Dr Roberts of Eton College [ William Hayward Roberts, Provost of Eton College ]
London: J. Wilkie, T. Payne, W. Frederic (Bath) J. Woodyer (Cambridge), J. Pote (Eton)
7, , 163,  p. ; 19 cm. (8°), orig. lea. bds, corners bumped, some wear and tear, rebacked, spine with raised bands, "Poems by Dr. Roberts" gt on black, edges of eps stained, contents good. Final page with advt for Roberts' "Judah Restored". ESTC citation number: T100111
John Moffatt (d.1830) of Failsworth [ now in Oldham ], Lancashire poet, Jacobin and tailor [ Elijah Ridings (1802-1872), poet and reformer; Henry 'Orator' Hunt (1773-1835), radical politician ]
One of the letters from Failsworth, Lancashire. The other without place, dated 7 April 1825. 'Poems dating from 1824, 1825 and 1826.
Moffatt is an interesting minor figure. In a 1924 piece titled 'Brief History of the Failsworth Pole', Rev. James Smith writes: 'The Jacobins' Club Library was kept in a room next to that in which Ben Brierley was born, and old John Moffatt, tailor, of "Crockey Hall," opposite the Pole, had charge of the Library'. Smith quotes lines which he considers 'remarkable for their patriotism', noting: 'He must have been a mild sort of Jacobin.' A total of sixteen pages, on eight leaves. On aged and worn paper, with loss at head of the first leaf of the second letter, resulting in some loss of text.
[xxii].166pp., 8vo, original green front board with gilt decorated title, bumped but good condition, rebacked with new brighter green back board, contents sl. foxed and stained, mainly good, advertisement page for another book by Kennish (naval) and the poems of Harriet Jones. Eight page liist of Subscibers, inclkuding many inhabitants of the Isle of Man. Note: Re Preface, an "unlettered Poet", former ploughboy, trouble learning English when joining the Navy, etc. Scarce: copies on COPAC/WorldCat only copyright libraries.
Catherine Mary Stirling; Caroline B. Templer [ James Hogg & Sons, London publisher; Camden Press, London printers ]
London: James Hogg & Sons. [ Camden Press, London ] [ 1861. ]
124 +  pp., 12mo. Four hand-coloured plates including frontispiece. A four-page publisher's advertisement at rear, for 'A New and Attractive Series of Juvenile Books'. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. In worn brown-cloth binding with decorative design featuring titles in gilt on cover; split hinge at rear. Stirling's story continues to p.50, and is followed by Templer's collection of 27 'improving' poems, from 'The Invitation' and 'The Holly Tree's Tale - Christmas' to 'Heartsease - Thoughts of Peace' and 'The Misseltoe - A Missionary Tale'.
Rev. George Croly [ (1780-1860), Irish poet; Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, London booksellers ]
Two volumes. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. 1830. [ Printed in London by G. Woodfall, Angel Court, Skinner Street. ]
Two 8vo volumes: xviii + 352; iv + xvi + 341 +  + . Twenty engravings on classical themes in the first volume, accompanying a set of poems titled 'Gems from the Antique'. A good tight set on lightly-aged paper, the first volume unopened. In blind-tooled red cloth binding, lightly-worn and somewhat grubby, but with gilt title on spine bright. Initial 'Advertisement' reads: 'The Poems in these volumes were written chiefly in the period between 1816 and 1823.
1814. London: Printed by Thomas Davison, Whitefriars, for John Murray, Albemarle-street.
1st edition, 2nd issue. 8vo. In original plain grey wraps. Fly leaf and half-title. Pages: xi + 100 + 4 pages of publisher's advertisements (dated February 1814). Without the words 'THE END' or the publisher's imprint on the last page. In poor condition: grubby, frayed and stained, and with loss to one corner each of rear wrap and to last leaf of advertisements. Also lacking, as a result of the partial removal of an ownership inscription, a small strip along the top edge of the title-leaf, but with inscription 'Sophia F. Stewart - 1814'.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), American poet [ Elliott & Fry, London photographers ]
Both cartes de visite by Elliott & Fry, 55 Baker Street, Portman Square, London, England. [ 1868. ]
Both photographs 9 x 6 cm, laid down in the customary fashion on 10.5 x 6.5 cm card. Both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. On the mounts beneath the photographs are the usual details of the photographer. In one case a facsimile of Longfellow's signature has been printed in the same place. Both mounts also have the studio's details on the reverse. On the mount carrying the facsimile signature, the printer is named as Marion & Co. of London and Paris. Both photographs are head and shoulders shots of the poet, formally attired in white shirt, waistcoat and jacket.
T. S. Eliot [The Italian Institute; Dante Alighieri]
July, 1950. 'This journal is edited by The Italian Institute [39 Belgrave Square S.W.1]'. Printed by T. G. Norris, London, N.W.8.
Gallup C552. 4to (leaf dimensions 28 x 22.5 cm), 40 pp. Stapled. In original blue printed wraps. Worn and dogeard on aged paper, with minor staining at foot of front wrap and first leaf. The signature "T S Eliot" (possibly his but more words would have helped) appears top front wrap. The 'Calendar' at the front lists, on 4 July , the 'Lecture by Mr. T. S. Eliot, O.M.: "What Dante Means to Me," with H.E. the Italian Ambassador in the Chair.' The printed version, titled 'TALK ON DANTE | by T. S.
Neville Rogers (1909-1985), academic, editor of the works of Percy Bysshe Shelley [ Nancy Cunard (1896-1965), poet, patron and eccentric ]
Letter dated from 5 Beaumont Street, Oxford; 11 February 1954. Inscription to 'Lauro de Bosis' (1963) dated from Waltham, Massachussetts, 10 March 1964. Inscription to 'Shelley and the West Wind' (1956) undated.
The three items in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. LETTER: 2pp., 8vo. A splendidly waspish missive. Topics include: her 'letter to Mickie' ('masterly diplomacy'); 'dear Miss Massey, wounded on active service for the BIS' (with references to 'Mrs.
Heather Bigg, F.R.C.S. [ Henry Robert Heather Bigg ] (1853-1911); A. C. Benson (1862-1925), Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge ]
New Edition. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, and Co., Ltd. 1901. Inscription dated November 1901.
ONE: Letter. 1 November 1901. On letterhead of 56 Wimpole Street, London. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. With blank reverse of second leaf laid down onto a flyleaf of the book. Benson is not named, but is without doubt the recipient.
Robert Lowth (1710-1787), Bishop of Oxford, Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford [ Robert Dodsley (1704-1764) and James Dodsley (1724-1797), London booksellers ]
No place. 9 April [ 1762 ].
1p., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with remains of red wax seal, The letter clearly dates from 1762, the year of the publication of Lowth's great grammar which, according to his entry in the Oxford DNB, 'proved immensely popular in both Britain and America and was republished dozens of times during the eighteenth century alone'. 'To | Mr. Dodsley'. The letter begins: 'The Grammar, wch. was brought to me yesterday in the Evening, I suppose, is what was designed for Sr. Ch. Mordaunt. I want it for another purpose.
[ Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale, Yorkshire, by a Victorian Manchester poet ]
Dated at end: 'Manchester | September 1851.'
18pp., 4to. In contemporary card wraps with decorative paper covers and leather spine, and later printed paper label on front cover with title. Worn and aged, with some repair, but with the entire manuscript clear and legible. Each page enclosed within a red ink ruled border. On the last page of the volume is the following explanatory note: 'The preceding lines are a description in Rhyme of an Excursion to Bolton Abbey in Wharffdale, [sic] in the summer of 1851.
Laurence Binyon [ Robert Laurence Binyon ] (1869-1943), English poet and scholar, Keeper of the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum ]
From the British Museum, London, on cancelled letterhead of the Athenaeum, Pall Mall. 25 July 1920.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with thin strip of stub along one edge from previous mounting. He begins by apologising for having been 'so rude' in not answering the letter sooner. After explaining the cause, he continues: 'I fear I'm not much use for a society such as you are starting, because my life is so entirely without leisure. You see, I have only my evenings for doing my own work, & I am always about 3 years behind with the writing of the poems I have planned - to say nothing of the lectures & articles one has to write to eke out an income'.
Sylvia Lynd [ née Dryhurst ] (1888-1952), poet and Irish Nationalist, wife of journalist and essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949) [ Sinn Fein ]
11 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London, N.W. 30 December 1912.
4pp., 4to. In fair condition, on browned and brittle paper, with chipping and one closed tear repaired with archival tape. Manuscript note at head of first page, in the hand of her daughter Maire Gaister, identifying the probable recipient as Georgie Maquay, son of Florence Dryhurst's sister ' (so understandably in South America to escape her)'. The letter's salutation and valediction are in Gaelic.?>
Gerald Bullett (1893-1958), writer and broadcaster; his wife Rosalind Bullett [ Edith Marion Rosalind Barker, née Gould ] (1887-1982) [ James Guthrie, The Pear Tree Press, Bognor Regis ]
'This is one of 75 copies of White Frost a copyright poem by Gerald Bullett printed by James Guthrie at The Pear Tree Press Flansham Bognor Regis December 1936'. [ The Old Farm, East Harting, Sussex. ]
On piece of laid paper folded twice to make a 19 x 14 cm. card. In good condition, with light signs of age. Tiny printer's device on back cover the only illustration. Front cover in black ink reads: 'Christmas Greetings from Rosalind & Gerald Bullett The Old Farm East Harting Sussex'. Colophon in brown ink on left-hand side of opening. Right-hand opening carries the sixteen-line poem, in four four-line stanzas, the first of which reads: 'I went to the window, where the morning was, | And saw innocence scattered on the grass.
John Masefield (1878-1867), Poet Laureate from 1930 to his death
Date and place not stated.
On 7 x 11 cm slip of paper, torn from the end of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged, with minor staining to one corner. Reads, with top line slightly cropped: 'I may have more leisure. | Yours sincerely, | J. Masefield.'
Sir Theodore Martin (1816-1909), Scottish poet and translator, best-known for his 'Bon Gaultier Ballads'
On letterhead of 31 Onslow Square, S.W. [ London ] 10 March 1877.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, with small printed slip from catalogue pasted above letterhead. The recipient is named as 'Mr. Green | Claremont House | Clapton'. Reads: 'Madam | My autograph can be of little value to any one, but in compliance with your wish so courteously expressed I enclose it & am | Madam | Faithfully yours | Theodore Martin'.
Dinah Maria Craik [ born Dinah Maria Mulock; 'Miss Mulock'; 'Mrs Craik' ] (1826-1887), English novelist and poet
Without date or place. On envelope with printed address 'Far Country | Kitchens Lane | Mt. Airy, Penna.'
Written lengthwise on front of a 9 x 15.5 cm. envelope. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'A. E. W. | I had a list of the autographs in thy literary collection but unfortunately have mislaid it. If there is a duplicate it wont make any difference because this is an uncessary little note of | D. M. C.' The page also carries annotations in another hand in light pencil.
Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904), English author, best-known for his poem 'The Light of Asia' [ Clara Angela Macirone (1821-1895), English pianist and composer ]
Two on letterhead of the Daily Telegraph, London; one from Sidcup and another from Kensington. Two dated from 1867, the others without years.
A total of 15pp., all but one of them 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged. Six addressed to 'Miss Macirone' and the other to 'My dear Miss "Rosalind"'. The letters are written in a friendly and cordial tone, as the following two examples indicate. On 24 November 1867 he writes from the Daily Telegraph offices: 'It is very seldom that I am paid so richly for so litle work, as I have been by your kind & charming note, and by the pleasant little packet of blossom fr. Ardennes wh: accompanied it.
Mrs. Barbauld [ Anna Laetitia Barbauld; A. L. Barbauld; née Aikin ] (1743-1825), English poet and author
Place and date not stated.
On 1 x 4.5 cm. slip of paper, cut from the end of a letter, presumably in response to a request for an autograph. In good condition, with light signs of age. The lower part of three words from the line above the signature are present.
Ronald Duncan (1914-1982), poet, playwright and author, collaborator with Benjamin Britten
On letterhead of Welcombe, near Bideford, North Devon. 20 December 1950.
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight rusting at head from paperclip. He writes that there is 'no relationship between myself and any of the people you mention. I have no antecedents such as you suggest and I cannot recall having received a copy of your catalogue.' Turning to the character 'Horace' in his play 'Nothing Up My Sleeve' he writes: 'he's just a figment of my imagination and the whole play is just a piece of work without any intended resemblance to anyone, only types.' The carbon copy of Barry Duncan's letter is somewhat aged and worn around the edges.
'The Late Mr. James Watson, Formerly Librarian of the Portico, in Manchester' [ The Theatre Royal, Manchester ]
1st part ('The Spirit of the Doctor'): Manchester: Printed for the Editors, by George Cave. 1820. 2nd part ('The Humors of Trim').Printed by J. Phenix, Manchester, in the Year 1820, and First Year of the Reign of His Majesty, King George the Fourth.
The full title reads: 'The Spirit of the Doctor; comprising Many Interesting Poems; selected from the original manuscript of the Late Mr. James Watson, Formerly Librarian of the Portico, in Manchester; and commonly called Doctor Watson. [Four-line quotation in Latin from Terence.] To which is prefixed A Lithographic Portrait of the Doctor; with a short memoir of his life: And various Anecdotes relative to Him - After, and to which are subjoined The Humors of Trim, [Two-line quotation from Sterne].;151pp [xxxvi + 51 + 64]., 8vo. Lithographic portrait of author as frontispiece.
John Warren, Lord De Tabley [ John Byrne Leicester Warren, 3rd Baron De Tabley ] (1835-1895), poet, numismatist and botanist
Both from 62 Elm Park Road, Chelsea, SW [ London ]. 3 July 1892 and 18 April 1894.
ONE: Letter. 1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He cannot attend the breakfast club, as he is to be best man to a friend in Wimbledon at that time. He is 'rather too old for the character but all his other friends are married'. He would 'prefer the chat but, alas, it cant be managed'. TWO: Note. 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper with slight damage at foot. He regrets that, being out of town, he will be unable to 'join the breakfast club' at the recipient's house.
34 pp., 8vo, final leaf list of Ingersoll's works etc, disbound (formerly in volume of Ingersoll and Socialist pamphlets), lacking wraps, spine evidencing removal from volume, contents good. Scarce.
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), English poet
With two London postmarks dated 24 July 1875.
The envelope is 7 x 12 cm, with penny stamp printed on. In fair condition, lightly-aged, with back flap intact (i.e ungummed rather than cut open). The address - certainly in Swinburne's hand - simply reads: 'The Hon. J. Leicester Warren | 67 Onslow Square | S.W.'
Both on letterhead of A. Shedrow ('M.D. (Paris) M.R.C.S. (Eng.) L.R.C.P. (London)'), with addresses of his residence and consultation rooms in Johannesburg. 8 and 24 February 1958.
Each letter 2pp., 12mo. Both in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He starts the first letter by expressing 'great pride and immense joy' in sending 'my seventh book of French poems [...] According to the reviews, it is the best I ever wrote'. He continues with references to the recipient's 'short but memorable visit to Johannesburg', and to 'the uncomplimentary remarks passed by my confreres in Johannesburg', these being 'indeed compliments, for they indicate that I do not belong to them, in spite of our common profession.
Alfred de Vigny [ Alfred Victor, Comte de Vigny ] (1797-1863), French romantic poet [ Eugène Guinot (1812-1861), French author ]
Without place or date.
On one side of an 8 x 13 cm piece of paper. In good condition, with light signs of age, and central horizontal fold. Firm, bold signature, 8 cm long, with underlining flourish. Beneath the signature, in a small hand, is the message: 'M Guinot | M: Vigny vous adresse son nom pour vous remercier il ne connait pas votre adresse'. Addressed on reverse, 'à M. Eug. Guinot'.
Percy Burton (1878-1948), impressario and theatrical manager of Sir Henry Irving, Sarah Bernhardt and Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
In manuscript on cover: 'property of Percy Burton | c/o The Royalton | 44 West 44th | New York City'. Undated, but Written in 1900', and published in Boston in 1916.
 + 28pp., 4to. In good condition, on aged paper, bound with studs in worn light-blue paper wraps. In manuscript at foot of title-page: '2nd carbon'. The following is typed beneath the title, and has been deleted in pencil: 'Written in 1900 and Dedicated to Baroness de Grandcourt, to whom he is indebted for the idea'. With a few manuscript emendations. This piece was published in Boston in 1916.
George James Firmage (1928-2005), authority on e. e. Cummings [ Edward Estlin Cummings (1894-1962); Marion Morehouse Cummings (1906-69); 'Oscar Williams' [ pen-name of Oscar Kaplan (1900-1964)] ]
Most items from New York City. Dating from between 1962 and 1972.
George James Firmage was born in New York; attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1947-48) and College of the City of New York (1949); BA, New York University, 1952; pursued graduate study, University of Massachusetts, 1952-54; publications supervisor in advertising and marketing services department, First National City Bank, New York, 1954; wrote several books, including E.E. Cummings: a Miscellany (1958) and E.E. Cummings: a Bibliography; editor of A Garland for Dylan Thomas (1963) and of E.E. Cummings' Three Plays and a Ballet (1967).