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[Charles Kean and his wife Ellen Tree prepare to return from America.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rt. Clarke.') from Robert Clarke to Benjamin Webster, asking on Kean's behalf for 'information respecting Theatres in England', discussing Kean and wife.

Author: 
Robert Clarke, actor-manager, Theatre Royal, Liverpool [Charles Kean (1811-1868), actor-manager, son of Edmund Kean, husband of Ellen Tree (1805-1880); Benjamin Webster (1797-1882), actor, dramatist]
Publication details: 
2 Bladud Buildings, Bath. 27 December 1846.
£80.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium, endorsed 'Clarke' on reverse of second leaf. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded three times. The letter begins: 'My dear Webster, | Charles Kean has requested me to give him information respecting Theatres in England, in which it is probable he may form engagements on his return from America, as he wishes his plans to be arranged if possible previous to his departure from the United States, so as he may see his way clearly on his arrival in England.' He asks whether it would answer Webster's purpose 'to make any proposal to him'.

[Joyce Grenfell, comedian.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Joyce Grenfell') to 'Mr Chipp', gracefully explaining her reasons for having to refuse for a second time his 'kind invitation'.

Author: 
Joyce Grenfell [Joyce Irene Grenfell, née Phipps] (1910-1979), comedian, monologist, actress and singer
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Flat 8, 34 Elm Park Gardens, Chelsea, SW10 [London]. 27 May 1960.
£30.00

1p, 16mo. In fair condition, folded once, with two punch holes at margin, one affecting a word of text. She states that it is kind of him to ask her again, and she feels 'very churlish in having to say NO a second time', but her 'autumn-winter plans are complicated by a big concert tour & a lot of other [pro]bable dates', so she must reluctantly refuse his invitation.

[Joyce Grenfell, comedian.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Joyce Grenfell') to 'Mr Willmot', discussing her religious faith ('being a believer') and answering a question about a music hall recitation.

Author: 
Joyce Grenfell [Joyce Irene Grenfell, née Phipps] (1910-1979), comedian, monologist, actress and singer
Publication details: 
19 December 1968. No place.
£80.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once with two punch holes in margin, one affecting two words of text. A fascinating letter, in which Grenfell discusses her faith with great seriousness. She begins by stating that she is going to give the answers to the questions in his letter. Firstly she apologises for not knowing 'the recitation from which you quote.

[Lord Campbell [John Campbell, 1st Baron Campbell], Lord Chancellor, Liberal politician, and legal historian.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Campbell') to 'R. Wedgwood Esq', regarding his presenting petitions on the Common Law Procedure Bill.

Author: 
Lord Campbell [John Campbell, 1st Baron Campbell] (1779-1861), Lord Chancellor, Liberal poltician, and legal historian
Publication details: 
Stratheden House [Knightsbridge, London]. 24 March 1854.
£40.00

4pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Addressed to '[R.?] Wedgwood Esq'. The letter begins: 'Dear Mr Wedgwood | I have presented the Petitions with which I was intrusted on the subject of oaths. | The clause in the Common Law Procedure Bill certainly is very far from affording complete redress – but I should think the more expedient course will be to abstain for the present from [voting?] in a general measure upon the subject.

[James Kenney, Irish dramatist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jas Kenney.') to 'Loo Loo' ('Mademoiselle Holcroft'), i.e. wife Louisa, discussing their home situation, education of children, theatrical affairs, personal news.

Author: 
James Kenney (1780-1849), Irish dramatist [Thomas Holcroft (1745-1809), author and radical]
Publication details: 
Versailles. 15 June 1822.
£350.00

3pp, 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed, with Versailles postmark, on reverse of second leaf, 'A Mademoiselle Holcroft | Chateau de Pinon | près | Chavignon | Dep. de l'Aisne'. The background to the letter requires some explanation. In 1812 a prosperous Kenney had married Louisa Mercier (c.1780-1853), daughter of the French dramatist Louis-Sébastien Mercier (1740-1814), and fourth wife and widow of the playwright Thomas Holcroft, a leading radical who had assisted his friend Thomas Paine publish 'The Rights of Man'.

[James Kenney, Irish dramatist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jas Kenney.') to book-collector and bon-vivant Thomas Hill, playfully explaining that he has no portrait to offer ('I am now pluming my Crest for the first Painter that comes across me').

Author: 
James Kenney (1780-1849), Irish dramatist [Thomas Hill (1760-1840), book-collector and bon-vivant]
Publication details: 
9 Southampton Buildings [London]. 15 December 1806.
£220.00

For information on Kenney and the recipient Thomas Hill, see their entries in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 4to. Bifiolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed, with postmark, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Thos. Hill Esqr | Queen Hith' [i.e. Queenhithe, London]. Hill had presumably requested a representation of Kenney, and the tone of the letter is that of one man of the world addressing another, accurately caught by a dramatist: 'Dear Sir, | I have just received your note of the 10th.

[C. E. M. Joad, philosopher on 'The Brains Trust'.] Typed Letter Signed ('C E M Joad') to BBC producer Hugh Burnett, suggesting changes to the next in a series of talks he is giving.

Author: 
C. E. M. Joad [Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad] (1891-1953), philosopher on the BBC radio programme 'The Brains Trust' [Hugh Burnett (1924-2011), BBC producer]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 4 East Heath Road, Hampstead, N.W.3. 14 August 1951.
£35.00

Joad's rise and fall are admirably described in Jason Tomes' entry on him in the Oxford DNB. The present letter was written after the disgrace which followed his 1948 conviction for fare-dodging. Not only was Joad dropped from the programme which had made him a nationwide celebrity, 'The Brains Trust', as a result, but his well-founded hopes of a peerage were dashed. It is interesting to note from the present letter that Joad continued to work for the BBC after his disgrace. The letter is 2pp, landscape 12mo. In fair condition, aged and creased, with two punch-holes at head.

[Edward Laman Blanchard, playwright.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. L. Blanchard') to 'C. Osborne', explaining his plans for the Era Almanack, while regretfully declining his offer of literary assistance.

Author: 
E. L. Blanchard [Edward Litt Laman Blanchard] (1820-1889), playwright and author, for 37 years writer of the Drury Lane pantomimes
Publication details: 
London Road, Rosherville, Kent. 27 August 1867.
£80.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. 'My dear Sir | The Era Almanack will entirely consist of Theatrical information and general literature is not contemplated in the plan. Otherwise I need hardly say I should have been most happy to have availed myself of your aid.' The Era Almanack ran from 1868 to 1919, and was one of the more reliable theatrical annuals.

[Robert Harling, typographer who may have served as model for James Bond.] Typed Letter Signed ('Luv Robert') to the bookseller Percy Muir, on his eightieth birthday, discussing their lives and criticising their old friend, Ian Fleming's wife Ann.

Author: 
Robert Harling [Robert Henry Harling] (1910-2008), typographer, designer, journalist and novelist, friend of Ian Fleming and possible model for James Bond [Percy Muir (1894-1979), bookseller]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Glebe House, Godstone, Surrey. 17 January 1975.
£450.00

See Harling's entry in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. The salutation ('My dear Percy'), valediction ('Luv Robert'), and one additional word in autograph; the rest typed. He begins by thanking Muir for a copy of 'PHM 80', the volume celebrating Muir's eightieth birthday.

[Rudyard Kipling, Nobel prize winning author and poet.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rudyard Kipling') discussing – as if it was fact – events in his first novel 'The Light That Failed', and stating: 'Men have the worst kind of memories for past sins.'

Author: 
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), Nobel prize winning author and poet
Publication details: 
Brattleboro, Vermont, U.S.A. 4 December 1892.
£850.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with tape staining at gutter, and traces of paper (with the device of Kipling's publishers Macmillans) stuck to the blank reverse of the second leaf. Thirty-eight lines of text in Kipling's neat and close hand. The recipient is not named. The subject of the letter is the plot of Kipling's first novel, The Light That Failed, and specifically the events of the fourteenth chapter, with Kipling jokingly addressing the question as if it were a matter of fact and not of fiction, and in the process casting light on his narrative intentions.

[Sir Tom Stoppard, playwright.] Autograph Signature ('Tom Stoppard') to a limited edition printed handbill of a passage about the merits of a cricket bat, from his play 'The Real Thing'.

Author: 
Tom Stoppard [Sir Tom Stoppard, born Tomas Straussler] (b.1937), Czech-born British playwright [the game of cricket]
Publication details: 
No place or date (but after 1982). At foot: 'Printed by permission of Faber & Faber Ltd' and 'Of an edition limited to 500 this is no. 401'.
£50.00

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with creasing at edges. Signed at bottom right in red ink. Limited edition numeration added with a stamp. Beneath the heading 'The Real Thing' in block capitals, a characteristically-quirky eighteen-line quotation of a speech made by 'Henry', while 'holding his cricket bat', ending: 'This isn't better because someone says it's better, or because there's a conspiracy by the MCC to keep cudgels out of Lords. It's better because it's better.'

[Sir Fleetwood Edwards, Keeper of the Privy Purse, and an executor of Queen Victoria's will.] Autograph Note in the third person, as 'Lieut: Colonel Sir Fleetwood Edwards', informing 'Miss Hogarth' that the Queen has instructed him to return a letter

Author: 
Sir Fleetwood Edwards [Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Fleetwood Isham Edwards] (1842-1910), Keeper of the Privy Purse, Extra Equerry, and an executor of Queen Victoria's will
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Privy Purse Office, Buckingham Palace, S.W. [London] 25 February 1898.
£35.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with stub from mount adhering to one edge. Reads: 'Lieut: Colonel Sir Fleetwood Edwards begs to thank Miss Hogarth for her letter of the 22nd. Inst. and to return the enclosed letter, which The Queen did not desire to keep, as Her Majesty has the one which she intended to retain.'

[Monk Gibbon, 'The Grand Old Man of Irish Letters'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Monk Gibbon'), to 'Prof Brunbaugh', regarding 'a copy of a short poem' he has made for her, and the reason for his 'rudeness' in replying to his letter late.

Author: 
Monk Gibbon [William Monk Gibbon] (1896-1987), Irish poet and prolific author, dubbed 'The Grand Old Man of Irish Letters', second-cousin of William Butler Yeats
Publication details: 
24 Sandycove Road, Sandycove, Co. Dublin. 10 November 1970.
£50.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-creased grey paper. Addressed to 'Dear Prof Brunbaugh'. He explains that Brunbaugh's letter of 19 September 'went into a large collective envelope marked “For attention”', adding 'You can guess what that means. It is lucky ever to have come out.' He has 'made a copy of a short poem' for Brunbaugh, and hopes that he will go and see him when he next comes to Ireland.

[ Suard ] Autograph Note Signed "Suard" referring to "Monsieur Panckoucke" and Rousseau. In French, some of which had me struggling.

Author: 
Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Suard (1732–1817), French journalist, translator and man of letters during the Age of Enlightenment.
Publication details: 
A Paris 13 aout 1777.
£450.00

One page, 8vo, small chip, otherwise complete and in good condition. "J'ai recu de Monsieur Panckoucke la [somme?] de Douze cent cinquante livres pour [...?] premiers moin de cette annee de la redevance du Journal historique & politique de Geneve,. Sur laquelle [fourni?] de 1250 il a ete deduit celle de cent livres pour [...] de la redevance de M. Rousseau." Signature of Suard followed by "fol.311".

[ Suard ] Autograph Note Signed "Suard" referring to "Monsieur Panckoucke" and Rousseau. In French, some of which had me struggling.

Author: 
Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Suard (1732–1817), French journalist, translator and man of letters during the Age of Enlightenment.
Publication details: 
A Paris 13 aout 1777.
£450.00

One page, 8vo, small chip, otherwise complete and in good condition. "J'ai recu de Monsieur Panckoucke la [somme?] de Douze cent cinquante livres pour [...?] premiers moin de cette annee de la redevance du Journal historique & politique de Geneve,. Sur laquelle [fourni?] de 1250 il a ete deduit celle de cent livres pour [...] de la redevance de M. Rousseau." Signature of Suard followed by "fol.311".

[Sir Edward Hobart Seymour, Admiral of the Fleet.] Autograph Signature ('E. H. Seymour. Admiral.') cut from letter to Sir Arthur Davidson.

Author: 
Sir Edward Hobart Seymour (1840-1929), Admiral of the Fleet, Royal Navy officer who led mission to relieve Peking Legations during Boxer Rebellion [Colonel Sir Arthur Davidson (1856-1922), equerry]
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£25.00

On 4 x 10 cm slip of paper, with corners cut off to make a rectangular octagon. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Reads: 'Your's [sic] truly | E. H. Seymour. Admiral.' The other side of the slip has parts of the leaf's black mourning border, and the name of the recipient, who was the Queen's equerry: '[?] Her Majesty in 1891. | Lt. Col. A Davidson | C. V. O.'

[Theatre Royal, Williamson Square, Liverpool: details of benefits.] Autograph Letter from 'Edwd. Murray' to Vernor & Hood, proprietors of ''The Monthly Mirror', giving a 'correct Statement of Benefits at the Liverpool Theatre (this season)'.

Author: 
Theatre Royal, Williamson Square, Liverpool [Edward Murray; Vernor & Hood, London publishers]
Publication details: 
[Theatre Royal, Williamson Square] Liverpool. 20 September 1800.
£120.00

1p, 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, and folded several times. The main text reads: 'Gentn | By inserting the following correct [last word underlined] Statement of Benefits at the Liverpool Theatre (this season) in your next Mirror you'll particularly oblige your most obt. Servt. | Edwd. Murray'. Beneath this is a list of the names of 15 individuals, with the amount of money made by each one's benefit, coming to a total of £2665. The list begins with 'Miss Murray £263' and ends with 'Mr Simmons 101'. The penultimate entry is for 'Mr Wild (Prompter) 103'.

[John Fawcett, actor and playwright.] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Fawcett'), as Treasurer of the Covent Garden Theatrical Fund, to 'C Perkins Esq', regarding money 'intended for the Widow Paulo', and the sending of account books.

Author: 
John Fawcett (1769-1837), actor and playwright associated with the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden
Publication details: 
'Botley Southampton | (The proper way to direct to me) | 9 Sepr 1835'.
£50.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight wear at head repaired on reverse with archival tape. The context of the letter is explained in Fawcett's entry in the Oxford DNB: 'In September 1829 Fawcett was superseded in the management of Covent Garden […] the theatre in which he had been a main prop for thirty-nine years. With a salary of £100 a year allowed him as treasurer and trustee of the Covent Garden Theatrical Fund he retired to a cottage at Botley, near Southampton.' The letter begins: 'Some weeks back I enclos'd you a draft for £10 intended for the Widow Paulo.

[Marie Lohr, Australian film and stage actress.] Autograph Card Signed ('Marie Löhr') to 'Miss Johnson'

Author: 
Marie Lohr [Marie Löhr] (1890-1875), Australian film and stage actress
Publication details: 
Bexhill-on-Sea postmark; 27 August 1920.
£45.00

Postcard with printed stamp. In good condition, on aged paper. Address by her to 'Miss Johnson [identified in pencil as Isa Johnson] | 23 Weltje Road | Hammersmith | London - W'. The card reads: 'My thanks for your letter - I am sorry I did not see you to speak to the other day. I hate leaving here in next few days it has done me such a lot of good.'

[Mary Elizabeth Robinson, author, daughter of George IV's mistress Mary 'Perdita' Robinson.] Autograph Letter in the third person to the bookseller James Carpenter, asking for three of her mother's works, 'uniformly bound', for a Christmas present.

Author: 
Mary Elizabeth Robinson (1774-1818), author, daughter of Mary 'Perdita' Robinson (c.1757-1800), poet ('the English Sappho'), actress and mistress of George IV [James Carpenter, London bookseller]
Publication details: 
'Englefield Cottage | near Egham | Surry'. No date [postmark 14 December 1803].
£80.00

1p, 4to. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with two postmarks (one from Egham) to 'Mr Carpenter | Bookseller | Old Bond Street | London'. Aged and worn, with Carpenter's spike-hole through one word of text. Reads: 'Miss Robinson will be obliged to Mr Carpenter, to send her the following works of her Mother's, uniformly bound – Together with the account of them: - Miss R must have them before Christmas day. | Viz. - | “Herbert De Sevrac” | “Vancenza” | “Angelina”'.

[Sir John Hare, actor-manager, to Willy Clarkson, theatrical wigmaker and homosexual blackmailer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Hare'), giving instructions on a wig 'of great importance', required for an American tour.

Author: 
Sir John Hare (1844-1921), actor and manager of the Garrick Theatre, London [Willy Clarkson [William Berry Clarkson (1861-1934), theatrical wigmaker and costume designer, homosexual blackmailer]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'Mr. John Hare's Autumn Provincial Tour, 1900' (Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester). 15 September 1900.
£80.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter casts an interesting sidelight on the practicalities of the late-Victorian theatre. He begins by explaining that he is sending back a wig he made for him, which was 'an admirable one in every way', and asking that he make him 'one like it for America & to bestow your best skill on it as it is of great importance to me'. He instructs him to 'make the wig a shade darker, something of the color it is dyed behind, & put a little natural white hair on the temples each side'.

[James Hogg, 'the Ettrick Shepherd', Scottish poet and author.] Autograph Signature from letter.

Author: 
James Hogg (1770-1835), 'the Ettrick Shepherd', Scottish poet, novelist and essayist
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£100.00

Good clear signature on one side of slip of paper, an irregular rectangle roughly 1.5 x 12.5 cm. In fair condition, aged and worn, with traces of mount on reverse. Reads: 'Your's [sic] most affectionately | James Hogg'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Ch. Fechter.') to an unnamed 'dear Friend', describing himself as 'so young a fellow as your devoted comrade, now writing', and expressing 'profound and hearty friendship'

Author: 
Charles Fechter [Charles Albert Fechter] (1822-1879), French actor and playwright who found enormous success in Britain and America
Publication details: 
No place. 25 October 1861.
£50.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Begins: 'My very dear Friend, | I lack words to express my real gratitude for your heartfelt kindness to so young a fellow as your devoted comrade, here writing'. He hopes for an opportunity to show proof of his 'profound and hearty friendship'. He ends with renewed thanks, and 'sincere loves [sic] to your good Wife and dear self'.

[Cosmo Hamilton and his 'Eugenic play'.] Autograph Letter Signed to J. L. Garvin, editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, regarding his play 'The Blindness of Virtue', with reference to eugenicist Caleb Saleeby.

Author: 
Cosmo Hamilton [born Henry Charles Hamilton Gibbs] (1870-1942), playwright and novelist [James Louis Garvin (1868-1947), editor of the Pall Mall Gazette; Caleb Saleeby (1878-1940); eugenics]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Whiteleaf, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire. 'Monday' [1914]
£45.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded twice. The letter begins: 'When my Eugenic play “The Blindness of Virtue” was first produced at the Little Theatre two years ago [i.e. in 1912] (about which Dr Saleeby [i.e. eugenicist Caleb Saleeby (1878-1940)] wrote very kindly & in great agreement in the P. M. G) you were kind enough to send a member of your staff to see me for a talk.' He explains that since that time he has had the play 'in the United States & Canada where it is still running & I have many more things to say about it & those places'.

[Augusta, Lady Gregory, leading figure in Irish Literary Revival.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A Gregory') to 'Miss Wheeler', discussing her method of collecting the words of Aran folk songs, and her neglect of the 'folk airs'.

Author: 
Augusta, Lady Gregory [née Persse] (1852-1932), leading figure in Irish Literary Revival, co-founder of Irish Literary Theatre and Abbey Theatre with William Butler Yeats and Edward Martyn, folklorist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Coole Park, Gort, Co. Galway. 25 October [no year].
£600.00

4pp, 12mo, with postscript crosswritten at head of first page. Bifolium on grey paper. In fair condition, aged and worn, with traces of tape from mount along gutter, which has damage at head.

[Christopher Fry edits, as 'A. H. Harris': the Birth of a Literary Career] Thirteen numbers (1-11, 16, 17) of the 'Bedford Modern School Gazette', with 'B.M.S. Gazette Supplement'.

Author: 
Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright, [born Arthur Hammond Harris]; Bedford Modern School
Publication details: 
[Bedford Modern School.] Nos 1-11 (Feb. 1925 to July 1927): Printed by the "Bedfordshire Standard" Newspaper Co. (1913), Ltd, Bedford. Nos 16 (Oct. 1928) and 17 (Dec. 1928): Printed by the County Press (Bedford) Limited. Supplement: 30 March 1926.
£750.00

Fourteen items, all 8vo. Seven numbers (4-9 and 16) are 16pp; number 17 is 26pp; other numbers range from 8 to 12pp, except for the 'B.M.S. Gazette Supplement' (30 March 1926) which has 4pp. The first five numbers on cheap newspaper stock; from the sixth number onwards the paper quality improves. Number 17 ('Special Christmas Number') has lost its back cover. The other thirteen numbers are complete. A frail survival, in fair overall condition, on aged and worn paper. Numbers 4-11 with 'Eagle' masthead, otherwise no settled layout.

[Lord Anson [Thomas Anson, 1st Viscount Anson], Whig politician.] Autograph Note in the third person, apologising for inability to meet 'the Mayor Elect of Yarmouth'.

Author: 
Lord Anson [Thomas Anson, 1st Viscount Anson] (1767-1818), Whig politician
Publication details: 
Shugborough. 6 September 1815.
£120.00

1p, landscape 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. Laid down on part of leaf from album. Reads: 'Lord Anson presents his Compts. to the Mayor Elect of Yarmouth is extremely sorry it will not be in his power to have the Honor of waiting upon him on the 29th. of this Month'.

[Nelson describes his victory at the Battle of Copenhagen.] 'Extraordinary' number of 'The London Gazette', containing accounts of the engagement by Nelson and his commanding officer Sir Hyde Parker.

Author: 
Admiral Lord Nelson [Horatio Nelson] (1758-1805); Sir Hyde Parker (1739-1807), Royal Navy admiral, Nelson's superior at the Battle of Copenhagen, 1801
Publication details: 
Number 15454. 'Printed by ANDREW STRAHAN, Printers Street, Gough Square. [London]' 15 April 1801.
£450.00

4pp, 8vo, paginated 401-404. Originally a bifolium, but with the leaves separated. In fair condition, lightly aged, with each leaf carrying in a margin a strip of paper from the mount. Several fold lines. Page one carries the half-penny tax stamp. In small print and double column. The entire number concerns the battle. Begins: 'Admiralty-Office, April 15, 1801.

[Lord Gambier, Admiral of the Fleet.] Manuscript designs of heraldic achievements (coats of arms), made by a signwriter for display at his funeral.

Author: 
[Admiral Lord Gambier [James Gambier, 1st Baron Gambier (1756-1833), Admiral of the Fleet, Royal Navy officer in American Revolutionary War and French Revolutionary Wars and Glorious First of June]
Publication details: 
'April 22nd.' [1832].
£400.00

An interesting and unusual survival, casting light on funerary practice in Georgian London. In black ink on 37 x 15 cm piece of watermarked laid paper, clearly cut from the working ledger of the signwriter responsible for the display at Gambier's funeral. Two excellent drawings, marked up with notes for colours, as a guide for the painting process.

[The West; Chilton's 'musical drama of the West': the BBC radio serial Riders of the Range'.] Chilton's own complete set of scripts of the 92 episodes, with revisions. With caricature of Chilton by Tony Speer, 'Eagle' correspondence, press cuttings.

Author: 
Charles Chilton (1917-2013), British radio producer, director and writer [BBC Light Entertainment; Clifford Makins, editor, 'Eagle' magazine, London; Max Kester Dodgson (1901-1991)]
Publication details: 
BBC Light Entertainment, London: 1949 to 1953. 'Eagle' magazine: 1960.
£2,500.00

On his eightieth birthday Charles Chilton (1917-2013) was described by the Sunday Telegraph as 'the one genius' the BBC 'ever had on its staff'. Chilton worked for the Corporation for a period of almost half a century, writing and producing a succession of innovative and exciting radio programmes and serials, notably the trilogy 'Journey into Space', the last UK radio programme to attract a bigger evening audience than television, which has been cited by the astronomers Stephen Hawkins and Colin Pillinger as an inspiration.

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