Bridget Guinness [ née Bridget Henrietta Frances Williams-Bulkeley ] (1871-1931), sculptor and society hostess, friend and benefactor of Dame Ellen Terry [ Jane A. Delano and Isabel McIsaac ]
Ownership inscription dated 1915. Book published in Philadelphia by P. Blakiston's Son & Co, 1012 Walnut Street, February 1914.
The book is xv + 256pp., 8vo. In grey cloth binding with printed cover. In fair condition, on aged paper, with front hinge split. Ownership inscription in blue pencil on front pastedown: 'Bridget Guinness | 8 Washington Sq | 1915'. In same blue pencil on reverse of rear free endpaper is a note of an appointment for a meeting with 'the American Florence Nightingale', Anna C. Maxwell (1851-1929), who was then the Director of the School of Nursing at the Presbyterian Hospital: '4 ock Tuesday Presbyterian 70th N Mad. Miss Maxwell's office -'.
Jane Ellen Harrison (1850-1928) of Newnham College, Cambridge, suffragist and classical scholar
45 Colville Gardens W. [ London ]. 8 August 1888.
Harrison has been described by Mary Beard as 'in a way [Britain's] first female professional "career academic"', and has also received the attention of American feminist writer Camille Paglia. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. Light ink tick on first page (denoting that the letter has been replied to), over first five lines of letter. She will be 'pleased to come & give a lecture any Saturday in October or November with the single exception of Saturday Oct. 20th on which I am angaged'.
George Pearson [ George William Pearson ] (1875-1973), English film director [ 'Edward Carrick' [ pseudonym of Edward Anthony Craig ('Teddy') ] (1905-1998), film and stage designer and artist ]
Christmas card dated 1970. Photographic Journal article, August 1948.
ONE: Christmas card. 12mo bifolium, with coloured illustration of Christmas candle on cover. Pearson writes: 'FOR [corrected from 'from'] | Edward. A. Carrick | from his old inspirer | George Pearson | 1970'. The association between the two men was warm.
'Edward Carrick' [ pseudonym of Edward Anthony Craig ('Teddy') ] (1905-1998), film and stage designer and artist [ George Pearson [ George William Pearson ] (1875-1973), English film director ]
The Studio Publications, London & New York. New Edition, 1949.
128pp., 4to. Copiously illustrated with photographs and drawings by the author. Internally in good condition, lightly-aged, in aged and worn grey binding and dustwrapper. On the front free endpaper Craig writes: 'To G.
George William Lovell (1804-1878), playwright and novelist [ Thomas Hailes Lacy (1809-1873), actor, playwright, and theatrical publisher; Charles Kean [ Charles John Kean ]; Ellen Kean ]
Letter: Vale Lodge, Hampstead Heath. 28 July [ no year, but after the death in 1868 of Charles Kean ].
Both items in good condition, on lightly aged paper. Letter: 2pp., 12mo. The letter begins: 'Mrs. Kean has given me back possession of the two Plays. The Wife's Secret & The Trial of Love. & the advice of Mr. Coyne was that I should add them to the Dram[ati]c. Authors Society's list.' Under the circumstances, he asks whether Lacy would be 'desirous of printing them & if so what would be your arrangement?' He suggests a meeting the following day. Autograph prelims: 3pp., 4to. Bifolium, with bottom half of second leaf torn away.
Edward Gordon-Craig (1872-1966), actor, director and set designer, son of the actress Ellen Terry (1847-1928)
Both on letterheads of 22 Barkston Gardens, Earl's Court, S.W. [London]. One dated 10 September 1891; the other undated .
Both items in good condition, on aged paper. ONE: Letter of 10 September 1891. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He begins by thanking her for a photo of Henry Irving, before turning to his mother, Ellen Terry. 'Mother &
Mrs Ellen Ross (Nelsie Brook) [Ellen Edith Alice Brook (d.1892)] [S. W. Partridge & Co, London]
'No. 3. Coloured Series.' London: S. W. Partridge & Co., 9, Paternoster Row. [1870s.]
17pp. 4to. Three illustrations: one in colour on the cover, and one each in black and white on the back wrap. The last page of text, numbered 17, is on the back inner wrap, followed by a decorative presentation of a biblical text. Covering the back outer cover is a black and white decorative representation of the text 'GLORY TO GOD | ON EARTH PEASE, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN. | IN THE HIGHEST', engraved by 'T. M.'. In coloured wraps, with attractive cover carrying a large coloured illustration of Old Janet and three others, looking at a donkey.
Henry Leslie (1830-1881), English actor and playwright [John Clark, actor; Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928), actress; Benjamin Webster (1798-1882), actor-manager]
36 Queens Crescent, Haverstock Hill, NW [London]. 25 March 1867.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with small hole through both leaves. He will be too busy over the following days to visit Clark in person, 'and so I send you the first act of the MSS I talked to you about - I may say I read the 1st. act one afternoon to Miss Terry who wanted to take it to Webster - but I was disinclined'. If Clark 'had anything to do with it - the Blacksmith would be the [last word underlined] part'. He asks Clark to return it as soon as he can: 'as this is the American copy - and they expect it (but of course won't get it) by next mail'.
Edward Gordon Craig (1872-1966), scenic designer, actor, director.
Via Della Costa di Serretto 17, San Martino d'Albaro, Genova 10, Italy, 1926-1934.
One ALS, one TLS and one ANS, each of the three with a different letterhead of Via Della Costa di Serretto 17, San Martino d'Albaro, Genova 10, Italy. ALS: 23 July 1926. 'Gerard Hopkins tells me I am to send you the enclosed review of Waxman's Antonie & the theatre Libre. So here it is - faults & all. | If you want to omit the page about G B S from X to X by all means do so - but kindly not have it changed any where else.' Postscript reads: 'Its quite out of order I know to add this P.S.
Letter on letterhead of 17 Sunderland Terrace, London W2. Neither item dated.
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.
'Edna Lyall', pseudonym of the novelist Ada Ellen Bayly (1857-1903)
On letterhead of 6 College Road, Eastbourne. 11 January 1893.
2pp., 12mo. Fifteen lines. On bifolium. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. The male recipient is not named. She apologies that 'the crowd of Christmas engagements' has meant that his letter has gone unanswered until now. 'With regard to the question you ask, my feeling is that where an artist and an author can contrive to work well together illustrations are a decided improvement to novels. But it is most trying to an author to see his characters presented to the public in a way utterly unlike his own conception of them.' In her view it is 'clear gain' if a book can be 'well illustrated'.
Helen Mathers' [pen name of Ellen Buckingham Mathews (1853-1920); Helen Reeves; Mrs. Reeves], English popular novelist
1 December 1879; on letterhead of 6 Grosvenor Street, [London] W.
12mo, 3 pp. Bifolium. Spike hole through both leaves, not affecting text. Fair, on aged paper. She states that 'The story would be ready to commence the 2nd. week in March.' She then gives a list of her five 'other works besides Comin' thro the Rye'. The first two in the list are said to have passed through '3 editions', and of the second in the list 'a further is in preparation'.
8vo, 72 pp. Stapled and unbound. Complete. On aged paper. The outer leaves are worn and coming apart at the spine. Otherwise the item is sound and tight. 1976 items. Items 783 to 883 concern 'the Bacon-Shakespeare Controversy'. Items 888 to 893 are 'Books from the Library of the late Dame Ellen Terry.' ('Only a few Books from her Library were sold, and Association Books are very difficult to obtain.'). Items 894 to 982 are 'Books on the Drama and Shakespeare, from the library of Henry Arthur Jones'. Items 983 to 1976 are 'Books on the Drama'.
Ellen Wright (nee Poplar) (1912-2004), second wife and widow of the American author Richard Wright (1908-60)
Memorandum, London, 29 June 1964; paperback rights, London, 15 May 1964.
The Memorandum is a four-page folio (leaf size roughly fourteen inches by nine and a half) bifolium. In very good condition, lightly creased and folded. It details Mrs Wright's royalties (as 'proprietor'), advance and percentages. The paperback rights agreement consists of four typewritten pages, on four leaves, each roughly thirteen inches by eight, stapled together at the head beneath green tape. Very good, though lightly creased and with some fraying to tape. It is signed by the Hamilton & Co. chairman Joseph and witnessed by his secretary E. M. Holloway.
English novelist (1857-1903). Paper dimensions roughly four and a quarter inches by two and a quarter inches. Very good, but grubby and with a few light glue stains. From autograph album and mounted on larger piece of light blue paper. Reads '[...] | it will save confidencce. | In gt. haste | Yrs. truly | A. E. Bayly.' Docketed '(Edna Lyall)' in pencil beneath signature.