KNOX

[Collie Knox, the Daily Mail's 'star writer', bemoans his sacking from his £4000 a year job.] Typed Letter Signed ('Collie') with Autograph postscript, to Fleet Street editor Collin Brooks, discussing the circumstances of his dismissal.

Author: 
Collie Knox [Columb Thomas Knox] (1899-1977), popular BBC broadcaster and Daily Mail journalist [Collin Brooks (1893-1959), journalist and Fleet Street editor]
Publication details: 
Whin Cottage, Beechy Leees, Otford, near Sevenoaks, Kent. (On cancelled letterhead of the Daily Mail, London.) 23 January 1941.
£130.00

See Knox's obituary, Times, 4 May 1977 (which refers to 'some passages at arms' he had at the BBC with Sir John Reith). 3pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor staining from paperclip. An interesting glimpse into the world of Fleet Street 'big salaries' during the war period. He begins: 'My dear Collin Brooks, | A letter such as yours, from a man such as yourself for whom I have so strong a personal, and professional, regard comes as a gleam of blue in a darkish sky.' He proceeds to bemoan his sacking by the Daily Mail: 'Yes, it is a bad business.

[Punch history; C. L. Graves and Punch editor E. V. Knox.] Autograph Letter Signed from 'C L. G.' to 'Evoe', discussing in detail questions relating to his planned history of Punch, with long autograph 'Notes on your Memorandum'.

Author: 
C. L. Graves [Charles Larcom Graves (1856-1944), assistant-editor of Punch and the Spectator, uncle of poet Robert Graves [E. V. Knox [Edmund George Valpy Knox] (1881-1971, 'Evoe'), editor of Punch]
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of Kent Lodge, Westgate-on-Sea, Thanet. 30 May 1938. Memorandum undated.
£750.00

For information on Graves see his generous obituary in The Times, 18 April 1944. Both items in fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with minor staining from paperclip to first leaf of letter. The work was not published, and although Graves states in Item One that the greater part of the text is 'in the hands of my typist', there is no record of its survival, or of the thousand related documents he states were sent to him by M. H. Spielmann. ONE: ALS from 'C L. G.' to 'Dear Evoe'. 4pp., landscape 8vo.

[Jeanne de Casalis, film and stage actress, writes to 'Mr. Knot' (E. V. Knox) of 'Punch'.] Autograph Card in the third person, informing him when she will be doing a BBC radio broadcast of his 'Reparation'.

Author: 
Jeanne de Casalis [born Jeanne Casalis de Pury in Basutoland] (1897-1966), Anglo-French stage and screen actress [E. V. Knox [Edmund George Valpy Knox, pseud. 'Evoe'] (1881-1971), editor of Punch]
Publication details: 
On her letterhead, Hunger Hatch, Little Chart, Kent. Postmarked 28 June 1941.
£35.00

Card with stamp and postmark. Of the two addresses in her letterhead, she has deleted the London one (105 Hallam Street, W1). In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed to 'Secretary to | E. V. Knot [sic] Eq. | Offices of “Punch”'. The card reads: 'Miss de Casalis hopes to broadcast Mr. Knot's “Reparation” at the end of her turn on Friday 27th 9.35 to 10.15 (Forces programme) & again on Sunday to Forces abroad.'

[ 'Isa Craig', Scottish poet and women's rights activist. ] Autograph Signature ('Isa Craig') cut from letter to R. A. Arnold.

Author: 
'Isa Craig' [ Isabella Craig; Mrs. Isa Craig Knox ] (1831-1903), Scottish poet and women's rights activist
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£23.00

On 5.5 x 11.5 cm piece of paper, cut from the end of a letter. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, laid down on part of leaf from album. Reads: 'Yours faithfully | Isa Craig | R. A. Arnold Esq'.

[ Mary Knox, illustrator. ] Printed illustrated Christmas card 'from E. V. & Mary Knox.' With manuscript address and telephone number at foot.

Author: 
Mary Knox [née Mary Shepard] (1909-2002), illustrator; E. V. Knox [ Edmund George Valpy Knox ] (1881-1971), poet and satirist ('Evoe'), editor of Punch magazine, 1932-1949
Publication details: 
[London, 1930s or 1940s.]
£85.00

Printed in black on one side of a 12.5 x 16.5 cm piece of card. A charming image, framed within the drawn curtains of a theatre stage, showing four snowmen, dressed as toff in top hat, flat-capped figure with spade, lady with shawl and umbrella, and bowler-hatted figure with muffler and broom. At head of image 'A Merry Christmas', and at foot, 'from E. V. & Mary Knox'. In blue ink in border at foot of page: '110 Frognal. N.W.3.' and 'Hampstead 7330.' Mary Knox's father E. H. Shepard was the illustrator of the Winnie the Pooh books.

[Major-General Francis Gilbert Hamley.] Printed 'Testimonials in support of an application made by Captain Hamley, Army Pay Department, for the appointment of Colonial Secretary, Bermuda.

Author: 
Major-General Francis Gilbert Hamley (1851-1918), Army Pay Department [Lieut-Gen. T.L. Gallwey; Lieut-Col. De Pentheny O'Kelley, Sir Robert Laffan; Lieut-Col. W. F. Kerr, the Buffs, Dover; R. H. Knox]
Publication details: 
[London. 1889.]
£110.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with crease at one corner. In small type. Containing six testimonials, dating between 1883 and 1889, from: Lieut-Gen. T. L. Gallwey, Governor & Commander-in-Chief, Bermuda; Lieut-Col. De Pentheny O'Kelley, A.P.D.; Emma Laffan ('Lady Laffan, widow of the late Sir Robert Laffan, late Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Bermuda'); Lieut-Col. W. F. Kerr ('Commanding "The Buffs," Dover'); R. H. Knox ('the Financial Secretary'); H. W. Just, Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies. Note at end: 'MEMO.

[E. V. Knox, editor of Punch.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'E. V. Knox') to Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, the first concerning an 'American publisher', and the second a letter of condolence on the death of her husband Robert Lynd.

Author: 
E. V. Knox [Edmund George Valpy Knox; 'Evoe'] (1881-1971), English author and editor of Punch, 1932-1949 [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
ONE: On letterhead of 34 Well Walk, Hampstead; 1 Nov. 1926. TWO: On letterhead of 110 Frognal; 7 Oct. 1949.
£120.00

Both items are 2pp. 12mo, on bifoliums. Both in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE: 'I was so sorry I couldn't come this afternoon - especially if he was a simple kind of American publisher. Owing to a rash fit of indulgence in Church going I had to have tea elsewhere'. TWO: Letter of condolence on the death of Robert Lynd.

[Isabella Knox (Mrs. Craig-Knox), Scottish poet ('Isa') and women's rights campaigner.] Autograph Signature on part of letter.

Author: 
Isabella Knox [née Craig] [ Isa Craig ; Mrs. Craig-Knox] (1831-1903), poet under the pseudonym 'Isa', and campaigner for women's rights,
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£25.00

On one side of the lower part of a leaf, measuring 10 x 12.5 cm. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper. Reads: '[...] have much pleasure in seeing you on Thursday Evening | Yours Very Truly | Isa Craig'.

[Two printed pamphlets.] 'The Watt Club. Instituted 1854. Address by Thomas Knox, Esq., J.P., As President of the Watt Club, in proposing "The Memory of Watt,"' AND 'Address to the Watt Institute and School of Arts'

Author: 
Thomas Knox, Esq., J.P., President of the Watt Club; W. B. Hodgson, Esq., LL.D., Professor of Commercial and Political Economy, &c., in the University of Edinburgh [James Watt; Heriot-Watt University]
Publication details: 
ONE: 'At the Annual Dinner of the Club, held on Saturday Evening, 19th January, 1878'. [J. & T. L. Allan, Printers, 15 Grassmarket, Edinburgh.] TWO: 'At the Closing of the Ffifty-Eighth Winter Session, April 1879'. [Edinburgh: William Green, 1879.]
£220.00

Both items are scarce, with the only copies on COPAC (other than 'electronic resources') at the National Library of Scotland. ONE: 'The Watt Club. Instituted 1854. Address by Thomas Knox, Esq., J.P., As President of the Watt Club, in proposing "The Memory of Watt,"' at the Annual Dinner of the Club, held on Saturday Evening, 19th January, 1878. Reprinted by the Club from Public Reports for Distribution among the Students.' 8pp., 12mo. In grey printed wraps. Stitched. Disbound. In good condition, on aged paper, with central vertical fold line.

Autograph Letter Signed ('H. K. F. Gatty') to 'Mrs. Wakefield'.

Author: 
Horatia Katharine Frances Eden (née Gatty) (born 1846), sister and biographer of Mrs Juliana Horatia Ewing
Publication details: 
Ecclesfield, Sheffield; 22 March [year not stated].
£60.00

Four pages, 12mo. Mourning border. Aged and spotted, with remains of three mounts adhering to one edge. She is enclosing a note from 'Miss Yonge', and 'one from Miss Roberts [Margaret Roberts] who wrote "Madlle Mori", "In the Olden Time", "The Atelier du Lys" &c. She refers to Miss Yonges mother in her note'. She is also sending a note 'from Mr. Dodgson too. Who is "Lewis Caroll'. (Alice in Wonderland) - & one from Isa Craig - now Mrs. Knox.

Autograph Note Signed ('Isa . Craig . Knox') to her publisher Alexander Macmillan (1818-1896).

Author: 
Isa Craig Knox (1831-1903), Victorian women's rights activist, social reformer, poet, novelist and journalsit [Alexander Macmillan, publisher]
Publication details: 
9 November [no year]; 14 Clyde Terrace, Brockley Road, New Cross [London].
£36.00

12mo: 1 p. Good. Since he 'liked the last little thing' she sent for his magazine, she ventures to think that he may approve of the piece she encloses (not present).

Autograph Letter Signed to [Charles Philip Yorke, 4th Earl of] Hardwicke

Author: 
James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Abercorn
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£56.00

Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1811-85). Two pages, octavo. Good, on slightly discoloured paper, with some staining to corners from previous mounting. An amusing example of its type, casting a glimmer of light on the Abercorn papers now in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. 'My dear Hardwicke | This is to introduce George Knox to you, who is this moment summon'd from the Priory to Dublin to resist very active & insidious machinations against his next Election to the College. | I recommend him to you as a perfectly amiable & kind hearted Man.

BABYLON BRUIS'D AND MOUNT MORIAH MENDED; being a compendiouse & authentick Narracioun of ye Proceedinges of ye WILLIAM DOWSING SOCIETIE

Author: 
F[rederick]. Brittain & Bern[ar]d [Lord] Manning, Fellows of Jesus College, Cambridge
Publication details: 
CAMBRIDGE: printed & publish'd by Will. Heffer & Sons, & are to be hadde of divers booksellers. 1940. Price six-pence.
£45.00

While Dowsing was a sixteenth-century Puritan iconoclast who kept a journal of his various depredations, this 'account of a similar visitation at some later date' which the editors claim 'has recently come into our hands', would appear to be a spoof, a suspicion perhaps strengthened by the dedication (p.3) to Ronald Knox's brother Wilfred Laurence Knox. In printed green wraps. With pseudo-sixteenth-century title and with the long s used throughout: both features being signal warnings against similar attempts at such whimsy. 12 pages, 8vo.

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