S. R. Crockett [ Samuel Rutherford Crockett ] (1859-1914), Scottish novelist
On letterhead of the Savoy Hotel, Embankment Gardens, London. 30 January 1899.
1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper. He thanks him for sending 'Idylls of Spain' (by Rowland Thirlmere, 1897), which 'Mr. Milner' will settle with him for, and states that he is 'interested in the subject and would be glad of a note of any books you happen to come across on this subject'. In 1903 Crockett would publish 'The Adventurer in Spain'.
Four pages, pp.2, folio, unbound as issued, two leaves of bifolium separated, sl. chipping and sunning of edges, fold mark, text clear and complete. It includes: P.1 & 2 a history of the appeal (committee meetings etc), and its objectives, concluding "David Masson | Chairman | 27th May 1897."; P. The Committee (Earl of Rosebery, J.M. Barie, Conan Doyle, Henry James, Joseph Bell, Rider Haggard, Thomas Hardy, Edmind Gosse, Rudyard Kipling, Leslie Stephen, etc etc.; p. "First Subscription List" (much the same as Committee.
Walter Gilliss (1855-1925), New York printer [The Gilliss Press; Clement King Shorter (1857-1926), British journalist and literary critic]
On Gilliss's own letterhead (with device of The Gilliss Press), Room 903, Mohawk Building, 160 Fifth Avenue, New York. 8 December 1923 [amended by Gilliss from 21 November 1923].
1p., landscape 12mo. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper. The letter reads: 'Dear Mr. Shorter: | You were so good as to admire the Stevenson printed by Doubleday, Page & Co., which was my handiwork to a large extent, and so, I am sending you a copy of a little book written and made by me many years ago, which I hope may interest you for an idle quarter-hour, (if you ever have one at your disposal). | Wishing you all the compliments of the season. | Yours sincerely | Walter Gilliss'.
Flora Clift Stevenson [Flora C. Stevenson] (1839-1905), Scottish social reformer and educationalist, one of the first women in the United Kingdom to be elected to a school board
On her monogrammed letterhead of 13 Randolph Terrace, Edinburgh. 'Saturday' [no date].
1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The letter reads: 'My dear Ella: | It wd be very kind if you cd come to see me as I have never recovered & am downstairs again. - Will you come to tea to-day or tomorrow. I want somebody to play with me!'
William Joseph Taylor (1802-1885), medallist, die-sinker, engraver [William Stevenson Fitch (1793-1859), postmaster of Ipswich, antiquary and thief]
29 August 1842; London.
12mo, 3 pp. Forty lines. Text clear and complete. With: Seven-line Autograph Note Signed by 'W S Fitch' in a close hand at foot of third page. He is ashamed for not replying sooner to Fitch's letter, and his gift of 'a couple of Ducks': 'the only way I can reconcile such a case is to believe one of the great Authors, I forget which, perhaps Montaigne that the receiver is the one who confers the greatest compliment so if you please we will set it down so in this instance, and say no more about it'. He thanks Fitch for 'the Impressions' of seals, which 'add very much to my collection'.
Robert Macaulay Stevenson (1854-1952), Scottish artist, associated with the 'Glasgow Boys' school [David Sassoon (1888-1978), Kirkcudbright artist]
'Kirkcudbright | Yuletide 1934'.
Dimensions of card 14.5 x 11 cm. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Cloudy print of landscape on recto of second leaf, signed in pencil 'R Macaulay Stevenson'. Neat pen inscription on recto of first leaf: 'My dear brother-artist Sassoon and dear Madame Sassoon this is just from Stansmore and myself to wish you a Merrie Christmas and a Happy New Year | [signed] R Macaulay Stevenson | Kirkcudbright | Yuletide 1934'.
Matthew Stevenson [Sheila Stratton, illustrator; Canterbury College of Art]
Produced at the Canterbury College of Art, 1949.
12mo, 10 pp. Stitched. In original red wraps, with title and illustrations printed on the front in red. Good, on lightly-aged paper. An attractive pamphlet, with the illustrations accompanying sections entitled Summer and Winter. At end: 'The text was set in 12 pt. Bodoni by A. File and A. Morris and the machine work is by D. Jackson and B. Dove'. Scarce: no copy on COPAC.
William Durrant Cooper (1812-1875), ed. [Laurence Sterne; M. Tollot; John Hall Stevenson; Robert 'Panty' Lascelles; Horace Walpole; John Hope; John Wharton]
London: Printed for Private Circulation, by T. Richards, 100, St. Martin's Lane. 1844.
8vo, vii + 23 pp. Stitched as issued. Text clear and complete. Internally sound, tight and clean; spotting to first and last leaves, with a gummed strip of white paper strengthening the spine. Thin strip along head of title removed, presumably for presentation or ownership inscription. One annotation and two corrections in a contemporary hand. Dedicated by Durrant to John Thomas Wharton of Skelton Castle, 'Bloomsbury Square, London, July 1844.' Three pages of notes at end. Long letter by Tollot, in French. Two Sterne letters, 1764 and 1766, both to Stevenson.
J. A. Hammerton [Sir John Alexander Hammerton] (1871-1949), Scottish editor of reference works including 'Harmsworth's Universal Encyclopaedia' [Grant Richards (1872-1948), English publisher]
3 February 1903 to 15 April 1904 (two letters undated); seven on letterhead of 43 Hornsey Rise Gardens, three on letterheads of S. W. Partridge and Co, two on letterhead of 8 and 9 Paternoster Row.
Twelve items. All texts clear and complete. In a variety of formats from 4to to 12mo. The collection is in fair condition, on aged and grubby paper. An interesting series of letters from one leading figure in the publishing circles of Edwardian London to another, revealing Hammerton's energetic no-nonsense approach. Much of the correspondence concerns the publication by Richards of Hammerton's 'Stevensoniana' (including a typed copy of a letter from Richards to Hammerton, 2 February 1903, stating terms). The discussion of the book includes references to 'Mrs R. L.
Sidney Royse Lysaght (1860-1941), Irish writer who visited Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa
16 October 1907; on letterhead Blackwell Down, Flax Bourton, Somerset.
One page, 12mo. On aged, creased and spotted paper, with remains of paper and glue and paper from mount adhering to both sides. Reads 'With S.. R.. Lysaght's compliments - | 16. viii. 07.' From the collection of the Rev. E. J. F. Davies.
Biographer of Robert Louis Stevenson. Paper dimensions roughly four and a half inches by one and a quarter. Very good. Taken from autograph album and mounted on larger piece of cream paper. Reads 'Yours very affectionately | Rosaline Masson.'