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[ Bernard Shaw ] Cyclostyled (or similar) Typed Letter with printed addresser "(signed) G. Bernard Shaw" to Daniel Jones, phonetician, though by some to be "the basis for [...] Professor Higgins in Pygmalion", about Simplified English.

Author: 
George Bernard Shaw, playwright
Publication details: 
"From Bernard Shaw | 4 Whitehall Court (130) London SW1", 1 January 1947.
£520.00

Found with some letters from Shaw to Gilbert Murray, classicist, so presumed to have been sent by Shaw to Murray. Two pages, folio, fold marks, four small closed tears, edge a little damaged, text complete and clear. Marked "Copy" in typescript, but no other physical copy has yet been traced. A version of the text may be found ( headed "George Bernard Shaw: A Colossal Labour Saving | An Open Letter, May 1947" - no mention of Daniel Jones) in "Imagining Language: an Anthology" (MIT, 2001) in Googlebooks, but has substantial textual differences.

[Vance Palmer, Australian poet and critic.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Vance Palmer') to an unnamed correspondent, discussing his political work, and praising writing by Bernard Shaw, John Galsworthy and J. M. Synge.

Author: 
Vance Palmer [Edward Vivian Palmer] (1885-1959), Australian poet and critic, who collaborated with his wife Nettie Palmer [Janet Gertrude Palmer, née Higgins] (1885-1964)
Publication details: 
A<?>, <Chelsea?>. [1907.]
£220.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. 72 lines of text. For more about Palmer, see his entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography. The start of the letter indicates its tone: 'Dear old man, | I was exceedingly glad to get your interesting newsy letter last week - more glad than I can say. The "New Age" did not turn up, for which I was sorry as I was looking forward to seeing the good old paper again, but this writing of Bernard Shaw for the "Pall Mall Gazette" delighted me. What a splendid dialectician he is!

Offprint titled 'William Butler Yeats. Aetat. 70', containing pieces by Hackett, O Faolain, Higgins, Johnston, de Blacam and Malone, in celebration of the poet's seventieth birthday, also a photograph of Yeats and facsimile of one of his manuscripts.

Author: 
Francis Hackett, Sean O Faolain, F. R. Higgins, Denis Johnston, Aodh de Blacam, Andrew E. Malone, contributors
Publication details: 
Reprinted from the Irish Times of June 13th, 1935.' [Printed and Published by The Irish TImes Limited, 31 Westmoreland street, Dublin.']
£56.00

8vo, 16 pp. In original buff wraps. Text clear and complete. On aged and slightly-creased paper, with rust to the staples resulting in the detaching of the central bifolium. Wraps discoloured. Photograph of Yeats seated in his library on front wrap, and reproduction of Augustus John's portrait of the poet on p.2. On the first page is the facsimile, captioned ' "A Song," from W. B.

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