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Dame Vera Lynn [née Welch] (b. 1917), singer who entertained the British troops in the Second World War, known as 'the Forces' Sweetheart'

[Dame Vera Lynn, 'the Forces' Sweetheart'.] Autograph Signature from album ('"Sincerely Yours" | Very Lynn').

On one side of 9 x 14 cm leaf of cream paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: "'Sincerely Yours' | Very Lynn". A good, firm underlined signature, in a large sloping hand, with the words 'Sincerely Yours' in single quotation marks.

Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby (1821-1885), English contralto, singing teacher and composer

[Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby, English contralto.] Autograph Note Signed ('Charlotte H Sainton Dolby'), complying with a request [for an autograph].

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with small trace of glue from mount at foot. Folded twice. Reads: 'Dear Madam | I have much pleasure in complying with your request & beg to remain | Yours faithfully | Charlotte H Sainton Dolby'. See her entry in the Oxford DNB.

Admiral Sir George Martin (1764-1847), distinguished Royal Navy officer [John Julius Angerstein (1732-1823), London merchant and art patron]

[Admiral Sir George Martin] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo Martin') to 'My Dear Julius', i.e. John Julius William Angerstein, grandson of patron of the arts John Julius Angerstein, regarding his desire to see service [in the First Anglo-Ashanti War].

The recipient of this letter, John Julius William Angerstein (1800-1866), was son of the MP John Angerstein (c.1774-1858) and grandson of the celebrated patron of the arts John Julius Angerstein (1732-1823), whose collection forms the basis of the National Gallery. At the time of writing J. J. W...

A. Cowper Ranyard [Arthur Cowper Ranyard] (1845-1894), astrophysicist and mathematician

[Arthur Cowper Ranyard, astrophysicist and mathematician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. Cowper Ranyard') to 'Mr. Herbert', regarding 'the card with Shelley's philosophic verse', 'the loss of friends', and 'pleasure in useful work'.

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Folded twice. After thanking him for sending 'the card with Shelley's philosophic verse', he continues: 'I am sorry that you have so sad a memory connected with 1883 - the year gets with me sadder for the loss of friends and...

Agnes Zimmermann (1847-1925), German concert pianist and composer who lived in England with her reputed lover Lady Louisa Goldsmid (1819-1908), pioneer of women's education

[Agnes Zimmermann, German concert pianist and reputed lover of Lady Louisa Goldsmid.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Agnes Zimmermann') to 'Miss Glover', asking to reschedule a lesson due to 'a Rehearsal at the Albert Hall'.

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Begins:'I am very sorry to be obliged to ask you not to come to me on Monday, as I have just heard that a Rehearsal at the Albert Hall (wh. I must attend) takes place that day at 12 -'. She gives two alternative times. Zimmermann's...

'Max Wall' [Maxwell George Lorimer (1908-1990)], comedian and actor in music hall, theatre, film and television

['Max Wall' [Maxwell George Lorimer), comedian and actor.] Autograph Signature: 'Good luck to Enid! | Max Wall | 1951'.

On one side of 8 x 13.5 cm leaf of cream paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight creasing to one corner. A good, firm underlined signature. Reads: 'Good luck to Enid! | Max Wall | 1951'. On the reverse is the autograph of an unknown signatory: 'To Enid | [Sister? Lister?] [J...

Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817), French author, economist, publisher and government official [Firmin Didot (1764-1836), Paris printer and typefounder]

[Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, economist, to Firmin Didot, Paris publisher.] Autograph Letter Signed ('du Pont (de Nemours)')

1p, 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. At head of page, in nineteenth-century hand: 'Dupont de Nemours'. Twenty lines of text, with another two lines deleted, in an untidy hand of uncertain interpretation. He is sending 'six exemplaires du 1er et...

Percy Reeve (b.1855), English composer and music critic [Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885), society homeopathist]

[Percy Reeve, composer and music critic.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Percy Reeve') to 'Dr. Chepmell' (Harley Street homeopathist), discussing an article in 'Black and White', and 'Pini' (Antonio Pini-Corsi?).

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with traces of mount to blank reverse of second leaf. After explaining his reasons for being unable to keep an appointment with Chepmell that morning, Reeve writes: 'I have been to Black & White twice but have not been able to find the...

Joseph Fesch, Prince of France (1763-1839), French cardinal, diplomat and art collector, uncle of Napoleon Bonaparte [John Payne, bookseller of London firm Payne and Foss; his wife, born Sarah Burney]

[Joseph Fesch, Prince of France, French cardinal, diplomat, art collector, and uncle of Napoleon Bonaparte.] Autograph Letter in the third person, welcoming 'Monsieur Payne', i.e. bookseller John Payne of Payne and Foss, and his wife, back to Rome.

1p, 12mo. On bifolium, addressed on the reverse of the second leaf, with the cardinal's seal in red wax to one corner, 'A Monsieur Payne'. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering to inner edge. Folded twice. In a close, neat hand, the letter reads: 'Le Cardinal Fesch fait...

Jan Zygmunt Skrzynecki (1787-1860), Polish general, Commander-in-Chief of the November Uprising against Russia, 1830-1831

[Jan Zygmunt Skrzynecki, Commander-in-Chief of the November Uprising.] Conclusion of Autograph Letter Signed ('Skygnecki.'), in French, to 'Le General Lt. de Tahlen', regarding the needs 'de la nation Polonoise' for religion and liberty.

Lower half of a 4to leaf. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering. Written in old-fashioned, and not entirely grammatical, French, the text reads: '[…] de la nation Polonoise a la quelle S. M. donneroit le garanties necessaires, sous le respect de la stabilité des droits...

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