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[Lord Gifford, recipient of the Victoria Cross.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Gifford') to 'Robson', responding to his 'kindness' by supplying him with a Transport Department order for carts.

Author: 
Lord Gifford, VC [Major Edric Frederick Gifford, 3rd Baron Gifford] (1849-1911), awarded Victoria Cross for conduct at taking of Becquah, Third Anglo-Ashanti War; Colonial Secretary, Western Australia
Publication details: 
On government letterhead of the Monastery Camp, Nikosia. 17 November 1878.
£100.00

1p, 12mo. Aged and worn, with slight damage to corners from mounting. The handwriting is a little odd: childish and slightly backwards-sloping. The letter reads: 'My dear Robson. | Many thanks for your letter, & His Excellency is much obliged for your kindness. On the back of this I have written an order for the Transport Dept. to supply you with carts to bring the [Corps?] up to Nikosia, would you fill in the number required.'

[E. Cecil Mornington Roberts.] Holograph Poem (signed 'Cecil Roberts'), a sonnet titled 'Liberty Challenged' ('Not without cause just and unshakeable').

Author: 
E. Cecil Mornington Roberts [Cecil Edric Mornington Roberts] (1892-1976), writer and editor
Publication details: 
On his 'E. CECIL MORNINGTON ROBERTS' letterhead, 'c/o Clarke & Co. | 13 & 14 Fleet St. EC.'
£100.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged, creased and worn paper. The poem features under the title 'Liberty Imperilled' in Roberts's collection 'Charing Cross and Other Poems of the Period' (1919), and the context suggests that the poem was composed at the commencement of the First World War. The sonnet begins: 'Not without cause just and unshakeable | Will we surrender up the cherished prize | Of individual liberty, so well | and nobly held'.

[Roger Ingpen of the London publishers Ingpen & Grant.] Typed Letter Signed ('Roger Ingpen') to John G. Wilson of the London booksellers Messrs Bumpus, regarding E. H. W. Meyerstein's 'Life of Chatterton'.

Author: 
Roger Ingpen [Roger Edric Ingpen] (1867-1936) of publishers Ingpen & Grant [John G. Wilson (1876-1963) of booksellers J. & E. Bumpus Ltd; E. H. W. Meyerstein (1889-1952), scholar and poet]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Ingpen & Grant, Publishers, 37 Museum Street, London WC1. 14 October 1930.
£60.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and creased paper. He announces the publication of 'a book of outstanding literary importance, namely Meyerstein's "Life of Chatterton". Meyerstein is undoubtedly the greatest living authority on this subject, and his book, the result of nine years original research, contains much unpublished material. I believe it will be recognised as the standard work on Chatterton for many years to come.' He states that he has 'put a great deal of money and time into this book', and asks Wilson to help him 'make it a success'.

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