WADE

[Margaret Gillies, Anglo-Scottish painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Margaret Gillies') to a son [W. W. Linton] of wood engraver William James Linton, regarding the father's move to America, 'Mr. Horne', 'Mrs. Lewes', and Crockham.

Author: 
Margaret Gillies (1803-1887), Anglo-Scottish portrait painter and watercolourist whose sitters included Wordsworth and Dickens [William James Linton (1812-1897), Anglo-American wood engraver and radic
Publication details: 
10 September 1872. Crockham [i.e. The Warren, Crockham Hill, Kent].
£90.00

The recipient of the letter is William Wade Linton (c.1839-1892), son of the wood engraver William James Linton, who in 1867 had separated from his wife the novelist Eliza Lynn Linton (1822-1898), and emigrated to America with three of his children by his first wife's sister, settling at Appledore, Hamden, Connecticut, where he set up a printing-press. 3pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition. The letter begins: 'Dear Mr Linton | My having been very poorly and also having been away from home & full of many absorbing matters must plead my only excuse for having left your note so long unanswered.

{Printed] The Stage Society News, nos. 1-26 (14 Nov. 1903-23 May 1907 = Fifth Season). With an incomplete run of Programmes, 1901-1938.

Author: 
[The Stage Society; ?Allan Wade (1881 – 1955), actor, theatre director and writer, bibliographer of Yeats.]
Publication details: 
1903-1907
£400.00

Unbound, 4-16pp, 8vo and 4to, minor damage to two, mainly good condition. Articles, reviews, programmes, information, advertisements. In the first number, for example, there is an introductory, anticipations of Gorki's "Lower Depths", a Brieuz, and Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra", "New Members Elected" (inc. Mrs Pethwick-Lawrence), events, former productions, "Managing Committee", "Rules for 1903-1904", "Bye_law (e.g. removal of hats by Ladies), and advertisements.

[ 1st American Squadron, Home Guard (London). ] The first thirteen issues (all printed?) of the mimeographed squadron magazine 'Yankee Yahoo incorporating The Pirbright Lament', with hand-coloured illustrations and separate typed article 'Home Gods'.

Author: 
Charles G. Tubbs, editor [ 1st American Squadron, Home Guard (London); Brigadier-General Wade Hampton Hayes (1879-1956), officer commanding ]
Publication details: 
London: 'Printed and published at the Headquarters of the 1st American Squadron (Home Guard), 58 Buckingham Gate, S.W.' Nos. 1 to 12 monthly, from December 1941 to November 1942. No. 13 undated [February 1943?].
£2,500.00

For more information on the squadron see Charles Dickon's 'Americans at War in Foreign Forces: A History, 1914-1945' (2014). After some difficulties over its status and that of its members, and with the disapproval of American Ambassador Joseph Kennedy, the unit was formed in London in June 1940, with Brigadier-General Wade Hampton Hayes (1879-1956) as commanding officer. After some string-pulling by Charles Sweeny, the Thompson Company in America contributed 100 Tommy Guns and 100,000 rounds of ammunition, and members contributed their cars, painted in camouflage at their own expense.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Dr Lardner') from Dr Dionysius Lardner, editor of the Cabinet Cyclopaedia, to 'My Dear Wade', regarding the collection of tickets.

Author: 
Dr Dionysius Lardner (1793-1859), Irish writer on science, editor of the Cabinet Cyclopaedia
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Neatly placed in a paper windowpane mount. As Wade will 'probably be engaged' the following day, Lardner will not trouble him to send the ticket to him. He requests instead that Wade will 'Leave the ticket if you get one enclosed for me at your lodgings and I will call for it in the course of the day.' He concludes: 'Mention in your note at what hour I shall take the gig for you on Sunday'.

Excellent signed pen and ink caricature of himself by the English music hall comedian Sir George Robey [George Edward Wade].

Author: 
Sir George Robey [George Edward Wade] (1869-1954), English music hall comedian, 'The Prime Minister of Mirth'
Sir George Robey [George Edward Wade]
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Undated.
£65.00
Sir George Robey [George Edward Wade]

On one side of page removed from autograph album, roughly 14 x 18 cm. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. An accomplished head-and-shoulders self-caricature, with Robey directly facing the viewer, his eyes to his right, a smile on his face, a red nose, the customary tiny hat perched on his head with tufts of hair sticking out over the ears, long neck and collarless shirt. Good, firm signature in bottom left-hand corner: 'Geo. Robey.' Also included is a newspaper cutting of a photograph of Robey. The National Portrait Gallery owns five of Robey's self-caricatures.

Autograph Signature ('George Robey.').

Author: 
George Robey (George Edward Wade, 1869-1954), British music hall star
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£28.00

On a leaf of cream paper, 8.5 x 12 cm, part of a bifolium taken from an autograph album. Very good.

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