ESSAYIST

[ George Atherton Aitken, civil servant and man of letters. ] Autograph Note Signed ('George A Aitken') to Sir Richard Harington

Author: 
George Atherton Aitken (1860-1917), civil servant and man of letters [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Bart ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Home Office, Whitehall, S.W. 30 June 1897.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Aitken is 'desired by Mr. Digby [his superior at the Home Office, the future Sir Kenelm Digby (1836-1916)] to forward to you a copy of the Workmen (Compensation for Accidents) Bill, as amended in Committee, together with the Amendments put down for consideration at the Report stage'. Aitken is described in his obituary in The Times, 19 November 1917, as 'one of the first authorities on the Queen Anne period of English literature'.

[E. V. Lucas.] Copy of his book 'Charles Lamb and the Lloyds', marked up 'With corrections for Second Edition' in his autograph, with new preface and other additions loosely inserted.

Author: 
E. V. Lucas [Edward Verrall Lucas] (1868-1938), English author, publisher, and editor of Charles Lamb
Publication details: 
London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place. 1898.
£200.00

xiii + 297pp., with frontispiece and four plates, and six-page publishers' catalogue at end. Blocks of text have been cut out by Lucas, between pp.205 and 232, and the three leaves carrying pp.199-204 have been removed. Otherwise in good condition, in worn burgundy cloth binding, gilt. Lucas has written 'With corrections for Second Edition' at the head of the title page. (There was no second edition.) Emendations throughout in pencil and pen.

Thre Autograph Letters Signed "J.M. Murry" and "j. Middleton Murry", critic and editor, to Robert Lynd, essayist.

Author: 
John Middleton Murry (1889-1957), critic.
Publication details: 
one dayted 1919.
£140.00

3 ALsS, on letterhead of The Athenaeum journal, 12 March 1919; 102 Edith Grove, Chelsea, 16 July [no year]; on letterhead of 5 Acacia Road, St John's Wood, 'Sunday' [no date], total 5pp., 8vo and 12mo.First, he begins: 'You know I've been put in charge of this. Probably you were responsible for the job being offered me - at least I don't know who was, if it wasn't you. | I hope you will be able to write for us.' Postscript reads: 'As for Bertrand Russell, I haven't read the book. But I warn you that it is difficult for me to be humourous at any time, and impossible in this case. B. R.

Christmas Card to Robert and Sylvia Lynd and TLS to Robert Lynd, essayist..

Author: 
David Low (1891-1963), cartoonist.
Publication details: 
London, 1940.
£75.00

Printed personalised Christmas card, 9 x 11cm, of cartoon by Low depicting an irate Father Christmas announcing 'Gad, sir, something must be done about this Depression. Low must wish the Lynds | A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.' With TLS to RL. 3 Rodborough Road, Golders Green; 23 July 1940, 'Cartoon idea being digested and will issue soon.

[Printed keepsake.] Poem by Austin Dobson, titled 'Henry Fielding. Unveiling by the United States Minister, the Hon. J. Russell Lowell, of the Bust in the Shire Hall, Taunton. Sculptor, Miss Margaret Thomas.'

Author: 
Austin Dobson [Henry Austin Dobson] (1840-1921), English poet and essayist [Henry Fielding, novelist; James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), essayist and American ambassador in London; Margaret Thomas]
Publication details: 
Place not stated [London?]. September 1883.
£135.00

4pp., 12mo. Paginated to 4. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. On laid paper watermarked 'A PIRIE & SONS | 1883'. Tastefully printed.

[Robert Lynd, Irish essayist and journalist.] Long Autograph Letter Signed to the artist and writer Walter Riddall, containing an account of a drunken visit from the artist Paul Henry.

Author: 
Robert Lynd [Robert Wilson Lynd] (1879-1949), Irish essayist and journalist [Walter Riddall (1874-1914), Irish artist and writer; Paul Henry (1877-1958), painter]
Publication details: 
On letterheads of the Gaelic League of London, 77 Fleet Street, crossed out and replaced by 9 Gayton Road, Hampstead, NW. 2 January 1906.
£220.00

6pp., 4to. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Closely-written in a difficult hand. In a letter reflecting the world of the closely-knit group of Irish culturual figures to which he belonged, Lynd begins by jokily defending himself against the complaint (heard in 'George Morrow's one night') that he has not written to Riddall, whom he lightheartedly accuses of living the leisurely 'life of a country gentleman'. 'Are you satisfied in Meath? Or miserable? God knows, I'm not satisfied here. I wonder if I would be satisfied anywhere.

Autograph Letter Signed ('A. Hayward') from the essayist and translator Abraham Hayward to the autograph hunter John T. Baron of Blackburn

Author: 
Abraham Hayward (1801-1884), essayist and translator [John T. Baron of Blackburn, autograph hunter]
Publication details: 
8 St. James's St. [London] 14 March 1882.
£60.00

1p., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. In worn envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed by Hayward to 'J. T. Baron Esq. | Witton | Blackburn'. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir | Messrs Longman are the publishers of my Biographical & Critical Essays & my Translation of Faust. But any bookseller will get them for you, with the exception of the First Series of my Essays, which is out of print. | faithfully yours | A. Hayward'.

Copy of the Irish Republican newspaper 'Sinn Féin', from the papers of Robert Lynd, and with the main article on the front page ('Literature and Politics') written by him under the signature 'Riobard ua Floinn'

Author: 
Riobard ua Floinn [Robert Lynd] (1979-1949), Irish essayist [Sinn Féin]
Publication details: 
'Printed for the SINN FEIN Printing and Publishing Company, Limited, by An Clo-Cumann, Teo., 68-71 Great Strand Street, in the City of Dublin, and Published at the Office, 17 Fownes Street'. 27 February 1909.
£220.00

4pp., folio. Broadsheet bifolium. On aged high-acidity paper, folded once vertically, and once horizontally, and with wear along the fold lines. Lynd's article is the main one on the front page, covering 74 column inches across five of the seven columns. The article begins: 'I do not know what exactly can have been in my mind when I gave "Literature and Politics" to the secretary of the Irish Literary Society of London as the subject of a paper I had promised to deliver.

Copy of the Irish republican newspaper 'Saoirse na h-Éireann. Irish Freedom', from the papers of Robert Lynd, and with the front-page article 'Germany is not Ireland's Enemy' possibly written by him.

Author: 
Robert Lynd [Robert Wilson Lynd; Riobard ua Floinn] (1979-1949), Irish essayist [Saoirse na h-Éireann. Irish Freedom]
Publication details: 
'Printed by Patrick Mahon, 3 Yarnhall St., Dublin, for the Proprietors and published by them at their Office, 12 D'Olier Street, Dublin.' September 1914.
£250.00

8pp., folio. Unopened. On aged high-acidity paper, with wear along central vertical fold, and chipping to extremities. The article is unsigned, and covers the whole of the front page and p.5 (which is headed 'Ireland won't be fooled again.') and ends on p.6. An inflammatory piece of writing, as the following paragraph indicates: 'Good-bye, Tommy! | Firstly, the army of occupation has been taken from Ireland. Dozens of ships were steaming in and out of Dublin Bay for a week, taking away the men who held this country for England before Mr. Redmond offered Mr.

Copy of the Irish Republican newspaper 'Sinn Féin', from the papers of Robert Lynd, and possibly containing an article by him.

Author: 
Riobard ua Floinn [Robert Lynd] (1979-1949), Irish essayist [Sinn Féin]
Publication details: 
'Printed for the Sinn Fein Printing and Publishing Company, Ltd., by Devereux, Newth and Co., 49 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, and published by the Sinn Fein Company at the same address.' 27 July 1912.
£150.00

8pp., folio. On aged and creased high-acidity paper, with closed tears and chipping. The two articles most likely to be the work of Lynd are 'The Viceregal Microbe' on pp.2-3, and 'The Future of the Language Movement' on p.2; both are anonymous.

Thre Autograph Letters Signed "J.M. Murry" and "j. Middleton Murry", critic and editor, to Robert Lynd, essayist.

Author: 
John Middleton Murry (1889-1957), critic.
Publication details: 
one dayted 1919.
£140.00

3 ALsS, on letterhead of The Athenaeum journal, 12 March 1919; 102 Edith Grove, Chelsea, 16 July [no year]; on letterhead of 5 Acacia Road, St John's Wood, 'Sunday' [no date], total 5pp., 8vo and 12mo.First, he begins: 'You know I've been put in charge of this. Probably you were responsible for the job being offered me - at least I don't know who was, if it wasn't you. | I hope you will be able to write for us.' Postscript reads: 'As for Bertrand Russell, I haven't read the book. But I warn you that it is difficult for me to be humourous at any time, and impossible in this case. B. R.

Three Typed Letters Signed "J.B. Priestley" and "J.B.P.", to Robert Lynd, essayist.

Author: 
J. B. Priestley (1894-1984), author.
Publication details: 
1925-1927.
£120.00

3 TLsS, 6pp., 8vo and 12mo. First, on letterhead of Wood Close, Chinnor Hill, Oxon; 30 January 1925. His wife 'had not had a turn for the worse at the time of the Lamb dinner, as was rumoured.' Thanks RL for his advice regarding osteopathy. Asks if RL has 'returned the contract (for my series)' to his agent. 'I am still looking for a man to do either Reading or Talking (the last my subject, but I am willing to swop [sic]) for the first six. [...] So many people, like C.E.

Christmas Card to Robert and Sylvia Lynd and TLS to Robert Lynd, essayist..

Author: 
David Low (1891-1963), cartoonist.
Publication details: 
London, 1940.
£75.00

Printed personalised Christmas card, 9 x 11cm, of cartoon by Low depicting an irate Father Christmas announcing 'Gad, sir, something must be done about this Depression. Low must wish the Lynds | A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.' With TLS to RL. 3 Rodborough Road, Golders Green; 23 July 1940, 'Cartoon idea being digested and will issue soon.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W C Hazlitt') from the author and bibliographer William Carew Hazlitt, grandson of the essayist William Hazlitt, to autograph hunter John Baron of Blackburn, discussing his published writings.

Author: 
William Carew Hazlitt (1834-1913), author and bibliographer, grandson of the essayist William Hazlitt (1778-1830) [John J. Baron of Blackburne, autograph hunter]
Publication details: 
Barnes Common, Surrey. 18 July 1882.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifolium. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. In envelope, with stamp and postmarks, addressed to 'John J. Baron Esqr. | 48 Griffin St. | Witton | Blackburne | Lancashire'. Although Hazlitt's handwriting is legendarily attrocious, the reader escapes lightly on this occasion. Hazlitt regrets that he has no copy of either of the books Baron names, as he 'printed only a few copies for presents. Nor have I any photograph of myself.' He is 'extremely glad that the perusal of my publications' has 'proved agreeable' to Baron.

Autograph Letter Signed ('EVL') from E. V. Lucas to 'My dear <Reed?>', concerning his 'Shakespeare drawings'.

Author: 
E. V. Lucas [Edward Verrall Lucas] (1868-1938), author, authority on Charles Lamb, and chairman of the publishers Methuen & Co.
E. V. Lucas [Edward Verrall Lucas] (1868-1938), author
Publication details: 
Undated. On letterhead of the Savoy Hotel, London.
£56.00
E. V. Lucas [Edward Verrall Lucas] (1868-1938), author

12mo, 1 p. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. Lucas's handwriting is not straightforward, and the recipient's name is unclear. His 'Shakespeare drawings' are 'first rate'. Lucas retires 'into private life again' on the Monday, when 'O. S.' returns.

Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed male correspondent [Mr Blunt of Crewe].

Author: 
John Brown
Publication details: 
29 May 1859; 'Edinburgh 23 Rutland St'.
£35.00

Scottish essayist (1810-82). Two pages, 12mo. With mourning border. Good, but on discoloured paper, and with some glue staining to blank second leaf of bifoliate. Concerns the work for which Brown is remembered, 'Rab and his friends' (1859). If he is ever at Crewe he will 'certainly avail myself of Mrs. Blunt's & your very gratifying invitation. His wife is 'more delighted, I think, with your letter about "Rab" than by any other - & she has kept it - being like all good wives greedy of her husband's praise.' Signed 'J. Brown'.

Autograph Note Signed ('J. Ashby-Sterry') to unnamed male correspondent.

Author: 
Joseph Ashby-Sterry (1836-1917), English novelist, poet, journalist and painter
Publication details: 
Saint Martin's Chambers, Trafalgar Square [London] (on cancelled Garrick Club letterhead); 18 November 1889.
£28.00

One page, 16mo. Good. Six lines. He may be 'giving some lectures in London shortly'. 'If I could make it worth my while to deliver them at some of the leading provincial towns, I might possibly arrange to do so. Therefore any information you could give me on the subject, I should be only too happy to have'.

Autograph Note Signed to unnamed correspondent, an autograph-hunter.

Author: 
Walter Lewis Emanuel [PUNCH]
Publication details: 
17 April 1910; on letterhead '17, Holland Park Avenue, W.'
£26.00

English humorist (1869-1915), a long-time contributor to 'Punch' magazine. One page, 12mo. Good on somewhat discoloured paper. Reads 'Dear Miss Manook. | No, of course I was not annoyed. I am sorry I have not a copy of any book of mine by me, and I have not time today to write one for you.' Signed 'Walter Emanuel'.

Autograph Letter Signed to [?] Bradfield.

Author: 
Alfred Ainger
Publication details: 
11 June 1879; 2 Upper Terrace, Hampstead.
£28.00

English writer, humorist and divine (1837-1904). Four pages, 12mo. Very good, though a tad grubby, and with traces of previous mounting on verso of second leaf of bifoliate. He is late in replying because he has been bringing his invalid niece back from Derbyshire to Hampstead. Touches on her illness and on the the disposal of furniture. '[...] but I am now "what is more, a householder" (Dogberry), & monarch of all I survey [...] I should have liked to visit you at Roseleigh. Well, well, it must stand over, like many another pleasant scheme. But do come again to London soon.

Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed male correspondent.

Author: 
William Hazlitt the younger
Publication details: 
1 May [1886]; on letterhead '6, Spring Terrace, | Richmond, S.W.'
£75.00

Son (1811-93) of the essayist (1778-1830), and editor of his works. Three pages, 12mo. Stained and grubby. Docketed, with date on blank reverse of second leaf of bifoliate. He will be pleased to see the portrait which his correspondent describes. 'I very well remember that there was a chalk portrait by Bewick which would seem to be that you mention and there was an engraving of it in the life of my Father which I wrote some short time after his death & I do not remember whence that impression was derived.

Autograph Note Signed to R. S. McMinn.

Author: 
Edward Verrall Lucas
Publication details: 
41 Sloane St; no date, but postmarked 21 Sept 1920.
£25.00

English essayist and biographer (1868-1938). Plain postcard, dimensions roughly 4 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches. Grubby and smudged, with central vertical crease. Deleted printed letterhead '176, VICTORIA STREET, | (CORNER OF BUCKINGHAM PALACE ROAD.) | S.W.1.' Reads '41 Sloane St | Many thanks | E. V. Lucas'. Addressed by Lucas to 'R. S. McMinn Esq | 35 Birdhurst Rd | S. Croydon'.

Signed uncashed bank cheque payable to J. H. Thorpe.

Author: 
Edward Verrall Lucas
Publication details: 
Barclays Bank Limited | 366, STRAND, W.C.2.'; 12 July 1927.
£30.00

English essayist and biographer (1868-1938). Attractive printed cheque in black and blue ink on light blue paper: dimensions roughly 7 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches. The cheque is for sixpence, and a pencil note (presumably by Thorpe) on the reverse explains how it results from a lost wager: 'Bet | Whether Geo A Birmingham wrote a Gen[era]l knowledge book. | He did.'

autograph letter signed to Edward Draper,

Author: 
Andrew Halliday [full name Andrew Halliday Duff]
Publication details: 
21 October 1872, with embossment 122 Camden Street.
£25.00

Essayist and dramatist (1830-1877). 1 page, 12mo. "If you should be in the neighbourhood of the T. R. D. L on Saturday about 3 o'clock, I should like to see you, with any of your quaint music books in your pocket. Have you still got "the ", & "the Vicar still preaches that Peter & Poule." For the latter see "Guard Room" Canto VI." Remains of mount glued to reverse of blank second leaf.

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