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[Colin Wilson; the Outsider] Greetings with signature, For Thelma | warm regards | Colin Wilson | July 98.

Author: 
Colin Wilson [Colin Henry Wilson (1931 – 2013), writer, philosopher and novelist. ]
Publication details: 
July 1998.
£23.00

Card, 15 x 10cm, very good condition. On reverse, in another hand, COLIN WILSON -author. See Image of Greetings.

[Princess Louise, dau. Victoria, wife of Marquess of Lorne] Autograph Letter Signed Louise Lorne to Mr. Campbell [John Francis Campbell. Note below] offering him post of Groom in Waiting to Queen Victoria, referring to glaciation.

Author: 
Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, (Louisa Caroline Alberta; 1848 – 1939), sixth child and fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Publication details: 
Inveraray, 22 Jan.[1877]
£90.00

Four pages, 12mo, very good condition, in a generous hand. Text: The Queen writes to me this morning to ask if you would like to be appointed Groom in Waiting to her, & says that is she would have great pleasure in naming you as such. | The duties are to attend the Queen when at Windsor Castle & Buckinghamd Palace. | Lorne [Marquess] wishes me to add that attendance on horseback is not one of the duties, as that is the Equerries' particular office, & that you could still employ half the year in studying Glaciation.

[Sir Hubert von Herkomer, painter, film director and composer.] Autograph Note Signed (‘Hubert Herkomer’), asking for details of ‘your Ramblers’ before a visit from them.

Author: 
Sir Hubert von Herkomer [originally Hubert Herkomer] (1849-1914) German-born British painter, pioneering film director and composer
Publication details: 
28 February 1891; on letterhead of Dyreham, Bushy, Herts.
£45.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In fair condition, but a little brittle and discoloured (unobtrusive repair to one corner with archival tape). The recipient is not named. Reads: ‘Dear Sirs / I shall be pleased to see your Ramblers June the 6th. Let me know details of them & numbers a week before. / Yours truly / Hubert Herkomer’.

[Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, radical politician ruined by the Crawford Scandal.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Charles W. Dilke’) to fellow-MP Robert Bourke (the future Lord Connemara), regarding ‘Greek Papers’ being sent to the Commons from the Lords.

Author: 
Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke (1843–1911), radical Liberal politician and author, ruined by Crawford Scandal [Robert Bourke (1827-1902), 1st Baron Connemara, Conservative politician, Governor of Madras]
Publication details: 
20 May 1879; on letterhead of 76 Sloane Street, S.W. [London]
£50.00

See the two men’s entries in the Oxford DNB. Lurid claims of three-in-a-bed adulteries put a paid to Dilke’s political ambitions (he had been touted as a future prime minister), and rendered him the butt of musical hall jokes. 16mo, 2pp. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and folded once. ‘Dear Bourke / If you are in the House at 2 o’clock to-day I propose to ask you when the Greek Papers which were promised yesterday in the House of Lords are likely to be distributed to members of the House of Commons / Yrs. very truly, / Charles W.

[Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, radical politician ruined by the Crawford Scandal.] Autograph Card Signed (‘Charles W. Dilke’), explaining to an unnamed painter the reason he was not able to visit his studio.

Author: 
Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke (1843–1911), radical Liberal politician and author, ruined by the Crawford Scandal
Publication details: 
26 March 1892; on letterhead of 76 Sloane Street, S.W. [London]
£38.00

See Dilke’s entry in the Oxford DNB. Lurid claims of three-in-a-bed adulteries put a paid to his political ambitions (he had been touted as a future prime minister), and rendered him the butt of musical hall jokes. The recipient is not named. On one side of a plain 11.5 x 9 cm postcard. In fair condition, lightly aged, with the two right-hand corners creased.

[Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, radical Liberal politician and central figure in the Crawford Scandal.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Charles W. Dilke’) regarding his 1878 pamphlet ‘Parliamentary Reform’, mentioning W. H. Smith and Prof. W. A. Hunter.

Author: 
Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke (1843–1911), radical Liberal politician and author, ruined by the Crawford Scandal [Professor William Alexander Hunter (1844-1898) of University College; W. H. Smith]
Publication details: 
7 December [no year, but post 1878]. On House of Commons letterhead [Westminster].
£45.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. Lurid claims of three-in-a-bed adulteries put a paid to Dilke’s political ambitions (he had been touted as a future prime minister), and rendered him the butt of musical hall jokes. The recipient is not named. 2pp, 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper. The letter begins: ‘Dear Sir, / I suppose a pamphlet is meant - called I think “Parliamentary Reform” - (but I’m not quite sure), written about 1878 & sold at Smith’s bookstall.

[‘Not well fitted for stimulating the Imperial British sentiment’: Sir Donald Mackenzie Wallace, Times foreign correspondent, assesses a volume on South Africa with ‘Cape Dutch’ sympathies.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘D. M. Wallace’) to Lady Jersey.

Author: 
Sir Donald Mackenzie Wallace (1841-1919), Scottish journalist, foreign correspondent of The Times, Private Secretary to future King George V [Margaret Villiers (1849-1945), Countess of Jersey]
Publication details: 
14 February 1902; on letterhead of St. Ermin’s Mansions, Caxton Street, S.W. [London]
£45.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 4pp, 12mo. On bifolium. A thin strip (no more than 1 cm deep) has been cut away at the head of the first leaf, with no loss of text, otherwise in good condition. Folded once. Written a few months after Wallace’s return from his duties as Private Secretary to the future King George V on his world tour on HMS Ophir, and during the Second Boer War. Wallace has just been struck by the thought that ‘though I returned the Volume on South Africa to the address in Victoria Street’ he forgot to give her his opinion of it.

[King Leopold III and Eton.] Typed Letter Signed (‘Lilian de Belgique’), in French, from Princess Lilian of Belgium to Lord Monckton, discussing her late husband’s connection with Eton, and the 'émouvant hommage' the college has just paid to him.

Author: 
Princess Lilian of Belgium [née Mary Lilian Baels] (1916-2002), Princess of Réthy, second wife of King Leopold III [Lord Monckton [Gilbert Walter Riversdale Monckton (1916-2006), 2nd Viscount]]
Publication details: 
21 February 1988; on letterhead of the ‘Domaine d’Argenteuil’.
£56.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. The typed text of the letter is in French, but the following autograph text is in English: the address (‘Dear Lord Monckton,’), the valediction (‘With the hope of seeing you here soon! | Liliane de Belgique’), and the dating (‘21st. of February 1988’). She has been deeply touched by the ‘émouvant hommage’ which, thanks to Monckton, Eton has just rendered to the memory of the king. Monckton is aware ‘combien celui-ci était resté attaché à son ancien collège, auquel le liaient tant de souvenirs, et dont l’empreinte a marqué toute sa vie’.

[Princess Marie Radziwill, French noblewoman at the Prussian court.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Marie Radziwill’), in French, inviting an unnamed princess to a ‘bazar de charité’.

Author: 
Princess Marie Radziwill [née Marie Dorothée Élisabeth de Castellane] (1840-1915), French noblewoman, granddaughter of the Duchess of Dino, a leading figure at the Prussian court
Publication details: 
2 February 1878; Berlin [Prussia].
£45.00

1p, 8vo. On grey laid paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Reads: ‘Madam / Permettez-moi de joindre à cette lettre l’annonce du bazar de charité que va avoir lieu dans notre maison et que j’espère sera visité par Votre Altesse Royale. / Designez agréer, Princesse, mes plus respectueux hommages. / Marie Radziwill’.

[Richard Ingrams, journalist, founder of ‘Private Eye’ and the ‘Oldie’.] Autograph Card Signed to ‘Mr Kinnane’ (manuscript dealer John A. Kinnane), regarding ‘the interesting Cobbett item’, an Elgar postcard, and his interest in G. K. Chesterton.

Author: 
Richard Ingrams [Richard Reid Ingrams] (born 1937), journalist and author, co-founder and second editor of the satirical magazine Private Eye, and founder and editor of The Oldie [John A. Kinnane]
Publication details: 
24 February 1984; on his letterhead, Forge House, Aldworth, near Reading.
£25.00

On both sides of a 14.5 x 10.5 cm plain postcard. In good condition, with large firm signature ‘Richard Ingrams’. He thanks him for ‘the interesting Cobbett item’ and would like ‘your Elgar postcard’ if available. Ends: ‘Enclose cheque. Cobbett always welcome. Also G. K. Chesterton.’ Ingram had published an anthology of Cobbett in 1974, and would publish a biography of him in 2005, and a book on Chesterton in 2021.

[Sir Aston Webb, architect of the facade of Buckingham Palace.] Typed Letter Signed to Rev. A. R. F. Hyslop of Glenalmond College, clarifying the position of the Board of Architectural Education on the question of ‘geometrical drawing’.

Author: 
Sir Aston Webb (1849-1930), architect of Buckingham Palace and the Victoria and Albert Museum, President of the Royal Academy
Publication details: 
29 March 1909; on letterhead of the Board of Architectural Education.
£50.00

See Webb's entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn with traces of glue from mount at head. Folded twice. Addressed to ‘Rev. A. R. F. Hyslop, M.A. / Warden, / Glenalmond College, PERTHSHIRE.’ Following on from previous correspondence, Webb is ‘desired to explain’ that ‘the Board feels strongly the advantage of a training in freehand drawing as a preliminary to architectural training’, and that they do not consider ‘the geometrical drawing of architecture more particularly from plates’ ‘generally helpful’.

[Lord Roberts of Kandahar, Boer War commander.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Fred Roberts’) to Sir Richard Temple, explaining how he proposes to obtain preferment for Temple’s son.

Author: 
Lord Roberts [Frederick Sleigh Roberts; Field Marshal Earl Roberts of Kandahar, V.C.] (1832-1914), Boer War commander [Sir Richard Temple (1826-1902); his son Sir Richard Carnac Temple (1850-1931)]
Publication details: 
14 June 1889; Simla. On letterhead of the ‘Commander in Chief in India’.
£56.00

See the entries for the two men in the Oxford DNB, as well as that of the subject of the letter, Sir Richard Temple’s eldest son Captain Richard Carnac Temple (1850-1931), the future second baronet. 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. Aged, with the gutter repaired with archival tape, and the reverse of the second leaf adhering to part of its mount. Headed ‘Private’ and addressed to ‘Dear Sir Richard’.

[Lord Thomson, Minister for Air in Ramsay MacDonald’s Labour Government.] Typed Letter Signed (‘Thomson’) to Sir Reginald Hart, praising his ‘advanced views on politics’.

Author: 
Lord Thomson [Christopher Birdwood Thomson] (1875-1930), army officer and Minister for Air in Ramsay MacDonald Labour Government, killed in R101 airship disaster [Sir Reginald Clare Hart (1848-1931)]
Publication details: 
2 April 1924; on letterhead of 12 St James’s Court, Buckingham Gate, S.W.1 [London]
£38.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to ‘Dear Sir Reginald’. After sympathizing with him on his indisposition he writes: ‘I always felt that you really had more advanced views on politics than most of the Generals in the British Army, and what you say in your letter does not surprise me therefore in the least.’ He ends with regards to Lady Hart and the Harts’ daughter. Autograph postscript: ‘Ps. Ps. forgive type written letter.’

[Charles Henry Alexander Paget, 6th Marquis of Anglesey, soldier and courtier.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Anglesey’), thanking A. C. Cox for offering ‘the Commissions in the name of the Marquess of Anglesey’.

Author: 
Marquis of Anglesey [Charles Henry Alexander Paget, 6th Marquis of Anglesey (1885-1947)], Lord Chamberlain to Queen Mary, soldier with Royal Horse Guards, courtier and landowner, patron of Rex Whistle
Publication details: 
26 January 1937; on letterhead of Plas Newydd, Llanfairpwll, Isle of Anglesey, with stamp ‘GUARDS 2 / RECEIVED’.
£38.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, folded once. Headed by him ‘Guards & Cavalry’. He is obliged to Cox for his ‘courtesy in offering me the Commissions in the name of the Marquess of Anglesey’, and will be ‘very grateful for them and they will be with all the family papers of which there are a great many & well cared for & catalogued’.

[Queen Victoria’s third daughter Princess Helena, later Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Helena’), explaining the delay in thanking ‘Col: Colville’ for sending an ‘excellent’ sketch.

Author: 
Princess Helena [Helena Augusta Victoria] (1846-1923) of the United Kingdom, later Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, daughter of Queen Victoria [Colonel Sir William James Colville (1827-1903)]
Publication details: 
24 January 1898; on letterhead of Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park.
£45.00

The princess was the third daughter and fifth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. See her entry in the Oxford DNB. Colville, who was ‘Master of the Ceremonies’ to Queen Victoria, was a talented amateur watercolourist. 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. She apologises for the delay in thanking him for ‘the Sketch you so kindly have sent me. Believe me I am not ungrateful. I have had the house full for the last 10 days have not had a moment to myself.’ She considers the sketch ‘excellent’.

[Lord Harlech, Conservative politician.] Typed Letter Signed (‘W Ormsby Gore’) to Sir Frederick Lugard, regarding ‘the Oil Palm industry in Southern Nigeria’.

Author: 
Lord Harlech [William George Arthur Ormsby-Gore (1885-1965), fourth Baron Harlech], Conservative politician and banker [Sir Frederick Lugard [latterly Lord Lugard] (1858-1945), Governor of Hong Kong]
Publication details: 
3 May 1925; on letterhead of the Colonial Office, Downing Street, S.W.1 [London]
£35.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly worn. Folded three times. Greeting him as ‘Dear Sir Frederick’, he thanks him for having ‘prepared and sent to me your most valuable memorandum on the Oil Palm industry in Southern Nigeria’. He is in the process of discussing the question with the Colonial Secretary (Leo Amery), and Lugard’s views ‘come at a most opportune time for him to consider’.

[Lord Harmsworth, press baron.] Typed Letter Signed (‘Harmsworth’) to journalist Collin Brooks, praising his assessment of ‘R’ - his brother Viscount Rothermere - in his memoir ‘Devil’s Decade’.

Author: 
Lord Harmsworth [Cecil Bisshop Harmsworth (1869-1948), 1st Baron Harmsworth], Fleet Street press baron, brother of Viscounts Northcliffe and Rothermere [Collin Brooks (1893-1959), journalist]
Publication details: 
4 April 1948; on letterhead of ‘The Field’, 8 Stratton Street London.
£45.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Minor staple marks at top right. Writing shortly before his death, he thanks him for sending an inscribed copy of his book ‘Devil’s Decade’, which he enjoyed ‘enormously’.

[Lord Knutsford, as Secretary of State for the Colonies.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Knutsford’) to ‘Rawlinson’ [Sir Henry Rawlinson; Hong Kong] regarding the claims of ‘Mr. Stephen Gatty’ to the Attorney Generalship of Hong Kong.

Author: 
Lord Knutsford [Sir Henry Holland; Henry Thurstan Holland] (1825-1914), Conservative politician, Secretary of State for Colonies [Sir Henry Rawlinson (1810-95); Sir Stephen Herbert Gatty (1849-1922)]
Publication details: 
28 August 1888; Wherstead Park, Ipswich. On Colonial Office letterhead.
£45.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 3pp, 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. The body of the letter reads: ‘Dear Rawlinson / In the event of a vacancy in the appointment of Attorney General of Hong Kong, I will bear in mind your recommendation of Mr. Stephen Gatty; but I think it is probable that there may be candidates with stronger claims for consideration.’ In a postscript he adds that ‘Mr Gatty has only been 4 or 5 years in the Colonial Service’, and that in any case he thinks it ‘probable that there may be no vacancy in the Attorney Generalship of H Kong’.

[Le Général Fabvier, head of Greek army during War of Independence.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Le G[énér]al. Fabvier’) to the Baron de Bourgoing, criticizing the King of Greece and putting forward an apocalyptic vision of the future of Europe.

Author: 
Le Général Fabvier, head of Greek army during War of Independence. [Charles Nicolas Fabvier (1783-1855), Baron Fabvier], French Philhellene [Paul-Charles-Amable de Bourgoing (1761-1864), Baron]
Fabvier
Publication details: 
28 April 1842; Paris.
£1,250.00
Fabvier

A ‘longue lettre’, written ‘à cœur ouvert’; an extraordinary document, in whose passionate and pessimistic Catholic conservatism - expressed in martial terms befitting a hero of Borodino - is to be found the roots of the Action Française. 4pp, 4to. Bifolium. 58 lines of neatly- and closely-written text (neater than the minimal examples on Google!). In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Fabvier was the leader of the Greek regular army in the War of Indpendence, and in the latter part of this letter he expresses concerns over the future of his beloved Greece (‘ma chère Grèce’).

[The man who restored Edgar Allen Poe’s reputation.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘John H. Ingram’) from John Henry Ingram to Lionel Earle, stating that he will be travelling up to London to view the Chatterton manuscripts that Lord Crewe is bringing up.

Author: 
John Henry Ingram [John H. Ingram] (1842-1916), English biographer and editor who restored the reputation of Edgar Allen Poe, authority on Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Chatterton [Lionel Earle]
Publication details: 
22 March 1910; 53 Stanley Road, West Green, N. [London]
£65.00

Ingram, whose Poe collection is in the University of Virginia, published ‘The True Chatterton: A New Study from Original Documents’ in 1910. 1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with stub adhering to blank second leaf of bifolium. He thanks him for the letter of the previous day, ‘informing me that Lord Crewe has been so kind as to bring the Chatterton M.S.S. up to London’. He will ‘call on Crewe House on Thursday morning at 10.45 to see them’.

[John Henry Robinson, RA, eminent line engraver noted for his portraits.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘J. H. Robinson’) to ‘Mr Cooke’ (the artist Edward William Cooke), on personal matters including Conrad Cooke’s health, and plans to meet.

Author: 
John Henry Robinson [J. H. Robinson] (c.1796-1871), RA, eminent line engraver noted for his portraits [Edward William Cooke (1811-1880), artist; his son Conrad William Cooke (1843-1926), engineer]
Publication details: 
16 April 1864; New Grove, Petworth [Surrey].
£65.00

See the entries for Robinson and Cooke in the Oxford DNB. 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, folded twice. Addressed to ‘My dear Mr Cooke’. Cooke’s ‘friendly note’ about the time he ‘proposed setting out for Deal’ was received on the Thursday, and the Robinsons are ‘glad indeed to hear that your dear Mother is again restored to her usual health’. The Robinsons think that ‘change of occupation & fresh air together, may have the desired effect both as regards yourself & your son Conrad’.

[John Herman Merivale, poet and friend of Lord Byron.] Signature for autograph hunter: ‘John Herman Merivale’.

Author: 
John Herman Merivale (1779-1844), poet, lawyer, author and literary scholar, friend of Lord Byron
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£30.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. On 16 x 10 cm rectangle cut from leaf of an autograph album. In good condition, on wove paper, lightly aged and creased. Nothing on the leaf apart from the signature ‘John Herman Merivale’, with the helpful addition ‘(Dead)’ in a near-contemporary hand beside it.

[‘The Pentateuch [...] is throughout a mere fiction’. John William Colenso, Bishop of Natal, puts the case that will result in excommunication.] Long and substantial Autograph Letter Signed (‘J. W. Natal.’) to ‘Scudamore’, explaining his position.

Author: 
John William Colenso (1814-1883), controversial Bishop of Natal, subject of ‘The Colenso Case’, excommunicated from the Church of England [Rev. H. C. Scudamore; Robert Gray, Bishop of Cape Town]
Publication details: 
19 August 1862; Fowey, Cornwall.
£380.00

Colenso’s enormous significance in the history of Victorian theology and ideas is reflected by a long entry by Peter Hinchcliff in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

[James Robinson Planché, playwright and herald.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘J. R. Planché’) to author Anna Eliza Bray, discussing the writings of his daughter Matilda Anne Mackarness, and the situation in which he lives with her and her husband.

Author: 
James Robinson Planché [J. R. Planché] (1796-1880), playwright, antiquary and herald [his daughter Matilda Anne Mackarness (1825-1881); Anna Eliza Bray [née Kempe; later Stothard] (1790-1883)]
Publication details: 
10 November [1864]; Dymchurch [Kent].
£56.00

A good letter, reflective of the mid-Victorian literary milieu; with a successful playwright discussing the writing of his daughter in a letter to another female Victorian writer. See the entries for Bray, his daughter Mrs Mackarness, and the recipient Mrs Bray, in the Oxford DNB. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, with minor traces of stub adhering to one edge. 51 lines of text in a neat, disciplined hand. Planché does not give the year; it is added in pencil in another hand. Addressed to ‘Mrs Bray / the Vicarage / Tavistock’.

[Jean Forbes-Robertson, Shakespearian actress.] Autograph Signature to newspaper photograph of her as Peter Pan, nicely-presented by careful cutting around outline.

Author: 
Jean Forbes-Robertson (1905-1962), Shakespearian actress and a notable ‘Peter Pan’, daughter of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson
Publication details: 
[1934.] No place.
£56.00

Jean Forbes-Robertson appeared as Peter Pan between 1927 and 1935, and then again in 1938-1939. Part of a cricket report on the reverse of the present item dates it to 1934. The item is a black and white photograph of around 15 x 11 cm, cut from a newspaper, and showing a seated Forbes-Robertson in the costume of Peter Pan, clutching her left knee and throwing an angular shadow. In fair condition, on brown and lightly worn news stock.

[John Richard Magrath, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘J R Magrath | Vice Chancellor’) to Henry Jenner of the British Museum, reporting on the results of his assistance regarding the extension of the Bodleian.

Author: 
J. R. Magrath [John Richard Magrath] (1839-1930), Provost of the Queen’s College, Oxford, 1878-1930; Vice-Chancellor of the University, 1894-98 [Henry Jenner (1848-1934), British Museum librarian]
Publication details: 
9 November 1896; on letterhead of Queen’s College, Oxford.
£80.00

See the entries for writer and recipient in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 12mo. In good condition, folded once. In envelope (with Oxford crest on flap), with stamp and two postmarks, addressed by Magrath to ‘Henry Jenner Esq / British Museum / London E.C.’ From ‘a communication I have received from Madan’ (Falconer Madan, Bodley’s Librarian) he gathers that Jenner ‘would be interested to know the results of the kind assistance you gave a Committee of the Hebdomadal Council in May in the matter of the extension of the Bodleian Library’.

[A Welsh poet at work: Harry Guest.] Three Autograph Poems: ‘Climbing a Volcano’ (two drafts), ‘At Shoreham’ (holograph), and ‘Sentence’ (fragment); with covering Autograph Letter Signed to Claire Freiburger; and transcription from Abelard.

Author: 
Harry Guest [Henry Bayly Guest] (1932-2021), Welsh poet and noted translator from French and Japanese
Publication details: 
The poems undated. The letter dated 3 September 1970; ‘c/o Mr. T. Mugishima, | Kugahara 4-Chome 23-9, | Ohta-Ku, / Tokyo 165’.
£220.00

See Tony Lopez's obituary in the Guardian, 11 April 2021.The letter was sent, with Items One and Two at least, while Guest was Lecturer in English at Yokohama National University, 1966-1972. All four items are neatly written in black ink in a close hand. The first three items are in good condition; Item Four is in fair condition, on aged paper and with wear to the outer edges. The parallel drafts of ‘Climbing a Volcano’ in Item One present an excellent example of the working process of a poet in the pre-digital age. ONE: Autograph Manuscript (2pp, folio) on one leaf.

[Harry Harkness Flagler, fabulously-wealthy son of the founder of Miami and Palm Beach, Florida.] Autograph Letter Signed to Mrs Helen Lossing Johnson, explaining why he declines to buy the New York diaries and other material she has sent him.

Author: 
Harry Harkness Flagler (1870-1952), President of Philharmonic Symphony Society of New York, son of Henry Morrison Flagler (1830-1913), founder of Standard Oil and of Miami and Palm Beach, Floriida
Publication details: 
5 January 1933; on letterheads of 32 Park Avenue [New York].
£120.00

Harry Harkness Flagler was son and heir to one of America’s greatest fortunes, inheriting the sumptuous Whitehall estate in Florida (now the Flagler Museum). The recipient was the wife of Frank Edgar Johnson, whose obituary is in New York Times, 5 December 1932 (‘Yonkers life insurance man was an authority on birds’). 6pp, four of which in 12mo and two in 8vo. On two bifoliums, each with the final page of text written lengthwise across the central opening. In envelope, with post mark and stamp, addressed by Flagler to ‘Mrs.

[Henry Le Jeune, Victorian artist, Curator of the Royal Academy Painting School.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘H. Le Jeune’) to his client ‘L. Colles Esqr.’, seeking to make arrangements for a viewing of ‘The Bather’.

Author: 
Henry Le Jeune (1819-1904), ARA, Victorian artist noted for his historical and genre paintings, Curator of the Royal Academy Painting School
Publication details: 
6 September 1861; 27 Oakley Villas [Adelaide Road, London].
£45.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of mount to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded twice. Le Jeune’s handwriting is strangely childlike. The recipient is not named. He begins: ‘Dear Sir / Your little picture of “The Bather” has been finished some time, & I should be glad to shew it you at your earliest convenience.’ He briefly suggests arrangements for a showing.

[George Jackson Flemwell, artist; Skiing] Long Autograph Letter Signed (‘G. Flemwell.’) to H. Stuart Thompson, discussing plans for his ‘Alpine Flowers and Gardens Painting’, mentioning Henry Correvon and skiing; with ALS from Thompson.

Author: 
George Flemwell [George Jackson Flemwell] (1865-1928), artist [Harold Stuart Thompson (1870-1940), botanist; Henry Correvon, Swiss botanist; Switzerland; Swiss alps; skiing]
Publication details: 
Flemwell’s letter to Thompson: 16 November 1910; Villars-sur-Ollon [Switzerland]. Thompson’s letter to Cox: 16 July 1938; 11 Buckingham Place, Clifton [Bristol].
£90.00

An interesting letter from Flemwell, written while working on his 1910 A. and C. Black book ‘Alpine Flowers and Gardens Painted’. In good condition, with envelope carrying Swiss stamps and postmarks, addressed to 'H. Stuart Thompson Esqre. / Forest View; / Vale Rd.; / Upper Parkstone; / Dorset.' 4pp, 12mo. Eight-six lines of text, including pencil postscript.

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