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[Sir Edward Elgar, celebrated composer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ed: Elgar'), exhorting G. Robertson Sinclair to 'Bring DAN!' to a rehearsal to hear 'his tune', with note in another hand explaining how Sinclair's bulldog Dan inspired Elgar.

Author: 
Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934), celebrated composer [George Robertson Sinclair (1863-1917), Hereford Cathedral organist]
Publication details: 
No date. With Malvern and Hereford postmarks, both dated 24 September 1898. Anonymous explanatory note dated 26 August 1907.
£3,200.00

In the present letter Elgar would appear to be referring to the rehearsals for his cantata 'Caractacus', the first performance of which Elgar conducted at the Leeds Festival on 5 October 1898. As the explanatory note that accompanies the letter explains, Elgar took inspiration from Sinclair's bulldog Dan, described by him as 'a well-known character'. For example the eleventh of the Enigma Variations was, Elgar explained, suggested by Dan 'falling down the steep bank into the River Wye; his paddling upstream to find a landing-place and his rejoicing bark on landing'. 1p, 12mo.

[ 'Jimmy Lynton' (Charles Parsons), actor-manager, grandfather of Tony Blair. ] 34 Typed Letters and 14 Typed Cards (thirty-two signed), to theatrical bookseller Barry Duncan, on his life story, theatre history, etc. With copies of Duncan's letters.

Author: 
'Jimmy Lynton' [ stage name of Charles Parsons (1887-1970) ], English actor-manager and journalist, grandfather of British , Labour Party prime minister Tony Blair
Publication details: 
All correspondence from 20 The Common, Ealing, W5 [ London ]. Between 1956 and 1969. Duncan's letters from London and Southampton.
£450.00

34 Typed Letters (25 signed) and 14 Typed Cards (6 signed). Most of the 31 signatures 'Jimmy', but a few signed 'Jimmy Lynton' and 'Jimmy L.' The collection in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Long gossippy letters, mainly comprising theatrical reminiscence, often with reference to his regular column in 'The World's Fair, called 'P & Fs'. Also present are 37 carbon copies of letters to Lynton from Duncan, covering the same date range, also filled with theatrical information (Duncan was also a theatre historian and author of a book on the St James' Theatre).

[ Walter James Macqueen-Pope, theatre historian. ] Two Typed Drafts of article: 'It Was Top of the Bill | The Story of Music Hall.' One draft with autograph emendations. With copy of covering letter to Greville Poke, editor of 'Everybody's' magazine.

Author: 
W. Macqueen-Pope [ Walter James Macqueen-Pope ] (1888-1960), theatre historian
Publication details: 
Drafts without place or date. Covering letter to Poke dated 20 January 1951 [ without place ].
£450.00

ONE: The earlier of the two drafts, titled 'It Was Top of the Bill | The Story of Music Hall. | by | W. Macqueen-Pope.' 14pp., 4to. Paginated 1-12, with two further pages carrying material to be inserted. With a few autograph emendations, including an addition to the ending. Macqueen-Pope writes knowledgeably and with a passion for his theme, which is that 'Music Hall reflected public taste even more accurately than did the "legitimate" Theatre because it was created by the people themselves. The basis of the Drama of the Theatre - was religion.

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