[Tighe Hopkins, novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. Case', presenting a copy of his 'Iron Mask'.

Tighe Hopkins (1856-1919), novelist, journalist and authority on prison life and penal reform
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On letterhead of Frayn, Herne Bay [Kent]. 7 August 1902.

2pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He asks him to accept a copy of the Tauchnitz edition of his 'Iron Mask', 'the only one I happen to have by me'. He continues: 'As you are kind enough to express an interest in work of mine, I may say that I expect to be in the West of Ireland next month in the interests of the Daily Chronicle - if you ever happen to see that paper - for which I am to write a special series of letters describing the present condition of that district.' For more on Hopkins see his obituary in The Times, 17 February 1919.

Ink cartoon of Payne's penguin 'Squeak', signed 'A B Payne' and created for the autograph collector J. H. Roberts.

Austin Bowen Payne (1876-1956), Welsh cartoonist best-known for his creations 'the pets': 'Pip, Squeak and Wilfred' which featured in the Daily Mirror from 1919 to 1955.
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Dated 1926 by Payne.

Very good, c.9 x 16cms, neatly mounted on larger piece of card. Full length drawing of 'Squeak', holding a letter, with the envelope on the floor, and shouting to Payne's baby rabbit 'WILFRED! - WHERE ARE YOU? MR J. H. ROBERTS WANTS YOUR AUTOGRAPH!' Signed beneath the speech bubble 'A B Payne - | 26'. According to one authority 'Fans of 'the pets' included Prince Charles, Spike Milligan, Peter Cushing and Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond'.

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