[ E. H. Shepard, illustrator of 'Winnie the Pooh'. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed ('Ernest H. Shepard') to 'Mrs Silburn', referring to 'my favourite book "Wind in the Willows", in response to a request to purchase original illustrations.

E. H. Shepard [ Ernest Howard Shepard; Ernest H. Shepard ] (1879-1976), illustrator of 'Winnie the Pooh' and 'The Wind in the Willows'
Publication details: 
The first on letterhead of Woodmancote, Lodsworth, nr. Petworth; 7 September 1971. The second on letterhead of Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire; 14 September 1971.

Both letters in good condition, lightly aged; and each 1p., 12mo. ONE: He thanks her for her letter asking him if he has any of his drawings for sale, and states that he has some book illustrations and a few drawings that he made 'for Punch when I was a member of the staff'. He continues 'I have one or two from my favourite book “The Wind in the Willows”. All the illustrations that I did for the “Pooh” books I gave to the Victoria and Albert Museum 2 years ago.' He ends: 'Perhaps you will kindly let me know how much you wish to spend on a drawing'.

Holograph Poem, in the form of an Autograph Letter Signed from the temperance campaigner Sir William Lawson to James Grahame, written from the point of view of a 'Blue bottle Fly', and described by its author as 'weak doggrell'.

Sir Wilfrid Lawson (1829-1906), 2nd Baronet, of Brayton, temperance campaigner and Liberal politician
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Brayton, Cumberland. 27 August 1901.

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The poem is of eighteen lines, and begins: 'I agree, my dear friend that whatever we feel | We are really no more than the "flies on the wheel." | And that there's little more which each one of [us] does | Than fluster & flurry & worry & buzz | But each has his place if he only could know it | But I doubt very much if my place is a poet!

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