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Edward Johnston; Douglas Pepler; Eric Gill

[Edward Johnston; Douglas Pepler; Pepler writing sheet]. Copy No. 1. After Winchester formal writing about 975 A.D.

One leaf, Nothing 'written with a pen', Edward Johnston's statement and information printed in red, good condition. [From McGill library entry] " A single sheet of hand made paper for the use of Johnston's students. The centre is left blank to be filled...
£300.00 Pepler

[ LEICESTER TIGERS; Rugby Union ] Two albums of newspaper clippings and handwritten notes recording the games of Leicester Tigers

Two albums giving full details of the above seasons for Leicester Tigers, including fixture list (with all details to Won or Lost); Try scorers (with number) and other records (e.g. Converted goals); newspaper clippings of team sheets for home fixtures (only) with newspaper pictures of the...

Wanda Landowska [Wanda Aleksandra Landowska; Wanda Landouska] (1879-1959), Polish harpsichordist and pianist who played a large role in the harpsichord’s revival in popularity

[Wanda Landowska, Polish harpsichordist and pianist.] Large Autograph Signature (‘Wanda Landouska [sic]’) in purple and gold ink on reverse of card with silhouette portrait of her playing the harpsichord.

A nice item on 9 x 14 cm card. In good condition, lightly aged. Centred in landscape orientation on one side of the card is the bold thick-lined 13 cm signature ‘Wanda Landouska [sic]’, in purple ink highlighted in gold. Laid down beneath this is a 10 x 3 cm biographical cutting in English, with...

£65.00 Wanda
William T. Adams [William Taylor Adams, pseudonym ‘Oliver Optic’] (1822-1897), academic, author of more than one hundred books, and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives

[William Taylor Adams (‘Oliver Optic’), author and academic, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.] Autograph Signature (‘William T Adams / “Oliver Optic”’, in attractive copperplate.

Adams was the author of more than one hundred books. He was criticised by Louisa May Alcott for his use of slang and depiction of ‘low’ characters such as bootblacks, elements which make him sound like a proto-Mark Twain, and should attract renewed attention today. Without date or place. On 4.5...

£30.00 Adams
Sir Herbert Oakeley [Sir Herbert Stanley Oakeley; H. S. Oakeley] (1830-1903), English composer and organist, Professor of Music at University of Edinburgh [Sir Lovelace Tomlinson Stamer (1829-1908)]

[‘English church music is in dire need of reform’: Sir Herbert Oakeley, Professor of Music at Edinburgh University.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘H. S. Oakeley’) to Sir Lovelace Stamer, attacking the ‘degraded’ standard of English hymn tunes.

A splendidly-forthright missive on a subject close to Oakeley's heart. See both men’s entries in the Oxford DNB. The two were near-contemporaries at Rugby School, and Stamer, at the time of writing a Prebendary at Lichfield, would go on to become the Bishop of Shrewsbury. 8pp, 12mo. On two...

Sir Philip Sassoon [Sir Philip Albert Gustave David Sassoon] (1888-1939), politician, art collector and socialite at Port Lympne and Trent Park, cousin of Siegfried Sassoon, friend of Noel Coward

[Sir Philip Sassoon of Port Lympne: described by Noel Coward as ‘a phenomenon that would never recur’.] Autograph Signature (‘Philip Sassoon.) and autograph compliments slip.

Considered by his friend Noël Coward as ‘a phenomenon that would never recur’. See his entry by Osbert Sitwell in the Oxford DNB and the biography by Damian Collins, ‘Charmed Life: The Phenomenal World of Philip Sassoon’ (2016). Clearly sent in response to a request for an autograph. The...

£50.00 Sassoon
Sir Hardy Amies [Sir Edwin Hardy Amies] (1909-2003), English couturier, dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth II from her accession in 1952 to his retirement in 1989

[Sir Hardy Amies, couturier and dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth II.] Typed Letter Signed to ‘Mr. de Winter’, sending profuse apologies for being ‘grossly impolite’ in not having responded to an invitation to a private view.

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Signed ‘Hardy Amies’. He hardly knows how to apologise enough for having left his ‘very kind letter’ unanswered since the previous month. His only excuse is that he has ‘just returned from a five week visit...

£56.00 Amies
Sir George Prothero [Sir George Walter Prothero; Sir G. W. Prothero], English historian, editor of Quarterly Review [Henry William Carless Davis; Harold William Vazeille Temperley]

[Sir George Prothero, historian, as editor of the Quarterly Review.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘G. W. Prothero’) and dictated Manuscript Letter to Professor H. W. C. Davis regarding article on H. W. V. Temperley and Paris Peace Conference of 1919.

In addition to the entry for Prothero in the Oxford DNB, see those of H. W. C. Davis (1874-1928) and H. W. V. Temperley (1879-1939), which reveal the interest all three had in the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. Both items in good condition, lightly aged. Each folded once. Both addressed to '...

Sarah Churchill [Sarah Millicent Hermione Touchet-Jesson [née Spencer-Churchill], Baroness Audley] (1914-1982), second daughter of Winston Churchill, actress and dancer.

[Winston Churchill’s daughter: Sarah Churchill, actress and dancer.] Publicity photograph with Autograph Inscription: ‘Sincerely Sarah Churchill.’

Black and white publicity photograph on 9 x 13.5 cm card. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of mount on blank reverse. Shadowy head and shoulders shot of a youthful Sarah Churchill, looking downwards in a depressed fashion with large vacant eyes. At the foot of the photograph is...

£100.00 Churchill
Sims Reeves [John Sims Reeves] (1821-1900), English operatic tenor

[Sims Reeves, English operatic tenor.] Autograph Note Signed (‘J. Sims Reeves’) in response to a request for an autograph.

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. Even towards the end of his life Bernard Shaw could remark that ‘he can still leave the next best tenor in England an immeasurable distance behind’. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of mount to inner margin. Folded once. Very nice...

£56.00 Reeves
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