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[The British Foreign Office assesses the state of the Cold War, 1951.] Untited Typewritten Foreign Office briefing document, assessing at length, in a series of 'lessons' the situation in the USSR, Middle East and Far East, and 'Free World' response.

Author: 
[UK Foreign Office; Cold War; USSR; Middle East; Far East; Special Intelligence Service [MI6]; Information Research Department]
Publication details: 
[UK Foreign Office. 1951.]
£750.00

The document has no overall title, and gives no indication of its source, but it derives from a batch of Foreign Office briefing documents, including material from the Information Research Department (for whose activities, financed from the budget of the Special Intelligence Service, otherwise MI6, see The Times, 17 August 1995; and also Michael Cullis's obituary of Sir John Peck in the Independent, 20 January 1995).

[Poland; Jan Zygmunt Skrzynecki, Commander-in-Chief of the November Uprising.] Conclusion of Autograph Letter Signed ('Skygnecki.'), in French, to 'Le General Lt. de Tahlen', regarding the needs 'de la nation Polonoise' for religion and liberty.

Author: 
Jan Zygmunt Skrzynecki (1787-1860), Polish general, Commander-in-Chief of the November Uprising against Russia, 1830-1831
Publication details: 
'Varsovie 12 Mars 1831.' [Warsaw, Poland; 12 March 1831.]
£600.00

Lower half of a 4to leaf. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. Written in old-fashioned, and not entirely grammatical, French, the text reads: '[…] de la nation Polonoise a la quelle S. M. donneroit le garanties necessaires, sous le respect de la stabilité des droits qu'elle réclame et qui sont fondés sur deux besoins absolus: la religion e le [sic] liberté. | A greez M. le M. l'assurance de plus [?] consideration avec la quelle je suis &c Varsovie 12 Mars 1831. | Skygnecki | Monsieur le Comte | Le Genenral Lt.

[Jan Zygmunt Skrzynecki, Commander-in-Chief of the November Uprising.] Conclusion of Autograph Letter Signed ('Skygnecki.'), in French, to 'Le General Lt. de Tahlen', regarding the needs 'de la nation Polonoise' for religion and liberty.

Author: 
Jan Zygmunt Skrzynecki (1787-1860), Polish general, Commander-in-Chief of the November Uprising against Russia, 1830-1831
Publication details: 
'Varsovie 12 Mars 1831.' [Warsaw, Poland; 12 March 1831.]
£750.00

Lower half of a 4to leaf. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. Written in old-fashioned, and not entirely grammatical, French, the text reads: '[…] de la nation Polonoise a la quelle S. M. donneroit le garanties necessaires, sous le respect de la stabilité des droits qu'elle réclame et qui sont fondés sur deux besoins absolus: la religion e le [sic] liberté. | A greez M. le M. l'assurance de plus [?] consideration avec la quelle je suis &c Varsovie 12 Mars 1831. | Skygnecki | Monsieur le Comte | Le Genenral Lt.

[William Ewart Gladstone, as Prime Minister, to the Duchess of Edinburgh (Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia).] Autograph Letter Signed ('W E Gladstone'), sending her 'specimens of labour performed in a field which is now not much frequented'

Author: 
William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister [Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (1874-1900), daughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia and Duchess of Edinburgh as wife of Prince Alfred]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hawarden Castle, Chester. 13 December 1883.
£120.00

2pp, 12mko. In fair condition, aged and worn, with slight discoloration along central horizontal fold. Addressed to 'Her Imperial & Royal Highness | The Duchess of Edinburgh'. Reads: 'Madam | At Windsor Your Imperial & Royal Highness was good enough to say I might send these specimens of labour performed in a field which is now not much frequented | Under cover of the permission thus accorded, I take the liberty allowed, and add my request that it may not entail the trouble of any acknowledgment | I have the honour to be | Your I. R. Highness's | most faithful humble servant | W E Gladstone'.

[Ivan Maisky, Soviet Union Ambassador to the United Kingdom during the Second World War.] Autograph Signature ('I. Maisky').

Author: 
Ivan Maisky [Ivan Mikhailovich Maisky] (1884-1975), Soviet Union Ambassador to the United Kingdom during the Second World War
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£100.00

On 6 x 7.5 cm slip of paper, laid down on a piece of card. In good condition, lightly aged. A good firm and large signature, reading 'I. Maisky'.

[Katie Malecka, Polish musician and nationalist, imprisoned by the Russians.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Katie Malecka'), in English, to 'Mrs Green', regarding a lecture in Bristol and her desire to 'leave off being "the prisoner of Warsaw"'.

Author: 
Katie Malecka, Polish musician, journalist, and nationalist imprisoned in Warsaw by the Russians
Publication details: 
44 Marylands Road, Maida Hill, W. [London] 25 March [circa 1913].
£280.00

Malecka was born in England, the daughter of a Polish father and English mother. In 1912 she was imprisoned in Warsaw by the Russians, 'on a charge of conspiring against the Russian Government'. The matter was raised in the British parliament, and reported widely, for example in the Spectator and Russian Review. On her release she published 'Saved from Siberia: The True Story of my Treatment at the Hands of the Russian Police' (London, 1913). 2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. She would 'indeed very much like to pay [her] another weekend visit' on her return to England.

[ Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley, Member of Parliament for Bristol. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. Henry F. Berkeley') describing the prospects of war with Russia, Cobden's Peace League, and 'the Russian Embassy and its wonderful information'.

Author: 
Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley [Francis Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley ] (1794-1870), Member of Parliament for Bristol, advocate of the secret ballot
Publication details: 
Victoria Square [ Westminster ]. 17 October 1849.
£75.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An interesting letter by a knowledgeable English Member of Parliament, describing Anglo-Russian relations in the period preceding the Crimean War. The recipient is not named. The letter opens: 'My dear Sir | I have called at the Foreign Office, with the Address. Lord Palmerston being about I have left it with his first Secretary Lord Eddisburg, and with a letter from myself.

[ Count Dmitry Guriev, Russian Minister of Finance ] Autograph Signature in Cyrillic script.

Author: 
Count Dmitry Guriev [ Dmitry Alexandrovich Guriev ] (1751-1825), Russian Minister of Finance, 1810-1823
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ Russia, before 1825. ]
£120.00

The item consists of a valediction and signature in Cyrillic script, at the head of a 13 x 20 cm piece of paper, with cropped corners, cut from the end of a letter, and mounted on part of leaf from album. In fair condition, lightly-aged, and with slight staining from glue used in mounting. Laid down beneath and to the left of the signature is a 10 x 8.5 cm piece of paper on which is written, in a nineteenth-century hand: 'Letter of introduction from the Russian Minister of Finance Count Gourief to his Son General Gourief Governor of Odessa'.

[ John Latchford and Thomas Meates, King's Messengers in the foreign service. ] Material relating to them and their families, mainly transcriptions by C. E. Meates, but with some originals. With other material including a memorandum by Lewis Hertslet

Author: 
John Latchford (1778-1833) and Thomas Meates (1768-1836), King's Messengers; Lewis Hertslet (1787-1870) of the Foreign Office [ The King's Messenger Service; C. E. Meates of the Pioneer Corps ]
Publication details: 
[ The King's Messenger Service, London. ] Original documents from the 1820s and 1830s from Paris, Brussels and the Hague;, and C. E. Meates's writing from the 1930s to 1960s.
£950.00

For an overview of the post of King's Messenger, see 'The Cambridge History of British Foreign Policy', ed. Ward and Gooch, vol.3 (1923), which states that during the two men's time in the post (i.e. in 1822) 'the number of the corps was raised to thirty-eight. Eighteen of these were placed under the immediate orders of the Foreign Office for foreign service only. They were required to be British subjects, not over thirty-five years of age, good linguists and good horsemen; and the choosing of them rested in turn with each of the three Secretaries of State'.

[ Henry Nelson O'Neil, Russian-born British genre painter. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry O'Neil') to 'Dear Isabelle', inviting her to a dinner on the evening of a private view of his work at Greenwich.

Author: 
Henry Nelson O'Neil (1817-1880), historical genre painter born in Russia of British parents
Publication details: 
7 Victoria Road, Kensington [ London ]. 9 April [ '1867' added in pencil in another hand ].
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He asks if she and her husband will dine with him 'at Greenwich on the Private view day'. Her 'respected Parents and Sissie' will be with his party. A postscript reads: 'As I am off to Paris tonight and don't return for a week you need not (as usual) reply by return of post'.

[ Major Claud Pascoe, City Editor of the Toronto Daily Star. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Claude Pascoe'), putting a business proposition to Capt. C. W. Townsend, his former colleague in the British Military Mission to South Russia during the Civil W

Author: 
Major Claud Pascoe [ Claud Alfred Leonard Pascoe ] (1886-1960), City Editor of the Toronto Daily Star
Publication details: 
Toronto Daily Star, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 21 September 1921. On letterhead of 'Walker House Public Writing Room'.
£85.00

From the papers of the recipient Captain Cecil William Townsend of the British Military Mission to South Russia. The two men had been comrades. In March 1920 'Lt, temp Major Claud Alfred Leonard Pascoe, 2nd London Regt, attd to MGC' received the OBE, 'on the recommendation of the General Officer Commanding, British Military Mission, in recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with Military Operations in South Russia'. See the reference to Pascoe in Scott Young's 1988 biography of Gordon Sinclair. 2pp., 8vo. On an elaborate letterhead of 'Geo. Wright' and 'E. M.

[ The British Colony of Petrograd and First World War recruitment. ] Printed pamphlet: 'An Appeal Addressed to the British Colony of Petrograd and to Englishmen throughout Russia.'

Author: 
D. Dickinson, Hon. Secretary to the Recruiting Committee, English Colony of Petrograd [ Russia in the First World War; Sir George Buchanan; Field Marshal Lord Roberts; Lord Kitchener; recruitment ]
Publication details: 
'Petrograd, | 16 / 29 October 1914.' Watkins & Co. Printers.'
£220.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with a few small ink stains. Headed: '"England expects that every man will do his Duty".' Begins: 'At a meeting of the British colony of Petrograd held at the New English Club on Saturday, October 11/24, at which his Excellency Sir George Buchanan presided, it was decided to enrol a body of recruits from among the British colony in Petrograd.

[ [ Sir John David Rees, colonial administrator and author. ] Printed/manuscript extract from the Proceedings of the Madras Government, Public Department, giving Rees's marks in a civil service examination in 'the German and Russian languages'.

Author: 
[ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ] [ Chief Secretariat, Madras; The Madras Government, Public Department ]
Publication details: 
Letterhead of the Chief Secretariat, Madras, Public Department. 23 November 1893 and 15 January 1894.
£65.00

2pp., folio. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with stub adhering to margin on reverse of leaf. An artefact of the Great Game, from the papers of Sir J. D. Rees. Printed beneath the letterhead are the words: 'READ the following paper: -', with the word 'paper' deleted. A manuscript table, certified as a 'True Extract' with the signature of the Chief Secretary of the Government of Madras ('Order 15th. January 1894 No. 27. | Communicated to Mr.

[ Baron Henry de Bode, inventor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('de Bode'), accepting a dinner invitation, for himself and his nephew 'C. Cazalet'.

Author: 
Baron Henry de Bode [ William Henry Charles Othon Baron de Bode ] (1778-1855), Major General in the Russian service, inventor in England
Publication details: 
39 Berners Street, Oxford Street [ London ]. 2 February 1848.
£120.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My dear Sir, | I shall feel much pleasure in joining Your party tomorrow evening, with my nephew C. Cazalet, who conveyed to me the wish you had expressed to see us at your lodgings, before your not came. | I am Your's sincerely | de Bode'. See John H. Harland, 'Baron de Bode and his Capstan', in The Mariner's Mirror, vol.99, 2013.

[ John Bertram Askew, socialist writer and associate of Engels, Trotsky and Lenin. ] Two long parts of Autograph Letters, one signed 'J. B. Askew', on topics including the state of Russia, August Bebel, Karl Kautsky, SDP Congress in Breslau 1895.

Author: 
J. B. Askew [ John Bertram Askew ] (1869-1929), socialist writer, associate of Engels, Trotsky and Lenin [ August Bebel; SPD Party Congress, Breslau 1895 ]
Publication details: 
No details of date, place or recipient. [ Breslau Congress, 1895. ]
£180.00

The two parts, apparently from different letters, are both on bifoliums: the first, numbered '2', is 4pp., 12mo; the second, numbered '5', is 4pp., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The second bifolium signed at end: 'Best Wishes to Mrs C. | Yrs | J B. Askew'. Written in a neat if somewhat eccentric hand. The first bifolium begins: '[…] is very sore. Nothing will be done at the Congress except Bebel [August Bebel (1840-1913), German socialist] will speak and move a resolution to the effect that the Party stands by its present program and tactics.

[ Sophie of Württemberg, Queen of the Netherlands; Tsar's daughter ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sophia') to 'Lord Stratford', expressing deep grief and regret on the occasion of the Battle of Inkerman in the Crimean War.

Author: 
Sophie of Württemberg [ Sophia Frederika Mathilde ] (1818-1877), Queen of the Netherlands as the first wife of King William III [ Stratford Canning, 1st Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe (1786-1880) ]
Publication details: 
'Hague [ Netherlands ] Dec. 2d' [ 1854 ].
£180.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. The letter begins: 'My dear Lord Stratford | The 5th November, the day of Inckerman, [sic] is passed – I had not the courage to write. There was such a weight of grief in my heart, it was very difficult to give any utterance to it. Yet I will not let this disastrous year come to its close, without sending you a few words of remembrance, of sincere friendship. Since I left you in London, how many are gone!

[ The Russian Revolution: Sir John Pollock and the Fund to Provide Comforts for British Refugees from Bolshevist Russia.] Notebook with miscellaneous entries, many of them relating to the Fund, including a draft appeal, details of individual cases/

Author: 
Sir John Pollock [ Sir Frederick John Pollock, 4th Baronet ] (1878-1963), author and journalist [ Fund to Provide Comforts for British Refugees from Bolshevist Russia; Russian Revolution ]
Publication details: 
[ 95 Bedford Court Mansions, London. ] 1920 and 1921.
£950.00

The author is not named, but this item is from the papers of Sir John Pollock, and is in his autograph. Sir (Frederick) John Pollock (1872-1963), 4th Baronet of Hatton (Eton; Trinity College, Cambridge; Harvard Law School) is a strangely-neglected figure. His brief obituary in The Times (23 July 1963) is headed 'Playwright and Author', but the best account of his career is the one he himself contributed to Who's Who. Pollock took great interest in Russian affairs, his numerous works including 'War and Revolution in Russia' in 1918, and 'The Bolshevik Adventure' the following year.

[ Sir Waldemar Mordechai Wolff Haffkine, Russian bacteriologist described by Lister as "a saviour of humanity". ] Two Autograph Letters Signed and an Autograph Card Signed (all 'W. M. Haffkine') [ to editor ], regarding his entry in Men of the Times.

Author: 
Sir Waldemar Mordechai Wolff Haffkine [ born Vladimir Aaronovich Chavkin ] (1860-1930), Russian bacteriologist described by Joseph Lister as "a saviour of humanity"
Publication details: 
All on letterheads of the Buckingham Palace Hotel [ London ]. All dating from July 1899.
£850.00

A Ukrainian Jew, Haffkine found his early career obstructed by his refusal to convert to the Russian Orthodox Church. He emigrated and worked at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, where he developed an anti-cholera vaccine that he tried out successfully in India. He is recognized as the first microbiologist to develop and use vaccines against cholera and bubonic plague. He tested the vaccines on himself. The three items in good conditon, lightly aged. ONE: ALS. 2pp., 12mo. He has been 'away from town', but now hopes to send 'a note on my work' within the week. 'It wd.

[ Lord Macartney and John Hoole, translator of Tasso. ] Leaf removed from album, with an autobiographical inscription in Latin in Macartney's autograph on one page, and an unpublished translation of the poetical part of it by Hoole on the other,.

Author: 
George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney [ Lord Macartney ] (1737-1806); John Hoole (1727-1803), translator of Tasso and Ariosto, Principal Auditor at India House, member of the circle of Samuel Johnson
Publication details: 
Without place. 1786.
£850.00

On an 8vo leaf, removed from what would appear to be Hoole's journal. Aged and brittle, with wear to extremities. One page carries an autograph transcription by Macartney of an autobiographical Latin inscription in prose and verse, to which is appended a signed note by Hoole: 'given me by his Lordship | JH.' The other page carries an unpublished six-line translation by Hoole, translator by trade (Tasso) of the poetical section of Macartney's inscription.

[ Russian art and theatre in the Silver Age. ] Autograph 'Russian diary' of Sir John Pollock, giving a vivid account of a cultural tour (Moscow, St Petersburg), meeting luminaries (Stanislavski, Danchenko, Andreyev, Ginzburg, Repin, Korsh, Nordman).

Author: 
Sir John Pollock [ Sir Frederick John Pollock, 4th Baronet ] (1878-1963), author [ Prince Bariatinsky; Stanislavski; Danchenko; Andreyev,; Ginzburg; Repin; Korsh; Nordman; Moscow Arts Theatre ]
Publication details: 
St Petersburg and Moscow, Russia; Kuokkala, Finland. 3 August to 4 September 1911.
£1,150.00

36pp., 4to. Neatly and closely written, with each page on a separate leaf of ruled paper. 24 lines to the page. In fair condition, lightly aged. First page headed 'Diary.' On reverse of last page: 'Russian diary | 1911'. The author is not named, but this unpublished item is from the papers of Sir John Pollock, and is in his hand.

[ Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Marie, GD de Russie et de Saxe'), in French, thanking the unnamed female recipient for the gift of a book, sending her own presents, and urging her to return to Germany.

Author: 
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1786-1859)
Publication details: 
'Du Belvédère près de Weymar, ce 22 May / 3 Juin 1830.'
£450.00

1p., 4to. On bifolium with mourning border. Nineteen lines of closely-written text, with valediction: 'Votre affectionnée, | Marie, GD de Russie et de Saxe'. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, with minor traces of grey paper from mount adhering to edge. She begins by stating that the 'charmant ouvrage' that she sent has given her real pleasure: 'il orne ma demeure champêtre'.

[ Sir Isaiah Berlin, philosopher. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Isaiah Berlin') to 'Stewart' [ William McCausland Stewart ], discussing his poem 'Alcaics' and criticising the 'experts' on E. M. Forster for 'misdirected scholarship'.

Author: 
Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997), Russian-British philosopher and historian of ideas [ William McCausland Stewart (1909-1989); E. M. Forster ]
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Publication details: 
On letterhead of Headington House, Old High Street, Headington, Oxford. 21 September 1978.
£320.00
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1p., 4to. Lightly aged and creased.

[Russian Navy 1861-1880] Two detailed Journals of an English engineer (primarily naval) in the Russian Far East, 1861-1880

Author: 
An English engineer (primarily naval) in the Russian Far East, 1861-1880
Publication details: 
1861-1880.
£900.00

2 volumes. Both internally in good condition, with light signs of age, and both in worn grey cloth bindings with marbled boards.ONE: 17 May 1861 to 22 July 1861, then a couple of entries for 1867, and then from 1 January 1868 to 22 May 1870. 115pp., 4to. At rear, three pages, with the following headings: 'Cashe [sic] received From 16 October 1865', 'Nineaux' and 'Account with Lutz the 22 of Febure [sic]'.TWO: 14 August 1876 to 23 September 1880. 136pp., small 4to.

[ Finland, The Winter War with the Soviet Union, 1939-1940. ] Duplicated Typescript [ by the Communist Party of Great Britain ], headed 'FINLAND', defending the Soviet Union over its actions in the Winter War, 1939-1940.

Author: 
[ Finland: the Winter War with the Soviet Union, 1939-1940; Communist Party of Great Britain; Jimmy Shields (1900-1949) ]
Publication details: 
Without details or date. [ Communist Party of Great Britain, London. Circa 1939. ]
£100.00

3pp., 8vo. In fair condition, single-spaced, on three leaves of aged and worn paper, held together with a small rusted pin. Designed to clearly state the party line. Begins: 'If we want to understand what is going on, we must understand the Background.' Sections titled 'The Background' and 'The Attitude of Britain' follow. A key section reads: 'But whatever people think - the Russian Government decided that the time was ripe to take control of the Baltic. They were not frightened of Finland or the Finns - but they were apprehensive of Finland in conjunction with the great powers.

[ The Bolshevik Revolution and the American Engineering Corps with the Russian Railway Service (American Expeditionary Force Siberia). ] Eleven Autograph Letters Signed from George Fainstone in Russia to his wife Helené [ in England ].

Author: 
George Fainstone [ Yosel Fainstein ] (d.1956), of the American Engineering Corps with the Russian Railway Service, American Expeditionary Force Siberia [ Bolshevik Revolution ]
Publication details: 
Between 20 March 1917 and 14 September 1918. One on letterhead of 'American Engineering Corps with the R. R. S. [ Russian Railway Service ]'. From Tomsk, Odessa, Vladivostok and other parts of Russia.
£220.00

As part of American involvement in the Russian Civil War, the Russian Railway Service Corps was formed by President Wilson to operate the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Details regarding the author are sketchy. In 1929 the London Gazette reported the naturalisation of 'Fainstein, Yosel (known as George Fainstone); Russia; Upholsterer and Furniture Manufacturer; 16, Ravenscroft Avenue, Golders Green, Middlesex. 20 August, 1929.' Fainstone died in England in 1956 and his wife Helene six years later. Ten more of his RRS letters, all dating from 1918, are in the Imperial War Museum.

[ Prince Constantin Czartoryski, Polish patriot. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Pce. Constantin Czartoryski'), in French, requesting that a letter be forwarded to his brother who is en route to Italy.

Author: 
Prince Constantin Czartoryski [ Konstanty Adam Czartoryski ] (1777-1866), Polish patriot who served under Napoleon, raising a regiment at his own expence
Publication details: 
Paris, 26 September 1819.
£250.00

For more information on Czartoryski, see his entry in the Annual Register for 1860, p.407. 1p., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The recipient is not named, but is an Italian-speaker, as the letter is docketted 'Parigi 1819 | 26 Sett. | Princp. Cost. Czartoryski'. Fifteen lines of text, requesting, in florid tones, that a letter be forwarded to his brother, 'qui doit être dans ce moment ci à Livourne pour y faire prendre des bains'.

[ Mark Hambourg, classical pianist. ] Autograph Card Signed to 'Cyril' [ English actor Cyril Maude ], regarding arrangements for his performance at Maude's 'grand benefit'.

Author: 
Mark Hambourg (1879-1960), Russian-born English pianist [ Cyril Maude [ Cyril Francis Maude ] (1862-1951), English actor-manager
Publication details: 
Card with letterhead 5 Langford Close, Langford Place, NW8 [ London ]. 24 February [ 1942 ].
£30.00

In good condition, lightly aged, with one vertical crease. Stamped and postmarked, and addressed to 'Cyril Maude Esqre. | Redlap | Dartmouth. | Devon'. For more about Hambourg, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. He writes: 'My dear Cyril | I'm afraid the Chappell Piano is necessary for me, as however good a theatre piano, it would not be good enough for a performance at your "Grand Benefit." | Yours with best wishes | Mark Hambourg'. Maude's 'Birthday Benefit Matinée' took place for charity at the Haymarket Theatre, 24 April 1942.

[ Olga Novikoff, Russian expatriate author. ] Autograph Letter Signed (Olga Novikoff.'), in English, to 'Mrs. Lewis', declining an invitation.

Author: 
Olga Novikoff [ Olga Alekseevna Novikoff ] (1842-1925), Russian expatriate author
Publication details: 
4 Portman Mansions, Baker Street [ London ]. 6 January [ no year ].
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. She is 'engaged every minute this week', but hopes to see her the following week, on any day except Thursday, 'wh. is my day at home - from 4 to 6'.

[ Adolphe Shedrow, French-language poet. ] Two Typed Letters Signed (both 'Adolphe'), both in English, to 'Henri', discussing the role of the 'purposelessness of life' in the work of the poet, his latest work ('Anneaux de Mousse') and other matters.

Author: 
Adolphe Shedrow [ Abba Shedrovitsky ] (1897-1961), Russian-born South African French-language poet
Publication details: 
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.
£250.00

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.

[ Great Game; Russia; Turkey ] Shall Russian Treachery Win the Day? An Appeal to Englishmen. With a diagram showing the advance of Russia upon Constantinople.

Author: 
James Samuelson
Publication details: 
London: Trubner & Co., 1886
£90.00

14pp., 8vo, disbound, sl. marked, remains of bound volume on spine, mainly good.

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