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

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  1. Typescript letter signed to Gerald Brodribb.
    LEWIS, C. S. Typescript letter signed to Gerald Brodribb.

    Magdalen College, Oxford : 16 November 1942

    An excellent, and unpublished, typed letter signed from C. S. Lewis to a former pupil Gerald Brodribb. Brodribb read classics and English at University College, Oxford, with Lewis as his tutor. In the letter Lewis thanks Brodribb for his compliments on The Screwtape Letters, which was published earlier in 1942.

    Lewis also mentions the wartime... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 142922

  2. Signed royal warrant, appointing Colin Stanley Harvey to the Office of Recorder.
    QUEEN ELIZABETH II. Signed royal warrant, appointing Colin Stanley Harvey to the Office of Recorder.

    1975

    Signed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at head ("Elizabeth R"), appointing Colin Stanley Harvey to the Office of Recorder for a term of three years, countersigned underneath by the Lord High Chancellor Baron Elwyn-Jones, and with a typed letter to the recipient enclosing the warrant, dated 3 November 1975 and signed by Hume Boggis-Rolfe, Deputy Secretary... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 146590

  3. Typed letter signed to the sculptor Herbert Haseltine, commending his statue of George Washington.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Typed letter signed to the sculptor Herbert Haseltine, commending his statue of George Washington.

    15 July 1957

    A typed letter signed from Churchill to the French-American sculptor Herbert Haseltine (1877-1962): "Thank you so much for sending me the photographs of your statue of George Washington. I think it is magnificent, and am honoured to have been a patron of your exhibition. Yours very sincerely, Winston S. Churchill".

    Haseltine's sculptures, generally... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 145818

  4. Autograph letter signed to Henry Colburn.
    DARWIN, Charles. Autograph letter signed to Henry Colburn.

    [late October 1837]

    An unrecorded early letter from Charles Darwin to his publisher Henry Colburn, regarding the proofing of his upcoming first book, the Journal of Researches (now known as Voyage of the Beagle), the seminal account of probably the most important voyage in the history of science.

    Darwin completed the first draft of the book in June 1837, and in... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 142676

  5. Archive for the dust jacket of "For Your Eyes Only".
    FLEMING, Ian - CHOPPING, Richard. Archive for the dust jacket of "For Your Eyes Only".

    October 14 1959 - April 14 1960

    A series of twenty-two autograph and typed letters signed between Ian Fleming, his agent at Jonathan Cape Michael Howard, and Fleming's dust-jacket artist of choice Richard Chopping, documenting the conception and creation of Chopping's jacket design for For Your Eyes Only, also containing a number of drafts and colour palettes for the dust jacket,... Learn More
    £75,000.00

    Stock Code: 145633

  6. Typed letter signed to businessman Edward Filene, on the foundation of the capitalist system and the responsibility of businessmen.
    COMMONS, John R. Typed letter signed to businessman Edward Filene, on the foundation of the capitalist system and the responsibility of businessmen.

    12 June 1922

    Typed letter signed from John R. Commons, on his University of Wisconsin letterhead, to the American businessman and philanthropist Edward Albert Filene (1860-1937). Filene founded the eponymous department store and pioneered credit unions across the country.

    Commons writes in response to a letter from Filene regarding an article he published:... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 147802

  7. Autograph letter signed.
    SHELLEY, Mary. Autograph letter signed.

    October 1843

    An unpublished autograph letter from Mary Shelley to the publishers Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans. Dated October 1843, White Cottage, Putney, where she had moved the previous month, she requests some specific volumes from Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopædia, a project to which she had contributed a few years prior. This letter was recently extracted from... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 146431

  8. How to Kiss.
    KISSING. How to Kiss.

    [Undated, mid-19th century]

    A delightful memento of the amatory arts in mid-19th century America, an early copy of a humorous article for men on the art of kissing, which originally appeared during the Civil War, perhaps here passed off by the anonymous copyist as his own work. The piece opens by describing the technique of kissing, offering some tips on how the reader might improve... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 144712

  9. 147024
    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Works.

    New York : [1903]

    The Author's edition, limited to 1,000 numbered copies of which this is number 241 with an autograph letter signed by Doyle and dated 4.2.04 tipped to the binder's front blank in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. A rare US issue which, unlike the UK edition, includes The Hound of the Baskervilles. A handsome set.

    The author wanted a set that... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 147024

  10. Envelope addressed to William Ogle, with the recipient's name in Darwin's hand and his signature ("C. Darwin") at lower left.
    DARWIN, Charles. Envelope addressed to William Ogle, with the recipient's name in Darwin's hand and his signature ("C. Darwin") at lower left.

    [Down, Beckenham] : 5 May 1873

    The envelope is addressed to Darwin's fellow botanist and regular correspondent William Ogle (18271912) in London, the recipient's name in Darwin's hand and signed by him "C. Darwin" at bottom left, the addresses completed by other hands. The first address is 7 York Street, Baker Street, W, and the letter was redirected on the same day a short distance... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 146643

  11. Letter signed by Darwin ("Ch. Darwin"), the text in the hand of his wife Emma, to William Ogle.
    DARWIN, Charles. Letter signed by Darwin ("Ch. Darwin"), the text in the hand of his wife Emma, to William Ogle.

    Down, Beckenham : [shortly after 27 November 1878]

    Darwin writes to thank his colleague and regular correspondent William Ogle (18271912) for his English translation of Anton Kerner's Die Schutzmittel der Bluthen gegen unberufene Gaste (The protective measures of flowers against uninvited guests, 1876), which appeared as Flowers and Their Unbidden Guests (Ogle trans. 1878). The book arrived at Down... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 146638

  12. Autograph Letter Signed to Sydney Cockerell.
    FOLK DANCE - BROOKE, Rupert. Autograph Letter Signed to Sydney Cockerell.

    1908

    A rare autograph letter signed "Rupert Brooke" to the newly appointed director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Sydney Cockerell, discussing date arrangements for a performance of folk dance by Mary Neal's Espérance Club in the Victoria Assembly Rooms.

    The letter reads: "Dear Cockerell, The Victoria Assembly Rooms now at present keeping both Jan 30... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 146111

  13. Stills: 1984-1987.
    SNOWDON, Lord. Stills: 1984-1987.

    London : 1987

    First edition, first impression, signed by the photographer on the half-title, and including a photograph by Snowdon inscribed by him on the verso "Dear Mr. Evans, thank you so much for your letter & the kind remarks you made about my work yours sincerely Snowdon", and an autograph letter signed from Snowdon "I am so pleased that you liked Born to be... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 146918

  14. Two autograph letters signed to his close friend Arthur Clifton.
    WILDE, Oscar. Two autograph letters signed to his close friend Arthur Clifton.

    1 August 1887; second letter n.d.

    Two autograph letters from Wilde, both signed with his initials "OW", to Arthur Bellamy Clifton, one of his closest and oldest friends; inviting Clifton to, and apologizing for missing, the theatre, both letters, the first sprightly and the latter depressed, characterful and apparently unpublished.

    The first letter arranges to meet the following... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 144930

  15. Two typed letters signed, on the passage of the War Damage Act.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Two typed letters signed, on the passage of the War Damage Act.

    19 February 1965

    Two typed letters signed from Margaret Thatcher to her constituent Mr. A. N. Attwell of Oakleigh Park North, with his own copies of the correspondence, supporting with reservations the War Damage Act, then backtracking and opposing it, legislation which she was evidently conflicted by, clashing with her principles but saving the taxpayer much money.

    The... Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 146804

  16. Two letters bracketing Newman's career at Bletchley.
    (BLETCHLEY PARK) NEWMAN, Max. Two letters bracketing Newman's career at Bletchley.

    1942-6

    A highly evocative pair of letters to Max Newman, the first relating to his recruitment to the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, the second to the conclusion of his wartime work there. Maxwell Herman Alexander "Max" Newman (1897-1984) was one of the most significant British mathematicians of his generation and a leading pioneer in... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 145466

  17. A True Lovers Knot.
    VALENTINE. A True Lovers Knot.

    [undated, after 1806]

    A delightful and rare survival of a "True Lover's Knot" manuscript Valentine poem. Designed to be rotated, the words twist through a maze of linear bands to create both a love letter and an intricate work of art. Part of a long tradition of exchanging handmade tokens, letters, or gifts for Valentine's Day, the "True Lover's Knot" poem is designed so... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 145285

  18. Six letters signed to George Sayer.
    TOLKIEN, J. R. R. Six letters signed to George Sayer.

    Oxford : 1953-1966

    Six letters signed from J. R. R. Tolkien to his close friend George Sayer, with whom he made the first recorded readings of The Lord of the Rings and who was key in giving Tolkien the confidence to publish it after being rejected by nearly every major British publisher, including Tolkien's own publisher, Collins. This is a highly desirable set of correspondence... Learn More
    £85,000.00

    Stock Code: 142718

  19. Typed letter signed to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, politely declining a request for a meeting.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Typed letter signed to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, politely declining a request for a meeting.

    28 February 1984

    Margaret Thatcher writes to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis: "Dear Arthur, Thank you for your letter of 24th February. I am sorry to say that my diary is overful with engagements ranging from unavoidable diplomatic meetings with heads of Government, to a great many Parliamentary colleagues who claim my time for constituency and other cases. I really have... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 145687

  20. Typed letter signed to Labour MP Arthur Lewis, responding to a suggestion for chairman of the BBC.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Typed letter signed to Labour MP Arthur Lewis, responding to a suggestion for chairman of the BBC.

    3 March 1983

    Margaret Thatcher writes to then-Labour MP Arthur Lewis: "Thank you for your note of 1 March. Both Willie Whitelaw and I will bear in mind Diana Neave's name when thinking about a successor to George Howard. I am grateful for the suggestion. Yours sincerely Margaret".

    George Howard was the then chairman of the BBC, his term ending that year;... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 145682

  21. Typed letter signed to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, in response to a suggestion for an appointment.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Typed letter signed to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, in response to a suggestion for an appointment.

    4 April 1985

    Margaret Thatcher writes to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis: "Dear Arthur, I am writing to thank you for your letter of 28 March. It was good to hear from you. I think that I can identify the person you have in mind and I will of course consider the suggestion very carefully. Yours ever Margaret".

    Lewis (1917-1998) was a Labour MP from 1945 to... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 145685

  22. Typed letter signed to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, in response to a suggestion to recognize Manny Shinwell's birthday.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Typed letter signed to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, in response to a suggestion to recognize Manny Shinwell's birthday.

    24 July 1984

    Margaret Thatcher writes to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis: "Dear Arthur, Thank you for your letter of 20th July. What you suggest is a charming and original idea and certainly worth pursuing. We are looking into the possibility of some formal recognition of Manny Shinwell's 100th birthday and will hope to reach a conclusion on the matter in time for... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 145686

  23. Typed letter signed to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, supporting his decision to abandon the Labour Party.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Typed letter signed to former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, supporting his decision to abandon the Labour Party.

    5 July 1983

    Margaret Thatcher writes to a self-professed victim of radical left-wing politics, the former Labour MP Arthur Lewis, who had been shunted out of parliament by left-wing party members, to encourage his public disavowal of the Labour Party in the most prominent and damaging way possible.

    Lewis (1917-1998) was a Labour MP from 1945 to 1983, a tenure... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 145681

  24. Autograph letter signed to Ernest H. Shepard.
    MILNE, A. A. Autograph letter signed to Ernest H. Shepard.

    [London : Spring 1926]

    Autograph letter signed from A. A. Milne to Ernest H. Shepard discussing the progress of the latest Pooh book and a potential collaboration on a volume of Mother Goose rhymes. Letters between Milne and Shepard are very seldom seen in commerce. Most were retained by Shepard until his death and bequeathed by his widow to the V&A.

    Milne begins,... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 144839

  25. The Writings.
    ELIOT, George. The Writings.

    Boston and New York : 1908

    Large-paper edition, number 10 of 750 copies only, the first volume with a tipped-in 4-page autograph letter signed from George Eliot, signed as Mary Evans Lewes, using the surname of her longtime partner George Henry Lewes, although they were in fact not married.

    On her house stationary of The Priory, Regent's Park, Eliot writes to a Mr Benecke... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 145316

  26. Autograph letter signed to William Molesworth, proposing a national campaign for the secret ballot.
    COBDEN, Richard. Autograph letter signed to William Molesworth, proposing a national campaign for the secret ballot.

    2 September 1837

    In the immediate aftermath of the July-August 1837 General Election, where the parliamentary share held by liberals and reformers was weakened, the reformer Richard Cobden (1804-1868) writes at length to the radical Member of Parliament Sir William Molesworth (1810-1855), calling Molesworth to cooperate in a national campaign for the introduction of... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 145140

  27. London, 11th November 1918, three autograph letters containing eyewitness accounts.
    WORLD WAR I; ARMISTICE DAY, LONDON. London, 11th November 1918, three autograph letters containing eyewitness accounts.

    London : 1918

    Wonderfully evocative group of letters written on 11/11/18 describing the arrival in London of news of the armistice, and the subsequent celebrations, all written to Godfrey Stubberfield, serving in France with the Royal Garrison Artillery, from his mother, father & sister, all residing at 3 Alfriston Road, West Side, Clapham Common, London SW11. A... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 142736

  28. Autograph letter signed to Gerald Brodribb.
    LEWIS, C. S. Autograph letter signed to Gerald Brodribb.

    Magdalen College, Oxford : 4 June 1942

    A brief wartime autograph letter, unpublished, from C. S. Lewis to a former pupil Gerald Brodribb. Brodribb read classics and English at University College, Oxford, with Lewis as his tutor. He went on to teach at Canford School Wimborne, Dorest (where the letter is addressed to him), and wrote 30 books on the history of cricket, one of them, The English... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 144036

  29. Autograph letter signed to Sir Henry Holland.
    DARWIN, Charles. Autograph letter signed to Sir Henry Holland.

    Down, Bromley, Kent : [1864]

    An unpublished fully autograph letter signed from Darwin to Sir Henry Holland, thanking him for congratulations on his receipt of the Copley medal, discussing Herbert Spencer's new work and his own health and commenting on Holland's travel and adventures ("How wonderful your strength & vigour of interest are: I had heard of your Gibraltar expedition").

    Sir... Learn More
    £14,000.00

    Stock Code: 142404

  30. Autograph letter signed, to a London art critic,
    DORÉ, Gustave. Autograph letter signed, to a London art critic,

    1878

    An interesting autograph letter signed (G. Doré), in French, approximately 80 words on 17 lines, dated 24 June 1878.

    The previous year, Doré had illustrated Ludovico Ariosto's influential poem Orlando Furioso, published in London by Hachette and Co. In 1878, he produced several landscapes, including Landscape in Scotland, exhibited his woodcut... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 143346

  31. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.
    BRUNEL, Henry Marc, & Robert Edmund Froude. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.

    [Westminster : c.1900]

    First and only edition of this rare privately printed account of the late August 1898 ten-day canal cruise from Nuneaton to Chester, the second leg of the "Way to Kendal", undertook by five friends, including eminent engineers, started in 1894 from the Thames Oxford and finished in 1899 at Kendal in Westmorland.

    Each one of the men was attributed... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 143005

  32. A Meeting by the River.
    ISHERWOOD, Christopher. A Meeting by the River.

    New York : 1967

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Mary, with much love from her old friend, Chris, January 10 1968", and with an autograph letter dated November 1967 to Mary from Isherwood, sent from Santa Monica, California and discussing a friend of hers trying to reach the author, for reasons not mentioned... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 143110

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