BOARS

[Laurence Binyon, poet.] Two items: Autograph Letter Signed ('Laurence Binyon.') to Lady Keeble, i.e. the actress Lillah McCarthy, with copy of playbill for his 'The Young King', performed at John Masefield's 'Music Room, Boars Head'.

Author: 
Laurence Binyon [Robert Laurence Binyon] (1869-1943), poet, British Museum Keeper of Prints and Drawings [Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble] (1875-1960), actress; John Masefield, Poet Laureate]
Publication details: 
20 November 1924; on embossed British Museum letterhead.
£180.00

ONE: Letter. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins, with reference to the play for which Item Two is the handbill: 'Dear Lady Keeble, | Will you accept this little book – my latest poem – as a souvenir of last Thursday and as a token of gratitude for your beautiful speaking of my lines?' He hopes she is 'better', and thinks that 'it is sad to think that you are missing your engagements'. Postscript: 'The shirt arrived safe. Thanks so much.' The 'little book' referred to by Binyon is presumably 'The Sirens: an Ode', published in 1924 in Chelsfield by the Stanton Press.

[Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble], actress.] Autograph speech made by her at a lunch for Poet Laureate John Masefield, with two items relating to Masefield's 'English Verse Speaking Association'.

Author: 
Lillah McCarthy [Lady Keeble] (1875-1960), actress associated with G. B. Shaw and her husband Harley Granville-Barker [John Masefield, Poet Laureate, and his English Verse Speaking Association]
Publication details: 
Speech made at the Town Hall, Hereford, 23 October 1929, The two English Verse Speaking Association items undated, but from around the same time.
£380.00

Lady Keeble and Masefield were, as she states in the speech, 'close friends and comrades in work', as well as neighbours on Boars Hill, Oxfordshire. ONE: Unpublished speech. 12pp, 12mo. On twelve leaves torn from an accounts book. Written in a hurried untidy hand, with several emendations. The start in particular is much reworked, with an abandoned version on the facing page. The speech itself is 11pp, paginated 1-11. The recto of the first leaf carries the following, in another hand: 'Speech made by Lady Keeble at Hereford – at Luncheon given by the Mayor. Mrs Luard.

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