SPEAKING

[Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble], actress.] Autograph speech made by her at a lunch for Poet Laureate John Masefield, with two items relating to Masefield's 'English Verse Speaking Association'.

Author: 
Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble] (1875-1960), actress associated with G. B. Shaw and her husband Harley Granville-Barker [John Masefield, Poet Laureate, and his English Verse Speaking Association]
Publication details: 
Speech made at the Town Hall, Hereford, 23 October 1929, The two English Verse Speaking Association items undated, but from around the same time.
£380.00

Lady Keeble and Masefield were, as she states in the speech, 'close friends and comrades in work', as well as neighbours on Boars Hill, Oxfordshire. ONE: Unpublished speech. 12pp, 12mo. On twelve leaves torn from an accounts book. Written in a hurried untidy hand, with several emendations. The start in particular is much reworked, with an abandoned version on the facing page. The speech itself is 11pp, paginated 1-11. The recto of the first leaf carries the following, in another hand: 'Speech made by Lady Keeble at Hereford – at Luncheon given by the Mayor. Mrs Luard.

[Printed item.] National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations. Speakers' Competition, 1936. Notes for Competitors & Judges.

Author: 
[National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations, Speakers' Competition, 1936]
Publication details: 
National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations. [Great Britain.] Dated 'December 1935.' [for 1936]
£90.00

[1] + 6pp., 12mo. On six leaves, stapled together in one corner. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. Main headings: 'General Conditions', 'Special Notes' [sub headings for Chairman (Elocution and Manner; Subject Matter; Procedure; Manner of Handling Meeting); Speaker; Proposer and Seconder; Team Work], 'The National Anthem', 'Marking Sheets' and 'Declaring Result'. Scarce: no copy traced on either COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.

[Printed pamphlet.] Hints on Platform Speaking and Debate.

Author: 
[Hugh Thornton? Association of Conservative Clubs, London]
Publication details: 
Association of Conservative Clubs, Palace Chambers, Westminster, S.W.1. Undated [1930s]. [Bemrose & Sons Ltd., Derby and London.]
£90.00

66pp., 12mo. In brown cloth printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged. Ownership inscription of 'Mabel S. Lomax' at head of front cover. Eight chapters, including 'How to Become Fluent' and 'The Art of Delivery (Manner and Mannerisms)'. With two appendices: 'How to Conduct Debating Societies' and 'Specimen Rules for Debating Societies'. Scarce: no copy on COPAC, and only one on OCLC WorldCat. (An undated second edtion, ascribed to Hugh Thornton, with introduction by F. Solbe, is equally scarce.) From the archive of Mabel S.

Autograph Letter Signed ('T. H. Huxley') from the biologist and supporter of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution Thomas Henry Huxley, declining to give a lecture.

Author: 
Thomas Henry Huxley [T. H. Huxley] (1825-1895), English biologist and a leading advocate of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hodeslea, Staveley Road, Eastbourne. 24 November 1892.
£250.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. The name of the addressee is indistinct, and appears to be 'S. Algernon'. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir | I regret that I am unable to give the Lecture you ask for. I really have no business to undertake any kind of public speaking & except in very special circumstances, I keep out of it'.

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