This is a collection of (almost exclusively) non-Dutch items. In this webpage you will find letters in Dutch (by Belgian and Dutch authors).
1. (ALICE). TENNIEL, John Handwritten letter to ‘Dear Miss Heywood’. 17.9 x 23.0 cm. Pasted on an album leaf. Signed ‘John Tenniel’ and dated ‘March 21./ 1905.’ on paper with letterhead of Tenniel’s house, 10, Portsdown Road, Maida Hill in London. 29 lines. On the reverse of the album leaf some unclear signatures of later date.
* Tenniel (1820-1914), the illustrator of Alice in Wonderland, in his younger years was friends with Miss Heywood’s grandfather. She sent him a portrait of her grandfather’s as an old man, and Tenniel thanks her very friendly (with ‘abject apologies for unavoidable delay’), although he didn’t recognize the friend of his youth. At the end the emperor of Germany and the princess Louise are mentioned.
2. ALISON, Archibald CDV original photo mounted on a sheet, with signature on a small card affixed below. Photo measuring 8,8 x 5,6 cm. Card measures 1,8 x 4,5 cm. Excellent condition.
* Alison (1792-1867), about 70 years old, sitting in an easy chair with a cane between his fingers and his top hat behind him. Archibald Alison (the 1st baronet), was a Scottish lawyer and historian.
3. ANNIGONI, Pietro Original photo with signature (1982). Original black-and-white photo of Annigoni (1910-1988) in front of a painting, looking serious. 16.5 x 10.8 cm. Signed in blue ink. With two parts of the original envelope. Some gluing traces at the backside.
* Annigoni is most famous for his official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
4. ARBEITSZEUGNIS 19. JAHRHUNDERT Gesindebuch von Anna Catharina Ritter aus Lenderscheid (1858-1865) und Dokumente von Valentin Wöll, ihr Ehemann. Cassel, Druck und Verlag des reformirten Waisenhauses, (Einleitung datiert 1841). Einfacher blauer Umschlag. 16 S. Teilweise beschrieben (6 S.) mit 9 guten Zeugnissen von Arbeitsgeber, und zweimal begläubigt von dem Bürgermeister Grede. Mehrfach gestempelt von dem Kurf. Landrathsamt Homberg. Mit: Arbeitskarte der Berlin-Coblenzer Eisenbahn Strecke Nordhausen-Wetzlar, für Bahnarbeiter Valentin Will (=Wöll) aus Casdorf (1874). Einfacher blauer Umschlag. 16 S. Teilweise beschrieben (2 S.), weiter mit gedruckten Arbeitsbedingungen und Vorschriften. Lose in Umschlag. Mit 6 einliegenden Dokumenten. Gebrauchsspuren.
* Gesindebuch von der Dienstmagd Anna Catharina Ritter, geb. 1840 oder 1841, ausgegeben in Homburg (Efze), 15. Februar 1858. Offensichtlich ist sie 1861 verheiratet mit Valentin Wöll aus Casdorf, denn ein einliegendes handgeschriebenes Dokument (20. April 1861) von dem Bürgermeister Grede nennt sie Anna Catharina Wöll. In der Arbeitskarte von ihrem Ehemann sind 5 (tlw.) handgeschriebenen Dokumenten von Valentin Wöll: drei Rechnungen (1861, 1871 und 1878), ein Gesundheits-Zeugniss (1875) und ein Quartier-Billet für 2 Mann (1897). Interessantes und sehr seltenes Ensemble!
5. ARGYLL, George CAMPBELL, 8th Duke of Autograph Letter Signed to C.N. Hale, dated ‘Cannes France/ Jan 23/83’. On Lescalier letter paper, folded. 20,0 x 13,2 cm. Two pages were used. 11 lines. Twice folded. Tiny corner torn off.
* Answer to a letter asking for genealogical information: ‘I am very little of a genealogist & I have no books here to which I can refer. I […] hope that the sources of information which have already given you so much knowledge will enable you to complete it’. The Duke of Argyll’s (1823-1900) political career was past when he was 59 and staying in Cannes.
6. AVELINE, Claude Carte manuscrite signée à Manuel van Loggem, avec enveloppe. 1956. 10,5 x 13,5 cm.
* Carte imprimée avec l’adresse. Aveline a écrit: ‘Malgré le temps qui passe, je n’ai pas oublié ma promesse d’autographe. En voici un, avec mon souvenir le meilleur.’ Signé et daté ‘8.5.56’. Ajoutée: l’enveloppe avec deux timbres, à un collecteur des manuscrits dans les Pays-Bas.
7. BADEN-POWELL, Robert Handwritten letter as inspector general of the South African Constabulary (1902). To E. Dudley. On London Superfine writing paper with British civil service blindstamp and imprint of the South African Constabulary, dated ‘Johannesburg/ October 21.st 1902’. 25.3 x 20.1 cm. Recto only. 10 lines, signed ‘Yours truly/ Robert Baden-Powell’. Folded. Some small stains and edge tears, at the left reinforced with a strip of paper.
* Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941), before founding the Scouting movement, became a national hero in the eyes of the British after his staunch defending of the town of Mafeking. Afterwards, in 1902 he was assigned the task of organising the South African Constabulary, a colonial police force. This letter has been adressed to a E. Dudley, father of one of the Constabulary’s agents. ‘I have inquired into your son’s case as represented in your letter’. This agent suffered from an ‘ailment’ and couldn’t stay in the Constabulary. It had manifested itself before his service, so a compensation could not be awarded. Moreover, the illness would not ‘at present interfere with his earning a full livelihood in Civil life.’ In short, Baden-Powell can’t do anything for young Dudley. An interesting, early letter from the great organiser of youth.
9. BELMONDO, Jean-Paul Original Photo Signed. Color photo showing Belmondo talking (picture itself measuring 12 x 10.5 cm) with a broad felt tip signature. On the reverse Belmondo wrote in ballpoint ‘Amicalement/ à J.F. Beckmann/18/8/83’. With remains of pasted paper on one side of the reverse. Plus an envelope front with written address and green postage stamp, pasted on paper.
10. BÉRANGER, Pierre-Jean de Lettre autographe signée, à un ami. Petite feuille, écrite à l’encre noire, recto seulement. 14,2 x 10,0 cm. Collé sur une autre feuille. Lettre sans salutation, signée ‘ton ami / Béranger’ et estampillée d’un sceau ‘JB’ en noir. Un peu froissé d’un côté, quelques rousseurs.
* “Tu m’as dit que M. Frédéric était très lié avec le directeur du théatre qu’on bâtit au Boulevard du Temple. Informez toi, je t’en prie, s’il serait possible d’obtenir à ce spectacle, un place d’ouvreuse de loger.” Ça “serait une bonne action qui te compterait dans le Paradis”. Peut-être qu’il s’agit du Théâtre Historique.
11. BÉRANGER, Pierre-Jean de Oeuvres complètes. Édition elzévirienne. Avec un portrait gravé sur bois d’après Charlet. (Dédication). Paris, Perrotin, 1841. Demi-cuir. (4), 500 p. Un peu usé.
* Avec dédication manuscrite de l’auteur ‘à monsieur Durieux, fils’, datée ’10 Juillet 1846′, 5 lignes, signée ‘Béranger’.
12. BERNARD, Tristan Handgeschreven brief over het signeren, gedateerd ‘4 Août 22’. Correspondentiekaart. Oblong 9,0 x 11,0 cm. Alleen recto. Op de achterkant lijmsporen en notities van een verzamelaar.
* Ironische afwijzing van een handtekeningenjager: ‘Excusez-moi. Mais je me suis fait une règle absolue de ne jamais envoyer d’autographes. En fin de quoi, j’écris cela et je signe de ma main (signature)’. Bijgevoegd: een briefkaart – originele foto met uitgespaarde handtekening – van Bernard (1866-1947) in zijn kleedkamer
13. BINET-VALMER, J.A.G. Lettre autographe (L.A.S.) à Joachim Gasquet, pas datée, signée ‘Binet-Valmer. Probablement 1919. 7 lignes. 19,3 x 13,0 cm. Recto seulement. Quelques petites traces de colle.
* Sur une rencontre du ‘Comité de la Ligue’. L’Amiral Boué de Lapeyrère et Général Balfourier devaient remercier. Gasquet (1873-1921) était un auteur de la Provence.
14. BINET-VALMER, J.A.G. Lettre autographe (L.A.S.) à Marcel Batilliat, datée 21 mai 1926, signée ‘Binet-Valmer. 11 lignes. 21,0 x 13,7 cm. Recto seulement. Sur papier imprimé de la Ligue des Chefs de Section & des Soldats Combattants. Accompagnée par une enveloppe avec timbre oblitéré, mais elle ne pas appartient à cette lettre: l’enveloppe date d’octobre 1928! Très bon état.
* Binet-Valmer fait l’éloge du livre ‘Survivre’: ‘Bravo! Et aussi, courage! C’est nous qui avons raison, nous, les romanciers fidèles à la tâche…’ Marcel Batilliat (1871-1941), auteur, était un ami très proche de Zola. Avec portrait photographique de Binet-Valmer de la ‘3e collection Félix Potin’, en effet, publicité de l’épicier.
15. BONNETAIN, Paul Autograph Letter Signed to an unknown correspondent in Britain. Handwritten letter on ‘Original Louvre Mill’ paper. 17.5 x 11.0 cm. To ‘Cher Monsieur’. 4 p. Dated ‘Nice, 18 février’ . 72 lines. Folded, small tear at the foot.
* Cordial but pessimistic letter to Bonnetain’s agent in England about the approaching publication of his book Opium around May 15, 1886. Obviously, he is in dire straits after the turmoil originated by the publication of his shocking novel Charlot s’amuse (1883), that openly discussed the heinous effects of masturbation. About the possibilities of translations in the U.S.A. and Germany; the Italian translation is already in his pocket. Probably Opium will sell better in English, because the first part is dedicated to ‘psychologie passionnelle’, and the three others to the English in Hong-Kong. Moreover, there are plans to publish a complete French translation of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by De Quincey introduced by Bonnetain: ‘j’ai promis à l’éditeur une préface qui fera naitre des polémiques’. This project, however, never materialized.
An informative letter by a courageous, youthful author, doomed to die only 40 years old in Laos (1899).
16. BONS, Jan Brief aan Jean Paul Vroom met originele tekening van het kasteel van Collioure. Aquarelpapier. 25,7 x 17,7 cm. Tekening in potlood en aquarel. Horizontaal gevouwen. Op de achterkant in krullig schrift geadresseerd aan ‘(getekende zwaan) & Jean Paul Vroom’ met adres, en plakbandjes om de tekening dicht te plakken, maar kennelijk niet over de post verstuurd. Gedateerd ’16juli’91’ en gesigneerd ‘jan en noor’.
* ‘We zitten in een kamer die MAGRITTE heet, vandaar. en dit is met je aquareldoosje gemaakt van het uitzicht op ons terras, cum piscine, cum jacuzzi, cum cuisine epicurissime’. Geweldig leuk!
17. CADMUS, Paul Autograph signed card to Selma Broughton. Oblong card 7,7 x 12,7 cm. Fine condition.
* Just the text ‘for/ Mrs Selma Broughton/ Paul Cadmus’ in a fine calligraphic handwriting (with a broad fountain pen). Paul Cadmus (1904-1999) was a famous painter of gay subjects.
19. DICKEY, James Large signed original photograph. Very fine original b/w photograph made by Terry Parke in 1979, 24 x 18 cm, with a signed dedication in ink by the poet. Pasted onto a sheet of paper – on the other side of the paper a typed letter has been glued with a signed greeting to a Dutch autograph and photo collector, dated 1983.
* James Dickey (1923-1997) was an American poet and novelist, United States Poet Laureate in 1966.
20. DOR, Moshe Autograph letter by the Israeli writer to Dutch author Manuel van Loggem (1985). Aerogramme paper with sender and addressee plus three postage stamps on the obverse, friendly letter (in English) on the reverse (16 lines). Dated ‘March 10, 1985’. 27 x 20 cm. A bit creased, a little damage.
* About putting up Van Loggem’s novel about Moses for translation at an Israeli publisher, but to no avail: ‘Your Moses is not their Moses’. Moshe Dor (1932-2016) had visited the Netherlands in 1985, which resulted in the translation of some of his poems into Dutch. He had met many Dutch authors, among them Van Loggem (1916-1998).
21. DRURY, Allen Original Photo with Signed Dedication. 1984. Oblong (10 x 13 cm).
* This nice color photo shows the author of ‘Advise and Consent’ (1918-1998) and many more novels and other books about American politics (like ‘A Senate Journal’), reading a book on a veranda near the sea. On the other side of the sheet part of the original envelope has been pasted with a stamp ’18 jan 1984′.
22. DUMAS jr., Alexandre Handwritten letter to ‘Monsieur [Auguste, Costumier du Théatre Français]’. Thin paper, watermark crown. 20 x 12 cm. Folded as an envelope (oblong 5 x 12 cm) with written address and sealed. Recto only. Signed ‘Alexandre Dumas fils/ 19 rue blanche’ and dated ’12 fevrier 1838′. 11 lines of text. Damaged where the sealing wax has been removed.
* Amusing letter about hiring a costume for the Carnaval de Paris by the junior Alexandre Dumas, who at the time was a boy of only 13 years old. He isn’t allowed to go out, so he has to send a letter and ask the costumier of the Théâtre Français, with whom his father had connections, to make a fancy dress costume for him. Possibly an African costume, but preferably one after the costume of Piquillo, the protagonist of the opera of the same name by Hippolyte Monpou. The libretto was written by Alexandre Dumas père. It premiered in 1837.
Auguste Jules Robert, better known as ‘Monsieur Auguste’ (1789-1850), was a painter and owner of a large collection of oriental costumes.
22 a. DUMAS jr., Alexandre Handwritten letter to ‘Mon cher ami’. Handwritten letter to ‘Mon cher ami’. Blue vergé paper. 20,7 x 13,4 cm. 4 p. With printed address ’98, Avenue de Villiers’. Written on the first two pages. Signed, not dated. 20 lines of text. Twice folded.
* ‘Pouvez vous me donner un renseignement?’ Dumas asks his unknown correspondent for information about the amount his publisher Hachette is going to pay extra to the authors.
23. FAIVRE, Abel Succinct, humorous handwritten letter signed to an American signature hunter. Two leaves each written on one side. Oblong 8,9 x 11,1 cm. Dated ‘La Croix/ Var/ 21 février 1927’. 9 lines. Traces of glue at versos, from an album.
* ‘J’ai le plaisir d’adresser à Mr. Ashley T. Cole les quelques lignes qu’il me demande. Elles sont écrites à l’encre, puisque l’encre n’est pas encore classée en Amérique comme boisson alcoolique.’ Nice letter from the French painter and caricaturist (1867-1945): ‘I am pleased to address to Mr. Ashley T. Cole the few lines he asks me. They are written in ink, since ink in America is not yet classified as an alcoholic beverage.’
24. FOYLE, Christina Typed letter signed and photograph, sent to an autograph collector. With printed letterhead of W. & G. Foyle, Ltd., Booksellers. Dated 24th January, 1983. 3 lines. Signed in full with fountain pen. The letter has been pasted on a sheet of paper with the stamps of the original envelope and on verso a magazine picture by Vivienne Mellish. On a separate sheet of paper, a large portrait photo was pasted (photo of a photo), measuring 25 x 20 cm. On the reverse of this a sheet of Beeleigh Abbey paper has been pasted with another signature of Christina Foyle.
25. FRAPIÉ, Léon Lettre autographe (L.A.S.) à un collègue, datée ‘Paris, 21 septembre 34’, signée ‘Léon Frapié’. 1936. Recto seulement. Sur papier imprimé “62, Avenue de Clichy”. 17 lignes. 2 trous de perforatrice.
* Compliments pour la jeunesse resplendente des deux enfants d’un “Cher Confrère et Ami”. Il va envoyer un manuscrit intitulé “Trahison” à M. Jean Reiss, “Il est certain que cette oeuvre fera un très beau film et d’un sentiment si profondément humain qu’il pourra sans doute être donné hors de chez vous, en France, à Paris avec simplement des sous-titres en français.”
26. FRÉBAULT, G. Elie Lettre autographe signée (LAS) à Monsieur E. Rousseau, Théâtre des Variétés. Lettre autographe à Monsieur E. Rousseau, pas datée, seulement ‘Dimanche Soir’. Probablement des 1870s. 14 lignes. Sur papier mince, plié, avec impression en relief ‘Hotel Nelson & de Berlin’ à Paris. Avec une estampille de collecteur.
* ‘Depuis huit jours il m’est impossible de vous rencontrer’. ‘Est-ce que vous voudriez me dire si les deux machines que vous avez bien voulu prendre le peine de parcourir, ne vous conviennent pas.’ Avec une page de ‘Les Hommes d’Aujourd’hui’, 1880, portant un portrait en couleurs de Frébault avec une séringue massive, de Gill.
27. GREENE, Hugh Original Photo with Signature. Oblong 11.5 x 16.5 cm.
* Nice b/w photo of of an elderly, smiling Sir Hugh Greene, signed ‘Best wishes/ Hugh Greene. From a Dutch autograph hunter. Pasted to a sheet of ring binder paper, with typed account of the very influential director-general of the BBC (1960-1967) and brother of Graham Greene. On the other side part of the original envelope with letterhead ‘Bodley Head’ has been pasted.
28. GRENEL-DANCOURT & NADAR (= Felix Tournachon) Lettre adressée à “mon cher Nadar”, pas datée.
* Sur quelques publications. Ils sont bons amis. 2 p. 33 lignes, signé “Tibi/ Grenel-Dancourt”. Grenel-Dancourt était un auteur mineur, ami de Verlaine.
29. HAILEY, Arthur Original photo, signed in orange felt-tip pen. Black-and-white photo pasted on stiff paper. 14.7 x 9.5 cm. Signature a bit vague.
* An elderly Hailey, holding his glasses in his hands, smiles sympathetically into the camera, against a background of books.
30. HAUPTMANN, Gerhart Eigenhändiger Brief mit Unterschrift. Ungemerktes, gefaltetes Blatt. 18,2 x 14,2 cm. 3 Regel. Zweimal gefaltet, etwas eingerissen.
* ‘Sehr geehrter Herr. Es wurde mich sehr freuen, wenn Sie mich Freitag 11 Uhr besuchen wollten.’ Mit Vollsignatur.
31. HAWKINS, Anthony Hope Autograph Note Signed (1909?). Page of blue paper from an autographs album. 20 x 16 cm. ‘Yours very truly’ plus signature in purple ink. On the same page there is a ‘Yours truly’ from Charles Warner. It must have been shortly before this actor’s death on February 12, 1909. Also a signature of actress Eva Moore and one unreadable. On the verso of the page is a large signature of the soprano Margaret Cooper, dated ‘17.3./MCMIX’.
32. HERRICK, Robert Two typescript letters to Saul K. Padover about Upton Sinclair, signed, dated ’30 Dec. 27′ and ‘7 January 1928’. Two folded leaves of blue green paper, typed on one side only (each). 21,5 x 14,0 cm. 15 and 9 lines. Some fingering and glue marks.
* Letters by the ageing novelist (1868-1938) to youthful author and historian S.K. Padover (1905-1981), who had written an article about Herrick’s book Waste (1924). ‘Mr. Upton Sinclair has sent me your letter to him in which you refer so warmly to my “Waste”. … ‘I judge that our views about “Money Writes” [by Sinclair, 1927] are much the same, – that the criticism of individual writers is discerning and courageous but the philosophy oversimplified.’ Also about Herrick’s resignation as a professor in Chicago.
33. HIRAKAWA, Noritoshi Autograph Signed Card. New York, 1999. 10,8 x 15,3 cm. Printed text in red: “New Yorkers are always busy with excusing themselves by finding reasons for living in NY.” With name, address and date.
* With autograph holiday wish to ‘Dear Chris’, signed ‘Noritoshi’ by the Japanese photographer/ performer.
34. HUGHES, Thomas Autograph signature, dated ‘London Febr 1880’. Oblong 5,6 x 9,0 cm. From an autograph album. A bit browned.
* Hughes (1822-1896) was the author of Tom Brown’s Schooldays, the epitome novel (for the youthful) about life on an English public school. In this case 1830’s Rugby, the school of Dr. Thomas Arnold, ‘the most influential British schoolmaster of the 19th century’.
35. HURST, Fannie Autograph Quote Signed (1959). Leaf from an autograph book. 14,5 x 15,6 cm. 5 lines plus signature and date in red ballpoint. On the other side is an AQS by theatre critic Brooks Atkinson, dated ‘Halloween, 1959’. 4 tiny holes from a string binding.
* ‘Hands across the years!/ Wonderful to see you again -/ with all the vim and vigor/ of your artistry, intact -/ or rather on the plus side.’
36. IN AANBOUW Huge archive regarding the Dutch pre-war literary almanac In Aanbouw. Original correspondence, contributions, editorial notes, photographs and artwork. Approx. 500 A.L.S. and T.L.S. by 140 young Dutch and Flemish authors including Bertus Aafjes, Anna Blaman, Johan Daisne, Bert Decorte, Chr. J. van Geel, Jan d’Haese, Jac. van Hattum, Jacob Hiegentlich, Ed. Hoornik, Karel Jonckheere, Cor Klinkenbijl, Louis Th. Lehmann, A. Marja, Adriaan Morriën, F.C. Terborgh, M. Vasalis, Ab Visser and publishing houses Leopold and Manteau; 150 concepts of letters and submission reviews by K. Lekkerkerker; 40 original photographs and drawings; dozens of proofs, clippings and promotional material; letters and prints about the reprint that was issued to commemorate the 50th birthday of the book. 1938-1946 and 1989.
€ 14 500
* Fascinating archive of the nicely illustrated almanac that published work of no less than 51 promising young literary authors of 1939 from Holland and Belgium. Composed by K. Lekkerkerker, In Aanbouw (meaning Under Construction) is considered the most important pre-war anthology. The letters by the (mostly male) poets and writers concern their latest work, their bio- and bibliographies (so far) and their portraits. This archive not only consists of full correspondences, but also shows Lekkerkerker’s editorial work, his consultations with his Dutch and Flemish publishers, and his efforts to hold In Aanbouw exhibitions in bookstores all over the Low Countries.
Some authors, like Lehmann and d’Haese, overload Lekkerkerker with extensive letters, poems and stories. Others are more reserved: the illustrious bibliophile Emile van der Borch van Verwolde immediately refuses to cede a photograph, Belcampo considers himself too old to be included in the almanac, and the diplomat Reijnier Flaes does not wish to be associated with his pseudonym F.C. Terborgh. Much to Lekkerkerker’s regret, M. Vasalis only sends a (charming) rejection letter. After the successful launch of In Aanbouw and its talents, some authors continue to correspond with Lekkerkerker about literature and more personal matters. The archive also contains poems and stories that were considered superfluous or unfit for publication: i.a. a satirical sonnet by Chris van Geel Jr. and a short story by Terborgh.
“U zult het [portret] echter niet krijgen, en ik hoop dat dit U teleurstelt! Ik houd het er voor dat een portret en een gedicht elkaar niet goed verdragen” (Van der Borch van Verwolde, 1-12-1938); “Mij is om verschillende redenen er zeer veel aan gelegen dat mijn pseudoniem (F.C. Terborgh) voor zoo veel mogelijk gerespecteerd wordt. Een portret moet ik derhalve weigeren. Een zeer beknopte en onvolledige biographie zou kunnen worden verstrekt. Een bibliographie van niets is moeilijk te geven” (Flaes, 6-1-1939); “Mijn schrijfdrift is belangrijk ouder dan mijn literaire loopbaan die beperkt is tot de publicatie van wat verzen in Helikon en van wat verzen en een korte novelle in Werk. Leopold en Gorter vonden mijn liefde voor poezie het eerst gereed. De Balzac en Dostojewsky leerden mij waardoor en waarom er geschreven moet worden” (Blaman, 29-7-1939); “Ik ben 1,77m lang, weeg 70 k.g., heb enige jaren gehockeyd en beoefen nu athletiek. Ik schrijf verzen sinds 1936, maar vind Bix Beiderbecke een grotere dode dan Rilke. Mijn werkwijze bestaat uit het imiteren van anderen, dat ik gepubliceerd word is geheel buiten mijn toedoen” (Lehmann, autobiography 1939).
Important, multifaceted material from numerous beginners and budding authors – some with a shining future, some soon to be forgotten.
37. KAUFFMAN, Reginald Wright Typed Letter Signed, dated September 7, 1929 On folded ‘Quovadis’ paper with printed letterhead of the Geneva office of the ‘New York Herald Tribune, Reginald Wright Kauffman, Directeur’. 27.0 x 21.6 cm. 16 lines. Somewhat creased and with small tears at two folds.
* To a youthful fan, about Kauffman’s story ‘Barbary Bo’ .’I wish you’d write to the editor of “The American Boy”, telling him that you like my serials’.
38. KINGSLEY, Charles Autograph Letter Signed and dated ‘Clifton College/ Sept. 28/69’. Laid paper with tiny blindstamped Percival family crest (motto ‘Sub Cruce Vinces’). 15,8 x 9,9 cm. Written on both sides. 13 lines. Twice folded horizontally.
* Kingsley regrets that he will not be able to preach at a certain church on Sunday, because he has other duties. Not easy to read. The Reverend Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) was the author of many famous books like Westward Ho! (1855) and The Water Babies (1863). In September 1869, he was staying temporarily at Clifton College, where John Percival (1834-1918, later Bishop of Hereford) then was Headmaster.
39. KINGSLEY, Henry Autograph Letter Signed. Mourning paper. 17,7 x 11,1 cm. 4 lines signed, in black ink. Twice folded. Trace of grey glue on verso. Very good condition.
* Kingsley answers with ‘great pleasure’ in complying with the request of an autograph. Underneath is written in pencil ‘Miss Laurence/ 1873’.
40. KRAUSS, Ernst Aus der Zeit – Ueber der Zeit. Neue Gedichte. [Amsterdam, J.M. Meulenhoff], 1941. Halfperkamenten band met opvallend vignet in rood en goud. 148 p. Titelpagina in rood en zwart. Op geschept velijn. 1e druk. Perkament op het eerste scharnier gebarsten. Band wat verbruind en vlekkig.
* Exemplaar met handgeschreven, gesigneerde opdracht van de auteur, ‘Voor/ Thaliena Tak/ van Ernst Krauss/ Kerstmis 1949’. Inliggend: 4 hartelijke brieven van Krauss en zijn echtgenote, Ecoline Krauss-Adema, aan Thalien Tak (1930-2011), die o.m. lerares klassieke talen was. Daarbij een programma van het Don-Kozakkenkoor van Serge Jaroff met handgeschreven ‘Goed voor twee plaatsen’, een kaart met gesigneerd typoscript van het gedicht ‘Zum Jahreswechsel’ (1939) en een gedrukte kaart met dank voor het bewijs van deelneming bij Krauss’ overlijden.
Ernst Krauss (1887-1958) was in Nederland werkzaam als impresario, en publiceerde verschillende Duitstalige poëziebundels.
41. LE GALLIENNE, Richard Orestes. A Tragedy. With ALS to Perriton Maxwell, in a nice box. New York, Mitchell Kennerley, 1910. Cloth-backed boards. (10), 52 p. Printed in red and black. 1st edition. With tipped-in newspaper picture of the author. Bookplate of Geo. A. Zabriskie pasted over another bookplate. With an autograph letter signed by Le Gallienne to Perriton Maxwell, dated ‘Woodstock, N.Y./ Oct. 14, 1919’.
* Contained in a portfolio in an attractive morocco-backed slipcase with richly gilt spine, title ‘Orestes/ ALS/ Richard/ Le/ Gallienne’. Somewhat coquetish Le Gallienne mentions he is glad to accept Maxwell’s invitation to send more of his works to him. Amos Perriton Maxwell (1866-1947) was for a long time editor of various magazines before embarking upon a career as a novelist.
42. LEBEAU, Philippe Original black and white photo in Egypt with accessories. Self-portrait in front of two pyramids, 23.8 x 17.1 cm. Signed with surname on the picture. Attached is an issue of the International Art Bulletin (1980) dedicated to Lebeau and a fully signed paper greeting.
* Philippe Lebeau (1944), an artist from Hasselt, Belgium, works as a pop art painter and photographer. This photo shows him as a tough, booted thirtysomething in a long coat.
43. LECKY, William Edward Hartpole Autograph signed letter (ALS) to an admirer, dated “Xmas day. 1891.” 6 lines on paper printed “38, Onslow Gardens, S.W.”. Small trace of glue on verso, from an album or an envelope.
* Lecky has “much pleasure in sending you my autograph”. He hopes “that you may work with so much perserverance and success that Pugh may some day ask for yours”. William Hartpole Lecky (1838-1903) was an Irish historian and politician, married to Elisabeth van Dedem, herself a historian, and also lady-in-waiting of Queen Sophie of the Netherlands.
44. LEE, Sir Sidney Handwritten letter to Augustus Jessopp. On cream colored paper watermarked T.H. Saunders, with printed heading ‘Dictionary of National Biography/ (address)’. 18,6 x 11,8 cm. 4 p. Written in thin brown ink on recto only. Signed and dated ’17/5/86′. Folded twice. Stained along the fold and vaguely at the foot of the letter.
* From young Sidney, or rather Solomon Lazarus Lee (1859-1926), the compiler of the Dictionary of National Biography to the cleric and writer Dr. Augustus Jessopp (1823-1914), an authority on 17th century history. A perfectly readable letter on Lee’s article about Sir Simonds D’Ewes, that wasn’t accepted by James Bass Mullinger. With mention of Leslie Stephen (the father of Virginia Woolf).
45. LEIGHTON, Frederick Autograph signed letter (ALS), dated “6 June 86”. 11 lines on an oblong card (9 x 12 cm), printed “2, Holland Park, Kensington, W.”. Recto and verso. Folded horizontally. Traces of pasting in an album on both sides.
* Autograph letter by the famous painter (1830-1896), about a book (‘Life & Works’) to be sent to him.
46. LUBIS, Mochtar Handwritten address in pencil. 12 x 20 cm.
* Indonesian author Lubis (1922-2004) wrote his own address in Jakarta in pencil on a strip of paper (about 1990). With some notes in someone else’s handwriting. Sellotape trace. 4 lines.
47. LUDWIG, Emil Handgeschriebene Postkarte (1932) an Dr. Sigmund Blau, Chefredakteur des Prager Tageblattes. Grüngraue Belgische Postkarte (1 Frank) mit Poststempel 31.X.1932, Brussels. Leichtes braunes Fleckchen.
* “Hoffentlich 2. oder 3. Hotel Sti(…). Grüssend, Ludwig”. Adresse nur: “Prager Tagblatt/ Dr. Blau/ Prague”. Dabei in Bleistift: “Ihr Emil Ludwig”. Emil Ludwig (1881-1948) war der weltberühmte Verfasser von vielen Biografien wichtiger Persönlichkeiten. Er arbeitete auch als Journalist. In 1932 lebte er in der Schweiz.
48. MAARTENS, Maarten Autograph Letter Signed and dated ’14-X-’06 [De Zonheuvel, Doorn.] Holland’. Letter in English on mourning paper with printed letterhead ‘De Zonheuvel, Doorn.’, signed ‘”Maarten Maartens”‘. Five pages. 17,8 x 11,3 cm. 53 lines. Some traces of glue. Pin holes where a visiting card may have been pinned to the letter.
* Maarten Maartens is the pseudonym of J. van der Poorten Schwartz (1858-1915), a Dutch author who wrote in English.
Extensive letter to a ‘Dear Sir’ in Pittsburgh who had given a lecture and invited him for a stay. Maartens writes he is ‘just back from the Aberdeen festivities, where I met Mr. Carnegie who renewed his invitation to my daughter’. He would like to come, but because of his bad health is reluctant to take a fast boat to the USA. ‘I am a disgraceful sailor, but America is worth even that – can any man say more?’ He wonders if he can take his 18-year old daughter along. Very friendly letter by a bit of a pedant who flaunts the name of his famous friends Andrew Carnegie and Admiral F.E. Chadwick and asks the benevolence of the gods in Latin (‘Dii, favete!’) while pondering a tour through Northern America. Not in The Letters of Maarten Maartens.
49. MAARTENS, Maarten Autograph Letter Signed to publisher Funk & Wagnalls in London, dated ’11-11-’13 (De Zonheuvel, Doorn) Holland’. Letter in English with printed letterhead ‘De Zonheuvel, Doorn.’, signed ‘Maarten Maartens’, heavily underscored. 4 p. 17.7 x 11.2 cm. 17 lines. Pin holes where a visiting card may have been pinned to the letter.
* The letter exhibits amazement of a book that was sent by publisher Funk & Wagnalls to Josua van der Poorten Schwartz (1858-1915), better known as novelist Maarten Maartens: ‘On my return, this day, from a prolonged absence abroad, I find the book you have kindly sent me. I stand before it, spellbound, as I once stood before the Great Pyramid’. This is probably about the first edition of Funk & Wagnalls Standard Encyclopedia. There are more quaintly reverent sentences in the letter: ‘Your book looks a large one. But the moment we realize in it the Liebig of men’s intellect since Adam, how compactly reasonable in size it appears!’ No wonder the clerk at Funk & Wagnalls wrote in pencil: ‘Please make 3 copies for Prof Hopkins’, possibly to use citations for advertising. Not in The Letters of Maarten Maartens.
50. McCARTHY, Mary Typed letter signed to a gentleman in Toronto. On violet paper, recto only. 23.0 x 16.0 cm. Folded. Dated ‘141, rue de Rennes/ 75006 Paris/ November 9, 1982’. 5 lines.
* About signing a picture and a card (not included), ‘though it’s against my principles and practice to autograph either cards or photos’. This letter has been signed, however.
51. (MELBOURNE NURSE). BURN, Hilda May Testimonials Nurse Burn. Melbourne Hospital. Scrapbook of nurse Hilda May Burn (1868-1949) of Melbourne Hospital and Bendigo Gold District Hospital. Sheepskin leather binding of Sands & McDougall Bookbinders Ltd, Melbourne, with gilt title. 27 x 22 cm. 16 leaves. Contains 25 original letters of thanks and of reference, generally about 1900, one on parchment. Also several newspaper clippings, mainly about the death of Nellie Melba. A cherished and much used volume, a bit worn and dusty.
* Australian scrapbook including personal letters of recognition by several surgeons. Hilda May Burn married Byron Morres on 1904, ending her career as a nurse in Melbourne and Matron of the Bendigo Gold District General Hospital.
52. MENDÈS, Jane Catulle Autograph Letter Signed to Louis Schneider on mourning paper, with envelope poststamped 25 I 1922. Folded sheet with broad black borders, written on p. 1 and 4. 20,5 x 16,0 cm. 17 lines. Horizontal fold, slight creases. Envelope with blue 25c stamp and address ‘au Gaulois/ 2 rue Drouot/ Paris’. Some wear.
* Jeanne Nette (1867-1955), herself a poet, the widow of Catulle Mendès who had died in a railway accident in 1909, writes to Louis Schneider (1861-1935), the music reviewer of the journal Le Gaulois, about delivering a message (not present) for musicians.
53. MITCHISON, Naomi Typed note signed in red ink, dated ’25 Sept’. Oblong sheet of paper, 14,5 x 21 cm.
* ‘I am sorry but I don’t have any photographs of myself – I am too old to like being photographed’. Signed with difficulty ‘Yrr.. sin…’ (‘Yours sincerely’) and her signature. Naomi Mitchison, a daring and prolific novelist, lived until 101 years of age (1897-1999).
54. MORGAN, Charles T.L.S., dated ’23 February 1937′ to a French woman who wants to translate one of Morgan’s essays. Original typewritten letter by the author, Charles Morgan, with printed letterhead. 25,5 x 20,3 cm. 19 lines. Signed in ink.
* To Madame Le Corbeiller in Paris about her offer to translate Morgan’s essay ‘Creative Imagination’ into French. 20 lines typed, signed ‘Charles Morgan.’ in ink.
55. MOTTRAM, Ralph H. / Frederic PROKOSCH Autograph picture postcard signed to Frederic PROKOSCH. Brown photo of ‘old Luffness Mill, near Gullane’. On verso 7 lines by Mottram postmarked ‘Edinburgh Sep 10 1930’.
* Well-settled British author Ralph Hale Mottram (1883-1971) to his young American admirer, the aspiring poet and novelist Frederic Prokosch (1908-1989): ‘I have no favorites among my books. I wish they were better known in the States. I am most pleased to have your letter.’
56. NADAR (= G.F. Tournachon) Letter by Grenel Dancourt to “mon cher Nadar”. Handwritten in purple ink on p. 1 and 3 of 4. 17,6 x 11.5 cm. On better paper. 33 lines, signed “Tibi/ Grenel-Dancourt”.
* Grenel-Dancourt, a minor author, writes a very friendly letter about publications to the famous photographer, balloonist and caricaturist Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, better known as Nadar (1820-1910).
59. NADAR (= G.F. Tournachon) Lettre autographe à “M. Lepic”, datée “12 aout”. Lettre autographe signée. 7 lignes sur papier bleu, signés ‘Nadar’. 18,1 x 12,6 cm. Nom de l’adressant sur verso. Quelques petites dechirures.
* ‘Bonjour, mon ami! Je passe – par gros hasard – devant chez vous, j’entre et je vous laisse que vous avez beaucoup de talent, que vous prevaudrez! et que je vous aime bien. Nadar’.
Avec une addition: No. 6 de “Les Hommes d’Aujourd’hui”, 1. Novembre 1878, caricature de Gill et texte de Félicien Champsaur sur Nadar (1820-1910).
60. NORTHCOTE, Stafford H. Autograph Letter Signed to the painter William Powell Frith. Letter on wove paper, recto and verso, 15,5 x 9,8 cm. 16 lines. Dated ‘Dec. 9. 1881’. Folded twice, but only vaguely. Trace of glue on recto (no text missing).
* About sitting for a portrait by Frith: ‘I am pretty fully engaged up to the middle of January at all events’. Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh (1818-1887) was Member of Parliament for North Devon at this time, after six years of being Minister of Finance. He would end his career as Foreign Secretary (1886-1887).
61. O’BRIEN, Edna Signed note. 1983.
* Letter (17 x 13 cm) signed and dated ‘Jan. ’83’: ‘To (x), with good wishes and good reading’. With part of an envelope stamped ‘Maida Hill’ and a postage stamp. Both objects pasted on a piece of stiff paper.
62. (ONSLOW). HUGHES, Geoffrey Grote portretfoto, gesigneerd. Zwartwitfoto. 24,8 x 20,0 cm. Met gesigneerde opdracht: ‘To James/ Worst Luck/ (sign.)’. Achterop een stempel van Granada T.V. Enkele kleine vlekjes.
* Pracht van een portret met een belangstellende glimlach, waarschijnlijk van ongeveer 1990. Acteur Geoffrey Hughes (1944-2012) is in Nederland vooral bekend als Onslow, de zwager van Hyacinth Bouquet in de onsterfelijke, telkens herhaalde serie Keeping Up Appearances, maar hij speelde ook de sympathieke stouterik Eddie Yeats in Coronation Street en talloze andere rollen.
63. POLIGNAC, Jules de Autograph letter signed by Prince Jules de Polignac to ‘Monseigneur’, dated ‘Paris le 19-May 1818/ rue du Bac 91′. Folded sheet of laid paper, 255 x 410 mm. Some folds and a little foxing. Added: two unrelated documents, one (in an unknown hand) about a cornelian stone sent by Polignac to a General Ogg, who could not be found, and a very brittle letter (in a clerk’s handwriting) signed by Polignac, dated ‘Paris 31 Janvier 1830’, mentioning Mehemet and the expedition against Alger.
* Prince Jules de Polignac (1780-1847) was an important French politician, premier from 1829-1830. He was a staunch adherent of the Ultraloyalist cause and a follower of the Count d’Artois, King Charles X of France 1824-1830. In this letter Polignac is ardently offering his services to a Monseigneur, whose name is not mentioned in the letter.
64. RETTÉ, Adolphe Autograph letter signed to ‘Mon cher Confrère’, dated ‘Pin l’Emagny, Haute-Savoie, 8 Mai 1921’. About Léon Bloy and the publisher Georges Crès. 21,0 x 13,1 cm. Recto only. 15 lines.
* Retté (1863-1930) began as a symbolist poet, anarchist, then became anti-symbolist, after that converted to catholicism.
65. SADLEIR, Michael Autograph Letter Signed ‘Michael Sadleir’ and dated ‘3-2-47’. Letter by author and bibliographer of Victorian literature Michael Sadleir (1888-1957) to ‘dear Gertrude’. 17,6 x 10,8 cm. On tinted writing paper with Sadleir’s name in a calligraphic sign printed in brown and the address in Lower Througham, Stroud, Gloucestershire. 2 p., written on both sides. 29 lines. Horizontal fold, otherwise fine.
* Sadleir had been ill, and thanks Gertrude for her charming letter, a.o. about an unwanted visit of ‘gentlemen-burglars’ ‘I’m completely fed up with the blizzards and snow and worries about waterpipes’. He has to walk to the nearest village (2 miles) to post letters and ‘beg a loaf of bread from someone. Not an attractive prospect.’
66. SADLEIR, Michael Typed Letter Signed ‘Michael Sadleir’ and dated ‘October 27th 1932’. Letter by author and bibliographer of Victorian literature Michael Sadleir (1888-1957) to ‘Dear Mrs Parry’. 25.6 x 20.0 cm. On tinted writing paper of Constable & Co., publishers in London (10 & 12 Orange Street) with extra information in a rubber stamp. 2 p., typed on one side only. 17 lines. Twice folded and a bit creased, some mouse’s nibbling at the left margin.
* Mrs Parry (from Tunbridge Wells) had written a kind letter about his recent book, Edward and Rosina, about Edward Bulwer-Lytton and his wife Rosina Doyle Wheeler, also a novelist. Sadleir mentions her first book, Cheveley, ‘It is of course a savage caricature of her husband an his relations, and was the first heavy shell in the prolonged bombardment of Edward’s peace of mind which was conducted almost up to the day of his death.’ He doesn’t think highly of her talents as a writer.
Sadleir doubts he ever will get to a further stage of Bulwer’s life, because ‘so few people want to know about him’. Edward and Rosina had a disappointing circulation.
67. SAMARANCH, Juan Antonio Signed Photo. Original color photo signed in felt tip pen and dated ‘Sarajevo 1984’. 15,4 x 8,9 cm. With embossed Olympic Games ring symbol. Pasted on paper. With faint trace of glue.
* Samaranch (1920-2010) was President of the International Olympic Committee from 1980-2001.
68. SARCEY, Françisque Three autograph letters signed (ALS) – 3 lettres manuscrites. + ‘Les Hommes d’Aujourd’hui’ 1879. 3 autograph letters. One to Monsieur Vollar (?), dated ’10 Mars 1888′, with stamped envelope. One to Cher Monsieur’ (undated). And one to ‘Ma chère N…’ (name crossed out) and signed ‘Je vous embrasse affectueusement, Françisque Sarcey’, not dated, but about 1880.
* And a page of ‘Les Hommes d’Aujourd’hui’, 1879, with coloured portrait of Sarcey balancing on a monocular, by Gill. Francisque Sarcey (1827-1899) was a famous French journalist and theatre critic.
69. SASTRI, Kuppuswami ALS – Autograph Letter Signed – to a hurried colleague (1910). Folded sheet of writing paper (18 x 23 cm), written on p. 1 and 2. A bit worn.
* Written by the influential Indian Sanskrit scholar Prof. H. Kuppuswami Sastri (1880-1943) to ‘Dear Sir’: ‘I send by bearer the Sanskrit poem (not included) which you were kind enough to accept as a gift from Pandit Kuppusvami Sastri. Evidently it was left by you (…) in the hurry of going out’. Dated ‘Tangore 20.II.10’.
70. SUTHERLAND-LEVESON-GOWER, George Granville William Autograph Letter Signed ‘Sutherland’ and dated ‘Dunrobin Sept. 15 1883’. With two contemporary photos. Letter by George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 3rd Duke of Sutherland (1828-1892) to ‘My dear Sir’. 4 p. With a letter by Charles Longuet Higgins (1806-1885) to ‘My dear Lady’ pinned to the first leaf. Some spots and traces of glue (for an album), some creasing.
* Extensive letter (59 lines) written fast and not very clearly about the possibilities of meeting, traveling between L. (London) and Dunrobin, and various commitments (‘The Ds. [Duchess] must be again here – for the Poultry show on the 27th’). In the attached letter, dated ‘May 23rd 1881’, Charles Longuet Higgins to ‘My dear Lady’ offers ‘St. Anne’s Society polling paper’.
The letters come with two rather creased and damaged, contemporary original photos, one of a gentleman in a cap holding a large piece of game, a dog at his side; the other shows a coach with four passengers and two draft animals. From the letter collection of John Arlott.
71. SWINNERTON, Frank Autograph Letter Signed to Amy Dawson-Scott about Hugh Walpole, dated “March 19 in 1919”. Laid paper with printed address “33, Ravenscroft Park, Barnet”. 15,0 x 10,0 cm. Written on one side only. 12 lines. Horizontal fold. Marginal inkstain. Some foxing.
* Author and critic Frank Swinnerton (1884-1982) tells Dawson-Scott that Hugh Walpole (1884-1941), with whom he had lunch the other day, will “take the chair on June 26”. Swinnerton can’t attend the meeting of this week, but he is “sure Mr. Hueffer will be very amusing and instructive”.
72. TRENCH, Herbert Autograph Quote Signed (1908) Card, 7.0 x 10.4 cm. Reverse with traces of paper glued, probably from an album.
* AQS with elucidation in handwriting by the Irish poet Frederic Herbert Trench (1865-1923), ‘Between thee and thy son lies but a sleep…’
73. TRINE, Ralph Waldo Handwritten card signed (1905) with his initials ‘R.W.T.’ to Max Gysi, a Swiss in London. Printed one-cent postal card with portrait of McKinley, stamped Feb. 4, 1905. 8.2 x 13.8 cm. Addressed to ‘Max Gysi, Esqr/ Swiss Bankverein’, London. Dated ‘Feb-3-1905-‘ with address ‘Crolon Landing/ N.Y.’ 28 lines, written in a tiny hand to ‘My Dear mr. Gysi’. Some creasing.
* Friendly letter about the German edition of In Tune with the Infinite, which was published in November 1904. Maybe Gysi knows people who might be interested in the book. He can ask his German publisher Engelhorn in Stuttgart for more copies and also mentions the French edition. Max Gysi (born 1874) was a bank clerk, born in Switzerland, eventually living in the USA.
74. VACQUERIE, Auguste 8 Autograph Letters Signed. 8 lettres autographes signées. Huit lettres manuscrits à ‘Mon cher Koning’ et à Mme Koning, demeurants à Marseille. 2 datés: 1881 et 1894. 3 sur papier imprimé Le Rappel, un avec enveloppe. Ajouté Les Hommes d’Aujourd’hui, 8 Novembre 1878, avec portrait d’Auguste Vacquerie et article de Félicien Champsaur.
* Lettres cordiales du journaliste et écrivain (1819-1895), l’exécuteur testamentaire de Victor Hugo.
75. WASSERMANN, Jakob Signature of the author and short message on a slip of pink paper. Dated ‘Februar 1927’. 53 x 147 mm. Very good condition.
* Memento for a stay, probably accompanying a present.
76. WHITEING, Richard Original Photo, Inscribed. London, Maull & Fox, about 1905. 16,5 x 10,5 cm. An elderly Whiteing leaning with his elbow on a book-strewn carved desk, looking into the camera. Number written on text side, otherwise fine.
* From the journalist and author (1840-1928) of ‘The Island’ (1888), about living in utopian conditions on Pitcairn Island. With autograph inscription on the lower edge: ‘From Comrade to Comrade/ Richard Whiteing’. Maull’s address is given as ‘187a Piccadilly ‘. An attractive inscribed writer’s picture.
77. WIGGIN, Kate Douglas Autograph letter signed to ‘Dear Mrs. Morse’, dated ‘Feb. 10th 96’. One sheet headed with a printed dog and ribbon with inscription Malo Mori quam Foedari (‘I rather die than be dishonored’). Written on one side only. Pasted to a slightly larger sheet. 14,5 x 10,1 cm.
* Goodlooking letter. ‘I am sorry we cannot come to you on the 21st. We are going out of town.’ Address: ‘131 N. 11th St.’ Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923) was a children’s books author, her most famous book being Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903). After her husband’s untimely death, she remarried with George C. Riggs. This letter is duly signed ‘Kate D Riggs’.
78. WILSON, Sloan Typed Letter Signed to ‘Mr. Beatty’, dated ‘Nov. 10, 1955’. 21.8 x 14.0 cm. On paper with printed address (‘West Newton, Mass.’).
* About a catamaran that Wilson saw from the train. However, he doesn’t want to buy a boat before he knows exactly where he is going to live. Also about technical aspects of large catamarans. In the same year 1955 Wilson had published his world bestseller, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. This letter is included in a beautiful copy of its translation into Dutch (cloth with dust jacket).
79. YATES, Edmund Autograph Letter Signed, 1872. To Leslie Ward. Written on one page (of 4) with purple ink. On paper with printed letterhead ’14A Upper Wimpole Street, W.’ Dated ‘June (?) 7. ’72.’ 13,5 x 9,0 cm. 6 lines. Horizontal fold. Glue trace on last page.
* ‘My dear Leslie Ward. I am glad to hear from (hard to read) that you are willing to do a little work for me’. And suggestion for making an appointment. Leslie Ward (1851-1922) was at that moment at the dawn of his career as a caricaturist and painter. According to Yates’s memories, the first two commissions for Ward were a portrait of Dickens and one of Thackeray.
80. YATES, Edmund Autograph Letter Signed, dated ‘February 21. ’59’. To A. Shirreffs Esq. Written on one side with irregular blue ink. On paper with printed letterhead ’43, Doughty St./ W.C.’ 17,5 x 11,0 cm. 4 lines. Glue trace on verso.
* ‘I have much pleasure in complying with your request’, obviously for an autograph. Yates was then only 27 years old, and living almost next to his role model Charles Dickens.
81. YOUNG, Francis Brett Autograph postcard signed to an American fan in Malden (Mass.). 8,9 x 13,9 cm. Postcard printed with name and address ‘Esthwaite Lodge/ Hawkshead’. Recto with written address and Italian postage stamp postmarked ‘Anacapri 12-(?)-32’. Verso with 9 lines of text, signed in full. Some traces of use.
* ‘I have quite recovered from the accident and am 1/4 way through a new book: The House Under The Water’. He sums up his four ‘best books’. ‘Many prefer My Brother Jonathan’.