LITERATURE

[Charles Harold Herford, literary scholar, editor of Ben Jonson, professor in Wales and in Manchester.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'C H Herford') to 'Armstrong', regarding an 'indiscretion' and 'more timid & more cruel' proposals.

Author: 
C. H. Herford [Charles Harold Herford] (1853-1931), Manchester-born literary scholar, editor of Ben Jonson with Percy and Evelyn Simpson, professor in Wales and Manchester
Publication details: 
25 and 26 September 1914. Each on letterhead of 5 Parkfield Road, Didsbury, Manchester.
£35.00

Both in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: 2pp, 12mo. He 'must bear the entire blame' for 'an indiscretion', and is 'exceedingly sorry'. 'Nothing was said between us in regard to the giving or withholding of addresses, & I had not at that time considered the point.

[William Black; Shakespeare's daughter] Part of Autograph Manuscript Draft of his novel 'Judith Shakespeare, A Romance' (concerning William Shakespeare's daughter). With emendations, and variations from published version.

Author: 
William Black (1841-1898), Scottish novelist and journalist [William Shakespeare and his daughter Judith]
Publication details: 
Without date or place, but part of the manuscript of a book published in London in 1884.
£450.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded twice. 68 lines of text, written in a minute, neat hand. Folded twice. Black has numbered the page at top right '206'. The text begins: '[...] seemly and maidenly thing [...]', and ends 'she seemed to know beforehand what he had to say.' Black's entry in the Oxford DNB describes his 1884 novel 'Judith Shakespeare: A Romance' (published in America with the subtitle 'Her Love Affairs and Other Adventures') as 'a romance about the dramatist's daughter'.

[J. B. Priestley, popular English novelist.] Typed Letter Signed ('Jack') to 'B. J.', i.e. Maire Lynd, regarding her parents Robert and Sylvia Lynd, and her son.

Author: 
J. B. Priestley [John Boynton Priestley] (1894-1984), novelist, playwright and broadcaster [Maire Lynd ('B. J.'), daughter of Irish essayist Robert Lynd and his wife the poet Sylvia Lynd]
Publication details: 
16 June 1976. On his letterhead, Kissing Tree House, Alveston, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire.
£45.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Folded once. The salutation 'Dear B. J.' and valediction 'Yours | Jack' are in Priestley's autograph; the rest is typed. Maire Lynd's letter was 'a delight surprise', Priestley being unaware that her son was 'in the film business'.

[William Black, Scottish novelist and journalist.] Autograph Note Signed to 'Williams', enquiring about his Christmas movements.

Author: 
William Black (1841-1898), Scottish novelist and journalist
Publication details: 
18 December [no year]. On letterhead of Paston House, Paston Place, Brighton.
£25.00

1p, 12mo. On aged and creased paper. Folded twice. Written in purple ink. Firm signature, underlined with diagonal downstroke. Reads: 'Decr. 18 | My dear Williams, | What are you doing this Christmas? Will you come down here? | Your always | William Black'. The reverse carries pencil notes of Italian and French musical compositions in another hand.

[ James Kirkup in Japan ] Printed Business Card with Autograph Note Signed "James Kirkup" to unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
James Kirkup [1918–2009), born James Harold Kirkup, poet, translator and travel writer
Kirkup
Publication details: 
[Nagoya, Japan] 26 Feb. 1970.
£60.00
Kirkup

Busieness Card, 9 x 6cm, rounded corners, sl. battered but text clear. Printed detail includes name, James Kirkup, and celebrate his membership of the RSL, his professorship at the UNiversity of Nagoya, and Visiting Professorship at the Japan Women's University. The text (see image) is as follows: Many thanks for the books and your beautiful bill | James Kirkup". "AB [?], the recipient presumably has written the date 3 Dec. 1970 with these initial. The verso of the card has Kirkup's printed details (presumably) in Japanese.

[Jules Lacroix, French poet and translator.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jules Lacroix'), in French, presenting his translation of Juvenal to 'Monsieur le Ministre' [François Guizot], whose 'magnifiques ouvrages' he praises.

Author: 
Jules Lacroix (1809-1887), French poet, translator, librettist and playwright [François Guizot [François Pierre Guillaume Guizot], French historian and statesman, Prime Minister of France]
Publication details: 
8 September 1846. 52 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière [Paris].
£180.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, with stub from mount adhering to one edge. Folded twice. From the celebrated manuscript collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton). The government minister addressed in the letter is not named, but is clearly the historian François Guizot, who was Prime Minister of France, 1847-1848.

[National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.] Five items: Programme ('A Short Account of the Library and the Scheme of Buildings') on George V laying foundation stone; invitation card; admission tickets; pamphlet 'A Description of the Permanent Building'

Author: 
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth; William Saunders of Llandrundod Wells
Publication details: 
[National Library of Wales.] Aberystwyth: 1911 and 1914.
£220.00

A nice selection of ephemeral material connected with the foundation of one of Britain's six Legal Deposit libraries. The collection in good overall condition, lightly aged and worn (but see description of Item One). The first two items end with signatures in type of: John Williams, President; J. Herbert Lewis, Vice-President; Henry Owen, Treasurer; Evan Davies Jones, Chairman of Building Committee; John Ballinger, Librarian.

['Mark Twain' (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), great American writer.] Envelope addressed to 'S. L. Clement, Esqr. | "Mark Twain"', at 'Buckenham Hall', and forwarded to 88 Brook Street, with annotations and eight postmarks.

Author: 
'Mark Twain', pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), great American writer, creator of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, described by William Faulkner as 'the father of American literature'
Twain
Publication details: 
Sent from Belfast to Brandon in Norfolk, and then on to London. November 1887.
£90.00
Twain

8.5 x 14 envelope. In fair condition, aged and creased. Torn open, with slight loss to flap. A nice Mark Twain artefact, and something of a puzzle, as he does not appear to have been in England at the time. There does not appear to be any connection between Twain and William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst (1835-1909), 1st Baron Amherst of Hackney, whose London address was 88 Brook Street, Grosvenor Square.

[Felicia Hemans, poet.] Autograph Poem, with corrections, titled 'The Cross of the South.'

Author: 
Felicia Hemans [Felicia Dorothea Hemans] (1793-1835), Anglo-Irish Romantic poet, born in Liverpool [William Jerdan, editor of the Literary Gazette]
Publication details: 
No date of place. On paper with watermarked date 1820. [Poem published in the Literary Gazette, London, 23 June 1821.]
£600.00

3pp, 4to. Bifolium. On wove paper with Whatman watermark dated 1820. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight loss of paper at one corner of second leaf, resulting in loss of one word of text. Folded twice. From the papers of William Jerdan, editor of the Literary Gazette, who published the poem with one other ('In the Ivy'), in the edition of 23 June 1821, giving the identity of the author given in a footnote: 'We have to thank the elegant pen of MRS. HEMANS, for these two exquisite poems. Ed.' Heman's manuscript is endorsed by Jerdan: 'Poetry origl | 231 | W J | Mrs. Hemans'.

[Reginald Heber, Bishop of Calcutta, poet and hymn writer.] Autograph Fair Copy of his poem 'The Moon in silent brightness | Rides o'er the Mountain brow'.

Author: 
Reginald Heber (1783-1826), Anglican Bishop of Calcutta, poet and hymn writer
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£220.00

From the celebrated autograph collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton). 1p, 8vo. In very good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse. Folded once. A fair copy (with long s), possibly made for an autograph collector. A twenty-four line poem, in three eight-line stanzas, beginning: 'The Moon in silent brightness | Rides o'er the Mountain brow; | The Mist, in fleecy whiteness | Has clad the vale below;'.

[Stanley J. Weyman, novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Stanley J. Weyman') to 'Mr. Balfour', regarding an article he is writing for him, with relation to 'the Church' and 'Seaman'.

Author: 
Stanley J. Weyman [Stanley John Weyman] (1855-1928), popular novelist of historical romance
Publication details: 
22 November 1923. On letterhead of Plâs Llanrhydd, Ruthin, N. Wales.
£45.00

Weyman is largely forgotten now, but he was admired by Robert Louis Stevenson and Oscar Wilde, and Graham Greene singled him out for regular re-reading among the authors of 'the key books in my life'. 1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged, with pin holes to one corner. Folded twice. He is 'relieved' that Balfour thinks 'it will do. Yes, if you will kindly send it me I will look it over again & get it typed.' He has 'not seen the Church for some years', and will be grateful if Balfour will note any inaccuracy. He supposes that if the work is received within a fortnight 'it will do'.

[William Hurrell Mallock, novelist and economist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. H. Mallock.') to 'L[ad]y Virginia', praising her novel, which he 'did not willingly put [...] down for an instant'.

Author: 
W. H. Mallock [William Hurrell Mallock] (1849-1923), novelist and conservative economist
Publication details: 
7 May 1887. On letterhead of Bornhill, Bramford Speke, Exeter.
£45.00

2pp, 12mo. On grey paper with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. The indentity of the recipient is unclear. The letter begins: 'Dear Ly Virginia | The other day I bought your novel, & the first comfortable leisure moment I had, I began to read it.

[Lord Lytton (Edward Bulwer Lytton), Victorian novelist and friend of Dickens.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E B L') to Lady Ann Cullum, regarding arrangements with his solicitor regarding a 'Deed'.

Author: 
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord Lytton [Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton] (1803-1873), English author and politician, friend of Charles Dickens [Lady Ann Cullum of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
12 May 1855; Park Lane [London], on letterhead of the House of Commons.
£75.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded twice. Written in his usual difficult hand. He begins by stating that her note was forwarded to him from Knebworth. The letter continues: 'I had previously requested my Sol[icito]r.

[Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate.] Conclusion of an Autograph Letter by him, with Signature ('A Tennyson'); bearing Autograph Note Signed ('E T.') by her.

Author: 
Alfred, Lord Tennyson [Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson] (1809-1892), Poet Laureate [his wife Emily Sarah Tennyson, Lady Tennyson [née Sellwood] (1813-1896)]
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£400.00

From the collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton). 6 x 11 cm rectangle of paper, cut from the conclusion of a letter with a mourning border. Laid down on a white piece of card. In fair condition, aged and spotted. Milnes was a friend of the Tennysons, and he has evidently cut this piece out so as to have both autographs together in his collection. Tennyson concludes the letter: '[...] If one could but get a pair of shoes made in this Godforsaken parish! | Yours ever | A Tennyson'.

[ Charlotte M. Yonge, Victorian novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C M Yonge') to 'Miss Sewell' [Elizabeth Missing Sewell?] regarding books, reviews and Hookham's Lending Library.

Author: 
Charlotte M. Yonge [ Charlotte Mary Yonge; C. M. Yonge ] (1823-1901), English novelist associated with the Oxford Movement
Publication details: 
28 August [no year]. On letterhead of Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
£120.00

4pp, 16mo. Bifolium of grey paper, with letterhead printed in red. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded three times. The recipient is undoubtedly Elizabeth Missing Sewell or a member of her family, and the letter begins: 'My dear Miss Sewell, | I wish you could have accomplished giving us a day, hoping you might have found me in more lively and sensible trim than when you were here, when I had a headache just enough to make me stupid.' She is going to post her Roscoe's 'William I', which she got 'from the L[ending] Library'.

['Edna Lyall' [Ada Ellen Bayly), novelist and feminist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ellie Bayly') to her 'Aunt Agnes', regarding the publication of her novel 'Knight Errant', family birthdays, and her father's seal.

Author: 
'Edna Lyall', pen-name of Ada Ellen Bayly (1857-1903), novelist and feminist
Publication details: 
27 February 1887. On letterhead of 6 College Road, Eastbourne.
£45.00

3pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Begins: 'My dearest Aunt Agnes | Thank you very much indeed for your last letter. I send with this the announcement of my new book "Knight Errant", & if it would not trouble you to pass on the cards to any likely readers I should be very grateful.' She gives news of her children Amy and Maurice, and is enclosing 'a list of all the children of the family & their birthdays' (not present).

[Lady Rosina Bulwer Lytton, Anglo-Irish writer.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Rosina Lytton Bulwer') to 'Lady Cullum' of Hardwick House, one inviting her to stay with 'stupid me' and her 'Sposo', the other thanking her for her 'kind attention'

Author: 
Lady Rosina Bulwer Lytton [née Rosina Doyle Wheeler] (1802-1882), Anglo-Irish writer, wife of novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton [Lord Lytton] (1803-1873) [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
The first letter from Berrymead Priory, Acton, on 28 February 1836; the second on 'Saturday Morning', but without date or place.
£220.00

Lady Bulwer Lytton is now best-known for her mistreatment at the hands of her husband (see their entries in the Oxford DNB). Both letters are in good condition, lightly aged and worn, the first carrying traces of mount and with slight damage at one corner. ONE: 28 February 1836. 4pp, 16mo. She is delighted to hear of Lady Cullum's return to England.

[Maria Edgeworth, Anglo-Irish author, pioneer in field of children's literature.] Autograph Signature ('Maria Edgeworth') and address. With envelope addressed by her to Robert Spencer of North Shields, and engraving of Edgeworthstown.

Author: 
Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), Anglo-Irish author, a pioneering writer of children's literature, blue stocking whose correspondents included Sir Walter Scott and David Ricardo [Robert Spencer of North S
Publication details: 
'Maria Edgeworth | Edgeworths Town | June 25th. 1848'.
£80.00

1p, 12mo. On leaf with mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Simply reads: 'Maria Edgeworth | Edgeworths Town | June 25th. 1848'. Envelope, with thin mourning border, and penny red stamp, with two postmarks, addressed by Edgeworth: 'Robert Spencer Esqre. | North Shields | England'. With thin slip of paper, a newspaper cutting of a notice of the 'Death of Maria Edgeworth', which occurred a little over a year after the writing of the present item. Also a 6.5 x 11 cm newspaper cutting, an engraving captioned: 'Edgeworthstown, the residence of the late Miss Edgeworth'.

[Thomas Humphry Ward, author and journalist.] Autograph Card Signed ('Humphry Ward') to unnamed recipient, suggesting arrangements for an inspection of a portrait of 'H. [Sandwith?]'.

Author: 
Humphry Ward [Thomas Humphry Ward] (1845-1926), author and journalist, husband of Mary Augusta Ward [née Arnold], who wrote under the name Mrs. Humphry Ward
Publication details: 
9 June 1910. Letterhead of 25 Grosvenor Square, S.W. [London]
£35.00

On both sides of the card. In good condition, lightly aged. The recipient is not named. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I should like to see the [Sandwith?] portrait, & will take an early opportunity of calling at the Club. Perhaps, in case you are not there, you will kindly instruct the poert to shew it me when I call. The signature looks like H. [Sandwiths?] writing – but he certainly wore moustache & whiskers from 1850 onwards.'

[Ethel Mannin, novelist and travel writer.] Five Typed Cards Signed and one Autograph Card Signed to Frederick Staerck, discussing her thoughts on 'decadence', civilisation, cultivating her garden, and the loss of the creative urge.

Author: 
Ethel Mannin [Ethel Edith Mannin] (1900-1984), novelist and travel writer, Bohemian and socialist
Publication details: 
Between 2 April 1973 and 30 December 1978. One from 'Miss E. Mannin, Overhill, Brook Lane, Shaldon, Teignmouth, Devon'. Two others 'From E. M.'
£350.00

Six long cards, full of interesting content, including surprising thoughts on the 'decadence' of the world, her desire to 'cultivate [her] garden' both in a literal and Voltairean sense, and the fact that the creative urge has left her. All six are signed 'Ethel Mannin'. The penultimate card is in autograph, the others typewritten. Four addressed to Staerck at Maidenhead, two to him on the Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland. The collection is in good overall condition: the first has a smudged autograph note up one margin.

[Anne Thackeray [latterly Lady Ritchie], daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Lady Cullam' [sic, for Lady Ann Cullum] explaining for him that they cannot visit as her father is 'prostrate with one of his bad attacks'.

Author: 
Anne Thackeray [latterly Anne Isabella, Lady Ritchie; Anne Thackeray Ritchie] (1837-1919], author and eldest daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray [Lady Ann Cullum of Hardwick Hall]
Publication details: 
'Friday' [no date, but between 1854 and 1862]. On embossed letterhead of 36 Onslow Square, S.W. [London]
£180.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium of grey paper. Good firm and elegant signature: 'Anne Thackeray'. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces from two labels from mount adhering at head of second leaf. Folded twice. The recipient is Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875) of Hardwick House, widow of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855), 8th Baronet of Hardwick. She was a regular correspondent of Thackeray's, eight of whose letters were in the same album.

[Lewis Carroll, author of 'Alice in Wonderland'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. L. Dodgson'), explaining 'the law, as regards dramatic performances' to an individual who wishes to stage one of his works.

Author: 
Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898)], author of 'Alice in Wonderland'
Publication details: 
'Ch. Ch. [i.e. Christ Church College] Oxford | Dec. 31 (91' [1891].
£2,650.00

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of mount adhering to the reverse of the blank second leaf. Good firm signature. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir, | I am neither the author, nor owner of copyright, of any plays. If you wish to dramatise any book for yourself, you have full right to do so. Also, if you wish to perform, in public, any play, you have full right to do so, so long as you do not charge for admission.

[Anthony Trollope, Victorian novelist, to Octavian Blewitt.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. T.'), asking 'Mr Blewitt' [Octavian Blewitt] to omit a reference to the 'failure' of Charles Dickens ('privately my friend') and Lord Lytton in an article.

Author: 
Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), Victorian novelist, author of 'The Chronicles of Barsetshire' [Octavian Blewitt (1810-1884), Secretary of the Royal Literary Fund; Charles Dickens; Bulwer Lytton]
Publication details: 
25 February 1870. On letterhead of Waltham House, Waltham Cross.
£3,000.00

The letter contains an undertaking by Trollope to publish a piece by Blewitt, but the Wellesley Index has no record of a piece by Blewitt being published at this time in the St Paul's, of which Trollope was editor. The nature of the 'failure' of Dickens (who would be dead within months) and Lytton, is unclear, but it may concern the provision for impoverished authors.

[Christopher Fry: 'The Dark is Light Enough', Corrected Proofs.] Revise Proofs of the first edition of 'The Dark is Light Enough' (Oxford University Press), with Autograph Emendations.

Author: 
Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright [Oxford University Press]
Publication details: 
[London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1954.] Red ink stamp at foot of first page: '15 APR 1954 | REVISE'.
£650.00

103pp, 8vo. Revises of the text of the play (and not the prelims) in unbound signatures. In fair condition, lightly aged. Red ink stamp at foot of pp.1 and 40: '15 APR 1954 | REVISE'. Numerous autograph emendations, nearly all minor and relating to accidentals, but with five verbal changes, of which the following two are the most significant. Printed on p.9: 'KASSEL. Well, Bella, does she seem to be in trouble? | BELLA. She says the only trouble is us who trouble ourselves.' amended in autograph to 'KASSEL. Well, Bella, where has she been/ | BELLA.

[Mrs Barbauld [Anna Laetitia Barbauld, née Aikin], poet, essayist and children's author.] Autograph Note in the third person, flattering 'Miss Sharpe' while inviting her for tea.

Author: 
Mrs Barbauld [Anna Laetitia Barbauld, née Aikin] (1743-1825), poet, essayist and children's author [Mary Sharpe, friend of Mrs Elizabeth Carter]
Publication details: 
'Thursday | morn'. No date or place.
£35.00

1p, landscape 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with 'diamond' folding. Reads: 'If it suits Miss Sharpe to fulfill her kind intentions by drinking tea with Mr Barbauld this afternoon, Mrs B – will feel herself, as she always does when she gives her her company, much obliged to her -'. Addressed on reverse to 'Miss Sharpe'. The recipient is presumably Mary Sharpe, friend and travelling companion of Mrs Elizabeth Carter (1707-1806).

[John Cowper Powys to his 'Jewish Book-Pedlar'.] Nine envelopes, all addressed in autograph by Powys to 'G. L. Lewin Esq' of 41 Great Russell Street, London, eight with Powys's signature and address on reverse.NO LETTERS PRESENT.

Author: 
John Cowper Powys (1872-1963), novelist and poet [George Lionel Lewin (1890-1970), 'Jewish Book-Pedlar' of Great Russell Street, London]
Publication details: 
Between 1945 and 1959. All from Merioneth, North Wales (the first four from Corwen and the last five from Blaenau Ffestiniog).
£220.00

Evocative artefacts of the interesting connection between Powys and the man who supplied him with the books for his translation of Rabelais. On 24 September 1940, in 'Letters to Sea-Eagle', Powys gives a lengthy account of 'Our Jew Book-Pedlar' and the bombing by the Germans of his Russell Street address.

[Laurence Binyon, poet.] Two items: Autograph Letter Signed ('Laurence Binyon.') to Lady Keeble, i.e. the actress Lillah McCarthy, with copy of playbill for his 'The Young King', performed at John Masefield's 'Music Room, Boars Head'.

Author: 
Laurence Binyon [Robert Laurence Binyon] (1869-1943), poet, British Museum Keeper of Prints and Drawings [Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble] (1875-1960), actress; John Masefield, Poet Laureate]
Publication details: 
20 November 1924; on embossed British Museum letterhead.
£180.00

ONE: Letter. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins, with reference to the play for which Item Two is the handbill: 'Dear Lady Keeble, | Will you accept this little book – my latest poem – as a souvenir of last Thursday and as a token of gratitude for your beautiful speaking of my lines?' He hopes she is 'better', and thinks that 'it is sad to think that you are missing your engagements'. Postscript: 'The shirt arrived safe. Thanks so much.' The 'little book' referred to by Binyon is presumably 'The Sirens: an Ode', published in 1924 in Chelsfield by the Stanton Press.

[Charles Mackay, Scottish poet, journalist and author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Chas Mackay') to Rev. G. Bainton, granting permission to publish a letter.

Author: 
Charles Mackay (1814-1889), Scottish poet, journalist, and author of 'Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds' [Rev. George Bainton (1847-1925)]
Publication details: 
12 October 1887; 47 Longridge Road, South Kensington [London].
£45.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight nick at gutter of bifolium. Addressed 'To | Revd G Bainton.' Reads: 'Dear Sir | You are quite at liberty to publish my letter. - If it finds its way into the papers, I should be obliged if you would kindly forward me a copy. | Ever yours truly | Chas Mackay'.

[Charles Nodier, French Romantic supernatural author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles Nodier'), in French, explaining to an unnamed count that his friend and protégé 'M. Leharivel' is not eligible for membership of the Academie Française.

Author: 
Charles Nodier [Jean Charles Emmanuel Nodier] (1780-1844), French Romantic author of fantastic and supernatural tales, Librarian of Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, Member of the Académie Française
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£450.00

1p, 12mo. Seventeen lines of closely written text. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, laid down on a leaf from an album. The recipient is not named, but is addressed as 'Monsieur le Comte'. The letter concerns the count's 'ami et protégé' 'M. Leharivel' [author of 'Grammaire Francaise Pasigraphique, Simplifiee Et Regularisee, Pour Servir de Base Fondamentale; Et Anecdotes, Et Contes Historiques (1839) ].

[Sir John Betjeman, Poet Laureate.] Printed 'Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Work of Sir John Betjeman CBE'.]

Author: 
Sir John Betjeman (1906-1984), Poet Laureate and popular broadcaster and public figure
Publication details: 
Printed by Barnard & Westwood Ltd, London. Service at Westminster Abbey, 'St Peter's Day | Friday 29 June 1984 | 11.30 a.m.'
£100.00

14 + [1]pp, 8vo. Stapled eight-leaf pamphlet. Publishers' slug on reverse of final leaf. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Scarce: no copy at the British Library, and the only copy located on OCLC WorldCat at Princeton. A pleasing memento of a grand affair, attended by a host of dignitaries, including Princess Margaret, the Prince of Wales (who read the first lesson) and Betjeman's publisher John Murray (who read the second lesson).

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