[ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A C D.') to 'My dear David' [ David Thomson? ], giving advice regarding the publishing of a poem.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), renowned English author, creator of Sherlock Holmes
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On letterhead of 12 Tennison Road, South Norwood. Undated [ between 1891 and 1894, judging by the address ].

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight spotting to extremities. A candidate for the recipient of the letter is David Thomson, whom Doyle wrote was 'photographing me writing at my table' in South Norwood on 18 November 1891, and had Conan Doyle write to him and other friends about asking at a library for "Micah Clarke" (revealed in his letter of 26 Feb. 1889, to Mary Doyle).

[ Victorian Free Public Libraries in Lambeth, Birmingham and elsewhere. ] Scrapbook of ephemera (posters, handbills, bookplates, tickets, forms) and newspaper cuttings, compiled by Walter Powell and completed by H. M. Cashmore.

Walter Powell (1874-1928), Chief Librarian of Birmingham [ Herbert Maurice Cashmore (1882-1972), City Librarian of Birmingham; Lambeth; Free Public Libraries ]
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[ Lambeth (London), Birmingham and other places in England. ] Between 1887 and 1928.

On his death Cashmore was said in his obituary by P. Havard-Williams to belong 'to a legendary age of British public librarianship'.

Autograph Letter Signed from Sarah Jones to her landlord Mr Norwood of Ashford, complaining that she is imprisoned for debt in Dover Castle at the behest of 'Mr Knocker'.

Sarah Jones [Dover Castle, debtors' prison for residents of the Cinque Ports, Kent]
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Dover Castle [Kent]. 17 November 1824.

1p., 4to. Bifolium, with reverse of second leaf with Dover postmark, and addressed by Jones to 'Mr Norwood | to the left at the | Queen's head | Ashford Kent'. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The letter reads: 'Dover Castle Nov - 17 - 824 | Mr. Norwood | Sir | I beg to inform you I was arrested yesterday & sent to this place - My son in law & myself would have been up to have settled the rent, but now it must remain till I get out - I hope you will not let any one have, or touch the house. Mr.

The Croydon Advertiser: Guardbook of some illustrations.

A. Penniall and others.
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Album, half-leather, worn, folio. The Guardbook of black and white illustrations from the Croydon Advertiser, c. 50 items, most c. 8 x 10", some folding, mainly Croydon subjects and neighbourhood, clear images in good condition, some by A. Penniall.

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