SITWELL

[ G. B. Stern, lesbian Jewish author, and the Noel Coward circle of the 1920s. ] Eleven letters, mainly in Autograph, from Stern ('Peter') to Sewell Stokes ('Baby'), on carryings-on at her Italian villa, his boyfriend Gabriel Atkin, and other topics.

Author: 
G. B. Stern [ Gladys Bronwyn Stern; born Gladys Bertha Stern ] (1890-1973), English novelist of Jewish extraction [ F. N. Sewell Stokes (1902-1979); Gabriel Atkin; Noel Coward ]
Publication details: 
Between 1922 and 1930. Five from La Carruba, Diano Marina, Italy. Others from: G3. Albany, W.1. [ London ]; Ingle Hook, Whissendine, near Oakham, Rutland; Oruba, St Margarets Bay, S.O., Kent.
£1,800.00

A vivid and entertaining correspondence from a central figure in the Noel Coward circle of the 1920s. Stern was a prolific and successful novelist, whose affluent Jewish family served as the inspiration for much of her work. A lesbian, she maintained an Italian villa ('La Carruba' in Diano Marina) with her homosexual husband Geoffrey Lisle Holdsworth (1894-1955) and a stable of 'specially selected' female secretaries.

[ Osbert Sitwell, author. ] Autograph Letter Signed 'Osbert Sitwell' to 'Lady Cynthia' [ Lady Cynthia Colville ], requesting information regarding an article he has written which pleased Queen Mary.

Author: 
Osbert Sitwell [ Sir Francis Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell ] (1892-1969), English author and connoisseur, with siblings Sacheverell and Edith one of 'the Sitwells' [ Lady Cynthia Colville (1884-1968) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Renishaw Hall, Renishaw, nr. Sheffield. 14 April 1947.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. In a crabbed hand. He thanks her for being 'so helpful', and expresses pleasure 'that Queen Mary liked the article'. The letter concludes: 'Stupid Hare does not say to whom belonged: if you know – for I don't -, do write the owner or former owner's name on a card, and send it to me.'?>

[ Dame Edith Sitwell, poet. ] Autograph Signature ('Edith Sitwell') on valediction to a letter, a fragment of which is on the reverse.

Author: 
Edith Sitwell [ Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell ] (1887-1964), English poet and literary critic, with her brothers Sacheverell and Osbert one of 'the Sitwells'
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£30.00

On 8 x 12.5 cm piece of paper, torn from the end of a letter. In fair condition, aged and lightly spotted. On one side of the slip is the conclusion of the letter: '[...] | Yours very sincerely | Edith Sitwell'. On the other side is the following autograph fragment: '[...] kind of you to invite me to your lumcheon party on Tuesday, and I am looking forward to it so much. I have not seen you for [...]'.

[ Lady Sarah Caroline Sitwell of Rempstone Hall, bluestocking. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'S C Sitwell'), poignantly describing her circumstances in the last months of her life.

Author: 
Lady Sarah Caroline Sitwell (c.1781-1860) of Rempstone Hall, Leicestershire, bluestocking and society hostess, described by Lord Byron as 'a wit and blue' [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895) ]
Publication details: 
All on letterheads of Rempstone [Leicestershire]. One dated 23 February 1860, another dated 10 November [1860], and the last 'Thursday' [no year]
£220.00

The three items totalling 11pp., 12mo. On three bifoliums. In good condition, lightly aged. ONE: 23 February 1860. 3pp., 12mo. She begins: 'I cannot receive yr. repeated welcome remembrance of old Remp[ston]e. days, without a line of thanks for the pleasurable thoughts they awaken - a boon, to a Recluse, who lives much on the past & on the far-off present, which a friendly telescope may bring before her'. She congratulates him in graceful terms on his 'success'.

Printed prospectus for 'The Crown Jewels and other Regalia in the Tower of London'.

Author: 
Major-General H. D. W. Sitwell, Keeper of the Jewel House, Tower of London; Clarence Winchester [The Dropmore Press]
Publication details: 
Published at The Dropmore Press Limited, 9 Great James Street, London WC1. Undated [before the publication of the book itself in 1953].
£38.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In very good condition. Covering the whole of the front page is a beautiful coloured illustration of the Imperial State Crown, with no text. The following three pages are printed in black and purple, with the second page carrying the publication details; the third page a full-page note from the editor; and the last page an advertisement for Sir John Wilson's 'Royal Philatelic Collection'. No copies of this item traced on either COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.

[Book; Inscribed by Author, Edith Sitwell, and by bookseller, Bertram Rota] In Spring

Author: 
Edith Sitwell
Publication details: 
'Privately Printed in London Anno Domini MCMXXXI'
£120.00

Wood Engravings by Edward Carrick.8vo, [11]pp., printed privately for Terence Fytton Armstrong [John Gawsworth, ]Number 7 of 290 (305) copies printed on Charles I hand-made paper, engraved title-page and two other decorations, mottled pale green paper-covered boards, sl. speckled, with original glassine-type thin paper wraps, sl. chipped and speckled, yellow printed label with an additional engraving on the front, endpapers sl. browned, a little faded, generally good to very good.

[Osbert Sitwell and Margaret Barton.] Offprint of their chapter on 'Taste' in 'Johnson's England', presented to Margaret Llewellyn Davies, Peter Pan's aunt, by Margaret Barton, with ANS stating that 'It is one of a "limited edition" of three.'

Author: 
Osbert Sitwell and Margaret Barton [Margaret Llewellyn Davies (1861-1944), general secretary of the Women's Co-Operative Guild; suffragist; Arthur Stanley Turberville; Samuel Johnson]
Publication details: 
Published in 'Johnson's England', ed. A. S. Turberville. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1933.
£125.00

40pp., 8vo, with four plates. Paginated 1-40 (the chapter appears with the same pagination at the beginning of the second of the two volumes of the book). Bound in green buckram, with 'TASTE | OSBERT SITWELL | AND | MARGARET BARTON' stamped in gilt on front board. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in lightly-worn binding.

[Sir Sacheverell Sitwell.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Sacheverell Sitwell') to Mrs Strutt, discussing social engagements and complaining of an indisposition which is 'the bane of my life'.

Author: 
Sir Sacheverell Sitwell (1897-1988) [The Sitwells; Edith Sitwell; Osbert Sitwell]
Publication details: 
The first letter on letterhead of 12 Southwick Place, [London] W2, and dated 18 June 1934. The second letter on letterhead of 21 Cambridge Square, [London] W2.
£120.00

Both letters in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Each in its envelope, addressed to Mrs Strutt at 12 Somers Place, Hyde Park. Letter One: 1p., 12mo. He apologies in florid style about a clash in dinner engagements. 'I made a desperate attempt to avoid a dinner-party tonight with the Wimbornes and was told that I should

Autograph Letter Signed from 'R. A. Bennet', editor of 'Truth', to 'Osbert' [Burdett], regarding the Irish journalist and politician T. P. O'Connor.

Author: 
R. A. Bennett, editor of 'Truth' [Thomas Power O'Connor (1848-1929), Irish journalist and proprietor of 'T. P.'s Weekly', founder and first editor of the Sun newspaper; Sir Osbert Sitwell]
Autograph Letter Signed from 'R. A. Bennet', editor of 'Truth',
Publication details: 
11 December 1925; on letterhead of 'Truth' Buildings, Carteret Street, Queen Anne's Gate, London.
£65.00
Autograph Letter Signed from 'R. A. Bennet', editor of 'Truth',

12mo, 1 p. Nine lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Docketed in pencil on reverse 'R. A. Bennett re T. P. O'Connor'. He is enclosing 'the promised note to "T. P". I see that he is ailing and going to the Riviera at an early date, so you had better try and catch him at once.' Bennett had to get the recipient's address from his publishers, as O'Connor left without passing it on.

Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Osbert') to 'My dear James' [the film producer R. J. Minney].

Author: 
Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969) [R. J. Minney]
Publication details: 
Letter One: 'Friday Renishaw' [c.1942]; on letterhead of 2 Carlyle Square, SW3. Letter Two: 5 April [c.1942?]. On illustrated letterhead of 'Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire [last word deleted]'. Letter Three: 4 January 1944; on Renishaw Hall letterhead.
£165.00

Sitwell and Renishaw collaborated on the play 'Gentle Caesar' (published in 1942), and the last two letters would appear to concern a possible film adaptation. All three items very good on lightly aged paper. Letter One ('Friday Renishaw'): 12mo, 2 pp. 18 lines of text. Apparently written around the time of the play's composition. Sitwell is 'delighted' that Minney is 'already immersed in Pares's book. I have just read the Czar and Empress Marie's Letters.' He has 'marked (in the preface mostly) what I thought helpful for atmosphere, or amusing'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Osbert') to 'My dear James'.

Author: 
Osbert Sitwell [Sir Francis Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell, 5th Baronet] (1892-1969), English writer and aesthete
Publication details: 
Monday' [no date]; on illustrated letterhead of Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire (amended by Sitwell to 'Renishaw | N[ear]. Sheffield').
£120.00

12mo, 2 pp. Very good. Attractive letterhead with engraved illustration of 'Renishaw Hall | Derbyshire' (last word crossed out by Sitwell). Written in purple ink. Asks if there is 'anything to be made of a curtain-raiser, or short film, which wd. show Napoleon catching the cold, which lost him the Battle of Waterloo? . . It is an amusing idea.' He considers that it is 'sure to have been some very silly person who sneezed at him . . . Or is the idea nonsense!'

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