[Drury Lane Ghost, London.] Seven related items including short paper 'I Believe in Ghosts' and informative letter by theatre historian W. J. MacQueen-Pope, letter from 'Britain's No. 1 Ghost Hunter' Elliott O'Donnell, asking about holding 'a vigil'.

The Drury Lane Ghost, London; Elliott O'Donnell (1872-1965), 'Britain's No. 1 Ghost Hunter'; W. J. MacQueen-Pope (1888-1960), theatre historian; F. Terry Newman
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The seven items dating from 1951. O'Donnell writing from 8 Oakland Road, Redland, Bristol; MacQueen-Pope from 359 Strand [London]; F. Terry Newman from 5 St Mary's Road, Camberley, Surrey.

Seven items from the papers of theatre historian W. J. MacQueen-Pope. The collection is in fair condition, on aged and worn paper. ONE: Duplicated Carbon copy of short article titled 'I Believe in Ghosts | by | W. Macqueen-Pope'. 2pp, 4to. Undated, but written in response to Item Six, and composed in September 1951 (see also Item Seven). Begins: 'I believe in Ghosts because I believe in what I see. And I am a confirmed ghost see-er. I have seen our Ghost at Drury Lane Theatre constantly. I have seen one of the two ghosts which haunts the now closed Royalty Theatre in Dean Street London.

[ Hand-coloured series of images ] "Phenomena of Nature"

[ "Whimper"; Josiah Wood Whymper ]
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London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge; S. Bentley, printer, [1846 ]

Thirty plates Illustrative of Natural Phenomena, with a short description annexed to each hand-coloured plate, 4to, 35 x 28cm, hf.bound, green cloth, black cf corners and sp., worn, gt bands on spine, 30 engraved plates with fine original hand colour (some spotted, one with small closed tear not affecting text), MS. list of images on verso of front free endpaper, with attractive MS. title "Phenomena of Nature"on recto of second free endpaper, images mostly by Whymper if not all.

[W. Macqueen-Pope, theatre manager and historian.] Typed Letter Signed 'W. Macqueen-Pope') to 'Mr O'Donnell' [the ghost hunter Elliott O'Donnell], regarding 'the Ghost' at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and the possibility of a 'night vigil' there.

W. Macqueen-Pope [Walter James Macqueen-Pope] (1888-1960), theatre manager and historian [Elliott O'Donnell (1872-1965), Irish ghost hunter]
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On his letterhead, 5-6 Coventry Street, W1. [London] 6 December 1951.

1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with cropped margins. He begins by explaining that O'Donnell's letter has been sent to him 'from Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on the staff of which I am and whose whose [sic] historian I am too'. He continues: 'I fear a night vigil would be of little use so far as the Ghost is concerned. He is a day time visitant. Never yet has he been seen before 9 a.m. or after six p.m. Between those hours - frequently.' He refers O'Donnell to the 'full account' in his book 'Theatre Royal'.

Scrapbook entitled 'Lightning and other Records.'

Commander James Liddell, Royal Navy, of Bodmin, Cornwall [thunder and lightning; thunderstorms; natural phenomena; meteorology; the weather]
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Small quarto of around forty pages, covered in easily in excess of a hundred press cuttings, primarily relating to lightning strikes, thunder storms and other natural phenomena. Internally loose but in reasonable condition, but externally in need of attention: the heavily worn original quarter-binding, has the leather spine worn away. Manuscript label, in Liddell's hand, laid down on the marbled front board. Several of the cuttings reproduce letters from Lidddell himself, the first, dated 'Bodmin, Dec.

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