[ Mary Howitt, Quaker poet, author of 'The Spider and the Fly'. ] Autograph Letter Signed to the Irish author Samuel Lover

Mary Howitt [ née Botham ] (1799-1888), Quaker poet, author of 'The Spider and the Fly' [ Samuel Lover (1797-1868), Irish author ]
Publication details: 
The Hermitage, Highgate Rise. 14 August [ no year ].

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'it was such a delight to my daughter & myself to hear your beautiful songs last evening that we wish such a happiness was possible for us very often - And as certain old proverbs present themselves to our mind such as - "Ask & have" - "The world belongs to the bold," &c - I think the most straight forward way is to act upon them - & hence I write.' She proceeds to invite him to 'a little social gathering' ('not a party') at 'a very small house - which may be compared either to a nutshill or a bird's nest'.

[Typescript] The Insect Play. Inscribed by Day-Lewis.With two photographs (one with note in his hand), some fan mail and an admirer's artistic representation of two of his roles

[Daniel Day-Lewis, actor; Karel and Josef Capek]
Publication details: 
Play undated, others 1981-2.

A., Typescript (gestetner or similar), paper wraps, 70pp., sm. folio, wear and tear to spine, sl. grubby, a few marks, mainly good condition. Inscribed "Daniel Day-Lewis" with underlining and a few notes in his hand. Not listed among his roles on relevant websites. B. Two photographs, one with two duplicate images of Day-Lewis when quite young (Bedales tie?), 9 x 14cm; the other, almost full length holding baby on his shoulder [his son was born in 1995], inscribed by him on reverse, "Happy dressed father with unconscious naked son | I:x:95", 12 x 18cm. C.

Typed Letter Signed to Leslie Bloom of the Gallery First Nighters' Club.

Ian Wallace (born 1919), English baritone singer connected with Flanders and Swann
Publication details: 
29 October 1956; on letterhead 27 Stormont Road, Highgate, London, N.6.

Two pages, on letterhead of roughly 13.5 x 17.5 cms. He has sent a wire accepting the 'kind invitation'. '[A]s you can imagine we are rehearsing all day and every day at the present [...] The only thing thaht could stop me being with you is that we are, I understand, to record the "Fanny" music for a long-playing record on that Saturday'.

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