Literature

3 ALsS, 1 TLS and 2 ANsS, all signed 'AE', to Sylvia Lynd, poet and novelist.

Author: 
George William Russell ('Æ') (1867-1935), Irish poet.
Publication details: 
Various places, 1904-1933.
£2,000.00

3 ALsS, 1 TLS and 2 ANsS, all signed 'AE', three from 41 Sussex Gardens, London; two from 84 Merrion Square, Dublin; and one on letterhead of the Irish Statesman, 84 Merrion Square, Dublin, four dated between 1904 and 1933, the other three undated., totalA letter tentatively dated to 1918 or 1919 by MG begins 'It is very good & generous of you & Robert in these hard times to pass on the money received for literary work to Mrs Connolly.

Autograph Letter Signed to Sylvia Lynd, poet and novelist.

Author: 
Elizabeth Yeats (1868-1940), sister of W. B. Yeats, printer and publisher.
Publication details: 
Cuala Industries, Ltd, Churchtown, Dundrum, Co. Dublin; 23 November 1917
£400.00

ALS, on letterhead of Cuala Industries, Ltd, Churchtown, Dundrum, Co. Dublin; 23 November 1917, 2pp., 12mo. She asks SL to thank RL for working a notice of the book she is sending 'into column so well. Since that we have got a good many orders from quite fresh people. So it has already borne fruit - I am sending you our newest illuminated poem - I wish I could send it framed - but the difficulties of sending glass is [sic] great now - I am getting boxes'.

[Terry Pratchett] Eight Typed Letters Signed or "initialled" (a squiggle) to Sally Worboyes of Fen Farm Arts Ltd (seminars for would-be writers, Pratchett being one of the well-known tutors).

Author: 
Terry Pratchett, fantasy author
Publication details: 
1991-1995
£1,350.00

Eight typed letters, total nine pages, 4to, varying in length from 2 or 3 lines to a page and a half.

Autograph Card Signed "P. Loti", French author ["to A . Chasserian", (publisher?)pencil note]

Author: 
Pierre Loti, French novelist
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£110.00

Card, 11.5 x 9cm, vestiges of laying down in corners of verso, good condition. "J'ai été obligé de changer mes petits places de voyage. Voulez-vous aussi chamger les votres et venir mercredi au lieu de Vendredi. |Amitié[ ...]"Note in another hand on verso: "Autograph of Pierre Loti, Académician, officier in the French Navy (real name Viaud) author of Pecheur d'Islande, Fantomes d'Orient, etc. | Given me by M. Arthur Chasserian to whom it was addressed, Decr/92."

Autograph Note Signed "Aldous Huxley" to a "Florence Just".

Author: 
Aldous Huxley, novelist
Publication details: 
No place, 1955.
£56.00

Piece of paper, 12 x 8cm, with message "Florence Just | with all good wishes, | Aldous Huxley | 1955", essentially framed by sellotape (with staining), c.7mm, stain extruding once into white space, sellotape and staining covering without concealing the "ey" of Huxley and the tail of the "9". Image available.

[F. Marion Crawford; pamphlet] Our Silver. A Letter addressed to George S. Coe, Esq., Chairman of the Executive Council of the American Bankers' Association

Author: 
F. Marion Crawford, American novelist ("classic weird and fantastic stories")(1854-1909).
Publication details: 
New York: Douglas Taylor, Printer, corner Fulton and Nassau Streets, 1881.
£350.00

27pp., 8vo, original printed front wrap, back wrap mainly detached, signs of having been bound up (wear at spine, page partly detached), some staining, contents fair. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR, "H. Norman Esq. with kindest regards of F. Marion Crawford | Aug. 11 | 1881 |" [Henry Norman, "English journalist and Liberal politician "]. Minor correction in blue crayon (hand unknown), omission of several words and phrases on last page.. This was published before his first published novel. A financial tract (currency etc). No copy listed on COPAC, six copies listed (USA) on WorldCat.

Autograph Journal of Johanna Maria Barrow, daughter of Sir John Barrow of Ulverston, describing her courtship by the soldier and artist Captain Robert Batty.

Author: 
Johanna Maria Batty (1800-1886), wife of the English army officer and artist Lieut-Col. Robert Batty (1789-1848), and daughter of Sir John Barrow (1764-1848)
Publication details: 
[Darley Dale and Dovedale, Derbyshire.] 31 July to 1821 and succeeding days.
£400.00

9pp., 12mo. In makeshift unbound pamphlet, made up of six bifoliums pinned together. In good condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper. While short, the account is vivid, its first-person account of a whirlwind Regency romance evoking the inevitable comparison with Jane Austen. Written with the long s, the journal begins: 'On Monday July 31st.

Autograph Manuscript and two Typescripts of an article by the publisher F. J. H. Darton [Frederick Joseph Harvey Darton] entitled ''West One', on the foundation and history of Grafton Street in London.

Author: 
F. J. H. Darton [Frederick Joseph Harvey Darton] (1878-1936), English publisher and writer [Grafton Street, London; Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton (1683-1757)]
Publication details: 
[London; 1920s?]
£380.00

The three items are all in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight marking from rusty paperclips. Manuscript: 13pp., 4to. On 13 leaves, paginated 1-13. With a few emendations and corrections. The two typescripts, both well typed, have different layouts to one another. First (smaller) Typescript: 9pp., 4to. Second (larger) Typescript: Carbon copy. 9pp., 4to. The article begins: '"The iniquity of oblivion blindly scattereth her poppy . . .

Corrected Autograph Manuscript and Typescript of a chapter of a book by F. J. H. Darton [Frederick Joseph Harvey Darton] titled 'The Microcosm of England', on the London publisher Rudolph Ackermann, headed 'Aquatint collection draft'.

Author: 
F. J. H. Darton [Frederick Joseph Harvey Darton] (1878-1936), English publisher and writer [Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834), London publisher, born in Saxony]
Publication details: 
[London, 1920s?]
£380.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight rust spotting. Manuscript: 12pp, 4to. On twelve leaves, paginated 1-12. With emendations and corrections. Note at head of page: 'Dates & title meant to be typical only: subject to revision from collection catalogue etc & to fit later details of book.' Also at head of page, in red pencil: 'Aquatint collection draft first chapter'. Manuscript: 9pp., 4to. On nine leaves attached with stud (last leaf loose).

[Catalogue] St. Dominic's Press Ditchling, Hassocks, Sussex. BOOK LIST 1930

Author: 
[H.D.C. Pepler; Cyril Costick]
Publication details: 
Ditchling, Hassocks, Sussex, 1930.
£220.00

16pp., 8vo, inc. printed wraps, small closed tears, front wrap, slightly rusted staples, other unobtrusive staining at edges. It comprises an Introduction by Pepler on the historyof the St Dominic's Press, a Book List, list of Notepaper and Postcards, and entries for individaul works with woodcuts. ENCLOSED: Typed Note Signed "Truscott Hargrave" ("Secretary", Saint Dominic's Press) to Messrs E. Whitby & Son, The Library, 17 Princes Street, Yeovil, Somerset, 27 Feb.

Three memoranda by Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges of Lee Priory, including a transcript in French on the crusades, and heraldic diagrams, with authentication of the handwriting by Brydges's grandson Edward Gibbons Swann, for J. Wetherell.

Author: 
Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges (1762-1837) of Lee Priory, English antiquary, Member of Parliament and fraudster; his grandson Edward Gibbon Swann (1823-1900) [J. Wetherell of New Brighton, Cheshire]
Publication details: 
Brydges's memoranda without place or date. Swann's letter dated from Lee Priory [Littlebourne, Canterbury, Kent], 22 May 1846.
£135.00

Memoranda and Swann's letter on the same bifolium, 4pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper and with minor evidence of previous mounting. On the recto of the first leaf is Swann's letter, 'For Mr J.

Typed Letter Signed ('Arthur') from the science-fiction writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke, sendng personal news to Arthur Bourne of the Academic Press Inc., including that he is 'happily retired with theh completion of my last and best novel.

Author: 
Sir Arthur C. Clarke [Sir Arthur Charles Clarke] (1917-2008), English science and science-fiction writer [Arthur Bourne of the Academic Press Inc, British science journalist]
Publication details: 
'Leslie's House', 25 Barnes Place, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka. 7 November 1978.
£320.00

1p., 12mo. Air mail letter on blue paper, addressed to Arthur Bourne, Academic Press Inc. (London) Ltd, 24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DX, England. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. Clarke begins by thanking Bourne for his letter, and informing him that he has 'sent a card of thank [sic] to Dr. Allan Cottey'. 'I am now happily retired with the completion of my last and best novel "The Fountains of Paradise" (Playboy January and February - HBJ; Gollancz, January). I expect to be back in England in August to attend the World S. F.

Holograph Poem by the Congregational minister Richard Winter Hamilton, beginning 'Dear Sister, Christian Heroine!'

Author: 
Richard Winter Hamilton (1794-1848), Congregational minister of Albion and Belgrave Chapels, Leeds
Publication details: 
Leeds. 20 November 1827.
£120.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on a lightly aged and worn leaf removed from an album. The poem is twenty lines long, arranged in five four-line stanzas. The first stanza reads 'Dear Sister, Christian Heroine! | Stranger to me thy form & voice - | I venerate that zeal of thine, | And while I blush, for thee rejoice'. The second stanza is somewhat heretical: 'Nor Male nor Female is in Him | Who Born of Woman, both hath sav'd: | She conquers every terror grim, - | She thousand deaths for Him has brav'd!' The third stanza begins: '"A woman slew him:" Gideon'ss son'.

Autograph Note Signed and poem by the Congregational minister James Bennett of Rotherham, with manuscript poem ('Psalm 149.3, Let the Saints sing about upon their beds') by James Gray of Nailsworth, titled 'Elijah's Interview with God'

Author: 
James Bennett (1774-1862) of Rotherham, Congregational minister; James Gray of Nailsworth
Publication details: 
Bennett's note dated from Rotherham, 26 November 1829. Gray's poem dated from Nailsworth. 19 January 1828.
£250.00

On a 4to leaf removed from an album, with Bennett's piece on one side of the leaf, and Gray's on the other. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with a short closed tear to the fore-edge. Bennett's note reads: 'Dearest Brethren, ye know how that a good while ago, God made desire among us, that the Gentiles, from my mouth, should hear the word of the Gospel & believe. And God, who knoweth the hearts, bore them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us: put no difference between us & them, purifying their hearts, by faith'.

Autograph Letter Signed from the English poet Eliza Cook, sending what she describes as a 'specimen' of her 'pothooks' and hangers': a holograph poem titled 'Impromptu on being told the death of my Mother would leave a scar on my heart'.

Author: 
Eliza Cook (1818-1889), English poet and Chartist, close friend of the American writer Charlotte Cushman
Publication details: 
9 Gloucester Buildings, Old Kent Road [London]. 11 December 1845.
£100.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with minor evidence of previous mounting. Apparently addressing an autograph hunter, she writes: 'I beg to forward you a specimen of my "pothooks and hangers" trusting you will "admire" if you honestly can. Believe I have pleasure in gratifying your request and am with truth my dear | Ever yours faithfully | Eliza Cook'. The poem, also signed 'Eliza Cook', is four lines long, beginning 'That stroke indeed would deeply gash'. There is no indication that the poem was published.

‘Pain and Sin’ in wartime Australia: The Diaries and Stories of Duncan Murray Gordon (1912-2012)

Author: 
Duncan Murray Gordon, soldier and writer [Australian Author)
Publication details: 
1940-47.
£1,500.00

Duncan Murray Gordon was born in 1912, the son of a commercial traveller. In 1927 he won a scholarship to Stott's College, Melbourne, and in August 1940 he began a clerical job at the Victorian mining company Broken Hill South Ltd. He served in the Second World War between March 1941 to July 1946, in both the AMF (Australian Military Forces) and AIF (Australian Imperial Force) in Australia and New Guinea (where he finds, as the second volume of the diary reveals, the only way to survive is ‘to find somebody to go mad with’).

Autograph Letter Signed from the South African poet Albert Broderick to the editor of 'South Africa' E. P. Mathers, enclosing a corrected typescript of a translation of one of his poems into Afrikaans by 'Ex-President' Dr Francois Willem Reitz.

Author: 
Albert Brodrick (1830-1908), English-born South African poet [Edward Peter Mathers, editor of the journal 'South Africa'; Dr Francois Willem Reitz (1844-1934), President of the Orange Free State]
Publication details: 
Brodrick's letter, from 22 Cockspur Street [London, England], on cancelled letterhead of 141 Gloucester Road, SW. 9 January 1899. Reitz's typescript: Pretoria. 14 November 1898.
£850.00

Brodrick's Autograph Letter Signed to Mathers: 1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. 'Dear Sir - It may interest you to read the enclosed, written by Ex-President Reitz whose "renderings" of "Maid of Athens" & "Tam O'Shanter" are so well known. Somebody once said that "the only thing that doesn't lose by 'translation' is a Bishop" and as a rule this is correct, but I think in this instance I have gained'. In a postscript he asks for the return of the 'M.S.', underlined twice.

THE PELICAN PRES: A small collection from the Papers of Walter Corrie, Sign and Glass Writer, formerly with Victoria House/Pelican Press

Author: 
Francis Meynell; Stanley Morison; and later]
Publication details: 
[1918-1927 and Christmasses beyond]
£350.00

1.Of Printers' Flowers ("Contributed to the B. Franklin No. of the AMERICAN PRINTER", Pelican Press, 1922)2.[FOUR SPECIMEN PAGES] "IN THE FOUR SPECIMEN PAGES WE SHOW […]"3.New Year's Card (Pelican Press, 1923)4.[Programme] Victoria House & Pelican Press Annual Outing to Margate on Eleventh June MCMXXVII 5."A Christmas Greeting sent by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Meadem and Family […] (Printed by A.H.M [Arthur Meaden, Works Manager] at the Pelican Press […]).6.Sundry Christmas Cards to Walter Corrie & Family, many sent by people (and families) listed on 5. (Programme for Outing), i.e.

[Printed pamphlet.] Useful Work versus Useless Toil. By William Morris.

Author: 
William Morris (1834-1896), Socialist writer, artist and craftsman [John Turner (1865-1934), Anarchist Communist printer, at 127 Ossulston Street, London; Freedom: A Journal of Anarchist Communism]
Publication details: 
The "Freedom" Library. Printed and Published by J. Turner, 127 Ossulston Street, London, NW. [1900.]
£150.00

24pp., 12mo. Morris's essay paginated [19]-39. Stitched pamphlet. A frail survival, on aged, chipped and creased paper. Priced at one penny on cover, with vignette showing three workers and the banner 'VIVE LA COMMUNE!' The back cover carries advertisements (which date the item), beginning with 'Freedom | A Journal of Anarchist Communism, | Monthly; One Penny. Annual subscription 1/6. Published by John Turner at No. 127 Ossulston Street, London, N.W.', followed by twelve numbered books from 'No. 1. THE WAGE SYSTEM. BY PETER KROPOTKINE. 1d.' to 'No. 12.

Autograph Letter Signed from the New York printer Walter Gilliss, presenting the journalist Clement Shorter with 'a little book written and made by me many years ago'.

Author: 
Walter Gilliss (1855-1925), New York printer [The Gilliss Press; Clement King Shorter (1857-1926), British journalist and literary critic]
Publication details: 
On Gilliss's own letterhead (with device of The Gilliss Press), Room 903, Mohawk Building, 160 Fifth Avenue, New York. 8 December 1923 [amended by Gilliss from 21 November 1923].
£120.00

1p., landscape 12mo. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper. The letter reads: 'Dear Mr. Shorter: | You were so good as to admire the Stevenson printed by Doubleday, Page & Co., which was my handiwork to a large extent, and so, I am sending you a copy of a little book written and made by me many years ago, which I hope may interest you for an idle quarter-hour, (if you ever have one at your disposal). | Wishing you all the compliments of the season. | Yours sincerely | Walter Gilliss'.

Typed Letter Signed ('Randolph S. Churchill') from Randolph Spencer Churchill to Mrs Webb of London publishers Hutchinson & Co., regarding serialisation of Ursula Bloom's 'Hitler's Eva' in Rothermere's 'Sunday Dispatch'. With copy of letter by him.

Author: 
Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer-Churchill (1911-1968), son of Winston Churchill and Conservative MP [Ursula Bloom (1892-1984), English novelist]
Publication details: 
Both letter and copy from Oving House, Aylesbury, Bucks. Original letter also on cancelled letterhead of 12 Catherine Place, London, W1, and dated 11 November 1953. Copy dated 10 November 1953.
£75.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Item One: Original Typed Letter Signed from Churchill to Mrs. Webb, c/o Messrs. Hutchinson & Co., Hutchinson House, Stratford Place, Oxford Street, London, W1. 11 November 1953. 1p., 8vo. Lightly scored through by recipient. He apologises for stating in the 'Recorder' of 27 October that 'Mrss Ursula Bloom's current series in the Sunday Dispatch, "Hitler's Eva," has been curtailed'. He has since learnt that, 'on the contrary, the series is to be extended by another six instalments'.

[Printed handbill poem.] "La Belgique Martyre." Poème du maître belge Emile Verhaeren, dont la publication a été autorisée par l'auteur comme contribution a l'oeuvre "Asiles des Soldats Invalides Belges."

Author: 
Emile Verhaeren [Asiles des Soldats Invalides Belges; German war crimes in Belgium; the First World War]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [Circa 1918.]
£220.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. The poem, of 60 irregular lines, is placed (with a facsimile of Verhaeren's signature at the foot) within a thick floral border, reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement. It begins: 'Ce n'est qu'un bout de sol dans l'infini du monde. | Le Nord | Y déchaîne le vent qui mord. | Ce n'est qu'un peu de terre avec sa mer au bord | Et le déroulement de sa dune inféconde.' Scarce: no copy in the Bibliotheque Nationale, on COPAC or in the Imperial War Museum.

Autograph Letter Signed from the American artist Edwin Howland Blashfield to 'Mr. Thomas' [the playwright Augustus Thomas], regarding the National Institute of Arts and Letters [later the American Academy of Arts and Letters].

Author: 
Edwin Howland Blashfield (1848-1936), American artist, President of the National Institute of Arts and Letters [Augustus Thomas (1857-1944), American playwright; American Academy of Arts and Letters]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead of 48 Central Park South, New York City. 14 November [1915?].
£120.00

1p., 12mo. 25 lines, neatly and tightly written. In good condition, lightly-aged, and with pin hole to one corner. Blashfield declares himself 'much disappointed' that Thomas will not be presiding 'at the joint meeting on the 17th. Nov.', stating that he has been urging 'from the beginning' that Thomas should 'so preside'.

Autograph Card Signed ('Edmund C. Stedman') from the American poet Edmund Clarence Stedman to 'Mrs. Ferris', regarding the marriage of the English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson to Emily Sellwood.

Author: 
Edmund Clarence Stedman (1833-1908), American poet, writer and scientist, educated at Yale University
Publication details: 
New York. 14 November 1890.
£90.00

On one side of a 9 x 11.5 cm piece of card. In good condition, lightly-aged and with a couple of minor spots. Reads: 'New York, Novr. 14th. 1890 | Dear Mrs. Ferris, | In 1850, [date underlined] Alfred Tennyson married Miss Emily Sellwood, daughter of Henry Sellwood, of Horncastle, & took up his residence at Twickenham. He was made Poet Laureate the same year, & was then 41 years old. | Sincerely yrs., | Edmund C. Stedman.'

Cabinet Photograph, head & shoulders, Signed "Charlotte Mary Yonge"

Author: 
Charlotte M. Yonge
Publication details: 
Elliott & Fry, no date
£135.00

110 x 150mm, albumen print laid down on larger card, very good condition

Manuscript Fair Copy, in an eighteenth-century hand, transcribing two poems: 'Prize Monody on the Death of David Garrick Esqr. ffor the Vase at Bath-Easton, By Miss [Anna] Seward.' and 'To Miss Seward | Impromptu' by 'W[illiam] H[ayley].'

Author: 
Anna Seward (1742-1809), poet known as 'The Swan of Lichfield'; William Hayley (1745-1820), poet and patron of William Blake [David Garrick (1717-1779); Bath Easton, villa of Sir John Riggs Miller]
Publication details: 
Seward's poem dated 'Bath-Easton (the Villa of Sir John Miller,) near Bath | ffeb. 11. 1779.' Hayley's poem without place or date.
£220.00

Totalling 5pp., 4to, with Seward's poem on the first 3pp., and Hayley's on the following 2pp. Disbound from a notebook. In good condition, on lightly-aged and worn paper which has been cropped at the foot, resulting in the loss of two lines of text from Hayley's poem, and with the strip with the trimmed line from the foot of the first page of Seward's poem laid down at the head of the second page.

Byron painted by his Compeers; or, All about Lord Byron, from his marriage to his Death, as given in the various newspapers of his day [...]

Author: 
[Harriet Beecher Stowe, Lady Byron, etc.]
Publication details: 
London: Samuel Palmer, 20, Catherine Street, DStrand [London], 1869
£200.00

112pp., 8vo, printed paper wraps, 4pp. insert (advts) at back, wraps grubby, slight chipping, spine worn. Information (about its purchase?) written top front cover

Typescript titled 'William Wordsworth. | his Books.' Divided into 19 'lots'.

Author: 
[The Library of William Wordsworth (1770-1850), Poet Laureate]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [1910s?]
£150.00

8pp., on eight leaves of foolscap 8vo, with a ninth leaf carrying the title (headed 'Library' in manuscript). Fair, on aged and creased paper. The first page carries four entries, all beginning in 'A', from W. P. Alison's 'Remarks on the Poor Laws etc of Scotland, 1844' to a total of 54 volumes of the Annual Register. The four items are attributed the lot numbers 1, 3, 2 and 4 in manuscript. The second page carries seven items beginning with 'B' (ending with 'Border Laws 1705.'), with the first and second given lot numbers in manuscript.

Autograph Letter Signed ('C: Philpot') from Charles Philpot, rector of Ripple, offering to publishers [Cadell & Davies] 'a MS volume intitled "An Introduction to the literary history of the fourteenth & fifteenth centuries"'.

Author: 
Charles Philpot (1760-1823), rector of Ripple, near Deal, Kent [Thomas Cadell (1773-1836) & William Davies, London publishers]
Publication details: 
Ripple near Deal [Kent]. 20 March 1798.
£135.00

2pp., 8vo. 39 lines of text. On aged and lightly-stained paper, with one chipped edge. Unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. Addressed 'Gentlemen', the letter begins 'Pardon me for recommending to your notice a MS volume intitled "An Introduction to the literary history of the fourteenth & fifteenth centuries", which will this day be forwarded to you by the Deal & Canterbury Coach. In taking such a liberty I have no excuse to offer but wha is supplied by your high reputation & extensive concern in every department of literature'.

[Handbill; prospectus] New Weekly Illustrated Periodical. Once a Week! A Miscellany of Literature ...

Author: 
[Charles Dickens]
Publication details: 
May 1859.
£80.00

Four pages, 12mo, detached, a little roughly from book (some damage where bound in). It includes the explanation of "the cessation of [Bradbury & Evans] connection with 'Household Words'", headed "Mr. Charles Dickens and his late Publishers", discussing relationship with Dickens and his desire to publish personal revelation without consultation with the publishers.

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