POWYS

[T. F. Powys, novelist.] Autograph statement on 'this matter of writing stories', with Autograph Note Signed ('Theodore Francis Powys') to 'Colin' [Fleet Street editor Collin Brooks].

Author: 
T. F. Powys [Theodore Francis Powys] (1875-1953), novelist and short-story writer, brother of John Cowper Powys and Llewellyn Powys [Collin Brooks (1893-1959), journalist and Fleet Street editor]
Publication details: 
Both items from East Cheldon, Dorchester. Note on 26 July 1928; Statement on 11 November 1935.
£250.00

Two items, in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: Autograph statement on 'this matter of writing stories'. 1p., 4to. With a couple of minor emendations. Signed at foot: 'Theodore Francis Powys | East Chaldon | Dorchester | Nov 11. 1935'. At bottom left: 'If unsuitable do not trouble to return'. Pencil tick through body of text. Begins: 'In this matter of writing stories, one cannot please everybody, and, certainly one never pleases oneself. When I look back, I wonder that I ever wrote at all. I suppose it was fright. Fright, that when God says to me, “show me your work”.

[ Littleton Powys, second-eldest of the Powys family, Sherborne schoolmaster and naturalist.] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Littleton') to the journalist Collin Brooks ('Collin'), mainly regarding his late wife the novelist Elizabeth Myers.

Author: 
Littleton Powys [Littleton Charles Powys] (1874-1955) of the Powys Family, teacher (Sherborne) and naturalist [his wife the novelist Elizabeth Myers (1903-1947); Collin Brooks (1893-1959), journalist]
Publication details: 
All four letters from The Quarry House, The Avenue, Sherborne, Dorset. (The first on a letterhead of the address.) 5 May, 20 August and 10 September 1948; and 28 April 1949.
£420.00

Four good letters, in which the author's love for his wife and grief at her death are apparent. Littleton Powys was the second-eldest of eleven, his siblings including writers John Cowper Powys, T. F. Powys and Llewelyn Powys, architect A. R. Powys, artist Gertrude Powys, lacemaker Marian Powys, and poet and novelist Philippa Powys. His autobiography 'The Joy of it' was published in 1937, with the sequel 'Still the Joy of it' appearing in 1956. The four letters are in good condition, lightly aged. They total 12pp., 12mo.

[ Littleton Powys, second-eldest of the Powys family, Sherborne schoolmaster and naturalist.] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Littleton') to the journalist Collin Brooks ('Collin'), mainly regarding his late wife the novelist Elizabeth Myers.

Author: 
Littleton Powys [Littleton Charles Powys] (1874-1955) of the Powys Family, teacher (Sherborne) and naturalist [his wife the novelist Elizabeth Myers (1903-1947); Collin Brooks (1893-1959), journalist]
Publication details: 
All three letters from The Quarry House, The Avenue, Sherborne, Dorset. (The first on a letterhead of the address.) 5 May and 20 August 1948; and 28 April 1949.
£420.00

Littleton Powys was the second-eldest of eleven, his siblings including writers John Cowper Powys, T. F. Powys and Llewelyn Powys, architect A. R. Powys, artist Gertrude Powys, lacemaker Marian Powys, and poet and novelist Philippa Powys. His autobiography 'The Joy of it' was published in 1937, with the sequel 'Still the Joy of it' appearing in 1956. The three letters are in good condition, lightly aged. They total 8pp., 12mo. The main topic is the correspondence between the recipient Brooks and Powys's wife Elizabeth Myers, which would feature in Powys's 1951 edition of her letters.

[ Rev. Henry Williams of Rhayader and Christ Church, Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed to his brothers John and Jonathan, giving directions regarding his will, with a full-page Inscription of 'Benefactions' to be erected in Rhayader Church.

Author: 
Rev. Henry Williams (1756-1818) of Rhayader, Powys, Wale, and Christ Church, Oxford, brother of the antiquary Jonathan Williams (c.1752-1829)
Publication details: 
'Rhayader [ Powys, Wales ] 7 February 1810.'
£150.00

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper, creased and with a few closed tears. The letter is addressed to 'The Reverend Jonathan & John Williams, | Executors of the last Will & Testament of Henry Williams, Clerk.' A revealing personal communication, beginning: 'My Dear Brothers, | It hath pleased the Almighty to bless you with a competency of the good things of life to enable you to pass the remainder of your time with ease through this world. I dispose among you somewhat nearly to that my Father left me.

[Booklet] Honey and Gall (Studies in Mystic Materialism)

Author: 
Llewellyn Powys, author
Honey and Gall (Studies in Mystic Materialism)
Publication details: 
Little Blue Book No.534, Haldeman-Julius Company, Girard, Kansas, [1924]
£120.00
Honey and Gall (Studies in Mystic Materialism)

64pp., c.8.5 x 12.5cm, fair condition, covers faded to beige rather than blue. Inscribed (slightly faded) on front cover Gertrude M. Powys | Easter 1945 | from Alyse. Alyse Gregory, American suffragist and writer, wife of Llewellyn Powys. Gertrude Powys, artist sister of the Powys brothers. The title-page has been inscribed by the husband of a member of the Powys Society who was giving the booklet to Margaret Eaton, bookseller (Peter Eaton), also a member of the Powys Society. Enclosed: Photograph, 15 x 8cm, probably of aged Llewellyn Powys reading a book

The Entermores. A Play by John Cowper Powys.

Author: 
John Cowper Powys [Paul Roberts]
Publication details: 
Written by Powys circa 1905. Roberts' transcript 'for a public reading of the play at the Powys Society's Annual Conference', 28 August 1994.
£150.00

8vo, [iii] + 66 pp. Computer printout in plastic binder. Text clear and complete. Creasing to first four leaves, otherwise in very good condition. On title-page: 'ACTING COPY ONLY'. Note by 'C. W.' on next page: 'This version of the script is taken from Paul Roberts' unedited first draft transcription for a public reading of the play at the Powys Society's Annual Conference, at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, at 7.30pm on Sunday, 28th August, 1994. | Where words have still not been deciphered in the transcript, temporary ones have been inserted.

The Powys Family. Being a lecture given by him to the Swansea and South Wales Bookman's Association in May, 1945, with some additions.

Author: 
Littleton C. Powys [John Cowper Powys; Llewelyn Powys; Theodore Powys]
Publication details: 
This reprint [of the original lecture] issued April, 1953.' Western Gazette, Yeovil.
£56.00

12mo: 27 pp. Stapled. In original brown printed wraps. Good, on lightly-aged paper with rusted staples. Divided into five sections: 'Our Ancestry', 'Our Father', 'Our Mother', 'Montacute' and 'The Children'. A scarce item, the only copies on COPAC being at the British Library, Cardiff and St Andrews.

Autograph address and short note.

Author: 
John Cowper Powys (1872-1963), Anglo-Welsh writer
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£75.00

On one side of a piece of wove paper, cut into a rectangle approximately 4.5 x 9 cm. Good, on lightly-creased paper with one vertical fold. Cut from an envelope, with traces of the postmark over the autograph, and a section of the gummed strip on the reverse. Reads 'From | John Cowper Powys | Waterloo | Blaenau - F Festiniog | Merionethshire | North Wales | I enjoyed thinking of you in Italy'.

Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr Disspain'.

Author: 
John Cowper Powys (1872-1963), Anglo-Welsh writer [William Blake; Denis Saurat]
Publication details: 
8 November 1958. 1 Waterloo, Blaenau-FFestiniog, Merionethshire, North Wales.
£300.00

8vo, 4 pp. Bifolium. Very good on lightly aged paper. Written in Powys's distinctive, sprawling hand. Concerns William Blake and the monograph on him (1954) by Denis Saurat, who 'must indeed be a wonder considering the scope of his interests.' 'Yes I was brought up by my mother on the Poems of Blake; so I am always interested by any reference to them or any reproduction of them. Indeed and indeed I can fully understand your being so hypnotized by the pictures of Blake that you find yourself going to see them when you had decided to go somewhere else'. Powys is 'in excellent health'.

Autograph Signature on piece of paper.

Author: 
Llewelyn Powys (1884-1939), writer
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£18.00

On a piece of wove paper, roughly 5 x 14.5 cm. Rough lower edge. Good, on lightly aged paper. 0.5 cm closed tear at left (not affecting signature). Paper folded once vertically. Good clear signature.

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