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Original letters and correspondence between various well-known figures, written by hand or typed.

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  1. 132140
    An unpublished autograph letter signed in French, Marx's earliest known missive to the Belgian radical journalist and politician Lucien-Léopold Jottrand, president of the Democratic Association in Brussels, of which Marx became vice president. Under the influence of Marx and Engels, the Democratic Association would become... Learn More
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  2. 131928
    A signed letter from Hayek to Charles E. Funk, editor of The Literary Digest, apparently in response to an enquiry into the proper pronunciation of his name: "In terms of the Phonetic Alphabet of the International Phonetic Association the correct pronunciation of my name would be rendered by 'Hai-ek'". Hayek goes on to say... Learn More
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  3. 128974
    Autograph letter signed "J. S. Mill" to an unknown "Sir", apparently unpublished, discussing political intrigues within the East India Company. With reference to a current dispute, Mill declares his support for one Captain Philip Meadows Taylor (1808-1876) in the military service of the Company, suggesting that the recipient... Learn More
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  4. 132323
    An emotionally-charged autograph letter signed from Rilke to his fellow Prague poet, the Austrian essayist and translator Count Paul Thun-Hohenstein (1884-1963), in which he laments his inability to host his friend at Muzot due to a sudden sickness and divulges his desire to travel to the Mediterranean - content made poignant... Learn More
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  5. 133590
    Housman replies to one of his early fan letters: "Dear Sir, I am much obliged by your kindness in writing to me, and glad that my verses have pleased you. I am yours faithfully A. E. Housman". The letter, with the handwritten letterhead of University College London, is dated 29 September 1898, two years after Housman had... Learn More
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  6. 129800
    Autograph letter signed to an unidentified recipient, noting that "Percy Florence & I have been gadding", and accepting an invitation to dine. Learn More
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  7. 129994
    Autograph letter, incomplete or at least unsigned, to Marianna Hammond, a friend of Claire Clairmont, relating Claire's health and problems with inheritance after the death of Sir Timothy Shelley. Mary also relates a piece of contemporary gossip about the death of Lady Elizabeth Aldborough (who married the third earl in... Learn More
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  8. 129803
    Autograph letter signed to Alexander Blackwood (attributed so by Bennett), in which Mary solicits, albeit unsuccessfully, for the publication of "a tale that has been confided to me from India". The author of the tale was a Bengal artillery lieutenant, Captain Sir James Abbott, who had already had his Narrative of a Journey... Learn More
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    One of two known letters of Quesnay's correspondence with Forbonnais, giving a valuable insight into Quesnay's working methods. The letter concerns two works, one by Quesnay, the other by Forbonnais.
    The first part of the letter deals with Forbonnais' Recherches et Considerations sur Ies Finances de la France, which was... Learn More
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  10. 124627
    Autograph letter signed to an unknown female recipient setting out Austin's thoughts regarding the establishment of a "periodical work for children". Despite the recipient's enthusiasm, her own, "and that of everyone, without a single exception, of my female friends and acquaintances I am forced to relinquish it from the... Learn More
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  11. 116816
    A choice letter between two of the leading American economists of the day, testimony to the emergence of an American school of economics that was explicitly conceived as an alternative to the orthodoxy of British classical economics.
    The letter was initiated through the recent publication of Carey's first book, Theory... Learn More
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    A remarkable survival, the original manuscript notes for Orwell's lecture on "Culture and Democracy", the lecture which was published, much to Orwell's disgust, with unauthorized alterations in the volume Victory or Vested Interest (1942). Orwell's lectures were not usually recordedBernard Crick describes the published version... Learn More
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  13. 132105
    Milne writes to thank Mrs Taylor for the gift of some asparagus and the comic verse she had sent him: "... I had to eat it first to make sure that it was the genuine thing... I'm wondering now whether I oughtn't to have sent my boy to your school. Would he have had asparagus and a hot bath on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday?... Learn More
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    A remarkable self-commentary by Malcolm Lowry (1909-1957), the author of one of the great novels of the century, annotating an intended biographical study of him, together with a signed letter from his important literary influence and friend. Aiken's letter is apparently written in response to a request from the would-be... Learn More
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  15. 123152

    Autograph letter signed to William Force Stead.

    Riversdale, Willbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin: 26 September [1934]

    A fascinating letter written by Yeats to his friend William Force Stead (1884-1967), expounding the symbolic meanings in the ring that Yeats had had made for him by Edmund Dulac.
    Stead was an American-born poet, literary scholar, and Anglican clergyman, who studied at Oxford and then became chaplain and fellow at Worcester... Learn More
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  16. 117269
    Correspondence from Welsh social reformer Robert Owen to the politician and Fellow of the Royal Society William Tooke. In the first, dated 14 November 1819, Owen speaks of the growing need for reform within the country and of his prior failure to act in full accordance with his beliefs: "to attain any great good I must act... Learn More
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  17. 44750
    Fitzgerald writes to Gilbert Seldes from Baltimore, March 26, 1934, announcing an exhibition of Zelda's paintings, and urging him to attend. Learn More
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  18. 112695
    A letter in which Popper thanks Humphrey for supporting his recent election to the Royal 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... Learn More
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    Seldes gave Tender Is the Night a rave review in the New York Evening Journal on the day of publication, 12 April 1934. Fitzgerald writes two weeks later to thank him: " I never had any doubt after the weeks and months of half-sleepless work on the thing that it had some special merit and value but it is so nice to see an... Learn More
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  20. i1
    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... Learn More
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  21. 70151
    RWE returns a book of newly published poems written by a neighbour (" which I have kept longer than was right, from liking & because one is always expecting a better day & mood to read these pastoral verses. I find them always pleasing, with a solid honesty quite free from prettiness or showiness And whilst they particularly... Learn More
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  22. ne page ALS, beginning "I was delighted, so was Zelda, to hear that you are back in Europe."

    Fitzgerald writes to Gilbert Seldes from France. Undated, but likely in 1929.

    "I was delighted, so was Zelda, to hear that you're back in Europe. Ring Lardner sent me a clipping about your play - I know how it feels to see one go pop before your eyes and I deeply sympathized with you...Zelda has been sick on and... Learn More

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  23. 39057
    Michelet, best known for his monumental..."> A note to his sister: "I thought I remembered sending, or bringing, the Michelet to Wakefield. But I suppose I was mistaken. The vol. has somehow been lost, unfortunately. Affectionately yours, George Gissing". Gissing had last visited his family in Wakefield in September 1898.
    Michelet, best known for his monumental... Learn More
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    An affectionate autograph letter signed from James to John Edward Russell, professor of philosophy at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, with the letter from Russell to James, in his wife's hand, which prompted the aforementioned response, plus related correspondence from Alice James dated from their time spent... Learn More
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    Six autograph letters signed to Bartolomeo Cini.

    Florence, Sorrento, & Putney: [1843 & 1845]

    A set of six autograph letters signed to the Tuscan nobleman Bartolomeo Cini. The letters make mention of Percy's friendly relationship with Cini's mother-in-law Margaret King, Lady Mountcashel, and reference Claire Clairmont, Percy Florence and his Cambridge friend Andrew Alexander Knox, and include an admission of Mary's... Learn More
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  26. 120615
    An excellent and very scarce signed letter of one page from Mary Shelley to her step-sister, enclosing a clipped signature of her late husband, "Yours ever faithfullyPercy B. Shelley" (here still pasted down, presumably clipped by Mary from an earlier letter to her). This entrusted treasure is accompanied by Mary's terse... Learn More
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  27. 120611

    Autograph letter signed to Frederic Mansel Reynolds.

    33 Somerset Street, London: [December 1832 - January 1833?]

    A very scarce signed letter of four pages (latterly mounted in a die-cut paper frame bearing the legend "Mrs Shelley author of 'Frankenstein', daughter of William Godwin") addressing the novelist and editor of The Keepsake, complaining of a returned copy, and mentioning "one of the Keepsakes you sent me has pages omitted&... Learn More
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  28. Autograph letter signed, with instructions to Messrs Harper & Co. to send out copies of The Lake Regions.
    A letter from Burton sending out presentation copies of his most recent book following his sojourn in the American West. He asks his publishers to "oblige" him "by forwarding (for my expense) copies of The Lake Regions to the following directions and by letting me know what my bill for them to you is list of three names... Learn More
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  29. 129798
    Autograph letter signed to Harriet Boinville (attributed so by Bennett), sister-in-law to the radical vegan John Frank Newton. In 1813 Percy Shelley had been close friends with the Boinvilles when married to Harriet Westbrook, and he had also been in love with Harriet Boinville's daughter. Mary's letter to Boinville is full... Learn More
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  30. 126655

    Autograph letter signed to T. S. Eliot.

    Hogarth House, Paradise Road, Richmond, Surrey: Sunday [?12th November 1922]

    An exceptional letter connecting two of the key figures of the English modernist movement, here in their capacity as publisher/editors in the annus mirabilis of modernist publishing. Virginia Woolf writes to T. S. Eliot, addressing him familiarly as "Tom", on Hogarth House stationery towards the end of 1922, the year in... Learn More
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  31. 129889
    Autograph letter signed to James Joyce, in which Larbaud thanks Joyce for a previous letter and declines an invitation to a party hosted by the Symbolist critic Arthur Symons. Notably Larbaud informs Joyce that he is going to Valais in Switzerland for five weeks to continue his work supervising Auguste Morel's French translation... Learn More
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  32. 106092
    Autograph letter signed to Sir John William Anderson (c. 1736-1813), MP for London 1793-1806, discussing the expense of supporting convicts, prompted by the debate resulting from the third reading of the Convicts Transportation Bill in parliament the day before. The letter was sent accompanied by a copy of the first of Bentham's... Learn More
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  33. i1
    A fine and longish letter in which Fitzgerald discusses Seldes's edition of Ring Lardner, a possible evening of one-act plays, and reviews of Tender Is the Night: "Just read the Lardner collection First and Last. At first I was disappointed because I had expected there would be enough stuff for an omnibus and I still feel... Learn More
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  34. 125725
    An unusually long letter, in which Gordon goes into great detail about the difficulties of African exploration, revealing his exasperation at Lucas's behaviour, and his frustration at Lucas's unwillingness to heed the advice of someone far more experienced in African travel.
    Louis Arthur Lucas (1851-1876) was the only... Learn More
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  35. 123740
    Fleming writes to this "most faithful follower" of his fortunes: "I well remember my pleasure at getting your letter shortly after 'Casino Royale' was published. It was my first fan letter from a member of the public!... here, with my very best wishes, is your bookplate for 'The Diamond Smugglers'." Eileen Cond was a book... Learn More
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    My Life.

    New York: 2004

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To my friend Judy Collins with thanks - Bill Clinton", additionally inscribed by Collins, with a heart, on the title page, together with a typed letter signed by Clinton. The letter reads: "Dear Judy: Happy birthday! I hope this... Learn More
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  37. 114640
    "Monsieur, je reçois avec beaucoup..."> 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... Learn More
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  38. 121210
    Hastings, the first governor-general of India (1772-85), writes to Louisa, wife of Sir John Chandos Reade (1785-1868), 7th Baronet, asking for his wife Marian to be excused from attending a dinner the following week owing to "a violent spasm in her stomach". The Reade baronets held a seat at Oddington in Gloucestershire,... Learn More
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  39. 116872
    First edition, with a letter signed from the author to Professor G. W. Forrest laid in. On 26 April 1883, the year before his death, Fawcett thanks the recipient "for sending me your articles on Indian Finance. I still take as much interest in it as ever I did although my official work leaves me very little time to devote... Learn More
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    An exceptional collection of autograph letters signed from poet and classicist A. E. Housman (1859-1936) to Donald Struan Robertson (1885-1961 - a stellar Greek scholar attached to Trinity College, Cambridge, from his undergraduate days until his death) and his wife. He was particularly respected for his work on Apuleius,... Learn More
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  41. 116326comp
    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 himself.
    Love Poet, Carpenter is an anthology containing work by Simon Armitage, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Eamon Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Andrew Motion, and many... Learn More
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  42. 116252detail
    An attractive collection of correspondence from the Swiss-born American writer and illustrator Roger Duvoisin (1900-1980) and his wife Louise (Loulou) Fatio to their friends, Helen and Max. Roger Duvoisin won the 1948 Caldecott Medal for White Snow, Bright Snow, written by Alvin Tresselt (D. Lothrop Co., 1947). He and his... Learn More
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  43. 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... Learn More
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  44. 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 signed tipped in. Penelope's Progress is inscribed quoting the first sentence of the book: "We have travelled together before,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 110167

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  45. Signed photograph and letter.
    Photograph inscribed upper right "For J F Beckman, with best wishes, Len Deighton", together with a short letter dated "12 Dec '83, Dear Mr Beckman, Thanks for your letter. I enclose a signed photo with every good wish for you and your collection, yours truly, Len Deighton." Learn More
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  46. 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... Learn More
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  47. 1
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Maud Lang (from the authoress)" and includes, laid in, an autograph letter signed from the author "At Raven's Croft" (her boarding school, to which this book is dedicated, and which was evacuated to Thurlestone Hotel, in Devon, during the war) to the... Learn More
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    Mimeograph typescript of T. H. White's play, "Macbeth the Knife", sent to Harley J. V. Usill, founding director of British record label Argo Records. The typescript is inscribed on the title page, "from T. H. White / Alderney / Channel Isles", and has a lengthy written note to "Dearest Usill" about the possibility of recording... Learn More
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  49. Trollope. A Commentary.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, of this work of biography and literary criticism by Trollope's great bibliographer Michael Sadleir. This copy is inscribed by Sadleir to Alban Dobson, "Alban Dobson Esq, with thanks for his help, Michael Sadleir". Alban Dobson was the son of Austin Dobson, the poet whom... Learn More
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    Original contract dated Jan. 20 1977, on the letterhead of Schuller's music publishing company, Margun Music, signed by Mingus and Schuller on the final page, and with their initials to a holographic revision on the second page. A five year agreement, in which Mingus agrees to license Margan, "to print, publish, copy and... Learn More
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  51. 76521comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed (on Valentine's Day) by the author to his friend and collaborator Ronald Searle on the front free endpaper, "For Monica and Ronald, this obstreporous sic vaudeville with love from its author, Sid. 14 February, 1968". Includes, loosely inserted, an envelope dated Feb 12 1986 to Searle... Learn More
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  52. Typed letter signed to Renee Longy Miquelle.
    First editions, first printings. Each book bearing the composer's signed presentation inscription, "To Renee who taught me much about the Joy of teaching Love Lenny", "For Renee with love & every good warm wish for '67 - Lenny B". The recipient was Bernstein's former teacher at the Curtis Institute where Longy taught ear... Learn More
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    A wittily satirical sketch by Pugin, the Roman Catholic architect, sent to his friend Henry Ridgard Bagshawe (1799-1870), a prominent Catholic lawyer. Bagshawe sat on the committee of the Lincoln's Inn Fields district New Church Erection Fund. That area already had the Sardinian Chapel, well-known as the oldest Roman Catholic... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 46369

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  54. 51810
    First edition, first impression, of the author's first book. With an inserted typed letter signed from the author to a professor at the University of Cincinnati: "Dear Mr. Godshalk, I know J. B. Cabell's works only at second hand; have never been curious enough, despite several critics' comparisons, to know them at first.... Learn More
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  55. 43224
    First edition, first impression. Laid-in is a two-page autograph letter signed (on the back of printed galleys) from Mervyn Horder, prominent composer and, at the time, chairman and managing director of Gerald Duckworth & Co., Publishers, to the artist and illustrator Gwen Raverat. The letter concerns the commission of a... Learn More
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