LARKIN

[Philip Larkin, poet.] Typed Letter Signed ('P. A. Larkin') to Michael Dawson, offering to bear in mind his invitation to produce a poem for the Ilkley Festival.

Author: 
Philip Larkin [Philip Arthur Larkin] (1922-1985), English poet associated with 'The Movement', novelist and librarian at the University of Hull [Michael Dawson and the Ilkley Festival]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead as Librarian, The University of Hull. 13 September 1972.
£250.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. He begins by thanking him for his letter 'about the possibility of a poem in connection with your Ilkley Festival next Easter'. He doubts whether, even if he promised to do so, he would be 'able to produce anything', but asks to be informed of the deadline, so that he can 'keep the suggestion in mind in case any idea turns up that could be bent to your purpose'.

Printed pamphlet: 'A Vindication of the Catholic Religion; in Reply to the Speech of Captain Gordon, delivered in Brunswich Place Chapel, March 2, 1831.

Author: 
[ Charles Larkin ] [ E. Mackenzie, Jun., Printer, Newcastle upon Tyne; Captain James Edward Gordon, Secretary, The British Reformation Society ]
Publication details: 
Newcastle upon Tyne: Printed and published by E. Mackenzie, Jun. 129, Pilgrim Street. 1831.
£180.00

59 + [1]pp., 8vo. Stitched and disbound. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The author is not named on the title-page, but the text ends, p.59, with the signature in type of 'CHARLES LARKIN.' The final page carries a list of 'Errata'.

[ Henry Larkin. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed, advising the engraver F. Chapman how to receive payment for a woodcut for Carlyle's 'Frederick the Great' from the publishers Chapman and Hall.

Author: 
Henry Larkin (1820-1899), friend and biographer of Thomas Carlyle [ Frederick Chapman of Chapman and Hall, London publishers ]
Publication details: 
Both items from 6 Farriano Cottages, Leighton Road, NW. [ London. ] 23 January and 1 February 1865.
£180.00

Both letters are 3pp., 12mo, and both bifoliums. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. An interesting couple of letters, with Larkin advising the engraver on how to extract payment from the publishers, while stressing in both letters that he does not wish his own name mentioned. The first letter begins: 'The Printer has had the Woodcut and printed it, so you can go ahead!

Four Typed Letters Signed and two Autograph Cards Signed from the Hampstead poet Frederick Grubb (one in full, four 'Fredk G' and one 'Comrade G') to the critic Derek Stanford, including a virulent attack, and with two other items signed by Grubb.

Author: 
Fred Grubb [Frederick Grubb] (born 1930), English poet [Derek Stanford (1918-2008), English writer; 1960s Hampstead coterie]
Fred Grubb [Frederick Grubb] (born 1930), English poet
Publication details: 
1973 and 1974; most from 243 Haverstock Hill, Hampstead.
£320.00
Fred Grubb [Frederick Grubb] (born 1930), English poet

All items clear and complete, on aged paper. Letters totaling: 4to, 1 p; landscape 8vo, 5 pp. The two cards carry long messages, written in red ink in Grubb's close, neat hand; one is standard size, the other 27 x 13.5 cm. Five envelopes are stapled to their letters. Grubb ('one of the last survivors of the famous 1960s Hampstead coterie of writers, actors and critics') writes entertainingly in an emphatic, energetic manner marvellously evocative of the 1970s London literary scene.

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