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Literature Autographs

This category includes literary autographs, including autograph letters (ALS), manuscripts, signed portraits and books signed or inscribed by their authors.  The emphasis is on 19th and 20th Century writers in English but this selection from our stock includes writers and literature of all genres and nationalities.

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LADY BLESSINGTON (1789-1849) Autograph Letter
LADY BLESSINGTON (1789-1849) Autograph Letter

LADY BLESSINGTON autograph letter. Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, known as Lady Blessington. Irish novelist, beauty and literary hostess.   AL. 1p plus integral blank leaf. No place. Wednesday evening, no month or year (but paper watermarked 1832). To Mr Oliver.   "Lady Blessington's compliments to Mr Oliver and will have much pleasure in seeing him tomorrow at 3 o'clock, but if Mr O could make it convenient to call at 2 o'clock it would oblige Lady B".   8vo Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Small chip to foot of first leaf. Mounting traces to verso of integral blank leaf. All.....

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GBP145.00
THOMAS CARLYLE (1795-1881) Autograph Letter Signed
THOMAS CARLYLE (1795-1881) Autograph Letter Signed

  THOMAS CARLYLE Autograph Letter Signed   Scottish satirical writer, essayist and historian.   ALS (AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED). 1p.  5th November 1869. Sending 3 of his books for the Wedgewood Library. Together with a contemporary portrait photograph.    "Messrs Chapman & Hall are directed to send you 3 vols, viz: Sartor & Heroes 1 Vol, Schiller & Sterling 1 Vol, Cromwell 3 Vols.  The utility of your enterprise will depend mainly on your judgement in earnestly and religiously choosing books that are nourishment to the mind of man, and vigorously rejecting what are poison (by far the more numerous class at.....

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GBP550.00
LEWIS CARROLL (1832-1898) Autograph Letter Signed
LEWIS CARROLL (1832-1898) Autograph Letter Signed

  LEWIS CARROLL Autograph Letter Signed   CHARLES LUTWIDGE DODGSON (LEWIS CARROLL). English author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer.   ALS. 1p.  No place, no date.    "Dear Mr. Mayhew, Thanks for 24/- received today. Very truly yours, C.L. Dodgson. Love to the babies."    12mo.  Approx 5.5 x 3.5 inches. Some browning spots and localised brittleness from two old glue mounting spots on verso and a corresponding piece of old album leaf adhering to verso.  All else VG...

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WILKIE COLLINS (1824-1889) Autograph Presentation Signature
WILKIE COLLINS (1824-1889) Autograph Presentation Signature

WILKIE COLLINS Autograph Presentation Signature. English novelist. Author of 'The Woman in White', 'The Moonstone', etc. A good, large autograph signature on heavy paper piece. With the sentiment "Very truly yours" and the date "20th February 1888" in his hand. This appears to be a presentation signature purposely provided, rather than a fragment extracted from a letter or other document.   11 x 7 cms (4.5 x 2.75 inches). Slight browning to top right corner, some mounting traces to verso. Very good.   ..

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GBP85.00
WILKIE COLLINS (1824-1889) Autograph inscription in Book
WILKIE COLLINS (1824-1889) Autograph inscription in Book

WILKIE COLLINS Autograph inscription in Prayer Book. British (English) novelist. Author of 'The Woman In White', 'The Moonstone', etc.   Autograph signature and inscription "Marion Halcombe Taylor, 11th August 1888, Wilkie Collins". On first blank leaf of The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments, published by Eyre & Spottiswoode [n.d.].   16mo. Approx 5 x 3.25 inches. 541pp. Grained full limp morocco binding signed by the binder Loxley Brothers of Sheffield. Lettered gilt on spine an upper cover, blocked gilt with monogram, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt. Inner hinge cracked at joint. Some loss to top left corner.....

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GBP525.00
CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) Signed Cheque
CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) Signed Cheque

CHARLES DICKENS Signed Cheque. English novelist. Cheque drawn on Coutts Bank, the Strand, London, in favour of Lady Olliff  for the sum of three pounds four shillings and sixpence. 5th May 1862. Endorsed on verso by Ring & Brymer (the food suppliers and confectioners).  The date, payee's name and sum in the hand of Charles Dickens and signed with his characteristic signature.   The usual ink cancellation marks (partly touching signature). Very light mounting traces to verso, else in fine condition.    Provenance:  From an album compiled by Florence Pearl Faithfull (known as "Pearl"), later Lady Dilke.  Pearl Faithfull was.....

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GBP600.00
CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) Autograph Letter Signed
CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) Autograph Letter Signed

CHARLES DICKENS autograph letter Signed.British novelist. ALS.  1p.  Office of All the Year Round, 26 Wellington Street, Strand, London, WC.  Monday 25th M[a]y, 1868.  To [Charles] Mackay. Sold together with a contemporary steel engraved portrait."The sparrows shall be heartily welcomed whensoever they wing their way in this direction.  Consign them to me yourself, and no time will be lost.  Cordial thanks for your congratulations. Faithfully yours always, Charles Dickens." 8vo.  Approx 6.5 x 5 inches (16.5 x 12.75 cms). The blank leaf of the bifolium excised to a stub which had been used for mounting in an album.  Old mounting.....

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GBP2,950.00
CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) Autograph Letter Signed
CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) Autograph Letter Signed

  CHARLES DICKENS Autograph Letter Signed   British Novelist.   ALS. 1p (with integral blank leaf).  Gads Hill Place,  Monday third August 1857.  To F.M. Webb, Esq.   "Dear Sir, I am honoured by your obliging invitation, and should have been happy to accept it if my engagements had admitted of that response.  But they oblige me to forego the gratification offered to me by the Committee of management, to whom I beg to tender my respectful thanks. Dear Sir, your faithful servant, CHARLES DICKENS. P.S. My absence at Manchester has delayed my reply".  With good full signature.    8vo......

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ADRIAN CONAN DOYLE (1910-1970) Typed Letter Signed
ADRIAN CONAN DOYLE (1910-1970) Typed Letter Signed

ADRIAN CONAN DOYLE Typed Letter signed. Author and playboy. Son of Sir ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE. TLS. 1p. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Estates, Box 180, British PO, Tangier, Morocco. July 7th 1954. To Mrs F. Pepys Cockerell. "I must indeed apologise for the long delay in replying to your kind letter, but I have been in Austria for the last two months.  I am deeply appreciative of your kind words apropos my Sherlock Holmes stories.  As you can imagine, it was an exciting undertaking to even attempt a continuation of the original Saga, but I felt that it had to be.....

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GBP125.00
JEFFREY FARNOL (1878-1952) Autograph Letter Signed
JEFFREY FARNOL (1878-1952) Autograph Letter Signed

JEFFREY FARNOL autograph letter Signed. British (English) novelist.   ALS. 1p. 71 Eltham Road, Lee, SE. 31st January 1918. To Miss [Evelyn] Grey.   A short note to an autograph collector. "Thank you very much for your kind letter. I have great pleasure in doing as you ask." Signed with an nice example of his signature.   4to. Approx 10 x 8 inches. Very slight mounting traces to verso, else fine.   John Jeffrey Farnol was a prolific author of romantic and swashbuckling novels set in the Regency period. With Georgette Heyer, he can be credited with the invention of.....

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GBP45.00
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