RHYS

[ Sir John Rhys, first Professor of Celtic at Oxford University. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Rhys') to 'Morris', regarding his inability to give a paper at his 'excursions', with reference to 'Lloyd' and 'Anwyl'.

Author: 
Sir John Rhys (1840-1915), Welsh scholar, first Professor of Celtic at Oxford University [ Sir Edward Anwyl (1866-1914); Sir John Edward Lloyd (1861-1947) ]
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of Jesus College, Oxford. 16 July 1903.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight staining to inner margin. Morris's 'excursions are very tempting' and he will try to go, 'but do not put me down for a paper on Friday evening or any other evening as I cannot produce one'. He suggests that Morris 'press Lloyd and Anwyl both of whom have lots of things to say'. He will 'try to say something as may occur to me but no regular paper'. His wife will not be able to go, but one of his daughters might do so. 'If the weather is favourable it ought to be very enjoyable, but if the contrary alas! what then?'

[ Rhys Davies, Welsh novelist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rhys Davies.') to 'Dr. Schwartz'

Author: 
Rhys Davies [ born Vivian Rees Davies ] (1901-1978), Welsh novelist and short story writer
Publication details: 
15 Russell Court, Woburn Place, London, W.C.1. 13 February 1965.
£120.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, although aged and creased. Hard work has kept him occupied, and prevented him from answering his correspondence. Regarding Schwartz's 'enquiring if I had any of my manuscripts etc to offer you' he explains that portions have been sold to the University of Texas and Sir Lewis Sterling. 'I keep on postponing the assembling of such material as I have. However, I am retaining your letter, & will write again if I find there is anything which might interest you.' Note: Presumably to Jacob (Jake) Schwarz, bookseller and scholar.

[Ernest Rhys, author.] Three Autograph Letters Signed and one Typed Letter Signed to Anglo-Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, regarding both their poetry and a literary proposal for her.

Author: 
Ernest Rhys (1859-1946), writer and founding editor of Everyman's Library [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
The ALsS from Whiteleaf, Princes Risborough (1); and The Bell House, Askett, Monks Risborough, Buckinghamshire (2). The TLS on J. M. Dent letterhead of 'Everyman's Library | Edited by Ernest Rhys'. Between 1930 and 1934.
£120.00

The three items are in fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Totalling 7pp., 8vo. ONE: ALS. From Whiteleaf, Princes Risborough; 11 Nov. 1930. Begins 'I heard the other day of a poem of yours, that a young soldier carried about in the war, till he was killed. It was sent home with his papers, & some day I hope to have it - his own copy of it - from a friend, & to send it to you | Why tell you of this now? Because the news of your mother's death has been weighing on my mind, & I wanted to say a word, yet knew how unconsoling words can be.' TWO: ALS.

Autograph Letter Signed ('E Rhys') from the author and editor Ernest Rhys (founder of 'Everyman's Library) to 'Dear Gilmer' [the literary agent J. W. Gilmer, of the Authors' Syndicate] regarding a reader's report and other editorial work.

Author: 
Ernest Rhys [Ernest Percival Rhys] (1859-1946), writer and literary editor, founder of J. M. Dent's 'Everyman's Library' [J.W. Gilmer, literary agent of Sprigg Peddick Ltd and the Authors' Syndicate]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [during the First World War?].
£36.00

On one side of a 18.5 x 20.5 cm piece of paper, the head of the letter, with address and date, having been cut away. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter reads: 'Dear Gilmer, | Here is the "Reise - Kaiser"; - the Reader's Report, 2 more illustrations, a preface, & a 2nd appendix, will follow by later post. I have been kept in the country till to-day. | Yrs v. truly | [signed] E Rhys'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Rhys Roberts') to Sir Frederick George Kenyon (1863-1952), Director of the British Museum.

Author: 
William Rhys Roberts (1858-1929), Professor of Classics at Leeds University, and associate of J. R. R. Tolkien
Publication details: 
28 January 1918; on letterhead of the University, Leeds.
£85.00

Three pages, octavo. Very good on lightly aged paper. Kenyon's paper was 'much enjoyed' when read on Saturday, and there was 'a good attendance'. '[T]he pleasantries were not missed': '1. the confusion of the inexhaustible emender; 2. the thrift of the canny Odysseus in his role of wooer; 3. Burne Jones's Law.' 'At the end some interesting questiosn were asked', for example, 'why second-rate Greek annalists shd. seemingly have been preferred to Herodotus & Thucydides'.

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