Literature

[Sir Osbert Sitwell, author and brother of the poet Edith Sitwell and art critic Sacheverell Sitwell.] Black and white publicity photograph, supplied by his publishers Macmillan and Co.

Author: 
Sir Osbert Sitwell [Sir Francis Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell, 5th baronet] (1892-1969), writer, brother of the poet Edith Sitwell and art critic Sacheverell Sitwell
Osbert
Publication details: 
Dated on back 25 August 1949. ‘From MACMILLAN & Co., Ltd., / St. Martin’s St., London, W.C.2.’
£50.00
Osbert

See his entry, and those of his siblings, in the Oxford DNB. A 15.5 x 20 cm black and white print, on glossy paper. Worn at edges, and with staining to blank area at top left. Stamped by the publishers on the reverse with ‘Sir Osbert Sitwell. Bt. / 25. 8. 49.’ There is a possibility that this is a signature by Sitwell, but the letter ‘O’ and other features are not quite right.

[Henry Williamson, novelist and ruralist, author of ‘Tarka the Otter’.] Long typewritten description of his farm, Bank House, Botesdale, Suffolk, with autograph emendations, intended to aid its sale, but surprisingly readable.

Author: 
Henry Williamson (1895-1977), English novelist, naturalist and ruralist, best-known for his book ‘Tarka the Otter’
Williamson
Publication details: 
No date or place. [1950; Bank House, Botesdale, Suffolk.]
£180.00
Williamson

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. According to Anne Williamson’s 1995 biography, Williamson decided on the spot to purchase the farm at Bank House, Botesdale, Suffolk, when his car broke down across the road from it in July 1945. The purchase price was £1700. Five years later he decided that the farm ‘could be honourably sold and he could become a full-time writer again’. It was sold in September 1950 for £2,600, although, as Anne Williamson notes, and the present item makes clear, a higher price had previously been considered. The present item is a 3pp, 4to.

[Henry Williamson, English author best-remembered for his 'Tarka the Otter'.] 77 pages of typescript from ‘A Fox Under My Cloak’, the fifth novel in the sequence ‘A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight’, with extensive autograph emendations and deletions.

Author: 
Henry Williamson (1895-1977), English novelist best-remembered for his 'Tarka the Otter'
Williamson
Publication details: 
Undated. In envelopes with postmarks of 10 March 1955 (Georgeham) and 15 March 1955 (Barnstaple). The second with his autograph address: 'H. Williamson / Georgeham, N. Devon.'
£950.00
Williamson

Asee image of[339]See Williamson’s entry by his daughter-in-law Anne Williamson in the Oxford DNB, together with her 1995 biography of him. The present tranche of material gives a marvellous insight into the working processes of a fine - perhaps even a great - English writer, in addition to showing the gestation of one of the finest novels of the First World War.

[William Plomer, poet and novelist, Benjamin Britten’s librettist.] Autograph Letter Signed to the autograph collector Eileen M. Cond, apologising for his ‘ordinary’ signature.

Author: 
William Plomer [William Charles Franklyn Plomer] (1903-1973), English poet and novelist, born in South Africa, Benjamin Britten’s librettist [Eileen M. Cond, autograph collector]
Plomer
Publication details: 
27 August 1936; c/o Jonathan Cape Ltd, 30 Bedford Square, WC1 [London].
£56.00
Plomer

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice for postage. Reads: ‘Dear Miss Cond, / I have pleasure in sending you my signature. As you will see, it is quite an ordinary one. / Yours very truly / William Plomer’. The signature is in fact rather stylish in an understated way, and the underlining has two small curls in it. In ink on otherwise-blank reverse, by someone who misread the signature: 'William Ploms'. See Image.

[Lady Charlotte Bury, Regency novelist of the ‘Silver Fork’ school.] Autograph Letter in the third person, requesting that Sir William Hamilton subscribes to a forthcoming work by her.

Author: 
Lady Charlotte Bury [Lady Charlotte Susan Maria Bury, née Campbell] (1775-1861), Regency ‘Silver Fork’ novellist and diarist, lady in waiting to George IV’s wife Queen Caroline
Bury
Publication details: 
26 August 1831. 3 Park Square, London.
£50.00
Bury

The daughter of the fifth Duke of Argyll, Lady Charlotte bore eleven children to her two husbands, and was forced to write novels by her first husband’s death and second husband’s profligacy. See her entry in the Oxford DNB. 4pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Neatly attached by a paper hinge to part of a leaf from an album. Begins: ‘Lady Charlotte Bury presents her Compts to Sir William Hamilton, & takes the liberty of soliciting for the honor & favor of his name, as a subscriber to a work by Lady Charlotte of which the enclosed Prospectus gives every particular.

[Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of the popular children’s books ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’ and ‘The Secret Garden’.] Autograph Note in the third person, accepting ‘Mrs Macheles kind invitation’.

Author: 
Frances Hodgson Burnett [née Frances Eliza Hodgson] (1849-1924), British-American author of the children’s novels ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’, ‘A Little Princess’, and ‘The Secret Garden’
Burnett
Publication details: 
No date. 23 Weymouth Street, Portland Place [London].
£56.00
Burnett

See her entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. On the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium, the blank second leaf of which has been glued to the first. There are also a number of vertical creases. Folded once for postage. Reads: ‘Mrs Hodgson Burnett has much pleasure in accepting Mrs Macheles kind invitation for Tuesday July 12th / 23 Weymouth Street / Portland Place’. See Image.

[Karl Elze, Shakespeare; Globe Theatre; Pamphlet] Eine Auffuhrung im Globus-Theater. Einleitender Vortrag bei der 14. Jahresversammlung der Deutschen Shakespeare-Gesellschaft am 24. April 1878. Separat-Abdruck aus dem Shakespeare-Jahrbuch Band XIV

Author: 
Karl Elze [Karl Friedrich Elze (1821 – 1889) was a German scholar and Shakespearean critic].
Elze
Publication details: 
No publisher given but Printed Leipzig, Druck von Metzger & Wittig. No date.
£85.00
Elze

Pamphlet, 20pp., 8vo, grey wraps, stained, front wrap detached. WorldCat and COPAC appear to record a 32 page edition (1879, 1879). See image.

[Religious Tract Society, London.] Seventeen uncommon printed tracts, variously in poetry and prose, including ‘Give it up? - No, never! or, The History of John Brook’ and ‘The Two Colliers; or, The Power of Religion in the Hour of Danger.’

Author: 
Religious Tract Society, London; W. Clowes and Sons; A. Applegarth; J. and C. Evans; J. Davis
Publication details: 
None dated (1820s and 1830s). All 17 titles sold by The Religious Tract Society, at the Depository, 56 Paternoster-row, London. A total of seven with three London printers: W. Clowes and Sons; A. Applegarth; J. and C. Evans. (J. Davis, bookseller.)
£250.00

Seventeen items, each 12mo, 8pp. All uncommon, and two (7 and 17 below) not listed on WorldCat or JISC LHD. All disbound and stabbed as issued. The collection in fair overall condition: some creasing and wear, and a few items discolored. Item 14 with grey staining to front cover. The first item with no illustration; the other sixteen each with a vignette on the front page. One item (4) with a second illustration in text. Item 2 with device of the RTS on the final page.

[Thomas Campbell, Scottish Romantic poet.] Autograph Letter, in the third person, to Campbell's publisher Henry Colburn, regarding an article by William Hazlitt.

Author: 
Thomas Campbell [Thomas Campbell(1777-1844), Scots Romantic poet; his wife, born Matilda Sinclair (c.1780-1828)] [Henry Colburn (1784-1855), London publisher; William Hazlitt, celebrated essayist]
Publication details: 
'Thursday 11 oclock / 10 Seymour St West [London] -'. [No year, but between 1825 and 1828.
£180.00

See his entry, and that of Colburn, in the Oxford DNB. Campbell agreed to edit Colburn’s ‘New Monthly Magazine’ in 1820, his first number in the post being that of January 1821, and the letter was presumably written between this period and Mrs Campbell’s death in 1828. The reference to ‘Mr Ollier’ would close the dates even further: the Oxford DNB’s entry for Charles Ollier (1788-1859) stating that, after financial difficulties, ‘by the autumn of 1825 he returned to the publishing trade as the chief literary reader and adviser to Henry Colburn in New Burlington Street’. 1p, 12mo.

[‘Make children as either-handed as our Creator intended’: the novelist Charles Reade urges parents to train their children to be ambidextrous.] Printed Victorian handbill circular: ‘CHILDREN SHOULD BE EITHER-HANDED.’ Signed and addressed by Reade.

Author: 
Charles Reade (1814-1884), Victorian novelist and playwright [ambidexterity]
Reade
Publication details: 
Dated in type 2 April 1878, from 19 Albert Gate, Knightsbridge.
£250.00
Reade

Excessively scarce, with no copy listed on either WorldCat or JISC LHD, and absent from Parrish (1940). Not only a desideratum of a leading Victorian author (at his height only equalled in financial success by Dickens, George Eliot and Wilkie Collins), but also a fine example of eccentric Victorian zeal pushed almost to the point of insanity. The earnestness of the present item suggests that it is satirical in intent, but this is not the case.

[Algernon Blackwood, celebrated ghost story writer.] Typed Card Signed to ‘Miss Cond’ [autograph collector Eileen Cond], thanking her for a card that has enchanted him.

Author: 
Algernon Blackwood [Algernon Henry Blackwood] (1869-1951) English ghost writer, one of the most celebrated and prolific in the history of the genre of supernatural fiction [Eileen Lond]
Blackwood
Publication details: 
15 December 1959; Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, W1 [London], with Paddington postmark.
£150.00
Blackwood

Blackwood’s entry in the Oxford DNB quotes H. P. Lovecraft’s opinion that he was the author of ‘some of the finest spectral literature of this or any age’. On post card with printed stamp. In good condition, lightly worn, on light-brown card. Addressed to ‘Miss Cond, / Deer Park, / Honiton.’ Apart from the signature, Blackwood has added quotation marks and dealt with two typing mistakes in autograph. Good firm signature. Reads: ‘Savile Club, 69 Brook St, W. 1.

[Michael Frankael, writer associated with Henry Miller.] Printed item: leaflet advertising his various publications, with ‘Press Opinions’ including Aldous Huxley, Havelock Ellis and Henry Miller.

Author: 
Michael Fraenkel (1896-1957), avant-garde writer and proprietor of the Carrefour Press, associated with Henry Miller
Publication details: 
No date [early 1940s]. Order from The Argus Book Shop, Chicago.
£50.00

6pp, 8vo: with three pages beside one another on each side of a strip that folds in on itself. In fair condition, on lightly worn and discoloured paper. Front page with ‘Michael Fraenkel’ and list of five publications: ‘Death Is Not Enough / (Essays in Active Negation) / Werther’s Younger Brother / (The Story of an Attitude) / Death In A Room / (Poems 1927-1930) / Bastard Death / (The Autobiography of an Idea) / Hamlet, Volumes I and II / with HENRY MILLER’.

[Printed pamphlet poem with note by ‘A. H. M.’, i.e. Alfred H. Mayhew, bookseller at 56 Charing Cross Road, London.] St. Patrick’s Breastplate [Adapted by Katherine M. Buck]. ['Made for the Wayland-Dietrich Saga'.]

Author: 
Katherine M. Buck; ‘A. H. M.’ [i.e. Alfred H. Mayhew, bookseller at 56 Charing Cross Road, London] [the Wayland-Dietrich Saga]
Buck
Publication details: 
‘PUBLISHED BY ALFRED H. MAYHEW / At the Sign of “The Smithy,” 56, Charing Cross Road, London, W.C.2. / 1926. / Printed in Great Britain by R. Stockwell, Baden Place, Crosby Row, S.E.1.’
£56.00
Buck

Five copies listed on JISC. Now scarce. 8pp, 16mo. Stitched pamphlet, on good wove paper. In fair condition, lightly aged, with small closed tear at head of first leaf. First two leaves with light crease. Enfolded in ‘wallet’ of the same paper, repeating the title on the front (differently positioned), and also giving the price as sixpence. The poem, covering pp.2-7, is in small print, and the first stanza reads: ‘I bind upon myself to-day / The Strength of the Holy Trinity: / That mighty Breastplate be my Stay! / I here invoke . . . I here confess . . .

[‘King of Redonda’: John Gawsworth, English poet.] Galley proof of his poem ‘Rest’ (‘Beneath the oaks the soldiers lie’) with one minor emendation.

Author: 
John Gawsworth [pseudonym of Terence Ian Fitton Armstrong (1912-1970)], English poet, author and ‘King of Redonda’ [New English Weekly, founded in 1932 by A. R. Orage]
Redonda
Publication details: 
No date [1940s]. Stamped ‘FOR & ON BEHALF OF / THE NEW ENGLISH WEEKLY. / 15 REGENT’S PARK TERRACE / GULiver 3875’.
£120.00
Redonda

On one side of a 12mo a piece of grey-green paper; creased, worn and torn at the bottom. A fifteen-line poem in five three-line stanzas, titled ‘REST’. At end: ‘JOHN GAWSWORTH’. Proof directions in pencil to convert a full-stop at the end of the fourth stanza to a comma. While the poet's attempt at direct simplicity verges on triteness, one should recall that he served manfully in the RAF: ‘Beneath the oaks the soldiers lie / Staring at the open sky / Drowsily, lazily. / Like England is this plot of green / But in the mountains all unseen / The guns’ complaint affects the scene.

[Printed pamphlet.] Shakespeare’s Handwriting / Facsimiles of the Five Authentic Autograph Sigatures of the Poet / Extracted from Sidney Lee’s ‘Life of William Shakespeare’. With cutting from 'The Academy' regarding the play 'Sir Thomas More'.

Author: 
[Sir Sidney Lee; William Shakespeare]
Shakespeare
Publication details: 
London / Smith, Elder & Co., 15 Waterloo Place / 1899. [Magazine cutting from 'The Academy', London, 1899.]
£80.00
Shakespeare

Now scarce. Among the six copies listed on JISC, only three (BL, Cambridge, NLW) are in the deposit libraries. Unpaginated 12mo pamphlet, w Iith page of contents, four pages of ‘Explanatory Note’ and three pages of facsimiles, on six leaves of shiny art paper, stitched into grey printed wraps with title on cover and two pages of advertisements at rear. In fair condition, lightly aged, in grubby wraps with tiny nick lost from bottom corner of front wrap.

[Froude; Carlyle; John Murray] Autograph Letter Signed J.A. Froude to Mrs [Alexander] Ireland about letters to Thomas Carlyle from [Robert?] Mitchell and [John] Murray (preparing an edition).

Author: 
James Anthony Froude (1818-1894), historian.
Publication details: 
31 March [no year given]
£280.00

One page (and a line/signature), 12mo, with thin neat strip of windowpane mount at edges, very good condition. Presumably Froude is preparing an edition of Carlyle's letters. Text: I returned yesterday from Madeira to find your letter. I shall be very glad indeed to see the papers in your possession. I have many letters from [John] Murray & [Robert?] Mitchell to [underlined] Carlyle. You must have the corresponding answers. You will allow me I presume to make copies [underlined]. They shall then be retrurned to you.

[B.R. Whiting; Australian Poet ] Large Archive of correspondence and poems in typescript (many unpublished.

Author: 
B. R. Whiting (1923-1988), Australian Soldier Poet.
Publication details: 
[Letters] 1976-1987.
£3,500.00

A significant archive of material relating to the Australian poet B. R. Whiting (1923-1988), from the papers of his close friend and mentor the English playwright Christopher Fry (1907-2005).

[Giulielmo Libri; 'Magnificent Collection'; Jesuits] MS., Title Dies illa Cantata [...] Lot No. 311 in the Auction Sale of the Magnificent Collection of [...] M. Guglielmo Libri [Full title below]

Author: 
[Giulielmo Libri; From his 'Magnificent Collection']
Publication details: 
MS. Seventeenth Century; [Sale] Leigh Sotheby & Wilkinson, London, 1859.
£280.00

One and a half pages, fol., bifoliate, join reinforced, creases on folds, signs of age, inc. sl. foxing, text clear. SEE IMAGE of Page One. Text of Entry in the Libri Catalogue: Dies illa Cantata dall'altra Religioni a Gesuiti nella Morte d'alcuni d'essi in Lisbona (in Latin and Italian verse) | folio. Saec.xvii ON PAPER. Auction Title: 311. Catalogue of the extraordinary collection of Splendid Manuscripts, Chiefly upon Vellum in various Languages of Europe and the East, formed by M. Guglielmo Libri.

[Peteris Cedrins [Peteris Cedrinš], Latvian-American poet and translator.] Collection of English language poetry typescripts, most apparently unpublished, including ‘A Working’ (8pp, in 20 sections) and ‘Aphrodite Weaning’.

Author: 
Peteris Cedrins [Peteris Cedrinš] (1964-2022), Latvian-American poet and translator
Publication details: 
Dating from between 1990 and 1992. From Latvia (Riga, Vilnius), Germany (Berlin), and US (Boston, Cambridge, Cruger Island, Glasco Turnpike Saugerties New York).
£1,500.00

Peteris Cedrins possessed an interesting dual heritage: born in the US to exiles from communism, he grew up in Chicago, was educated at Bard College (NYS), and settled in Latvia on the fall of the Soviet Union. He published in English and Lavian in the US, UK and Latvia. See the appreciative obituary by Jeffrey Sommers, posted on the ‘Counterpunch’ website on 11 August 2022: ‘Memoriam: Latvia’s Peteris Cedrins, Last of the National Poets’.

[Georgiana, Countess Spencer, mother of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire] Copy in her Fair Hand of the Ode by Mr Mason [Adapted] [William Mason, poet, divine, correspondent of Walpole, Gray etc.]

Author: 
Margaret Georgiana Spencer, Countess Spencer (née Poyntz; 8 May 1737 – 18 March 1814), English philanthropist.
Georgiana
Georgiana2
Publication details: 
May 1781. No. 59 in top corner (from album of commonplace book).
£220.00
Georgiana
Georgiana2

Entitled Hope - to the Dutchess of Devonshire (an Ode to her daughter adapted from Mason's Ode 13 or vice versa - see Note below.). Four pages, 4to, aged but clear and complete, fold mark, right edge uneven and glue remnant, from album of commonplace book presumably. Text begins: What magic warblings to my Ear and concludes 39 lines later (if I've counted correctly) [itself in quotation marks] Nor will I quit thee at the grave.

[Catherine Hutton; African Exploration] Holograph Manuscript Description and Statement to accompany an ALS [NOT PRESENT] of James Grey Jackson in an Album of her Renowned Collection of Autograph Letters.

Author: 
Catherine Hutton [ (1756 – 1846), novelist and letter-writer. [And Autograph-collector: During her lifetime she wrote to many famous people and collected over 2000 valuable letters.]
Hutton
Publication details: 
No place or date [Album leaf numbered 229, 230] SEE IMAGE for full text.
£260.00
Hutton

Catherine maintained frequent and regular correspondence throughout her life with family, friends and others, including famous contemporaries and she also collected autograph letters. She also travelled widely. A selection of her correspondence and other personal writings was published by her cousin Catherine Hutton Beale, in 1891, in Reminiscences of a Gentlewoman of the Last Century and this publication includes extracts from the diary and letters which form part of this collection. Statement in her hand [NOT signed].

[Thomas Hood, English poet.] Autograph Signature on valediction cut from letter.

Author: 
Thomas Hood (1799-1845), English poet, author of 'The Song of the Shirt' and 'The Bridge of Sighs', member of John Scott's 'London Magazine' circle
Hood
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£25.00
Hood

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. Rectangle of paper, evidently cut from a letter for an autograph hunter. Reads: ‘Yours truly / Tom Hood’. See image.

[William Harrison Ainsworth, Victorian historical novelist and close friend of Charles Dickens.] Autograph Letter Signed, inviting ‘Mrs Barlow’ and her husband ‘Mr. Fred. Barlow’ to dinner on his daughters’ return.

Author: 
W. Harrison Ainsworth [William Harrison Ainsworth] (1805-1882), Victorian historical novelist and close friend of Charles Dickens
Ainsworth
Publication details: 
22 October [no year]. 5 Arundel Terrace [Brighton].
£45.00
Ainsworth

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded for postage. Signed ‘W Harrison Ainsworth’. Signed ‘W Harrison Ainsworth’ and reads: ‘Dear Mrs Barlow / My Daughters return on the 30th. May[.] I therefore hope to have the pleasure of seeing you and Mr. Barlow at Dinner at a quarter after 9 o’clock on Saturday, 30th?’ See image.

[Charles Eliot Norton, American author; Authority on Dante] Substantial Autograph Letter Signed C.E. Norton to Paget Toynbee, 'the most influential Dantean scholar of his time', about Dante (of course).

Author: 
Charles Eliot Norton (1827 – 1908), American author, social critic, and Harvard professor of art
Publication details: 
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2 Febr. 1885.
£420.00

Four pages, 12mo, bifolium, fold marks, good condition. He is sending the three Reports of the Dante Society in reponse to Toynbee's request. In the last Report you will find a list of such publications on Dante or his works as have been made in America, which I truct may be useful to you. The 'Concordance' of which I sent you the specimen pages is advancing well, and will, if we can get it published, be a great boon to the most constant students of the D.C. | You have indertaken a great task [word crossed out] , and one of slow accomplishment.

[R. Upton, unrecorded employee of John Lane, publisher] Autograph Letter Signed R Upton to Dr Mario Borsa, journalist and editor, about the contract for the publication in Italian of Stephen Phillips' Herod. With Corsa's reply.

Author: 
R[ichard?]. Upton, unrecorded employee of John Lane, publisher [The Bodley Head].
John Lane
John Lane2
Publication details: 
[Printed Bodley Head heading] 17 January 1905.
£120.00
John Lane
John Lane2

[Upton] Two pages, 8vo, bifolium, good condition; [Corsa] One page on verso of Upton's first page. See images. [Upton] Italian rights of 'Herod' [underlined] Mr Lane has just sailed for New York but has instructed me to answer a letter received from Signor Bonaspetti raising certain questions as to the contract for the production of Mr. Stephen Phillips' 'Herod' in Italy. It seems better to write to you since you have so far carried on the negotiations. The questions are these [...] There follows two points (see images) with the letter concluding: To this Mr.

[Rudyard Kipling, Nobel prize winning author and poet.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rudyard Kipling') to Captain [Stowe?], concerning the his recent departure from Rottingdean (to Batemans) and continued interest in the Rottingdean Rifle Club.

Author: 
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), Nobel prize winning author and poet
Kipling
Publication details: 
[Headed] Bateman's Burwash, Sussex, 17 Oct. 1902.
£350.00
Kipling

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, fold marks. Twenty-nine lines of text in Kipling's neat and close hand. Text: Many thanks for your letter & enclosed slip. As you say, your competition is the First step in the right way: next comes the unknown range for the disappearing man. I am afraid you will find [masses?] of opposition from the 'crack' shots &c to whom the solemn ritual of [?] paint-box and all the rest of it has all the dignity of a 'sport'. Also the meagre scores will not 'look well in the papers'.

[Edward Bulwer-Lytton [Lord Lytton], popular Victorian novelist and politician who declined the crown of Greece, friend of Charles Dickens.] Autograph Note Signed (‘E B Lytton’) authorising entry to the Gallery of the House of Commons.

Author: 
Edward Bulwer-Lytton [Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton; Lord Lytton] (1803-1873), Victorian novelist and politician who declined the crown of Greece, friend of Dickens
Bulwer
Publication details: 
8 May 1866. On embossed letterhead of the Carlton Club [London].
£50.00
Bulwer

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In very good condition. Folded twice. Clear and neat signature beneath slightly-smudged text. Written on the verge of his removal from the House of Commons to the House of Lords. Reads ‘[Admiral Buser?] to Gallery of H of C / Tuesday May 8th. 1866 / E B Lytton’. See image.

[T. F. Powys [Theodore Francis Powys], novelist and short-story writer,] Neat Autograph Signature for an autograph hunter.

Author: 
T. F. Powys [Theodore Francis Powys] (1875-1953), novelist and short-story writer, brother of John Cowper Powys and Llewellyn Powys
Powys
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£25.00
Powys

For Powys and his two literary brothers see the Oxford DNB. On 11 x 9 cm piece of wove paper. The paper is discoloured with heavy spotting aroudnd the signature. Clearly a response to a request for an autograph, neatly written and centred on the paper, the only writing is the signature: ‘Theodore Frances Powys’. See image.

[Robina Forrester Hardy, Scottish poet and missionary.] Conclusion of Autograph Letter, with Signature.

Author: 
Robina F. Hardy [Robina Forrester Hardy] (d.1891), Scottish Victorian author, poet and missionary
Robina
Publication details: 
Without date and place.
£35.00
Robina

An 11 x 8.5 cm piece of paper, cut from a letter for an autograph hunter. In fair condition, lightly aged, and laid down on a piece of card which has chipped at the corners. The paper and its backing have a vertical crease through them. Reads ‘Excuse a very hurried letter & believe me / Very truly yours / Robina F. Hardy’.

[Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, Cornish man of letters, compiler of the classic ‘Oxford Book of English Verse’.] Autograph Letter Signed, reporting an attack of influenza and expressing ‘sincere pleasure’ at the a comment by the recipient.

Author: 
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch [Arthur Thomas Quiller Couch], Cornish man of letters, compiler of the classic ‘Oxford Book of English Verse’ (1900)
Quiller-Couch
Publication details: 
10 February 1897; on letterhead of The Haven, Fowey, Cornwall.
£45.00
Quiller-Couch

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged with patch of light sunning. Folded once. The recipient is not named. Reads: ‘Dear Madam / Forgive me for my delay in answering your letter. I have been laid up for a week or two with influenza & my correspondence has suffered in consequence. / And please believe that your words have given us sincere pleasure & that I am / Yours very faithfully / A. T. Quiller-Couch’. The hyphen in the signature is almost imperceptible. See image.

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