SOPHIE

[ 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!

[ Sophie Tucker, American entertainer. ] Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Sophie Tucker [ born Sonya Kalish ] (1887-1966), 'The Last of the Red Hot Mamas', Ukrainian-born American singer, comedian, actress, and radio personality
Publication details: 
No place. 1936.
£23.00

On 6.5 x 12 piece of ruled paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads 'With Compliments Sophie Tucker 1936'.

[Princess Sophia Matilda Hanover of the United Kingdom.] Autograph Note in the third person from 'Princess Sophie' to a tradesman

Author: 
Princess Sophie [Princess Sophia Matilda Hanover] (1777-1848) of the United Kingdom, daughter of King George III [Sophie Friederike Dorothee Wilhelmine] (1805-1872)
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 3 February 1824.
£90.00

On a piece of 12 x 19cm paper. Discoloured and chipped, and laid down on an 8vo leaf removed from an album, with cut-out printed family crest letterheads in various colours on reverse. At head of page, in another contemporary hand: 'H. R. H. Princess Sophie's handwriting'. The letter is written in a difficult hand, and begins: 'The Princess Sophie returns Mr Clarke the enclosed Letter, & she also sends the sum of £1 .. 8 .. 9 for the 4 yds & 1/2 of <?> <?> he was so obliging as to purchase for her.' The letter continues with a request, ending '[...] this is much the fashion'.

[Margaret Francis Harris, theatre designer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Margaret Harris') to 'Mr Rhodes', discussing the sale of her 'Motley designs' to the University of Illinois.

Author: 
Margaret Harris [Margaret Francis Harris] (1904-2000), English opera, costume and theatre designer [Motley Theatre Design Group]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Theatre Design Course at Riverside, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith. 17 June 1982.
£80.00

2pp., 8vo. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. She apologises for not being able to be 'helpful on any of your questions'. She does not even possess a copy of her own 'Designing and Making Stage Costume'. 'I have no Motley designs at all, as every one which was in my possession has been sold to the University of Illinois, who have taken the whole collection of about 3000 swatches.' She is glad to hear that he has some of them, 'as it means that there are a few still in this country'.

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