YUGOSLAVIA

[Rebecca West expresses sadness over 'Black Lamb and Grey Falcon'.] Autograph Card Signed ('Rebecca West') to an unnamed party, making interesting comments on the book, and remarks on her view of history.

Author: 
'Rebecca West', pseudonym of Dame Cicely Isabel Andrews [née Fairfield] (1892-1983), author and critic, lover of H. G. Wells and Charlie Chaplin
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Ibstone House, Ibstone, Nr High Wycombe, Bucks. 30 August 1956.
£300.00

Written on both sides of a card (not a postcard), and with twenty-one lines of closely written text amounting to the equivalent of an average-sized letter. In fair condition, lightly-aged, with signature slightly smudged. An excellent letter concerning her 'Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia' (1941), described by Larry McMurtry as one of the 'few great travel books'.

[ The Théâtre Dramatique Yougoslave, Belgrade, Yugoslavia. ] Duplicated typescript, in French, of Dobrica Cosic's 'Revelation | Adaptation acenique d'un chapitre du roman "PARTAGES" | Adapte pour la scene par: | Miroslav BELOVIC | Jovan CIRILLV'.

Author: 
Dobrica Cosic (1921-2014), Serbian author and nationalist theorist; Miroslav Belovic (1927-2005); Jovan Cirilov; Mata Milosevic; Predrag Bajcetic; Théâtre Dramatique Yougoslave, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Publication details: 
[ First performance on 26 May 1961 at the Théâtre dramatique yougoslave, Belgrade, Yugoslavia. ]
£280.00

52pp., 4to. Duplicated typescript with pages on rectos only. Perfect bound in plain grey paper wraps. In fair condition, with moderate signs of age and wear. A page giving the names of the members of the cast and crew begins with the following: 'La première représentation de "REVELATION" a eu lieu 26 mai 1961 au Théâtre dramatique yougoslave, dans une mise en scène de Mata Miloševic et Predrag Bajcetic, avec la distribution suivante: | [...]'.

Typed Letter Signed ('Ruth Knowles'), a reference for her 'ship-keeper' William Stilwell. With four photographs of her barquentine 'Friendship' ('Emma Ernest'), moored at Charing Cross, and typed reports, with newspaper cuttings, by Stilwell's son.

Author: 
Ruth Mitchell [Knowles] (c.1888-1969) [Chetniks; Yugoslavia; Brigantine 'Emma Ernest'; Charing Cross Pier; World Explorers Friendship Clubs; The Yellow Rolls Royce (film, 1964); ]
Publication details: 
Letter dated 21 May 1932; on 'World Explorers' letterhead. The two reports from 1988, with one dated 'JS [James Stilwell] Oct 88'.
£220.00

An interesting collection of material relating to an extraordinary woman whose exploits deserve recognition. According to one obituary Mitchell (sister of American General 'Billy' Mitchell) was 'he only foreign woman to serve with the Chetniks', for whom she acted as a dispatch rider. Captured by the Gestapo while swimming at Dubrovnik, 'still in her bathing suit, and with papers on her that would have caused her to be executed without trial, she turned to the agents and asked: "Gentlemen, you will permit me to change my trousers?" They agreed.

Typed Letter Signed ('Wickham Steed') to Rev. E. J. F. Davies.

Author: 
Henry Wickham Steed (1871-1956), English journalist and historian, nicknamed 'Stickum'
Publication details: 
1 June 1932; on letterhead Lansdowne House 7, Holland Park, W.11 [London].
£10.00

One page, 12mo. Very good. 'Absence abroad has prevented me hitherto from complying with your request. I have pleasure in enclosing herewith a specimen of my signature.'

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