[ Audrey Lucas, author and Evelyn Waugh's mistress. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Audrey Lucas') to the widow of Herman Finck

Audrey Lucas [ Audrey Scott; Audrey Clarke-Smith ] (1898-1975), author, daughter of E. V. Lucas and mistress of Evelyn Waugh [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer ]
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On letterhead of 34 Pembroke Square, W.8. [ London ] 24 April [1939].

Anthony Powell describes Audrey Lucas in his journals as 'Evelyn Waugh's on and off mistress for some years'. 2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and lightly creased, with pinholes to one corner. One catches a hint of the clipped and brittle tones of the age: 'I have been away in the country and ignoring newspapers as a rest. It was only today that I heard of Herman's death. So, will you forgive me for not having written before to say how very much I grieve for you. I am so terribly sorry.

[ Alec Waugh, novelist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Alec Waugh') to 'Miss Marshall-Hall' (daughter of Sir Edward Marshall Hall), regarding the 'Invalids tour' and 'Milhanger'.

Alec Waugh [ Alexander Raban Waugh ] (1898-1981), author, brother of the novelist Evelyn Waugh
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On letterhead of the Easton Court Hotel, Chagford, Devon. Undated.

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged paper, with creasing and wear at head. Written in Waugh's close, distinctive hand. Reads: 'Dear Miss Marshall-Hall | It was nice of you to write. I didn't go on the Invalids tour this year. It can't have been the same thing without Milhanger. | Sincerely Yrs | Alec Waugh /'. The reference is presumably to Milhanger, the Surrey country house designed by Harold Falkner.

[Dalrymple Press limited edition reprint; Proofs] PRB. An Essay on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood 1847-54

Evelyn Waugh
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Dalrymple Press in association with Ian Hodgkins & Co. Ltd,

44[3]pp., 4to (25.3cm), in three 8-leaf gatherings, not bound, browning of the edges of several pages, commencing with half-title and concluding with printing information and number of copies (this not numbered!) ([3v] and a blank ([3r]). Preface by Christopher Sykes and Postscript by Christopher Wood. The statement "As proofed 8-7-82" is written on the first page of all gatherings (hand unidentified, see below), and there are occasional marginal corrections. With additional related material comprising two letters from Robert Hamilton Dalrymple himself, and printed ephemera. A.

Two Autograph Letters Signed from Arthur Waugh to Edward Chapman's daughter Florence Roeder, with offprint review, in copy of 'A Hundred Years of Publishing. Being the Story of Chapman & Hall, Ltd. By Arthur Waugh, Managing Director, 1902-1930.'

Arthur Waugh [Chapman & Hall, Ltd., London publishers; Florence Roeder and Margaret Gaye, daughters of Edward Chapman]
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Book: London: Chapman & Hall, Ltd. 1930. Letters: Both on letterhead of 145 North End Road, NW11. 11 January and 6 May 1930.

The book is in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and chipped dustwrapper, the inner flap of which bears the presentation inscription: 'Sarah Harvey, / 39, Maids Causeway, / Cambridge. / from Bertha Roeder, her cousin, - / 1962.' The first letter (11 January 1930), is 2pp., 12mo, on a bifolium with the blank reverse of the second leaf tipped in onto the front pastedown. In very good condition. The things 'Frau Roeder' has to tell him 'will be a real help', and since she tells him that she thinks that her sister 'Mrs.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Alec Waugh') to 'Dear Burdett'.

Alec Waugh [Alexander Raban Waugh (1898-1981), English author, elder brother of Evelyn Waugh
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28 January 1921; on letterhead of Chapman & Hall Ltd, 11 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2.

12mo: 2 pp. Bifolium. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. If the recipient visited on the Saturday he would have found that the Waughs were away: 'My wife was developing mumps in London & I was kicking a football. Would tha tit had been any other day.' He thanks him for 'the review of Strachey', which he read with much interest, if partial agreement': 'I think mystic experience lies beyond my compass, & therefore I can hardly judge'. Quotes 'our friend Moore' (the philosopher G. E. Moore?) on the subject.

Card carrying Autograph Inscription to Charles Wilson.

Alec Waugh (Alexander Raban Waugh, 1898-1981), English novelist, elder brother of Evelyn Waugh
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On one side of the card. Dimensions, 8.5 x 11 cms. Very good. Neat inscription reading 'For Charles Wilson | with Alec Waugh's best wishes | July. 31. 1948 /.'

Autograph Note Signed to [Captain Rolfe Arnold] Scott-James.

Georges Lafourcade
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15 May 1937; on letterhead of the Universite de Grenoble.

French authority on English literature, and in particular on the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne. The recipient (1878-1959) was editor of the 'London Mercury' at the time of writing. One page, quarto. In poor condition, with fraying and closed tears to edges. 'I herewith return revised proofs of my French Novelists. | May I remind you that I should be glad to have some galley proofs if it can be easily arranged?' Signed 'Georges Lafourcade'.

Three Typed Letters Signed and one Autograph Letter Signed to Anne Marreco.

James Pope-Hennessy
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1947, 1948 and 1963; London.

Upper middle-class English writer (1916-74), editor of the 'Spectator' magazine 1947-9, biographer of Queen Mary, beaten to death by gay lover. The recipient (1912-82) was a writer under the pseudonym Alice Acland. Born Anne Acland-Troyte. Her first husband was Robert Egerton Grosvenor, 5th Baron Ebury, and her fourth Anthony Freire Marreco, the last survivor of the seven-strong British prosecuting team at Nuremberg, with whom she lived in Ireland. A series of camp, gossippy and revealing letters to a close friend.

Autograph Letter Signed to Mark [Bonham-Carter].

Barbara Bentley [née Hastings], widow of Nicolas Bentley
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30 August 1978; on Nicolas Bentley's Shepton Mallet letterhead.

Barbara Hastings, daughter of the jurist Sir Patrick Hastings, married Nicolas Bentley (1907-78) in October 1934. In the 1940s she wrote a series of children's books which he illustrated. Two pages, octavo. good, but folded twice and with some creases. An important letter, in which she describes the circumstances of her husband's death. She is very grateful for his letter. 'It was an enormous pleasure to have you here with Kenneth and Billie [bookseller Kenneth Bredon and his wife], but do you know I think it was that dreadful fire that killed poor Nick - indirectly.

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