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[ Iran; Persia; Jimmy Shields, Scottish communist, twice editor of the Daily Worker. ] Typed draft of third section ('Section III How to Improve The Tudeh Party') of paper on the situation in Persia (Iran) titled '"What is to be done?"'

Author: 
Jimmy Shields (1900-1949), Scottish communist, senior member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, twice editor of the Daily Worker [ Tudeh Party, Persia; Iran ]
Publication details: 
[ International Department of the Communist Party of Great Britain, London. ] With autograph note: '1st Draft, Oct., 1945. | 2nd [Draft], Nov., 1945.'
£180.00

[1] + 9pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and creased cartridge paper, with the ten leaves pinned together. Minor autograph emendations throughout. Paginated in manuscript 11-18, including 13A; and also including the first page of the whole paper, headed '"What is to be done?"'. The nine-page third section is titled 'Section III How to Improve The Tudeh Party', and carries the following autograph note at the head of the first page: 'N.B. SECS 1 & 2 ALREADY THERE'.

[ Ginger Rogers, Hollywood star. ] Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Ginger Rogers [ born Virginia Katherine McMath ] (1911-1995), Hollywood actress, dancer and singer, famed for her partnership with Fred Astaire
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£20.00

Good, firm signature in blue ink, 7cm. long, on a piece of paper laid down on a 16 x 25cm. piece of card, beside a magazine cutting of a photograph of Rogers, the two protected by a loose plastic sheet. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper.

[ 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'.

[ Sabu, Indian film actor. ] Autograph Note Signed, given during the shooting of the film for which he is best known, 'The Thief of Baghdad'.

Author: 
Sabu [ Sabu Dastagir; Selar Shaik Sabu; Sabu Francis ] (1924-1963), Indian film actor working in England and Hollywood
Publication details: 
No place [ Twickenham Film Studios ]. 1939.
£65.00

Good firm inscription on 18 x 16 cm leaf of blue paper removed from album. Reads: 'To Ann | with very Best wishes | from | Sabu | THE THIEF OF | BAGHDAD | 1939'. The recipient was the daughter of a cameraman at Twickenham Film Studios.

[Victorian bicycling ephemera.] Three items printed by Cheney & Sons for the Banbury Star Cyclists' Club: 'Run Card for May & June, 1891'; announcement of 'Star Cyclists' Quadrille Assembly' weekly dances, printed in gold; and prize dinner invitation

Author: 
[Banbury Star Cyclists' Club, head quarters, The "Old George" Inn, Bridge Street [Unicorn Hotel]; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury]
Publication details: 
Banbury Star Cyclists' Club, head quarters, The "Old George" Inn, Bridge Street [Unicorn Hotel]. 'Run Card' printed by 'Cheney & Sons, Typ., Banbury', 1891; announcement [also by Cheney & Sons, but not stated], 1892; invitation, 1897.
£60.00

The three items in very good condition. ONE: 'Run Card for May & June, 1891.' 4pp., 16mo (11.5 x 7.5 cm). Bifolium. Printed in brown within decorative border on all four sides, on creamy-grey paper. In very good condition.

['The Leading Occult Monthly of the World', ed. News E. Wood.] Star of the Magi | An Exponent of Occult Science, Art and Philosophy. [20 issues bound together.]

Author: 
News E. Wood, A.M., M.D., Editor and Proprietor of the Chicago occult journal 'Star of the Magi: An Exponent of Occult Science, Art and Philosophy'
Publication details: 
News E. Wood, A.M., M.D., Editor and Proprietor, 617 La Salle Avenue, Chicago, U.S.A. The twenty issues from 1 May 1902 (Vol. III No.7) to 1 December 1903 (Vol. IV No. 13).
£750.00

312pp., large 8vo. In publisher's green cloth binding, gilt. Internally good, sound and tight on lightly-aged paper; in worn binding. Each volume carries two pages of advertisements, with more in text. The earliest issue is typical, with articles on such subjects as reincarnation; prophecy; occult timepieces; occult uses of colours (by Professor G. R. Nile). An advertisement on p.2 of the earliest issue gives the magazine's view of itself: 'THE STAR OF THE MAGI IS THE LEADING OCCULT JOURNAL OF THE WORLD. A year's trial will convince you of this.

Copy of Autograph Letter Signed ('Frank H. Evans') from the banker and Liberal politician Sir Francis Henry Evans to the proprietor of the White Star Line Thomas Henry Ismay, complaining of the treatment of his sister-in-law on a transatlantic voyage

Author: 
Sir Francis Henry Evans (1840-1907) of Tubbendens, Orpington, Kent, banker and Liberal politician [Thomas Henry Ismay (1837-1899), founder of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company [White Star Line]]
Publication details: 
5 August [189]4.
£60.00

3pp., 12mo. An early sort of carbon copy. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'Thomas H Ismay Esq | Liverpool'.

Circulars 900 to 938 from the Marine Superintendent's Office, Cunard White Star Limited, to 'The Captain, Chief Officer All Ships'. With tables acknowledging receipt by each ship's chief officer.

Author: 
[Marine Superintendent's Office, Cunard White Star Limited]
Cunard White Star Line
Publication details: 
7 July 1937 to 14 September 1938 to Circulars addressed from 'Marine Superintendent's Office, Cunard White Star Limited, Cunard Building, Liverpool 3'.
£220.00
Cunard White Star Line

Laid down on 62 folio pages (paginated 106 to 167), disbound from a log book. All texts clear and complete. Fair, on worn, aged paper, with light staining (not affecting text) to first leaf. The circulars are mimeographed and typed, with facsimile signatures. Beneath each circular is a box table giving the date the circular was sent to each ship, with name of ship and chief officer, and the date the circular was acknowledged.

[Printed pamphlet.] Rules of the People's Printing Press Society Limited. Registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts, 1893 to 1928. Register No. 12750 R London. [With certificate making the member 'an owner of the Daily Worker'.]

Author: 
[People's Printing Society Limited; the Daily Worker; the Morning Star; the Communist Party of Great Britain]
Rules of the People's Printing Press Society
Publication details: 
Undated [circa 1948]. Registered Office: Swinton House, Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1. [London Caledonian Press Ltd. (T.U. all depts.), 74 Swinton St., London, W.C.1'.]
£165.00
Rules of the People's Printing Press Society

8vo, 14 pp. In original stapled blue printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged high-acidity paper, in slightly-discoloured wraps. The ownership certificate (landscape 12mo, 1 p) is printed in red and black, with typewritten details filled in, showing that James Chesterton became a member of the PPPS on 14 July 1948, 'and thereby became an owner of the Daily Worker'. With facsimile signatures of the (female) chairman and secretary. The pamphlet is scarce: the only copies on COPAC at the British Library and Warwick. There is no record of any other copy of the certificate.

[Printed handbill advertising the United Kingdom newspaper the Daily Worker, and attacking the 'National Starvation Government', headed:] The "National" Government has attacked the "Daily Worker" the organ of the Communist Party. Why?

Author: 
[The Daily Worker; The Morning Star; the Communist Party of Great Britain; the Invergordon Mutiny]
Printed handbill advertising the United Kingdom newspaper the Daily Worker
Publication details: 
[Circa 1931.] Published by the Communist Party of Great Britain, 16 King Street, London, W.C.2. Printed by The International Press (T.U.), 4 Pelham Street, London, E.1.
£38.00
Printed handbill advertising the United Kingdom newspaper the Daily Worker

12mo, 1 p. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly aged and creased paper.

Faux-metallic embossed German [Prussian] military decoration with ribbon, consisting of black Imperial eagle (Reichsadler) with Landwehrkreuz motto, over silver and gold eight-pointed star.

Author: 
German (Prussian) military decoration [Reichsadler; Landwehrkreuz; World War; Germany army]
Publication details: 
[First World War or earlier.]
£120.00

An attractive and delicate piece of ephemera, dusty and slightly tarnished, but in very good condition overall. Skilfully manufactured and giving a convincing metallic appearance. 15 cm wide from opposing points of the star, which is of gold card overlaid with silver silver card, both types embossed in a pattern of pearls of different sizes radiating out from the centre, over which sits the Reichsadler, of embossed black card, 6 cm high by 7 cm wide, crowned, with wings outstretched, orb and sceptre in its talons.

Signed photograph ('Good Luck Ken, | Jackie Coogan | 1947').

Author: 
Jackie Coogan (John Leslie Coogan) (1914-1984), American actor, child star during the silent era, Chaplin's sidekick in 'The Kid' (1921) and Uncle Fester in 'The Addams Family' television series
Publication details: 
Photo by 'MOSS PHOTO, N.Y.' Signature, 1947.
£45.00

Dimensions of image 15.5 x 11 cm. On piece of shiny photographic paper 17.5 x 12.5 cm. Sepia-coloured and slightly faded, with a little creasing to extremities, and minor fading to margin in bottom right-hand corner. Shows a thoughtful Coogan in a head and shoulders shot, with his arms folded, wearing a hat, tweed jacket and bow tie. Message, bottom right, reads 'Good Luck Ken, [signed] Jackie Coogan | 1947'. From the Ken Ryan collection.

Ten-line 67-word Post Office Telegraphs radio telegram, taken down by 'Mayhew', to the Daily Graphic newspaper, London.

Author: 
Mary Pickford [Gladys Louise Smith] (1892-1979) [Douglas Fairbanks [Douglas Elton Ullman] (1883-1939)]
Publication details: 
Received at Lands End from the S.S.Lapland, 20 June 1920.
£86.00

Written in pencil by 'Mayhew' on an official printed 'Post Office Telegraphs' form, stamped with telegraph number and dated postmark. Good, on aged high-acidity paper, dimensions roughly 14 x 21.5 cm. Neatly laid down on a piece of brown card. Sent on Pickford and Fairbanks' honeymoon voyage to Europe. The couple have 'received so many lovely messages from friends in England' that Pickford's 'Life Long dream of visiting the old country seems to be all [she] had hoped more [sic] and that saying great deal Douglas is ready to jump from the Top mast the minute we sight Southampton'.

Wireless Telegram to the News Editor, Daily Graphic newspaper, London.

Author: 
Mary Pickford [Gladys Louise Smith] (1892-1979) [Douglas Fairbanks [Douglas Elton Ullman] (1883-1939)]
Publication details: 
From 'Steamer Lapland, Valentia'. [1920]
£28.00

A carbon, in the hand of the wireless operator, on an official printed 'Post Office Telegraphs' form ('FOREIGN AND COLONIAL TELEGRAMS ONLY'). Good, on aged high-acidity paper, dimensions roughly 12.5 x 19 cm. Neatly laid down on a piece of brown card. Sent on Pickford and Fairbanks' honeymoon voyage to Europe.

Autograph Signatures ('Laurence Olivier' and 'Gladys Cooper').

Author: 
Laurence Olivier (1907-1989), English stage and film actor; Gladys Cooper (1888-1971), English actress
Publication details: 
Dates and places not stated.
£48.00

On piece of cream paper, roughly 8.5 x 12 cm, removed from an autograph album. Good, on paper with a few light marks. Bold, firm signatures in pencil, one on each side of the leaf. Two signatures,

Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972), French actor and entertainer
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£35.00

On piece of pink paper roughly 8.5 x 11 cm. Laid down on slightly larger leaf from an autograph album. Good with a little paper and glue staining to the mount. Good bold signature, diagonally across the page.

Offprint of poem by 'ORION' entitled 'THE BURIAL OF RICHARD COBDEN', with MS note by Sandland acknowledging authorship.

Author: 
John Dorlin Sandland [Richard Cobden; Liverpool]
Publication details: 
From THE ALBION, Liverpool, of Monday, April 10, 1865.' Dated in print 'Liverpool, Saturday, April 8, 1865.'
£125.00

Sandland was the author of 'The wanderer, and other poems' (1845). Roughly four and three quarto inches by seven and three-quarters. Grubby, folded twice and mounted on larger piece of light-green paper. Sonnet beginning 'ON they went with a step that was measured and slow' and concluding 'In this temple of quiet, where Nature is free, | Here they left in repose the Apostle of Peace.' MS reads (at head) 'To the Writer of | The Funeral of Mr Cobden | Morning Star Saturday April 8th.

Autograph Signature

Author: 
Tom Mix
Publication details: 
Without date or place, but docketed '1925'.
£45.00

Movie cowboy (1880-1940) whose real name was Thomas Hezekiah Mix. Dimensions approximately 2 inches by 3 inches, with the signature 'Tom Mix,' in blue ink and approximately 1 1/2 inches long. In good condition although the 'om' of 'Tom' slightly smudged, and with a small brown stain above the tip of the 'T'. Mounted on an irregularly-shaped piece of blue card, docketed '93 | Famous Cinema Star | noted particularly for His wonderful riding and His famous horse Tony'.

Typed Letter Signed to the Rev. Dr. R. D. Daunton-Fear.

Author: 
Douglas Fairbanks, Junior
Publication details: 
27 August 1951; on letterhead 'DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS | "WESTRIDGE" | PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA'
£75.00

American film actor. 1 page, 8vo. In good condition with some minor creasing. He was interested in his correspondent's comments, in a letter of 14 August, regarding the parish church of St George's at Gravesend. 'I, like so many others, am familiar with the church and its association with Pocahontas.

Reports regarding Sir William Thomson's Compass and Sounding Machine

Author: 
Sir William Thomson
Publication details: 
Glasgow (1876)
£200.00

(Lord Kelvin) 19 leaves (printed one side only), 4to, not bound. A rare promotional brochure and price list for navigational instruments including the dry-card compass, the first modern compass. Thomson had invented the compass the previous year. The reports are accompanied by statistics and are from Captains of vessels experimenting with the new invention (White Star, P & O, etc.)

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