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[ Maud Allan: 'The Cult of the Clitoris'. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs Sassoon', with reference to Sybil Thorndyke, 'Prius' and 'Major Clare's play'.

Author: 
Maud Allan [ born Beulah Maude Durrant ] (1873-1956), Canadian pianist, dancer and actress, denounced by Noel Pemberton Billing as a lesbian and German spy
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Hotel Majestic, Paris. 19 June [ no year ].
£100.00

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. She begins by thanking her for 'Mr. Prius' address - I wanted to see if he would be interested in a big Opera season of 4 weeks which very important people over here are planning for London.' She has sent Prius 'Major Clare's play', but neither she nor Clare has heard from him. 'What is happening to it? Do you know? - if so, I'd like to know or has he taken it to Sybil Thorndyke?' She is 'having a lovely time - seeing plays etc & doing just as I will.

[ Cyril Maude, actor-manager, and his wife the actress Winifred Emery. ] Five Autograph Letters Signed and one Typed Letter Signed by him, and two Autograph Letters Signed by her, all to the journalist 'Mrs. Whitley'

Author: 
Cyril Maude [ Cyril Francis Maude ] (1862-1951), English actor-manager; his wife 'Winifred Emery' [ stage name of actress Maud Isabel Emery; later Maud Isabel Maude ] (1861-1924)
Publication details: 
On following letterheads: four from 26 Cleveland Gardens, Lancaster Gate, W. [ London ]; two from 33 Egerton Crescent, S.W. [ London ]; one from the Playhouse, Northumberland Avenue, Charing Cross (from 1907); one from the Haymarket Theatre, London.
£150.00

The eight items are in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Maude's six letters (all signed 'Cyril Maude') total 8pp., and his wife's two (both signed 'Winifred Emery') total 3pp. In the typed letter the recipient is named as 'Mrs. Whitley, | 78 Alexandra Rd., | St. John's Wood, | N.W.' All eight items deal with interviews conducted by her with the couple. On 20 December Maude writes, 'as I told you I fear there will be nothing in particular for me to tell you, as it is very necessary for me to avoid telling anyone anything just yet awhile.

[ 'Winifred Emery', English actress. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Winifred Maude') to journalist 'Mrs. Whitley', refusing to sit for a photograph in Elizabethan dress, and declaring that 'Everyone is sick of Shakspeare at this moment'.

Author: 
'Winifred Emery' [ stage name of actress Maud Isabel Emery; later Maud Isabel Maude (1861-1924) ], wife of Cyril Maude [ Cyril Francis Maude ] (1862-1951), English actor-manager
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 26 Cleveland Gardens, Lancaster Gate, W. [ London ] 9 May [ no year ].
£45.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The recipient (who lived at 78 Alexandra Rd, St John's Wood, and was the wife of William Thomas Whitley) was a journalist. She writes: 'I wasn't photographed as "Beatrice", I was so besieged that I refused to sit to anyone especially as the dress was not becoming & I knew I should come out hideous! I certainly couldn't make the effort now!!! I would see you for 5 minutes with pleasure - say at the <?> Theatre on Thursday about 12. I shall be rehearsing there - but a picture I cannot give you!

[ 'Winifred Emery', actress and wife of Cyril Maude. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Winifred Maude') to 'Mrs. Wead'

Author: 
'Winifred Emery' [ stage name of Maud Isabel Emery; later Maud Isabel Maude ] (1861-1924), actress, wife of the actor-manager Cyril Maude [ Cyril Francis Maude ] (1862-1951)
Publication details: 
One from 33 Brompton Crescent [ London ], on cancelled letterhead of Bolingbroke, Mostyn Road, Merton Park. 11 September [1891]. The other on letterhead of 33 Egerton Crescent, SW [ London ]. 9 September, [ no year ].
£30.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. ONE: ALS of 11 September [1891]. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. With stamped envelope addressed to 'Mrs. Wead | Buckingham | Old Shoreham | Sussex', with postmark supplying year. She thanks her for 'the kind invitation Cyril brought me to stay with you on our return from Switzerland', but cannot accept, 'as I may at any time be called for rehearsals after next week & the intervening few days I really must spend at home.

[ F. Britten Austin, novelist. ] Typescripts of acts I and 3 of his unpublished only play, 'The Thing that Matters'. With numerous manuscript additions and directions, plus extra typed material.

Author: 
F. Britten Austin [ Frederick Britten Austin ] (1885-1941) [ Percy Burton, theatrical agent and motion picture pioneer; Arthur Bourchier; Helen Maud Holt (1863-1937) [ Mrs Beerbohm Tree; Lady Tree ] ]
Publication details: 
F. Britten Austin, Northgate House, Bishops Stortford, Herts. Undated [ circa 1921 ].
£580.00

126pp., 4to. (Act 1 has 55pp. and Act 3 has 71pp.) Each act bound in grey card covers. Worn and aged, with the remains of the purple ribbon used to bind the leaves into their covers. A heavily reworked typescript. As is customary, the typed text of the play is on the rectos only, but leaves with additional typed and manuscript (presumably autograph) text have been inserted. Numerous manuscript additions and deletions to the text on the rectos, with additional typed passages on pieces of paper laid down onto the facing versos, which also carry further manuscript changes.

Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Davis Richter') from the English painter H. Davis Richter to Dorothy Swan

Author: 
H. Davis Richter [Herbert Davis Richter] (1874-1955), English artist [Dorothy Swan]
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of 5 Redcliffe Square, South Kensington, SW10. 28 January 1946.
£200.00

Item One: Autograph Letter Signed from Richter to Swan. 1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly spotted paper. From the letter it would appear that in 1946 Richter was acting as one of the selectors for the 59th Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, at the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London. He writes that he is enclosing 'the mighty deed [a book, as the letter explains], also the invitation for the exhibition at the Royal Academy valid from Feb. 13 to March 17.

Autograph Letter Signed to Sir William [Haynes-Smith, 1839-1928].

Author: 
Col. P. H. H. Massy, British Vice-Consul at Adana, Turkey [Sir William Haynes-Smith, British High Commissioner, Cyprus]
Publication details: 
30 July 1903; Mersina [on embossed official letterhead].
£100.00

12mo, eight pages. Very good, with slight wear to inner margins from removal from stubs (not affecting text). An informative discussion of the commercial prospects in the vilayet of Adana. He has 'been absent a great deal travelling', hence the delay in answering Haynes-Smith's questions. Begins by discussing the 'titles to property &c. here in Cases of improvement schemes &c.' Next comes the 'population of the vilayet' ('about half a million [...] The language generally is Turkish all over').

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