MARGOT

[ Ye Sette of Odd Volumes, London literary dining club. ] Two pieces of ephemera: 1920s invitation form in envelope, printed in characteristic style in red and black; and handbill regarding 'Ladies' Night | April 24th, 1928'.

Author: 
[ Ye Sette of Odd Volumes, London literary dining club; Margot MacGibbon; Mirian Duncan; Admiral Sir Arthur Cavenagh Leveson ]
Publication details: 
[ Ye Sette of Odd Volumes, London. ] Invitation from the 1920s; handbill relating to meeting on 24 April 1928.
£50.00

ONE: Invitation. Tastefully printed in red and black on one side of an 11.5 x 15 cm piece of card. The club's monogram in a red square in top left-hand corner. Headed: 'YE SETTE OF ODD VOLUMES | United once a month to form a Perfect Sette | Object: Conviviality and Mutual Admiration.' The form, which has not been filled in, invites the recipient to one of the Tuesday meetings at the Imperial Restaurant, No. 7 Glasshouse Street, Regent Street. In envelope with circular 'Odd Volumes' device in red on flap.

[ Margot Asquith, Countess of Oxford. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Margot Oxford') to the actor-manager George Grossmith junior, expressing a strong desire to dance the tango with him.

Author: 
Margot Asquith [ Emma Alice Margaret Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith; née Tennant ] (1864-1945) [ George Grossmith junior (1874-1935, actor-manager and comedian ]
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of 44 Bedford Square, London WC1. 14 and 15 May 1929.
£50.00

Each letter 2pp., 12mo. On letterheads with mourning borders. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Both written in pencil, in a difficult and hurried hand. The first letter reads: 'I was sorry, Dear Mr. Grossmith that you cd. not come last night. I long to dance the tango with you - wh. I have now learnt - as I know we cd. do it well together. One wants imagination for these dances; & this is what you have got. Do get me invited to some ball where you will be, as I adore dancing'. The second letter is written in the same vein, with reference to 'Mr. Selfridge's dance'.

[ Ye Sette of Odd Volumes, London literary dining club. ] Two pieces of ephemera: 1920s invitation form in envelope, printed in characteristic style in red and black; and handbill regarding 'Ladies' Night | April 24th, 1928'.

Author: 
[ Ye Sette of Odd Volumes, London literary dining club; Margot MacGibbon; Mirian Duncan; Admiral Sir Arthur Cavenagh Leveson ]
Publication details: 
[ Ye Sette of Odd Volumes, London. ] Invitation from the 1920s; handbill relating to meeting on 24 April 1928.
£80.00

ONE: Invitation. Tastefully printed in red and black on one side of an 11.5 x 15 cm piece of card. The club's monogram in a red square in top left-hand corner. Headed: 'YE SETTE OF ODD VOLUMES | United once a month to form a Perfect Sette | Object: Conviviality and Mutual Admiration.' The form, which has not been filled in, invites the recipient to one of the Tuesday meetings at the Imperial Restaurant, No. 7 Glasshouse Street, Regent Street. In envelope with circular 'Odd Volumes' device in red on flap.

, Indian Guaranteed Railways.] Two Autograph Accounts by Sheena Tennant of a tour with Maitland across India in a private railway car, encountering Bhupal Singh of Udaipur and Pratab Singh of Idar.

Author: 
Sheena Tennant (1883-1974), niece of Margot Asquith [William James Maitland (1847-1919), Deputy Government Director, Indian Guaranteed Railways; Sir Pratab Singh of Idar; Sir Bhupal Singh of Udaipur]
Publication details: 
India [including Calcutta, Darjeeling, Benares, Lucknow, Cawnpore, Agra, Jaipur, Lahore, Peshawar, Delhi, Bombay]. Two volume account: 29 November 1912 to 27 January 1913. One volume account (in 1913 Asprey's Diary): 1 January to 1 March 1913.
£1,000.00

Sheena Lilian Grant Tennant (hereafter ST) came from a privileged Scottish family, being the youngest of the six children (five daughters and a son) of wealthy industrialist James Tennant of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Argyllshire, a nephew of Sir Charles Tennant of the Glen (father of Margot Asquith, wife of British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith, who was hence James Tennant's cousin). Beginning as a partner in the Glasgow chemical manufacturers Charles Tennant & Co., James Tennant became director of companies including United Alkali Co, North Eastern Electric Supply Co, and Eastern Paper Mills Co.

[Sheena Tennant, Margot Asquith's cousin.] Autograph Notebook, containing a record of 'Concerts, Theatres etc' attended by her in London between 1916 and 1918.

Author: 
Sheena Lilian Grant Tennant [later Kendall] (1883-1974), daughter of James Tennant (1852-1933) of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland, industrialist, and cousin of Margot Asquith
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'Sheena Tennant | 49 Wimpole Street | W. [London].' Between 4 January 1916 and 1 October 1918.
£500.00

An interesting piece of First World War London social history107pp., 12mo. In good condition, on aged paper, in aged and worn black cloth notebook. On first page: ''Sheena Tennant | 49 Wimpole Street | W. | Concerts, Theatres etc | 1916'. Carefully and neatly compiled, with the date, theatre, production, and often the cast and the names of those she went with.

[Sheena Tennant, Scottish composer and Margot Asquith's niece.] Collection of six items of printed sheet music, all piano pieces by her, including arrangements of poems by W. B. Yeats; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; W. E. Henley; David Doyle.

Author: 
Sheena Lilian Grant Tennant (1883-1974, later Kendall), daughter of James Tennant (1852-1933) of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland, industrialist and cousin of Margot Asquith [W. B. Yeats]
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All published by The Frederick Harris Company, London (either at 85 or 89 Newman Street, Oxford Street; or 40 Berners Street).
£450.00

Collection of six items of printed sheet music of piano pieces. In good overall condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. All published by The Frederick Harris Company, London (Item One at 89 Newman Street, Oxford Street; Items Two to Four at 89 Newman Street; and Items Five and Six at 40 Berners Street). All items excessively scarce, with COPAC only recording one copy (at the British Library) of Items One, Two, Three and Five; two copies (British Library and Trinity College Dublin) of Item Four; and no copies of Item Six. ONE: 'Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal. Song .

[Sheena Tennant, Scottish composer and Margot Asquith's niece.] Two pieces of printed sheet music: her piano accompaniments of 'An Irish Cradle Song', 'From Poems by W. B. Yeats'; and Yeats's 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree'.

Author: 
Sheena Lilian Grant Tennant (1883-1974, later Kendall), daughter of James Tennant (1852-1933) of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland, industrialist and cousin of Margot Asquith [W. B. Yeats]
Publication details: 
Both items published by The Frederick Harris Company, London. 'An Irish Cradle Song' from 85 Newman Street, Oxford Street, W. [1914.] 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' from 40 Berners Street, London, W1. [1917]
£450.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Excessively scarce, with COPAC only listing one copy (at the British Library) of both items. ONE: 'An Irish Cradle Song. Words by W. B. Yeats. From Poems by W. B. Yeats, published by T. Fisher Unwin'. [1914.] 5 + [1]pp., folio. Title page carries the gaelic motto: 'Goth yani me von gilli beg," | "'N heur ve thu more a creena"'. TWO: 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree. Words by W. B. Yeats'. [1917.] 5 + [1]pp., folio. Illustration of tree on bank of lake on front cover.

[Sheena Tennant, niece of Margot Asquith.] Large collection of original autograph sheet music by 'one of the first women composers' (she studied under Nadia Boulanger), together with eight printed piano pieces by her.

Author: 
Sheena Lilian Grant Tennant (1883-1974, later Kendall), daughter of James Tennant (1852-1933) of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland, industrialist and cousin of Margot Asquith
Publication details: 
Manuscript material, dating from between 1902 and 1933, mainly from Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Argyllshire, Scotland. Seven of the printed scores published by The Frederick Harris Company, London, 1912 to 1929. The other by Augener Ltd, London, 1908.
£850.00

The collection comprises a large collection of autograph sheet music, together with copies of nine published piano pieces. Accompanying the collection is an autograph note by Sheena Tennant's son Hugh Kendall: 'These books, with accompanying score sheets, represent something rather unusual - the compositional examples of my mother, aspiring as she did to be what she saw herself as - one of the first women composers.

[Nadia Boulanger.] Eight pages of Autograph musical annotations and text in French, at the start of a notebook containing the musical scores of several pieces by her pupil Sheena Tennant (including 'Sarabande' and 'Pluie d'Ete').

Author: 
Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979), French composer, conductor and teacher [Sheena Lilian Kendall (1883-1974), daughter of James Tennant (1852-1933) of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland]
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Undated, but at Clichy, Paris, France, between 1909 and 1911.
£2,000.00

6pp. by Boulanger, out of 46pp. in a landscape 14.5 x 23 cm notebook of printed staves, stitched within plain white covers. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with five leaves loose and a sixth leaf with loss to one corner. Eleven pages in ink (all by Tennant), the other 35pp. in pencil. In pencil at head of front cover: 'Lundi 4 h.' The initial three leaves (the third of them loose) carry the six pages of musical composition and text by Boulanger; the rest of the volume (40pp.) comprises musical composition by Tennant.

Two Autograph Letters Signed ('M Asquith' and 'Margot Asquith'), both to the Editor of the London Daily Graphic Harold Edward Lawton.

Author: 
Margot Asquith [Emma Alice Margaret Asquith] (1864-1945), Countess of Oxford and Asquith
Publication details: 
3 and 8 December 1920; the first on letterhead of 44 Bedford Square, London W.C.1, and the second on letterhead of The Wharf, Sutton Courtney, Berkshire.
£100.00

Both items written in pencil and good, on lightly aged paper, with their stamped and postmarked envelopes addressed by Asquith. Both envelopes with traces of brown paper mount adhering to reverse, and both docketed by the Graphic's editor 'To me Harold Lawton'. Letter One (12mo, 4 pp, headed 'Private'): Amusingly outraged letter regarding a visit by 'two gentlemen' of whom Asquith 'had no sort of knowledge'. Graphic journalists, they assured Asquith 'that nothing wd. be written about me without my seeing it first [last five words underlined in red]'.

Autograph Card Signed and Autograph Note Signed (both 'Margot Asquith'), both in French, to unnamed male correspondent ['Cher trest Cher Coq'].

Author: 
Margot Asquith [nee Margot Emma Alice Tennant], Countess of Oxford and Asquith (1864-1945)
Publication details: 
Card 1 July and Note 3 July [both no year, but before 1919]; both with printed address '20 Cavendish Square, W. [London]'.
£76.00

Dimensions of card roughly 8 x 12 cm. Very good though lightly aged. Asking her correspondent to dinner in the following week. Note, addressed to 'Cher tres Cher Coq', on one side of 8vo grey paper. Very good, though lightly creased. She will be 'enchante de vous voir chez moi' on Wednesday [6 July] at 1 o'clock. Both items written before the Asquiths 1919 move from Cavendish Square to 44 Bedford Square. Two items,

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