[ G. B. Stern, lesbian Jewish author, and the Noel Coward circle of the 1920s. ] Eleven letters, mainly in Autograph, from Stern ('Peter') to Sewell Stokes ('Baby'), on carryings-on at her Italian villa, his boyfriend Gabriel Atkin, and other topics.

G. B. Stern [ Gladys Bronwyn Stern; born Gladys Bertha Stern ] (1890-1973), English novelist of Jewish extraction [ F. N. Sewell Stokes (1902-1979); Gabriel Atkin; Noel Coward ]
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Between 1922 and 1930. Five from La Carruba, Diano Marina, Italy. Others from: G3. Albany, W.1. [ London ]; Ingle Hook, Whissendine, near Oakham, Rutland; Oruba, St Margarets Bay, S.O., Kent.

A vivid and entertaining correspondence from a central figure in the Noel Coward circle of the 1920s. Stern was a prolific and successful novelist, whose affluent Jewish family served as the inspiration for much of her work. A lesbian, she maintained an Italian villa ('La Carruba' in Diano Marina) with her homosexual husband Geoffrey Lisle Holdsworth (1894-1955) and a stable of 'specially selected' female secretaries.

[ Michael Arlen, English author of Armenian extraction. ] Autograph Signature ('Michael Arlen') on note to the author Sewell Stokes.

Michael Arlen [ born Dikran Kouyoumdjian ] (1895-1956), Anglo-American author, born in Bulgaria of Armenian extraction [ Francis Martin Sewell Stokes (1902-1979), author and broadcaster ]
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14 Queen Street, Mayfair [ London ]. October 1924.

1p., 4to. The leaf is divided into four panels by a central horizontal crease; Arlen writes on the upper panel of one page, the rest of the leaf being blank. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Arlen writes neatly at the centre of the panel: 'Dear Sewell Stokes | Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. | Yrs. | Michael Arlen.' And at top left: '14 Queen St. | Mayfair. | October, 1924.' At the time of writing the precocious Stokes was an assistant editor at T.P.'s Weekly. 'Pip, Squeak and Wilfred' was a cartoon which ran in the Daily Mirror from 1919 to 1956.

[ H. P. Bulmer & Co. Ltd., Cider Makers, Hereford. ] Printed 1920 'PRICE LIST, | Duty included' for 'Bulmer's Champagne Cider & Perry', with typed circular letter.

H. P. Bulmer & Co. Ltd., Cider Makers, Hereford
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H. P. Bulmer & Co. Ltd., Cider Makers, Hereford. Circular letter dated 29 June 1920; price list dated 1 July 1920.

The two items on aged and worn paper. ONE: Printed circular letter, printed in blue on firm's letterhead, with royal warrant in red at head. 1p., 4to. After boasting of the firm's prices compared with those of other firms, the letter boasts: 'We are the only firm in the world engaged in making bottled Cider and Perry on a large scale by the same processes in all respects as are employed in the production of the Sparkling Wines of Rheims and Epernay.

[ The English garden. ] Manuscript plan of unnamed garden, with bloom calendar table showing the blooming patterns of more than a hundred flowers.

[ The English garden; gardening; ecology ]
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Place not stated [ England ]. 1928.

The table or bloom calendar is in a makeshift table, ruled out in pencil over 2pp., folio. It is in poor condition, heavily-aged, divided into two sections along central horizontal fold line, and with slight loss to text from chipping.

Anonymous album containing 29 quarto pages of superior ink drawings of teddy bears and other stuffed toys in cartoonish and anthropomorphic style.

[An album of strikingly original illustrations of teddy bears]
An album of strikingly original illustrations of teddy bears
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The album dates from the 1930s; the drawings are undated, and would appear to be slightly later.
An album of strikingly original illustrations of teddy bears

4to album, with the 29 pages of drawings on 28 leaves (on the rectos, except on one leaf, where they are on both sides). The album gives evidence of having been re-used, but gives no evidence as to the identity of the artist. While the covers of the album are worn, with the spine becoming detached, and with its leaves of discoloured high-acidity paper, all the drawings are clear and complete, consisting of twenty-eight full-page studies, and the remaining page (the first) with three studies on it. A few of the illustrations are lightly- and tastefully-coloured in pastel watercolour.

Nine glass slides of photographs of British nineteen-twenties ice cream manufacture.

[British nineteen-twenties ice cream manufacture; the dairy industry; agriculture; milk]
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All nine slides bound in 8 cm glass squares, with the black and white images themselves in good condition and unfaded. The slides, apparently from a newspaper library, all carry labels with captions and the shelf-mark 'M74 Box 286 637.1'. Evocative and instructive images, apparently all dating to the 1920s. Captions of 'engine rooms and compressors', 'machine filling one third three flavour blocks', 'mixing and pasteurising', 'hardening room', 'ice cream packaging machine', 'three double packing machines', 'making', 'two chocolate ice machines', 'mix storager tanks'.

Manuscript letter from 'Mummie' to 'Babsie', consisting of a long description in English of Burma from a visiting mother to her daughter.

[Mandalay; Burma; Myanmar]
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March 17 [no year] [around 1927]. Mandalay, Burma.

12mo, 15 pp. On watermarked laid paper. Very good, with slight wear to crease on first leaf damaging two words (both still legible). Otherwise text clear and complete. The item can be dated from a reference to 'a Dempsey-Tunney fight'. Although neatly written, the handwriting is so stylised that deciphering the text presents difficulties. Begins 'What a whirl since I wrote you on the boat before we landed in Rangoon [...] HOT. Yes! Right now it is 90 degrees in our room which has windows on three sides & there are two big fans going.

Scrapbook containing a hundred tickets from twenty-seven London theatres of the 1920s, with illustrations of actors.

R. J. Olive [London theatres of the 1920s; theatrical ephemera]
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London: for performances dating from between 1922 and 1927.

On fifty-seven pages, in a notebook of forty leaves (eighty pages). Dimensions: 20 x 16 cm. In red card covers with 'THEATRES' in manuscript on front. Pages aged and ruckled, with a little damp staining at rear (not affecting any of the ephemera) and a small amount of loss to a corner of the rear cover, but in fair condition overall. The first page, signed 'R. J. Olive', with title 'London Theatres'.

Northcliffe: The Facts.

Louise Owen [Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, Viscount Northcliffe; Harold Sidney Harmsworth, Viscount Rothermere]
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London: 22 Buckingham Gate, S.W.1. [Preface dated 'September, 1931.'] ['Printed in Great Britain by Louise Owen, 2, Johnson's Court, London, E.C.4.'

8vo: 334 pp. Portrait of Northcliffe as frontispiece. Three facsimiles of letters in text and fold-out with facsimiles of three of Northcliffe's letters. Inscribed by Owen on front pastedown 'To Elaine from Louise and Northcliffe. | Nov. 1938'. (The reference to 'Northcliffe' is explained by the fact that Owen considered herself a spirit medium, in contact with the deceased Viscount.) Internally good: sound and tight, on lightly aged paper. In original worn red cloth, with slight bloom on front.

Typed Letter Signed ('John van Druten'), giving advice to an actor named 'France'.

John Van Druten [John William Van Druten] (1901-1957), Anglo-American dramatist
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6 December 1928; 5 Harewood Court, Hanover Square, London W1.

4to, 1 p, 21 lines. On creased and lightly-foxed paper, with a couple of closed tears (not affecting text, which is clear and entire). May refer to the 1928 revival of van Druten's play 'Young Woodley' (previously banned by the censor), or (which is more likely) to his 'After All' (1929).

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