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  1. 116695
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    Autograph letter signed, referring to Christie's novel and play, The Hollow.

    A letter signed "Agatha Mallowan" addressed to Cicily and Jack Courtnedge [sic], who performed in a touring adaptation of Christie's The Hollow. She writes, "you were superb - both of you - in The Hollow! I did enjoy it so much... I've got a list of performance places - but one always mislays things when one leaves home to go on holiday." The Courtneidges frequently acted together on stage, screen, and the radio; here Christie refers to the 1973 production in which they both starred, and which began at Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: [1973?]

    Published:

    Stock Code: 116695

    Signed: Yes

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  2. 116326comp
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    Love Poet, Carpenter.

    Michael Longley at Seventy.
    Signed limited edition, number 115 of 195 copies, signed by 59 contributors on inserted Fabriano Artistico rear endpapers. This copy is additionally signed by Longley. Love Poet, Carpenter is an anthology containing work by Simon Armitage, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Eamon Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Andrew Motion, and many others, celebrating the life and works of Longley. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 2009

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116326

    Signed: Yes

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  3. Notes on a Journey Through Cilicia and Lycaonia.
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    Notes on a Journey Through Cilicia and Lycaonia.

    [Complete as six offprints from] Revue Archeologique, Publiée sous la direction de Mm. G. Perrot et S. Reinach.
    A rare presentation set of offprint first editions comprising the complete Notes on a Journey Through Cilicia and Lycaonia, with an autograph letter signed from Bell presenting the whole to Professor Ludwig Richard Enno Littman (1875-1958) laid in. The apparently unpublished letter, on Rounton Grange, Northallerton, stationery, is dated October 17 [presumably 1907], and contains four pages of lively archaeological discussion ("Your suggestion that all this series of castles is Islamic comes to me I confess as a new idea. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1906-7

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 115580

    Signed: Yes

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    Typed letter signed to the Lord Chancellor relating to appeasement:

    “Dear Lord Chancellor, I return your excellent speech, together with some notes I ventured to make just as they stand. The notes that you find in the course of the text have been made by Sir Orme Sargent, one of our Under-Secretaries. We both feel that the description of the Czechoslovak crisis might at this date be rather cut down and the Secretary of State [Anthony Eden] is inclined to agree with this view. May I say what a privilege it was to read the speech and how much I enjoyed doing so, as did Sir Orme Sargent. Yours sincerely, R. A. Butler”.
    One month to the day before the declaration of war Rab Butler writes to the Lord Chancellor: "the description of the Czechoslovak crisis might at this date be rather cut down". A fascinating glimpse into the "corridors of power" during a momentous period in 20th century history. On the afternoon of the day before Butler penned this letter (2 August), Chamberlain addressed the House of Commons and moved for the adjournment of Parliament - and on 4 August Parliament was duly adjourned for the summer: with hindsight a quite extraordinary act, and one vociferously opposed by Churchill. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 3 August 1939,

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115533

    Signed: Yes

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  5. Schools and Universities on the Continent.
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    Schools and Universities on the Continent.

    First edition, presentation copy inscribed "with the author's sincere regard" in the author's hand on the half title. This copy also contains an autograph letter signed from Arnold to Mr Osborne Turner Junr., on Whitehall Education Department stationary, informing the recipient of his supplementary book "Higher Schools and Universities in Germany" published by Macmillan in 1874. Learn More
    £550

    Date of Publication: 1868

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115431

    Signed: Yes

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  6. 114640
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    Letter, Signed, to an unnamed Monsieur, thanking him for his good wishes upon his appointment as Contrleur general of finance.

    A fine example of the famous speculator John Law's signature, appended to an autograph letter, written in a neat cursive secretarial hand, to an unknown "Monsieur", thanking him for his complimentary letter following Law's appointment to the post of controller-general of finance of France. "Monsieur, je reçois avec beaucoup de plaisir votre compliment sur la charge dont il a plu au Roy de m'honorer. Learn More
    £5,000

    Date of Publication: 14 January 1720

    Published: Paris:

    Stock Code: 114640

    Signed: Yes

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    Typed letter signed concerning the Hollywood film The Beginning or the End (1947), a docudrama about the development of the atomic bomb.

    Addressed to Loew’s Incorporated (the distribution arm of MGM), based in Culver City, CA.
    The great Italian-American physicist gives permission for his depiction in the 1947 MGM docudrama The Beginning or the End: "Gentlemen: In connection with the motion picture you are about to produce concerning the atomic bomb project and its ramifications, tentatively called The Beginning or the End, I now authorise you to depict me by name as a character in this motion picture and to use my name in connection therewith, my impersonation to be by an actor selected by you. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 10-Apr-46

    Published: Chigago?

    Stock Code: 114629

    Signed: Yes

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  8. Sonnets together with Lyrics.
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    Sonnets together with Lyrics.

    First editions, first impressions, presentation copies inscribed by Lord Alfred Douglas on the front free endpapers of both titles "Hazel Hergenhahn from Alfred Douglas, April 1943". This presentation set includes 13 pages of typed letters (likely carbon copies, but the texts apparently unpublished) from Douglas to Hergenhahn, dated December 1939 to June 1940. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114209

    Signed: Yes

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  9. Autograph letter to Dr John H. Humphrey.
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    Autograph letter to Dr John H. Humphrey.

    A letter from Popper to Dr John Humphreys FRS in which Popper thanks Humphrey for supporting his recent election to the Society. He writes that "it means much for me, as a philosopher of science, to find that practising scientists feel that they can support me." John Herbert Humphrey (1916-1987) was a noted immunologist and bacteriologist, highly influential both in the UK and internationally, who worked to establish international standards for antibiotics and enzymes with James Lightbown. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1976

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    Stock Code: 112695

    Signed: Yes

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  10. [Autograph letter signed, quoting a Persian fable.]
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    [Autograph letter signed, quoting a Persian fable.]

    Beecher Stowe writes to Cincinnati bibliophile Louis (also recorded as Lewis) Cist, quoting an ancient Persian fable from Sir John Malcolm's Sketches of Persia (1827): "While in the bath the other day, a friend put into my hand a bit of scented clay. ‘What art thou' said I, in admiration, ‘art though musk or ambergris? that thy perfume is so delightlful. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1840

    Published: Walnut Hills, [Cincinnati]

    Stock Code: 111447

    Signed: Yes

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  11. Penelope's Progress being such extracts from the Commonplace Book of Penelope Hamilton as relate to her Experiences in Scotland [and] Penelope's English Experiences.
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    Penelope's Progress being such extracts from the Commonplace Book of Penelope Hamilton as relate to her Experiences in Scotland [and] Penelope's English Experiences.

    First illustrated editions, both copies inscribed and signed by Wiggin on the front free endpapers and Penelope's Progress with the title page additionally signed and dated 1901, and an autograph note singed tipped in. Penelope's Progress is inscribed quoting the first sentence of the book: "We have travelled together before, Salemina, Francesca, and I, and we know the very worst there is to know about one another" and signed "Quotation from myself: Kate Douglas Wiggin"; Penelope's English Experiences is similarly inscribed with the first sentence: "Here we are in London again, Salemia, Francesca and I" and signed "Kate Douglas Wiggin. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: Boston and New York

    Stock Code: 110167

    Signed: Yes

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  12. Typed Letter, Signed, to Fred. M. Vinson, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.
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    Typed Letter, Signed, to Fred. M. Vinson, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

    A typed letter signed, on headed notepaper of the United Kingdom Treasury Delegation, Washington D.C., written to Judge Frederic Vinson, who had taken over British financial matters from Harry Dexter White. Negotiations to finalise the American loan agreement began on September 13, 1945 and were finally concluded on December 6, when Halifax and Vinson signed the Anglo-American Financial Agreement. Learn More
    £5,000

    Date of Publication: 1619

    Published: Washington D.C.:

    Stock Code: 110071

    Signed: Yes

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  13. Two Typed Letters, Signed, and one Autograph Postcard, Signed, to Lyn Lloyd Newman.
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    Two Typed Letters, Signed, and one Autograph Postcard, Signed, to Lyn Lloyd Newman.

    Two letters written by Keynes to Lyn Lloyd Irvine, Journalist and Writer, husband of the Bletchley Park mathematician Max Newman, hoping to meet whilst in America, but noting "My visit to this country is meant to be as short as possible and, as I have come on a definite job, that is what I must attend to. In the main I shall be here in Washington. But I shall be spending some days in New York before we go back. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1941

    Published: Washington, D.C. and Firle,

    Stock Code: 110068

    Signed: Yes

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  14. John Mistletoe.
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    John Mistletoe.

    First US edition, first printing (published simultaneously by Faber in London) of Morley's autobiographical novel. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Morley Kennerley and Lagonda with love from Kit". The recipient, Morley Kennerley (1902-1985) was an American auctioneer, publisher, bibliophile, and a board member of Faber & Faber (a collection of his correspondence is held at Yale). Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 1931

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 108433

    Signed: Yes

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  15. "Autograph letter signed to W. C. Sidgwick, discussing Mill's forthcoming edition of his father's Analysis of the Human Mind."
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    "Autograph letter signed to W. C. Sidgwick, discussing Mill's forthcoming edition of his father's Analysis of the Human Mind."

    A letter written by John Stuart Mill to William Carr Sidgwick, elder brother of the philosopher Henry Sidgwick who, together with Mill would be a founding member of The Radical Club, established in 1870, in which Mill announces the forthcoming publication of his new edition of his father's work, The Analysis of the Phenomena of the Human Mind, originally published in 1829. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1868

    Published: Blackheath Park

    Stock Code: 108158

    Signed: Yes

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  16. Elegy for J.F.K.
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    Elegy for J.F.K.

    An original draft of Auden's elegy, accompanied by a note from Auden to his collaborator and occasional lover, Chester Kallman: "Chester, would you let me know what you think of this on JFK - the Sunday Times want to print it. W." The undated note is addressed from his house in Kirchstetten, Austria; the elegy contains one printing error ("dud" for "did"), otherwise it was published unrevised. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1964]

    Published: [N.p

    Stock Code: 105048

    Signed: Yes

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  17. [Typed letter signed together with an inscribed photograph of the author.]
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    [Typed letter signed together with an inscribed photograph of the author.]

    Tagore writes to an unnamed recipient: "Dear Madam: I have been touched by the story of your suffering as related in your letter of Jan 12; I permit myself to offer you my sympathy. The demands made on my health and on my time are too many to enable me to write to you as often as I could wish. Yours sincerely, Rabindranath Tagore". Santi-Niketan was the ashram founded by Tagore in 1901, ostensibly as a place of meditation for Hindus of all castes, though the gesture has also been situated within the "upsurge of swadeshi (nationalist) activity in Bengal (and other parts of India) around the turn of the century. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: Santi-Niketan, Bengal

    Stock Code: 104767

    Signed: Yes

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  18. Typed letter signed to the publishers William Heinemann.
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    Typed letter signed to the publishers William Heinemann.

    Originally banned
    "I understand that certain restrictions are placed on the sale of Bloch's ‘Sexual Life of our Times' and am therefore writing to you direct, as the publishers, to ask you under what conditions and at what price the book is procurable. I may add that I am domiciled abroad [mis-typed as ‘aborad' and corrected by Huxley in ink] so that, if the restrictions apply solely to England, they would not affect this case. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1930

    Published: 3 rue Du Bac, Suresnes, France

    Stock Code: 103695

    Signed: Yes

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  19. 79th Division Headquarters Troop: A Record.
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    79th Division Headquarters Troop: A Record.

    First edition, first printing. Scarce, with OCLC showing six copies only and no copy in auction records. During the First World War, Cain, the future author of The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, Double Indemnity, etc., served with Malcolm in the 79th Division, a unit raised at Camp Meade in Cain's home state of Maryland in 1917. The 79th earned the nickname "Cross of Lorraine" - a symbol of both French regional pride, and national independence - for its services during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the largest and bloodiest operation of the war for the American Expeditionary Force. Learn More
    £3,000

    Date of Publication: [1919]

    Published: [N.p.]

    Stock Code: 99729

    Signed: Yes

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  20. Autograph letter signed to Rupert Trouton.
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    Autograph letter signed to Rupert Trouton.

    A fine early letter, written in ink on H.M. Treasury headed notepaper, addressed to a close friend and colleague at the Treasury: "My dear Rupert, You are a scoundrel of the worst order and shall have no sympathy from me however large you may swell. Get well quick and come back to us. You are the one member of A.D. who is indispensable and I do not know how many thousands of dollar reimbursement we shall lose. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1918

    Published: [London]

    Stock Code: 98380

    Signed: Yes

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