HOFFMAN

[Rita Spurr, poet.] Autograph Letter Signed to playwright Christopher Fry, with copy of her Guild Press poetry pamphlet 'Footprint in Snow', and New Year card with photographic print.

Author: 
Rita Spurr, Manchester poet and social worker [John Hoffman, proprietor of the Poetry Guild, Holymoorside, Chesterfield, whose imprint was The Guild Press; Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright]
Publication details: 
Letter: Flat 4, 7 Netherhall Gardens, Hampstead [London]; 31 December 1954. Pamphlet (in 'The Guild Poets' series): The Guild Press, Holymoorside, Chesterfield; August 1954. New Year card for 1954 / 1955.
£120.00

Three items (letter, photographic card, and pamphlet), all in good condition. ONE: ALS. 31 December 1954. 1p, 8vo. Signed '(Mrs.) Rita Spurr.' and addressed to 'Dear Mr. Christopher Fry'. She begins by thanking him 'for the very great pleasure & stimulus' which she derived 'during the year that is passed' from his play 'The Dark is Light Enough'.

Composure in Death. A Discourse, delivered in the Orphan Asylum, New-York, On the Death of Mrs. Sarah Hoffman, First Directress of the Institution, who departed this life, July 30, 1821, aged 79 years.

Author: 
John Stanford, A.M. [Mrs Sarah Hoffman, first directress of the Orphan Asylum, New York; the Widows' Society]
Publication details: 
[1821.] New-York: Published for the Benefit of the Orphan Asylum. Sold by T. & J. Swords, No. 90 Pearl-street; Bliss & White, No. 128 Broadway; the Methodist Book-store; the Orphan Asylum, Greenwich. [E. Conrad, Printer, 4 Frankfort-street.]
£56.00

8vo: 47 pp. Disbound. A tight copy, with the text clear and complete, on aged paper with light waterstaining throughout. The title continues: 'To which are added, a sketch of her benevolent exertions in favour of the widow and the orphan. - Comprising the history of the Widows' Society, and the Orphan Asylum; together with the last scenes of her pious life.' WorldCat reveals eighteen copies in American libraries, but scarce in Europe: no copy on COPAC (microfiche at University of Scotland).

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