Literature

Autograph Letter Signed to J.V. Lee

Author: 
Joseph Jekyll,
Publication details: 
22/04/07
£50.00

Politician and wit. One page, 4to. He makes a proposal in what seems to be a legal case involving a "Mr J. Lockwood" and Jekyll's nephew, for whom he is taking the "Responsibility of all Risque".

Autograph Letter Signed, 2pp., 4to, to A.T. Sheppard, novelist.

Author: 
Oscar Browning
Publication details: 
06/07/17
£45.00

Educationalist and historian (1837-1933). He is delighted to have received his letter and speaks enthusiatically of the past, especially of Sheppard's brother, Bob. He discusses his reading. (He found a character just like himself in the TLS) and looks forward to Sheppard's next book.

Autograph Note Signed, one page, 4to, to Rose Fyleman, children's writer.

Author: 
Owen Seaman
Publication details: 
14/10/17
£45.00

Poet, critic, editor of "Punch" (1861-1936). He criticises something she has written about fairies, sympathising with children's lack of understanding and concluding that he has encountered the things she describes "when there are no Fairies in the neighbourhood".

Autograph Postcard Signed to E.A. Carr

Author: 
Bernard Partridge
Publication details: 
03/05/02
£35.00

Caricaturist (1861-1945). He declines taking up a suggestion since he is "no longer doing that kind of illustration for 'Punch'".

Typed Note Signed to Sir Hugh Allen, musician

Author: 
Compton Mackenzie
Publication details: 
25/06/29
£20.00

Novelist. One page, 8vo. He accepts an invitation to speak at the Conference of the Society of Musicians.

Autograph Note Signed to an unknown correspondent

Author: 
Edward Jesse.
Publication details: 
25/02/58
£25.00

Writer on natural history. One page, 8vo. He thanks his correspondent for his "interesting pamphlet" and discusses rough drawings of swans he is sending him.

Autograph Note Signed to "Mrs Sidny"(?)

Author: 
Ann Thicknesse, nee Ford
Publication details: 
16/06/22
£100.00

Authoress and musician (1737-1824), wife of Philip Thicknesse (see DNB). 8vo, expressing thanks and gratitude at inordinate length. Her shaky handwriting is explained in a postscript ("I am so nervous I can scarcely hold my pen").

Autograph letter signed to undeciphered addressee.

Author: 
Allan Cunningham
Publication details: 
16/06/27
£45.00

Scottish author (1784-1842). One page, 12mo, remnants of laying down, chipped, without loss of text. He is having to return a book which he had intended to review in an "Oxford Literary Journal" which "died a <> death some days ago".

Autograph Letter Signed, 4pp., 8vo, to [Sir Frederick Young?]

Author: 
Bonamy Price
Publication details: 
25/07/76
£50.00

Political economist (1807-1888). Price appears to be responding to a work of Young's (probably " Imperial Federation of Great Britain and her Colonies. In letters edited by F. Y., (London, 1876)". He admires Young's enthusiasm but cannot himself "go into a definite Federated scheme as <?> as you do". He explains why, dintroducing the Great Powers, the Turks rotting, Russia advancing to the Bosphorus, and so on.

Autograph Letter Signed to "Allen"

Author: 
C.M. Ingleby
Publication details: 
Heacham Hall, 31 July (n.y.)
£35.00

Shakespearian critic and author ((1823-1886). 2pp., 8vo. He declines an invitation from the Lord Mayor of London on the grounds of ill health, and announces that he is off to Holkham Hall to visit the Napiers. "We must have a special no of the Reporter for reports of all the speeches". He would also like "all the complete & bound vols of the Reporter . . . out here", guaranteeing immediate payment.

Memorandum of Agreement with Anthony Blond, publishers

Author: 
George Mikes
Publication details: 
22/10/65
£25.00

Contract for an article entitled "'English' London" included in "The New London Spy" (1966) ed. Hunter Davies, signed by Mikes.With: ANS, one page, 8vo, Mikes to Anthony (Blond), 25 Oct. 1965, enclosing contract (signed) and saying he has finished the article.

Autograph Poem Signed.

Author: 
Catherine Sinclair.
Publication details: 
28/11/57
£85.00

Scottish novelist (1800-1864). One page, trimmed, removed from an album, 7 x 4.5", text cldear and apparently complete, as follows: "Lines on the death of a Christian Hero.- // Let not a tear upon his grave be shed / The common tribute to the common dead, / But let the good, the [?], & the brave, / With noble envy sigh for such a grave / Catherine Sinclair / 28 Novr- / 1857". From the album formed by Annie, David Brewster's (see DNB) daughter-in-law. Brewster helped her with donations.

Autograph Quotation not signed.

Author: 
Robert Southey.
Publication details: 
No date.
£100.00

Poet and man of letters (1774-1843) A scrap of pape, obviously trimmed, r removed from an album, c.3 x 2", a quotation from "Roderick, the last of the Goths", 9ll, from "Then Roderick knelt" to "As if resolv'd in resistence [sic] to bear." In Southey's distinctive miniature hand. Someopne has added "Southey's own handwriting" at the bottom.

To the Brave of the Land of the Mimosa. The Japanese. (Poem).

Author: 
Everard Digby
Publication details: 
No place or date but 1905-ish.
£100.00

Printed Handbill, c.7.5 x 12", pink paper, fold marks, sl. tear on folds. An exhortation to the Japanese against the Russians commencing "Heed not the boasting Russian horde who claim our dearest rights, / Hold we our heads aloft, stand firm, in many glorious fights; / Forward - ye sons of Fair Japan . . ./ Sedition enters not our ranks as in the Russian host . . ./ They shall lead us to Port Arthur, our Standard there shall soar . . ./ . .. the treacherous Muscovite . . . / Anarchy looms in the distance . . ./ The innocent who have been sacrificed in Siberia's icy zone . . .".

Autograph letter and note signed to "Bessie" and unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
John Hassall.
Publication details: 
The Glennan[?], Helensburgh, N.B., 3 August 1900 and 88 Kensington Park Road, London, no date.
£120.00

Poster artist (1868-1948). (1900) 3 pages, 8vo, black-edged,foxing and fold mark, remnants of laying down in album, text clear and complete. He describes the deat of his wife in childbirth ("She [Isabel, first wife] was up and about in the morning, confined of a wee girl baby at one midday and all over at 3. everything was going so well too. It was finished so quickly that I never saw her conscious tho' I was in the next room. Its all too awful to think about. The cause was . . .") He had left the notifying to others.

Autograph note signed, "A. Hayward", Man of Letters (1801-1884), to Lady Herbert.

Author: 
Abraham Hayward.
Publication details: 
8 St James St, 31 Dec. (no year [1867?])
£80.00

Man of Letters (1801-1884). Two pages, 8vo, good condition. He has the repeated misfortune not to be able to visit Wilton beause of a prior engagement, but thanks her for the invitation. "I have been reading your trip up the iIle with great interest" and sends his latest publication the subject of which she might not like but some of her friends might. Perhaps he is referring to her "Cradle Lands" (1867). His latest publication is presumably "More about Junius" (1868).

Autograph letter signed to Miss Buchanan.

Author: 
Elizabeth M. Sewell.
Publication details: 
Ashcliff, Bonchurch, I.W., 10 Dec. 1891.
£65.00

Religious and educational writer (1815-1906). Three pages, 8vo, good condition. She modestly thanks her correspondent for her letter and its contents. "God has been very good to me in granting His Blessing upon my efforts to be helpful by my writings . . . I am an old woman and my writing days are over, and I belong to a past generation." She is interested that her correspondent has "already known sorrow", although young, and warns that she should expect more. She hopes she learns that "God's ways are Ways of pleasantry and all His paths are Peace . . .

Autograph letter signed to "Mrs Fitzgerald".

Author: 
Margaret Oliphant.
Publication details: 
Windsor, 9 April 1879.
£40.00

Scottish novelist (1828-1897). Two pages, 12mo. She is discussing a puppy which her correspondent is getting for her to pass on to a firnd a "Miss Fitzmaurice". "The puppy is destined to a sort of heaven upon earth for puppies". Some further hasty news. With: a part of an ALS, mainly the signature and text with little interest.

Autograph letter signed to Douglas Sladen with drawing.

Author: 
W.B. Maxwell.
Publication details: 
27 Cantelupe Road, Bexhill, 29 August 1913.
£80.00

Novelist. Two pages, 4to. He can't make a game of golf. He looks forward to reading "the novel, & think the title is most taking - "Weeds that incumber the Earth [& entrance the Heavnes]." He discusses weather, his swimming in a thunderstorm. "The "Weeds" lie about on the Bexhill sands, or prance in the surf quite after the style of "the Continong" (vide-illustration p.2)" The illustration is of a young lady paddling in her Jansen

Autograph letter signed to Clement Shorter, editor and author.

Author: 
Ruthven Deane.
Publication details: 
Chicago, Illinois, 20 Jan. 1926.
£50.00

Editor of Audubon (1851-1934). Two pages, cr. 8vo. He talks about his beginning to collect bookplates when Shorter was 2good enough to sedn me four or five prints of your Plates {?} for different subjects in your library". He asks for a recent one Shorter has acquired to put in books on Cornish literature, and any others he may have added. "My collection has grown to represent over 9600." He gives figures for "Authors & Writers" in Englandand the Drama.

Autograph letter signed to unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
Anna Maria Hall (Mrs S.C. Hall).
Publication details: 
Old Brompton, 15 Feb. 1848.
£40.00

Miscellaneous writer (1800-1881). 3pp., 12mo, good condition. She thanks him for some verses which she thought "amonst the sweetest, the most touching I ever had." Then she tries to enlist his help for a bazaar to be held to contribute to a fund for the erection of an Asylum for Aged Governesses. "If you would take charge of it, I would forward you a silver collecting card, . . . or if you could set any of your lady friends to work for it . . .".

Autograph letter signed to "Miss Hewitt".

Author: 
Georgiana Fullerton.
Publication details: 
Slindon Cottage, 8 Sept. [1860?].
£35.00

Novelist and philanthropist (1812-1885). Two pages, 12mo, good condition. She has heard that some children in the village have "Hooping [sic] cough". "Edmund and the Baley" have not had it, but she thinks there would be no danger in their coming to Slindon.

Autograph note signed to the Duke of Newcastle.

Author: 
Samuel Warren.
Publication details: 
Office of Masters in Lunacy, 45 Lincoln's Inn Fields, 25 January 1860.
£35.00

Novelist and lawyer (1807-1877). One page, v.g. "I cannot deny myself the satisfaction of thanking your Grace for the very courteous kindness of your note of the 18th. inst. relating to Canon Trevor . . ."

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