Literature

Autograph note, third person, to "Mr Byfield, Stationer".

Author: 
W.D. Adams.
Publication details: 
Great Queen Street, Monday, 10 March 1806.
£125.00

(See Boase, Adams b. 1775 d. 1862, confidential secretary to William Pitt [for whom Lady Hester Stanhope kept house for a time], May 1804-Feb.[Note] 1806). One page, 4.5 x 10", damaged and stained but text readable, most clear. As follows: "Lady Hester Stanhope has desired me to order the Morning Post [underlined] to be sent to her at Dawlish near Teignmouth Devonshire/ Have you done anything about the Port Folios[both words underlined] which I sent for some days ago?" Byfield appears in Brown's London Publishers.

autograph signature

Author: 
Winthrop Mackworth Praed
Publication details: 
two fragments of letter, both half an inch by three inches, Southampton, 6 November 1837
£20.00

English poet and essayist. On the first slip: 'Winthrop M. Praed'; on the second: 'Southampton November Six | 1837'. Both slips are discoloured from pasting in autograph album.

autograph note signed to unnamed correspondent

Author: 
Flora Annie Steel
Publication details: 
1p, 16mo, 19 November [no year], on blind-embossed letterhead Talgarth Hall, Pennal (telegram), Machynlleth
£25.00

Victorian novelist and satirist of the Raj. 'Dear Madam | I regret that I shall be away from England all winter | Yours truly | F. A. Steel." Creased, disoloured and docketed in pencil. Writing offset by folding of letter.

autograph note signed to <M S Shren Esq?>

Author: 
Douglas Jerrold
Publication details: 
1p, 16mo, 26 May [no date], Putney
£20.00

Victorian writer and humorist. Difficult handwriting. 'My dear Sir/ | Will Monday be equally convenient to you? If no I shall be happy to see you either here or in town, as shall best suit your leisure.' Docketed with large underlined '2' in blue pencil, creased and discoloured. Blank second leaf damaged by removal from album, and with glue stains and remains of blue paper.

part of autograph letter signed to James Perry editor of the Morning Chronicle

Author: 
Pryse Lockhart Gordon
Publication details: 
2pp, roughly 8vo (half of torn 4to sheet), place and date missing, but postmarked 6 March 1820
£100.00

Sct.-Belg. writer (DNB) Perhaps divided in preparation for publication. The following scored through: 'My dear Sir | The above transaction (bien bizarre), I had viva voce from Mr Troyaux - perhaps you will think it worthy of a place in the Chronicle - | I rejoice to find from your friend Mr Thomas Hill [bookcollector, DNB] that you continue going on well & I hope you will be able to make your intended trip to the <...>'.

small fragment of autograph letter signed, correspondent unnamed

Author: 
Helen Mathers
Publication details: 
2pp, 32mo, on mourning paper, without place or date
£25.00

Victorian novelist (Mrs Henry Reeves). Docketed 'Authoress of "Coming thro' the Rye"'. Signed 'Helen Reeves' and docketed 'nee Mathers'. Closing two lines of letter above signature, and on reverse five lines (referring to "the dreadful time of yours", partly covered by glued-on piece of paper. Creased and discoloured.

autograph note, third person, to "Miss Smith"

Author: 
Mrs Fenimore Cooper
Publication details: 
Saturday evening (no date)
£50.00

One page, 8vo, some pin-pricks not affecting text which runs as follows: "Mrs Fenimore Cooper presets her compliments to Miss Smith and thanks her for her politeness in sending the information respecting the femme de chambre of Miss Somerville. Had she known of it a little earlier, Mrs Cooper would hav ebeen very happy to have profited by it. But she had already engaged one when Miss Smith's obliging note was received.

Statement of Account

Author: 
Alexander Knox
Publication details: 
1839-1844
£45.00

Journalist and police magistrate (1818-1891). 2pp., 8vo. Statement of Account for contributions to the "Miscellany", countersigned by Know three times. "Wellesley" attributes the articles listed in these statements to John Hamilton Reynolds, Keats's friend.

autograph letter signed to [Joseph Kenny?] Meadows,

Author: 
G. Dance
Publication details: 
"Tuesday night, 23d. Feb." (docketted 1836).
£30.00

Dramatic author (so docketted). One page, 12mo. "On looking (as the young women say "promiscuously") over the list of your C. G. vice Presds. I do not perceive the name of my good friend the Duke of Beaufort - Has he never belonged to it? Or if not shall I ask him?" The reverse glued to the remains of the mount, with some slight loss (not affecting text) to one of the corners. Macready mentions Dance in his diary on a few occasions, without giving his first name in full.

The Rebels

Author: 
Alfred Neumann
Publication details: 
NY 1929
£40.00

Ist American (trans), no dw, some bumping, sp. sl. sunned, contents good. INSCRIBED by the author: "To Countess Marion Giordani (?) Orsini with kindest regard Alfred Neumann Florence, 7.VI.35"

Typed letter signed to a Mr Davidson

Author: 
Elspeth Huxley
Publication details: 
01/07/86
£40.00

Author. 2pp., 8vo, sl. soiled. She responds to commenmts about her "Four Guineas" and how Nigeria has changed, discussing the effects of technology on employment and her pleasure in gardening.

autograph poem signed,

Author: 
Brandon Thomas
Publication details: 
29 April 1895, on letterhead of the Hôtel Burlington, Boscombe, Bournemouth.
£30.00

English actor, playwright, songwriter (1856-1914). One page, 8vo. "Sir Maple is a handy man / And comfort round him spreads, / He furnishes on every plan / And also makes the beds." In bad condition, torn and holed by removal from mount, traces of which are glued to the reverse.

Northanger Abbey dramatised

Author: 
Jane Austen
Publication details: 
[1986]
£100.00

Note on front cover: "3rd draft-typed 3rd June 1986". Dramatised by Maggie Wadey, Rehearsal script, BBC2, director Giles Foster, 170pp, fol.

Autograph letter signed to [Rev. W. Tuckwell].

Author: 
F.W. Farrar
Publication details: 
Harrow, 1 April 1868.
£45.00

Divine, novelist, philologist and theological writer (1831-1903). He will get very great pleasure from being present at the laying of the foundation stone "of your new school" [in Taunton}. He goes on to describe the progress Harrow has made in science education ("All these changes are signs of the time". "I shall be very glad to have the honour of being present at the extension of a school so distinguished for efforts in this direction . . .". In a postscript he wonders if guest participation in a porcession involves "academical dress".

Autograph quotation signed.

Author: 
Martin F. Tupper.
Publication details: 
Brecon, 1858.
£25.00

Miscellaneous writer and inventor ( (1810-1889). One page, 8vo. Text as follows: "O glorious sea of mountains in a storm,/ &c &c/ Martin F. Tupper:/ for the Revd James Newman's Church Bazaar./ 1858 Brecon."

typed card signed to Robert Swan,

Author: 
Emlyn Williams
Publication details: 
17 June 1941, with Brixton postmark.
£15.00

Welsh actor, dramatist and theatre director (1905-1987). One page, 16mo. "I am afraid I am filming at the moment as well as playing in the theatre, and could not fit anything else in - I am so sorry."

ANS, 1p, 16mo, to unnamed correspondent

Author: 
George Manville Fenn (DNB), Victorian novelist
Publication details: 
10 March 1900, Isleworth
£25.00

Difficult handwriting. "Dear Sir | I wish <?> good government and Peace [last word underlined three times] | Faithfully Yours | Geo Manville Fenn"

ALS, 1p, 16mo, to Mr Balfour

Author: 
Mrs Humphry Ward [Mary Augusta Ward] (DNB), novelist
Publication details: 
27 June 1894, on letterhead "25 Grosvenor Place, S.W."
£25.00

Asks whether he is able to dine with them on 6 July. Neat square stamp in purple ink at head filled in in another hand with details of when received and answered. Small paper and glue mark at centre of otherwise-blank reverse.

16mo fragment of ALS to unnamed correspondent

Author: 
Sir Sidney Lee (DNB), editor of the Dictionary of National Biography and Shakespeare scholar
Publication details: 
no date or place
£20.00

"I will carefully consider the suggestion and if the need arise will communicate with you again. | Yours faithfully | Sidney Lee"

ALS, 2pp, 16mo, to unnamed correspondent

Author: 
Henry Reeve (DNB), editor of the Edinburgh Review
Publication details: 
16 Oct [no year], on letterhead "Foxholes, Christchurch, Hants."
£20.00

"I am laid up from the effects of an accidental blow on the leg." Is only writing to postpone the visit to 9 November.

ALS, 2pp, 8vo, to J. P. Cooke

Author: 
John Palgrave Simpson (DNB), dramatist and novelist
Publication details: 
04/10/83
£80.00

He has heard that "a prospectus of the Company now being formed for the establishment of an English Opera Theatre in London has been sent to you at Thurloe Square", but he sends another with a few words. "I think that we have undertaken a good work: and I feel confident that, were the Company established, we should prosper." Needs to fill list of shareholders by 13 inst. Asks his correspondent to take a few shares "for the love of an art, which, if not your own, is akin to it".

ALS in autograph addressed envelope, to Charles Williams of 28 Theobald's Road

Author: 
Montagu William Lowry Corry, Baron Rowton (DNB), politician and philanthropist
Publication details: 
2 October 1892, on letterhead "Ardverikie, | Kingussie, | N.B."
£50.00

Grubby and stained envelope addressed to Williams with "With a bag." in top left-hand corner. "The proof of your remembrance of your kind promise to me reached me just as I was leaving London, for a few days in this region. | I place your volumes on the shelves of my humble library with real satisfaction: for I am very pleased to have such a Token of your approval of my enterprize, and of your willingness to cooperate in making it a success. I hope to open - without any "ceremony" - possibly even in this month". Before they begin work he will ask him to visit Rowton House again.

ANS, 1 page, 16mo, addressed to "Mr. Williams | at [the wine merchants] Messrs. Clarke & Barlow's"

Author: 
Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (DNB), judge and author
Publication details: 
Monday Morning [no date], 2 Elm Court Temple
£100.00

"Will you be so kind as to send me to this place, a dozen of the finest Champagne in the urse of the Morning? If you have any still Champagne I should prefer it provided it is of the best quality; but this, I fear is out of the question. Send the Bill with the Wine."

16mo fragment, in two pieces, of ALS to unnamed correspondent

Author: 
Alfred Noyes (DNB), English poet
Publication details: 
11 May 1932, Southwell St Lawrence
£20.00

The two pieces are attached on the reverse by gummed paper. The first is the head of the letter, giving place and date, and the second the conclusion, with Noyes' signature.

ALS, 1p, 16mo, to "My dear Harry"

Author: 
Captain George John Whyte-Melville (DNB), novelist and poet
Publication details: 
Shrove Tuesday [no year], <Roughton?>
£35.00

"No Bye day!" He saw Charles Payne the day before. "It is freezing here with Arctic severity & I tremble for Friday and Saturday". Signed "J W Melville". Mounted on a piece of card.

2 ANS to unnamed correspondents and one autograph address, "H. Cholmondeley <Parnell?> Esq. | The Admiralty"

Author: 
Charles Hamilton Aidé [Charles Hamilton Aide] (DNB), author and musician
Publication details: 
10 June 1889, Queen Anne's Mansion, and 1 July [no year], 68 Jermyn Street
£50.00

The 1889 note: "Let me know whether you care to publish poetry - I can send you 3 stanzas". The other note: "I regret much that I am already engaged to dinner on Tuesday. If it were probable that yr party sat late into the night I would gladly join you in the coffee state of yr festivities". Two items,

Autograph Note Signed to an Editor.

Author: 
John Stuart Blackie.
Publication details: 
University of Edinburgh/24 Hill Street, 30 Dec. no year.
£35.00

1809-1895, Scottish professor and man of letters (DNB). Two pages, 8vo, minor defects, text clear and complete. He sasy that he has been reading the fourth edition of "Tyndall's Address" and written some remarks whioch would make 6 or 7 pages of his correspondent's "Review" (Edinburgh? No mention in Wellesley 1). He wonders if his correspondent would like it.

Hawaiian Grammar.

Author: 
Anon.
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£50.00

Typescript, 12pp., 4to, cover/title spotted, contents good.

Autograph note signed to the Earl of <Belfort?>.

Author: 
John Cam Hobhouse.
Publication details: 
No place, 28 Feb. 1846[0?].
£35.00

Statesman, friend of Byron (1786-1869). One page, 8vo, staining, but text clear and complete: Alas my dear Lord I have not got such a thing as an Assistant Surgeoncy in my gift."

Autograph Note Signed

Author: 
V.S. Pritchett.
Publication details: 
No date.
£25.00

Short story writer and essayist (1900-1996). 8vo, to “Mrs Biggs”, appreciating her enjoyment of “the Russian books”, mentioning an error in his review of them, and recommending that she read Leskov about whom he hopes to write.

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