ghosts

[ The Moberly–Jourdain incident, 1901, or the Ghosts of Petit Trianon or Versailles. ] Collection relating to the case, including typed essay by compiler James Edward Holroyd, four ALsS from Andrew MacKenzie, and a collection of newspaper cuttings.

Author: 
James Edward Holroyd; Andrew Carr MacKenzie (1911-2001), vice president of the Society for Psychical Research [ The Moberly-Jourdain incident, 1901, or the Ghosts of Petit Trianon or Versailles ]
Publication details: 
Holroyd's essay dating from around 1981. MacKenzie's four letters all dating from 1966. The newspaper cuttings from the 1950s.
£400.00

The tale told anonymously by Charlotte Anne Moberly (1846-1937) and Eleanor Jourdain (1863-1924) in their 'An Adventure' (1911) is probably the most famous true-life ghost story of the twentieth century, and has been the subject of an enormous amount of analysis. For more information see the couple's entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The present material is in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. It was assembled by Holroyd - a Sherlock Holmes expert - with the intention of writing a book on the subject. ONE.

[W. Macqueen-Pope, theatre manager and historian.] Typed Letter Signed 'W. Macqueen-Pope') to 'Mr O'Donnell' [the ghost hunter Elliott O'Donnell], regarding 'the Ghost' at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and the possibility of a 'night vigil' there.

Author: 
W. Macqueen-Pope [Walter James Macqueen-Pope] (1888-1960), theatre manager and historian [Elliott O'Donnell (1872-1965), Irish ghost hunter]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, 5-6 Coventry Street, W1. [London] 6 December 1951.
£56.00

1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with cropped margins. He begins by explaining that O'Donnell's letter has been sent to him 'from Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on the staff of which I am and whose whose [sic] historian I am too'. He continues: 'I fear a night vigil would be of little use so far as the Ghost is concerned. He is a day time visitant. Never yet has he been seen before 9 a.m. or after six p.m. Between those hours - frequently.' He refers O'Donnell to the 'full account' in his book 'Theatre Royal'.

[Estelle Roberts, spiritualist medium.] Typescript titled 'The Aeolian Wall. Trance Address by Red Cloud', apparently written on the eve of the Second World War.

Author: 
Estelle Roberts (1889-1970), British spiritualist medum who claimed to materialize a Native American spirit guide called 'Red Cloud' [Spiritualist Association of Great Britain]
Publication details: 
'Copyright of Estelle Roberts'. (London, 1930s?]
£200.00

10pp., 4to. Original top-copy typescript. On ten leaves held together by a brass stud. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Typed at end: 'Copyright of Estelle Roberts.' Begins: 'I am very happy to come here to-night to talk to you. While waiting to entrance the meduim I heard these words.

Six Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Halifax'), and one secretarial letter, from Charles Lindley Wood, 2nd Viscount Halifax ('Lord Halifax') to Canon Edward James Russell, regarding the English Church Union and the evils of 'Undenominationalism'.

Author: 
Charles Lindley Wood (1839-1934), 2nd Viscount Halifax ['Lord Halifax'], President of English Church Union and collector of ghost stories [Rev. Edward James Russell (1843-1911), Canon of Manchester]
Publication details: 
1900 (2), 1907 (4) and 1908 (1). Four from Hickleton, Doncaster, one from Garrowby, Bishop Wilton, York, one from 79 Eaton Square, London, and one from Harrowgate.
£350.00

The seven letters total 23pp, 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The third letter, written from Hickleton on 7 January 1907, is in a secretarial hand, Halifax being 'laid up with Influenza' and 'utterly good for nothing'; it carries an autograph postscript by Russell at the head of the first page. The first letter (14 July 1900) invites Russell to fill the 'vacancy on the list of Clerical members of our E.C.U. Council'; Russell's acceptance is acknowledged in the second, which also discusses charges of 'disloyalty'.

typed note signed and typed letter signed to Elliott O'Donnell. author

Author: 
Allen Lane
Publication details: 
3 Sept. and 21 Dec. 1936
£150.00

Publisher (1902?-1970). One page each, 4to. In one he discusses someone's sighting of ghosts (about which O'Donnell has written and the possibility of reprinting O'Donnell's work on werewolves in Penguin. In the other he briefly gives information about his family and anticipates an announcement with regard to the Bodley Head "in the New Year". The letter has the stamp of the "Receiver", so the announcement may well refer to the company's financial difficulties (see W.E. Williams, "Allen Lane", p.41 "bankruptcy" of Bodley Head).

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