Literature

Autograph Letter Signed to (“The Revd. Mr Hepburn”).

Author: 
George Wallace.
Publication details: 
28/02/63
£100.00

Scottish poet and legal writer (-c.1805). 3pp., 4to, some damage and staining partially obscuring text. He writes initially of being elected to the “Kelso folly”, not wishing to be re-elected. He moves on to a matter which will involve the court of session, explaining that “the patrons as well as all the parties interested are by a ...(?) barred from appearing to prosecute”. He then discusses the signing of the “definitive treaty” on which he and his correspondent disagree, leaving posterity to judge its usefulness.

Autograph Notes Signed (x 2) to “Lady Catherine” and “Farquhar”.

Author: 
W.H. Mallock.
Publication details: 
8 Aug. 1891, 16 Jan. 1906.
£40.00

Writer (1849-1923). 1 & 2pp., 8vo, good. In the former, he gives details of his movements in the expectation of a meeting. In the latter, he describes his plans and, when he has been able to “get at” his copies of his book, he will send him one.2 items,

Autograph Letter, third person, to “Mr Cawood”.

Author: 
Alaric A. Watts.
Publication details: 
No date.
£40.00

Poet and journalist (1797-1864). 2pp., 8vo, good. Watts accepts an invitation and gives his excuse for not responding earlier in rather more words than appear necessary.

Autograph Letter Signed to "Bill", (Wynyard, soldier and cricketer[?])

Author: 
Horace Annesley Vachell.
Publication details: 
12 June (n.y.[1906])
£25.00

Novelist (1861-1955). 3pp. ea., 8vo, good. He cannot accept Bill’s invitation because he has arranged to play in a cricket match. He has been accumulating material for a book on Brittany(“By ‘serious’, I mean not a novel!), and reports on the success of The Face of Clay (published 1906).

Autograph Note Signed to an unnamed correspondent

Author: 
Edward Jesse.
Publication details: 
25/02/58
£25.00

Writer on natural history (1780-1868). One page, 8vo, good. He thanks his correspondent for his “interesting pamphlet” and discusses rough drawings of swans he is sending him.

Autograph Notes Signed to “Fred” (Peake) and to an unknown correspondent.

Author: 
Edmund Yates.
Publication details: 
19 Dec. 1876 and 14 Feb. 1885[?].
£50.00

Novelist, dramatist and journalist (1831-1894). One page each, 8vo, good. In the first, he is sorry that “Fred” has been bothered in a particular“matter”. In the second, he says simply “Here is the Valentine you askfor”.

Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent,

Author: 
Richard Monckton Milnes.
Publication details: 
n.o date, [early 1847?],
£30.00

Lord Houghton, poet and politician (1809-1885). 2pp., 8vo, damp-staining not obscuring text, inviting his correspondent and wife to the debate on the occupation of Cracow at the House of Commons, giving directions for a meeting afterwards.

Autograph Letter Signed and Typed Note Signed to Henry Polak, formerly Gandhi's right-hand man in South Africa

Author: 
Salvador de Madariaga,
Publication details: 
1948
£150.00

Spanish author. Two pages, 4to. He writes concerning the World Unity Movement of which Polak is a sponsor, criticising the Chairman, James Avery Joyce. With: a TLS, 2pp., 4to, from Joyce to Polak referring to a note he has received from de Madariaga (copy enclosed) and describing his difficulties in finding a speaker. He also asks for his expenses from an American trip which de Madariaga found offensive.

Autograph Quotation Signed.

Author: 
Catherine Sinclair
Publication details: 
15/06/60
£25.00

Scottish novelist (1800-1864). One page, 8vo, good. She quotes Shakespeare’s “What’s in a name?” and appends hersignature.

Autograph Note Signed to Lady Holland, society hostess.

Author: 
Richard “Conversation” Sharp.
Publication details: 
10 July (n.y.).
£50.00

Politician and critic (1759-1835). One page, 12mo, good. He regretfully declines her invitation claiming a prior engagement.

Autograph Letter Signed to “Paulet” (superscription “P. Redway”[?]).

Author: 
Sydney Smith
Publication details: 
03/12/40
£75.00

Canon of St Paul’s and wit (1771-1845). One page, 4to, good. some damage, slightly affecting the text, traces of mounting. Smith outlines his travel plans, including a visit to his correspondent. He continues, “We talk of nothing now but bombarding & it is supposed that Troy would have been under such a Cannonade have been taken in 15 or 20 minutes”.

Autograph Note Signed to May [Irving?].

Author: 
Anne Ritchie.
Publication details: 
No date.
£35.00

Novelist and biographer, daughter of W.M. Thackeray (1837-1919). 2pp., 12mo, good. She commends a doctor to May’s mother, Mrs Irving.

Autograph Note Signed to an unknown correspondent.

Author: 
S.C. Hall.
Publication details: 
Art Journal Office, 15 June (n.y.).
£30.00

Irish author and editor (1800-1889). One page, 8vo, good. He is thanking his correspondent on behalf of his wife for his contributionof a “little picture . . . in aid of the governess asylum”.

Autograph Letter Signed to H.C. Bowen, American publisher and editor.

Author: 
Edward Clodd
Publication details: 
Tufnell Park, 6 June1878.
£45.00

Banker and writer (1840-1930). 2pp., 8vo, good. He is asking friends to his home for “chat and supper”, including Bowen.He gives minute directions how to get to his house in Tufnell Park.

Autograph fragment.

Author: 
Walter Scott.
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£35.00

On an envelope Scott has written "George Thompson Esq / Trustees Office", someone has typed "Envelope addressed by Sir Walter Scott" at the tope, and the paper used as a envelope, c. 4 x 6", is laid down on another piece of paper the reverse of which has gluey remnants.

Signature.

Author: 
Thomas Hughes.
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£45.00

Novelist. Signature with part of subscription ("yours truly / Thos Highes"), on piece of paper c.1.5 x 0.75", good condition.

Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent (Dr Therrison?)

Author: 
Louisa Fairlie.
Publication details: 
Chevely Park, no date.
£45.00

Editor of "Portraits ef the Nobility" and "Portraits of the children of the nobility" (1838). Three pages, 4to, small tears on folds but good condition. She promises Miss Therrison some autographs [perhaps the poets she edited for the above-mentioned book?] and declines an invitation on behalf of her son. She finds her current home "salubrious" for her children and herself. "John likes his occupations here and has received the most flattering letters of approval from the D. of Rutland." She concludes with the cold weather there and in Hampstead.

Autograph Note Signed to N. Shearing.

Author: 
Richard Garnett.
Publication details: 
British Museum, 2 Jan. 1892 (printed heading).
£35.00

Librarian and author. "I shall be very happy to conduct the members of hte South Place Ethical Society over the Library, at any time that may be mutually arranged."

Pen and ink sketch signed "GAB".

Author: 
Gilbert a Beckett.
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£120.00

Paper, c.6.5 x 4.5", fold mark, some foxing, but image bold and clear of people on the sea-front pulling and pushing an invalid chair against a fierce gale which has caught an umbrella, a fish, a handbill, etc. The sub-title reads "I [underlined] got a nice little airing! / Yours ever / GAB."

Typed Letter Signed ro S. Graveson.

Author: 
St John Ervine.
Publication details: 
Honey Ditches, Seaton, Devon, 11 August 1931.
£45.00

Author and drama critic (DNB). One page, 4to, good condition. He thinks that "the man who alters the view of life of the world is a more important person" than the rose-grower "who makes his neighbourhood fragrant". Those who initiate are few. Hw would rather see wages increased, and the purchasing power of hte masses. He disklikes the tendencu to giving "bad value for money" - e.g. in his childhood the milkman would give extra just iun case of a shortfall. Today, it's exact measure or less.

Signature.

Author: 
Edna Lyall.
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£20.00

Paper, c.4 x 3.5", good condition, at the top of which the authoress has signed her real name and her pseudonym "Ada Ellen Bayly. / Edna Lyall."

Signature.

Author: 
Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
Edward Bulwer Lytton signature
Publication details: 
71 Marina, St Leonards on Sea, Sussex, no date.
£25.00
Edward Bulwer Lytton signature

Novelist. Text: "Yours / E Bulwer Lytton / 71 Marina / St Leonards on Sea / Sussex", clipped part of letter, c.4 x 2", laid down on similar sized card, fold mark but clear.

Autograph Letter Signed to "Mr Dickinson".

Author: 
Juliana Horatia Ewing.
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£50.00

Author. Two pages, 8vo, good condition. She can't accept an invitation because she and her sister are going away the following day. Her other sister has sent an enclosure to him. And her sister Undine thanks him for thinking of her. She concludes "Please forgive a rather muddled note. My head is stupid with work & the fog has not helped to clear it."

Signature.

Author: 
Matthew Arnold.
Publication details: 
06/12/60
£45.00

Signature, "Faithfully yours / M. Arnold", on laid down piece o fblue paper, c. 2 x 1", accompanied by another small portion of the same letter with date 6 Dec. 1860, and a blind-stamp, "Privy Council Office"

Autograph Fragment.

Author: 
S.T. Coleridge.
Publication details: 
[1828].
£250.00

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet. A fragment cut from a letter, c. 6" long and from 0.5 to 0.75" wide, with vestiges of hte laying-down process and small tear. Text:" P.S. Derwent! James Coleridge has written to his Brother, that / your wife is beautiful, unaffected, good, & an ornament to our / Family.-" I am informed by Professor James Mays, editor of the "Works" of Coleridge, that "Derwent was married on 6 Dec. 1827 . . . and the letter must date from very soon after 28 April 1828 when C's brother James paid STC a surprise visit at Highgate."

Autograph Note Signed to [Maurice] Codner, artist.

Author: 
Ian Hay.
Publication details: 
Garrick Club, 17 April 1946.
£25.00

Ian Hay Beith, novelist. Two pages, 8vo. He is sending one of his books, "The Lighter Side of School Life" since Codner has expressed a desire to read it. He gives instructions about how he should return it.

Signature only.

Author: 
Hall Caine.
Publication details: 
No date.
£15.00

Novelist. Card, c.3.5 x 2.5", verso has traces of the laying down processs., slightly soiled by signature clear.

Autograph Note Signed to "Miss Daniel".

Author: 
Neil Bell.
Publication details: 
Devon, 18 Dec. 1958.
£30.00

Novelist. One page, 8vo. She has obviously asked him for a copy of his "So Perish the Rose" but he says that it has "long been out of print & copies are extremely difficult to come by as I well know for I have been trying to get one for some time."

Autograph Note Signed to S. Colllinson, poet.

Author: 
"Festus" Bailey
Publication details: 
13/01/70
£50.00

P.J. Bailey, Poet. One page, 8vo, letter in good condition, the name "'Festus' Bailey" in red ink top left corner. He thanks his correspondent for a "little volume of poems" which have given him pleasure, and many of which "give evidence of pure and true feeling & graceful fancy". Collinson published a volume called "Autumn Leaves" in [1869] in London and _Nottingham_. Presumably he was a fellow-townsman of Bailey's.

Autograph Note Signed to "Mr Davies".

Author: 
Michael Arlen.
Publication details: 
The May Fair Hotel (headed notepaper), 23 March (no year).
£35.00

Novelist. One page, 8vo. "Thank you so much for your appreciative letter."

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