Music and Theatre

[ Giulia Grisi, opera singer ] Bold Signature Giulia Grisi.

Author: 
Giulia Grisi (1811 – 1869), Italian opera singer.
GRISI
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£56.00
GRISI

Signature on slip of paper, c.11 x 2cm, with embossed coat of arms (crown on top), laid down on slightly larger card, sl. irregular, good condition. Docketed the late Madame Grisi. See image,

[Vera Lynn, Forces' Sweetheart] B & W Photograph of a youthful Vera Lynn Signed Sincerely Yours | Vera Lynn

Author: 
Vera Lynn [ Dame Vera Margaret Lynn (née Welch; 1917 -2020), singer, songwriter and entertainer]
Vera Lynn
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£45.00
Vera Lynn

B & W Photograph, 8 x 13cm, very good condition except for remnants of laying down on the reverse. See image.

[ Scott & Whaley; music hall duo ] Photograph inscribed Yours sincerely | [Signed?] Scott & Whaley in Cuthbert's hand, and signed individually over their images, Pussyfoot and Cuthbert.

Author: 
Pussyfoot and Cuthbert (Scott & Whaley), African-American music hall and radio comedians.
Pussyfoot
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£45.00
Pussyfoot

14 x 13.5cm, laid down on slightly larger leaf extracted from an Autograph Album, very good condition. Pussyfoot is at the piano, blacked up (with thick whitened lips!).See image/

[ Adolphe Abrahams; medic ] Autograph Letter Signed Adolphe Abrahams to Walter James MacQueen-Pope (Popie), theatre historian.

Author: 
Adolphe Abrahams [Sir Adolphe Abrahams (1883–1967), medical doctor, considered to be the founder of British sports science, brother of Harold Abrahams.]
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Sir Adolphe Abrahams, 97 Harley Street, W/1., 14 Nov. 1959.
£220.00

Two pages, obl.12mo, good condition, small neat hand. Text: Your recent sympathetic reference to Leslie Stuart encourages me once more to be reminiscent - nostalgically. | I claim to know all he wrote - a bold assertion this, considering his output. I wonder how many know that an early song, perhaps his first, and quite different from all others was the comic 'The dandy-coloured coon' [quotes the name sequence from the song] | Sweetheart May - was an early one in my opinion (Vesta Tilley sang this). Then Little Dolly Daydream, Soldiers of the Queen - perhaps about 1895.

[ Lauri Wylie; playwright; Dinner for One; Der 90. Geburtstag ] Three Typed Letters Signed Lauri (2) and L. (1) AND one Autograph Letter Signed Lauri | LAURI WYLIE to theatre historian W. Macqueen-Pope, about theatre topics including his own writing.

Author: 
Lauri Wylie [Lauri Wylie (1880 – 1951), originally Maurice Laurence Samuelson Metzenberg, British actor and author, inc. the play Dinner for One (most frequently repeated TV programme ever).]
Publication details: 
All from Two Courtenay Towers | Hove 3, 13, 20, 27 August 1950 (typed letters) and 22 January 1951 (Holograph).
£450.00

Total 4pp., 4to, one with corner torn off, all a little battered but texts clear and complete. Letter One: He asks if anything can be done with [his] book, and discusses his re-writing another straight play. They don't seem to be able to stop me. I roughed it out during the war but have now done a lot to it. I think it's a winner! So does every one else who writes plays [further lighthearted comment on writing plays]. He asks finally whether Macqueen-Pope has any new books coming on. They seem to go down big.

[ Gale Pedrick; ENSA ] Four substantial Typed Letters Signed Gale [Pedrick] to theatre historian, W. Macqueen Pope known as Popie, in charge of publicity for ENSA [Entertainments National Service Association]. WITH: multiple ideas (typescripts).

Author: 
Gale Pedrick [ Frank Gale Pedrick-Harvey (1906–1970), author, journalist, scriptwriter, and broadcaster.]
Publication details: 
All 1941 (May, June and September). Letters headed 11th Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment, Seaton Barracks, Crownhill, Plymouth~From the papers of W. J. MacQueen-Pope, Theatre Historian, MacQueen-Pope, who was in charge of publicity at Drury Lane for 21 years, including four years running publicity for the whole of ENSA, which had its headquarters in the building. Four Typed Letters Signed Gale, 5pp. 4to, with sprinkling of additions in MS, fold marks, very good condition. WITH; typescript torrents of ideas, 10pp., 4to, most in very good condition (one torn and crumpled), sent as attachments to the letters. LETTER ONE: He says his list of ideas is self-explanatory but he then lists points around the titles Ideas, Sketches, Lyrics Films, Job, anticipating his going to go away 'in the field'. ATTACHED: Typescript, 5pp., 4to, in which he gives explications of his ideas for shows, titles: 1. 48 Hours Leave; 2. E.N.S.A. was at Waterloo; 3. Jack of All Trades; 4. Compere - the Duke [Wellington etc]; 5. Hearts of Oak [patriotic songs]; 6. 10 minute features 7. Sweethearts and Wives - May they Never Meet; 8. I Could a Tail Unfold; Individual items (weekly letters, Counterparts in the past, Entertainers at the Piano. LETTER TWO: Basically concerning how slowly things are going because of bureaucracy and issues affecting the organisation. ATTACHED: a song by him, apparently unpublished, When I get Back to Civvy-Street Again AND ideas for a feature/story. LETTER THREE: His movements, involvement with the Tavistock War Weapons Week (included looking after an aged Cyril Maude), and other bits and pieces. LETTER FOUR: He is pleased at news about his idea ENSA was at Waterloo and will get on with it, asking for Popie's ideas. He has attached a four-page list of a few of the 'possibles' - you know, the songs and personalities of Trades, to be compered by a leading person, asking for suggestions of names for comperes. His list includes Cooks and Waiters (Waitresses added in his hand), Shopgirl, Seafarer, Farmers, Sport, Nurses, etc. etc. He adds anothe suggestion for four programmes about (1) Blondes; (2) Red-Heads; (3) Brunettes; (4) Bald. MacQueen-Pope was in charge of publicity at Drury Lane for 21 years, including four years running publicity for the whole of ENSA, which had its headquarters in the building. This small archive also includes; Suggestions for Settings for ENSA Half Hour, 3pp., 4to, carbon. 9.9.41, devised by W. MacQueen-Pope; Suggestions for ENSA through the Ages, typescript, carbon, one page 4to; Norman Lee, 'Suggestions for| E.N.S.A. Half Hour (Title to be Arranged)', outline for a broadcast, typescript, two pages, with covering typed note. Two related scarps.~600~TYPESCRIPT THEATRE ENTERTAINMENT DRURY LANE ENSA~ ~0~SF41~ ~ ~ ~ ~
£600.00

[ Arthur Murphy, Irish writer ] Autograph Instruction Signed to Cadell Esq [publishers].

Author: 
Arthur Murphy, Barrister and Author [(1727–1805), Irish writer.
Murphy
Publication details: 
Lincoln's Inn, 21 July 1788.
£500.00
Murphy

Paper, 15 x 9cm, trimmed with minimal loss of text, some staining, text clear and legible. Pay to Lady Montfort's Bearer the sum of Eighy seven Shillings & charge the same to | Your Humble Servt. | Arthur Murphy. A bold and impressive signature. Note: A, He studied at Jesuit run Saint-Omer, France, and was a gifted student of the Latin and Greek classics. He worked as an actor in the theatre, became a barrister, a journalist and finally a (not very original) playwright. He edited Gray's Inn Journal between 1752 and 1754.

[Angna Enters, American dancer, painter, author.] Sketch of dance costume in pencil and watercolour, captioned 'Fleur du Mal (Proust Sequence)', signed 'Angna Enters '56'. In envelope addressed by her to theatre historian W. J. MacQueen-Pope.

Author: 
Angna Enters [Anita Enters] (1907-1989), American painter, writer, dancer and mime, partner of Michio Ito, wife of Louis Kalonyme [Louis Kantor] [W. J. MacQueen-Pope, theatre historian]
Angr
Publication details: 
Signed and dated to 1957. Envelope with London postmark dated 18 January 1957 and her embossed address: 35 West 57th Street, New York.
£200.00
Angr

Enters exhibited her artistic work - including many sketches of her own costume designs - widely in the United States and Europe, and her work is held by several museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The present item is an attractive impressionistic sketch, in grey and black pencil, with watercolour wash in pink, light red and grey, showing a dancer with arms outstretched and heavy costume with full sleeves and train. Captioned by Enters at bottom left: 'Fleur du Mal (Proust Sequence)'. Signed at bottom left: 'Angna Enters '56'. On 23 x 15.5 cm laid paper.

[Allardyce Nicoll, Shakespeare scholar.] Nine Autograph items from his papers, seven of them relating to Macbeth, including lecture notes, commentary and memoranda; one comprising two drafts of a discussion of 'The Winter's Tale'.

Author: 
Allardyce Nicoll [John Ramsay Allardyce Nicoll] (1894-1976), Shakespearian scholar and historian of drama, founding director of Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham, Professor at Birmingham University
Publication details: 
All undated, but one from the 1950s. One item on University of Birmingham letterhead; the others without place.
£450.00

Nine autograph documents from the Allardyce Nicoll papers, which taken as a whole provide an insight into the working and thought processes of one of the foremost British Shakespeare scholars and Theatre Historian of the twentieth century. Seven of the items - presumably University of Birmingham lecture notes (see Item Seven below) - relate to 'Macbeth', a play which Nicoll had discussed in a celebrated lecture ('The Tragedie of Macbeth') published in 1927 by Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press.

[ Busch Quartet; Adolf Busch ] Autograph Signatures of the Busch Quartet, Adolf Busch, Gösta Andreasson, Karl Doktor, Hermann Busch

Author: 
Busch Quartet [Adolf Georg Wilhelm Busch (1891–1952), German-Swiss violinist, conductor, and composer].
Busch
Publication details: 
Dated 4 March 1936.
£100.00
Busch

Green card,12.5 x 8.5cm, edge faded, signatures bold, card formerly tipped into album (edges of reverses show wear).

[Dudley Moore, comedian and jazz musician, interviewed by Les Tomkins for 'Crescendo'.] Typescript of 'The Serious Side of Dudley Moore', with second part ('More Music and Moore'), gig review, and carbon of Tomkins letter to editor Victor Graham.

Author: 
Dudley Moore, comedian and musician, half of the 'Pete and Dud' duo with Peter Cook; Les Tomkins, Features Editor of the jazz music magazine 'Crescendo'
Publication details: 
The interview appeared in the July and August 1966 numbers of 'Crescendo' magazine [London].
£50.00

The interview was published in two numbers of 'Crescendo' ('The world's most authoritative music magazine', founded 1962). The first part, retitled 'Music & Moore | Les Tomkins interviews “The Genuine Dud”' – was the leading article (pp.18-19) of the July 1966 number of ), with Moore featuring on the cover. The second part was published in the following number, August 1966, pp.18-19 and 25. Four items, all in good condition, with light aging.

[ Alberto Randegger, composer. ] Autograph Note Signed to 'Miss Elphick'.

Author: 
Alberto Randegger (1832-1911), Italian composer who from 1854 lived in England.
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 10 Lower Seymour Street, Portman Square, W. [ London ]. 16 July 1891.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dear Miss Elphick | I shall be happy to see you on Wednesday the 22nd. inst at 10.45 a.m. | With kind regards | yours truly | Alberto Randegger'.

[ Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, playwright. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arthur W. Pinero') to the actor-manager Arthur Cecil Blunt, explaining that he cannot dramatize the novel of 'Mr. Wigram'.

Author: 
Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934), playwright [ Arthur Cecil [ Arthur Cecil Blunt (1843-1896), actor-manager and playwright ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 64 St John's Wood Road, NW [ London ]. 26 May 1887.
£60.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'Arthur C. Blunt, Esq', with salutation to 'My dear Cecil'. With regard to 'Mr. Wigram's letter' he writes that he 'would rather not dramatize a novel, and did I feel an inclination to do so I don't think I am at all a good man for the work'. He nevertheless asks the recipient to inform Wigram that he is 'complimented by his and Lord Desart's proposal'. The postscript is mildly amusing: 'P.S. I hope I am not liable to misconstruction in enquiring after your Housemaid's Knee'.

[ A. J. Hall and Dr. James Stewart. ] Autograph Note Signed [ to Dr James Stewart ] by the Irish singer A. J. Hall, with biographical 'Memo. by Dr. James Stewart ("Sheamus Rua")'.

Author: 
A. J. Hall, Irish singer [ Dr James Stewart ('Sheamus Rua') of the Irish Medical Schools' and Graduates' Association ]
Publication details: 
Note on letterhead of the Junior Athenaeum Club, 116 Piccadilly [ London ]. 18 November [ circa 1898 ]. Stewart's memorandum undated.
£60.00

The note and memo are on a 12mo bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. The letter is signed 'A. J. Hall' and addressed to 'My dear Doctor'. He explains that he would gladly visit him, 'if at liberty', but that he is 'at Wolverhampton that night with Madame Albani'. The biographical note, presumably in Stewart's autograph, is on the reverse of the second leaf of the bifolium, beneath the following, in red ink: 'Memo. by Dr. James Stewart ("Sheamus Rua") Hon. Secy.

[ George Grossmith, Victorian humourist. ] Dictated Letter, Signed ('Geo: Grossmith') with autograph postscript, to 'George R, &c.' [George R. Sims], describing their first meeting, and commenting warmly on their thirty-eight years of friendship.

Author: 
George Grossmith (1847-1912), humourist, author, actor and singer [ George R. Sims (1847-1922), journalist and bon vivant ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 55 Russell Square, W.C. [ London ] 22 June 1908.
£80.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and stained, with creasing along one edge. A wonderful letter, linking two notable figures in late-Victorian society, beginning: 'Do I remember it? how can I ever forget it, considering that we introduced ourselves to each other, without any introduction; & that casual acquaintanceship has developed into a friendship (without a discordant note) which has lasted for about 38 years.' Regarding their first meeting he writes: 'I was not subpoenaed as a short hand writer, as no such functionary was engaged at Bow St.

[ Dame Marie Tempest, actress. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mary') to 'My dear Cyril', discussing his 'amusing and witty play' and the one in which she is acting.

Author: 
Dame Marie Tempest [ Mary Susan Etherington ] (1864-1942), English singer and actress ('the queen of her profession')
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'Miss Marie Tempest'. 'Monday' [ no date ].
£35.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with slight loss to one corner and creasing to another. Strengthened on reverse with a small piece of tape. Letterhead in red, with Tempest writing in green ink. She writes warmly: 'I've read your Play, and I think it charming up to the point of the two people who are crooks! It suffers from the same thing that our present Play suffers from. Too sudden a jump!' She invites him to go and see the play, 'and you will gather what I mean'. She ends by describing his play as 'amusing and witty'.

[ Rev. Francis William Galpin, musicologist. ] Autograph Card Signed and Autograph Letter Signed (both 'F. W. Galpin') to the author Austin Dobson, regarding the Broad Oak in Hatfield Forest.

Author: 
Francis William Galpin (1858-1945), Church of England cleric and musicologist and collector of musical instruments [ Henry Austin Dobson (1840-1921), English author ]
Publication details: 
The card dated 30 August 1904 [ no place ]. The letter addressed from Hatfield Vicarage, Harlow [ Essex ]; 7 May 1906.
£56.00

Both items in good condition, with light signs of age. The card, with postmarks, is addressed to 'Austin Dobson Esq | 75 Eaton Rise | Ealing | W.' The letter is also to Dobson, but is only addressed 'Dear Sir'. In the card he reports that 'The old oak in the forest is now in ruins and quite dead. It has been surrounded with a railing and a young tree planted by its side.' He offers to send a photograph, and asks for 'anthing about my parish which you may publish'.

[ Émilie Broisat, actress with the Comédie-Française. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Monsieur Laval', declining an invitation.

Author: 
Émilie Broisat (1846-1929), French actress with the Comédie-Française
Publication details: 
'Dimanche soir' [ no place or date ].
£30.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Gracefully declining an invitation.

[ Stradivarius violin of G. H. L. Parsons of Streatham. ] Insurance documents and correspondence relating to the loan of the wartime instrument to violinist Mary Law [ Mrs. H. S. Kingdon ].

Author: 
Stradivarius violin of George Henry Lewis Parsons (d.1921) of Streatham Park [ Mary Law [ Mary Law Kingdon ] (1889-1919), English violinist, wife of Hugh Sewell Kingdon (d.1940); Antonio Stradivari ]
Publication details: 
London and Streatham, Surrey. Between 1910 and 1920.
£280.00

The owner of the violin in question, G. H. L. Parsons, had made his fortune with the firm Ashton & Parsons, wholesale chemists, also having an interest in the opticians Dollonds, and on his death was worth £127, 335 19s 8d. The woman to whom he lent the violin, Mary Law, made a number of recordings for Zonophone, and toured Australia in 1915, with the Melbourne Argus reporting the arrival of 'The Notable English Violinist.

[ The Gallery First Nighters' Club, London. ] Duplicated accounts and balance sheet by 'F. H. Long, Auditor'.

Author: 
[ The Gallery First Nighters' Club, London ] [ F. H. Long, Auditor; Ken Sephton (Sefton) ]
gallery
Publication details: 
[ The Gallery First Nighters' Club, London. ] 'Profit and Loss Account for year ending September 30th. 1910.'
£90.00
gallery

1p., landscape 12mo. Spirit duplicated with purple ink. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, and folded three times. The page is headed 'The Gallery First Nighters' Club', and is divided into two section: 'Profit and Loss Account for year ending September 30th. 1910.' and 'Balance Sheet'. At foot of page: 'G. F. Rigden, Hon. Secretary. | John Page, Hon. Treasurer. | I have examined the Club Books and Vouchers and found them correct. | F. H. Long, Auditor.' From the papers of Ken Sephton (Sefton).

[ Edwardian theatrical manuscript magazine. ] 'Ye Piecan's Gazette No 8', entirely in manuscript, with hand-coloured covers.

Author: 
[ 'Ye Piecan's Gazette', Edwardian theatrical manuscript magazine, edited by 'R. B.' ]
Theatrical MS newspaper
Publication details: 
Place not stated [ English ]. Vol. |1 No. 8 [ 1903 ].
£80.00
Theatrical MS newspaper

11pp., 12mo. Stapled into card covers. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Covers illustrated in colour by 'T. U. P.' The front cover carries, with the title, an illustration of a maid with a duster, captioned 'BESSAY NOTHING'. Humorous in intent.

[ C. Aubrey Smith, Hollywood actor and test cricketer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Aubrey . . S.') to 'George'

Author: 
C. Aubrey Smith [ Sir Charles Aubrey Smith ] (1863-1948), English stage and film actor and test cricketer
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'The Round Corner', 2881 Coldwater Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills. 22 July 1943.
£35.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He thanks him for thinking of his birthday, and taking the trouble 'to bring me that sherry'. He has not yet sampled it, as 'it's a bit too hot for anything but water, just at present'. He will telephone him, as he doesn't 'feel cocksure' about his address. He ends with regards to 'Mrs George'. In pencil in another hand at head: 'Here it is, George | C.A.S.'

[ Hal Collier, Victorian popular dramatist. ] Typescripts, with autograph additions, of three of melodramas: '"In the Hands of the Mormons" Or "The Mormon Peril"; 'The Broken Rosary' and 'The Secret Panel'.

Author: 
Hal Collier, Victorian popular playwright, author of melodramas
Publication details: 
One play with stamp of 209 Northumberland Road, Southampton, the other two without place. All three undated [ Edwardian ].
£1,250.00

Collier was the author of a number of melodramas and farces in the period between the Boer War and the Great War, including one written in conjunction with F. H. Dudley, but little is to be discovered about him, with no mention of these three titles. All three items in fair condition, on aged paper, in aged and worn bindings. ONE: '"In the Hands of the Mormons" Or "The Mormon Peril" A Drama in FOUR acts written by Hal Collier'. [1] + 45pp., 4to. Stitched into grey paper wraps. With pencil emendations throughout, including extensive deletions.

[Ernest Bloch, composer.] Collection of papers on music criticism by Joseph Sussman, including typewritten drafts of an unpublished monograph titled 'Ernest Bloch, Music's Prophet', an autograph notebook titled 'Ernest Bloch. The Piano Music'..

Author: 
Joseph Sussman, instructor in the pianoforte and music theory [Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), Swiss-born American Jewish composer
Publication details: 
England. Dating from at least between 1963 and 1975.
£650.00

The collection is in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, and can be grouped into three sections. ONE: Complete typewritten draft ([3] + 44pp., 4to) of Sussman's unpublished monograph on Bloch is contained in a large brown envelope, with the following note by Sussman on the front: '2ND COPY (without illustrations) of "Ernest Bloch - Music's Prophet" | JS'. It includes the contents, list of illustrations, introduction, and two-page 'Key and Bibliography'.

[The Jewish national anthem 'Hatikvah', sung in London at Gardiner's Corner ('the gateway to the East End').]

Author: 
[Joseph Sussman of London, instructor in the pianoforte and music theory; 'Hatikvah', the Israeli national anthem; the establishment of the State of Israel; the East End of London]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [1940s]. With manuscript map of the Aldgate East area of the East End of London.
£350.00

Six items, in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. In addition to manuscript scores by Sussman of five parts (soprano, tenor, bass, alto and conductor) of 'Hatikvah' (the five parts totalling 6pp., 4to, with staves also drawn out in manuscript), there is a duplicated typescript of an English translation of 'Hatikvah', titled 'Men Awake!' ('Workers all!

[Janet Leeper, writer on ballet.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Janet') to the theatre director E. Martin Browne, giving a detailed analysis of productions at Aldeburgh and Southwark of Benjamin Britten's opera 'Noye's Fludde'.

Author: 
Janet Leeper, writer on ballet [E. Martin Browne (1900-1980), English theatre director; Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), English composer; the Aldeburgh Festival]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 30 Bramham Gardens, [London] S.W.5. 15 January 1959.
£220.00

4pp., 8vo. 102 lines of neatly and closely written text. With original envelope addressed by Leeper to 'E. Martin Browne Esq | 99 Claremont Avenue | New York 27 | U.S.A.' Leeper begins by expressing her pleasure that Browne is 'going to do the first American performance of Noye's Fludde', which she describes as 'a great work - big & simple & satisfying, & very moving'.

[Violinist] End of letter, in French, signed Johannes Wolff.

Author: 
Johannes Wolff (1863-1931), Dutch classical violinst popular in England.
Publication details: 
No place or date survives.
£28.00

Piece of paper, 11 x 7com, tipped on to larger piece of paper. "En attendant les plaisirs recus [?] Mademoiselle les sinceres salutations de votre [serv[an]t?] devoue" (or soenthoing like that, hand difficult).

[Music Hall artist] Signature only , "Yours very truly | Harry Tich |"

Author: 
Harry Tich (1867-1928), Music Hall comedian and dancer [Little Tich]
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£28.00

Piece of paper,cut from a larger one, 17.5 x 6.5, good condition.

[John Pyke Hullah, composer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Hullah'), sending tickets to 'Laura'. With cutting of a few bars of manuscript sheet music by him.

Author: 
John Hullah [John Pyke Hulla] (1812-1884), English composer for one of whose operas Charles Dickens wrote the libretto
Publication details: 
Letter: On letterhead of 11 Devonshire Place, [London] W. 'Tuesday night' [no date]. Cutting of sheet music with docketted date 1861.
£120.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE (letter): 1p., 12mo. In a neat and elegant hand, it reads: 'Tuesday Night | Dear Laura | I send the tickets; as Goldsmith sent the portion of Lord Clare's haunch of venison to Sir Joshua - | "To paint it or eat it, whichever he pleased" | I am glad you like the Philharmonia | Your affecte. Friend | John Hullah'. TWO (cutting of sheet music): Written in pencil on one side of a 6.5 x 15 cm piece of paper, docketted 'Written by John Hullah 1861 | for

'. With a few words in Hullah's hand at head.

[Inscribed copy.] Acis & Galataea, or The Beau ! the Belle !! and the Blacksmith !!! A Piece of Oxford Extravagance. Written for the Annual Dramatic Performance at the Victoria Theatre, Oxford, December, 1869, in aid of the Radcliffe Infirmary.

Author: 
[Thomas Forder Plowman (1844-1919)]
Publication details: 
Oxford: Slatter & Rose, High Street. 1869. [Oxford: Printed by E. W. Morris, Jun.]
£120.00

[4] + 43pp., 12mo. Stabbed as issued. An attractive and elegantly-printed little book. Internally very good, on lightly-aged paper, loose in worn light-brown calf binding, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, back hinge sprung. Stamped in gilt on the front cover: 'ACIS & GALATAEA | A PIECE OF OXFORD EXTRAVAGANCE | BY | T. F. PLOWMAN'. Inscribed on fly-leaf: 'H. W. Chapman, Esq. | with the author's sincerest regards. | 1869.' A scarce item: only three copies on COPAC, at Oxford, Cambridge and the British Library, all three of which attribute this anonymous work to Plowman.

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