[Rebecca West expresses sadness over 'Black Lamb and Grey Falcon'.] Autograph Card Signed ('Rebecca West') to an unnamed party, making interesting comments on the book, and remarks on her view of history.

'Rebecca West', pseudonym of Dame Cicely Isabel Andrews [née Fairfield] (1892-1983), author and critic, lover of H. G. Wells and Charlie Chaplin
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On letterhead of Ibstone House, Ibstone, Nr High Wycombe, Bucks. 30 August 1956.

Written on both sides of a card (not a postcard), and with twenty-one lines of closely written text amounting to the equivalent of an average-sized letter. In fair condition, lightly-aged, with signature slightly smudged. An excellent letter concerning her 'Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia' (1941), described by Larry McMurtry as one of the 'few great travel books'.

[ Algernon Charles Swinburne, poet who scandalised Victorian England. ] Signed Autograph presentation inscription to his sister Isabel, on fly-leaf of William Clarke Russell's book 'Nelson's Words and Deeds'.

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), English poet who scandalised the Victorians with his decadent verse [ William Clarke Russell; Isabel Swinburne ]
Algernon Charles Swinburne
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Dated in autograph 'November 1890'.
Algernon Charles Swinburne

On a single 8vo half-title leaf removed from the William Clarke Russell's 'Nelson's Words and Deeds: A Selection from the Dispatches and Correspondence of Horatio Nelson' (London: Sampson Low, 1890). In fair condition, lightly aged and with a central horizontal crease. Printed at the centre of the page are the words 'NELSON'S WORDS AND DEEDS', and at the head Swinburne writes: 'Isabel Swinburne | from her affectionate brother | Algernon Charles Swinburne | November 1890'.

[ Cyril Maude, actor-manager, and his wife the actress Winifred Emery. ] Five Autograph Letters Signed and one Typed Letter Signed by him, and two Autograph Letters Signed by her, all to the journalist 'Mrs. Whitley'

Cyril Maude [ Cyril Francis Maude ] (1862-1951), English actor-manager; his wife 'Winifred Emery' [ stage name of actress Maud Isabel Emery; later Maud Isabel Maude ] (1861-1924)
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On following letterheads: four from 26 Cleveland Gardens, Lancaster Gate, W. [ London ]; two from 33 Egerton Crescent, S.W. [ London ]; one from the Playhouse, Northumberland Avenue, Charing Cross (from 1907); one from the Haymarket Theatre, London.

The eight items are in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Maude's six letters (all signed 'Cyril Maude') total 8pp., and his wife's two (both signed 'Winifred Emery') total 3pp. In the typed letter the recipient is named as 'Mrs. Whitley, | 78 Alexandra Rd., | St. John's Wood, | N.W.' All eight items deal with interviews conducted by her with the couple. On 20 December Maude writes, 'as I told you I fear there will be nothing in particular for me to tell you, as it is very necessary for me to avoid telling anyone anything just yet awhile.

[ 'Winifred Emery', English actress. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Winifred Maude') to journalist 'Mrs. Whitley', refusing to sit for a photograph in Elizabethan dress, and declaring that 'Everyone is sick of Shakspeare at this moment'.

'Winifred Emery' [ stage name of actress Maud Isabel Emery; later Maud Isabel Maude (1861-1924) ], wife of Cyril Maude [ Cyril Francis Maude ] (1862-1951), English actor-manager
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On letterhead of 26 Cleveland Gardens, Lancaster Gate, W. [ London ] 9 May [ no year ].

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The recipient (who lived at 78 Alexandra Rd, St John's Wood, and was the wife of William Thomas Whitley) was a journalist. She writes: 'I wasn't photographed as "Beatrice", I was so besieged that I refused to sit to anyone especially as the dress was not becoming & I knew I should come out hideous! I certainly couldn't make the effort now!!! I would see you for 5 minutes with pleasure - say at the <?> Theatre on Thursday about 12. I shall be rehearsing there - but a picture I cannot give you!

[ 'Winifred Emery', actress and wife of Cyril Maude. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Winifred Maude') to 'Mrs. Wead'

'Winifred Emery' [ stage name of Maud Isabel Emery; later Maud Isabel Maude ] (1861-1924), actress, wife of the actor-manager Cyril Maude [ Cyril Francis Maude ] (1862-1951)
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One from 33 Brompton Crescent [ London ], on cancelled letterhead of Bolingbroke, Mostyn Road, Merton Park. 11 September [1891]. The other on letterhead of 33 Egerton Crescent, SW [ London ]. 9 September, [ no year ].

Both items in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. ONE: ALS of 11 September [1891]. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. With stamped envelope addressed to 'Mrs. Wead | Buckingham | Old Shoreham | Sussex', with postmark supplying year. She thanks her for 'the kind invitation Cyril brought me to stay with you on our return from Switzerland', but cannot accept, 'as I may at any time be called for rehearsals after next week & the intervening few days I really must spend at home.

[ Mrs Russell Barrington, English artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Emilie Isabel Barrington') [ to Fleetwood I. Edwards ], requesting that Queen Victoria donate a sketch by Lord Leighthon to a collection. With copy of Edwards's letter declinging.

Emilie Isabel Barrington (1844-1933) [ Mrs. Russell Barrington ], English artist [ Sir Fleetwood Isham Edwards (1842-1910), courtier; Frederick, Lord Leighton (1830-1896), artist ]
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Mrs Russell Barrington's letter: 4 Melbury Road, Kensington W. [ London ] 16 July 1897. Copy of Edwards's reply dated from Osborne [ Isle of Wight ], 5 August 1897.

ONE: Mrs Russell Barrington's letter. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly-aged.

The Defence of Guenevere and other Poems by William Morris. Illustrated by Jessie M. King.

William Morris and Jessie M. King [ Isabel Bonus ]
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London and New York: John Lane The Bodley Head. 1904.

8vo. 310pp. Red cloth, gilt extra, with ornate design to front board and spine. First edition with King's illustrations. A good copy of an extremely attractive book, in binding with light fading in parts, but gilt still bright, and with the merest wear at head of spine. Bookplate by Isabel Bonus for Annie C. Dolamore. Collated and complete. All of King's ninety-five illustrations are present, with twenty-four of them, including the frontispiece, on shiny art paper. A sumptuous item, produced at the high point of King's Art Nouveau period.

Autograph Signature ('Isabel Somerset') on piece of paper.

Lady Isabel Somerset [Lady Isabella Caroline Somerset; Lady Henry Somerset] (née Somers-Cocks) (1851-1921), Temperance activist and campaigner for women's rights
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Without date or place.

On irregularly shaped piece of paper, roughly 3 x 7 cm, cut around the signature and its double underlining. Good signature, with slight smudging to a couple of letters.

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