RACHEL

['Mademoiselle Rachel' of the Comédie-Française, stage name of Elisabeth Félix, celebrated French actress of Jewish extraction.] Autograph Note Signed ('Rachel') [to a theatre manager], asking for a 'bonne stalle' to be given to 'jeune Michel Lévy'.

Author: 
'Mademoiselle Rachel' of the Comédie-Française, stage name of Elisabeth Félix (1821-1858), celebrated French actress of Jewish extraction
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No date or place.
£120.00

From the celebrated Monckton Milnes collection. Sir Mountstuart E. Grant Duff quotes this 'characteristic' note from memory in his 'Notes from a Diary' (1897), in recalling looking through Lord Houghton's 'most remarkable' collection of autographs at Fryston in January 1870. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, with paper stub from album adhering to one edge. Folded twice, causing the ink to offset onto a blank part of the leaf. Reads: 'mon bon monsieur donnez une bonne stalle au jeune Michel Lévy et Dieu ne vous la rendre pas | Rachel'.

[ 'Sarah Gainham' [ Rachel Ames ], novelist and journalist. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Sarah Gainham') to 'Miss Cond' [ Eileen M. Cond ], announcing the near-completion of the third novel in her 'Night Falls on the City' trilogy.

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'Sarah Gainham', pseudonym of Sarah Rachel Stainer Ames (1915-1999), British novelist and journalist, author of 'Night Falls on the City' (1967)
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On her cancelled letterhead, Am Platz 4, Vienna 13, Austria, 'as from: Trieste, Italy.' 22 May [ 1969 or 1970 ].
£35.00

1p., landscape 12mo. She thanks her for her 'kind note', is glad she enjoyed 'A Place in the Country', and is returning her bookplate 'signed as requested'. 'The third part of the trilogy will, I hope, be ready for publication next year. As yet it has no title, although nearing completion.' A Place in the Country was published in 1969, and the third volume in the trilogy, Private Worlds, in 1971. Apparently 'Eileen Cond was a book collector who sent out her bookplate to her favorite authors, many of whom signed and returned them to her.'

Original photograph of the 'First group of boys for Canada from the Hampton Home' [the Hampton Training Home for boys], run by Joseph Merry and his wife Rachel Merry (sister of Annie Macpherson), with George Thom.

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[The Hampton Training Home for boys [Hampton Home]; George Thom; Joseph Merry and his wife Rachel Merry (sister of Annie Macpherson [Annie Parlane Macpherson]); Home of Industry; Canadian emigration]
Publication details: 
Circa 1870.
£280.00

Landscape photograph, 19.5 x 14.5 cm, laid down on a piece of thin card cut from an album, 18 x 21 cm. Around sixty boys are posed in four rows in front of a grand house, with two masters to the right and two to the left, and with a fifth in the centre of the group. The group are surprisingly fat-faced, posing sulkily in jackets, with some waistcoats and tam o'shanters. Five more boys look out of a downstairs window, three from an upstairs window, and one peeks out from behind the front door.

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