, I might be able to write it.' The penultimate sentence is, to this cataloguer at least, indecipherable, apart from the words 'of course in a public sense'.

[ David Davies, editor and proprietor of the South Wales Daily Post, Swansea ] Typed Letter Signed ('Dd. Davies'), with long autograph postscript, to Sir Courtenay Mansel, regarding Mansel's palmistry reading and Davies's subsequent health problems.

Author: 
David Davies, editor and proprietor of the South Wales Daily Post, Swansea [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]
Publication details: 
On elaborate engraved letterhead of the South Wales Daily Post, 211 High Street, Swansea. 12 May 1921.
£45.00

3pp., 8vo. Autograph postscript of nine lines on otherwise-blank reverse of second leaf. On aged and worn paper, with holing to one corner from stud which attached the leaves together. He was pleased to hear from Mansel, and understands from his letter that 'notwithstanding your disabilities you manage to put in a deal of work'. He continues: 'I shall be particularly interested in your plays, which are more in my line than music. He quotes Mansel's 'notes on the print of my hand', which he finds 'particularly interesting, in view of the fact that they were made more than 11 years ago'.

[ Sir James Knowles, Victorian architect and journalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('James Knowles') to Sir J. D. Rees, on his article on 'Hindoo marriages' and marriage of 'Loder' [Lord Wakehurst] and 'Lady Louise' [Lady Louise de Vere Beauclerk].

Author: 
Sir James Knowles [ Sir James Thomas Knowles ] (1831-1908), Victorian architect and journalist, editor of 'The Nineteenth Century' [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Queen Anne's Lodge, St. James's Park, S.W. [ London ] 17 October 1890.
£65.00

For information on Knowles see his entry in the Oxford DNB, and Priscilla Metcalfe's monograph (OUP, 1980). 1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The handwriting is not entirely straightforward. He sends 'a thousand thanks' for Rees's 'admirable' article 'on Hindoo marriages', for which he is enclosing a cheque for twenty pounds. He hopes Rees approves of the title.

[ Alaric A. Watts, poet and journalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alac. Watts') to the father of 'Miss V.', whose 'comfort and happiness' Watts and his wife wish to promote, with offers of assistance, including a meeting in Trafalgar Square.

Author: 
Alaric A. Watts [ Alaric Alexander Watts ] (1797-1864), poet and journalist, editor of the 'Literary Souvenir' [ Daniel Maclise (1806-1870), Irish artist ]
Publication details: 
'Waterloo Pl[ace, London] | Tuesday'. On paper watermarked 1837.
£45.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with discoloration from tape at head of second leaf. Watts's handwriting is not easily legible. The male recipient of the letter is not named. In reply to a letter received the previous Friday, Watts assures him that 'the earnest desire of Mrs.

[ Sir Dawson Williams, editor of the British Medical Journal. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Dawson Williams') to 'Dr Milburn', regarding whether 'Dr Fred Wilson was suffering from the plague'.

Author: 
Sir Dawson Williams (1854-1928), editor of the British Medical Journal
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the British Medical Journal, 429 Strand, London, W.C. 25 January 1901.
£30.00

For information on Williams see his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p., landscape 12mo. The top half of a 4to leaf, the lower part having been torn away untidily, and with a closed tear repaired on reverse with archival tape. He thanks him for the trouble he has taken 'to obtain an answer to my inquiry. As it was not certain whether Dr Fred Wilson was suffering from plague or not, we thought it better to leave the matter indefinite.'

[ Henry Charles Hoare of Fleet Street, London banker. ] Autograph Letter Signed [ to John Bowyer Nichols, editor of the Gentleman's Magazine ], correcting biographical details [ in an obituary of Sir R. C. Hoare ].

Author: 
Henry Charles Hoare (1790-1852) of Fleet Street, London banker, father of Sir Henry Ainslie Hoare [ John Bowyer Nichols (1779-1863), printer and editor of the Gentleman's Magazine ]
Publication details: 
Fleet Street [ London ]. 11 September 1838.
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. Handwriting practice in a nineteenth-century hand on the blank reverse of the second leaf. He 'must beg to correct' Nichols's 'intended Paragraph' (in the Gentleman's Magazine obituary of Sir Richard Colt Hoare) on the question of 'my Father's Christian names'. He has written 'Hugh Henry', 'which must be reversed to Henry Hugh'. He proceeds to give a transcription of how 'the paragraph will run': 'The Baronetcy devolves on his eldest Half-Brother Henry Hugh Hoare Esqr. the head of the eminent banking house in Fleet St.

[ George Pryme, economist, and Edward Raleigh Moran, editor of the Globe newspaper. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G Pryme') from Pryme to Moran in reference to William Freeling Jerdan, whom he employs, with Autograph Letter Signed from Moran in reply.

Author: 
George Pryme (1781-1868), economist and Whig MP; E. R. Moran [ Edward Raleigh Moran ] (d.1852), editor of The Globe newspaper, London [ William Freeling Jerdan, son of William Jerdan (1782-1869) ]
Publication details: 
Pryme's letter dated from 34 Southampton Buildings, Chancery Lane, 28 May 1842. Moran's letter from the Globe office (London), 30 May 1842.
£120.00

The letter and reply are on the same 12mo bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE: Pryme to Moran. 3pp., 12mo. He writes that Jerdan has referred him to Moran 'for inquiry respecting him'. He is satisfied with Jerdan's account, but as he is 'a stranger to me & I am acting for others as well as myself I wish to ask whether in your opinion we may place reliance upon him in every respect as to his making out from the Books & adjusting some complicated accounts of a Provincial Newspaper & some disputed balances thereon'. TWO: Moran's reply to Pryme.

[ 'Official Opening of the Central Public Library', County Borough of Burnley, 1930. ] Autograph Card Signed to J. Cuming Walters from the curator of the Towneley Museum, John Mackay, enclosing a copy of the printed programme to the opening.

Author: 
[ The Central Public Library, Burnley ] John Mackay, first curator (from 1930), of Towneley Hall, Burnley [ J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News ]
Publication details: 
Mackay's card from Towneley Hall, Burnley, 30 June 1930. The programme for the official opening of the Central Public Library on 3 July 1930.
£35.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Accompanied by the remains of the envelope in which they were enclosed, addressed by Mackay to Walters at the Manchester Evening News. A very nice piece of ephemera, from an age when British libraries were cherished. (It is impossible to believe that the opening of a library today would be broadcast on the BBC.) The Library is still in service. ONE: Autograph Card Signed ('John Mackay'). A plain Post Card. Mackay, who had been the butler at Towneley Hall before becoming the first curator in 1903, writes exclusively in capitals.

[ Tom Clarke, editor of the News Chronicle, as Director of Practical Journalism, University of London King's College. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Tom Clarke') to Morley Stuart of the Cambridge Daily News, regarding a student's 'vacation work'.

Author: 
Tom Clarke [ Thomas Clarke ], editor of the News Chronicle, and Director of Practical Journalism, University of London King's College [ Morley Stuart, editor, Cambridge Daily News ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, University of London King's College, Stand W.C.2. 27 April 1937.
£120.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, laid down on leaf removed from album. Clarke writes that a King's student, also named Clarke, whom Stuart took 'for vacation work', has returned 'full of enthusiasm & gratitude for all you & your people have taught him'. He only hopes that the student 'made as good an impression on you as you have done on him'. He concludes: 'Why don't you come and give the students a talk one day?' According to an official account: 'The University of London ran courses in journalism from around 1923.

[ Sir William Smith, lexicographer. ]

Author: 
Sir William Smith (1813-1893), lexicographer and editor of the Quarterly Review
Publication details: 
On his 'Biblical Dictionary' letterhead, 31 Regent's Villas, Avenue Road, N.W.. [ London]. 21 January 1858.
£90.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. He asks to be informed if the recipient has 'commenced any of your articles in C', as he 'may be able to restore some of the articles to you which have gone astray'. Clearly referring to an entry in the Dictionary, he offers to 'take Canticles off your hands'.

[ Hamilton Fyfe, newspaper editor and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hamilton Fyfe') to 'Mrs. Magraw' [ children's author B. I. Magraw ], responding to the news that she was 'en- and not dis-couraged' by his editing of the Daily Herald.

Author: 
Hamilton Fyfe [ Henry Hamilton Fyfe ] (1869-1951), editor the Daily Mirror and the Daily Herald, and writer [ Beatrice Irene Magraw [ B. I. Magraw, born Beatrice Irene May ] (c.1888-1970), author ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Savage Club, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London, S.W.1. 9 February 1940.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by granting her permission to quote from his 'little Keir Hardie book'. He is glad she is 'going to make him better known'. He continues: 'What you tell me about the encouragement I gave you when I was editing the Daily Herald has made me feel happy. Looking back, I find that what gives me most satisfaction is to have been able now & then to give a helping hand. I am so glad you were en- and not dis-couraged.'

[ Alan Pryce-Jones, editor of The Times Literary Supplement. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alan Pryce-Jones | as from The Times | E.C.4.') to 'Mr. Elliot' [ Hubert Elliot ], giving advice regarding his 'Heathfield MS'.

Author: 
Alan Pryce-Jones [ Lt-Col. Alan Payan Pryce-Jones ] (1908-2000), literary critic and author, editor of The Times Literary Supplement, 1948-1959
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent. 7 November [ circa 1955 ].
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: 'When Violet asked me first about your Heathfield MS I suggested John Murray as a suitable publisher: the young John Murray (not so young but distinct from Sir John) is an old friend of mine and a nice fellow, whose advice would be worth having.' He gives the firm's address, and suggests the name of 'an historian'. Elliot's work on George Augustus Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield, Governor of Gibraltar during the Great Siege of 1779-1783, does not appear to have been published.

[ Alexander Chalmers, Scottish author. ] Autograph Note in the third person, to Archibald Smith of Jordanhill.

Author: 
Alexander Chalmers (1759-1834), Scottish biographer, literary editor and physician [ Archibald Smith of Jordanhill ]
Publication details: 
Kensington? Kennington? 8 October 1817.
£35.00

1p., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The recipient has made up an account on the reverse of the second leaf, which is addressed 'To | Archd. Smith Esqr. | of Jordanhill.' The note reads: 'Dr Chalmers if the weather be favourable proposes to breakfast at Jordanhill on Saturday. He begs leave to offer his respectful Compts to Mr and Mrs Smith.'

[ Robert Lynd, Irish journalist and essayist. ] Copy of Typed Letter to the Editor of 'Now and Then' protesting against an article by Jonathan Cape criticising the 'Daily News' literary page, of which he is editor. With copy covering letter to Cape.

Author: 
Robert Lynd [ Robert Wilson Lynd ] (1879-1949), journalist, essayist and Irish Nationalist, literary editor of the 'Daily News' [ Herbert Jonathan Cape (1879-1960), London publisher ]
Publication details: 
Both letters dated 21 November 1924.
£100.00

The two items in fair condition, on aged and spotted paper with slight damage to one corner and minor water staining. ONE: Copy of Typed Letter to 'Jonathan Cape Esq., | 11, Gower Street, | LONDON, W.C.1.' 1p., folio. He begins: 'Dear Cape, | When you told me at the Devonshire Club that you were going to criticise the "Daily News" Literary page, I was charmed, as I always welcome attacks within reason.

[ Lord Braybrooke, editor of Pepys's diary. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Braybrooke'), regarding the payment of a bill.

Author: 
Lord Braybrooke [ Richard Griffin [formerly Neville], 3rd Baron Braybrooke ] (1783-1858), politician and editor of the diaries of Samuel Pepys
Publication details: 
Audley End, Saffron Walden. 19 January 1875.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lighthly-aged paper. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I beg to enclose a cheque for the Sum of £10 . 10 . and shall feel obliged by yr returning to me a Receipt for the same | I remain | Yours truly | Braybrooke'. In another hand at top right: 'Answd'.

[ Alan Pitt Robbins, news editor of The Times. ] Signed Copy of Typed Letter to the theatre impresario Prince Littler, regarding the possibility of a charity performance of 'My Fair Lady', and the Festival Dinner of the Newspaper Press Fund.

Author: 
Alan Pitt Robbins (1888-1967), news editor of The Times, 1909-1953; secretary of the Press Council, 1954-1960 [ Prince Frank Littler [ born Prince Frank Richeux ] (1903-1985), theatre impressario ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Newspaper Press Fund, Bouverie House, Fleet Street, London. 21 October 1957.
£56.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins with a reference to W. Macqueen-Pope, 'who has been a close friend of mine in the worlds of journalism and the theatre for more years than either of us may wish to remember - at least forty'. Having applied unsuccessfully for seats at the premiere of 'My Fair Lady' he suggests a 'special performance' for 'those members of the journalistic profession who fall by the wayside'.

[ The Fly Fishers Club, London. ] Three documents relating to a change in trustees, addressed to the Club's bankers Messrs Coutts & Co. With signatures of William Senior, editor of the Field, Robert Bright Marston and others.

Author: 
The Fly Fishers Club, London, founded 1884 [ William Senior (1837-1920), editor of the Field; Robert Bright Marston (1853-1927); Maj.-Gen. Sir Desmond Dykes Tynte O'Callaghan ]
Publication details: 
Two typed documents from the Fly Fishers Club, 36 Piccadilly, London. Both 14 November 1912. Manuscript document on letterhead of the Fishing Gazette, London. 15 November 1912.
£150.00

The first two items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The third in fair condition, aged and worn. ONE: Typed Letter Signed (over a penny tax stamp) by 'W Senior' and 'R B Marston', announcing their resignation as trustees, to be replaced by Walter Durfee Coggeshall, William Milner Ratcliff, and John Assheton Rennie'. 1p., 4to. Manuscript postscript. With a 'certified copy of the resolution of the General Meeting of Members by which the above appointments were made'. 1p., 4to. Signed by Major-General Desmond O'Callaghan and the secretary.

[ Sir William Robieson, editor of the Glasgow Herald. ] Typed Letter Signed ('William Robieson') to G. P. Griggs, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, giving permission to reprint a letter in the Society's journal. With carbon copy of Grigg's letter.

Author: 
Sir William Robieson (1890-1977), editor of the Glasgow Herald [ G. P. Griggs, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Glasgow Herald, Glasgow. 17 February 1950.
£33.00

1p., landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. With manuscript note of receipt. Robieson grants permission to reprint, adding 'There is no need for me specially to obtain the writer's permission, he will I am sure be only too glad to see his letter get extra publicity.' The carbon of Griggs's letter is stapled to Robieson's. It is dated 16 February 1950, explains that the letter, from 'County Planning Officer', published on 7 February, 'referred to a paper recently read to this Society on "Are Town Planners Planning Too Far Ahead?"'

[ John Rutherford Gordon, editor of the 'Sunday Express'. ] 'Rough draft' of typed article, with autograph emendations, on Lord Northcliffe, 'the incomparable journalist of the age', written from personal knowledge.

Author: 
John Rutherford Gordon (1890-1974), editor of London 'Sunday Express' [ Lord Northcliffe [ Alfred Charles William Harmsworth (1865-1922), 1st Viscount Northcliffe ], press baron, owner of Daily Mail ]
Publication details: 
Dated 25 April 1952, and with autograph note stating that it was 'Partly used in Sunday Express [ London ] 27/4/52'.
£350.00

21pp., fourteen of them in 4to, and the other seven pages cut down. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Stapled together, with the first leaf detached. The article is complete but untitled. It is unattributed, but comes from the J. R. Gordon papers. A well-written and incisive piece, written from an insider's point of view. Gordon lays out his stall at the very start: 'Few people of our generation have influenced the life of it so profoundly as Lord Northcliffe. He was the incomparable journalist of our age.

[G. A. Aitken, editor.] Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Note Signed to the London publishers George Routledge & Sons, correcting a proof and discussing a reprint of his edition of the 'Spectator', with copy of a typed reply from the firm.

Author: 
G. A. Aitken [George Atherton Aitken] (1860-1917), author and editor [George Routledge & Sons, Ltd, London publisher; the Victorian book trade; English bookselling and publishing]
Publication details: 
Aitken's ALS and ANS both on letterhead of 42 Edwardes Square, Kensington, W. [London] 3 and 6 December 1907. Copy of typed reply from George Routledge & Sons, Ltd, London. 4 December 1907.
£100.00

All three items in good condition, on lightly aged paper. The two Aitken letters are both signed 'G A Aitken'. ONE: ALS by Aitken, 3 December 1907. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He begins by suggesting an emendation to a note on an 'enclosed proof' regarding Dr Pearce and 'The Tatler'. He then discusses a reprint by the firm of his edition of the 'Spectator', which he has not seen. 'If it bears a current date on the title-page, I trust you have preserved the date to the Preface, to show that I have not revised the work.

Five Letters, most signed "C.S." [Clifford Sharp, editor,, New Statesman] to Robert Lynd, essayist.

Author: 
Clifford Sharp, (1883-1935), editor of the New Statesman.
Publication details: 
1923-1933.
£180.00

3 ALsS, ANS and TNS, three on New Statesman letterheads, one on letterhead of 127 Willifield Way, Golders Green; 27 July 1923, 19 June 1924, and 5 January and 23 March 1933, 8pp., 8vo and 12mo.An undated note, on New Statesman letterhead, reads 'These fruits of abstinence are not for me. If you got in that bottle of whiskey you spoke of for God's sake drink it.' (MG notes that this was written 'evidently on one of his cures for alcoholism'.

[Arthur Henry Bullen, publisher and literary editor.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'A. H. Bullen'), on the subject of Nell Gwynne's birthplace, the first to Charles Lavers Lavers-Smith, and the second to his son Hamilton Lavers-Smith.

Author: 
A. H. Bullen [Arthur Henry Bullen] (1857-1920), English publisher and literary editor [Charles Lavers Lavers-Smith and his son Hamilton Lavers-Smith; Nell Gwynne]
Publication details: 
Both items on letterhead of 'A. H. Bullen, | Publisher, | 47, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, W.C.' 21 April and 4 May 1903.
£80.00

The two items in fair condition, on aged and worn paper. ONE: To 'C. Lavers Smith, Esq'. 21 April 1903. 2pp., landscape 8vo. He asks 'whether prints are to be had of Nell Gwynne's reputed birthplace at Hereford'. He made enquiries about the house in Hereford on the previous Saturday. 'It was pulled down in 1861; but in 1858 two photographs of it were taken, and I found an old photographer who had negatives which he promised to lend to me for a small consideration.

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