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[Lady Catharine Long, novelist and religious writer.] Latter part of Autograph Letter Signed [to Mr. Harris], discussing her view of the state of the soul after death, and Mrs Jervoise’s ‘troubled married life’.

Author: 
Lady Catharine Long (1797-1867), novelist and religious writer, daughter of Horatio Walpole, 2nd Earl of Orford
Publication details: 
No date or plafe.
£90.00

See her entry in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 12mo. Twenty-three lines of text. In fair condition, lightly aged, but with slight creasing at head of leaf. Folded twice. Financial calculations written lengthwise underneath signature, with light smudging.

[Sheila Shannon, poet, and wife of Patric Dickinson; personalised] Copy of her poetry collection 'The Lightning-Struck Tower, inscribed to her husband's mistress Sarah Hamilton, with two ALSs from her to Hamilton, and two printed keepsakes.

Author: 
Sheila Shannon [Sheila Dunbar Shannon] (1913-2002), poet, wife of Patric Dickinson [Patric Thomas Dickinson] (1914-1994), poet, translator, BBC radio broadcaster
Publication details: 
BOOK: London: Frederick Muller Ltd., 1947. AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED: 19 February 1965 and 16 June 1994.
£100.00

Sarah Shannon (married name Sarah Dickinson) was a fine poet in her own right (see the blurb quoted in Item One below), and it is unfortunate that she allowed herself to be eclipsed by her husband the self-styled ‘poet and impresario of poetry’, Patric Dickinson. He occupied a central position in the cultural landscape of post-war Britain. As an editor and broadcaster he worked with poets such as Dylan Thomas, Cecil Day Lewis and Roy Campbell, actresses Flora Robson, Peggy Ashcroft and Jill Balcon, and actors Robert Donat, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud.

[Elizabeth Charles] Autograph note signed, to her publisher

Author: 
Elizabeth Charles
Publication details: 
12 Jan. [1871]
£100.00

Author of The Schonberg-Cotta, etc. Note by publishers on reverse (1871/ Mrs Charles/ Jan 13). Dear Sir,/ I have received the Cheque for £30 & enclose the Contract signed. I am glad Baron Tauchnitz is not responsible for the former proposition. Presumably she has agreed to Tauchnitz publishing one of her novels (presumably The Victory of the Vanquished (1871), Todd 1130, or another). I have yet to find out her publisher - not given by the major reference works I have tried.

[Henry Legge, E. Bouverie, and another, of the Navy Office; Mary Ross, Woman Shipbuilder] Secretarial Letter Signed by Henry Legge, E. Bouverie and another of the Navy Office about a plan sent to Mary Ross for fitting an orlop to ships in her Yard.

Author: 
Henry Legge, E. Bouverie, and another (name not construed) of the Navy Office.
Publication details: 
Navy Office, 30 May 1809.
£220.00

One page, folio, bifolium, edges marked, fold marks, some staining, small hole (seal removed), text clear and complete. Addressed to Mrs Ross | Rochester, On HM Service. Text: We sent you last evening, by the Coach, a plan for fitting the orlop of a 74 Gunship, to which We desire you will conform in fitting His Majesty's Ships Vigo and Stirling Castle, acknowledging the receipt of it. | We are | Your affectionate Friends | [SIGNED] [undeciphered name], H. Legge | E Bouverie. Note: Mary Ross (Wikipedia): Mary Ross [...] was an English shipbuilder.

[Henry Legge, E. Bouverie, and another, of the Navy Office; Mary Ross, Woman Shipbuilder] Secretarial Letter Signed by Henry Legge, E. Bouverie and another of the Navy Office about a plan sent to Mary Ross for fitting an orlop to ships in her Yard.

Author: 
Henry Legge, E. Bouverie, and another (name not construed) of the Navy Office.
Publication details: 
Navy Office, 30 May 1809.
£220.00

One page, folio, bifolium, edges marked, fold marks, some staining, small hole (seal removed), text clear and complete. Addressed to Mrs Ross | Rochester, On HM Service. Text: We sent you last evening, by the Coach, a plan for fitting the orlop of a 74 Gunship, to which We desire you will conform in fitting His Majesty's Ships Vigo and Stirling Castle, acknowledging the receipt of it. | We are | Your affectionate Friends | [SIGNED] [undeciphered name], H. Legge | E Bouverie. Note: Mary Ross (Wikipedia): Mary Ross (18th-century – 1847) was an English shipbuilder.

[General Andrew F. Barnard; Waterloo] Substantial Autograph Letter Signed A F Barnard to Wilson

Author: 
A.F. Barnard [General Sir Andrew Francis Barnard (1773 – 1855) Irish British Army officer.]
Publication details: 
Sudbury, 6 January 1841
£220.00

Four pages, 12mo, bifolium, fold marks, some minor blotching, mainly good condition. Text: Many thanks [...] | I think one or possibly two Eagles [Standards] were found in the Coira by the Peasantry some time after the affair of Foz de Arouce but Lord J Somerset can give you accurate information on the subject.

[Eliza Lynn Linton, novelist, pioneering woman journalist and anti-feminist.] Autograph Note Signed enquiring about what constitutes an acceptable subscription.

Author: 
Eliza Lynn Linton (1822-1898), novelist, pioneering woman journalist and anti-feminist
Publication details: 
25 June [1892], but with initialled receipt stamp dated 27 June 1892. ‘address / c/o Captain W. Colburn D.L. / Bellevue / Enniskillen / Co. Fermanagh’; on letterhead of Queen Anne’s Mansions, St. James’s Park, S.W. [London]
£30.00

See her entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. On bifolium with her current address in autograph on the reverse of the second leaf, which has slight traces of paper from a previous mount at its head. The recipient is not named. Reads: ‘Dear Sir / Will you give me some idea of the subscriptions made by the Committee, so that I may be [?] the amount to send, as I do not ish to send a cheque equal with the highest or below the lowest. / Faithfully yrs. / E. Lynn Linton’.

[Henrietta Stannard, author and journalist with pseudonyms ‘John Strange Winter’ and ‘Violet Whyte’.] Typed Letter Signed, with long Autograph postscript, regarding how she has used the donations towards the ‘comfort and independence’ of an old lady.

Author: 
Henrietta Stannard [Henrietta Eliza Vaughan Stannard; née Palmer] (1856-1911) author and pioneering woman journalist who employed the pseudonyms ‘John Strange Winter’ and ‘Violet Whyte’
Publication details: 
17 December 1901; 25 Charleville Road, West Kensington, W. [London.]
£50.00

See her entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-browned paper. Folded four times. The recipient is not identified. Signed ‘Henrietta E. V. Stannard’ and addressed to ‘Dear Lady’. She thanks her for ‘the kind help you have provided for my old lady’. The ‘very generouos responses’ she has met with have exceeded her expectations, and she hopes that her ‘dear old friend’s future comfort and independence are now assured, for the rest of her life’.

[Catchpenny; Spoof?; Miss Faithfull; Employment and Emigration of Women] Autograph Letter Signed E.S. Faithfull to unnamed correspondent (Madam) saying how working class women are better provided for than the educated classes.

Author: 
E.M. Faithfull [pseud.?][Miss Faithfull]
Publication details: 
[Printed Heading] several lines (SEE IMAGE and text below) concluding Sole Office: 136 Regent Street, W. | London, 18 February 1887.
£220.00

Two pages, 12mo, remnants of tipping in process, good condition. Printed heading commences: English and Foreign Educational, Industrial, Commercial, Plain Work, Benevolent and Emigration Institute for the Employment of Women. Conducted by Miss FAITHFULL [...........] See IMAGE for the (substantial) rest. Text: All my sympathies I must say are given to the homeless & destitute of the educated classes'[.] [T]hey are so utterly friendless. The working classes have untold benefits.

[Rosita Forbes] Bold Signature only: Rosita Forbes.

Author: 
Rosita Forbes [(1890 – 1967), travel writer, novelist and explorer].
Rosita
Publication details: 
No place or date
£30.00
Rosita

Piece of paper, 6.5 x 2.5cm, very good condition. Signature only, with no evidence of being a part of a letter. See image.

[Freya Stark; explorer] Signature and Date Only.

Author: 
Freya Stark [Dame Freya Madeline Stark (1893 – 1993), Anglo-Italian explorer and travel writer.]
Publication details: 
5 May 1949.
£30.00

Piece of paper, 20 x 2cm, edges unevenly clipped but signature and date complete (at either end of the paper), good condition. Text: Freya Stark May 5th 1949.

[ Mary H. Catherwood, American novelist ] Autograph Letter Signed Mary H. Catherwood to Miss Chace, including her encounter with the literary A-list and her next publication.

Author: 
Mary H. Catherwood [Mary Hartwell Catherwood (1847-1902), American writer of popular historical romances, short stories, and poetry]
Publication details: 
Hooperton, Illinois, 28 January 1891.
£150.00

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, final page blank with residue of tipping in process, ow good condition. Text: Your note has just been forwarded to me with a batch of others from the [Thorndike?]. I would have loved a visit to Newport. But as soon as my business was completed in Boston I come racing home just like an anxious bovine mother. It is foolish, but I positively cannot stay long away from our six year old baby. Mr. [Haughton?] and his wife had a dinner arranged for Monday evening, where I should meet Dr.

[John Fowles; film adaptation; Pinter; Karel Reisz] The French Lieutenant's Woman. Revised Production Information.

Author: 
[John Fowles; The French Lieutenant's Woman; movie/film]
Publication details: 
1 October 1980.
£150.00

Typescript (carbon), not paginated, [30pp], stapled, good condition. Another copy is in the Ray Roberts Collection of John Fowles material (HRC). See image of Contents page, from Background and Fowles on location to Developing the Novel ,The Book, the actors, Unit List, Cast List.

[ Katharine Macquoid, travel writer ] Autograph Letter Signed Katharine Macquoid to [?Miss] Kingsley about health problems.

Author: 
Katharine Macquoid [ Katharine Sarah Macquoid (1824-1917), novelist and travel writer ]
Publication details: 
Stanley Place, 17 June 18[9?].
£45.00

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, vestiges of tipping into album, fold mark good condition. She is delighted to get a letter from her, hearing of her enjoyment during a visit to Paris, and that she feels so much better & stronger.

[Anna Eliza Bray, historical novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed to her nephew John Arrow Kempe, explaining that she wishes him to act as her literary executor, and discussing the 'revised copies' of her works.

Author: 
Anna Eliza Bray [born Kempe, sometime Stothard] (1790-1883), historical novelist [her nephew, John Arrow Kempe (1846-1928) Knight Comptroller and Auditor General]
Publication details: 
18 August 1871; 40 Brompton Crescent, S.W. [London]
£550.00

4pp, 18mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. With envelope addressed 'To | John Arrow Kempe Esqre. | St James's Rectory | Piccadilly | W'.A long letter, with the words 'To be carefully kept' at the head of the first page. The letter begins with a light-hearted reference to her novel 'De Foix': 'My dear Godson/ | Accept the enclosed trifle - It may help you to make an excursion to the Casle of De Foix - and (vanity of authorship!) to tell me what it is like -'. After this she turns to the real theme, her will.

[Edith Summerskill, physician, feminist and Labour politician.] Autograph Note Signed ('Edith Summerskill.') to 'Sir Thomas', thanking him [for the Christmas present of a diary].

Author: 
Edith Clara Summerskill (1901-1980), Baroness Summerskill (1901-1980), physician, feminist, Labour politician and writer, Minister of Insurance, 1950-1951; mother of Shirley Summerskill
Publication details: 
22 December 1947. On letterhead of the Ministry of Food (to which she was Parliamentary Secretary), Montagu House, Whitehall, London, S.W.1.
£40.00

2pp, 18mo. On aged paper, with short closed tear to one edge. He has evidently sent her a present of a diary, and she write that it was 'very sweet' of him to remember her over Christmas, adding: 'I shall use your diary every day during the coming year.' She ends with her best wishes of the season and coming year.

[Lady Bulwer Lytton [Rosina Bulwer Lytton], Anglo-Irish novelist, wife of Lord Lytton.] Autograph Letter in third person to 'The Editor of “The Lady's Newspaper”' [Ebenezer Landells?], sending him a letter to read over, and referring to a 'Champion'.

Author: 
Lady Bulwer Lytton [Rosina Bulwer Lytton, née Rosina Doyle Wheeler] (1802-1882), Anglo-Irish novelist, wife of Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton [Lord Lytton]
Publication details: 
'Thurloe Cottage Old Brompton Feb 6th. [1842?]'.
£180.00

4pp, 16mo. Bifolium. Forty-two lines of text. Letterhead of family crest in gold and red. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of white paper mount adhering to last page. Three fold lines. The editor's 'obliging Note' affords her 'sincere pleasure to have the opportunity of expressing her gratitude to him in person', and she asks him not to call some day the following week (she is 'going out of Town' the week after), but not in the morning, as she has 'much business, of a disagreeable and imperative nature to transact now'.

[Hannah More and her sisters Sally and Patty.] Parts of Autograph Letters from the three sisters, each with signature ('H More', 'S More' and 'Martha More').

Author: 
Hannah More (1745-1833), bluestocking, poet and playwright; her sisters Sarah More ('Sally', 1743-1819), and Martha More ('Patty', 1747-1819)
More
Publication details: 
None of the three with place or date.
£220.00
More

Three slips of paper cut from letters. All in good condition, lightly aged, and each with minor evidence of previous mounting. ONE: Hannah More. On both sides of 4 x 15.5 cm slip. On one side: '[…] I am this moment come from Charlotte she is vastly well only her eyes have some remaining weknesses | Adieu my dear Madam believe me with all possible regard your ever obliged and affectionate | Servant | H More'. Other side: '[…] the good People here enough to be all concerned any of their judgment or their Actions where Taste has any thing to do.

[ Katherine Austen, diarist and poet ] Printed Document with MS adds, Signed "Katherine Austen". Receipt of "Tally levied" and money paid to her., partially filled in.

Author: 
Katherine Austen (1629 – ca. 1683), diarist and poet best known for "Book M"
Publication details: 
24 November 1679.
£650.00

One page, 4to, fold marks, edge curled.

[ Pamphlet; poetry ] A Rhymed Sequence

Author: 
Lady Margaret Sackville
Publication details: 
The Porpoise Press, 4 Stafford Street, Edinburgh, Feb. 1924
£50.00

One of 50 copies (numbered 33}, 8pp., 4to, printed paper wraps, sewn, with device of the Press on front cover/title, good condition.

[ Victorian poem describing the public execution of a woman. ] Autograph poem by Sir Richard Harington, titled 'The Judicial Murder - A Fragment', a fictional account of a woman's execution, with drawings by the author.

Author: 
Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931), 12th Baronet, of Ridlington [ Eton College; hanging; public execution in Victorian England ]
Publication details: 
[ Eton? 1870s? or Oxford? 1880s? ]
£220.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On paper watermarked 'J GREEN & SON'. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with slight loss at the spine.From the Harington family papers, the author's identity being established from other items. Clearly a youthful production, and either written during Harington's time at Eton in the 1870s, or Christ Church, Oxford, in the 1880s. Written employing the long s. The 140 lines of verse are numerated by the author, and a catch-word at the end suggests that more followed or the poet's invention failed him.

[ Andrew Lang, as literary editor of Longman's Magazine. ] Autograph Note in the third person by Lang, rejecting a poem by Mary F. May; with the manuscript poem, titled 'Marie | (From the German of R. Gottshall [sic])'.

Author: 
Andrew Lang; Mary F. May, daughter of Frank May (1832-1897), disgraced Chief Cashier of the Bank of England, 1873-1893 [ Rudolf von Gottschall, German poet ]
Publication details: 
Lang's note without date or place. May's poem from The Grange, Elstreet, Herts; 14 January 1891.
£50.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: Autograph Note by Andrew Lang. 1p., 12mo. Reads: 'With Mr Lang's Compliments, and regrets that he has no room for the translation from the German. TWO: May's translation of the poem 'Marie' by Rudolf von Gottschall' ('Marie, am Fenster sitzest du'), titled 'Marie | (From the German of R. Gottshall [sic])'. 1p., 8vo. The translation is attributed at the end to 'M.' Beneath this is written the name and address of 'Mary F. May | The Grange. Elstree. Hants. | 14th.

Document signed "Anne Isabella Noel Byron" and others.

Author: 
Anne Isabella Baroness Noel Byron
Publication details: 
I August 1853.
£200.00

Conveyance of Lands at Stapleton in the County of Leicester, Joseph Knight and John Edwards (the other signatories) to Baroness Noel Byron, widow of the poet, and others (family). A vellum deed, 26" x 20", folded, 2 leaves, with a PL:AN including the land (coloured) involved in the agreement, c. 12 x 12", adjacent to Wigstones Farm Stapleton and Kirkby Lordship.. Good condition although front panel of folded item is stained without loss or obscuring.

[ French printed handbill. ] Copie d'une lettre adressée à très-haut et très-puissant prince monseigneur, duc d'Angoulême, par le très-humble frère trappiste, Antonio Maragnon.

Author: 
Antonio Maragnon (c.1778-1826) [ 'le Trappiste' ], French soldier-priest, commander of a division of 'l'Armée de la foi' [ Louis Antoine of France, Duke of Angoulême (1775-1844), last Dauphin ]
Publication details: 
'Toulouse, 10 février. [ 1825? ]' [ 'Imprimerie de madame Jeunehomme-Crémières, rue des Noyers, n. 46.' ]
£250.00

2pp., 4to. On laid paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Armorial engraving as heading, with crown, clouds and halo. Addressed to 'Sérénissime seigneur', and fulsome in his praise: 'C'est vous qui avez touché le coeur des potentats de l'Europe, et qui les avez rendus fovorables [sic] à notre cause; [...]'. Concludes by looking to the day when 'notre restauration sera accomplie, quand vous aurez assuré, ô prince magnanime, le triômphe de l'autel et du trone et le repos de mon pays'. Presumably written on the death of Louis XVIII.

[ Freya Stark ] Autograph Note Signed "Freya Stark" on reverse of Christmas Card.

Author: 
Freya Stark, traveller [Lucy Moorehead, biographer]
Publication details: 
"Euphrates 1977" [in Stark's hand below image of raft on river]
£80.00

Christmas Card, 2 leaves, bifolium, 17 x 12cm, good condition. Photograph of manned raft on Euphrates, 13 x 9cm, good condition. Stark has written "Euphrates 1977" beneath photograph and the following brief note on the verso of the second leaf: "Thank you so much about the 'letter' news. | I thought you might like to see one Raft! | All good wishes from | Freya Stark". The card was found in a copy of the "Letters", vol. four (London, 1977), edited by Lucy Moorehead who could well be the recipient of this card.

[ Pamphlet ] The Woman Question

Author: 
Edward, and Eleanor Marx, Aveling
Publication details: 
London: Swan Sonnenschein, Le Bas & Lowrey, Paternoster Square, 1886
£135.00

Pamphlet, 16pp., 8vo, lacking wraps, removed from volume of miscellaneous pamphlets, first leaf detached, spine showing evidence of removal and previous sewing and glueing (some damage etc), minor defects. Scarce.

[ Freya Stark ] Autograph Note Signed "Freya Stark" on reverse of Christmas Card.

Author: 
Freya Stark, traveller [Lucy Moorehead, biographer]
Publication details: 
"Euphrates 1977" [in Stark's hand below image of raft on river]
£80.00

Christmas Card, 2 leaves, bifolium, 17 x 12cm, good condition. Photograph of manned raft on Euphrates, 13 x 9cm, good condition. Stark has written "Euphrates 1977" beneath photograph and the following brief note on the verso of the second leaf: "Thank you so much about the 'letter' news. | I thought you might like to see one Raft! | All good wishes from | Freya Stark". The card was found in a copy of the "Letters", vol. four (London, 1977), edited by Lucy Moorehead who could well be the recipient of this card.

[ Minnie Walters Anson, English miniaturist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed to 'Miss Newcomb' [ secretary of Marcus Adams Limited], regarding miniatures made from photographs of children taken by her brother-in-law Marcus Adams

Author: 
Walters Anson [ Minnie Walters Anson ] (1875-1959), RMS [ Royal Miniature Society ], miniaturist [ Lambeth School of Art ], wife of artist Chris Adams (1867-1960), brother of Marcus Adams
Publication details: 
Both on her letterhead ('WALTERS ANSON, R.M.S.'), 48 Parkstone Avenue, Parkstone, Dorset. 6 and 11 February 1950.
£180.00

Both letters 2pp., 12mo. Both in good condition, lightly-aged, the second with the first page lightly crossed through in pencil. The letters relate to work done for the firm of her brother-in-law Marcus Adams (described in his Times obituary as 'the outstanding child photographer of his day and photographer to the Royal Family for more than 30 years'), at 43 Dover Street, Mayfair. She begins the first letter by explaining that she has 'endeavoured to make the Woodall miniature like the snapshot, but unless they are really satisfied I had better do another.

[ Marie Stopes ] Autograph Signature, "M.C. Stopes" on detached album leaf.

Author: 
Marie Charlotte Carmichael Stopes (1880–1958), author, palaeobotanist and campaigner for eugenics and women's rights
Publication details: 
No place or date given.
£20.00

Signature on detached leaf from album, 17.5 x 11cm, good condition.

[ Marie Corelli, novelist. ] Autograph signature.

Author: 
Marie Corelli (1855-1924), British novelist
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£23.00

A good, firm signature on the reverse of an 8vo endpaper removed from a book. In good condition, lightly-aged. Reads simply: 'Marie Corelli'.

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