Ronald Jeans (1887-1973), British playwright over five decades
In manuscript on front cover: 'Return to 40c Palace St: London S.W.1'. Undatd. From Pinker's Play Bureau, Talbot House, Arundel Street, Strand, London, WC2.
147pp., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with rusty binding, in worn covers. In manuscript on the cover are the return address and 'Producer's Copy'. In the same hand is an addition to the ending: 'Judy | Then there is a ghost' | Geoffrey | Not a word to your father'. 'Who's Who in the Theatre' records a production of the play in 1938, but there is no reference to it on either OCLC WorldCat, or on COPAC.
'Richard Marsh' [Richard Bernard Heldmann] (1857-1915), popular English author, best-known for his supernatural thriller 'The Beetle' (1897)
The first two on letterheads of Three Bridges, Sussex; the last two from The Uplands, Queen's Road, Shanklin. 8 October 1908; and 16 February, and 1 and 3 September 1909.
All four items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE (8 October 1908): 'Although I am only asking what I am offered elsewhere I am willing to meet you, & to accept Twenty five Guineas for the second serial use of the two stories, - on the understanding that the transaction is for prompt cash.' TWO (16 February 1909): His terms are fifteen guineas, cash.
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'
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).
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.
F. Marion Crawford [Francis Marion Crawford] (1864-1909), American author [Villa Crawford (formerly Villa Renzi), Sant' Agnello di Sorrento, Italy]
On letterhead of Villa Crawford, Sant' Agnello di Sorrento. [1890s?]
12, 1p. On bifolium. In black ink over pencil. Very good, on lighly-aged paper. Presumably a representation of the Roman wall fountain which could be seen when looking down from Crawford's bedroom at the Villa. The present item consists of a pen drawing, roughy 18 x 9 cm., covering the left hand side of a letterhead (the printed address being in the top right-hand corner). The drawing is detailed and attractive, in a late nineteenth-century style, showing a four-line inscription in Ancient Greek on a tablet set into the wall above the drinking fountain.
Charles Williams (b.1858), LRCP, Assistant Medical Officer, the Warneford, Oxford [spiritualism]
London: The Ambrose Co., Ltd., 55 & 57 Wigmore Street, W. [1909 or 1910]
12mo, 53 + [iii] pp. Text clear and complete. Aged and worn, with loose original front cover, printed in green, remaining from the binding. Stamp of 'The Community of the Resurrection' on title-page. A few manuscript notes in light pencil. Scarce: five copies on COPAC, at the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, the National Library of Scotland, and University of London, variously dated to 1909 and 1910.
Hereford: Printed by Jakeman and Carver, Printers, Widemarsh Street, High Town, Hereford. [1880s]
12mo, [iv] + 48 pp. In original brown printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Aged and lightly worn, with slight staining to edges of wraps. Can be dated to the 1880s, as Powell died in 1886, and the latest date in the text is 1881. Preface: 'This little work professes to give merely a sketch of the objects of beauty and interest to be found in The Golden Valley. The Landscape-Painter, the Archaeologist, the Botanist, the Historian, will there find ample occupation.
xxxviii.80pp., 8vo, printed red cloth, slight hinge strain, endpapers discoloured, cover has minor defects, but is attractive. A drama. Scarce: COPAC lists only the BL copy but WorldCat lists five other British repositories.
Elliott O'Donnell (1872-1965), Irish author best-known for his works on ghosts and the supernatural
25 October 1913; on letterhead of the Authors' Club, 2 Whitehall Court, [London] S.W.
8vo, 1 p. On aged, dusty paper, with slight loss (roughly 1.25 x 0.25 cm) in a vertical strip at foot, affecting one word of text. Difficult hand. He wonders whether the recipient 'will consider an article or tale from me on my special subjects "experiences in haunted houses" & "Future Life for Animals".' He refers him 'to my works in Whos Who 1911-3 which will give you an idea of the amount I have already written on the superphysical.' Last sentence hard to decipher.