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[David Gentleman illustrates the University Press in 'its quincentenary year'.] Copy of 'The Oxford Almanack | For the Year of our Lord God MDCCCCLXXVIII [1978]', with fine large coloured illustration of 'The University Press'.

Author: 
David Gentleman (b.1930), English illustrator taught by Edward Bawden and John Nash [Vivian Ridler, Printer to the University; Oxford University Press]
Publication details: 
1978. 'Printed at the University Press, Oxford, by Vivian Ridler, Printer to the University, and published by the Oxford University Press, Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6DP.'
£180.00

Printed on one side of a 75 x 56 cm piece of thick wove paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with short closed tearing to edges and two light vertical fold lines. The lower part of the page carries the almanack, flanked on the right by a list of the 'University Officers', and on the left by the 'Heads of Colleges'. The upper part of the page carries a fine 31 x 44 cm aerial view, in colours, of 'THE UNIVERSITY PRESS | From a drawing by David Gentleman for its quincentenary year', A nice item, now uncommon.

[Dame Edith Sitwell and John Freeman's 'Face to Face' BBC TV interview. ] Two items: Autograph Letter Signed ('Edith Sitwell') to producer Hugh Burnett; & Typescript (printer's copy) of the section on the interview in Burnett's book of the series.

Author: 
Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), iconic poet and critic [Hugh Burnett; John Freeman; Face to Face, BBC Television series]
Publication details: 
Letter with letterhead of Renishaw Hall, near Sheffield, in envelope on which Sitwell gives her address as Castello di Montegufoni, Montagnana, Val di Peso [near Florence, Italy]. 18 August 1959. Typescript undated (for book published in 1964).
£750.00

Two items relating to Sitwell's interview with John Freeman (1915-2014), broadcast in the BBC series 'Face to Face' on 6 May 1959. The two items are from the papers of the programme's producer Hugh Burnett (1924-2011). ONE: Autograph Letter Signed to Burnett. Signed 'Edith Sitwell'. On letterhead of Renishaw Hall, Renishaw, nr. Sheffield. 18 August 1959. 3pp., 12mo. In envelope with Italian stamp and postmark, addressed by Sitwell to 'Hugh Burnett, Esqre. | Television Studio | Lime Grove | London. W.12'.

[The Campden Hill Club, London.] Three manuscript volumes, comprising minute book, day book and visitors book to the Club's exhibition at Leighton House, with signature of Duncan Grant, Roy Plomley and others.

Author: 
The Campden Hill Club, London [Sir Miles Fletcher de Montmorency (1893-1963), Chairman, writer and art historian; Byan Shaw; Vicat Cole; Leighton House, Kensington]
Publication details: 
The Campden Hill Club, London. Minute Book, 1946-1958; Day Book, 1956-1972; Leighton House Visitors book, 1958-1976.
£450.00

The Campden Hill Club was founded in 1907, 'in affectionate memory of Byam Shaw, and as a tribute to his teaching', and comprised, according to the Studio magazine in 1922, 'mainly of past and present students of the Byam Shaw and Vicat Cole School of Art, with which it keeps closely and stimulatingly in touch'. The three items are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn bindings. ONE (Visitors Book, 1958-1976): 190pp., 4to. Ruled notebook bound in red cloth, with 'Visitors' stamped in gilt on the front cover.

[Sir Joseph Prestwich writes to his successor in the Chair of Geology at Oxford, Alexander Henry Green.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Joseph Prestwich') to 'Professor Green', regarding the plates of his book 'Geology'.

Author: 
Sir Joseph Prestwich (1812-1896), geologist [Alexander Henry Green (1832-1896), Prestwich's successor as Oxford Professor of Geology]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Darent-Hulme, Shoreham, Sevenoaks. 1 May 1889.
£220.00

The previous year Green had succeeded Prestwich in the Chair of Geology at Oxford. In the same year the second volume of Prestwich's 'Geology' was published for the University by the Clarendon Press, the first volume having appeared in 1886. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. The subject of the letter is 'the plates of “Geology”', with Prestwich writing that his 'only object is to make the book useful in as many ways as possible.

[Tania Long of the New York Times writes from wartime London on 'queue psychology' in Britain and America.] Typed Letter Signed ('Tania Long Daniell') to Punch editor E. V. Knox, in connection with an article being commissioned from him.

Author: 
Tania Long [Tania Long Daniell] (1913-1998), American journalist and war correspondent [E. V. Knox [Edmund George Valpy Knox] (1881-1971, 'Evoe'), editor of Punch]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the London bureau of the New York Times, Savoy Hotel, London WC2. 24 May 1943.
£450.00

Long's obituary in the New York Times, 6 September 1998, describes her as 'war correspondent for The New York Herald Tribune and The New York Times who covered the London blitz and the Nuremburg trials' and 'one of only a few women who were correspondents in World War II'. She had joined the New York Herald Tribune's London bureau in 1941, and subsequently married Raymond Daniell, chief of the New York Times's London bureau, joining that newspaper as a reporter in February 1942.

[Marshal d'Albret, French soldier and court gallant during the reign of Louis XIV.] Autograph Signature ('Le Ma[resch]al d'Albret') on part of document.

Author: 
Marshal d'Albret [César Phoebus d'Albret, comte de Miossens] (1614-1676), French soldier, a Marshal of France under Louis XIV, and court gallant
Publication details: 
Dated 1671.
£90.00

2.5 x 11.5 cm slip of paper, laid down on part of leaf from album, with d'Albret's autograph dating ('i67i') on 1.5 x 6 cm slip laid down below it. In good condition, lightly aged. The valediction of a letter, written in an undisciplined hand.

[Horace Sequeira, actor, portrait painter and make-up artist.] Four items: Autograph Duologue titled 'Seeing the Coronation'; duplicated duologue titled 'A Quiet Day's Sketching in Sussex'; and two price lists.

Author: 
Horace Sequeira (1887-1973), actor, make-up artist, portrait painter [Old Vic and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London]
Publication details: 
All four undated (one circa 1953 and the others earlier). One item from 5 Belsize Crescent, Hampstead, NW3 [London], and two others from 17 Welbeck Mansions, Inglewood Rd, NW6.
£250.00

Sequeira was born in Aldgate. In the years following his service in the London Regiment during the First World War, he acted in Shakespeare at the Old Vic, and he would continue as an actor into the age of film and television. In addition to acting Sequeira taught (including a youthful Peter Cushing) at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, painted, and in 1953 published a book on stage make-up. The present four items, all undated, are in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: Autograph duologue titled 'Seeing the Coronation'. 5pp., foolscap 8vo. With revised conclusion, 1p., 12mo.

[William Gorman Wills, Irish dramatist, novelist and painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W G Wills') to 'Chepmell' [i.e. the society homeopathist Edward Charles Chepmell], expressing thanks for 'the cure you accomplished'.

Author: 
W. G. Wills [William Gorman Wills], Irish dramatist, novelist and painter [Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885), society homeopathist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Garrick Club [London]. No date.
£56.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition. He has 'from week to week been purposing a visit to you to express my gratitude & sincere thanks for your kindness to me & the cure you accomplished'. He can only write his thanks, having been overwhelmed by 'the arrears of work that followed my illness', and leaving for Paris the following day.

[Sir Donald MacAlister, physician, Chancellor of Glasgow University.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Donald MacAlister') to the 'Warden' [A. R. F. Hyslop, Warden of Trinity College, Glenalmond], giving details of his planned movements over the coming days

Author: 
Sir Donald MacAlister (1854-1934), Scottish physician, Chancellor of Glasgow University, President of the General Medical Council. member of the Cambridge Apostles [A. R. F. Hyslop]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The University, Glasgow.] 23 July 1908.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'My dear Warden', and sending his 'kind regards to Mrs Hyslop & yourself', and so addressed to Rev. Archibald Richard Frith Hyslop (1866-1926), Warden of Trinity College, Glenalmond. He has received Hyslop's letter on his 'return from a Highland visit'. He gives his reasons for having to leave early on the following Monday and Tuesday (a journey to Perth and another to Oban).

[Sir Richard Wallace, creator of the Wallace Collection with his father the Marquis of Hertford.] Autograph Note Signed ('Richard Wallace') to 'Dr Chepmell' [i.e. the society homeopathist Edward Charles Chepmell], regarding an election and 'Dr Grigg'

Author: 
Sir Richard Wallace (1818-1890)[, son of Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquis of Hertford (1800-1870), founders of the Wallace Collection, London [Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885), homeopathist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 105 Piccadilly, W. [London] 20 May 1874.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dear Dr Chepmell, | I received your note yesterday afternoon & have in consequence had much pleasure in giving my votes in favour of your friend Dr Grigg. | Your's very sincerely | Richard Wallace'.

[Sir Charles Trevelyan and the Union of Democratic Control.] Typed Letter Signed ('Charles Trevelyan') to 'Mr. Armstrong [the journalist George Gilbert Armstrong]', offering to review his book.

Author: 
Sir Charles Trevelyan (1870-1958), Liberal politician, one of the founders of the Union of Democratic Control, prominent group opposing the First World War [George Gilbert Armstrong (1870-1945)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Union of Democratic Control, 37 Norfolk Street, Strand, W.C. London. 31 March 1916.
£50.00

1p., 4to. Aged and creased, with closed tears and damage to extremities. He will be 'very glad if you will instruct Allen's to send me a copy of your book. I will review it, though I cannot promise to do it in any particular month for the "U.D.C".' The organisation will be glad to 'enclose a number of your circulars, if you will have them sent. Not more than a thousand.'

[E. V. Lucas writes to E. H. Shepard regarding the illustrating of a poem for 'Punch'.] Typed Letter Signed ('E. V.') to 'Ernest', regarding the illustrating of a poem ('Monmouthshire'?) for 'Punch'.

Author: 
E. V. Lucas [Edward Verrall Lucas] (1868-1938), author and Chairman of Methuen & Co, London publishers [E. H. Shepard [Ernest Howard Shepard] (1879-1976), artist and illustrator; Punch magazine]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Methuen & Co, Publishers, London. 17 May 1928.
£100.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed in type to 'My dear Shepard,' but with the last word corrected in autograph to 'Ernest'. He has now 'made sufficient progress with Monmouthshire' to be able to give Shephard 'a line': 'The first two verses bear upon the Wye valley and the Usk valley, of which Tintern is the best symbol.

[William Pitt the Younger, Prime Minister.] Autograph Signature as frank to an envelope addressed by him to 'Dr. Leycester' of Lincoln's Inn, also carrying Pitt's seal in red wax.

Author: 
William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806), Tory Prime Minister who distinguished himself during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars [Dr Hugh Leycester (1748-1836) of Lincoln's Inn]
Publication details: 
May 1790
£165.00

7 x 21 cm panel from the front of an envelope, carrying the frank in Pitt's autograph, with 5.5 x 3 cm rectangle extending vertically from the bottom, with Pitt's seal in red wax adhering at the foot. Laid down on a leaf from an album. In fair condition, lightly aged, with the seal somewhat cracked and with a few small fragments having chipped away. The frank, written in a bold hand, reads: 'May 1790 | Dr. Leycester | Serles Stair Case | Lincolns Inn'. The signature is written in the customary fashion, between two lines at bottom left: 'W Pitt'.

[Punch history; C. L. Graves and Punch editor E. V. Knox.] Autograph Letter Signed from 'C L. G.' to 'Evoe', discussing in detail questions relating to his planned history of Punch, with long autograph 'Notes on your Memorandum'.

Author: 
C. L. Graves [Charles Larcom Graves (1856-1944), assistant-editor of Punch and the Spectator, uncle of poet Robert Graves [E. V. Knox [Edmund George Valpy Knox] (1881-1971, 'Evoe'), editor of Punch]
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of Kent Lodge, Westgate-on-Sea, Thanet. 30 May 1938. Memorandum undated.
£750.00

For information on Graves see his generous obituary in The Times, 18 April 1944. Both items in fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with minor staining from paperclip to first leaf of letter. The work was not published, and although Graves states in Item One that the greater part of the text is 'in the hands of my typist', there is no record of its survival, or of the thousand related documents he states were sent to him by M. H. Spielmann. ONE: ALS from 'C L. G.' to 'Dear Evoe'. 4pp., landscape 8vo.

[Battle of Jutland, 1916.] Two Autograph Letters Signed from J. O. Barron, Lt Commander of HMS Acasta, to marine artist W. L. Wyllie, describing in detail damage incurred by the ship during the Battle of Jutland. With illustration by Wyllie's nephew.

Author: 
John Ouchterlony Barron (b.1882), Royal Navy officer, Lt Commander of HMS Acasta during the Battle of Jutland, 1916 [ William Lionel Wyllie (1851-1931) and Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971), marine artist]
Publication details: 
Both of Barron's letters on letterhead of H.M.S. Mindful. 5 and 22 January 1918.
£400.00

Barron commanded the destroyer HMS Acasta from November 1912 to June 1916. He was recommended for promotion following the Battle of Jutland, during which the Acasta suffered such heavy damage that she had to be towed by HMS Nonsuch to Aberdeen, where she was practically rebuilt. From the Wyllie papers, and relating to a painting by the artist depicting a scene during the battle when the crew of the disabled Acasta lined the decks to cheer the Grand Fleet's flagship, HMS Iron Duke as she passed. The three items are in good condition, lightly aged and worn.

[Admiral of the Fleet Sir Doveton Sturdee, victor in the Battle of the Falkland Islands.] Autograph Letter Signed ('F C D Sturdee') to marine artist W. L. Wyllie, regarding celebrations of the Glorious First of June.

Author: 
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Doveton Sturdee [Sir Frederick Charles Doveton Sturdee] (1859-1925), victor in the Battle of the Falkland Islands [William Lionel Wyllie (1851-1931), marine artist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Wargrave House, Camberley, Surrey. 21 May [1923].
£120.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with small pin hole to corner. The letter relates to celebrations of the anniversary of the Glorious First of June at Portsmouth (involving HMS Victory). He begins by expressing the hope that Wyllie has 'asked Lord Howe for the Function on June 1st? […] If not I have asked the Com[mande]r. in Chief to peform the Function, which he is agreeable to do.' It is 'desirable to know', as 'time is short', and 'The C in C wishes to ask him to lunch.

[John Christie, founder of the Glyndebourne Festival.] Autograph Letter Signed I'John Christie.')

Author: 
John Christie (1882-1962), founder in 1934 of the Glyndebourne Opera House and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes, Sussex
Publication details: 
On letterhead, Glyndebourne, Lewes [Sussex]. 22 March 1956.
£90.00

1p., 12mo. In envelope addressed to Giles at Moulsecoombe, Brighton. In good condition, lightly aged. He has looked for Giles's letter 'but cannot – yet – find it. Sorry. I vaguely remember it.' He will find Giles '2 tickets for a Dress Rehearsal if you will let me know which one.' Options of six operas, on six different days are listed, including Figaro and Giovanni.

[The Tichborne Case.] Printed spoof 'Proclamation' relating to 'Dr Kenealy, M.P., A.S.S., &c.', titled 'The Kenealy Dynasty and Magna Charta Parliament', giving details of 'The Kenealy Ministry', which includes the Tichborne Claimant Arthur Orton.

Author: 
[The Tichborne Case] Edward Kenealy [Edward Vaughan Hyde Kenealy] (1819-1880), Irish barrister and MP, counsel for the Tichborne Claimant Arthur Orton (1834-1898) [Magna Charta Association, London]
Publication details: 
Entered at Stationers' Hall. Price One Penny. London: C. Elliot, 8, Italian Walk, Vauxhall, S. | T. Roberts, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street. Undated [probably 1875, but certainly between 1875 and 1880]
£500.00

The facts of the Tichborne Case, one of the most notorious scandals of Victorian England, are well known. As counsel for the claimant Arthur Orton ('Roger Tichborne'), Kenealy's behaviour was so extreme that in 1874 he was disbenched and disbarred. He started a newspaper, The Englishman, and formed the Magna Charta Association which toured nationwide tour to plead his cause and attack the judges. At a by-election in 1875, he was elected to Parliament for Stoke-upon-Trent, losing the seat in the 1880 General Election.

[George du Maurier, Punch artist and cartoonist.] Autograph Signature ('Yours faithfully | George du Maurier') in response to a request for an autograph.

Author: 
George du Maurier [George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurie] (1834-1896), Punch cartoonist and novelist
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£23.00

On 5 x 10 cm slip of paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Yours faithfully | George du Maurier'. The first line lightly inked, the signature itself bold and strong. Nothing else on the card, except for the number '92' in a contemporary hand at top left above the signature.

[Richard Curzon, 4th Earl Howe, to marine artist W. L. Wyllie.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Howe.'), regarding a luncheon in Portsmouth by 'the Admiral' in celebration of the anniversary of the Glorious First of June, and restoration of HMS Victory..

Author: 
Earl Howe [Richard George Penn Curzon, 4th Earl Howe] (1861-1929), Conservative politician [William Lionel Wyllie (1851-1931), distinguished English marine artist; the Glorious First of June]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 34 Curzon Street, W. [London] 24 May 1923.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. Mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged, with pinhole to one corner. Addressed to 'Dear Mr.

[The Tank in the First World War.] Autograph Letter Signed from Captain R. B. Otter-Barry of the School of Musketry, Hayling Island, to marine artist W. L. Wyllie, writing during the First World War, and giving 'informatkon on tank fighting'.

Author: 
Captain Richard Briere Otter-Barry, School of Musketry, Hayling Island, Hampshire [William Lionel Wyllie (1851-1931), distinguished English marine artist; the British Army tank in the First World War]
Publication details: 
School of Musketry, Hayling Island, Hampshire. 24 March [no year, but around 1916].
£320.00

2pp., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'Dear Mr. Wyllie'. Writing following a visit to the School by Wyllie (who from the context appears to have been doing war work to assist Otter-Barry), Otter-Barry begins by stating that he will be sending him a sketch, adding: 'I was sorry to see so little of you on the day you came over, but I was pretty well occupied & taxed with all these infernal staff people about.

[Admiral Beatty, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Fleet, thanks the U.S. Sixth Battle Squadron for their help in 'bringing about the greatest naval victory in history'.] Pamphlet: '“Comrades of the Mist” | Admiral Beatty's Message to U.S. Squadron'.

Author: 
[Earl Beatty [Admiral of the Fleet David Richard Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty] (1871-1936), distinguished Royal Navy officer]
Publication details: 
'Reprinted from “The Times,” London, Wednesday, 18 December 1918.' London: Chiswick Press. [1918]
£220.00

An attractive Chiswick Press item (on the firm's own paper), possibly printed for Beatty himself. No other copy traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. 3pp., 12mo. Printer's slug at foot of otherwise-blank reverse of second leaf. On laid paper with 'Chiswick Press' watermark. Aged and worn, with pin-hole through top inner corner of both leaves, and light staining at foot of first page. Reprinting a speech thanking the US Atlantic Fleet 'again, again, and again for the great part the Sixth Battle Squadron has played in bringing about the greatest naval victory in history'.

[Seán MacEntee, Fianna Fáil politician and Tánaiste.] Typed Letter Signed ('Seán MacEntee') to T. J. Hickey, editor of 'The Statist', commending an article on Hilaire Belloc by Collin Brooks. With Autograph Note Signed from Hickey to Brooks.

Author: 
Seán MacEntee [Seán Mac an tSaoi] (1889-1984), Irish Fianna Fáil politician, Tánaiste [Thomas J. Hickey; Collin Brooks (1893-1959), Fleet Street journalist; Hilaire Belloc; Easter Rising, 1916]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Oifig an Aire Airgeadais, (Office of the Minister for Finance) Baile Átha Cliath. (Dublin). 27 July 1953.
£320.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, with punch holes at margin. MacEntee begins his letter to Hickey: 'In the tribute which “The Statist” pays to the late Hilaire Belloc a reference is made to his essay on usury. I read this some time ago but cannot recall the title of the volume in which it appeared. I should be grateful, indeed, if you would be kind enough to make good the lacuna by supplying the missing title.' He congratulates Hickey 'on the article itself'.

[Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Marquis de Seignelay, Navy Secretary to Louis XIV.] Autograph Signature ('Seignelay') on valediction to a document.

Author: 
Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Marquis de Seignelay (1651-1690), Navy Secretary to Louis XIV
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£80.00

On 6 x 11.5 cm piece of paper, cut from the end of a document. In good condition, on aged paper, laid down on piece of grey paper cut from an album, with the words 'Marquis Seignelay.' in a nineteenth-century hand at the foot of the mount. Seignelay's signature is large and bold, above the following words in a neat secretarial hand: 'Vostre tres humble & tres aff.ne Seruiteur.'

[Bawa Daswanda Singh commends Sir William Birdwood to the Viceroy Lord Irwin.] 'True Copy' of curious Typed Letter from Singh to Irwin, in English, enthusiastically endorsing Birdwood, with long original Autograph Note Signed from Singh to Birdwood.

Author: 
Bawa Daswanda Singh of Montgomery, Punjab [Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax [Lord Irwin] (1881-1959), Viceroy of India, 1926-1931; Sir William Birdwood (1865-1951), Commander in Chief, India]
Publication details: 
Montgomery, Punjab. 20 November 1930.
£320.00

6pp., foolscap 8vo, on six leaves. Mimeographed document. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'The Right Hon'ble | His Excellency Lord Irwin, | the most distinguished and best Viceroy, India ever had, true, sincere and the best friend of India'. The margins of the first page are filled with an original autograph note, signed twice by 'Bawa Daswanda Singh, Sardar Sahib, Retired P.E.S. Montgomery (Punjab)', and addressed to 'Our most respected & most beloved your Excellency F.M. Sir Wm. Birdwood C-in-C in India'. He asks him to read and acknowledge 'this humble note of mine to H.E.

[Dame Margot Fonteyn, the Royal Ballet and Rudolf Nureyev.] Indexed volume from the editorial office of the magazine 'Ballet Today', containing reviews and photographs of Fonteyn, some with Nureyev, with typed and manuscript annotation.

Author: 
'[Dame Margot Fonteyn, the Royal Ballet and Rudolf Nureyev] Ballet Today', London dance magazine, founded by P. W. Manchesterr [Janet Sinclair]
Publication details: 
'Ballet Today', London. Between 1954 and 1970.
£400.00

Ballet Today was a monthly magazine founded in 1946 by Phyllis Winifred Manchester (1907-1998). In 1951 Manchester settled in New York, leaving four colleagues, one of whom was Janet Sinclair (c.1922-1999), in joint charge of the magazine. The present item is a volume from the editorial office of 'Ballet Today', containing numerous cuttings of photographs and reviews from the magazine, with typed captions and manuscript annotations, also a few photographic prints, laid down over 104pp., 4to, of a scrapbook bound in green cloth.

[Henry Newnham, editor of right-wing anti-semitic magazine 'Truth'.] Reprint, in response to 'requests literally by the thousand', of two editorials attacking Leslie Hore-Belisha, Secretary of State for War: 'Belisha Once More', 'Belisha Is No Loss'.

Author: 
Henry Newnham, editor of the right-wing anti-semitic magazine 'Truth', proprietor Major George Joseph Ball (1885-1961) [Leslie Hore-Belisha, 1st Baron Hore-Belisha (1893-1957), Liberal politician]
Publication details: 
[Truth, London.] Dated at head of first page 'January 19 1940'.
£80.00

The proprietor of Truth, Major George Joseph Ball was a Nazi sympathiser and anti-Semite, who became a political adviser to Neville Chamberlain in 1937, and used his journal to attack Chamberlain's political opponents, including Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden. The Secretary of State for War, Leslie Hore-Belisha, who was of Jewish extraction, was subjected to a sustained attack by the journal, but the extent to which this, and Ball's influence over Chamberlain, influenced his resignation in January 1940 is unclear.

[Sir Henry Irving, illustrious Victorian actor-manager.] Autograph Signature ('Henry Irving:') on printed circular invitation to act as stewerd at the Annual Dinner of The Actors' Benevolent Fund, made out by Irving to the novelist Hall Caine.

Author: 
Sir Henry Irving [John Henry Brodribb] (1838-1905), illustrious Victorian actor-manager [Hall Caine, novelist]; Artists' Benevolent Fund
Publication details: 
Lyceum Theatre [London], 29 April 1891.
£70.00

1p., 4to. On bifolium. Aged and worn, with small spots at head and foot. Irving's signature is firm and bold. The only other words in his autograph are 'Dear Hall Caine', but there is slight offsetting of other writing by Irving on the blank second leaf. The circular is an invitation to be 'placed on the list of Stewards on the occasion of the Annual Dinner of "The Actors' Benevolent Fund," of which I am the President'. Irving will be in the chair, and the dinner will take place at the Whitehall Rooms, Hotel Metropole.

[The Earl of Dartmouth wishes to remain anonymous.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Dartmouth') to an unnamed cleric, regarding his subscription to a forthcoming volume.

Author: 
The Earl of Dartmouth [William Legge, 4th Earl of Dartmouth] (1784-1853), FRS, FSA, styled Viscount Lewisham between 1801 and 1810, peer and politician
Publication details: 
Sandwell. 2 May 1850.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. Mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. 'Dartmouth' neatly written in another hand at head. With reference to a forthcoming subscription appeal for a book by the recipient the letter reads: 'Revd. Sir, | With reference to your note of the 30th. April, I must beg to stipulate that you neither print mine, to which it refers, nor insert my name in any list of subscribers that you may circulate, my subscription may be entered, if you please, as that of a friend fo the Revd J. Hermby'.

[the Earl of Shaftesbury, Liberal politician and philanthropist.] Autograph Note Signed ('Shaftesbury') to 'R. G. [Davies?], giving instructions on the sending of a report.

Author: 
The Earl of Shaftesbury [ Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury ] (1801-1885), Liberal politician, philanthropist and social reformer
Publication details: 
No place. 17 November 1873.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. With mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dear Sir | There is no need to notice the enclosed, beyond sending the writer a copy of the Report, as soon as it is out.'

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