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

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  1. 130001detail

    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
    £25,000

    Stock Code: 130001

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  2. Archive of correspondence with Paul Bertram.
    A collection of rare, mostly early correspondence from Allen Ginsberg to his life-long friend, Rutgers professor and Shakespearean scholar Paul Bertram (1928-2013), including what is the earliest known use in their writings of the seminal term "Beat". Writing on 14 July 1947, Ginsberg relates: "I spent most of June in Texas... Learn More
    £32,500

    Stock Code: 100918

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  3. 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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    Stock Code: 120615

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  4. 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
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 120611

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  5. 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
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 77160

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  6. 129997
    A small, two-sided fragment from an autograph letter signed, mentioning the death of Georgina Beauclerk Paul, who "left us& was among the Angels she resembled by her warm loving heart". Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 129997

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  7. 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
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 129798

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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
    £75,000

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  9. 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
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 126655

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  10. 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
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 129889

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  11. 130392
    An elaborate and remarkable feat of extra-illustration, combining over 100 inserted plates together with 14 autograph letters from the great and good of the Victorian era, including a letter from Queen Victoria herself, Princes Albert and Leopold, Lord Russell, and the author himself (who writes to declare his name pronounced... Learn More
    £1,500

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  12. 129801
    Autograph letter signed to celebrated operatic soprano Adelaide Sartoris (neé Kemble), sister of Fanny Kemble. Both Adelaide and Fanny had been friends of Mary's since 1841. The letter invites Adelaide and her husband to see the Thames Regatta from her garden. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 129801

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    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
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 106092

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    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
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 44748

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  15. 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
    £9,750

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  16. 124908
    First edition of this rare collection of religious poems, this being the author's own copy with 24 autograph letters bound in, addressed to him from various eminent persons (to whom he evidently had sent copies) including: Cardinal Newman, Alfred Tennyson (secretarial), Queen Victoria (from Colonel Ponsonby), The King of... Learn More
    £1,950

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  17. 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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    Stock Code: 123740

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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
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 122796

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  19. 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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    Stock Code: 114640

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  20. 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
    £200

    Stock Code: 121210

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  21. 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
    £275

    Stock Code: 116872

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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
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 119798

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    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
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 116326

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    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
    £1,350

    Stock Code: 116252

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  25. 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
    £550

    Stock Code: 115431

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  26. 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
    £675

    Stock Code: 110167

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  27. 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
    £300

    Stock Code: 100769

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  28. 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
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 99729

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  29. Tariffs: The Case Examined, By a Committee of Economists under the Chairmanship of Sir William Beveridge, K.C.B.
    First edition, first impression, of this book with contributions by Beveridge, F. C. Benham, A. L. Bowley, T. E. Gregory, J. R. Hicks, W. T. Layton, A. Plant, L. C. Robbins and G. L. Schwartz. This is the copy of Arnold Plant, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, and is additionally signed on the title... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 95192

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    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
    £5,250

    Stock Code: 86230

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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
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 86009

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  32. 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
    £275

    Stock Code: 82533

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  33. Signed contract for the publication of Revelations.
    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
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 62927

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  34. 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
    £975

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  35. 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
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 50137

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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
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 46369

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    Fitzgerald writes to Gilbert Seldes from Baltimore, March 26, 1934, announcing an exhibition of Zelda's paintings, and urging him to attend. Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 44750

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  38. 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
    £600

    Stock Code: 51810

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  39. Manuscript & Inscription Letters
    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
    £975

    Stock Code: 43224

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