Literature

[ James Kirkup in Japan ] Printed Business Card with Autograph Note Signed "James Kirkup" to unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
James Kirkup [1918–2009), born James Harold Kirkup, poet, translator and travel writer
Kirkup
Publication details: 
[Nagoya, Japan] 26 Feb. 1970.
£60.00
Kirkup

Busieness Card, 9 x 6cm, rounded corners, sl. battered but text clear. Printed detail includes name, James Kirkup, and celebrate his membership of the RSL, his professorship at the UNiversity of Nagoya, and Visiting Professorship at the Japan Women's University. The text (see image) is as follows: Many thanks for the books and your beautiful bill | James Kirkup". "AB [?], the recipient presumably has written the date 3 Dec. 1970 with these initial. The verso of the card has Kirkup's printed details (presumably) in Japanese.

['Mark Twain' (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), great American writer.] Envelope addressed to 'S. L. Clement, Esqr. | "Mark Twain"', at 'Buckenham Hall', and forwarded to 88 Brook Street, with annotations and eight postmarks.

Author: 
'Mark Twain', pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), great American writer, creator of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, described by William Faulkner as 'the father of American literature'
Twain
Publication details: 
Sent from Belfast to Brandon in Norfolk, and then on to London. November 1887.
£90.00
Twain

8.5 x 14 envelope. In fair condition, aged and creased. Torn open, with slight loss to flap. A nice Mark Twain artefact, and something of a puzzle, as he does not appear to have been in England at the time. There does not appear to be any connection between Twain and William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst (1835-1909), 1st Baron Amherst of Hackney, whose London address was 88 Brook Street, Grosvenor Square.

[ Henry Dickens, son of Charles ] Autograph Statement (not signed) on card about the autographs of his father and himself.

Author: 
Henry Dickens, son of Charles Dickens, novelist
Dickens
Publication details: 
No place or date
£30.00
Dickens

Card, blue, 11 x 9cn, rounded corners, vestiges of its having been tipped onto an album page. Text: "I have no autographs of my father to spare - otherwise I would send you one - | For myself - I never give my autograph to any collector unless he is personally known to me as a friend."

[Henry Liddell; Lewis Carroll ] Autograph Subscription cut from letter, signed Henry G. Liddell.

Author: 
Henry G. Liddell, father of "Alice" [ Henry George Liddell, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, etc]
Liddell
Publication details: 
No place or date present.
£45.00
Liddell

Part of letter addressed to a Mr Preston [?], unevenly cut from a letter, 11 x 5.5cm, battered, with small sections missing (only touching on the signature), fold marks, tipped onto slightly larger piece of paper, with surviving text in his hand on reverse as follows: "I found it necessaryt[o] make some enquiries before answering your letter, & this must excuse any"[...missing]. See image

[ W.H. Davies ] Autograph Sentiment Signed "Good luck | from | W.H. Davies"

Author: 
W.H. Davies, Welsh poet, writer, tramp.
Davies
Publication details: 
Dated in pencil (not in Davies's hand) 21 May 1931.
£25.00
Davies

White card, 8.5 x 6, good condition, formerly tipped into album (waer on edges of reverse).

[ Mark Twain ] Autograph Quotation about Adam as a "blood relation" from "The Innocents Abroad Or the New Pilgrim's Progress" (first published 1869) Signed as both "Sam[ue]l L. Clemens" amd '"Mark Twain"'

Author: 
Samuel L. Clemens ["Mark Twain" ]
Mark Twain
Publication details: 
[Headed notepaper] Farmington Avenue, Hartford. At foot: "Hartford, U.S., June 1, 1874".
£2,800.00
Mark Twain

See image. Strip cut from album page, 11w x 35l cm, parts of signatures, collectible just about if complete but inferior (Londonderry,C.E. Tisdall, etc), and descriptions on reverse, making the paper stiffer, small closed tear on a fold mark. Text , boldly written,is a quotation from "The Innocents Abroad or the New Pilgrim's Progress", p.189, complete in itself, concluding with reference to "The New Pilgrim's Progress", and signed 'Saml L. Clemens | "Mark Twain"' with place and date as described above. The text starts with '"The tomb of Adam!

[Charles Nodier, French Romantic supernatural author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charles Nodier'), in French, explaining to an unnamed count that his friend and protégé 'M. Leharivel' is not eligible for membership of the Academie Française.

Author: 
Charles Nodier [Jean Charles Emmanuel Nodier] (1780-1844), French Romantic author of fantastic and supernatural tales, Librarian of Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, Member of the Académie Française
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£450.00

1p, 12mo. Seventeen lines of closely written text. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, laid down on a leaf from an album. The recipient is not named, but is addressed as 'Monsieur le Comte'. The letter concerns the count's 'ami et protégé' 'M. Leharivel' [author of 'Grammaire Francaise Pasigraphique, Simplifiee Et Regularisee, Pour Servir de Base Fondamentale; Et Anecdotes, Et Contes Historiques (1839) ].

[ Mrs Robert Southey] Autograph Letter in the third person, "Mrs Southey is [...]", to a Miss Robson ordering two "girls packs" (clothing).

Author: 
Mrs Robert Southey
Publication details: 
Greta Hall, 2 April [no year given].
£350.00

One page, 12mo, bifolium, good condition.

[ Percy Shelley, son of [...]] Autograph Note third person "Sir Percy Shelley [...] to Messrs Sewell & Co., asking for his purchases to be delivered.

Author: 
Sir Percy Florence Shelley, 3rd Baronet (1819–1889) was the son of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley,
Shelley
Publication details: 
24 Chester Square, 10 Dec. 1847.
£400.00
Shelley

One page, 16mo (9 x 11.5cm), trimmed, staining (recto and verso, from being laid down in an album presumably) but text clear and complete: "Sir Percy Shelley would be obliged to Messrs Sewell & Co. to send home the articles he purchased today - before two o'clock tomorrow, as Sit Percy is going into the country and wishes to take the parcel with him." Note: a. Sewell & Co. were perhaps the silk mercers and drapers of Compton St., London; b. Image on website.

[B.R. Whiting; Australian Poet ] Large Archive of correspondence and poems in typescript (many unpublished.

Author: 
B. R. Whiting (1923-1988), Australian Soldier Poet.
Publication details: 
[Letters] 1976-1987.
£5,000.00

A significant archive of material relating to the Australian poet B. R. Whiting (1923-1988), from the papers of his close friend and mentor the English playwright Christopher Fry (1907-2005).

[William Montgomerie, Scottish poet.] Typed Letter Signed ('Bill Montgomerie') to Lawrence Wilson, on Spain, Gerald Brenan, Shakespeare, with signed typescripts of four poems, and Autograph Note Signed by his wife Norah Montgomerie.

Author: 
William Montgomerie (1904-1994), Scottish poet, folklorist with his wife Norah Montgomerie (1909-1998) [Lawrence Wilson, brother of poet R. N. D. Wilson, poet and vicar]
Publication details: 
11 Castle Terrace, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Angus; 8 July 1972.
£950.00

The typed letter (2pp) and the four typescript poems (5pp) total 7pp, foolscap 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. LETTER: TLS to 'Dear Lawrence'. (The recipient Lawrence Wilson is less well-known as a poet than his brother Robert (or Robin) Noble Denison Wilson (1899-1953), known as R. N. D. Wilson.) 2pp, 8vo. A long letter, with seventy-three lines of typewritten text by William Montgomerie, with a long Autograph Note Signed by his wife 'Norah' at the foot and up one margin of the last leaf.

[ Algernon Charles Swinburne, poet who scandalised Victorian England. ] Signed Autograph presentation inscription to his sister Isabel, on fly-leaf of William Clarke Russell's book 'Nelson's Words and Deeds'.

Author: 
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), English poet who scandalised the Victorians with his decadent verse [ William Clarke Russell; Isabel Swinburne ]
Algernon Charles Swinburne
Publication details: 
Dated in autograph 'November 1890'.
£350.00
Algernon Charles Swinburne

On a single 8vo half-title leaf removed from the William Clarke Russell's 'Nelson's Words and Deeds: A Selection from the Dispatches and Correspondence of Horatio Nelson' (London: Sampson Low, 1890). In fair condition, lightly aged and with a central horizontal crease. Printed at the centre of the page are the words 'NELSON'S WORDS AND DEEDS', and at the head Swinburne writes: 'Isabel Swinburne | from her affectionate brother | Algernon Charles Swinburne | November 1890'.

[ John Dickens; Charles Dickens ] Autograph "Sentiment" Signed "John Dickens"

Author: 
John Dickens, wastrel father of Charles Dickens ("Boz")(1785-1851)
John Dickens
Publication details: 
17 August 1844
£2,200.00
John Dickens

Small piece of paper, 13.5 x 8.5cm, faintly foxed, otherwise good condition, text clear strong (see image). A flamboyant hand. He writes "John Dickens. | The reputed Father | of "Boz" | Augt 17th 1844". In "reputed" he refers perhaps to Charles's nickname, but his comment has the flavour of resentment perhaps. Since he had no qualms about sending begging letters to his son's friends, perhaps writing such signed sentiments was another financial enterprise.

[ John Payne Collier, Shakespearian critic and forger. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Payne Collier') to James Orchard Halliwell [ J. O. Halliwell-Philipps ], clearing up a misunderstanding regarding payment for his [ Shakespeare Society ] 'Reprints'

Author: 
John Payne Collier (1789-1883), Shakespearian critic and forger [ James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps [ born James Orchard Halliwell ] (1820-1889), antiquary; Shakespeare Society ]
Publication details: 
Maidenhead [ Berkshire ]. No date.
£105.00

1p., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, slghtly aged, with small smudge to signature. Collier produced his first Shakespeare Society reprint in 1841. On the reverse of the second leaf Halliwell-Phillipps has written, presumably to an autograph collector: 'Is this any use to you?' Addressing himself to 'Dear Halliwell', Collier begins by informing him that he is returning his 'P[ostage]. Stamp'. He asks him not to be 'affronted', explaining: 'What I meant by any printed note was, that each recipient of my Reprints, who wished to continue, should send me another P[ost]. O[ffice].

[ Leon Gautier ] Autograph Letter Signed " Leon Gautier" to M. l'abbe Misset, scholar and collector, about the correction of errors for a new edition of his (Gautier's) "Adam de St Victor"

Author: 
Leon Gautier, [Émile Théodore Léon Gautier (1832–1897), French literary historian.]
Publication details: 
8 rue Varin, [Paris], 10 Nov. 1893. In French.
£60.00

One page, 12mo, good condition. In his best hand. He asks for a "petit service". "Je fais une nouvelle edition de mon Adam de St Victor et je viens vous demander de m'indiquer les corrections que vour jugeriez a propos de faire dans mon 2e edition." He holds his corrections in high regard, outlining further what help he is asking for. Note: Gautier thanks the Abbe Mittet in his Preface.

[ Henry James, American author. ] Two unpublished photographs of James at the end of his life, from the papers of his friend Sir Frederick Pollock.

Author: 
Henry James (1843-1916), American author [ Sir Frederick Pollock , 3rd Baronet (1845-1911) ]
Henry James
Publication details: 
] Rye, Sussex? ] Undated, but taken in the last few years of James's life. In frame with label of W. A. Mansell & Co., Frame Makers, 405 Oxford Street, London.
£1,500.00
Henry James

The two black and white photographs are in good condition, mounted one above the other in a handsome 25 x 20.5 cm brown wood frame by Mansell & Co. Very well mounted, with the dimensions of the cut-out section of the brown mount being 7.5 x 12.5 cm.

[ Mona Caird, Scottish novelist and suffragist. ] Two Auograph Letters, one Signed 'Mona Caird', discussing her inability to provide financial assistance to the causes she supports.

Author: 
Mona Caird [ Alice Mona Caird; née Alice Mona Alison; married name Alice Mona Henryson-Caird] (1854-1932), Scottish novelistt, proponent of women's suffrage, and theosophist
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of 'Cassencary, Creetown, N.B. [i.e. Scotland ]' One dated 'May 6th.' and the other '19th. Dec.' Years not stated.
£300.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Autograph Letter Signed, dated '19th. Dec.' 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. As 'the public is not apparently able to rise to the occasion', the recipient's appeal should be helped, but she is 'unable to help anything just now. I have been most seriously involved in the Australian

[ Beatrice Irene Magraw, children's author as "B.I. Magraw". ] Collection of personal papers, including autobiographical account, an article, newspaper cuttings, portrait photograph, publicity material, letters from Richard Church and Norman Fulton.

Author: 
Beatrice Irene Magraw [ B. I. Magraw, born Beatrice Irene May ] (c.1888-1970), author, wife of Charles Magraw (d.1973), deputy headmaster, Bishop Cotton School, Simla [ Richard Church; Norman Fulton ]
Publication details: 
London and Bristol. Between the 1930s and 1960.
£350.00

Eleven items, in good overall condition. ONE: Autograph biographical account, on form headed 'National Service'. 4pp., folio. Bifolium. Includes personal and academic details, details of publications and political views. As her 'Literary Pseudonym she gives '(occasionally) "MARY PADESON". She has, she states, no academic qualifications, 'But read economics in youth (Society of Oxford Home Students) Ill-health prevented continuance of studies & examination'.

[Masefield; Autograph Signature of Stopes in copy of ] The Collected Poems of John Masefield (London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1935).

Author: 
John Masefield [ Marie Stopes ]
Publication details: 
1935; Norbury Park.
£85.00

Marie Carmichael Stopes (1880-1958), British paleobotanist and eugenicist, influential advocate of birth control. Clean neat inscription on recto of front free endpaper reads 'Marie C. Stopes | Norbury Park | 1935'. The volume is in good condition, in a grubby dustwrapper worn at the head and tail of the spine. Pages 324-5 and 339 have been marked up in soft pencil.

[ John Masefield, Poet Laureate. ] Autograph Signature ('J. Masefield.').

Author: 
John Masefield (1878-1867), Poet Laureate from 1930 to his death
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£20.00

On 7 x 11 cm slip of paper, torn from the end of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged, with minor staining to one corner. Reads, with top line slightly cropped: 'I may have more leisure. | Yours sincerely, | J. Masefield.'

[ Bookseller's catalogue. ] Literary Ladies of the Nineteenth Century. A Catalogue of Books: Autograph Letters: Illustrations: etc.

Author: 
Ian Hodgkins & Co. Ltd, booksellers [ English nineteenth-century women writers; British Victorian female authors ]
Publication details: 
Ian Hodgkins & Co. Ltd., Upper Vatch Mill, The Vatch, Slad, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 7JY. Catalogue 81. Summer 1995.
£56.00

40pp., 8vo. Stapled in printed wraps with illustration on front cover. In fair condition, somewhat aged and worn. Hodgkin was known for his meticulous catalouging, and 500 items are described, by a range of authors, both prominent and obscure, ranging from Grace Aguilar to Mrs Mary Wood-Allen. There are sub-sections for Louisa May Alcott, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Fanny Burney, Jane Welsh Carlyle, Eliza Cook, Marie Corelli, Maria S. Cummins, Lady Elizabeth Eastlake, Maria Edgeworth, George Elliot, Mrs.

[ Cyrus Townsend Brady, American author. ] Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Cyrus Townsend Brady (1861-1920), American author, adventure writer and screenwriter, a bitter opponent to women's suffrage
Publication details: 
Brooklyn, New York. 23 October 1902.
£20.00

On 6.5 x 11.5 cm piece of card, laid down on a slightly larger piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Neatly written out and apparently sent in response to a request for an autograph. Reads: 'Yours Sincerely | Cyrus Townsend Brady | Brooklyn N.Y., | October 23rd., 1902'.

[ Charles E. Robinson of the University of Delaware. ] Duplicated typed 'List of Charles Ollier Imprints (1817-23; 1846-49) and Works'.

Author: 
[ Charles Ollier (1788-1859), publisher, author and editor; Professor Charles E. Robinson; Percy Bysshe Shelley; John Keats ]
Publication details: 
Dated July 1985 by Robinson with his details: Prof. Charles E. Robinson, College of Arts and Science, Dept. of English, 204 Memorial Hall, Newark, Delaware 19716, USA.
£65.00

Robinson is the author of Ollier's entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, in which he discusses the 'fifty titles' that Ollier and his brother James published between 1817 and 1823, and the others dating from his second stint as publisher between 1846 and 1849. The list is 10pp., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Subtitle: '(*Indicates that U. of Delaware Library has in original, microform, or photo rpt.)' Robinson has given the date and his details in autograph at the head, and has starred items in 'urgently need' in red ink.

[ W. J. Thoms, founder of 'Notes and Queries'. ] Eight Autograph Letters Signed (all 'William J Thoms') to Doyne Bell, Permanent Secretary to the Privy Purse, on antiquarian matters, including a proof prospectus for the Folk-Lore Soc

Author: 
W. J. Thoms [ William John Thoms ] (1803-1885), antiquary, founder of 'Notes and Queries' [ Doyne Courtenay Bell (1831-1888), Permanent Secretary to the Privy Purse; Folk-Lore Society [ Folklore ] ]
Publication details: 
Seven from 40 St George's Square, SW [ London ]; one on House of Lords letterhead. Between 5 June 1876 and 10 October 1878.
£320.00

The eight letters total 18pp. of text, and are accompanied by a printed proof prospectus for the Folk-Lore Society, and a newspaper cutting relating to the Church of St Margaret, Westminster (which Thoms avows as his own, describing it as 'my Jeremiahade on the desecrators of Van Dun'), laid down on a leaf of House of Lords letterhead. All items in good condition, lightly-aged. The prospectus, of which no other copy has been traced, accompanies a letter of 4 January 1878, in which Thoms writes: 'I blush with shame at the proof I enclose that I am getting into my dotage.

[ Presentation copy. ] Dickens' London. A Lantern Lecture by Cumberland Clark. As delivered to The London Society, The London Hampshire Society, The Dickens Society, etc., etc. [ With newspaper article about the author. ]

Author: 
Cumberland Clark [ Charles Dickens and London ]
Publication details: 
Printed by Wass, Pritchard & Co., Ltd. 85, Fenchurch Street, London, E.C.3. 1923.
£50.00

103pp., 8vo. In brown cloth boards, with title in gilt on cover. In good condition internally, on lightly-aged paper, in worn cloth binding. Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper: 'Presentation copy with Author's compliments | Cumberland Clark'. Four copies only on COPAC, at the British Library, Oxford, Guildhall and Bishopsgate Institute. Now uncommon. Laid down on the front pastedown is a copy of an article 'From the Kensington News, Nov. 16, 1923', titled 'A Gifted Publicist and a Versatile Patriot'.

[ Printed item. ] Catalogue of Choice Books including a Collection of First & Rare Editions of the Works of Oscar Wilde. [ Including reproduction of caricature of Wilde by George Finch Mason. ]

Author: 
H. Gray & Co., London booksellers [ Oscar Wilde; George Finch Mason (1850-1915), English illustrator ]
Publication details: 
[Number Sixteen, New Series, 1930. ] H. Gray & Co. 188 Lewisham Road, London, S.E.13, and 8 Royal Parade, Blackheath, S.E.3.
£60.00

24pp., 8vo. Pagination includes the wraps, which carry the last two pages. With frontispiece plate: 'Oscar Wilde | Unpublished Caricature | By Finch Mason | [item 31]'. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and chipped wraps. Wilde's name has been underlined in red pencil on cover.

[ Herman Wouk and the making of the 'Winds of War' television series. ] Eighteen Typed Letters Signed and three Autograph Letters Signed from Wouk to screenwriter Jack Pulman, with copies of Pulman letters, and other material relating to the project.

Author: 
Herman Wouk (b.1915), American novelist [ Jack Pulman (1925-1979), British screenwriter; Stanley Kallis; Dan Curtis (1927-2006), director; Paramount Pictures ]
Publication details: 
Washington, Los Angeles and London. Most of Wouk's letters on his Washington letterhead. Between 2 December 1977 and 22 April 1979.
£1,800.00

From the Jack Pulman papers. Pulman's distinguished career is well described on the British Film Institute's website, which descibes the background to this material, although its author us clearly unaware of the increasing tension between Pulman and Wouk revealed by material in the present collection: 'In early 1978 Paramount TV producer Stanley Kallis and author Herman Wouk approached Pulman to write a treatment (to be followed by a screenplay) for Wouk's sweeping World War Two novel 'The Winds of War'.

[ Charles Rowcroft as Editor of Hood's Magazine ] Three Autograph Letters Signed "Chas Rowcroft" to [ J.T.J. Hewlett, author of "Peter Priggins" (1841)

Author: 
Charles Rowcroft, novelist, author of Tales of the Colonies, followed by The Bushranger of Van Diemen's Land, AND An Emigrant in Search of a Colony [Australia}
Publication details: 
Upper Stamford Street (2) and the Strand (1), 19 April, 13 & 17 May 1845.
£150.00

Three Autograph Letters Signed, nine pages, 12mo, all bifoliums, fold marks, good condition. [April] Marked "Private & Confidential", he says he won't hold back on plain-speaking, going on to criticise Hewlett's last article as lacking the wit and humour of the 'celebrated author of Peter Priggins'. "I had no inclination to put such counterfeit coin in my magazine. At the same time I was anxious to secure the cooperation of one who could write [phrase underlined] as you have done;- [...] I quite agree ith you in the propriety of your desire 'to know the parties with whom you work'.

[ R. H. Mottram, author of the 'Spanish Farm' trilogy. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. H. Mottram') to 'Mr Pettitt', regarding the autographing of books and his Rankin relations in Rochford.

Author: 
R. H. Mottram [ Ralph Hale Mottram ] (1883-1971), English novelist, author of the 'Spanish Farm' trilogy
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Poplar Avenue, Eaton, Norwich. 11 July 1928.
£30.00

1p., 8vo. Lightly aged, and with creasing and closed tear at head. He will be pleased to autograph any copies of his book which Pettitt would like to send, and concludes: 'Are there any Rankin's in Rochford now? They are related to me'.

[ Printed volume. ] Arnold Bennett (1867-1931), A Bibliography by Norman Emery, A.L.A. Chief Bibliographer.

Author: 
Norman Emery, A.L.A., Chief Bibliographer, Central Library, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent [ Arnold Bennett ]
Publication details: 
[ City Librarian's Office, Central Library, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. ] Horace Barks Reference Library, Bibliographical Series No.3. 1967.
£100.00

iii + 66pp., 4to. Duplicated typescript in printed card covers, with green tape spine. Internally in fair condition, slightly dogeared, in worn covers. Stamps of the London Borough of Southwark Reference Library. As Emery explains in the preface, the first bibliography of Bennett's works, produced to coincide with the centenary of his birth. Divided into 25 sections including 'Film Scenarios', 'Operas', 'Poems' and 'Bookseller's Catalogues', and ending with its own bibliography. An uncommon item.

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