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[ Hans Schmoller and The Imprint Society for the Advancement of the Graphic Arts in South Africa: corrected proof of pamphlet by Hortors Limited. ] The Imprint Society | An Account of its Inception to which is appended a Draft Constitution.

Author: 
Hans Schmoller [ Hans Peter Schmoller ], typographer; The Imprint Society for the Advancement of the Graphic Arts in South Africa, Johannesburg [ Hortors Limited, printers ]
Publication details: 
'For circulation to members and prospective members'. Johannesburg, 1944.
£220.00

8pp., 12mo. Stitched into grey printed wraps. Aged and worn. On reverse of title: 'This booklet is produced in accordance with Paper Control regulations and is therefore limited in size and scope | It is publication number one of the Imprint Society and was first issued in August 1944'. The pamphlet begins: 'The idea that led to the Imprint Society being formed was conceived when two compositors, working in Johannesburg in 1939, realized that most of the printed matter produced in South Africa was ugly and uninspired, and that nothing was being done to remedy this.

[ Herman Finck, composer and conductor, musical director of the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. ] Nine items from his personal papers, including an ACS from him to his wife, book contract, autograph notes for a memoir.

Author: 
Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor, musical director of the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London
Publication details: 
London and Eastbourne: between 1918 and 1937.
£220.00

Finck was a well-respected and much-loved figure on the London musical and theatrical scene. His 'In the Shadows' was among the last tunes played as RMS Titanic went down. This miscellaneous collection of nine items in fair overall condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. ONE: Autograph Manuscript by Finck, contained names and outlines of anecdotes for inclusion in his memoirs. 2pp., 12mo. On letterhead of 212 Finchley Road, London. As an example, here is the text at the foot of one page: 'Include A. C. M. Club in Club stories. | R. A. Roberts – Colisseum | “By God!

[ Hamilton Fyfe, newspaper editor and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hamilton Fyfe') to 'Mrs. Magraw' [ children's author B. I. Magraw ], responding to the news that she was 'en- and not dis-couraged' by his editing of the Daily Herald.

Author: 
Hamilton Fyfe [ Henry Hamilton Fyfe ] (1869-1951), editor the Daily Mirror and the Daily Herald, and writer [ Beatrice Irene Magraw [ B. I. Magraw, born Beatrice Irene May ] (c.1888-1970), author ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Savage Club, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London, S.W.1. 9 February 1940.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by granting her permission to quote from his 'little Keir Hardie book'. He is glad she is 'going to make him better known'. He continues: 'What you tell me about the encouragement I gave you when I was editing the Daily Herald has made me feel happy. Looking back, I find that what gives me most satisfaction is to have been able now & then to give a helping hand. I am so glad you were en- and not dis-couraged.'

[ E. A. Freeman, Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward A Freeman') to 'Mr Wells'

Author: 
E. A. Freeman [ Edward Augustus Freeman ] (1823-1892), Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Trinity College, Oxford. 9 February 1885.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He 'had always thought to take the chair at one of the Seminar meetings on Feb. 18 or March 2.' and would 'gladly come to both, as I should be glad to hear what is said on both subjects'. Lightly-written beneath Freeman's signature, in a contemporary hand: 'Regius Professor of Modern History'.

[ George Joachim Goschen, 1st Viscount Goschen. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('George J Goschen') to an unnamed recipient [presumably Frank May, Chief Cashier, Bank of England], responding to congratulations, and recalling his association with the Bank.

Author: 
George Joachim Goschen (1831-1907), 1st Viscount Goschen, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 69 Portland Place, W. [ London ] 6 January [ no year ].
£65.00

1p., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for his 'kind letter & good wishes. It is very satisfactory to me to see that I am held in such friendly remembrance by officers of the Bank, with which I was connected a good many years ago.' The item derives from the Frank May papers.

[ Charles Henry Hart on the portrait of Benjamin Franklin at the Royal Society. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles Henry Hart') to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, discussing his discovery and attribution of the portrait.

Author: 
Charles Henry Hart (1847-1918), American art expert and author [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts; Benjamin Franklin; Caleb Whitefoord ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Societies Club, St. James's Street, S.W. [ London ] 26 August 1914.
£130.00

2pp., 12mo, and 1p., 8vo. On a 12mo bifolium, with the opening written lengthwise as one page. In good condition, lightly aged, with the Society's oval date stamp. He regrets 'exceedingly' that he was not able to meet Wood on the previous day 'when I was at the Hall'. He thanks him for 'recalling to me the Whitefoord Correspondence which I had forgotten altho I used it in writing my monograph on the Unique Portrait of Franklin at the Royal Society that was presented by Caleb Whitefoord and which the Royal Society did not know by whom it was painted until I discovered it & wrote my paper'.

[ Sir Wilfrid Lawson, 2nd Baronet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Lawson') to 'Canon Farrar' [ Frederic William Farrar ] on matters including the Temperance Alliance and the Reform Bill.

Author: 
Sir Wilfrid Lawson, 2nd Baronet (1829-1906), radical Liberal politician, President of the United Kingdom Temperance Alliance [ Frederic William Farrar (1831-1903) ]
Publication details: 
From Brayton, Carlisle, on cancelled letterhead of the County Club, Carlisle. 19 December 1884.
£50.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair conditoin, aged and with central horizontal and vertical folds.The letter begins: 'What queer things people do write to you about.' On an unspecified question, Lawson doubts that Farrar 'can do anything in the matter', and thinks that 'the “Mrs. referred to in the plan is the Lady who gave £500 to the Alliance last October [...] she is worth conciliating if it can be done'. He thinks 'the Reform Bill ought to help an alliance crusade and feel – Hardly any publicans will be enfranchised by it, but numbers of their victims & their opponents'.?>

[ S. R. Robinson, dramatic critic. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. R. Littlewood'), a letter of condolence to the widow of conductor Herman Finck

Author: 
S. R. Robinson [ Samuel Robinson Littlewood ] (1875-1963), dramatic critic [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 220 Worple Road, Wimbledon, S.W. [ London ] 2 May 1939.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight staining to signature. Written in a close hand. He has been 'intensely grieved' on his return from Canada to find that her 'dear and brilliant husband' has died.

[ Victorian penology. ] The Punishment of Crime. Paper. Read at Sion College, 19th November, 1895, by Sir Richard Harington, Bart., Chairman of the Herefordshire Quarter Sessions.

Author: 
Sir Richard Harington, Bart., Chairman of the Herefordshire Quarter Sessions [ Transportation ]
Publication details: 
Worcester: Printed by J. S. Cook, Reliance Work, Foregate Street. [ 1896. ]
£80.00

32pp., 8vo. Stitched pamphlet. In fair condition, aged and spotted. In small print, with footnotes. One minor manuscript emendation.

[ Geoffrey Drage, author and Conservative politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Miss May' [ children's author Beatrice Irene Magraw ], acknowledging her 'kind and graceful hospitality.

Author: 
Geoffrey Drage (1860-1955), author and Conservative politician [ Beatrice Irene Magraw [ B. I. Magraw, born Beatrice Irene May ] (c.1888-1970), children's author ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Commission on Labour, 44 Parliament Street, London. 10 November 1892.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition. He thanks her for 'the very pleasant glimpse of yourself and your family which I got last Saturday to Monday'. He hopes she will excuse the delay in acknowledging her 'kind and graceful hospitality'.

[ Herman Finck, composer and conductor. ] Autograph Letter Signed, as musical director of the Palace Theatre, 'To The Gentlemen of the Orchestra', informing them of the abolitiion of 'the system of sending deputies'.

Author: 
Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor [ The Palace Theatre, London ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Palace Theatre Limited, Shaftesbury Avenue, London. 15 January 1912.
£56.00

1p., 4to. On aged and worn paper. Reads:'To The Gentlemen of the Orchestra | Commencing with February 17 '12 the system of sending deputies will be entirely abolished in this orchestra. To those members who are not desirous of continuing their engagement under this new rule, I would ask that they gave their names to Mr Honrig before friday evening next, in order that they may receive notice of the termination of their engagement four weeks from that date - 19th inst: | Herman Finck | Musical director'. Finck's 'In the Shadows' was one of the last tunes played as the Titanic went down.

[ With presentation inscription from the subject of the book. ] Frank Lascelles "Our Modern Orpheus"

Author: 
Right Honourable the Earl of Darnley, ed. [ Frank Lascelles [ Frank William Thomas Charles Christian Culpeper Lascelles ] (1875-1934), pageant master and artist ]
Publication details: 
Printed by John Johnson at the Oxford University Press, 1932.
£45.00

X + 256pp., 4to. Frontispiece. In blue buckram binding, gilt. A good tight copy, in lightly aged binding. Presentation inscription on front free endpaper: 'To | Mr: Oliver Hooper, | in much appreciation and with every kind wish. | Frank Lascelles. | Sibford Gower Manor. 1926.' Tributes from a large number of individuals, ranging from the Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald to the Poet Laureate Robert Bridges.

Programme for the Savoy Theatre production of 'The Emerald Isle or, The Caves of Carric-Cleena' ('New and Original Comic Opera, in Two Acts'), 'Written by Basil Hood. Composed by Arthur Sullivan and Edward German.'

Author: 
Sir Arthur Sullivan; Edward German; Basil Hood; François Arsène Cellier; Richard Barker; the Savoy Theatre, London [ Gilbert and Sullivan ]
Publication details: 
The Savoy Theatre, London. [ 1901 ] Printed by J. Miles & Co., Ltd., Wardour Street, W. [ London ]
£120.00

Printed on both sides of a 21.5 x 28.5 cm piece of thick paper, folded into a 21.5 x 9.5 cm packet, with three panels on the outside and a single page of text within. A nice piece of Savoy Theatre ephemera. Text in purple, with gilt borders, except on the front cover, and with 'The Ancient Arms of the Savoy' in gilt, black, green and orange. In fair condition, lightly aged and ruckled. Two panels of advertisements on the outside, with the programme on the inside also flanked by advertisements.

[ The 'Bottle Trade' in eighteenth century England. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos Dale') from Thomas Dale of Shields [ South Shields ] to Charles Wren of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, regarding the 'Bottle Trade', the Eden Treaty, and the 'Shields Houses'

Author: 
Thomas Dale of Shields [ South Shields ] [ Charles Wren of Newcastle upon Tyne; the Eden Treaty, 1786 ]
Publication details: 
Shields [ South Shields, Northumberland ]. 27 February [ no year, circa 1786 ].
£220.00

4pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. An excellent letter on an unusual subject, written in forthright style. The author – who like the recipient is a member of the local mercantile community – gets down to business immediately: 'Sir | The late great demand for Bottles in England was the effect of Mr Pits [sic] commercial Treaty with France.

[ With presentation inscription from the author's widow. ] Recollections of my Early and Professional Life: By the late John Mann, M.R.C.S., L.S.A.

Author: 
John Mann, M.R.C.S., L.S.A. [ surgeon and physician (1802-1885) of Aldersgate Street, London ]
Publication details: 
'Printed for Private Circulation.' London: William Rider and Son, 14, Bartholomwe Close, E.C. 1887.
£120.00

Xviii + 384pp., 8vo. In blue cloth gilt. Presentation inscription on half-title: 'Dr. Yelf | with Mrs. Mann's best wishes | June 27th. 1887'. Embossed ownership stamp on front free endpaper of address Gurney Cottage, Selsey, Sussex. Internally sound and tight, on lightly-aged paper; in worn binding with damage at head of spine. Now scarce.

London Cries: With Six Charming Children printed direct from stippled plates in the Bartolozzi style, and duplicated in red and brown, and about forty other illustrations [...].

Author: 
Andrew W. Tuer [ Field and Tuer, 'Ye Leadenhalle Presse' [ The Leadenhall Press, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Field & Tuer, ye Leadenhalle Press, E.C. [ 1885. ]
£100.00

The full title reads: 'London Cries: With Six Charming Children printed direct from stippled plates in the Bartolozzi style, and duplicated in red and brown, and about forty other illustrations including ten of Rowlandson's humorous subjects in facsimile, and tinted; examples by George Cruikshank, Joseph Crawhall, &c., &c. The text by Andrew W. Tuer, Author of "Bartolozzi and his Works," *&c.' [1] + 48pp., 4to. With six engraved plates of children and forty illustrations in text, those from Rowlandson hand-coloured. In brown cloth half-binding, with grey boards.

[ The Great Exhibition, London, 1851. ] Reproduction of illustrated portrait, with text in contemporary hand stating that it is of 'Mary Kelinack the old fisherwoman who walked from Newlyn to London in 1851 to the exhibition'.

Author: 
[ Mary Kelinack [ Mary Kelynack ]; the Great Exhibition, London, 1851 ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place, but near contemporary to the Great Exhibition, London, 1851.
£45.00

The faded sepia photograph, of an illustration of a seated Kelynack, with baggy black hat and hands clasped before her, is 7.5 x 6 cm, mounted on 10 x 6.5 cm piece of card. In fair condition, aged and worn, The manuscript note, in a contemporary hand, is on the reverse of the card.

[ Sir Walter Townley, diplomat. ] Two Typed Letters Signed (both 'Walter Townley') and Autograph Letter in third person, to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, two regarding a lecture by him, with two letters by his private secretary.

Author: 
Sir Walter Townley [ Sir Walter Beaupré Townley ] (1863-1945), diplomat, British Ambassador to the Netherlands at end of First World War [ Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
Autograph Letter on letterhead of 32 Eaton Square, London; undated (stamped date 1 March 1920); two other items from The British Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands East Indies (Inc.), 38 Dover Street, London. 20 and 30 September 1921.
£40.00

Five items in good condition, lightly aged. All items with the Society's stamp. ONE: TLS. 20 September 1921. 1p., 4to. Agreeing to the Society's request for 'an authoritative paper on the subject of trade with the Netherlands East Indies', and asking for the proposed date ('approximately'), as he will be 'in Holland in the latter part of October, when I shall be in a position to get all the latest and most reliable information obtainable upon this interesting and very important subject'. TWO: TLS. 30 September 1921. 1p., 4to.

[ Thomas Fairman Ordish, antiquary. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Fairman. Ordish') to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, cancelling an arrangement to use its premises for his lecture for the London Shakespeare League.

Author: 
Thomas Fairman Ordish (1855-1924), antiquary, Shakespeare scholar and expert on early English theatre [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 2 Melrose Villas, Ballard's Lane, Finchley, N. [ London ] 31 March 1913.
£30.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with the Society's date stamp. He has been informed by the secretary of the London Shakespeare League that 'other arrangements have been made for my Lecture, so that the official application for the loan of your Lecture Theatre will not be made'. He apologises for the trouble he has given, but was happy for 'the occasion it gave for seeing you. It was with pleasure I observed the signs of general "fitness" in you, although it was a long time since I saw you last'. He ends by asking Wood to inform 'Mr.

[ Wyatt Wyatt-Paine, lawyer and editor of legal textbooks. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'W. Wyatt Paine') to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts

Author: 
Wyatt Wyatt-Paine (c.1855-1935), lawyer and author of numerous legal textbooks
Publication details: 
The first from 4 Harcourt Buildings, Temple, E.C. [ London ]; 12 August 1913. The second from 'Hill Pide', Ventnor, Isle of Wight; 22 August 1913.
£45.00

In Wyatt-Paine's obituary The Times (13 April 1935) described him as 'probably one of the most learned lawyers who ever held the office of stipendiary magistrate'. Both items in good condition, lightly aged, and both bearing the Society's date stamp. ONE: 12 August 1913. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. The letter concerns the Swiney Prize, regarding which Wyatt-Paine has 'perused a notice [...] which states that the prospective award in January 1914 will be made for a treatise on "General Jurisprudence"'.

[ Sir Cecil Harcourt Smith, archaeologist and Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Cecil H. Smith.') to Sir Henry Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, describing arrangements for the judging of the Owen Jones prizes

Author: 
Sir Cecil Harcourt Smith (1859-1944), archaeologist and Director and Secretary of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1909-1924 [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 24 October 1916.reg
£50.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. With the Society's oval date stamp. He is sending as promised 'a note of the arrangements agreed upon between us at our interview to-day'. Undertaking to provide space at the Museum 'for the purpose of receiving, arranging for judgment, and re-despatching the designs submitted for the Owen Jones prizes for industrial design. The judging will be done by your nominees, and all correspondence in connection with the matter will be in your hands'.

[ Sir Harry Ricardo, pioneering engine designer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Harry R Ricardo') to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, regarding an invitation to give a course of lectures.

Author: 
Sir Harry Ricardo [ Sir Harry Ralph Ricardo ] (1885-1974), pioneering engine designer [ Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
Penotone, Lancing, Sussex. 22 July [1921].
£40.00

1p., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged. With the Society's date stamp and a query in red pencil. He apologises for the delay in replying to an invitation 'to give a short course of lectures': 'I should very much like to do this at some later date but I am afraid that I have already committed myself so deeply for this next winter and spring that it will not be possible for me to do so.' He is 'very flattered indeed' by the inviation and regrets having to decline it.

[ Rev. Robert Whiston, inspiration for Trollope's 'The Warden'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Whiston') to the Mayor and Corporation of the City of Rochester, regarding an application to make a dock and use a creek in the River Medway.

Author: 
Robert Whiston (1808-1895), Headmaster of Rochester Cathedral Grammar School [ King's School ], 1842 -1877, inspiration for Anthony Trollope's 'The Warden'
Publication details: 
Rochester [ Kent ]; 16 June 1854.
£180.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Docketed: 'Application of the Revd. Robt. Whiston to make Dock & use Creek'. Written in a hurried hand.

[ Rev. Robert Whiston, the inspiration for Trollope's 'The Warden'. ] Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Note Signed (both 'Robert Whiston') to Richard Prall, Rochester solicitor

Author: 
Robert Whiston (1808-1895), Headmaster of Rochester Cathedral Grammar School [ King's School ], 1842 -1877, inspiration for Anthony Trollope's 'The Warden' [ Richard Prall (1802-67), solicitor ]
Publication details: 
Letter from Rochester [ Kent ]; 28 September 1872. Note from St. Margarets; 20 April 1877.
£150.00

Both items in fair condition, aged and worn. ONE: ALS. 28 September 1872. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He is 'taking somewhat of a liberty', but having heard 'that you are parting with one of your Clerks', says 'a word in favour of a person in whom for many reasons I take a great interest, & of whom you & your Brothers may know something. | I mean Mr. Prothero for many years an Inmate of my House, & an Assistant Master in the School'. Prothero was 'for some years a Clerk in the County Court', but 'is obliged from paucity of business to leave it, & is now out of employment'.

[ Victorian women and the legal profession. ] Illustrated humorous manuscript valentine poem, in the form of a 'Brief | for the opinion of Mr Harington', on what would happen if the 'ladies' appeared 'in wig and gown', with '”chambers” up in town.'

Author: 
[ Victorian women and the legal profession ] [ Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet, judge ]
Publication details: 
[ London. ] Dated at head 'February 13th. A.D. 1890'.
£120.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Folded in customary fashion, with 'Brief | for the opinion of Mr Harington' on the outside of the packet, beneath which, in another hand: 'Feby 14th. 1890 | Richard Harington Esq'. The author's hand is clearly disguised, as is usual with valentines, the writing being markedly ornate. There are various crude drawings in the margins, ranging from images of a barrister and a woman, faces of two women (one smoking a pipe), to small representations of cigar boxes, briefs and books.

[ Sydney Ffoulkes, composer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sydney ffoulkes'), a letter of condolence to the widow of fellow-composer Herman Finck.

Author: 
Sydney Ffoulkes, composer associated with the actor Sir Henry Irving and the BBC [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor ]
Publication details: 
4 Seaford Mansions, Jevington Gardens, Eastbourne. 21 April 1939.
£40.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He has learnt with 'the deepest regret' of his 'old friend's passing'., and sends his condolences. He will be unable to attend the funeral service, as he had 'a bad fall & fractured two ribs'. He concludes: 'Herman was a great fellow, & nobody will ever replace him -'. Finck's 'In the Shadows' was one of the last songs played as RMS Titanic went down.

[ Patrick Barrow, composer and conductor. ] Autograph Letter Signed, a letter of condolence to the widow of fellow-composer Herman Finck, praising Finck as a man and a musician.

Author: 
Patrick Barrow, composer and conductor [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor ]
Publication details: 
24 Tangier Road, Richmond, Surrey. 22 April 1939.
£40.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. He only met Finck on a few occasions, but offers his condolences 'as a Composer of Light Music, and as a former Director of Music at a West End Theatre (Daly's)'. In his view, Finck 'surely had no superior in the art of giving pleasure to others, not only by his personality, but also by his pen.

[ Reginald L. Hine, author and attorney. ] 10 Signed Letters (7 in Autograph; 3 Typed) to Franziska Hyde, regarding his writing and hers, with four letters to her from his wife following his suicide, and copies of Hyde's letters to him.

Author: 
Reginald L. Hine [ Reginald Leslie Hine ] (1883-1949), author and attorney, local historian of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, author of 'Confessions of an Uncommon Attorney' [ Franziska Hyde ]
Publication details: 
Eight on his letterhead, Willian Bury, Letchworth, Herts. 1948 and 1949. Her letters from 7 Byron Place, The Triangle, Clifton, Bristol.
£950.00

The collection of 35 items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. A good-natured playful correspondence on both sides, with both parties delighting in literary byways (Hine signs one letter 'Yours in the love of learning'). ONE: 10 Signed Letters (7 in Autograph; 3 Typed) to Franziska Hyde, and one unsigned Autograph Letter Signed, regarding his writing and hers, with four letters to her from his wife following his suicide, and copies of her letters. Between 5 October 1948 and 20 February 1949.

[ John Henry Roberts, stage and screen actor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. H. Roberts'), a letter of condolence to the widow of the composer Herman Finck, containing a personal anecdote.

Author: 
J. H. Roberts [ John Henry Roberts ] (1884-1961), stage and screen actor [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 66 The Ridgeway, N.W.11. 23 April 1939.
£30.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with a short closed tear along a fold line and small rust stain. He begins in conventional fashion, with a reference to 'Herman's countless friends', before continuing: 'As I write this there is in front of me part of a small collection of books I have each containing some personal inscription from its famous author. Among them is one from Herman. He had thought of me one evening, &, with his usual kindliness, he took a book from his collection, wrote in it, & brought it to me there & then. He spent most of that evening in my dressing room.

[ G. R. Sims, journalist and bon vivant. ] Autograph Card Signed ('GRS') to 'The Mac Finck', i.e. the composer Herman Finck, on the back of a postcard with an image of Sims himself.

Author: 
G. R. Sims [ George Robert Sims ] (1847-1922), journalist, author and bon vivant [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor ]
Publication details: 
Postmark of 'LONDON N.W.' No date.
£35.00

Aged and worn postcard. Written in pencil, and addressed to 'The Mac Finck | 21 Heatherfield Pk | Willesden Green | NW'. Reads 'All right Sunny | See you soon. So busy. No time to Finck of ennyfinck for a week | Yours | GRS'. The image of 'MR. GEORGE ROBERT SIMS' on the front of the card shows a seated Sims pondering what to write with pen in hand and finger on cheek, seated surrounded by curios in what is probably his study. Finck's 'In the Shadows' was one of the last songs played while RMS TItanic went down.

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