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[ [Royal Navy wife in 1920s Malta. ] Autograph Diary of Muriel Margaret Medd, wife of Paymaster-Commander Walter Hall Medd, OBE, RN

Author: 
Muriel Margaret Medd [ née Beattie ] (b.1889), wife of Paymaster-Commander Walter Hall Medd, OBE, RN (1886-1952), son of Rev. George Tate Medd, Vicar of Whitchurch [ Malta; Maltese ]
Publication details: 
Entries between 1 January and 13 August 1920. In 'Collins Handy Diary for 1920.' [ London and Glasgow: Collins' Clear-Type Press. ]
£400.00

230pp., in 12mo 'Collins' Handy Diary for 1920.' In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight damage to fore-edges of front endpaper and first two leaves. Ownership inscription on front pastedown: 'Muriel M Medd, | 123, . St. Torri, | Shema, | MALTA.' The work of a well-educated practical woman, casting interesting light on the day to day life of a Royal Navy officer's wife in 1920s Malta. Her husband is more often than not referred to as 'W.', and the couple have a daughter Anne; and 'Peter' (family dog?). Among their circle are 'the Wildishes', 'Echwarri', 'the Swanns', 'Dr.?>

[ Hal Collier, Victorian popular dramatist. ] Typescripts, with autograph additions, of three of melodramas: '"In the Hands of the Mormons" Or "The Mormon Peril"; 'The Broken Rosary' and 'The Secret Panel'.

Author: 
Hal Collier, Victorian popular playwright, author of melodramas
Publication details: 
One play with stamp of 209 Northumberland Road, Southampton, the other two without place. All three undated [ Edwardian ].
£1,250.00

Collier was the author of a number of melodramas and farces in the period between the Boer War and the Great War, including one written in conjunction with F. H. Dudley, but little is to be discovered about him, with no mention of these three titles. All three items in fair condition, on aged paper, in aged and worn bindings. ONE: '"In the Hands of the Mormons" Or "The Mormon Peril" A Drama in FOUR acts written by Hal Collier'. [1] + 45pp., 4to. Stitched into grey paper wraps. With pencil emendations throughout, including extensive deletions.

[Henry Chetwynd-Talbot, 18th Earl of Shrewsbury, as Lord Talbot.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Talbot') to the London bankers Messrs Hankey & Co., regarding payments due and 'the price of W. India produce'.

Author: 
Henry Chetwynd-Talbot, 18th Earl of Shrewsbury [Lord Talbot] (1803-1868) [Messrs. Thomson Hankey & Co., London bankers]
Publication details: 
'Kiplin [Hall] Catterick [Yorkshire]'. 17 November 1851.
£120.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Docketted 'Answered same date G H'. The letter begins: 'As the time is approaching when another instrument will be due to <?>, I should be much obliged to you if you could send me the amount of the balance due to you at the time the arrangement was made, & the different payments that have been made since'. The letter continues on the same subject. The postscript reads: 'Please mention what are the profits of the price of W. India produce'. From the Hankey & Co. banking archive.

Photographic portrait, with Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Arnold Korff (1870-1944), Austrian film actor who continued his film career in Hollywood on emigrating to America in the early 1930s
Publication details: 
Wien 25. Oct. 1923'.
£120.00

The sepia photograph, 10 x 7 cm, shows Korff's head and torso. He is dressed in the costume of a flying ace, with leather coat, gloves, googles and scarf, and is striking a match while staring moodily at the viewer. It is mounted on a leaf of cream paper (24 x 20 cm) removed from an album. In very good condition and attractively mounted, with a piece of nicely-patterned paper (12 x 8.5 cm) beneath the photograph acting as a frame. Korff's large, bold signature runs across the page beneath the phtograph, reading 'Arnold Korff | Wien 25. Oct. 1923'.

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