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[ Sylvia Lynd, Irish Nationalist poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. L.'), presumably a copy of not sent, to the humorist E. C. Bentley ('Mr. Bentley')

Author: 
Sylvia Lynd [ née Dryhurst ] (1888-1952), poet and Irish Nationalist, wife of journalist and essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949) [ E. C. Bentley [ Edmund Clerihew Bentley ] (1875-1956), author ]
Publication details: 
14 Devonshire Hill, Hampstead. 19 June 1913.
£200.00

4pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. A magnificently impassioned letter, written to a family friend, a colleague of her husband's on the Daily News. The letter begins in stirring style: 'I propose to sulk till Home Rule is passed. I have set my heart on that Bill. It isn't a particularly good Bill, but it is called "Home Rule" & I would put my right - no - at any rate my left hand into a fire to see that catch-cry cleared out of the world forever. It is the only thing that will cure the Unionists of their cowardice.

[ Pauline Niven, wife of novelist Frederick Niven. ] Autograph Letter Signed to the poet Sylvia Lynd, discussing her husband's ill health, his work and other matters.

Author: 
Pauline Niven [ born Mary Pauline Thorne-Quelch (d.1968) ], wife of the Scots-Canadian novelist Frederick Niven [ Frederick John Niven ] (1878-1944) [ Sylvia Lynd [ née Dryhurst ] (1888-1952), poet ]
Publication details: 
202B Victoria Street, Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. 23 September 1943.
£200.00

8pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An interesting letter, written four months before the death of her husband. She begins: 'Dearest Sylvia - | I meant to write to you last month because I am one of those tiresome people who remember anniversaries & it was in August that you both came down to the Windermere to see us.

[ Robert Lynd, Irish Nationalist journalist and essayist. ] Autograph draft of a letter 'To the Editor of "Irish Freedom"', regarding 'Nationalism & Assassination', and attacking Savarkar, annotated by his daughter Maire Gaister.

Author: 
Robert Lynd [ Robert Wilson Lynd ] (1879-1949), journalist, essayist and Irish Nationalist [ Maire Gaister; Swatantryaveer Savarkar [ Vinayak Damodar Savarkar ] (1883-1966), Indian nationalist ]
Publication details: 
Undated. On cancelled letterheads of 3 Hampstead Mansions, Heath Street, N.W [ Circa 1909 or 1910. ]
£150.00

3pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on three leaves of aged paper. Docketted on third leaf by Maire Gaister: 'I don't know if Robert Lynd ever sent a copy of this letter to Irish Freedom or if they printed it.

[ Robert Lynd, Irish journalist and essayist. ] Copy of Typed Letter to the Editor of 'Now and Then' protesting against an article by Jonathan Cape criticising the 'Daily News' literary page, of which he is editor. With copy covering letter to Cape.

Author: 
Robert Lynd [ Robert Wilson Lynd ] (1879-1949), journalist, essayist and Irish Nationalist, literary editor of the 'Daily News' [ Herbert Jonathan Cape (1879-1960), London publisher ]
Publication details: 
Both letters dated 21 November 1924.
£100.00

The two items in fair condition, on aged and spotted paper with slight damage to one corner and minor water staining. ONE: Copy of Typed Letter to 'Jonathan Cape Esq., | 11, Gower Street, | LONDON, W.C.1.' 1p., folio. He begins: 'Dear Cape, | When you told me at the Devonshire Club that you were going to criticise the "Daily News" Literary page, I was charmed, as I always welcome attacks within reason.

[ Sylvia Lynd, poet and Irish Nationalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sylvia Dryhurst'), probably to her cousin Georgie Maquay, reporting on the meeting for the 'amalgamation of the National Council & Sinn Fein League' and announcing her engagement.

Author: 
Sylvia Lynd [ née Dryhurst ] (1888-1952), poet and Irish Nationalist, wife of journalist and essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949) [ Sinn Fein ]
Publication details: 
11 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London, N.W. 30 December 1912.
£150.00

4pp., 4to. In fair condition, on browned and brittle paper, with chipping and one closed tear repaired with archival tape. Manuscript note at head of first page, in the hand of her daughter Maire Gaister, identifying the probable recipient as Georgie Maquay, son of Florence Dryhurst's sister ' (so understandably in South America to escape her)'. The letter's salutation and valediction are in Gaelic.?>

[ Robert Lynd, Irish Nationalist journalist. ] Copy of Typed Letter 'To the Editor of the "Irish Times.", regarding the state of 'the campaign against partition' following 'the Northern Ireland election'

Author: 
Robert Lynd [ Robert Wilson Lynd ] (1879-1949), journalist, essayist and Irish Nationalist
Publication details: 
5 Keats Grove, Hampstead, N.W.3. [ London ] Undated [ 1945 or 1949 ].
£250.00

6pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged paper with worn edges. It is not known whether the letter was sent or published. The Lynds settled at their celebrated London address of 5 Keats Grove (where James Joyce had his wedding reception) in 1924, but the letter was clearly written after the Second World War: 'Now that the Northern Ireland election is over, it may be worth considering whether the campaign against partition, if continued on its present lines, is likely to be effective in achieving its end.

[Wilfred Meynell (1852-1948), newspaper publisher and editor.] Autograph Letter Signed to Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, thanking her for a review of his 'Memoirs', and urging her and her family to visit him in Sussex.

Author: 
Wilfred Meynell ['John Oldcastle'] (1852-1948), newspaper publisher and editor [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Greatham, Pulborough, Sussex. 'Friday' [no date],
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks her 'for the Daily News review. Such touching appreciation, and from you, repays us for the anxiety attending the publication of the Memoir [...] This part of Sussex seems very forsaken since you & your husband left it. If you are ever near, what a pleasure a call from you would be - or a visit, if your freedom allowed it.

[Stella Cobden-Sanderson, author.] Four Autograph Letters Signed and one Autograph Card Signed to Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, with topics including a miscarriage by Lynd and evacuation from Cannes Harbour (with reference to Somerset Maugham).

Author: 
Stella Cobden-Sanderson (1886-1979), author, daughter of suffragette Anne Cobden-Sanderson [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
West Grinstead; 23 Hertford St, London; Long Crendon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (2); Nice. Between 1918 and 1944.
£135.00

The letters total 10pp., 12mo and 8vo. The three items in good condition, lightly-aged. ONE: ALS. The Taby Cat, West Grinstead; 17 Jan. [1918]. First 2pp only. In envelope postmarked 18 Jan. 1918. TWO: ALS. 23 Hertford Street, London, on cancelled letterhead of the Forum Club, 6 Grosvenor Place, Hyde Park Corner; 23 Aug. [1921 or 1922]. A sensitive letter of condolence on one of SL's miscarriages, signed 'Your devoted Stella'. Docketed by Lynd's daughter Maire Gaister: 'Probably in 1921 or 1922 after a still-born baby. S. L.

[Sir J. C. Squire, editor of the London Mercury.] Two Autograph Letters Signed and one Autograph Note Signed to Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, the first (drunken) letter, with original poem, the second sending condolences on her husband's death.

Author: 
Sir J. C. Squire [Sir John Collings Squire] (1884-1958), author, poet and editor of the London Mercury [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
On letterheads of the London Mercury (2) and New Statesman (1), London. 1915, 1925 and 1949.
£120.00

The three items in good condition, lightly-aged. The two letters signed 'Jack Squire' and the note 'J C S'. Totalling 7pp., in 12mo and 4to. ONE: ALS. On letterhead of the New Statesman; 'Thursday | dead hour of night', undated, but docketed 20 July 1915. An interesting letter, in the light of the fact that Lynd held Squire largely to blame for her husband's descent into alchoholism. He begins 'Dear Mrs Lynd, If I loathed you, as, on the whole, I do not, I should make a little poem e.g. | There was an M.S.

[Samuel Kerkham Ratcliffe (1868-1958), journalist.] Two Typed Letters Signed and an Autograph Letter Signed (two 'S. K.' and one 'S. K. Ratcliffe') to Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, on the London world and the death of her husband.

Author: 
S.K. Ratcliffe [ Samuel Kerkham Ratcliffe ] (1868-1958), journalist [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
From Forge Wood, Pound Hill, Sussex; and Whiteleaf, Princes Risborough (two, the second on a letterhead). 1927, 1931 and 1949.
£100.00

The three items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Totalling 8pp., in 8vo and 12mo. ONE: TLS. Forge Wood, Pound Hill, Sussex; 22 May 1927. Written on his return from America. 'Save for old Nevvy [H. M. Nevinson], not a soul acknowledged any of the various amusing or informative scraps that I sent over during my arduous journeyings. […] I crossed the tracks of Philip G., Frank Swinnerton, Francis Brett-Young, Hugh Walpole, and various others. Tales mostly fit only for private hearing were heard in the wake of several of them.

[Prof. Wincenty Lutoslawski, Polish philosopher, author, and member of the Polish National League.] Autograph Card Signed ('W Lutoslawski') to the Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, with printed text requesting her view on reincarnation. With her reply.

Author: 
Prof. Wincenty Lutoslawski (1883-1954), Polish philosopher, author, and member of the Polish National League [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
With his letterhead, Jagiellonska, Poland. 11 May 1929.
£120.00

Lutoslawski's letter is in fair condition, lightly-aged with vertical crease. Addressed to Lynd at 5 Keat's Grove, Highgate, from Poland, with Polish stamp and postmark. He writes that he has 'exceedingly enjoyed [her novels] the Gold Finches and the Mulberry Bush', and would like her 'opinion and experience on the following inquiry', i.e. a printed circular regarding his book 'Preexistence and Reincarnation', which attempts to rove that 'each of us has lived in human shape many times and that we reap now what we have sown ages ago'.

[L. G. Wickham Legg, editor of the Dictionary of National Biography.] Autograph Letter Signed ('L G Wickham Legg') to Anglo-Irish writer Sylvia Lynd, regarding her DNB article on Katharine Tynan.

Author: 
L. G. Wickham Legg [Leopold George Wickham Legg] (1877-1962), editor of the Dictionary of National Biography [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead ('From Mr. L. G. Wickham Legg | New College, Oxford') of the Dictionary of National Biography. 27 August 1947.
£50.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and creased. He is returning the 'drafts of Katherine Tynan. I have taken some liberties with the text in the matter of arrangement, but I hope there is nothing omitted which is of essential importance.' He is including 'a list of small questions', most of which he imagines 'Miss Pamela Hinkson could answer, and he offers to write to her himself.

[Herbert Trench, Irish poet.] Autograph Letter Signed to A. G. Gardiner, editor of the Daily News, asking for a review of his book 'Poems with Fables in Prose'.

Author: 
Herbert Trench (1865-1923), Irish poet [Alfred George Gardiner ['Alpha of the Plough'] (1865-1946), editor of the Daily News; Robert Lynd (1879-1949), Irish essayist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Villa Viviani, Settignano, Florence. 24 July [1918].
£56.00

1p., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and folded twice. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir | For my book - "Poems with Fables in Prose" (2 vols. Constable) I confess I particularly aspire to the honour of a review in the Daily News. He gives a list of themes which the volumes contain, 'Inter alia', including 'new philosophical iteas'. In black pencil at the head of the page (probably by Gardiner) is 'Mr Lynd', i.e. a direction for the letter to be forwarded to columnist Robert Lynd.

[Helen Sutherland, patron of the arts.] Autograph Letter Signed to Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, regarind a visit by her daughter Maire for 'some music' from Vera Moore and Antonia Butler.

Author: 
Helen Sutherland (1881-1965), patron of the arts [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949); Vera Moore, pianist; Antonia Butler, cellist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Rock Hall, Alnwick, Northumberland. Undated.
£56.00

2pp. 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged. Making arrangements for a visit by Lynd's daughter Maire, 'with Thomas', the following week. 'Please let Miss Maire stay as long as possible as it is a long journey - I asked Thomas if they could not stay over the 19th when Vera Moore & Antonia Butler will be playing for me in Alnwick but I am afraid he said Term began before then but anyhow I hope they will stay as long as they possible can & get some music as I believe Vera Moore comes here about the 12th -'.

[Herbert Beerbohm Tree, actor-manager.] Contract for His Majesty's Theatre, London, signed on his behalf by Henry Dana, engaging 'Miss Sylvia Dryhurst' [ the Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd ] to act in a production of 'The Merchant of Venice'.

Author: 
Henry Dana (1855-1921), general manager of Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1852-1917), actor-manager [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
His Majesty's Theatre [Haymarket, London]. 14 March 1908.
£150.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Contract, signed on Tree's behalf by Henry Dana. A printed form, completed in a second hand, headed 'HIS MAJESTY'S THEATRE', and dated 14 March 1908. Signed by Dana: 'pp H Beerbohm Tree | Henry Dana'. Engaging 'Miss Sylvia Dryhurst' for 'The run of "The Merchant of Venice", at the salary of one guinea per week of six performances. 'This engagement is terminable by two weeks' notice on either side'. Not signed by SL. The second page carries the fifteen 'Rules and Regulations' of 'His Majesty's Theatre. | Proprietor and Manager - Mr. TREE.'

[Ernest Rhys, author.] Three Autograph Letters Signed and one Typed Letter Signed to Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, regarding both their poetry and a literary proposal for her.

Author: 
Ernest Rhys (1859-1946), writer and founding editor of Everyman's Library [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
The ALsS from Whiteleaf, Princes Risborough (1); and The Bell House, Askett, Monks Risborough, Buckinghamshire (2). The TLS on J. M. Dent letterhead of 'Everyman's Library | Edited by Ernest Rhys'. Between 1930 and 1934.
£120.00

The three items are in fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Totalling 7pp., 8vo. ONE: ALS. From Whiteleaf, Princes Risborough; 11 Nov. 1930. Begins 'I heard the other day of a poem of yours, that a young soldier carried about in the war, till he was killed. It was sent home with his papers, & some day I hope to have it - his own copy of it - from a friend, & to send it to you | Why tell you of this now? Because the news of your mother's death has been weighing on my mind, & I wanted to say a word, yet knew how unconsoling words can be.' TWO: ALS.

[David Low (1891-1963), cartoonist.] Autograph Letter Signed to Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, a letter of condolence on the death of her husband Robert Lynd.

Author: 
David Low [Sir David Alexander Cecil Low] (1891-1963), New Zealand-born British cartoonist [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 3 Rodborough Road, Golders Green. 9 October 1949
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. On behalf of himself and his wife Madeline he writes: 'Like everybody that knew Robert we shall miss him keenly - For me the world will be a poorer place. Words don't come easily to me to express my sorrow.'

[Eden Phillpotts, novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Eden Phill<...>') [to A. G. Gardiner, editor of the Daily News], complaining of a review of his book 'Green Alleys', 'the great cause of the natural born child' and the 'Bastardy Laws'.

Author: 
Eden Phillpotts (1862-1960), English novelist, often writing on Dartmoor [Alfred George Gardiner ['Alpha of the Plough'] (1865-1946), editor of the Daily News; Robert Lynd (1879-1949), Irish essayist]
Publication details: 
Place not stated. [1916.]
£56.00

In poor condition, on aged and brittle paper, with significant chipping to edges involving loss of text, including the end of Philpott's signature. Undated, but written in 1916, the year of publication of Phillpotts' 'The Green Alleys'. Headed in blue pencil 'Mr Lynd' (i.e for the attention of Daily News columnist Robert Lynd).

[D. B. Wyndham Lewis, humorist.] Autograph Letter Signed to Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, a letter of condolence on the death of her husband, the essayist Robert Lynd.

Author: 
D. B. Wyndham Lewis [Dominic Bevan Wyndham Lewis] (1891-1969), humorist, for a while Daily Express 'Beachcomber' [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 31 Pembroke Road, W8 [London]. 8 October 1949.
£40.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. 'His gentleness was always a lenitive and an example in such a raving jungle as Fleet Street. He will be badly missed everywhere by everybody.' He concludes by lamenting that as he is leaving for Italy the following day, the present letter will have to be his 'only tribute, alas. But I hope you will read into it a lot of things difficult to write.'

[National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, London.] Typed Letter Signed ('<Elie?> Stopford | Secretary') to Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, describing a vacancy 'for a Press Writer, i.e. someone to conduct Suffrage and Anti-suffrage controversy'.

Author: 
[National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, London (<Elie?> Stopford, Secretary, a relation of Irish writer Alice Stopford Green (1847-1929)?]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, Westminster, London. 4 June 1917.
£40.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged and creased paper. The first name of the signature is difficult to decipher. She writes that she met Lynd 'some time ago at Mrs. Green's', and that she remembered her name 'when Mrs. Heseltine suggested it in connection with a vacancy which we have at present time at this office. | The vacancy is for a Press Writer, i.e.

[Suzanne Hughes, widow of the Irish musicologist Herbert Hughes.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Suzanne') to Sylvia Lynd

Author: 
Suzanne Hughes, widow of the Irish composer and musicologist Herbert Hughes (1882-1937) [Maire Gaster [née Maire Lynd] (1912-1990), daughter of Irish nationalist writers Robert Lynd and Sylvia Lynd]
Publication details: 
5 Cissbury Drive, Findon Valley, Worthing, Sussex. 13 July 1937.
£45.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Following her husband's death, she writes 'I have been trying to find my way through, so that I might be able to do as Herbert would wish, and make up to the children for what they have lost. [...] I am so glad now to think of the years we had in Kerry where Herbert was able to do what he liked best of all'. From the Lynd Archive, and with note at head of first page from Maire Gaister (daughter of Robert and Sylvia Lynd): 'Widow of Herbert Hughes, who collected Irish songs orally.'

[Sir George Rostrevor Hamilton, poet and civil servant.] Autograph Letter Signed ('George Rostrevor Hamilton') to Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, on the death of her husband Robert Lynd; and holograph poem (signed 'G. R. H.') titled 'To Sylvia Lynd'.

Author: 
Sir George Rostrevor Hamilton (1888-1967), poet and civil servant [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
Both items on letterhead of Swan House, Chiswick. The letter dated 9 October 1949. The poem undated.
£80.00

Both items in fair condition, on aged and worn paper. LETTER: 2pp., 12mo. 'I really think that to know - even to begin to know - R. was not only to be aware of his rare charm and goodness, but to love him.' POEM: 1p., 12mo. Six-line poem 'To Sylvia Lynd', signed at end 'G. R. H.' Reads 'You with your grace, your glancing wit, who drew | About you all the fairest and the best, | In lucent memory outshone anew | The image of each most admirèd guest: | And here to-night, as old friends gather round, | You by that starry company still are crowned.'

[Olive Guthrie of Torosay Castle, Scotland.] Two Autograph Letters Signed ('Olive G' and 'Olive') to the Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, the first regarding a dinner for the poet William Butler Yeats.

Author: 
Olive Guthrie of Torosay Castle, Isle of Mull, Scotland, patron of the arts and close companion of Angela du Maurier [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of Torosay Castle, Craignure, Isle of Mull. One dated 3 July 1935 and the other undated.
£120.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE: 2pp., 12mo. 3 July 1935. With envelope addressed to Lynd at 5 Keats Grove, Hampstead. 'I had a wonderful description of the Yeats dinner on 27th. Yeats very simple & intimate in his response to the toast, Masefield very fine, a generous recognition of Yeats as his master, called our dear W. B. the greatest living poet. Gogarty horrid making vulgar jokes & laughing with Ld. Semphill during Frances Hacketts speech'. TWO: 1p., 8vo. Undated. Urging the Lynds to 'stay on over […] I have a few funny folks till Monday, otherwise all peaceful'.

[J. F. Horrabin, radical journalist and cartoonist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. F. Horrabin') to Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, sending condolences on the death of her husband the essayist Robert Lynd., with memories of their time on the News Chronicle.

Author: 
J. F. Horrabin [Frank Horrabin; James Francis Horrabin] (1884-1962), radical journalist and cartoonist [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952),Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 14 Endersleigh Gardens, Hendon, NW4 [London]. 11 October 1949.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 'I've the vividest memory of starting at Bouverie St. 38 years ago, in 1911, & of the thrill of speaking to him (on the top corridor). The Abbey Co. was just then at the Court, so our enthusiasm about it & its works made two very shy people articulate! | Since then, how much real pleasure I've owed to him!! The News Chronicle will never quite seem the same again.'

[Norris Davidson, Irish radio producer.] Typed Letter Signed to Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, regarding his own book, and the latest productions of his friend Lennox Robinson.

Author: 
Norris Davidson (1908-1998), Irish radio producer [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949); the Abbey Theatre, Dublin]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, Donard, County Wicklow. 'Wednesday 27th. [1935]'
£80.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'Never having forgotten that you once asked me "What is the sense of knowing Mrs Lynd if you don't make use of her?" I am sending you a spare set of proofs of the new book. The publishers, having made me add thousands of words to it, now tell me that it is a bit too long'. The second part of the letter refers to a visit by 'Lennox [i.e. Lennox Robinson] and his wife [...] He has just been doing June in Belfast, he has Aodh de Blacam's translation, A Saint in a Hurry!

[Humbert Wolfe, author.] Two Autograph Letters Signed and two Typed Letters Signed to Sylvia Lynd (three signed in full and one 'Humbert'), discussing the inclusion of her poetry in a series of publications. With copy of letter from Victor Gollancz.

Author: 
Humbert Wolfe (1885-1940), Italian-born British poet and author [Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), London publisher; Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
The five items between 1924 and 1927. Wolfe's letters from the hotel Les Bergues, Geneva; the Ministry of Labour, London; and Montagu House, Whitehall (2). The Gollancz copy from Ernest Benn Limited Publishers, London.
£120.00

Wolfe's four letters total 5pp., 12mo; the copy of the Gollancz letter 1p., 8vo. Item One in its original envelope, with both envelope and letter carrying closed tears, the other four items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE: ALS on letterhead of the hotel Les Bergues, Geneva; 7 April 1924, with envelope, with both letter and envelope torn on opening. TWO: ALS from the Ministry of Labour, London; 24 April 1924. THREE: TLS from Montagu House, Whitehall; 24 Aug. 1926. Sending, 'in confidence, this letter that I have had from Benn's.

[Herbert Hughes, Irish musicologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Herbert H.') to Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, regarding the editor of the Daily Telegraph Arthur Watson.

Author: 
Herbert Hughes (1882-1937), Irish musicologist [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949); Arthur Watson (1880-1969), editor of the Daily Telegraph]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, 125 Church Street, Chelsea, SW3 [London]. 29 January 1934.
£56.00

1p., 8vo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Regarding a telephone conversation, he writes that the editor of the Daily Telegraph Arthur Watson is still his 'most devoted friend', and has 'promised to do or say or wish anything he can on my behalf'. The editor, according to one report, has 'never ceased to lament' his leaving.

[Frances Hodgkins, New Zealand-born British painter and textile designer.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Francis Hodgkins') to Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, the first regarding 'two big portraits', the second asking to paint her by lamplight.

Author: 
Frances Hodgkins [Frances Mary Hodgkins] (1869-1947), New Zealand-born British painter and textile designer [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
ONE: on letterhead of 7 Porthmeor Studio, St Ives, Cornwall; 15 Feb. 1916. TWO: Wharf Studio, St Ives; 11 Dec. 1917.
£180.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The first item in its envelope, addressed to 'Mrs. Robert Lynd | 14 Downshire Hill | Hampstead'. Both addressed to 'Mrs. Lynd.' ONE: 4pp., 4to. She begins by thanking Lynd 'for "The Chorus". I feel a wretch beyond redemption & there are not enough excuses in St. Ives to meet the case - I had to get those two big portraits finished & off to the Nat. Portrait Soc: & a nightmare of a time it was I thought - I would never pull them out of Hell's seventh Ditch and up to Bond St - but there they are it appears'. TWO: 4pp., 12mo.

[Desmond Harmsworth, publisher, poet and artist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Desmond') to Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, expressing condolences on the death of her husband Robert.

Author: 
Desmond Harmsworth (1903-1990), publisher, poet and artist, a member of the Northcliffe publishing dynasty [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
The Daily Telegraph, Fleet Street. 7 October 1949.
£65.00

2pp., 8vo. On aged paper. He expresses himself with sincere emotion: 'O Sylvia - I have just read the news that your Robert has died - my Robert, too, in a far, far lesser, but still real, sense. […] Think how few women have loved, & been loved, by a man like him. […] I, too, am not far off my end. […] I have never being [sic] in Robert's company - even for a few minutes together - without feeling that he was one of the most loveable of men. […] I am writing at the printers, waiting for "proofs." - Robert would smile at a situation so characteristic of both our lives.

[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.

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