1. 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.
2. ANNIGONI, Pietro Original photo with signature (1982). Original black-and-white photo of Annigoni 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 glue traces at the backside.
* Annigoni is most famous for his official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
3. 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.
* 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.
4. BENSON, Stella Mrs Oneleg. (Typescript, signed in blue ink). Two leaves, typed on one side only. Not dated (probably 1925-1930). 26,0 x 20,3 cm. 95 lines. Two corrections, one in ink and one in pencil. Pin holes at left upper side and some waterstains.
* Passionate and lively plea marked ‘Confidential’ for a pension for Benson’s friend ‘Mrs Oneleg’, a crippled paper bag maker, who ‘after a life of tameless energy, cheerful profanity and selfless kindness, has become a Parish Case’. It is not quite clear to whom this loving portrait of a London East End character was directed; it may be a short story, but it ends quite specific with a plan for collecting 15/- a week as a ‘Lord George Govvament Pension’ for Mrs. Oneleg, who is ‘with her 59 years too young for a real pension and doesn’t want to depend on church charity’.
Stella Benson (1892-1933) was an English novelist and feminist who also wrote about China.
5. 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.
6. BERNARD, Tristan Autograph letter signed on a card, dated ‘4 Août 22’. Oblong 8,9 x 11,0 cm. Recto only. Traces of glue on verso, and some notes by the collector.
* Tongue-in-cheek rebuff to a signature hunter: ‘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)’.
7. BERNHARDT, Sarah, Sergei RACHMANINOFF, Jozef ISRAËLS, a.o. Album with signatures, dedications, phrases of music, and visual art for Miss Eugenie Smeenk, dated 1903-1921. 26 signed contributions, partly pasted in, partly written or drawn directly on the page. 6 original drawings, 1 etching, 1 watercolor, 5 musical quotations, 1 photo. Deluxe binding with spine and corners of gilt and polished calf with marbled boards. 180 p. All edges gilt with rounded corners. Edges a bit worn.
* Eugénie Smeenk (1883-1978), daughter of the owner of the renowned Hotel Du Soleil in Arnhem, collected signatures and other autograph contributions of famous visitors. In this album, there are three categories: musicians from abroad, actors from France and visual artists from the Netherlands. The most important visiting musicians were Sergei Rachmaninoff, who entered a musical fragment from the Second Piano Concerto, that he had performed in Arnhem that same evening (December 7, 1908) and Willem Mengelberg, who directed that concert; cellist Pablo Casals and pianist Harold Bauer, who performed together on November 26, 1907; opera singers Jeanne Raunay, Hermine Bosetti and Georgette Leblanc – with her husband, the author Maurice Maeterlinck – violinists Jacques Thibaud and Kathleen Parlow; and composer Richard Strauss. The actors’ comprise famous actress Sarah Bernhardt, Édouard de Max with his young assistant Marie Ventura, and Coquelin Cadet. The actors’ signatures are accompanied by friendly and humorous quotations.
The drawings and prints are generally from a slightly later date, 1909-1921. The artists are Jozef Israëls (pen drawing of a girl on a dune, not dated), Charles Dankmeijer (old farm, ink drawing), Toon Dupuis (photo of an equestrian statue), Hendrik van Bloem (landscape, etching), H.J. Haverman (rabbits, ink drawing), Kees van Waning (landscape, charcoal drawing), Herman Moerkerk (old man, mottoed ‘Sic transit…’, elaborate drawing in aquarel and crayon), Willem E. Roelofs jr. (fish in a kitchen, ink drawing) and Benjamin Prins (old man from Ponte Tresa, pencil drawing).
An astonishing company to find in a young woman’s album!
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. BONNETAIN, Paul Autograph Letter Signed to an unknown correspondent in Britain (1886). 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 and pessimistic letter to his agent in England about the approaching publication of his book Opium in the Revue moderniste, afterwards by Charpentier as a book, around May 15, 1886. Obviously, he is in dire straits after the turmoil that 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’. As far as we know, this book never has been published with a preface by Bonnetain.
An informative letter by a courageous author, doomed to die only 40 years old in Laos (1899).
11. CHETWODE-BETJEMAN, Penelope Autograph Card Signed by Penelope Chetwode, from 1933-1951 the wife of John Betjeman. Calligraphed gold-rimmed card (1983) signed with a black ballpoint. 6,0 x 11,5 cm.
13. D’ANNUNZIO, Gabriele Two autograph postcards to J.K. Rensburg. 1. 13,2 x 8,5 cm. Obv.: Text ‘Le scrivero appena giunto’ (‘I will write you when I have arrived’). Signed ‘d’Ann’. Address ‘J.K. Rensburg/ Leesmuseum/ Amsterdam/ l’Olanda’. 10 centesimi brown stamp postmarked ‘Venezia Ferrovia’ 13 III 1921. Rev.: Photo of D’Annunzio in uniform with printed signature.
2. 13,8 x 8,8 cm. Obv. text: ‘Faccio capitale su di lei.’ (‘I’m counting on you’), signed ‘d’A.’ Address ‘Sr J.K. Rensburg/ Leesmuseum/ Amsterdam/ Olanda.’ Two 20 cts stamps with unclear postmark (possibly ‘Firenze’ and ’21’) . Rev.: Picture of a church in Florence with a citation by Carducci, a bit soiled by postmark ink.
* Mysterious correspondence! J.K. Rensburg (1870-1943) was an eccentric Dutch writer and translator (a.o. Dante and Boccaccio). D’Annunzio, not only an author, but also a politician, in the first weeks of 1921 had to retire from his political adventures in Fiume, the city that was annexed by the Italians in 1919. 1921 also saw the festivities of the 600th anniversary of Dante’s death. However, nothing is known about any contact between the two authors.
16. DUMAS jr., Alexandre Handwritten letter to ‘Monsieur [Auguste, Costumier du Théatre Française]’. Thin paper, watermarked with a crown. 19,9 x 12,6 cm. Folded as an envelope (oblong 5,2 x 12,5 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 by 13-year-old Alexandre Dumas for the Carnaval de Paris. 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.
17. 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.’
18. FORT, Paul L’Homme tombé du Paradis. Petit Roman Gaulois. Paris, Armand Jules Klein, 1932. 29 x 20 cm. Broché. (64) p. Illustration en couleurs et vignettes de Ginette d’Yd. Édition originale. Tache d’eau vague en-bas.
* Tiré en 530 exemplaires, ceci est un des 185 ex. sur Arches numérotés et signés pour les amis de Paul Fort, avec bel envoi de l’auteur (15 lignes) au Docteur Maxime Loup, daté 10 Novembre 1932. Série ‘La France à travers les ballades françaises’.
19. FORT, Paul Quartier Latin. Paris, François Bernouard, 1929. 29 x 20 cm. Ingenaaid. (52) p. Niet opengesneden. Gedrukt in 425 genummerde exemplaren op Vergé d’Arches. 1e druk. Vage vlek.
* Groot formaat op stevig papier. Serie ‘La France à travers les ballades françaises’. Gedichten en poëtisch proza van de auteur over Parijse plekjes. Dit is een van 150 gesigneerde exemplaren. Met een mooie opdracht van de schrijver en een handgeschreven tekst in 15 regels, ‘Le Dernier Rêve du Poète’.
20. FULLER, Roy The Historian. (Typescript Signed). 14 leaves of Miller Falls Ezerase paper (28,0 x 21,6 cm) with 25 sonnets typed on recto only. The last page signed in ink. Horizontally folded, the last page creased.
* Extensive series of poems, published in book form for the first time in Buff (1965).
21. GALLUP, George Original handwritten signature on a printed card. 1983. Oblong 8 x 13 cm.
* Signature in ballpoint on a business card printed ‘The Gallup Poll’. With the front part of a printed envelope dated ‘Trenton, 8 Dec 1983’, less than a year before Gallups death. From a Dutch autograph hunter. Pasted to a sheet of ring binder paper, with typed account of the statistician and survey researcher George H. Gallup (1901-1984).
22. 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). On the other side part of the orig. envelope with letterhead ‘Bodley Head’ has been pasted.
23. GUÉRIN, Daniel Typed list of his own books. With SIGNATURE on a little sheet and an envelope. Typed carbon copy of a list of Guérin’s books, as offered by himself. A4. Recto and verso. With autograph price corrections. Added: a small sheet of paper stamped with Guérin’s address, signed ‘daniel guérin’ and dated ‘6-9-82’, and the front part of an addressed and stamped envelope, both (signature and envelope) pasted on a piece of card.
* The list contains 40 titles with ‘Prix fort’ and ‘Prix net’, with a 4-line explanation, typed.
24. 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’.
26. 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.
27. 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 Schwarz, 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.
30. 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…’ and her signature. Naomi Mitchison, a daring and prolific novelist, lived until 101 years of age (1897-1999).
31. MONTÉPIN, Xavier de Autograph Letter Signed (1873). Letter to ‘Madame’ full of effusive thanks, dated ‘Paris 24 juillet 73’ and signed ‘Cte Xavier de Montépin/ 129 rue de Rennes’. Half of a 4 p. sheet with blindstamped letters ‘XM’ under a heraldic crown. 13,4 x 10,3 cm. Written in French with ink with a fine and fast hand. 11 lines. Horizontally folded. Fine condition.
* ‘J’ai reçu avec reconnaissance la lettre que vous m’avez fait l’honneur de m’adresser, et j’ai lu avec un profond intérêt les magnifiques vers (?) de Madame votre fille – à jamais regrettable…
Je suis bien heureux et bien fier d’avoir mérité votre sympathie. Je vous remercie du fond du coeur de votre double envoi (…)’.
Count Xavier de Montépin (1823-1902) was a prolific author of popular novels, rich and famous, but almost forgotten now.
32. MOTTRAM, Ralph H. 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 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.’
33. NAIPAUL, V.S. Handwritten letter to ‘Dear Frank.” 17.9 x 11.5 cm. One leaf of thin writing paper. Thin gray-black fountain pen writing on both sides. Signed ‘Vidia [Naipaul]’ and dated ‘University College / Oxford./ January 22, 1953. 21 lines of text. Horizontally folded and a bit creased.
* Very early letter from the Trinidad-born writer Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul (born August 17, 1932), when he was a young student at Oxford, gradually overcoming a deep depression. His first story was published in 1955. In 2001 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. This letter invites Frank to the readings of the Martlets, an intellectual students’ organisation. The various events are listed, including a lecture on Martial. Naipaul ends with the question: ‘By the way, what is a good book to read for the social & literary background of French Classical Drama?’
34. ONSLOW (GEOFFREY HUGHES) 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.
35. PHILIP II OF SPAIN, King Letter Signed to Henry of Valois, Duke of Anjou, later King Henry III of France. Dated ‘Madrid a xxiiii. de Novembre 1572′. Written by a secretary, Gabriel de Cayas, with his signature. Folded leaf of paper with circular watermark. 30,3 x 21,7 cm. 10 lines in a neat chancellor’s hand, with Philip’s signature ‘Yo El Rey’ (I, The King) and ‘buen Germano de.v.al’ (‘de vuestra alteza’ = Good Brother of Your Highness). Folded as an envelope with address in the secretary’s manuscript and in a cursive hand ‘La Depesche du Conte d’Arenbergue’ (The Message of the Count d’Aremberg’). Traces of a wax seal. Some creasing and light browning. (Added: an extensive background dossier (partly in Dutch), including publications on the House of Aremberg.)
* King Philip (1527-1598) wishes Henry of Anjou (1551-1589) luck with the birth of the daughter of his older brother, King Charles IX of France (1550-1574). He sends this letter to the Duke through Count Charles of Aremberg (1550-1616), who performed diplomatic services for him. The Duke of Anjou is invited to trust the Count of Aremberg in everything, to believe all he will say on behalf of Philip, and tell the Count whatever Anjou wants to happen. Philip will endeavor to provide Anjou with all the good will he is well-known for.
Henry of Anjou was the younger brother of Elisabeth of Valois (1545-1568), Philip’s third wife. But the term ‘bueno germano’ might as well be a formula of courtesy.
You should see this letter in the light of the massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Day, when the leaders of the Protestant party in France were slaughtered, which had taken place three months earlier. Philip was excited about that bloody reckoning, it is the only time that is known of the King, that he laughed! The ambitious Duke of Anjou was regarded by many of his contemporaries as an important instigator of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. No doubt Philip was keen to keep Henry of Anjou on his side. The promise with the well-known goodwill refers to bribery.
36. 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.
37. 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), exécuteur testamentaire de Victor Hugo.
38. 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.
39. WILLY, pseud. of Henri GAUTHIER-VILLARS Four tiny autograph letters signed to minor symbolist poet Henri Cazalis. 1901.
* Different papers and sizes. Two dates: ’20 Juin 01′ and ‘6/1/08’. Two with only one or two lines, one concerning a tipped-on newspaper article by Willy, ‘Pour nos paysages’, and one 11-line letter about a young composer putting Cazalis’s poetry to music: ‘Je connais l’extraction sans douleur au phonographe; même, j’en fis une chronique il y a trois semaines’.