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[ Bruce Bairnsfather, cartoonist ] Autograph Letter Signed Bruce Bairnsfather to Mr Gordon Ferguson, Radley College, Abingdon, Berks [from envelope - present] apologising for delay in responding to a letter and appreciative.

Author: 
Bruce Bairnsfather [Captain Charles Bruce Bairnsfather (1887–1959), prominent British humorist and cartoonist]
Publication details: 
c/o 'The Tatler' | Commonwealth House | 1 New Oxford Street | London W1., postmark 16 Feb. 1942.
£45.00

Two pages, 8vo, large handwriting, very good condition. With envelope. He apologises for the delay in writing , The reason being I have so much work to do, and so much correspondence to see to that it is very dificult to keep on time. | To make up for the delay I enclose you a small scribble with my autograph [no separate enclosure]. I feel very pleased and honoured to think tht my work pleased and amused you.

[The Indian Students' Association and the 1922 Lytton Committee report.] Folder containing thirteen typewritten documents in answer to criticism in 'Report on the Committee on Indian Students 1921-22', with associated material and copy of the report.

Author: 
Committee on Indian Students 1921-22 ('The Lytton Committee'); Indian Students' Department, London [Victor Bulwer-Lytton, 2nd Earl of Lytton (1876-1947)]
Publication details: 
Thirteen files by the Indian Students' Department, London, four of them dating from between January and March 1923. The published Lytton Report: London: Printed by His Majesty's Stationery Office for the India Office. 1922. Another item from 1921.
£850.00

Three items, the first being a file containing the aggrieved 'Answer' of the Indian Students' Department to the criticisms of it within the 1922 report of the Committee on Indian Students ('The Lytton Committee'), comprising thirteen documents, all typewritten, and several with manuscript emendations; the second item being a small collection of related newspaper cuttings, along with the typescript of an article, and a copy of a printed item titled 'Correspondence between the Secretary of State for India and Lord Lytton' (1921), no other copy of the last of which having been located; the third

[Mary Martin, Broadway star.] Two Typed Letters Signed (both 'Mary') to 'Popie', i.e. the English theatre historian MacQueen-Pope, discussing her family's plans and the projected production of 'South Pacific' at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Author: 
Mary Martin [Mary Virginia Martin[ (1913-1990), American actress, singer, and Broadway star associated with Rodgers and Hammerstein [W. J. MacQueen-Pope; Larry Hagman]
Publication details: 
One 28 May [1950], the other undated, but from 1951. Both on her letterhead.
£120.00

Each letter 1p, 8vo. Both in fair condition, lightly aged and creased. On signing one of the letters she has slightly smudged it. ONE: 28 May [1950]. She thanks him for his 'fascinating-looking book, THE MELODIES LINGER ON', and for his 'most generous inscription'. She and her husband 'Richard' (the drama critic Richard Halliday) have 'read bits and pieces and have looked at every photograph, and can't wait to really sit down and read the book from cover to cover!' She continues: 'And that will be soon.

[R. A. Knox, detective writer and theologian, to his brother E. V. Knox, editor of Punch.] Five Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Your aff. bro. | Ronald') to his brother E. V. Knox (four to 'Dear Bard' and one to 'Edmund') on a variety of light topics.

Author: 
Ronald Knox [R. A. Knox; Ronald Arbuthnott Knox] (1888-1957), detective writer, broadcaster, Roman Catholic priest and theologian [E. V. Knox [Edmund George Valpy Knox] (1881-1971), editor of Punch]
Publication details: 
None with year, but all from 1946 and thereabouts. Three on letterhead of Aldenham Lodge, Bridgnorth; one from The Manor House, Mells, Frome; another from Mells.
£180.00

The first letter has a small piece torn away from one corner, otherwise the collection is in fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper. The first four are addressed to 'Dear Bard', and the last to 'Dear Edmund'. ONE: 8 August. 1p, 12mo. He is 'haunted by the feeling that George Morrow would draw rather a good picture of a party of scientists deciding which atom to split'. Morrow (1869-1955) was the illustrator with whom E. V. Knox collaborated on 'What a Life!' (1911). TWO: 7 November. 2pp, 12mo. Regarding H. J.

[War with China 1886; Lord Wolseley, as Adjutant-General, enquires and Sir Thomas Wade expounds his views.] Autograph Letter Signed from Wolseley asking for Wade's views on line of conduct to be adopted, and Wade's 27pp of 'observations' in reply.

Author: 
Sir Thomas Wade [Sir Thomas Francis Wade] (1818-1895), diplomat and sinologist; Sir Garnet Wolseley [Field Marshal Garnet Joseph Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley] (1833-1913), British Army officer
Publication details: 
Wolseley's letter: 2 February 1886. On letterhead of the War Office [Whitehall, London]. Wade's 'observations': 27 April 1886. On letterheads of the Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall, S.W. [London].
£3,500.00

See the entries for Wolseley and Wade in the Oxford DNB. Two interesting items, dating from a period of increased tension between Britain and China over what the learned and well-informed Wade calls - in his long unpublished document - 'the Burmese frontier question'. Having defeated King Mindon of Upper Burma in the two-week Third Anglo-Burmese War of November 1885, the British had set about incorporating the new colony of Upper Burma into the Burma Province. This would be done on 26 February 1886, a little more than three weeks after the writing of Wolseley's letter.

[Sir Vincent Eyre: his reminiscences of his friend Sir James Outram, 'The Bayard of India'.] Long Autograph Letter Signed ('Vincent Eyre') to C. R. Low, giving 'reminiscences of Outram', a British hero of the Indian Mutiny.

Author: 
Sir Vincent Eyre (1811-1881), East India Company Major General, relieved the Siege of Arrah in the Indian Mutiny [Sir James Outram (1803-1863), 'The Bayard of India'; Charles Rathbone Low (1837-1918)]
Publication details: 
No date, but part quoted in Low's 1880 'Soldiers of the Victorian Age'. From 'Hotel Metropole. Geneva.'
£500.00

See the entries Eyre and Outram in the Oxford DNB. 10pp, 12mo. On two bifoliums and one loose leaf. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. A large part of this letter is quoted, as coming from 'Sir Vincent Eyre, the friend and companion in arms of Sir James Outram', on pp.168-170 of the second volume of Low's 1880 'Soldiers of the Victorian Age'. The opening of the actual letter, which is not quoted, reads: 'My dear Low. | You expressed a wish for any reminiscences of Outram I might be able to furnish.

[Squadron Leader Nigel Rose, Spitfire pilot during the Battle of Britain.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Nigel') to Martin Corden, expressing amazement at the 'cult' of the Spitfire, and discussing the sale of Bentley Priory.

Author: 
Squadron Leader Nigel Rose (1918-2017), Spitfire Pilot with No. 602 (City of Glasgow) Royal Air Force Squadron during the Second World War Battle of Britain [Bentley Priory, Stanmore]
Publication details: 
22 October 2007. With label carrying his Essex address.
£250.00

2pp, folio. In envelope with stamp and postmark, addressed to Corden's Mill Hill address. Letter folded twice, and letter and envelope in good condition. He begins by thanking him for sending 'the inscribed copy of Ken Delve's Story of the Spitfire - a truly excellent book just jam-packed with detail, - he must have done a prodigious amount of research to put it all together'. He is 'bowled over by the extent of [Corden's] munificence'.

[Angna Enters, American dancer, painter, author.] Sketch of dance costume in pencil and watercolour, captioned 'Fleur du Mal (Proust Sequence)', signed 'Angna Enters '56'. In envelope addressed by her to theatre historian W. J. MacQueen-Pope.

Author: 
Angna Enters [Anita Enters] (1907-1989), American painter, writer, dancer and mime, partner of Michio Ito, wife of Louis Kalonyme [Louis Kantor] [W. J. MacQueen-Pope, theatre historian]
Angr
Publication details: 
Signed and dated to 1957. Envelope with London postmark dated 18 January 1957 and her embossed address: 35 West 57th Street, New York.
£200.00
Angr

Enters exhibited her artistic work - including many sketches of her own costume designs - widely in the United States and Europe, and her work is held by several museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The present item is an attractive impressionistic sketch, in grey and black pencil, with watercolour wash in pink, light red and grey, showing a dancer with arms outstretched and heavy costume with full sleeves and train. Captioned by Enters at bottom left: 'Fleur du Mal (Proust Sequence)'. Signed at bottom left: 'Angna Enters '56'. On 23 x 15.5 cm laid paper.

[Braham Murray, in his Century Theatre Company's inaugural season at the University Theatre, Manchester.] Autograph Notes for his production of Eugene O'Neill's 'Long Day's Journey into Night'.

Author: 
Braham Murray [Braham Sydney Murray, born Braham Goldstein] (1943-2018), director, one of five founding Artistic Directors, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester [Eugene O'Neill]
Publication details: 
[1965. The Century Theatre at] the University Theatre, Manchester.
£450.00

An interesting artefact of what was to become the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. See Murray's Guardian obituary, 3 August 2018: 'Murray left Oxford in 1964 without sitting his finals but with a starry reputation.

[Dodie Smith, author of 'The Hundred and One Dalamatians'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Dodie') to 'Popie' (theatre historian W. J. MacQueen-Pope), regarding her contract with Walt Disney, a celebratory dinner in London, the death of her own dalmatians

Author: 
Dodie Smith [Dorothy Gladys Smith] (1896-1990), children's writer and playwright, author of 'The Hundred and One Dalmatians' (1956) and 'I Capture the Castle' (1948) [W. J. MacQueen-Pope (1888-1960)]
Publication details: 
2 December 1957. On letterhead of The Barretts, Finchingfield, Essex.
£350.00

See the entries for Smith and MacQueen-Pope in the Oxford DNB. Walt Disney had read The Hundred and One Dalmatians earlier in the year in which the present letter was written, and had immediately begun negotiations for the rights, much to Smith's delight, as she had hoped that he would make it into a film. 2pp, 8vo. A long letter, in a close and elegant hand. Writing on behalf of herself and her 'friend' and business manager Alec Macbeth Beesley, and on receipt of his latest book, she begins: 'Dear Popie, | How very, very kind of you to send us Give me Yesterday! Thank you so much.

[John Van Druten, playwright.] Typed Letter Signed to theatre historian W. J. Macqueen-Pope, with personal reminiscence and touching 'many points' including British 'old theatre' in Hollywood, Dodie Smith, J. T. Grein, his theatre library.

Author: 
John Van Druten [John William Van Druten] (1901-1957), English playwright and theatre director [Walter James Macqueen-Pope (1888-1960), theatre historian]
Publication details: 
5 October 1949. A. J. C. Ranch, Thermal, California.
£120.00

It is puzzling that Van Druten, one of the most successful British playwrights of the early 1930s, should not have an entry in the Oxford DNB. The present entertaining and informative letter is written from the A. J. C. Ranch in Coachella Valley, which Van Druten purchased with his then-lover Carter Lodge and the British actress Auriol Lee (it was named after the initals of their first names).

[Karl Gustav Vollmöller, German symbolist playwright.] Typescript of English text of 'The Version that was banned' of 'A Venetian Night. | A Pantomime in 13 Tableux, by Carl Vollmoeller', with variants required by the Lord Chamberlain's office.

Author: 
'Carl Vollmoeller' [Karl Gustav Vollmöller] (1878-1948), German playwright and polymath, screenwriter of Marlene Dietrich's 1930 film 'The Blue Angel' [Lord Chamberlain's office; W. J. MacQueen-Pope]
Publication details: 
[London. 1912.]
£220.00

A nice artefact of the censorship of pre-First World War British theatre. The London production of Vollmoeller's wordless drama 'Eine Venezianische Nacht' was censored by the Lord Chamberlain's office, and the production at the Palace Theatre, London, in November 1912 was panned by the critics. 15pp, folio, on fifteen leaves gathered together with green ribbon, interleaved with six typed slips of variant text, and with one leaf a composite made up of several sections glued together. Mimeographed typescript. In fair condition, on aged, worn and creased paper, with final leaf detached.

[Braham Sydney Murray, theatre director: his first-ever production, for the Oxford University Dramatic Society.] Typescript of Brendan Behan's 'The Hostage', with extra pages covered with autograph directorial notes and stage directions.

Author: 
Braham Sydney Murray [born Braham Goldstein] (1943-2018), director, one of five founding Artistic Directors, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester [Brendan Behan; Oxford University Dramatic Society]
Publication details: 
[Oxford University Dramatic Society, 1961.]
£600.00

For the background see Murray's 2014 autobiography 'The Worst It Can Be Is A Disaster', where he describes the production as 'a big production with its quasi-musical form. In such a large cast some of the actors were rather basic but some were superb. Michael Elwyn brought the house down as Monsewer [...] Michael York was very touching as the innocent Cockney soldier and the brother owners were expertly played by Ian Davidson, who later became a successful comedy scriptwriter, and the beautiful Canadian Nancy Lane, who is now a distinguished professor at Cambridge.

[Christopher Hassall discusses his collaborator Ivor Novello.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Chris Hassall') to 'Popie', i.e. W. J. MacQueen-Pope, making 'Confidential' comments on his biography of Novello as a member of 'Ivor's family'.

Author: 
Christopher Hassall [Christopher Vernon Hassall] (1912-1963), poet, librettist and biographer [W. J. MacQueen-Pope (1888-1960), theatre historian; Ivor Novello]
Publication details: 
23 November 1951. 8 The Grove, Highgate Village, N.8. [London]
£120.00

Hassall's fifteen-year association with Novello began in 1933 when he acted as his understudy, followed by successful collaboration on the 1935 musical 'Glamorous Night', and he is commenting here on the appearance of Macqueen-Pope's biography of Novello. See the three men's entries in the Oxford DNB. 3pp, 8vo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. A long letter: 86 lines of closely-written text.

[Dodie Smith, author of 'The Hundred and One Dalmatians'.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Dodie.') to 'Popie' [W. J. MacQueen-Pope], discussing her dalmatian dogs, failed musical, his latest book and offer of collaboration, petrol rationing.

Author: 
Dodie Smith [Dorothy Gladys Smith] (1896-1990), children's writer and playwright, author of 'The Hundred and One Dalmatians' (1956) and 'I Capture the Castle' (1948) [W. J. MacQueen-Pope (1888-1960)]
Publication details: 
23 and 28 January 1957. Each on letterhead of The Barretts, Finchingfield, Essex.
£220.00

See both their entries in the Oxford DNB. Two long letters. Both 2pp, 4to. Both letters on aged paper, creasing at the head. Each folded twice. Written in a close, elegant hand. ONE: 23 January 1957. Writing on behalf of herself and her 'friend' and business manager Alec Macbeth Beesley she begins: 'Our dear, dear Popie, | It really is fantastic. This morning I wrote you a tiny fan letter, combined with thanks for your radio mentions of me. I then carried it to the little pillar-box at the crossroads near here, in time to catch the 3.40 post.

[Indian Students' Department, East India Association, London.] Six yearly issues of the printed 'Report on the Work of the Indian Students' Department', variously by C. E. Mallet, N. C. Sen and Thomas Quayle, from between July 1912 and 31 March 1922.

Author: 
Indian Students' Department, East India Association, London (C. E. Mallet, N. C. Sen and Thomas Quayle) [Office of the High Commissioner for India]
Publication details: 
London: His Majesty's Stationery Office [the last published by the Office of the High Commissioner for India]. Six items: a run of four from July 1912/June 1913 to July 1915/June 1916; with: 1 April 1920/31 March 1921 and 1 April 1921/31 March 1922.
£450.00

From the papers held at the headquarters of the National Indian Association and the Northbrook Society, 21 Cromwell Road, London (referred to in the report for 1912/1913 as 'The House in Cromwell Road' and 'The London Bureau' and 'still to a large extent the headquarters of the Student's Department'; and in the report for 1914/1915 as 'Mr. Arnold's Bureau', referring to 'Mr. T. W. Arnold, C.I.E., the Educational Adviser in London'). For the context see F. H. Brown's article 'Indian Students in Great Britain' (with 'Discussion'), Asiatic Review, July 1925, quoting Sir Charles E.

[Sir William Meyer describes Gandhi as 'a very remarkable character'.] Printed pamphlet: 'Lecture on the Position of India in the Empire delivered to the Working Men's Club, Mornington Crescent, London, on 4th February, 1922'.

Author: 
Sir William Meyer, G.C.I.E., K.C.S.I. [Mahatma Gandhi; British India]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by His Majesty's Stationery Office for the High Commissioner for India. 1922.
£120.00

25pp, 8vo. Stapled pamphlet in blue printed wraps. In fair condition, on aged paper, but with rusted staples which have caused the covers to become detached. Meyer's aim is to give 'an impartial picture of the past and the present of India'. Towards the end is a paragraph beginning: 'The extremists, as I have said, have not taken part in the elections and in the Legislatures they produced, but they are still very active, and their present leader, Mr. Gandhi, is a very remarkable character.

[Christopher Fry's ownership inscription to his copy of a first edition by W. H. Auden.] Nones.

Author: 
W. H. Auden [Christopher Fry]
Publication details: 
London: Faber and Faber, 1952.
£25.00

72pp, 8vo. Tight copy on lightly-aged paper, in original blue cloth binding with dulled gilt on spine, panels of sunning to front board, and slight wear at head of spine. Ownership inscription on front free endpaper: 'Christopher Fry'. Auden, along with Eliot, was an inspiration to Fry, one of the foremost twentieth-century English practitioners of verse drama.

[Christopher Fry annotates a book about his work, inscribed to him by the author.] Christopher Fry | By Glenda Leeming.

Author: 
Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright, with Auden and Eliot a leading exponent of twentieth-century English verse drama; Glenda Leeming
Publication details: 
Twayne Publishers, A Division of G. K. Hall & Co., Boston. 1990.
£450.00

xv + 179pp, 8vo. Good tight copy in brown cloth, in worn printed dustwrapper. Frontispiece portrait of Fry. Inscribed on front free endpaper: 'To Christopher Fry | from | Glenda Leeming | with love'. In her preface Leeming notes Fry's 'patience and tolerance, as well as his helpful explanations of his plays, his intentions, and their realization'. The volume contains pencil annotations between pp.43 and 73, mostly relating to 'The Lady's not for Burning'. All are marginal indications of passages with vertical lines, apart from two annotations suggesting a degree of impatience with the text.

[Christopher Fry makes autograph corrections to a book about him.] Christopher Fry and his Verse Drama. [Insribed to the subject by the author, and with a Typed Letter Signed ('S. n. Ray').]

Author: 
Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright, with Auden and Eliot a leading exponent of twentieth-century English verse drama; Professor Sambhu Nath Roy, Principal of Raiganj University College
Publication details: 
Biswas Book Stall, 88, M. G. Road, Calcutta-9; Ghosh & Company, 12, Ramanath Majumder Street, Calcutta-9 [Calcutta, India]. 1996.
£200.00

[6] + viii + 266pp, 8vo. With four-page 'Select Bibliography' and three two-page lists of errata tipped-in at the rear. In plain brown cloth, with green printed dustwrapper glued-down (by publisher) onto the endpapers by the flaps. In good condition, lightly-aged, in lightly-worn dustrapper with closed tear at rear. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: 'To | Mr. Christopher Fry, | With best compliments | from the Author, | S. n. Ray | 7.4.98'. Fry makes around fifty autograph corrections to the text, giving a list of them over the rear endpapers.

[Charles Williams inscribes a book to his wife Michal.] Divorce. [With copy of Autograph Letter from Neil Tyler to playwright Christopher Fry, regarding the circumstances of his acquisition of the book.]

Author: 
Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright, with Auden and Eliot a leading exponent of twentieth-century English verse drama; Sambhu Nath Roy
Publication details: 
Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, London, 1920. [Letter from Sycamore Farm, Alphamstone, Bures, Suffolk, 1982.]
£150.00

120pp, 12mo. No dustwrapper. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, tight in lightly-worn green cloth with dulled gilt. Inscribed by Williams in pencil on front free endpaper: 'For Michal'. A collection of around fifty poems, including five addressed to the author's wife: 'To Michal: After a Vigil'. 'To Michal: On Forgiveness', 'To Michal: On Brushing her Hair', 'To Michal meditating a new Costume', 'To Michal: On Disputing outside Church'. Accompanying the volume is an Autograph Letter Signed from 'Neil' to 'Dear Christopher and Dear Phyl', i.e. Christopher Fry and his wife Phyllis.

[Charles Wadsworth inscribes Rampant Lions Press book with his illustrations to poems on Robert Frost to Christopher Fry, also signed by author.] Seed Leaves | Homage to R. F. | Poetry by Richard Wilbur | Prints by Charles Wadsworth.

Author: 
Richard Wilbur; Charles Wadsworth; Richard R. Godine, Publisher, Boston; Will Carter, Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge [Christopher Fry; Robert Frost]
Publication details: 
David R. Godine, Publisher, Boston. [No 44 of '160 copies only designed and printed by Will Carter at the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge, England'] 1974.
£150.00

Beautiful stitched pamphlet, with three gorgeous colour natural history prints by Wadsworth, comprising frontispiece and one other full-page print, and double-page print incorporating the words of the title. Near fine. Text unpaginated, printed on eleven pages, over eight leaves of green laid paper. Numbered 44 on the colophon, which carries the device of the Rampant Lions Press, and is signed 'Richard Wilbur' and 'Charles E.

[Mahatma Gandhi: 'Let me introduce myself to you.'] Copy of 'India | The Organ of the Indian National Congress', with front-page piece by 'K. M. Gandhi': 'To every Englishman in India. | Mr. Gandhi's open letter.'

Author: 
'K. M. Gandhi' [Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known as Mahatma Gandhi], non-violent campaigner for Indian independence
Publication details: 
'Published for the Proprietors, The India Newspaper Company, Limited, at 161-3, Temple Chambers, Temple Avenue, London, E.C.4.' 10 December 1920. No. 24. Vol. LIV.
£450.00

[8]pp, folio, paginated [197]-204. Double-column newspaper, on two unattached bifoliums. On lightly-aged paper, and in fair condition, apart from insect depredation to margin at centre of outer edge (not affecting text). Gandhi's letter, signed in type at end 'K. M. GANDHI', covers the whole of the first page, and concludes at the top of the second. The article begins: 'Mr. M. K. Gandhi has published the following Open Letter To Every Englishman in India: - | DEAR FRIEND, - | I wish that every Englishman will see this appeal and give thoughtful attention to it.

[Alma Tadema [Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema], artist of the 'Victorian Olympus' school.] Autograph Letter Signed ('votre dévoué | L Alma Tadema').], in French, regarding the subscription to 'votre estimable journal'.

Author: 
Alma Tadema [Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, born Lourens Alma Tadema] (1836-1912), English-based Dutch artist of the 'Victorian Olympus' school
Publication details: 
27 December 1882. On letterhead of Townshend House, North Gate, Regents Park, N.W. [London]
£45.00

2pp, 18mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'Monsieur', with no other indication of the identity of the recipient. He has always had pleasure in reading his 'estimable journal', but as it has not always been properly addressed it has arrived 'que très rarement'. He is sending 'la petite somme', 'pour quatre année d'abonnement', although 'c'est si difficile à transmettre'.

[Martin Bell, RA, painter.] Colourful juvenile painting on paper, depicting Eve, the apple, and Pythagoras, with text: 'The Serpent on the fatal tree | Was l'esprit de géometrie'.

Author: 
Martin Bell [Norman Martin Bell] (1907-1970), RA, Cheshire painter, trained at Liverpool College of Art, 1925-30, and at the Royal College of Art, 1931-33
Publication details: 
Without date or place. In pencil on reverse: 'Juvenile painting By Martin Bell'.
£120.00

On 20 x 15 cm piece of paper torn from an exercise book. Aged and worn, with fraying to left-hand edge where the item has been torn away from the exercise book, but in fair overall condition. A faux-naive effort, crude but full of energy, painted in orange, yellow, red, blue, grey, purple, green. On reverse in pencil: 'Juvenile | painting | By Martin Bell'.

[Mary Ann Lawrenson, General Secretary, Women's Co-operative Guild.] Lengthy correspondence of thirteen Autograph Letters Signed to William Henry Brown, mainly biographical, and including an account of her early life, and of Edward Vansittart Neale.

Author: 
Mary Ann Lawrenson [née Molyneux] (1850-1943), co-operative movement activist, suffragist, educationist, General Secretary of Women's Co-operative Guild [Edward Vansittart Neale: William Henry Brown]
Publication details: 
Twelve of the Letters dating from between 28 April 1928 and 6 September 1938. First five letters (to 1931) from 35 William Street, Woolwich, S.E.18 [London]; later ones (from 1934) from 10 Upper Russell Street, Brighton, Sussex.
£1,250.00

Fifteen items, totalling 73pp, comprising thirteen letters, one of them incomplete, an address and a five-page transcription from E. V. Neale. Closely written, and somewhat untidy in arrangement, but containing interesting biographical information and information about the co-operative movement. The letters total 56pp. Almost all are in 4to. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear.

[William Frederick Wyndham, diplomat.] Autograph Memorandum Signed (W Wyndham | His Majestys Envoy Extra at the Court of Tuscany'), with seal, to Italian document signed by Lorenzo Fabbrucci, Cammillo Cateni and Giovanni Gualberto Uccelli.

Author: 
William Frederick Wyndham (1763-1828), British envoy to the Court of Tuscany, son of 2nd and father of 4th Earl of Egremont; Cammillo di Paolo Cateni; Giovanni Gualberto Uccelli; Lorenzo Fabbrucci
Publication details: 
From Florence. Wyndham's memorandum signed 13 January 1800; the Italian text 2 January 1800.
£56.00

2pp, 8vo. On first leaf of bifolium. Text complete and clearly legible, on aged and worn paper. The first page is begins with text in the hand of Cammillo Cateni, headed 'Adì 2 Gennaio 1800', written on behalf of Cateni and Giovanni Gualterro Uccelli, 'Medici filii di questa Citta di Firenze', attesting the signature of 'la Siga. Angiola Lucchi'.

[Agnes Strickland, historical writer and poet.] Autograph Letter Signed to Lady Ann Cullum, explaining her prolonged visit with Lady Matilda Maxwell at Pollok House near Glasgow, her writing plans, and desire to visit Hardwick House.

Author: 
Agnes Strickland (1796-1874), historical writer [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House; Pollok House, Glasgow, home of the Stirling Maxwell family]
Publication details: 
29 September 1845. 'Polloc [i.e. Pollok] House | nr. Glasgow'.
£180.00

7pp, 32mo. On two bifoliums, stitched together. In good condition, lightly aged. Signed 'Agnes Strickland'. A nice letter with interesting content. Begins: 'Feeling all the kindness of most friendly invitation so sensibly as I do, it gives me the greater regret to be compelled to forgo the pleasure you offer me, of joining my friends Mr. & Miss Mackinnon in your charming home on the 8th of Octr.

[Allardyce Nicoll, Shakespeare scholar and historian of drama.] Offprint of article titled 'Shakespeare and the Court Masque'.

Author: 
Allardyce Nicoll [John Ramsay Allardyce Nicoll] (1894-1976), Shakespearian scholar and historian of drama, founding director of Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham, Professor at Birmingham University
Publication details: 
[Heidelberg] 'Sonderdruck aus dem Shakespeare-Jahrbuch | Herausgegeben im Auftrage der Deutschen Shakespeare-Gesellschaft | Band 94 / 1958'.
£15.00

[12]pp, 8vo, paginated 51-62. Stapled into buff wraps, with publication details printed on front in German: 'Sonderdruck aus dem Shakespeare-Jahrbuch | Herausgegeben im Auftrage der Deutschen Shakespeare-Gesellschaft | Band 94 / 1958'. In good condition, lightly aged. Text and footnotes in English. Discussing the question (which in recent years has been 'attracting more and more public and specialist attention') whether Shakespeare 'had scenic adornments in mind' when writing his 'last' plays: 'The Winter's Tale, The Tempest, Cymberline, even Pericles'.

[Dionysius Lardner, Irish scientific writer, editor of the Cabinet Cyclopaedia.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Dion: Lardner') to Messrs Dickinson & Co, regarding a business proposal, with part of signed document about an 'article' 'fabricated from rags'

Author: 
Dionysius Lardner (1793-1859), Irish scientific writer, editor of the 133-volume Cabinet Cyclopædia, repeatedly trounced in controversies with Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Publication details: 
Letter: 18 August 1851; 56 rue de Lille [Paris]. Accompanying document without place or date.
£56.00

Both the letter and the accompanying document are in fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Both items signed 'Dion: Lardner'. ONE: Letter to Dickinson & Co. 1p, 12mo. He wishes to add 'these few lines' to 'the enclosed business letter' (not present), 'to aprise you that from the private knowledge I have of the parties interested in the business that I am of opinion that they are entitled to serious attention.

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