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[ Ben Davies, Welsh tenor with the Carl Rosa Opera Company: 'I have not been to the Opera once this season'. ] Autograph Letter Sigjned to the General Manager of the Royal Opera House, Neil Forsyth.

Author: 
Ben Davies (1858-1943), Welsh tenor with the Carl Rosa Opera Company [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 33 Compayne Gardens, West Hampstead, N.W. 2 July 1906.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. Forsyth has drawn a pencil line through the first page, and written concerning the allocation of seats 'two tonight 3/7/06 <?>'.Davies states that he has 'not been to the Opera once this season: have never seen “Butterfly” - should be so glad if you could sent me anything for Tomorrow (Tuesday) – or better still, if you could phone me in the morning just yes or no'. Pushing his luck he ends, 'I suppose there is no chance for Wed also?'

[ 'Elizabeth Parkina' [ Elizabeth Parkinson ], American soprano. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Elizabeth Parkina') to 'Mr. Forsyth' [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ], one regarding her name on the programme..

Author: 
Elizabeth Parkina [ real name Elizabeth Parkinson ] (1878-1922), American soprano [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]
Publication details: 
Neither letter is dated. One (the earlier, circa 1905?) is addressed from Villa St Etienne, Allée Hennon, Arcachon. The other [ 1906 ] is on letterhead of 51 Bedford Court Mansions, London, W.C.
£50.00

'Elizabeth Parkina' studied under Mathilde Marchesi in Paris and made her debut in 1902 at the Opéra-Comique of Paris in ‘Lakmé’. At Covent Garden between 1904 and 1907, she appeared as Musetta in ‘La Bohème’ and Siebel in ‘Faust’, and stood in for prima donna Nellie Melba as Marguerite in ‘Faust’. She toured Australia in 1905 and retired from the stage around 1907. She died after long illness. ONE: Villa St Etienne, Allée Hennon, Arcachon. 2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with blue pencil line by Forsyth across first page.

H. B. Irving [ Harry Brodribb Irving ], actor-manager and criminologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H B Irving') to 'Mr Forsyth [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]

Author: 
H. B. Irving [ Harry Brodribb Irving ] (1870-1919), actor-manager and criminologist; the eldest son of Sir Henry Irving [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'Mr. H. B. Irving & Co. ('Under the Direction of Messrs. Nixon & Zimmerman'). 29 June 1906.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with light pencil line by Forsyth through first page. She hopes that she is not 'asking too much' in requesting 'two stalls or a box for the premiere of “Eugene Oneghin” - Friday evening'. If 'not impossible', he would like 'a lunch to be present that night. He asks to be sent word to the Garrick Club.

[ 'Ben Greet' [ Sir Philip Barling Greet ], Shakespearean impressario and 'an ardent opera goer'. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Ben Greet') to Neil Forsyth, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, requesting boxes and commenting on productions.

Author: 
'Ben Greet' [ Sir Philip Barling Greet ] (1857-1936), Shakespearean actor, director, impresario, manager of Old Vic Theatre, London [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]
Publication details: 
One from 20 Buckingham Street WC [ London ], on letterhead of 'The Ben Greet Players', 14 July [no year]. The other from 2 The Terrace, Camden Square. 17 August [no year].
£80.00

ONE: On letterhead of 'The Ben Greet Company', addressed from 20 Buckingham Street, WC [ London ]. 14 July [ no year ]. 2pp., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with the first page carrying pencil scorings and a short note by Forsyth. The first paragraph reads: 'If business will permit can I have one of the small boxes for Monday night. You generally let me have something during the Season. I've been a very regular Gallery & Amphitheatre and stallite this season.' He continues: 'You've got a genius in Frau , & you sd keep her. Everyone is raving about her.?>

[ Giulia Ravogli and Sofia Ravogli, Italian opera singers. ] Autograph Note [ in the hand of Giulia Ravogli ] Signed 'Giulia and Sofia Ravogli', to 'Mr Neil Forsyth' of the Royal Opera House, requesting a box for 'Pagliacci, and Deux Pigeons'.

Author: 
Giulia Ravogli (1866-1941), contralto, wife of Harrison Cripps; her sister Sofia Ravogli (1865-1910), soprano, Italian opera singers [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 10 Bentinck Mansions, Bentinck Street, Manchester Square, W. [ London ] 28 June 1906.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The note- which is signed 'Giulia and Sofia | Ravogli' - is in the hand of Giulia Ravogli. It reads: 'We send to you our kind remembrances and we should be very pleased if you could spare a box for us for Monday evening next. "Pagliacci, and Deux Pigeons -', In his 2012 biography of Dame Clara Butt, Maurice Leonard writes that Giulia was 'an unusually tall contralto', who formed 'a sort of operatic double act' with her sister the soprano Sofia Ravogli, the two women 'appearing in Norma, Aida and many other works together.

[ Major General Douglas Wimberley. ] Author's copy, with bookplate and autograph additions, of typed volume: '"Scottish Soldier". An Autobiography by Douglas Wimberley. (A private account for my wife and family) Volume II Part IV - World War II'.

Author: 
Douglas Wimberley [ Major-General Douglas Neil Wimberley (1896-1983), commander of the 51st (Highland) Division at the Second Battle of El Alamein in the Second World War; North African Campaign]
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 1974.
£1,200.00

[3] + 280pp., 8vo, on the rectos only of the leaves. Bookplate of Douglas Neil Wimberley on flyleaf. Around half a dozen additional duplicated maps inserted. With copious autograph additions on upwards of 70pp. of the blank reverses of the leaves, several taking up the whole page, and a number initialled 'DW'. Internally in good condition, on aged and worn paper, in worn green fake-cloth binding, with 'SCOTTISH SOLDIER | VOLUME II | BY | DOUGLAS WIMBERLEY' in faded gilt on cover.

[ Major General Douglas Wimberley. ] Signed Duplicated typed volume: '"Scottish Soldier." by Douglas Wimberley. (a private account for my wife and family). Volume VII Final Miscellany Volume.' [including '"Montgomery", a personal Memoir']

Author: 
Douglas Wimberley [ Major-General Douglas Neil Wimberley (1896-1983), commander of the 51st (Highland) Division at the Second Battle of El Alamein in the Second World War ]
Publication details: 
Foreword dated from 'Foxhall, Coupar Angus. [ Scotland ] 1981.'
£750.00

[5] + 145pp., 8vo. On the rectos only of 149 leaves, perfect bound into buff card covers, with white typed label on front, reading 'SCOTTISH SOLDIER VOL. VII | BY DOUGLAS WIMBERLEY.' In ten sections, lettered A to J, three of them signed 'D W' in red ink (pp.55, 78, 128), with index of names and appendix. Title-page in autograph, otherwise a duplicated typescript, but with autograph notes to pp.21, 46 (subsequently inserted), 61, 62, 63, 75. Sections include '"Montgomery", a personal Memoir', 'Broadcast on the B.B.C.

The flamboyant Labour Member of Parliament Tom Driberg's own collection of photographic portraits of himself; nine large prints, by Maurice Beck (4, signed), Blechman (2, signed), Lenare (2) and Converse Studios (1); and a small one by Alex Dellow.

Author: 
Tom Driberg [Thomas Edward Neil Driberg] (1905-1976), Baron Bradwell, Labour Member of Parliament and the Daily Express's 'William Hickey' ; Maurice Beck; Blechman; Lenare; Converse Studios, New York
Publication details: 
[London and New York.] In stamped photographic album of Lenare, Portraiture, 28, George Street, Hanover Square, London, W.1. None of the ten prints is date [1930s to 1970s].
£500.00

The nine large prints are in good condition, lightly-aged with slight wear to corners. The smaller print is lightly-creased. In worn blue faux-leather album, with large facsimile signature of 'Lenare' on cover in gilt, with the address 'Portraiture | 28, GEORGE STREET | HANOVER SQUARE | LONDON, W.1.' ONE to FOUR. A series of four head-and-shoulders portraits of Driberg, each signed in pencil by Maurice Beck, and with the stamp on the reverse: 'Photograph by | Maurice Beck | F.R.P.S.' Each on a piece of 37 x 29.5 cm.

Black and white portrait by Converse Studios Inc., New York, of the Labour Member of Parliament Tom Driberg [Thomas Edward Neil Driberg, later Baron Bradwell], the 'William Hickey' of the Daily Express.

Author: 
Tom Driberg [Thomas Edward Neil Driberg] (1905-1976), Baron Bradwell, Labour Member of Parliament and the Daily Express's 'William Hickey' [Converse Studios Inc., New York, photographers]
Publication details: 
Converse Studios Inc., New York. [1930s.]
£56.00

Black and white portrait of Driberg from the waist up, by Converse Studios Inc., New York. In good condition, in lightly-worn printed card folder, 35 x 25.5 cm. The image is mounted behind a 23.5 x 18 cm windowpane. Driberg, in his early thirties, in a double-breasted pin-striped suit, white shirt, and tie, faces the camera with hands in pockets. From Driberg's own papers.

Typed insurance valuation by auctioneers Christie, Manson & Woods of the art collection and library of the Labour Party politician Tom Driberg [Baron Bradwell]. With typed and manuscript material relating to bequests to a number of celebrated friends

Author: 
Tom Driberg [Thomas Edward Neil Driberg, Baron Bradwell] (1905-1976), journalist and Labour Party politician [Sir John Betjeman; Michael Foot; Joan Littlewood; Stanley Orme; Lord Paget of Northampton]
Publication details: 
Valuation: Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St James's, London. 1973.
£350.00

Valuation: 29pp., 4to, in a brown folder bound with green ribbon. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With a few manuscript additions. The title reads: 'T. DRIBERG, ESQ., 601 MOUNTJOY HOUSE, BARBICAN, LONDON, E.C.2. | VALUATIONS FOR INSURANCE | CHRISTIE, MANSON & WOODS.

Autograph Journal, by Amy Mary Irving Driberg, mother of the Labour Party politician Tom Driberg [Baron Bradwell], titled 'Tom - School' and containing entries on his schooldays.

Author: 
Amy Mary Irving Driberg [née Bell] (d.1939), of Uckfield Lodge, Crowborough, mother of Tom Driberg [Thomas Edward Neil Driberg, Baron Bradwell] (1905-76), journalist and Labour Party politician
Publication details: 
Entries dating from 27 September 1910 to 30 July 1918.
£180.00

14pp., 12mo. In ruled notebook bound in black cloth. Titled 'Tom - School' at head of first page, with small section cut away from the front cover to make this visible. In fair condition on lightly-aged paper, with one slightly dogeared corner and light staining to blank leaves at the rear. Written while Driberg was between the ages of five and thirteen, and with the handwriting more untidy towards the end.

Our Abominable Schools.

Author: 
James Philpott (Trained Certificated Schoolmaster).' [Newcastle-on-Tyne; education]
Publication details: 
Newcastle-on-Tyne: Printed by R. Ward & Sons, 31 to 39, High Bridge. 1905.
£185.00

8vo, ii + 29 pp. In original printed wraps. Text clear and complete. On aged and lightly-creased paper, with rusty staples, and wraps detached and repaired internally along spine. Wraps worn and discoloured. Ownership signature at head of front wrap.A little ink underlining, with occasional exclamation marks in margins and one 'Bah!' Motto reads 'The Scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses' seat.' First paragraph: '(The following is the latter part of a letter sent to the Education Committee for Newcastle-on-Tyne by James Philpott, a class teacher in the employ of that Committee.

Two Autograph Drafts of reviews and one Autograph Letter Signed to Philip Dossé of Hansom Books, Artillery Mansions, 75 Victoria Street, London SW1.

Author: 
Tom Driberg [Thomas Edward Neil Driberg, Baron Bradwell of Bradwell-juxta-Mare] (1905-1976) [crossword puzzled]
Publication details: 
Both reviews undated [both c. 1974]. Letter of 14 March 1974; 601 Mountjoy House, Barbican, London, on cancelled House of Commons letterhead.
£100.00

All three items lightly aged but good. Driberg has written 'TOM DRIBERG' at the head of the first page of both reviews. First Review (8vo, 7 pp) with slight wear at head (not affecting text) of first four leaves; last three leaves on House of Commons letterheads. With corrections. The subject is Daphne Fielding's 'The Rainbow Picnic' (1974). Second Review (8vo, 7 pp, on House of Commons letterheads) of four books about crossword puzzles, including Roger Millington's 'The Strange World of the Crossword' (1974). With corrections.

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