SERBIA

[ British Red Cross in Serbia in the First World War. ] Autograph diary (largely unpublished) of nurse Elsie Corbett, describing twelve months based at Yelak, including 'Christmas and social events'. With unpublished poem by William Noel Pharazyn.

Author: 
Elsie Corbett [ Elsie Cameron Corbett ] (1896-1977), First World War Red Cross nurse in Serbia [ Kathleen Dillon [ Kathleen Nora Dillon ] (1877-1958) of Spelsbury House, Oxfordshire; W. N. Pharazyn ]
Publication details: 
Mainly written in Yelak, Serbia. Entries dating from between July 1917 and September 1918.
£1,800.00

Elsie Corbett was the daughter of Archibald Corbett, 1st Baron Rowallan (1856-1933), and sister of a Governor of Tasmania. She joined the Red Cross during the First World War, and met Kathleen Dillon, a member of the notable Dillon family of Ditchley, while seabound for Serbia. Kathleen Dillon owned Spelsbury House in Oxfordshire, together with a large part of Spelsbury village, and the two women lived together at Spelsbury until Dillon's death. The diary is written on 171pp., 4to, in a burgundy morocco binding, marbled endpapers.

[ Presentation copy. ] Red Cross in Serbia 1915-1919. A personal diary of experiences by Elsie Corbett.

Author: 
Elsie Corbett [ British Red Cross in Serbia in the First World War ]
Publication details: 
Cheney & Sons Ltd, Banbury, Oxon. 1964.
£120.00

xiii + 186pp., 8vo. With map and 13 plates, several of them printed on both sides. In green cloth binding. No dustwrapper. Internally in good condition, lightly aged, in worn and spotted binding. The inscription, on the front free endpaper, is in Corbett's autograph, and reads 'To Nurse and Arthur | From Elsie Corbett'. Elsie Cameron Corbett (1896-1977) was the daughter of Archibald Corbett, 1st Baron Rowallan (1856-1933), and sister of a Governor of Tasmania.

[ The Théâtre Dramatique Yougoslave, Belgrade, Yugoslavia. ] Duplicated typescript, in French, of Dobrica Cosic's 'Revelation | Adaptation acenique d'un chapitre du roman "PARTAGES" | Adapte pour la scene par: | Miroslav BELOVIC | Jovan CIRILLV'.

Author: 
Dobrica Cosic (1921-2014), Serbian author and nationalist theorist; Miroslav Belovic (1927-2005); Jovan Cirilov; Mata Milosevic; Predrag Bajcetic; Théâtre Dramatique Yougoslave, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Publication details: 
[ First performance on 26 May 1961 at the Théâtre dramatique yougoslave, Belgrade, Yugoslavia. ]
£280.00

52pp., 4to. Duplicated typescript with pages on rectos only. Perfect bound in plain grey paper wraps. In fair condition, with moderate signs of age and wear. A page giving the names of the members of the cast and crew begins with the following: 'La première représentation de "REVELATION" a eu lieu 26 mai 1961 au Théâtre dramatique yougoslave, dans une mise en scène de Mata Miloševic et Predrag Bajcetic, avec la distribution suivante: | [...]'.

[Printed broadside.] Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech to Both Houses of Parliament, On Thursday, February 8, 1877.

Author: 
[Queen Victoria's speech on the State Opening of Parliament, 1877.] [Benjamin Disraeli; Tory Party; Conservative Party]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty. 1877.
£180.00

4 pp, folio. Paginated [1] to 4. Bifolium. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with some damage to margins of first leaf on removal from album. Docketed in a contemporary hand 'The last Speech Sent to Papa 1877'. Subjects include the Balkans, Bulgaria and Turkey (hostilities, armistice, Ottoman Empire, etc); her Imperial title assumed at Delhi; famine in India, transvaal Republic causing trouble for natives; other Bills (Ireland etc). No copy on COPAC.

Part of an autograph letters signed to an unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
R.W. Seton-Watson.
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£50.00

Authority on the Balks, etc. (DNB). Fragment of a letter, c.6" x 2", laid down on slightly larger card from album, good condition. Text: By the time I leave, I hope we shall have our Serbian expedition virtually ready. The great trouble is to find a means of transit: it is hoped to get out all the way by ship. I will write agin: this has to catch the post."

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