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[John Keble, Anglican cleric and poet, leader of the Oxford Movement.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. K.') to Rev. Alfred Kent of Fairford, discussing the appointment of an organist, and an inscription to mark his parents' grave.

Author: 
John Keble (1792-1866), Anglican cleric and poet, a leader of the Oxford Movement, after whom was named Keble College, Oxford
Publication details: 
'Hursley, St. Stephens Day 1859', i.e. Hursley Vicarage, Hampshire; 26 December 1859.
£50.00

4pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good conditon, lightly aged. Folded twice. With envelope addressed by Keble to 'Revd. Alfred Kent | Coln St. Aldwins | Fairford'. He thanks him for his 'note about the Organist', before mentioning 'two or three things which have struck Mr. Richards (our Curate & Precentor) and myself'.

[John Sparrow, academic and bibliophile, Warden of All Souls College, Oxford.] Autograph Letter Signed and three Autograph Cards Signed to Brian Hill, praising his book 'Pleasure Garden' and discussing Dr Pan, with reference to buggery.

Author: 
John Sparrow [John Hanbury Angus Sparrow] (1906-1992), academic and bibliophile, Warden of All Souls College, Oxford [Brian Hill (1896-1979)]
Publication details: 
Letter 24 October 1956; two of the cards from around the same date, the third card dated 22 November 1935. The first three with letterhead of the Warden, All Souls College, Oxford. The third 1935 card without place.
£120.00

The four items in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: ALS. 2pp, 8vo. Folded twice. He wishes to tell him 'what pleasure Pleasure Garden has given & is giving me - chequered only by occasional [footnote: '& most unworthy'] annoyance that you should have spotted something which I thought that no one but myself had ever noticed and appreciated'. He finds it 'a delightful and entirely fresh book - which pleases many different bits of one's mind'. He continues in the same tone, noting with approval that Hill has 'preserved specimen's of Pan's quaint pomposity'.

[Lascelles Abercrombie, Georgian poet and Oxford literary critic.] Autograph Letter Signed to the pre-eminent historian of drama Allardyce Nicoll

Author: 
Lascelles Abercrombie (1881-1838), Georgian poet and literary critic at Oxford University, one of the 'Dymock poets' [Allardyce Nicoll [John RamsayAllardyce Nicoll] (1894-1976), historian of drama]
Publication details: 
2 May 1932. On letterhead of 7A, Stanley Gardens, W.11. [London]
£45.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'Dear Allardyce | May I present you with this as a (somewhat belated) Easter egg? - At least I meant to get it off at Easter, but various alarums and excursions got in the way.' Persisting with the conceit, he explains that 'there is no more obligation on you to eat it, than there is to eat any other Easter egg'. He gives a list of three theatrical topics for his 'Malvern lectures', beginning with 'Play of the Wether [sic] & R. Roister Doister & their respective authors'.

[Cardinal Manning [Henry Edward Manning], Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry E. Card: Archbp.'), on the forwarding of a letter by 'Bishop Rickards on the subject of Sir Bartle Freres policy in the Zulu War'.

Author: 
Cardinal Manning [Henry Edward Manning] (1808-1892), Roman Catholic prelate; second Archbishop of Westminster, 1865-1892 [Sir Bartle Frere; the Second Zulu War]
Publication details: 
29 December 1879. On letterhead of the Archbishop's House, Westminster, S.W. [London]
£65.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. The recipient is not named. Manning begins by apologising for the 'long delay in fulfilling the promise to send the inclosed letter of Bishop Rickards on the subject of Sir Bartle Freres policy in the Zulu War'. He explains that he has been 'much pressed by business & also absent from London'. He concludes by urging the recipient not to trouble himself to return it.

[Charles Harold Herford, literary scholar, editor of Ben Jonson, professor in Wales and in Manchester.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'C H Herford') to 'Armstrong', regarding an 'indiscretion' and 'more timid & more cruel' proposals.

Author: 
C. H. Herford [Charles Harold Herford] (1853-1931), Manchester-born literary scholar, editor of Ben Jonson with Percy and Evelyn Simpson, professor in Wales and Manchester
Publication details: 
25 and 26 September 1914. Each on letterhead of 5 Parkfield Road, Didsbury, Manchester.
£35.00

Both in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: 2pp, 12mo. He 'must bear the entire blame' for 'an indiscretion', and is 'exceedingly sorry'. 'Nothing was said between us in regard to the giving or withholding of addresses, & I had not at that time considered the point.

[Oxford Circuit in the 1880s.] 27 sketches and caricatures by Lauriston Leonard Batten of barristers (including Lord Loveburn; C. J. Darling), judges and others, including several court scenes; for fellow barrister the future Sir Richard Harington.

Author: 
Lauriston Leonard Batten (1863-1934) [the Oxford Circuit in the late nineteenth century; Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931), Puisne Judge in the High Court of Justice at Fort William in Bengal]
Legal sketches
Publication details: 
The Oxford Circuit [Gloucester, Reading, Shrewsbury Assizes; Birmingham Assizes]. A few items dated to 1887, 1888, 1891, 1894.
£950.00
Legal sketches

Lauriston Leonard Batten studied at Trinity College, Cambridge (see his entry in Alum. Cantab.). He was admitted at the Inner Temple in 1882 and called to the bar four years later. KC, 1905. Bencher, 1914. The present collection is from the papers of his colleague on the Oxford Circuit, Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931), 12th baronet, who was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. Called to the Bar in 1886, he practised on the Oxford Circuit before taking up an appointment as a Puisne Judge in the High Court of Justice at Fort William in Bengal in 1899.

[1864 Oxford Diary of George Tate Medd.] Autograph Diary describing his stay with his brother C. S. Medd of University College, with reference to Wilberforce, Jowett, 'Athletic sports' against Cambridge.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [Charles Septimus Medd, Fellow of University College, Oxford]
Publication details: 
Oxford, 31 December 1863 to 31 December 1864. Diary written out in 'Pawsey's Pocket Diary, and Almanack, for 1864' (London: Peacock, Mansfield, & Co.).
£320.00

Medd's autograph diary and memoranda fill the 144pp and prelims of the printed 16mo almanack and diary, which is in a 10.5 x 6.5 cm brown leather flapped binding. Ownership inscription: 'George Tate Medd | 4. Magdalen Terrace | Iffley Road | Oxford'. Medd was not a student at the University, but having been invalided out of the army (see below), he was staying with his brother Charles Septimus Medd (for whom see Alum. Oxon.) whose election as a Fellow of University College he records at the beginning of the volume with a 'Hurrah'.

[Edmund Stonor, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Trebizond.] Eleven Autograph Letters Signed, in a collection of fifteen items of correspondence to his London lawyers Philip Witham and F. R. Ward. With two letters from Judge Henry James Stonor.

Author: 
Edmund Stonor (1831-1912), Roman Catholic Archbishop of Trebizond and Senior Canon of St John Lateran, Chamberlain to Pope Pius IX [Philip Witham (1843-1921) and F. R. Ward, Irish lawyers in London]
Publication details: 
The fifteen items between 1884 and 1906. Eight of Stonor's letters from 27 Via Sistina, Rome. Other letters from 23 Clarges Street, London; Brighton; Abbey Hill, Winchester; and Imberhorne Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex.
£280.00

Fifteen items of correspondence, including eleven autograph letters from Stonor himself, eight signed 'Edmund Stonor', the other three '+ Edmund Stonor | Abp of Trebizond'. The collection aged and worn, with fraying to edges. The items attached with a brass stud. Regarding the two recipients, prominent solicitors serving the Irish and Roman Catholic interests in London, Philip Witham (1843-1921) - whose firm was Roskell, Witham, Munster and Weld - appears to have succeed F. R. Ward at 1 Gray's Inn Square. The main topic of the correspondence is the drafting in 1888 of Stonor's will.

[Edward Bouverie Pusey, Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E B P') to an unnamed 'daughter in J[esus] C[hrist].', discussing his financial entanglements (over [Stormont?] House), her son's advancement, and other matters.

Author: 
Edward Pusey [Edward Bouverie Pusey] (1800-1882), Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Oxford, leading promoter of the Oxford Movement
Publication details: 
7 February [no year]. On letterhead of Christ Church, Oxford.
£180.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. Forty-eight lines of closely-written untidy text, with several deletions. The paper is aged, and the blank reverse has been used (by a child?) for dabbing paints in various colours, but the text is clear and completely intact, although Pusey's crabbed handwriting makes readings tentative. The letter begins: 'My dear daughter in J C. | Those who have taken pains for the souls of others do not easily forget them, and you and your [Friends?] have been often in my mind, and I hoped that you were fighting the good fight, tho I was no longer a witness to your fight'.

[John Keble, Anglican cleric and poet.] Autograph Letter in the third person, recommending that 'Mr. T. Sneyd Kinnersley' apply to 'Mr. Parker, or Mr. Harrison the Architect' regarding an engraving.

Author: 
John Keble (1792-1866), Anglican cleric and poet, a leader of the Oxford Movement, after whom was named Keble College, Oxford [Thomas Clement Sneyd Kinnersley; James Park Harrison; John Henry Parker]
Publication details: 
Hursley Vicarage [Hampshire]. 21 December 1849.
£80.00

2pp, 12mo. On the first leaf of a bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. Folded twice. 'Mr. Keble presents his compliments to Mr. T. Sneyd Kinnersley, & is much concerned to have received his note so late, that it was impossible for him to return an answer in time for the 20th. He has no spare copies of the Engraving, or he would gladly forwarded [sic] one. Neither does he know whom to apply to about it, unless it be Mr. Parker, or Mr. Harrison the Architect, [i.e. James Park Harrison (1817-1901)] whose address is | 11 Chancery Lane | London. | Mr.

[Benjamin Jowett, Master of Balliol College, Oxford.] Autograph Letter Signed ('B. Jowett') to T. W. Jex-Blake, Headmaster of Rugby School, regarding 'the prosperity' of the school, the regaining of its 'prestige', and the accepting of 'certificates

Author: 
Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893), Master of Balliol College, Oxford, influential tutor and administrator at the University [Thomas William Jex-Blake (1832-1915), Headmaster of Rugby School, Dean of Wells]
Publication details: 
27 September [no year]. Oxford.
£120.00

The 1880 'Balliol Masque' indicates Jowett's standing, and the pronunciation of his name: 'First come I. My name is Jowett. | There's no knowledge but I know it. | I am Master of this College, |What I don't know isn't knowledge.' 2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with fold lines. Begins: 'My dear Jex Blake | I am very glad to hear of the prosperity of Rugby, in which I shall always take a great interest.

[Charles Buller Heberden, Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford.] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'C B Heberden') to Sir Richard Harington, concerning the replacement of a college stained glass window, Harington taking the old one.

Author: 
Charles Buller Heberden (1849-1921), classical scholar and Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford [Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet, of Ridlington and Whitbourne Court]
Publication details: 
2, 4 and 14 January 1897. All three on letterhead of Brasenose College, Oxford.
£250.00

The three letters total 7pp, 12mo. All three in good condition, on lightly aged paper. From the papers of Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), 11th Baronet, whose father Rev. Dr Richard Harington (1800-1853), had been Principal from 1842 to his death. All three endorsed by Harington with date of receipt. The subject is the replacement of a stained glass window in the college, with Harington receiving the old window, which he put up at his Worcestershire country house, Whitbourne Court.

[Benjamin Jowett, Master of Balliol College, Oxford.] Autograph Letters Signed ('B. Jowett'), appealing to former college member E. M. Sneyd-Kynnersley for a subscription towards the establishment of a cricket ground.

Author: 
Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893), Master of Balliol College, Oxford, influential tutor and administrator at the University [Edmund MacKenzie Sneyd-Kynnersley, Inspector of Schools]
Publication details: 
24 February 1890. Balliol College [Oxford].
£80.00

The 1880 'Balliol Masque' indicates Jowett's standing, and the pronunciation of his name: 'First come I. My name is Jowett. | There's no knowledge but I know it. | I am Master of this College, | What I don't know isn't knowledge.' 2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with fold lines. Addressing his letter to 'Edward [sic] M. S Kynnersley Esq', he asks him to 'kindly read the accompanying circular? It relates to a project which I believe to be very important to the College & useful in many other ways, as well as - the [promise?] of a Cricket Ground'.

[William Archibald Spooner, Warden of New College, Oxford, who gave his name to the 'spoonerism'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. A. Spooner -'), regarding arrangements re accommodation for exams.

Author: 
William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930), Warden of New College, Oxford, who gave his name to the 'spoonerism'
Publication details: 
5 November 1913. On letterhead of New College, Oxford.
£80.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. Folded twice. In a letter sadly lacking in spoonerisms, Spooner writes that he is sending the unnamed recipient 'a form of Entrance for our Scholarships', advising him 'to come up as early in the day as possible', as the examination is held in term time, and 'I fear you may have some difficulty in finding lodgings'. He continues, regarding lodgings: 'If we can hear of any we can recommend notice of they will be sent to the Porter's Lodge, and you should make enquiries there'.

[George Canning, Prime Minister; John Richardson of Oxford University.] Manuscript copies of poems which won Chancellor's Medal for Latin verse: Canning's 'Iter ad Meccam [Journey to Mecca]'; Richardson's 'Maria Scotorum Regina [Mary Queen of Scots]'

Author: 
George Canning, British Prime Minister; John Richardson, Student of the University of Oxford [Chancellor's Medal for Latin verse]
Publication details: 
[University of Oxford, post 1789 and 1792.]
£850.00

Manuscripts in a contemporary hand of two poems which won the University of Oxford Chancellor's Prize for Latin Verse, neither of them published. In 1789, Canning, as a Christ Church undergraduate, won the prize for the second of the two, 'Iter ad Meccam Religionis causa susceptum'; and in 1792 John Richardson, 'Scholar of University', won it for the first of the two, 'Maria Scotorum Regina'. The manuscript of the two poems totals 29pp, 8vo. The pages are written lengthwise on fifteen of the twenty leaves of a stitched booklet of laid paper with Britannia watermark.

[ David Powel, Welsh historian and Church of England divine, or his editor William Wynne? ] Manuscript fragment from 'The Historie of Cambria, now called Wales', exhibiting variations from the published text., suggesting authorial or edtiorial origin

Author: 
[ David Powel [ David Powell ] (c.1549-1598), Church of England divine and historian; William Wynne (c.1671-1704) of Jesus College, Oxford; Caradoc of Lhancarvan ]
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated. [c. 1584 or c. 1697?]
£120.00

2pp., on two strips of aged and worn watermaked laid paper, one strip 6 x 17 cm. and the other 3.5 x 17 cm. The reverses of both strips carry manuscript calculations. The extract is written with a clerkly (backwards) 'e', but not with a long 's', the first line of text of the second strip being slightly trimmed at the head. There are a number of variations from the printed version suggesting authorial or editorial origin.

[Arthur Sidgwick, classical scholar and promoter of women's education.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A Sidgwick') to Lady Cullum of Hardwick House, written in good spirits after a visit.

Author: 
Arthur Sidgwick (1840-1920), classical scholar and promoter of women's education at Oxford, brother of Henry Sidgwick [Trinity College, Cambridge; Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
1 May 1863; Cambridge.
£180.00

Arthur Sidgwick's long entry in the Oxford DNB concludes with the following assessment: 'a university liberal of rare consistency and stamina: a progressive bridging Victorian and Edwardian generations, and pre-eminent among the male dons who made a place for women's higher education in Oxford'. At the time of the present letter he was nearing the end of a 'brilliant' undergraduate career at Cambridge, with the winning of many prizes: 'In 1863 he was second in the first class of the classical tripos and fourteenth senior optime in mathematics, and was also president of the union.

[Edward Pusey, Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E B Pusey') to 'Mary', a servant, regarding the sending of books and fixing of a leak in the roof.

Author: 
Edward Pusey [Edward Bouverie Pusey] (1800-1882), Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Oxford and leading figure in the Oxford Movement [Christ Church]
Publication details: 
15 November [no year]; on letterhead of Christ Church, Oxford.
£56.00

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. Folded once. A nice letter, providing an insight into domestic arrangements in nineteenth-century Oxford, and the more mundane doings of an elevated soul. Begins: 'Mary, | Will you look in the glass room my sitting room. I think that on the right part of the bookshelf there are 3 copies of S. Augustine's Confessions. Will you be so good as to send them to me'. Turning to another matter he writes: 'I do not know any good glazier at Malvern who could do such a job, as the roof of that room in which I sit.

[ Charlotte M. Yonge, Victorian novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C M Yonge') to 'Miss Sewell' [Elizabeth Missing Sewell?] regarding books, reviews and Hookham's Lending Library.

Author: 
Charlotte M. Yonge [ Charlotte Mary Yonge; C. M. Yonge ] (1823-1901), English novelist associated with the Oxford Movement
Publication details: 
28 August [no year]. On letterhead of Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
£120.00

4pp, 16mo. Bifolium of grey paper, with letterhead printed in red. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded three times. The recipient is undoubtedly Elizabeth Missing Sewell or a member of her family, and the letter begins: 'My dear Miss Sewell, | I wish you could have accomplished giving us a day, hoping you might have found me in more lively and sensible trim than when you were here, when I had a headache just enough to make me stupid.' She is going to post her Roscoe's 'William I', which she got 'from the L[ending] Library'.

[Sir William Hunter, Scottish historian, statistician and Indian civil servant.] Autograph Presentation Inscription, with Signature ('W W Hunter').

Author: 
Sir William Hunter [Sir William Wilson Hunter] (1840-1900), Scottish historian, statistician, Indian civil servant and editor of the Imperial Gazetteer of India and Oxford 'Rulers of India' series
Publication details: 
Oaken Holt. 1895.
£20.00

On 12mo leaf, intended to be inserted in a book. In good condition lightly aged and worn. Centred on the page the inscription reads: 'With the author's kind remembrances. | W W Hunter. | Oaken Holt. | 1895.' The reverse is blank.

[Sir William Hunter, Scottish historian, statistician and Indian civil servant.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Wheeler' [S. E. Wheeler of the Oriental Club] regarding the Oxford 'Rulers of India Series' and his 'Imperial Gazetteer of India'.

Author: 
Sir William Hunter [Sir William Wilson Hunter] (1840-1900), Scottish historian, statistician, Indian civil servant and editor of the Imperial Gazetteer of India [Stephen Edward Wheeler (1854-1937)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Cherwell Edge, Oxford. 26 March 1890.
£150.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The second leaf has two punch holes, away from any text. Folded once. The subject of the letter is the 28-volume 'The Rulers of India' series, which Hunter edited for the Oxford University Press. His own biography of Lord Dalhousie appeared in 1890, and he followed this, as he explains in the letter with a life of Lord Mayo (1891). Despite the statement in the letter, the life of Lord Lawrence was written by Sir Charles Umpherston Aitchison, rather than by Richard Temple, who contributed the volume on James Thomason.

[Christopher Fry: 'The Dark is Light Enough', Corrected Proofs.] Revise Proofs of the first edition of 'The Dark is Light Enough' (Oxford University Press), with Autograph Emendations.

Author: 
Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright [Oxford University Press]
Publication details: 
[London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1954.] Red ink stamp at foot of first page: '15 APR 1954 | REVISE'.
£650.00

103pp, 8vo. Revises of the text of the play (and not the prelims) in unbound signatures. In fair condition, lightly aged. Red ink stamp at foot of pp.1 and 40: '15 APR 1954 | REVISE'. Numerous autograph emendations, nearly all minor and relating to accidentals, but with five verbal changes, of which the following two are the most significant. Printed on p.9: 'KASSEL. Well, Bella, does she seem to be in trouble? | BELLA. She says the only trouble is us who trouble ourselves.' amended in autograph to 'KASSEL. Well, Bella, where has she been/ | BELLA.

[Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble], actress.] Autograph speech made by her at a lunch for Poet Laureate John Masefield, with two items relating to Masefield's 'English Verse Speaking Association'.

Author: 
Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble] (1875-1960), actress associated with G. B. Shaw and her husband Harley Granville-Barker [John Masefield, Poet Laureate, and his English Verse Speaking Association]
Publication details: 
Speech made at the Town Hall, Hereford, 23 October 1929, The two English Verse Speaking Association items undated, but from around the same time.
£380.00

Lady Keeble and Masefield were, as she states in the speech, 'close friends and comrades in work', as well as neighbours on Boars Hill, Oxfordshire. ONE: Unpublished speech. 12pp, 12mo. On twelve leaves torn from an accounts book. Written in a hurried untidy hand, with several emendations. The start in particular is much reworked, with an abandoned version on the facing page. The speech itself is 11pp, paginated 1-11. The recto of the first leaf carries the following, in another hand: 'Speech made by Lady Keeble at Hereford – at Luncheon given by the Mayor. Mrs Luard.

[Edward Harley, 5th Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Oxford') [to his steward], regarding the sending of his coach from England to Naples ('now open for the English'), and 'the Sadler [sic] in North Audley Street'.

Author: 
Edward Harley, 5th Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer (1773-1848), nobleman and connoisseur.
Publication details: 
'Cagliari [Sardinia] March 7th. 1814.'
£120.00

The Earl's wife was a mistress of Lord Byron. Her infidelities let to her children being jokingly referred to as 'The Harleian Miscellany'. 1p, 4to. Heavily aged and worn, with spike hole at centre. Folded several times. 'Sir | As Naples is now open for the English I beg you will send the Carriage to Naples for me by the first Ship that Sails from England for that Country. We are going there immediately. & shall [the]refore want it. I hope therefore you will lose no time in sending it. I will thank you to call on Wh.

[Lord Cherwell, Winston Churchill's leading scientific advisor.] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. A. Lindemann.') to an unnamed duke, regarding a book on Mary Davies, his trip to Berlin, the League orf Nations and Silesia.

Author: 
Lord Cherwell [Frederick Alexander Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell] (1886-1957), physicist and close friend of Winston Churchill, scientific adviser to Second World War British government
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Wadham College, Oxford. 7 October 1921.
£120.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Addressed to 'My dear Duke', but with the ducal recipient unidentified. He thanks him for the book on Mary Davies, mistress of Charles II (no doubt 'Mary Davies and the Manor of Ebury' by Charles T. Gatty, published in the same year). 'It is really one of the most fascinating books I have ever read and gives me all sorts of new points of view in forming a mental picture of the state of England at the end of the 17th.

[Walter Starkie, Irish author, Hispanic and Romany scholar.] Three Autograph Letters Signed to Christopher Fry regarding Spanish translation, W. B. Yeats and Abbey Theatre; with five letters from Geoffrey Cumberlege of OUP, two from G. W. S. Hopkins.

Author: 
Walter Starkie (1894-1976), Irish author, Hispanic and Romany scholar; Geoffrey Cumberlege (1891–1979); Gerard Walter Sturgis Hopkins (1892-1961) [Christopher Fry (1907-2005); Oxford University Press]
Publication details: 
All items dating from 1955. Two of Starkie's three letters from Madrid, the other on letterhead of the Athenaeum, London. Seven letters on letterheads of the Oxford University Press, London.
£1,350.00

Fourteen items, including three letters from Starkie and seven letters from the Oxford University Press – five of them from Geoffrey Cumberlege and two from G. W. S. Hopkins – and copies of two letters from Cumberlege to Fry's agent Emanuel Wax, and a copy of a letter from the OUP to Starkie. All dating from 1955. The collection is in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The three Starkie letters are all in autograph, and total 7pp. The first two are written from Madrid, and the last from the Athenaeum in Pall Mall.

[Jon Stallworthy, literary critic and poet.] Typed Letter Signed ('Jon') to the playwright Christopher Fry, praising Fry's 'screen-play for the film of Genesis', which John Bell of the Oxford University Press had wanted to publish.

Author: 
Jon Stallworthy [Jon Howie Stallworthy] (1935-2014), literary critic and poet, Oxford University Professor of English [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright; John Bell; Oxford University Press]
Publication details: 
Wolfson College, Oxford; 8 February 2001.
£120.00

1p, 8vo. In good condition. Folded twice. With secretarial note in blue pencil, recording response by 'C.F.' The letter concerns Fry's screenplay for the 1966 film 'The Bible: In the Beginning...', produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Huston, which recounts the first 22 chapters of the Book of Genesis. Stallworthy wonders whether Fry remembers 'that, “in the dark backward and abyss of time”, the OUP wanted to publish your screen-play for the film of Genesis, but the film company's lawyers wouldn't allow it.

[Robert Bridges, Poet Laureate.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Bridges') to the Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson, discussing the origins of the name of his home 'Chilswell', in the 'Childsworth Farm' of Matthew Arnold's poem 'Thyrsis'.

Author: 
Robert Bridges [Robert Seymour Bridges] (1844-1930), Poet Laureate [R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster poet]
Publication details: 
Chilswell, Oxford; 29 March 1928.
£100.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and a little grubby. Folded once. Twenty-seven lines of text. Written in a far more ragged style than Bridges's usual calligraphic hand, perhaps suggesting undermined health. Wilson is 'at liberty to quote the verses of mine that you ask for – I take it as a complement [sic]' He thanks him for 'the kind gift of your book, wh I have not had time to read'. Noting that Wilson is 'interested in sacred wells', he states that 'our “Chilswell” is probably not a well.

[Sir Henry W. Acland, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry W: Acland'), regarding arrangements made by Benjamin Jowett for recipient and Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie to stay at Balliol while in Oxford for a meeting.

Author: 
Sir Henry W. Acland [Sir Henry Wentworth Dyke Acland] (1815-1900), Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford [Benjamin Jowett, Master of Balliol; Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie, celebrated surgeon]
Publication details: 
Oxford; 17 June [1847].
£120.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. The year has been noted in another hand. The recipient is not identified. The letter begins: 'My dear sir, | I have made arrangements with my excellent friend Mr. Jowett of Baliol Coll. that he should offer to you rooms in Balliol. You will be there with our common friend Brodie, and will I am quite sure find nothing that will not add to your comfort and enjoyment in the Meeting'.

[Sir John Burdon-Sanderson, physiologist, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J B Sanderson') to 'Dr Cleveland' [William Frederick Cleveland], regarding 'Mr. Kempshalls death' and the likelihood of a cholera epidemic.

Author: 
Sir John Burdon-Sanderson [Sir John Scott Burdon-Sanderson] (1828-1905), physiologist, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford [William Frederick Cleveland, physician]
Publication details: 
49 Queen Anne Street [London]; 7 September 1860.
£400.00

For information on the recipient William Frederick Cleveland (1823-1898), see his obituary, BMJ, 3 December 1898. 2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. He thanks him for his 'kind note' concerning 'Mr. Kempshalls death', and continues: 'I trust that we may now hope to escape Cholera as an Epidemic, although it has been shew[ing] a marked tendency to advance in some districts hitherto exempt – during the last few days'.

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