[Axel Munthe] Eight Typed Letters Signed from Axel Munthe, author of 'The Story of San Michele', written in a charming and entertaining style to his young friend 'Miss Judith' - Judith Masefield, daughter of the English poet laureate John Masefield.

Axel Munthe [Axel Martin Fredrik Munthe] (1857-1949), Swedish physician and author of 'The Story of San Michele'] [Judith Masefield (1904-1988), daughter of the Poet Laureate, John Masefield]
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Written from Italy and London in 1930 and (perhaps) 1931.

'The Story of San Michele' is one of the most popular works of the twentieth century, and this delightful correspondence bears ample testimony to the extraordinary allure of its author. The eight letters are entirely legible, in fair condition on aged paper. They total 3pp. in folio, and 8pp in 4to. The sequence is tentative, none of the letters giving the year. The numerous errors, in large part due to Munthe's growing blindness, are largely unnoticed in the following transcripts. Letter One (2 pp, 4to). 'Rome Villa Svezia Via Aldrovandi 27 Feb 8 [1930]'.

[William Black; Shakespeare's daughter] Part of Autograph Manuscript Draft of his novel 'Judith Shakespeare, A Romance' (concerning William Shakespeare's daughter). With emendations, and variations from published version.

William Black (1841-1898), Scottish novelist and journalist [William Shakespeare and his daughter Judith]
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Without date or place, but part of the manuscript of a book published in London in 1884.

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded twice. 68 lines of text, written in a minute, neat hand. Folded twice. Black has numbered the page at top right '206'. The text begins: '[...] seemly and maidenly thing [...]', and ends 'she seemed to know beforehand what he had to say.' Black's entry in the Oxford DNB describes his 1884 novel 'Judith Shakespeare: A Romance' (published in America with the subtitle 'Her Love Affairs and Other Adventures') as 'a romance about the dramatist's daughter'.

[Printed conference papers.] International Women's Year 1975. Papers from three seminars on women: Development, Equality, Peace. [With circular letter from Chairman June Chabaku and others to T. N. H. Punt Janson, Deputy Minister for Bantu Education]

Judith Stiehm; Stella Sigcau; Lucy Mvubelo; Jane Raphaely; Fatima Meer; Deborah Mabiletsa; Beryl Mullins; Punt Janson [International Woman's Year 1975; University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg]
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Held at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, August 1975. Circular letter from S.A. Centre for IWY., 607 Diakonia House, 80 Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, 2001 Johannesburg, South Africa; 10 November 1975.

110pp., foolscap 8vo. Mimeographed 'copy of all the talks delivered at the series of Seminars held at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, on the 9th, 16th and 30th August, 1975'. In original blue printed card wraps. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Fifteen contributors: Marian Nell; Senator Anna Scheepers; Stella Sigcau, M.P.; Professor Lily Gerdes; Margaret Lessing; Nabawaya Wessels; Professor Catherine Smith; Lucy Mvubelo; Margaret Naidoo; Jane Raphaely; Professor Judith Stiehm; Joan Phillips; Beryl Mullins; Fatima Meer; Deborah Mabiletsa.

Part of letter ('Ju: Milbank') from Lord Byron's mother-in-law the Hon. Lady Judith Milbanke, requesting the recipient's support for her husband in 'the approaching Election for the County of Durham'.

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Seaham. 27 October 1806.

Lower part of letter with ruled border, laid down on part of leaf from autograph album. Dimensions: 7.5 x 18.5 cm. Lightly aged and ruckled. Reads: '<...> your support at the approaching Election for the County of Durham - having for so long possessed the confidence of this County, it is his utmost ambition to have it continued and should he be honoured with yours, it will be considered the highest obligation | I am Sir | Your faithful Servant | [signed] Ju: Milbank | Seaham | Octr: 27. 1806.' Contemporary ink note reads: '[Lady Milbanke afterwards Lady Noel Milbanke, mother of Lady Byron.]'

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