HASSALL

[ The John Hassall Correspondence Art School. ] Sixteen Typed 'Lessons', being personalised anonymous assessments of the work of Miss E. Elderton of Teignmouth.

Author: 
The John Hassall Correspondence Art School, London [ John Hassall (1868-1948), artist and poster designer; E. Elderton of Teignmouth ]
Publication details: 
The John Hassall Correspondence Art School [ London ]. Lessons I to XVI, 17 November 1932 to 24 May 1934.
£450.00

The 16 'lessons (I-XVI)' total 31pp., 8vo., with Lesson XIV on 1pp., and the other 15 on 2pp. In fair condition, on aged paper with slight rusting and pin holes at the corner where the sixteen have been attached. All 16 are anonymous, but each carries a set of initials at the end: the last 12 ending with 'JH/W', and of the first four two with 'JH/D', and two with 'JH/MW'.. 'JH' presumably stands for 'John Hassall', with 'D', 'MW' and 'W' the name of the writer of the response.

[ 'Low' (David Low), cartoonist. ] Caricature titled 'The Odd Volumes | Ladies Night', depicting a fashionable young lady reading a book on top of a ladder in a library, on cover of menu for 'Ye 461st Meeting of Ye Sette of Odd Volumes'.

Author: 
'Low' [ Sir David Alexander Cecil Low (1891-1963) ], British cartoonist of New Zealand extraction [ Ye Sette of Odd Volumes, London literary dining club; Sir Harry Trelawney Eve ]
Publication details: 
[ Ye Sette of Odd Volumes, London.] 'holden at ye Savoy Hotel, on Tuesday ye Twenty-third day of June, 1931'. [Printed at the Pelican Press, 2 Carmelite Street, London EC4.]
£80.00

Printed on one side of a piece of wove paper, folded twice to make a card of 4pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly-aged and spotted. Low's 10 x 8.5 cm illustration is on the cover, and is rather uncharacteristic in its lightness of touch. Nor is the layout of the cover in the usual 'Sette' style, rather harking forwards to the 1940s. Cover states: 'His Oddshippe Sir Harry Trelawney Eve (Chaplain) in ye Chair'.

Autograph Signature of the artist, children's book illustrator and poster designer John Hassall.

Author: 
John Hassall (1868-1948), English painter, children's book illustrator and poster designer
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£25.00

On one side of a 5.5 x 20 cm strip of laid paper, cut away from the bottom of a letter. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with traces of mount adhering to the reverse. Reads, in a firm attractive hand: 'Yours very sincerely | John Hassall.'

Autograph Letter Signed to Dollman.

Author: 
John Hassall (1868-1948), English illustrator
Publication details: 
10 November 1906; on letterhead of 88 Kensington Park Road, W. [London]
£56.00

8vo, 1 p. Nine lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged and lightly-spotted paper, lightly-creased and with small closed tears at edges of central crease. From the context of other items in the same collection, this letter relates to an 'Artists general Benevolent Banquet' (for which Dollman was acting as steward). Hassall writes that the previous year he 'got into trouble through giving subscriptions to stewards of other society's than the R[oyal]. I[nstitution].', so that 'if there's to be an R. I. table this year I must support it for all I'm worth'.

Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr Disspain'.

Author: 
Joan Hassall (1906-1988), English wood-engraver
Publication details: 
Undated. On letterhead of 88 Kensington Park Road, London W.11.
£56.00

12mo: 1 p. Eight lines of text. Good, though creased. Letterhead printed with the words 'Joan Hassall' and a 5 cm short rule decorated with a tiny dove. She apologises for the delay in sending 'this signature': 'I lost your nice little piece of paper, and then I broke my pen.' Disspain's 'letters of appreciation' give Hassall 'very real pleasure' and she is 'most grateful' for his 'good opinion'.

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