NOVELIST

[ G. B. Stern, lesbian Jewish author, and the Noel Coward circle of the 1920s. ] Eleven letters, mainly in Autograph, from Stern ('Peter') to Sewell Stokes ('Baby'), on carryings-on at her Italian villa, his boyfriend Gabriel Atkin, and other topics.

Author: 
G. B. Stern [ Gladys Bronwyn Stern; born Gladys Bertha Stern ] (1890-1973), English novelist of Jewish extraction [ F. N. Sewell Stokes (1902-1979); Gabriel Atkin; Noel Coward ]
Publication details: 
Between 1922 and 1930. Five from La Carruba, Diano Marina, Italy. Others from: G3. Albany, W.1. [ London ]; Ingle Hook, Whissendine, near Oakham, Rutland; Oruba, St Margarets Bay, S.O., Kent.
£1,800.00

A vivid and entertaining correspondence from a central figure in the Noel Coward circle of the 1920s. Stern was a prolific and successful novelist, whose affluent Jewish family served as the inspiration for much of her work. A lesbian, she maintained an Italian villa ('La Carruba' in Diano Marina) with her homosexual husband Geoffrey Lisle Holdsworth (1894-1955) and a stable of 'specially selected' female secretaries.

[ Sydney, Lady Morgan, Irish novelist. ] Autograph Letter signed ('Sy. Morgan') to unnamed recipient., declining a dinner engagement.

Author: 
Sydney, Lady Morgan [née Owenson] (c.1781-1859), Irish novelist, author of 'The Wild Irish Girl'
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£50.00

On 13.5 x 11 cm piece of paper, and possibly cropped down from a longer letter. In fair condition, aged and worn, with evidence of mount on blank reverse. Written in a hurried and difficult hand. The letter – which lacks a salutation – reads: 'I am always sorry to lose any opportunity of joining your agreeable society, - but partly from ill health & partly, - from a friend having come to dine with me, I <?> for the Evening, I <?> to the labours of the , a <?> | Most truly yrs | Sy. Morgan'.?>

[ William Harrison Ainsworth, historical novelist and friend of Charles Dickens. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Harrison Ainsworth') to his publisher 'Mr. Tinsley', complaining of the delay in forwarding a letter, and of printers Savile & Edwards.

Author: 
W. Harrison Ainsworth [ William Harrison Ainsworth ] (1805-1882), historical novelist and friend of Charles Dickens [ Tinsley Brothers, publishers; Savile & Edwards, London printers ]
Publication details: 
Hill View Lodge, Reigate. 10 March 1874.
£120.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with tissue labels from mount adhering to the blank reverse. Tinsley Brothers of 8 Catherine Street, Strand, were Ainsworth's publishers during this period. The letter begins: 'Dear Mr. Tinsley, | You are quite incorrigible.' Ainsworth complains that Tinsley has sent him a letter, 'delayed since Novr. 11th. last', and that he has 'been obliged to write a long letter of explanation and apology'. He hopes that 'the lady – for the writer is a lady – will be satisfied'.

[ Rhoda Broughton, Welsh novelist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rhoda Broughton') to 'Mrs Colville', responding to a letter of condolence on the death of her sister Eleanor Newcome.

Author: 
Rhoda Broughton (1840-1920), Welsh novelist
Publication details: 
1 Mansfield Place, Richmond Hill, S.W. [ London ] No date. [ 1895 ]
£35.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. Aged and worn, and with damage at foot of second leaf (slightly affecting the end of the signature) from removal from mount. 41 lines, written in a hurried hand, indecipherable at points. As Mrs Colville has 'always been so kind & friendly' to Broughton, she is 'far indeed from thinking' her letter 'an “intrusion upon my grief.”' Broughton's family are 'very dreary of course', but it was 'a blessing for us that my dear sister had taken no part in our daily Life & scarcely been half conscious for nearly 3 weeks before her death'.?>

[ Ethel Mannin, novelist and travel writer. ] Typed Card Signed ('E M') to Sewell Stokes, explaining why she declines to write an introduction for his autobiography, and referring to Isadora Duncan.

Author: 
Ethel Mannin [ Ethel Edith Mannin ] (1900-1984), novelist, travel writer and socialist [ Francis Martin Sewell Stokes (1902-1979), author and broadcaster ]
Publication details: 
Wimbledon [ London ] postmark. 23 May 1934.
£75.00

Unillustrated official 'POST CARD' with printed penny stamp. Addressed on one side, with Wimbledon postmark, to 'Sewell Stokes, Esq., | 53, Holland Park, W.11.' In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Twelve typed lines of text. The subject of the text is Stokes's forthcoming autobiography 'Monologue' (Hutchinson, 1934), with Mannin referring to her own 'Confessions and Impressions' (Jarrolds, 1930). After thanking him for his letter she writes: 'I am glad you have decided to dispense with an introduction to the book – books, particularly of this kind, should stand on their own legs . . .

[ Graham Greene, major English novelist. ] Autograph Signature ('Graham Greene') to typed valediction to letter to 'The Lord Iddesleigh'.

Author: 
Graham Greene (1904-1991), major English novelist
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£120.00

On 6.5 x 12 cm slip of thin laid paper, cut from the end of a typed letter. Signature in blue ink. In fair condition, lightly aged, with tissue labels from mount adhering to the blank reverse. Reads: '[...] | Yours sincerely, | [Graham Greene] | Graham Greene. | The Lord Iddesleigh, | Pynes, | Exeter.'

[ William Gerhardie, novelist. ] Typed Letter Signed to 'Miss M. Moseley' [ the novelist Maboth Moseley ], concerning Lord Beaverbrook and the publication of her articles and novel.

Author: 
William Gerhardie [ William Alexander Gerhardie ] (1895-1977), novelist [ Maboth Moseley (1906-1975), Yorkshire novelist ]
Publication details: 
28 Dean Street, W1. [ London ] 14 September 1927.
£100.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He apologises for his 'long silence', having been 'troubled by several things not connected with literature'. He expresses a desire to call on her 'some time later'. He has not been successful with her articles with Lord Beaverbrook, and thinks 'the most effective step to take would be to publish your novel first'. (Her first novel 'Cold Surge' was published by Hutchinson & Co. in 1929.) He has signed her copy of his novel 'The Polyglots', which he is returning separately.

[ Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord Lytton, author and politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lytton'), inviting the unnamed recipient, presumably F.W. Farrer, and 'Mrs. Farrer' to extend their forthcoming stay.

Author: 
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord Lytton [ Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton ] (1803-1873), English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician, friend of Charles Dickens
Publication details: 
12 Grosvenor Square [ London ]. 21 July [ no year ].
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My dear Sir/ | I think it is the 28th. thar you proposed to come to me & I hope that you & Mrs. Farrer may find it not interfering with more agreeable <?> please to stay at least till the following Monday or Tuesday Aug 1st'.

[ Catherine Hutton, novelist, letter writer; Egyptology ] Autograph Letter Signed, thanking the Egyptologist T.J. Pettigrew for a gift of 'hieroglyphics', and protesting against the removal of a sarcophagus to 'the fogs of an English climate'.

Author: 
Catherine Hutton (1756-1846), novelist, letter writer and autograph collector [ Thomas James Pettigrew (1791-1865), Egyptologist, surgeon, antiquary and librarian to the Duke of Sussex ]
Publication details: 
'Bennett's Hill near Birmingham'. 29 December 1843.
£180.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged.

[ Mary Cholmondeley, English novelist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. Harington', a dinner invitation with a reference to copies of a book.

Author: 
Mary Cholmondeley (1859-1925), English novelist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 62 Albert Gate Mansions, Hyde Park, S.W. [ London ] 7 March [ 1899 ].
£40.00

See her entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p., 12mo. On aged and worn paper. She has pinned a short newspaper cutting regarding Major Matthew Nathan at the head, and drawn a hand pointing to it. A dinner invitation, concluding 'You had better begin to look out for second hand copies of ""' From the papers of the Harington baronets of Ridlington.

[ 'Cyril Hare', crime writer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. A. G. C.') to Sir Richard Dundas Harington, arranging a meeting with reference to a 'ghastly affair at Bedford'.

Author: 
'Cyril Hare', pseudonym of crime writer and judge Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark (1900-1958) [ Sir Richard Dundas Harington (1900-1981), 13th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
67 Albert Bridge Road [ London ], on cancelled letterhead of 32 Cyril Mansions, Prince of Wales Road, S.W.11. 13 August 1938.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. Aged and worn, with thin line of glue causing damage to a few words of text. Addressed to 'Dear Harington'. His 'plans have all been upset by this ghastly affair at Bedford, of which you no doubt read in the papers'. He only returned from Bedford the previous night, and will have to go to the funeral there on the coming Monday, so they will have to 'put things off a bit'. He has 'arranged to fish with "Mr. Matheson" on the Didder', and suggests dates around that time for meeting.

[ L. P. Hartley, novelist. ] Two typewritten drafts of his final short story 'The Ugly Picture', one headed in autograph 'First Version | (with description of <Verdley?> picture)'.

Author: 
L. P. Hartley [ Leslie Poles Hartley ] (1895-1972), English novelist and short-story writer
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ Circa 1972. ]
£350.00

'The Ugly Picture' was L. P. Hartley's final short story. It appeared in the Christmas issue of the Spectator, 23 December 1972, a few days before his death. There is a synopsis in Adrian Wright's 'Foreign Country: The Life of L. P. Hartley' (1996). Neither of the two drafts present here corresponds with the published version, whose ending, for example, has been heavily reworked from the ending to the later of the two drafts. The two items are both in good condition, each on loose leaves (one side only) of paper attached with a safety pin.

[ Susan Gilruth, crime writer. ] Personal album of material ("guard-book" relating to her seven crime novels, with numerous newspaper cuttings, dustwrappers, a press release, three items of fan mail.

Author: 
Susan Gilruth [ born Susannah Margaret Hornsby-Wright ], crime writer
Publication details: 
[ England. Between 1951 and 1963. ]
£320.00

Gilruth was the author of seven crime novels: 'Sweet Revenge' (1951), 'Death in Ambush' (1952), 'Postscript to Penelope' (1954), 'A Corpse for Charybdis' (1956), 'To this Favour' (1957), 'Drown Her Remembrance' (1961) and 'The Snake is Living Yet' (1963). The material in this collection is in good overall condition, lightly aged and worn. Most of the material is laid down on 41pp. of a 25 x 38 cm. album (ownership signature on front pastedown), with press cuttings of reviews grouped around the cut-down dustwrappers of the first six of Gilruth's books.

[ Dolf Wyllarde [ Dorothy Margarette Selby Lowndes ], popular female novelist ] Autograph Letter Signed and two Typed Letters Signed (all three ''Dolf Wyllarde') requesting information to assist her in the writing of her books.

Author: 
Dolf Wyllarde [ pen name of Dorothy Margarette Selby Lowndes ] (1871-1950), popular female novelist [ Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
The first two from addresses in Crown Hill, South Devon; the third from Oldmixon Manor, near Weston Super Mare, Somerset. 1913, 1915 and 1924.
£120.00

Lowndes was educated at King's College, London, and trained as a journalist. She published two volumes of verse (1911, 1920) and more than forty volumes of fiction between 1897 and 1939. See her entry in Who Was Who. The present three items are in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. In the first two Wyllarde has written 'F.R.G.S.' after her signature. All three carry the Society's stamp. ONE: ALS. 11 February 1913. 2 Belgrave Villas, Crown Hill, South Devon. 2pp., 12mo. She desires an early copy of 'Mr. J.

[ Warwick Deeping, novelist. ] 5 Autograph Letters Signed and 3 Autograph Notes Signed to Margaret Greenwood, regarding the adapation of his work for film. With 3 Autograph Letters Signed from his wife, and 13 copies of Greenwood's letters.

Author: 
Warwick Deeping [ George Warwick Deeping ] (1877-1950), English best-known for 'Sorrell and Son' (1925) and his wife Maud Phyllis Merrill (c.1882-1971) [ Margaret Greenwood ]
Publication details: 
On blind-stamped letterheads of his country house Eastlands, Weybridge, Surrey. 1949 and 1950.
£500.00

21 items. In good condition, lightly aged, held together with a brass stud. Deeping's eight items of correspondence - all signed 'Warwick Deeping' - total 9pp. His wife's three letters total 4pp. One of Deeping's letters is in its envelope, addressed by him to 'Miss Margaret Greenwood | 15 Horsham Road | Bexleyheath | Kent'. The copies of Greenwood's typed letters, totalling 16pp., date from between 27 July 1949 and 22 July 1950, bookending the whole correspondence. They are written on the backs of discarded typed drafts of pages from Greenwood's screenplays.

[ Alec Waugh, novelist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Alec Waugh') to 'Miss Marshall-Hall' (daughter of Sir Edward Marshall Hall), regarding the 'Invalids tour' and 'Milhanger'.

Author: 
Alec Waugh [ Alexander Raban Waugh ] (1898-1981), author, brother of the novelist Evelyn Waugh
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Easton Court Hotel, Chagford, Devon. Undated.
£45.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged paper, with creasing and wear at head. Written in Waugh's close, distinctive hand. Reads: 'Dear Miss Marshall-Hall | It was nice of you to write. I didn't go on the Invalids tour this year. It can't have been the same thing without Milhanger. | Sincerely Yrs | Alec Waugh /'. The reference is presumably to Milhanger, the Surrey country house designed by Harold Falkner.

[ Catherine Stepney, Lady Stepney, 'Silver Fork' novelist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C Stepney'), inviting 'Mr Westmacot' [ Sir Richard Westmacott or his son ] to a reunion. With engraved portrait of her by A. E. Chalon.

Author: 
Catherine Stepney, Lady Stepney [ born Catherine Pollok; also Catherine Manners ] (1778-1845), 'Silver Fork' novelist [ A. E. Chalon [ Alfred Edward Chalon ] (1780-1860), artist and engraver ]
Publication details: 
Letter: 'Friday Night'. [ No date or place. ] Engraving: 'London. Published by Henry Colburn. Decr. 1837.'
£65.00

The letter is 1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, with light signs of age, placed in a windowpane mount in the remains of a leaf from an album. The letter reads: 'Dear Mr Westmacot [no doubt the sculptor Sir Richard Westmacott or his son] - I have a little reunion - on Monday evening 1st Feby - pray come - I am desired by <?> to present you to her especially - that she may invite you to her next Fete'. The engraving is on a 21.5 x 13.5 cm piece of paper. Similarly-mounted as the letter, above it on the same leaf. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn.

[Mrs Gore, novelist ] Autograph Manuscript of part of one of Mrs Gore's "Tales", "La Tarantula" (variously spelt!). originally published in Tait's Edinburgh Magazine.

Author: 
Mrs Gore [Catherine Grace Frances Gore (née Moody; 1798–1861], "Silver Spoon" novelist and dramatist
Publication details: 
Tait's Edinburgh Magazine, 1836, vol.III, pp.163-173 as "La Tarantala"
£250.00

Autograph Manuscript,, 1.5pp., 4to, sl.wear and tear and edge stained, text clear, light authorial corrections. The text derives from pp.171-2 (Tait's) from "interrupted her companion, tightening his grasp of her slender waist [ ...] do more for his bride". Four authorial additions or changes.

[ Florence Warden ('Mrs. G. E. James'), novelist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Florence James'), an invitation to dinner.

Author: 
Florence Warden [ 'Mrs. G. E. James', née Florence Alice Price ](1857-1929), novelist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 21 Addison Road North, Kensington, W. [ London. ] 26 March 1889.
£45.00

On one side of a 9 x 11 cm piece of grey paper. In a minuscule hand, with the recipient's name has been scored through: 'Dear Mr. <?>, | Will you come to supper on Thursday? | Yours sincerely, | Florence James'.

[ Katherine Thomson ('Grace Wharton'), Victorian novelist and historian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('K. Thomson') to an unnamed man, regarding the publication of a novel after 'the storm of adverse criticism is over'.

Author: 
Katherine Thomson ('Grace Wharton') [ née Katherine Byerley; Mrs A. T. Thomson ] (1797-1862), Victorian novelist and historian
Publication details: 
37 <Sheffield?> Road, Derby. 4 December [ 1861 ].
£56.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. She assumes that her work ('Celebrated Friendships', 1861), 'published with Messrs Hogg', has attracted his attention. 'Now about my novel, about which you have been very kind. Till the storm of adverse criticism is over, I think it will be much better to delay the work. Any notice it may have, will be cursory, & slight.' She wishes to postpone publication: 'My name will not appear in any book next year, that I know of, at present.' She will be in Derby for a few days, and will be happy to hear from him.

[ William Pett Ridge, novelist and humorist. ] Autograph Card Signed ('W. Pett Ridge'), apologising for being unable to attend a meeting.

Author: 
W. Pett Ridge [ William Pett Ridge ] (1859-1930), English novelist and humorous journalist with the St James Gazette
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Garrick Club, London. 'Wednesday' [no date].
£25.00

On both sides of a card. In good condition, with light aging. He hopes she will have 'a very succcessful meeting', but cannot give 'a promise to attend', as other matters are 'engaging, just now, all the attention I have to spare'.

[ Rosa Mulholland (Lady Gilbert), Irish novelist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rosa Gilbert') to London publisher Grant Richards, regarding her story 'Onora'.

Author: 
Rosa Mulholland [ Rosa Gilbert, Lady Gilbert ] (1841-1921), Irish novelist, poet and playwright [ Grant Richards (1872-1948), London publisher ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 6 Hyde Park Gate, S.W. [ London ]. 28 February 1903.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. With mourning border. In good condtion, lightly aged, with minor traces of mount in one margin. A while before Richards informed her that her story 'Onora' was out of print, and she asks him to inform her whether he means to reissue it in any form. 'In case you do not may I not conclude that I am at liberty to re-produce it through some other medium?'

[ 'Mrs. Oliphant', novelist. ] Autograph Signature ('M. O. W. Oliphant').

Author: 
'Mrs. Oliphant' [ Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant (1828-1897) ], English novelist
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£15.00

On 2.5 x 6.5 slip of paper cut from the end of a letter. Laid down on a small piece of black card. In good condition, lightly aged. In a small tight hand. Reads 'Very truly yours | M. O. W. Oliphant'. With cutting of part of an article. featurinng a photograph of the novelist.

[ Eden Phillpotts,novelist. ] Photographic portrait, with signed inscription.

Author: 
Eden Phillpotts (1862-1960), English writer, author of many works about Dartmoor and his native Devon
Publication details: 
Dated 'May 1950'.
£45.00

The inscription is on a 22.5 cm square piece of card, and reads: 'Eden Phillpotts - somewhat battered, but still telling stories. | May 1950.' Laid down on the card, above the inscription, is a 14 x 18 cm black and white photograph, depicting Phillpotts, book in hand, standing in front of a bookcase, which has apparently been cut by Phillpotts from a magazine. The item is in fair condition, lightly-aged and worn.

[ Eric Linklater, Welsh novelist. ] Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Eric Linklater [ Eric Robert Russell Linklater ] (1899-1974), Welsh novelist
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£23.00

On 12.5 x 9 cm piece of cream paper. In good condition, with light signs of age. Boldly written and underlined, at the top of the page, reading 'Eric Linklater.' No other writing on either side of the leaf.

[ M. E. Braddon, Victorian novelist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('M. E Braddon') expressing thanks for a gift.

Author: 
M. E. Braddon [ Mary Elizabeth Braddon, 'Mrs. John Maxwell' ] (1835-1915), Victorian novelist, author of 'Lady Audley's Secret'
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Lichfield House, Richmond. 1 January 1878.
£38.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Reads: 'With Mary Maxwell's love & best wishes, & many thanks for the charmingly illustrated Xmas book of The Children in the Wood | M. E Braddon | January 1. 1878.'

[ S. R. Crockett, Scottish novelist. ] Typed Letter Signed ('S. R. Crockett'), to a bookseller, thanking him for sending the book 'Idylls of Spain' and expressing an interest in the subject.

Author: 
S. R. Crockett [ Samuel Rutherford Crockett ] (1859-1914), Scottish novelist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Savoy Hotel, Embankment Gardens, London. 30 January 1899.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper. He thanks him for sending 'Idylls of Spain' (by Rowland Thirlmere, 1897), which 'Mr. Milner' will settle with him for, and states that he is 'interested in the subject and would be glad of a note of any books you happen to come across on this subject'. In 1903 Crockett would publish 'The Adventurer in Spain'.

[ Bulwer-Lytton ] Autograph Note Signed "E B L" to William Jerdan, author and editor,

Author: 
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, novelist
Publication details: 
[Place illegible to me] Monday [25 July 1853]
£65.00

One page, 12mo, fold marks, good condition. "Pray couch your dedication in the way that pleases you best - but the more [?] & less formal the more agreeable to me." Jerdan has docketed with a date, 25 July 1853, and a one word comment, "dinnering"[?]

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[ Arthur Morrison ] Autograph Note Signed "Arthur Morrison" to "Fraulein [Clausen?]" about translation of his work into Geman.

Author: 
Arthur Morrison, novelist (working class life and detective fiction).
Publication details: 
[Headed Notepaper] Salcombe House, Loughton, Essex, 8 August 1902.
£120.00

One page, 8vo, bifolium, fold mark, good condition. "I am obliged by your letter. Some of my books have been translated into German, but not all. My agent, Mr Watt [A.P. Watt], who transacts all my business, is at present away on holiday, but I will send him your letter and ask him to communicate with you on his return."

[ Eric Ambler, thriller writer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Eric Ambler') to military historian Barrie Pitt, regarding the award of an OBE and the gift of a book. With copies of two letters by Pitt to Ambler.

Author: 
Eric Ambler [ Eric Clifford Ambler ] (1909-1998), British writer of crime and espionage novels [ Barrie Pitt ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Av. Eugene Rambert 20, 1815 Clarens, Suisse [ Switzerland ]. 1 May 1981.
£450.00

1p. 8vo. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. With envelope addressed by Ambler to Pitt at Kennister in Somerset. Also present are copies of two letters to Ambler from Pitt, dated 2 January and 20 February 1980. In the first Pitt congratulates Ambler on the receipt of an OBE, reminds him of their previous correspondence through Peter Janson-Smith, and sends 'Part I of my trilogy on the North African campaign' ('If it gives you one tenth of the enjoyment I get from every one of your books, it will have been worth writing.').

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