Charles Philpot (1760-1823), rector of Ripple, near Deal, Kent [Thomas Cadell (1773-1836) & William Davies, London publishers]
Ripple near Deal [Kent]. 20 March 1798.
2pp., 8vo. 39 lines of text. On aged and lightly-stained paper, with one chipped edge. Unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. Addressed 'Gentlemen', the letter begins 'Pardon me for recommending to your notice a MS volume intitled "An Introduction to the literary history of the fourteenth & fifteenth centuries", which will this day be forwarded to you by the Deal & Canterbury Coach. In taking such a liberty I have no excuse to offer but wha is supplied by your high reputation & extensive concern in every department of literature'.
"2/Lieut. A Lewis | 6th S.W.B. | G.P.O. Ipswich", no date given. [S.W.B. = South Wales Borderers].
One page, 12mo, fold marks, mainly good. "Thanks you for your letter. If you care to send your poems to me I'd love to read them and give you my opinion - for what it's worth. I'm afraid soldiering has dulled my perceptions rather a lot & I don't know how my critical faculties qould operate on their present condition. Still, si vous voulez! | I'm gald you're getting the broadsheets, which are in need of subscribers - I hope you like them: tell me which you dislike, & why, please. | Who is Mr. Roberts?
Circa 78pp., used, some pages added, text worked over, red boards, hinge strain, mainly good condition. Indexes to Acts, lines through manysections. Contents include: questions for Wilfred [Josephs] ("Sets? | Scenes? | Act II???"]; stage directions; suggestions about characters; directions; music ("(5) Mrs v H [van Hopper] tells A. she is hopeless against Rebecca"); "final faults"; sets; dialogue; problems; phone numbers and addresses; more (detailed) points for Wilfred [Josephs]; suggested lines for a duet; characters with actors' names e.g. Mrs v. H[oppen] Nuala Willis (as happened); etc.
[H. de Marsan, publisher & bookseller; E.A. Sparks, illustrator]
H. de Marsan, Songs, Ballads, toy books. 60 Chatham St, NY. "Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1860, by H. DE MARSAN [...] Clerk's Office [...] for the Southern Dustrict of New York".
Handbill, one page, crudely coloured border with images of a black troubadour with banjo[?] , a native American, and a trapper [?], 26 x 17cm, three stanzas each eight lines plus chorus, edges chipped, laid down on a larger page. Commences, "Oh! listen a while., a story I will tell; | It will please you to death, I know berry well [...]" Decorative border signed "E A Sparks" ("Printed within colored pictorial border (De Marsan trapper border J, in Wolf, E. Amer. song sheets)." One copy of this imprint listed by WorldCat, two of another imprint (later).
J. W. Good [James Winder Good] (1877-1930), Irish journalist (Assistant Editor, Irish Statesman; Leader writer, Irish Independent; Irish Correspondent, New Statesman)
See his obituary in The Times, 5 May 1930. 90 ALsS and one ACS to RL and SL. Totalling 192pp., 4to; 17pp., 8vo; 223pp., 12mo. Two signed 'Seumas', the others signed 'James W. Good' or 'J. W. G.' Mainly from 24 Herbert Place, Dublin, but also from 35 Waterloo Rd, Dublin, and other addresses, and on letterheads of The Freeman's Journal; The Northern Whig Office, Belfast; The Republic, Belfast;Uladh. The letters to the separate recipients as follows. To RL: 44 ALsS; 30 between 1908 and 1928; the other 14 undated. Totalling 63pp., 4to; 17pp., 8vo; 121pp., 12mo.
Henry Peter Brougham, Baron Brougham and Vaux, Lord Chancellor of England (1778-1868)
Full article published in Edinburgh Review, vol.21, pp.378-424. Manuscript, two pages, 4to, trimmed at bottom with loss of text, with light corrections and additions, giving the text for pp.407-8, excluding two lengthy quotations from the book to which Brougham gives the reference only. The trimming had led to the loss of the passage from "In the Conservatorii or charity schools [...] He gives as an instance one Conservatorio where four hundred ... where four hundred...",apart from a few words (subject of pasage partly "repentant women" and vice in Naples).
Caroline Southey (1786–1854), poet, second wife of Robert Southey
Greta Hall, Friday Evng, no date.
Two pages, 12mo, remnants from being tipped on to album page, , staining, text clear and complete. "I feel myself compelled, circumstanced as I ma - to decline all invitation. Were it otherwise I should with great pleasure avail myself of yours - | My friends are answering for themselves - & I am very sorry it will be in the negative - but as they have declined similar invitations from the persons who have paid them the same kind attention, they cannot with propriety make exceptions..."
Micheal Mac Liamoir [Michael Mac'Liamoir; Micheál Mac Liammóir] (1899-1978), Irish actor, dramatist, impresario, writer, poet and painter
26 August 1922
6pp., 4to, good condition, IN IRISH, translation as follows: "(On top) Write to me soon! ||Deirdre, my dear friend – I was delighted to receive your letter. Thank you very much. Forgive me for not writing much earlier: we are all greatly upset here over the deaths of Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins – isn’t it terrible news! I cannot believe it is true – I don’t know what the country will do without them. It disgusts me to think of Michael Collinsand the way they killed him like a dog; a curse on them, may they choke, the dirty villains!
Two pages, 4to, corrections and additions in his hand, fold marks, staining, some heavy, but text clear and complete. "I am not a good subject for a humorous article, because I am supposed to be a humorist myself. Now you may confidently make it a rule never to touch subjects that are already considered funny. You will find it easy to write an amusing imaginary interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury; but I defy you to make anyone laugh at an interview with Mark Twain. Mark made his reputation as a humorist with a description of a visit to the Holy Land.
Margaret West, Manager, and Peggy Belsher [Peggy Belsher Stangroom] (1902-1997), Secretary, The Hogarth Press [Leonard and Virginia Woolf; Robert Graves; Charles Norman; Giovanni Papini]
All three items on Hogarth Press letterheads. The two West letters both dated 14 December 1933; the Belsher letter from 12 November 1930.
Each of the three items 1p., 4to. All three in fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper. In the first of her letters West writes that the Hogarth Press 'do not feel sufficiently interested' in Papini 'to make an offer for' his Dante Vivo; in the second she informs Pinkers that 'We have read the SAVAGE CENTURY by Charles Norman but regret that we do not see our way to publish them.
Theodore Watts-Dunton (1832-1914), English critic and poet, friend and benefactor of Algernon Charles Swinburne [Sydney Walton (1882-1964), journalist and publicist
All on letterheads of The Pines, 11, Putney Hill, S.W.; 7 June 1912 and 5 December 1913.
Totalling 8pp., 4to, and 5pp., 12mo. The nine items in fair condition, on light-aged paper with slight rust marking from paperclips. Two date from 1912 (7 June and 7 November 1912) and the other seven from 1913 (8 July, 10 July, 30 September, 1 October, 4 October, 22 October, 5 December). The fifth and seventh letters are signed by the secretary, and the other seven by Watts-Dunton himself (three 'Theodore Watts-Dunton' and four 'T. Watts-Dunton').
William G. Fay [William George Fay; Willie Fay] (1872-1947), Irish actor and producer, co-founder of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin [H. De Vere Stacpoole (1863-1951), Irish author]
Both on letterhead of 44 Archway Road, Highgate, N19. 11 and 17 July 1933.
Both 1p., 4to. Both fair, on aged paper. The first typed in red and the second in black; both signed in green. The first letter is written to enclose 'the initialed half of the agreement with Mr De Vere Stacpoole giving me leave to make a film version of the story of Fanny Lambert'. He ends by expressing the hope that 'Mr Healy book [sic] will be taken by Methuens'. At the start of the second letter he announces that he is 'enclosing with this letter the agreement with Mr Stacpoole which I hope is now in order'.
Frederick Niven [Frederick John Niven] (1878-1944), Scots-Canadian novelist [J. B. Pinker [James Brand Pinker] (1863-1922), London literary agent; Curtis Brown]
Almost all from Holmleigh, Church Hill, Loughton, Essex. All dating from between October 1912 and July 1913, except for one card from 7 March 1914.
Letters totalling 12pp., 4to; 23pp., 12mo; 30pp., 16mo, with the additional 8 cards (one carrying a photo of a bearded Niven, seated in a garden in hat and suit). The collection is in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with almost all of the items stamped with the date of receipt. 58 of the 60 items signed 'Frederick Niven', with one unsigned card, and another card signed 'F. N.' The last card (7 March 1914) is addressed to Pinker's son E. S. Pinker, the other 59 items to J. B. Pinker personally.
Frederick Niven [Frederick John Niven] (1878-1944), Scots-Canadian writer [Martin Secker [Percy Martin Secker Klingender] (1882-1978), London publisher; J. B. Pinker, literary agent]
Secker: both from Number Five, John Street, Adelphi; 26 and 28 February 1913. Niven: both from Holmleigh, Church Hill, Loughton, Essex; 27 February and 2 March 1913.
Sent by Niven to his literary agent J. B. Pinker, whose date stamp is on the first of Secker's letters. All four items in fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper. Secker's first letter: 1p., 4to. He begins by praising 'Denny's display' [a window display of Niven's work in Denny's bookshop in the Strand]: 'I am wondering whether you managed to get the photograph into any of the papers. Shall I send it to the Bookman?' He continues: 'The sales [of Niven's novel The Porcelain Lady] up to date amount to 434 in England.
Two pages, c.17 x 14cm, paper trimmed with loss of text, staining making it difficult ro read some of text, text in another hand unless Scott's legal hand differed from his novelist's (see image on my website). Text of recto: "appears to be justly due at the date of the sequestration with all the expenses thereon And I the said George Brown Bind and Oblige myself and my foresaid to free and relieve the said James Orr and his foresaid of the cautionary Obligation above written and of all loss damages and expenses which he may incur or sustain in consequence thereof.
Two pages, 4to, corrections and additions in his hand, fold marks, staining, some heavy, but text clear and complete. I am not a good subject for a humorous article, because I am supposed to be a humorist myself. Now you may confidently make it a rule never to touch subjects that are alreadyconsidered funny. You will find it easy to write an amusing imaginary interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury; but I defy you to make anyone laugh at an interview with Mark Twain. Mark made his reputation as a humorist with a description of a visit to the Holy Land.
Ralph Steadman's position as one of the finest of all British caricaturists and cartoonists is assured. While he is best known for his collaborations with Hunter S. Thompson, Steadman's savage satirical studies in Private Eye and his humorous cartoons in Punch are equally memorable.
One page, 12mo,green paper, bifiolium (rest blank), 3 verses, 14 lines each (total 42 lines), preceded by the statement "Written for the Charity Bazaar") and 6 line quotation from Cowper ("Here stay thy foot; - how copious and how clear ... from an Eternal source"). Verses start "Welcome to Ikley! Lady fair ... That God hath bless'd the spring!". No other copy traced (none on COPAC etc). See scan on website inventory.
George Cruikshank (1792-1878), English caricaturist and illustrator
Undated, but on paper with watermarked date 1824.
In ink on both sides of a 4to leaf of wove paper, watermarked 'J GREEN & SON / 1824'. None of Cruikshank's drawing or writing is affected, but one corner of the leaf has been cut away, and there is another thin strip cut from another. Fair, on aged paper. One page carries a full-length drawing of a bearded athletic man in shorts and sandals, making a sweeping theatrical gesture with his right hand, and holding a spear in his left. Beneath the drawing is Cruikshank's signature, and a study of the left foot.
Owen Barfield [Inklings; C. S. Lewis; J. R. R. Tolkien; Rudolf Steiner school, Michael Hall; Cecil Harwood]
Long Crendon, Thame, Oxon. Undated. [1920s.]
11pp., folio, on the rectos of eleven leaves attached with brass pin, the title page reading 'THE CHILD AND THE GIANT / by / Owen Barfield.' and, in bottom right-hand corner, 'Long Crendon, / Thame, / Oxon.' Text of story on ten pages numbered -10, with first page headed 'THE CHILD AND THE GIANT'. Fair, on aged and spotted paper. Title page with stamp of the 'TEACHERS' LIBRARY / MICHAEL HALL'.
Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861), English poet, critic, translator and educationalist [John Dryden's translation of Plutarch]
Undated [early 1850s?]
The two leaves were evidently disbound from a copy of an edition of Dryden's Plutarch, in which the grey 4to leaf of writing paper following the 12mo printed leaf was one of those that interleaved the volume. In fair conditon, on lightly-aged paper. The two leaves are tipped in onto a larger leaf removed from an album. The printed leaf is 12mo, from volume 5 of Dryden's translation, with the pages numbered 511 and 612 [sic]. The two sides of the leaf carry a total of approximately 25 emendations and deletions.
Charles Swain, minor Victorian Poet from Manchester
'If Manchester is not proud of you yet':The 1830s poetical notebook of Charles Swain'If ever man was born to be a poet, you are;' the Poet Laureate Robert Southey wrote to Charles Swain in 1832, 'and if Manchester is not proud of you yet, the time will certainly come when it will be so'.
'B. B.' [Sir Brooke Boothby (1744-1824)?] [Dryburgh Abbey, property of David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan]
Date and publisher not stated. [Scotland, circa 1814?]
Poem: On one side of a piece of 12mo paper. Fair, lightly-aged and a little ruckled, with traces of gum from previous mounting on the blank reverse. The 12-line poem is written in heroic couplets, and begins 'POOR, faithful animal, adieu! - | To Nature's kind affection true, | For fourteen years, thy grateful heart, | Devoted, play'd its humble part.' At the end a contemporary hand has ascribed the poem to 'B. B.', and the same hand gives the date as 'September 3d'.
[Sir Brooke Boothby (1744-1824)] [Jane Gordon, Duchess of Gordon (1748-1812), Scottish Tory political hostess]
Printed on one side of a 4to leaf, to which a black mourning border has been given by hand. Well printed on wove paper. Fair, on lightly-aged and ruckled paper. The author's name is not given, and the title reads 'SONNET | ON THE LATE | DUTCHESS [sic] OF GORDON.' The poem begins: 'IS then the bright expansive spirit flown, | That wont to animate the admiring throng? | Does the fair theme of many a poet's Song | Exist in pleasing memory alone?' The poem was also printed in 'The Poetical Register, and Repository of Fugitive Poetry, for 1810-1811' (London: F. C. and J.
Axel Munthe [Axel Martin Fredrik Munthe] (1857-1949), Swedish physician and author of 'The Story of San Michele' [Judith Masefield (1904-1988), daughter of the Poet Laureate John Masefield]
Written from Italy and London in 1930 and (perhaps) 1931.
'The Story of San Michele' is one of the most popular works of the twentieth century, and this delightful correspondence bears ample testimony to the extraordinary allure of its author. The eight letters are entirely legible, in fair condition on aged paper. They total 3 pp in folio, and 8 pp in 4to. The sequence is tentative, none of the letters giving the year. The numerous errors, in large part due to Munthe's growing blindness, are largely unnoticed in the following transcripts. Letter One (2 pp, 4to). 'Rome Villa Svezia Via Aldrovandi 27 Feb 8 '.
Alan Anderson; Cecil Woolf; Moray McLaren [Norman Douglas]
'On display during July 1952 at Edinburgh Central Library | George IV Bridge | Edinburgh'. [Printed by McLagan & Cumming, Edinburgh.]
'This Bibliographical Catalogue, compiled by Cecil Woolf and Alan Anderson, is limited to two hundred copies.' 8vo, 9 pp. In original green printed wraps. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with single manuscript correction in green ink. Full-page introduction on Douglas by Moray McLaren. Scarce: the only copies on COPAC at Oxford, the British Library, and the National Library of Scotland.
[London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1832.]
12mo, 18 pp (paginated 21-38) + one engraving (facing p.24). Good, on lightly-aged paper, with the engraving somewhat foxed; in good modern grey card wraps, marbled endpapers, and printed label on front. First appearance in printed form. On nine leaves disbound from 'The Keepsake for MDCCCXXXII', edited by Frederic Mansel Reynolds. Mary Shelley's story is on the seventeen pages 22-38, with the drophead title 'THE DREAM. | BY THE AUTHOR OF FRANKENSTEIN. | Chi dice mal d'amore | Dice una falsità. | ITALIAN SONG.' The engraving, by Charles Heath from Miss L. Sharpe, is titled 'Constance'.
Charles Morley [Charles Robert Morley] (1853-1916), editor of the Pall Mall Gazette
On letterhead of the Pall Mall Gazette, Northumberland Street, Strand; 2 June 1884.
3 pp, 12mo. Bifolium. 21 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Begins 'I shall really be very sorry, and I know that I speak for my chief, if you will not allow your paper to be published.' He considers it 'by far the most interesting and exhaustive of those that we have received, and its non-appearance some days ago is due to a hittch which occurred at the last moment.' He was 'so reluctant' that it should be lost, that he disregarded the 'excision that you made at my request'.
Frances Mary Peard (1835-c.1923), Victorian author [Robert Cole, FSA, London solicitor and autograph collector; Madame Sineo-Benaducci]
Letter One: 7 June [1880s?]; Sparnon, on deleted letterhead of Meadfoot Lodge, Torquay. Letter Two: without date or place.
Both items in good condition on aged paper. A dramatic, almost novelistic correspondence, regarding 'the Signora' (named in the second letter as 'Mme Sineo', who is staying at her house in Torquay and is apparently too frail to return to her London house. Letter One: Docketed 'No 1'. 12mo, 4 pp. Peard states that she has not 'written of late about the Signora. She has got fairly well again, but she does not seem to us fit to return to London, & I hear that her doctor does not think she ever will be fit.