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James Bertrand Payne (1833-1898), editor, author and fraudster [Henry Cholmondeley-Pennell (1837-1915), poet and writer on angling]

[James Bertrand Payne, editor and author.] Three Autograph Letters Signed to H. Cholmondeley-Pennell, written around the time of his prosecution by the London publishers Edward Moxon & Co., and launch of his magazine 'The King of Arms'.

The three letters are in good condition, lightly aged. All three signerd 'J Bertrand Payne'. The first has a letterhead in red, the other two have a different letterhead in blue. Both designs feature exuberant monograms and lettering in Victorian Gothic type, which, together with Payne's...

£400.00
Hans Friedrich Gadow [Dr H. F. Gadow, FRS] (1855-1928), German ornithologist in England, Curator of the Strickland Collection, Cambridge University [William Morris Colles (1865-1926), literary agent]

[Hans Friedrich Gadow, German ornithologist, Curator of the Strickland Collection, Cambridge University.] Six Autograph Letters Signed (all 'H Gadow') to the literary agent W. M. Colles, regarding his book 'Through Southern Mexico'.

The six letters, all on bifoliums, total 16pp., 12mo. All are written in a close tight hand. Each has a purple receipt stamp of Colles's firm the Authors' Syndicate, and the number '3088' in blue pencil. The letters relate to the preparation of his book 'Through Southern Mexico, Being an Account...

£550.00
Enid Bagnold [Enid Algerine Jones, Lady Jones] (1889-1981), author and playwright [Stanley Hall (1917-1994), celebrity wig-maker]

[Enid Bagnold, author and playwright, to celebrity wig-maker Stanley Hall.] Nine Autograph Letter Signed, written in ebullient tones to 'Dear Stanley', discussing dramatic failures, Lady Diana Cooper, Harold Pinter, Dame Sybil Thorndyke, and others.

The nine letters are in good condition, lightly aged. They total nineteen pages, on a mixture of 4to and 12mo leaves, and cards. A chatty and gossipy correspondence, written in a flowing loose hand, going well beyond business matters. The first letter, 9 May 1965, is signed 'Enid B.', the...

£600.00
RMS Titanic sinking, April 1912 [William Hall]

[Sinking of RMS Titanic, April 1912.] Long unpublished contemporary manuscript poem, signed by 'William Hall', titled 'Titanic', written within weeks of the sinking.

4pp., 4to. On three leaves. In fair condition, aged and creased. The poem, headed 'Titanic', is 64 lines long, divided into 15 stanzas (the first ten numbered), and is signed and dated at the end, following 'R.I.P.', 'William Hall | May 1912'. The verse is heartfelt and devout, in style...

£400.00
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), founder of modern nursing [Jervis Trigge Giffard]

[Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing.] Autograph address to Rev. Jervis Trigge Giffard, from front of envelope. With note on reverse relating to provenance.

On panel torn from front of envelope. In fair condition, lightly aged, with one closed tear affecting the word 'Jervis'. The address reads: 'The Revd. | Jervis T. Giffard | Long Ditton Rectory | Kingston on Thames'. Above this in pencil: 'Florence Nightingale's writing'. In pen on reverse: 'Miss...

£50.00
Mary Letitia Martin (1815-1850), Irish writer known as the 'Princess of Connemara', granddaughter of the MP Richard Martin (1754-1834, 'Humanity Dick') [T.C. Newby, London publisher]

[Mary Letitia Martin, Irish writer known as the 'Princess of Connemara'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('M Martin') to 'Miss OMeara', on reviews of her novel 'St. Etienne', literary success and disillusionment, her publisher T. C. Newby and Jane Austen.

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, and with closed tears up gutter and one fold. Addressed to 'My dearest Miss OMeara'. With reference to her first published work, 'St. Etienne, a Romance of the First Revolution' (T. C. Newby, London, 1845), she begins by thanking her 'for the Review which...

£1,200.00
Philip Larkin [Philip Arthur Larkin] (1922-1985), English poet associated with 'The Movement', novelist and librarian at the University of Hull [Michael Dawson and the Ilkley Festival]

[Philip Larkin, poet.] Typed Letter Signed ('P. A. Larkin') to Michael Dawson, offering to bear in mind his invitation to produce a poem for the Ilkley Festival.

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. He begins by thanking him for his letter 'about the possibility of a poem in connection with your Ilkley Festival next Easter'. He doubts whether, even if he promised to do so, he would be 'able to produce anything', but asks to be informed...

£250.00
Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915=2011), travel writer and soldier who fought with the Cretan resistance during the World War II

[Patrick Leigh Fermor, travel writer and soldier.] Autograph Note Signed, to 'Mr R. W. Thornton'.

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and with two fold lines. Written in blue ink on one side of the leaf, with the inscription and date in separate stylised simple design of clouds containing the inscription and date, surrounded by birds. Inscription in cloud, one third of the way down the...

£250.00
Evelyn Beatrice Hall [E. Beatrice Hall] (1868-1956), author under the pseudonym S. G. Tallentyre, best known for her work on Voltaire [Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885), physician]

[Evelyn Beatrice Hall, biographer of Voltaire.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Beatrice Hall') to 'Dr. Chepmell' [Edward Charles Chepmell], regarding her article on Galiani, his superior knowledge of the eighteenth century, and Vauvenargues.

In The Friends of Voltaire (1906), Hall penned the rallying cry for the freedom of speech 'I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it', which is often misattributed to Voltaire himself. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. In an attempt to...

£180.00
Anna Swanwick (1813-1899), Victorian author and reformer in the field of women's education [Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885); Somervile Hall, Oxford; Girton College, Cambridge]

[Anna Swanwick, author and reformer in the field of women's education.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Anna Swanwick.') to 'Dr. Chepmell' [Edward Charles Chepmell], inviting him to dinner.

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. She is responding to his 'kind wish, on the occasion of our last pleasant interview, that our intercourse might be Socially, if not professionally, renewed', by inviting him to dinner, in the hope that she may be 'so fortunate as to find you...

£45.00
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