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[ Norah Lofts, novelist, on dachshunds and grandchildren. ] Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Card Signed (both 'Norah Lofts') [ to Eileen M. Cond ], the former praising her 'Fidelity' as a reader, and discussing her dogs and grandchildren.

Author: 
Norah Lofts [ born Norah Ethel Robinson ] (1904-1983), best-selling twentieth-century English novelist specialising in historical fiction
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of Northgate House, Bury St Edmunds. 17 November 1971. Card without place, dated 14 January 1960.
£80.00

LETTER: 2pp., landscape 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. A sprightly missive, beginning: 'My dear, | Fidelity like yours shakes me; book after book, year after year. I'm truly appreciative. | On me dachshunds sit: sometimes two at a time, and they are heavy. Arbitrary, too: if I try to use them as props to a book or a writing pad they shuffle and stir and upset everything.' She informs her that she has become grandmother for a second time: 'This time a boy, born in August.

Autograph Note Signed ('J Raine') by the antiquary John Raine.

Author: 
John Raine, Vicar of Blyth, Nottinghamshire, antiquary and book collector.
John Raine, Vicar of Blyth, Nottinghamshire, antiquary and book collector
Publication details: 
'Sunday' [no date, but c.1879].
£45.00
John Raine, Vicar of Blyth, Nottinghamshire, antiquary and book collector

12mo, 1 p. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of mount on blank reverse. He only has 'time for a single line before Post'. He is adopting the recipient's 'suggestion of putting my name among the Vicars | "47. John Raine. Presented November 1834', and is sending copy. The note concerns an entry on Raine in the following: 'Reports and Papers Read at the Meetings of the Architectural Societies of the Counties of Lincoln and Nottingham, County of York, Archdeaconries of Northampton and Oakham, County of Bedford, Diocese of Worcester, and County of Leicester', Vol. 15 (1879).

Autograph Letter Signed ('R H Barham') to Mrs Packman of Selling, near Faversham, Kent.

Author: 
Richard Harris Barham ['Thomas Ingoldsby'] (1788-1845), author of the 'Ingoldsby Legends'
Publication details: 
22 November 1808; 'B. N. C. [Brasenose College] Oxford'.
£180.00

4to, 3 pp. Bifolium. Addressed, with fragments of red wax seal, on reverse of second leaf. On aged, worn and grubby paper, with extensive damage to second leaf, from which a panel amounting to around a sixth of its area is lacking, with a further two holes repaired with archival tape. The fifty-one lines of text of the first leaf clear and complete; loss to twenty of the twenty-seven lines of the text on the second leaf.

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