1951

[Sir Hugh Casson, architect and writer.] Three Autograph Letters (one 'Hugh Casson', one 'Hugh', the other unsigned) to playwright Christopher Fry, intimate letters, two with crude drawings ('The Toft' and an owl).

Author: 
Sir Hugh Casson [Sir Hugh Maxwell Casson] (1910-1999), architect, interior designer, artist and writer [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright]
Publication details: 
Two on his letterhead, 6 Hereford Mansions, Hereford Road, London W2. All undated (one circa 1995).
£120.00

All three in good condition, and written in a hurried, untidy hand. The first two on letterheads, the third on the back of a card. ONE: To 'Christopher!' 1p, landscape 12mo. Unsigned. With crude humorous drawing of Fry's house 'THE TOFT' (in East Dene, Sussex) on the crest of a hill, with a line of 'Fry Pilgrims' (depicted as dots) wending their way to it. He thanks him for his 'lovely birthday poem A great honour & pleasure to receive'. Conclusion of letter illegible. TWO: Signed 'Hugh Casson'. 1p, landscape 12mo. Begins: 'So sorry to hear from C. C.

[Christopher Fry's Festival of Britain play 'A Sleep of Prisoners'.] Unique volume with corrected script, ephemera, photographs, signatures of actors and audience including John Gielgud, Edith Evans, Sybil Thorndike, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh.

Author: 
Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright; John Gielgud; Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Sybil Thorndyke, Edith Evans, Ronald Searle, Joyce Grenfell, Cecil Beaton [Festival of Britain]
Publication details: 
'A Festival of Britain Production': London, Oxford and elsehwere. 1951 and 1952.
£1,680.00

It is difficult to do justice to this unique volume, which not only contains the script of the play, with Fry's autograph emendations, but also the signatures of those connected with the production, along with those of a host of theatrical luminaries including Olivier and Gielgud, Edith Evans and Sybil Thorndyke; sixteen large black and white photographs (fourteen production stills by Houston Rogers, a portrait of three of the actors by Cecil Beaton, and a portrait of Fry himself); associated ephemera including the programme and reviews, and a manuscript mock-up poster; and correspondence by:

[The Abadan Crisis and the British Foreign Office.] Two typewritten Foreign Office briefing documents (two 'RESTRICTED') for British Army 'R.A.E.C. Instructors', including 'A general note on Persia and the Persian oil question' and 'Persia - Oil Di

Author: 
The Abadan Crisis and the British Foreign Office [Anglo-Iranian Oil; Persia; Persian]
Publication details: 
[British Foreign Office, Whitehall, London.] Main document by 'GSI | 29 May 51' [29 May 1951]
£250.00

The three items are in good condition, lightly aged and worn. From a batch of Foreign Office documents, including material from the Information Research Department (for whose activities, financed from the budget of the Special Intelligence Service, otherwise MI6, see The Times, 17 August 1995; and also Michael Cullis's obituary of Sir John Peck in the Independent, 20 January 1995). The purpose of the material would appear to have been to prepare British Army officers for the possibility of armed intervention in Persia following the nationalisation of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.

[Abadan Crisis and UK Foreign Office.] Three typewritten Foreign Office briefing documents (two 'RESTRICTED') for British Army 'R.A.E.C. Instructors', including 'A general note on Persia and the Persian oil question' and 'Persia - Oil Dispute'.

Author: 
The Abadan Crisis and the British Foreign Office [Anglo-Iranian Oil Company; Mohammed Mossadegh; Persia; Persian; Special Intelligence Service (M6)]
Publication details: 
[British Foreign Office, Whitehall, London.] Main document by 'GSI | 29 May 51' [29 May 1951]
£500.00

The five items (two maps are included in addition to the three documents) are in good condition, lightly aged and worn. From a batch of Foreign Office documents, including material from the Information Research Department (for whose activities, financed from the budget of the Special Intelligence Service, otherwise MI6, see The Times, 17 August 1995; and also Michael Cullis's obituary of Sir John Peck in the Independent, 20 January 1995).

[ Festival of Britain, 1951. ] Printed 'Festival of Britain | May 3 - September 30, 1951 | Information Summary'.

Author: 
[ Festival of Britain, 1951 ]
Publication details: 
Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Messrs. Fosh & Cross Ltd., London for Festival of Britain 1951, 2 Savoy Court, W.C.2. [ Dated '3/51', i.e. March 1951. ]
£100.00

16pp., 12mo. Stapled pamphlet. In fair condition, aged and dogeared. Cover reads 'FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN | MAY 3 - SEPTEMBER 30, 1951 | INFORMATION SUMMARY'. The lettering of the words 'FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN' is in the distinctive style, and the festival's logo is on the back cover. A list of contents on the second page includes an introduction on 'The Festival Organisation', information on events around Britain, 'Travelling Exhibitions' (including the 'Festival Ship Campania'), 'The Churches' Participation', and sections on books, films and 'Admission Charges'.

Typed 'Confidential Report' by Charles E. Fraser, Chief Photographer, on 'Subject: Comprehensive Photographic Record for posterity of the South Bank Exhibition Festival of Britain 1951', with 'Estimated Cost of Photographic Record Operation'.

Author: 
Charles E. Fraser, Chief Photographer of the Festival of Britain, 1951
Publication details: 
[Festival of Britain, London.] 4 August 1951.
£120.00

4pp., 8vo. Stapled. Carbon of original typescript, with indentations showing on the reverse. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with rust spotting from staple, and punch holes in margin. The report covers the first three pages, and is dated at the end '4th August, 1951'. It is headed 'Charles E. Fraser, Chief Photographer, Lennox Gardens | Director of Exhibitions | Confidential Report | Subject: Comprehensive Photographic Record for posterity of the South Bank Exhibition Festival of Britain 1951'.

Mimeographed typed transcription of a discussion on the BBC Home Service chaired by William Pickles: 'Taking Stock on the Budget', with the speakers Paul Bareau, Lord Chorley, H. D. Dickinson, Lord Hailsham, H. D. Hughes and Donald McLachlan.

Author: 
['Taking Stock', BBC Home Service, 1951; British Broadcasting Corporation; Hugh Gaitskell; William Pickles; Paul Bareau; Lord Chorley; H. D. Dickinson; Lord Hailsham; H. D. Hughes; Donald McLachlan]
Publication details: 
'12 April, 1951. 2115-2200 GMT. HOME SERVICE'. With compliments slip of the British Broadcasting Corporation.
£180.00

13pp., foolscap 8vo, each on a separate leaf. Compliments slip printed in blue. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Headed 'TRANSCRIBED FROM A TELEDIPHONE RECORDING'.

Copy of typed speech by the Labour politician and jurist Lord Chorley, intended to have been delivered in the House of Lords but not used, giving 'reasons why Mr. W. S. Morrison should not have been nominated for Speaker of the House of Commons'.

Author: 
Robert Samuel Theodore Chorley (1895-1978), 1st Baron Chorley, legal scholar and Labour politician [William Shepherd Morrison (1893-1961), 1st Viscount Dunrossil, Conservative politician]
Publication details: 
Dated 'House of Lords | 1st November, 1951'.
£120.00

Following the 1951 General Election, Morrision was proposed as Speaker by the victorious Conservative Party, against convention. An election among MPs followed, with Morrision winning against the Labour candidate Major James Milner. 2pp., 4to. Fair, on aged and lightly-creased paper. At the head of the first page Chorley has written the words 'not used'. The first paragraph reads: 'There are a number of reasons why Mr. W. S.

[Colonial Reports, British Guiana 1951.] Colonial Office Report on British Guiana for the Year 1951.

Author: 
Colonial Office Report on British Guiana, 1951
Publication details: 
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1953.
£56.00

8vo: 129 pp + 3 pp of advertisements at end, followed by fold-out map in black, red and blue, 'Published by Directorate of Colonial Surveys'. Four pages of plates at centre, consisting of eight photographs. In original buff printed wraps. The book very good on discoloured high-acidity paper, with map and plates very good on better paper. Scarce.

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