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[ Sydney Ffoulkes, composer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sydney ffoulkes'), a letter of condolence to the widow of fellow-composer Herman Finck.

Author: 
Sydney Ffoulkes, composer associated with the actor Sir Henry Irving and the BBC [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor ]
Publication details: 
4 Seaford Mansions, Jevington Gardens, Eastbourne. 21 April 1939.
£40.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He has learnt with 'the deepest regret' of his 'old friend's passing'., and sends his condolences. He will be unable to attend the funeral service, as he had 'a bad fall & fractured two ribs'. He concludes: 'Herman was a great fellow, & nobody will ever replace him -'. Finck's 'In the Shadows' was one of the last songs played as RMS Titanic went down.

[ Sir Henry Irving. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H Irving') to 'Lord Gray', regarding a theatre box.

Author: 
Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905), eminent Victorian actor-manager
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 15A, Grafton Street, Bond Street, W. [ London ] 15 February [ no year ].
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. In a difficult hand. He hopes there is 'no misunderstanding about the box for tonight', which is reserved in the recipient's name at the theatre: '& you have only to ask for your box'. He ends: 'We shall meet tonight I hope after the play.'

Inscribed offprint of review by Irving Ribner of Roland M. Frye's 'Shakespeare and Christian Doctrine', titled 'A Chain of Fallacies'.

Author: 
Irving Ribner [ Harry Levin; William Shakespeare; Roland M. Frye ]
Publication details: 
'Reprinted from Tulane Drama Review Vol. 10, No. 4, Summer, 1966'.
£25.00

10pp., 12mo, paginated 265-274. Stapled. In good condition, on lightly-aged shiny art paper, with vertical crease. Inscribed at head of first page: 'For Harry Levin | - with regards - | Irving Ribner'. Frye's book was published by Princeton University Press in 1963. From the papers of the American critic Harry Levin (1912-1994). Scarce: no copy of this offprint on COPAC.

[ Offprint, inscribed by author Irving Ribner of Tulane University. ] The Idea of History in Marlowe's Tamburlaine.

Author: 
Irving Ribner of Tulane University [ Christopher Marlowe; John Hopkins University, Baltimore; A Journal of English Literary History, ]
Publication details: 
'Reprinted from ELH: A Journal of English Literary History, Vol. 20, No. 4, December, 1953.'
£80.00

16pp., 8vo, paginated 251-266. Stapled. In fair condition, lightly aged with vertical fold. Inscribed at head of first page: 'For Prof. Harry Levin, | Very cordially, | Irving Ribner'. The only copy of this offprint on COPAC at the Warburg Institute.

[ Offprint, inscribed by author Irving Ribner of Tulane University. ] 'Marlowe's Edward II and the Tudor History Play'.

Author: 
Irving Ribner of Tulane University [ Christopher Marlowe; John Hopkins University, Baltimore; A Journal of English Literary History, ]
Publication details: 
[ Baltimore, Maryland: John Hopkins University Press. ] 'Reprinted from ELH, A Journal of English Literary History, Vol. 22, No. 4, December, 1955.'
£35.00

11pp., 8vo, paginated 243-253. Stapled. In good condition, lightly aged. Inscribed at head of first page: 'Very cordially, | Irving Ribner'. No copies of this offprint found on either WorldCat or COPAC.

[ Irving Montagu of the Illustrated London News and Punch. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (one 'Irving Montagu' and two 'Montagu') to Edward Draper

Author: 
Irving Montagu (1842-1901), war correspondent and artist of the Illustrated London News and Punch [ Edward Draper, London solicitor and writer on the theatre ]
Publication details: 
Two from Briar Cottage, Shepherds Bush, 2 and 7 January 1893. One on letterhead of 64 Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square [ London ]. 'Saturday' [no date].
£56.00

The three items in fair condition, on aged and worn paper, the last two items with traces of grey paper from mounting adhering. ONE: From Charlotte Street. 'Saturday' (undataed). Signed 'Irving Montagu'. 2pp., 8vo. Arranging to dine at Draper's in the face of a clashing invitation. TWO: From Briar Cottage, 2 January 1893. 4pp., 12mo. Signed 'Montagu'.

[ Austin Brereton, drama critic. ] Typed Letter Signed to fellow-critic E. R. Dibdin, asking to borrow playbills to assist in the writing of his biography of Sir Henry Irving.

Author: 
Austin Brereton (1862-1922), drama critic [ E. R. Dibdin [ Edward Rimbault Vere Dibdin ] (1853-1941), art critic; Sir Henry Irving [ John Henry Brodribb ] (1838-1905), actor-manager ]
Publication details: 
26 Suffolk Street, Pall Mall, London SW. 17 February 1908.
£35.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly-aged. Having been informed by another critic, William Archer, that Dibdin possesses 'some playbills of Irving's appearances in Edinburgh in the early days', he asks to borrow them for a week or so, as he iss 'writing the authoritative Lifef of the actor, and although I have a vast amount of material, I do not want to let anything slip'. He requests a prompt response, as he is 'sending my first volume to the printers early in March'.

[ Laurence Irving, Hollywood set designer. ] Two Typed Letters Signed ('Laurence' and 'Laurence Irving') to 'Teddy' [ set designer 'Edward Carrick',i.e. Edward Craig ], regarding the film industry and his membership of the Society of Art Directors.

Author: 
Laurence Irving (1897-1988), Hollywood set designer, artist and RAF Squadron Leader, grandson of the actor Sir Henry Irving [ 'Edward Carrick' [ Edward Craig (1905-1998) ],; Society of Art Directors ]
Publication details: 
Both on his letterhead, 11 Apple Tree Yard. 23 August and 24 November 1949.
£220.00

Both items in good condition, lightly-aged. ONE: 2pp., 4to. Having returned from 'a rather long painting expedition to France' he finds that 'circumstances have arisen in regard to the administration of the Society' [ the Society of British Film Art Directors and Designers, of which Craig was a leading light], and in the light of these circumstances Irving feels compelled to resign. 'It is [...] unlikely that I shall design any more films.

[ H. A. Saintsbury, English actor. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'H A Saintsbury') to the playwright and film director Percy Nash, requesting a part in a forthcoming play. With copies of two of Nash's replies, one in autograph.

Author: 
H. A. Saintsbury [ Harry Arthur Saintsbury ] (1869-1939), actor who portrayed Sherlock Holmes on stage and screen [ Percy Nash [ Percy Cromwell Nash ] (1869-1958), actor, dramatist and film director ]
Publication details: 
The first two of Saintsbury's letters from the Hotel Victoria, Brighton, the third from the Green Room Club, 46 Leicester Square, London. All from 1933.
£120.00

All five items in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight rusting to holes from pin which attached them to one another. Saintsbury's three letters are: ONE: 13 June 1933. 2pp., 12mo. He has taken 'a great risk in giving up a five months tour at £25 and a percentage in the hope of your plans maturing soon', but as Nash has been 'perfectly straight' with him, he is not to blame if the matter 'turns out wrong'. He expresses 'such faith' in Nash's venture, and believes it 'must be a great triumph - bar some unforeseen accident'.

[Sir Henry Irving.] Eight collotype proof sepia engravings, seven showing him - five of them in character - and the other a scene of a dilapidated building.

Author: 
Sir Henry Irving [John Henry Brodribb] (1838-1905), English stage actor and actor-manager
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£120.00

The eight images are arranged in four pairs, each on the central pages of an 8vo bifolium. Dimensions of page: 24.5 x 16cm. Dimensions of image: 9 x 14cm. In fair condition, on lightly-aged and creased paper. Irving is shown in five roles, including Lear, Shylock, and Becket. Also present are two portraits of Irving out of character, and a picture of the exterior of a dilapidated building. Presumably intended for an early twentieth-century biography.

[Edward Gordon-Craig, actor, director and set designer.] Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Note Signed (both 'Gordon Craig') to 'Miss Heathcote', regarding a photograph of his mother Ellen Terry in the role of 'Nance Oldfield'.

Author: 
Edward Gordon-Craig (1872-1966), actor, director and set designer, son of the actress Ellen Terry (1847-1928)
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of 22 Barkston Gardens, Earl's Court, S.W. [London]. One dated 10 September 1891; the other undated [1891].
£180.00

Both items in good condition, on aged paper. ONE: Letter of 10 September 1891. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He begins by thanking her for a photo of Henry Irving, before turning to his mother, Ellen Terry. 'Mother &

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[Washington Irving's brother-in-law Henry Van Wart.] Signed bill, 'To Mess. P. Irving & Co | Merchants | Liverpool', 'In re Peter Irving & In re Washington Irving', carrying bankruptcy order; and Promissory Note; both payable to Messrs. Lewis C & Co.

Author: 
Henry Van Wart (1784-1873), American-born founder of the Birmingham Stock Exchange, England, and husband of Sarah Irving, sister of Washington Irving (1783-1859), American author and diplomat1
Publication details: 
Both items dated from Birmingham [England], the bill on 1 November 1816, and the promissory note on 1 July 1817. Both signed boldly by Henry van War
£1,000.00

 

[Printed auction catalogue.] Catalogue of the Valuable Library and the Collection of Old Play-Bills and Theatrical Prints of Sir Henry Irving, Deceased. [...] Commander of the Saxe-Ernestine Order, Late of 17 Stratton Street, W.

Author: 
[Sir Henry Irving [John Henry Brodribb] (1838-1905), British actor-manager; Messrs. Christie, Manson & Woods, London auction house; Christies auctioneers]
Publication details: 
Revised Edition. Messrs. Christie, Manson & Woods, at their Great Rooms, 8 King Street, St. James's Square. Monday, December 18, 1905 and following day.' [London: Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Limited.]
£150.00

8vo., 69pp. Unbound as issued. In fair condition, on lightly-aged and worn paper, with worn and chipped printed front wrap still present, with ownership inscription at head (''). 482 lots, with several of the books ticked in pencil. Included, as lots 95 to 112A, are 'specially printed copies of the various Lyceum Plays, as arranged for the Stage by SIR HENRY IRVING; they contain numerous manuscript alterations in the text in the handwriting of the great Actor, and are in consequence of very great interest'.

Autograph Journal, by Amy Mary Irving Driberg, mother of the Labour Party politician Tom Driberg [Baron Bradwell], titled 'Tom - School' and containing entries on his schooldays.

Author: 
Amy Mary Irving Driberg [née Bell] (d.1939), of Uckfield Lodge, Crowborough, mother of Tom Driberg [Thomas Edward Neil Driberg, Baron Bradwell] (1905-76), journalist and Labour Party politician
Publication details: 
Entries dating from 27 September 1910 to 30 July 1918.
£180.00

14pp., 12mo. In ruled notebook bound in black cloth. Titled 'Tom - School' at head of first page, with small section cut away from the front cover to make this visible. In fair condition on lightly-aged paper, with one slightly dogeared corner and light staining to blank leaves at the rear. Written while Driberg was between the ages of five and thirteen, and with the handwriting more untidy towards the end.

Beekeeping Diary of Amy Mary Driberg of Uckfield Lodge, Crowborough, mother of Labour politician Tom Driberg, containing dated and initialled autograph entries, and detailed accounts of honey taken, sold and given away, with a few ephemeral items.

Author: 
Amy Mary Irving Driberg (d.1939) [née Bell], of Uckfield Lodge, Crowborough, wife of J.J.S. Driberg, and mother of Labour politician Tom Driberg (Baron Bradwell) (1905-76) [beekeeping; apiculture]
Publication details: 
[Uckfield Lodge, Crowborough, Sussex.] Dated between 1 July 1932 and 4 July 1938.
£450.00

142pp., 4to. In a ruled notebook, bound in black cloth, with marbled endpapers. In fair condition, on aged paper, in worn binding with loss to a corner of a board. Starting at one end of the notebook is the diary of autograph entries, each dated and initialled by Mrs Driberg. In 1932 Mrs Driberg, a formidable Scottish widow in the last years of her life, has five hives (numbered 1 to 4, with a fifth observation hive), with a sixth hive (No. 5) added by 1934.

Autograph Letter Signed ('John S. Hart') from the American author and educator John Seely Hart, Principal of the Central High School, Philadelphia, to 'G. Harry Davis', accepting his election as an honorary member of the Irving Literary Institute.

Author: 
John Seely Hart (1810-1877), American author and educator, Professor of Languages at Princeton, Principal of Central High School, Philadelphia [G. Henry Davis, Secretary, Irving Literary Institute]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Central High School, Philadelphia; 15 May 1856.
£60.00

1p., 12mo. Fair, on aged paper. The letterhead features a steel engraving of the monolithic Central High School. Hart has received Davis' letter informing him that he has been 'elected an Honorary Member of the "Irving Literary Institute".' He asks Davis to 'communicate to the members of the Institute my thanks for the honor conferred, & say that I accept it with sincere pleasure.' Hart writes 'Mr. G. Harry Davis, | Secretary &c -', but the middle name is given as 'Henry' in printed texts.

[Printed] Index to the Life and Letters of Washington Irving

Author: 
[Washington Irving; J. Munnings]
Index to the Life and Letters of Washington Irving
Publication details: 
London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1864.
£450.00
Index to the Life and Letters of Washington Irving

Separately published from four volume edition (1862-4), pp.308-347, 8vo, printed paper wraps, darkened, wear at spine and corners, minor foxing, mainly good. Bentley (Turner) Index 1110, ascribed to J. Munnings. A bookseller on viaLibri reveals that an index is anticipated in the fourth volume of the Life and Letters published by Bentley, 1862-4. No mention is made of this Index in either COPAC or WorldCat's listings of copies of the Life and Letters. Very scarce.

Theatre Scrapbook, containing twenty-one Letters from a number of individuals, four Telegrams, Dinner Invitation, Menu Card, and Newspaper Cuttings.

Author: 
Harry E. King [Sir George Alexander; Sir Henry Irving; Theatre Royal, Margate]
Publication details: 
1892-1900; London, Margate.
£280.00

The greater part of this collection consists of the responses of the British actor-manager Sir George Alexander (1858-1918) - best known as the first producer of Wilde's 'Importance of being Earnest' and 'Lady Windermere's Fan' - and his representatives to the requests of the scrapbook's compiler, Harry E. King. Twenty-eight leaf quarto scrap book, in which twelve leaves have been used. Items in good condition, with occasional spotting and fading. Album itself, on discoloured, high-acidity paper, in poor condition: binding loose and worn, with damage to spine.

Menu and programme for the 'Stourbridge Shakespearean Celebration. First Annual Dinner.'

Author: 
Stourbridge Shakespearean Celebration [Henry Irving; Herbert Beerbohm Tree; J. Forbes Robertson; Sidney Lee; Frank R. Benson]
Publication details: 
Talbot Hotel, Stourbridge, Wednesday 23rd April, 1902. J. T. Ford, Printer, Stourbridge.
£100.00

12mo: 20 pp. On art paper. Attached with yellow string in decorative printed card wraps. Good: lightly foxed in dusty wraps, with minor staining to blank inside wrap. The wraps, printed in red, blue and gold, feature a photo of Shakespeare's funerary bust within an embossed decorative border. Nicely printed with photos of Shakespeare's birthplace. Features the menu, a 'Toast List', a programme of music, lists of committee and patrons and extracts. Of interest are the three pages of letters, including dated communications from Henry Irving, J.

Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Joseph Hatton
Publication details: 
No place; December 1901.
£20.00

Piece of grey card, dimensions roughly 5 1/2 inches by 4 inches. In poor condition: grubby and discoloured, and crudely mounted on a piece of card. Novelist and journalist (1841-1907). Clearly in reply to a request for an autograph, Hatton has written, in a large hand, 'With pleasure - | Yours very truly | Joseph Hatton | Dec 1901'. Neatly docketed with a number '30' in a circle.

one autograph note signed to Mrs [?] Pagée,

Author: 
Henry Brodribb Irving
Publication details: 
9 December 1893, on letterhead of the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin.
£25.00

English actor-manager (1870-1919), elder son of the celebrated Henry Irving. "My wife has asked me to send you the . I do so with the greatest pleasure. [...]". Discoloured, with heavy creasing to margin, and traces of previous mounting on reverse of blank second leaf.

autograph letters signed (x 2).

Author: 
Tom Heslewood
Publication details: 
one 1910 and one 1940.
£20.00

Actor and costume designer (1868-?). The first letter, docketted "Alas poor Tom -", to Miss Grosvenor, 4 December 1940, 18 Selwood Terrace., 2 pp, 8vo. He apologises for not being able to attend any of her at homes. "I have been at Plymouth & Cardiff the last fortnight with H. B. Irving [Henry Brodribb Irving, 1870-1919] arranging his new play". The second letter, to L. E. Berman, 21 April 1940, with embossment 52 Temple Fortune Hill, 2 pp, 12mo, in stamped envelope addressed in autograph. He thanks him for forwarding the letter from Barking.

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