Printed copy of letter from the Poet Laureate Robert Bridges, headed 'To the Donors of the Clavichord', in facsimile of his handwriting, with collotype print of photographic portrait of Bridges, seated at the instrument, by Lady Ottoline Morrell.

Robert Bridges [Robert Seymour Bridges] (1844-1930), British Poet Laureate from 1913 to 1930 [Lady Ottoline Morrell; Emery Walker; Arnold Dolmetsch]
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Letter dated 'Chilswell Dec 1924.' The photograph engraved by Emery Walker.
SKU: 12149

Nicely printed on laid paper, on sheet folded to make a bifolium, with the facsimile of the letter on the reverse of the first leaf, and the photograph of Bridges facing it on the recto of the second. As he is unable 'to write personal thanks to each of the many friends who contributed to honour my 80th birthday by their lovely gift', he asks them to accept the photograph 'as a memento'. 'Apart fr. the beauty & excellence & great value of Mr Arnold Dolmetsch's instrument there is no sort of gift that I shd have preferred & it will add its delicate pleasures to whatever days may yet be in store for me. The recognitn of my love for 17th century music & your respect for my tenancy of the Poet Laureateship are deeply appreciated by me.' In fair condition, lightly-aged and creased. Excessively scarce: no copy at the British Library, and the only copy on COPAC at the Bodleian.