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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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JOHN GALSWORTHY (1867-1933) Autograph Letter Signed
JOHN GALSWORTHY (1867-1933) Autograph Letter Signed

JOHN GALSWORTHY Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) novelist. Author of 'The Forsyte Saga'. Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1932. ALS. 1p. Station Hotel, Inverness.  August 20th 1928.  To [Arthur St John] Adcock.   "Here is a note on young H.A. Manhood's 'Nightseed'.  If this young man fulfills the promise of this book there will be a new star in the firmament. Yours very sincerely, JOHN GALSWORTHY."   8vo. 18 x 11.5 cms (7 x 4.5 inches). Central fold, a few very light foxing spots. Fine.    Harold Alfred Manhood's 'Nightseed & Other Stories' was a collection of short stories with.....

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GBP85.00
JOHN GALSWORTHY (1867-1933) Autograph Note Signed
JOHN GALSWORTHY (1867-1933) Autograph Note Signed

JOHN GALSWORTHY Autograph Note Signed. British (English) novelist. Author of 'The Forsyte Saga'. Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1932.   ANS. 1p. Flat A, 1 Adelphi Terrace House, Robert Street, Adelphi, WC. January 31st 1918. To "Dear Madam".   A brief letter, probably to someone who had requested his autograph. "I send it you with pleasure. Truly yours, John Galsworthy".   4to. Approx 10 x 8 inches. In fine condition with very slight mounting traces to verso...

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GBP55.00
JOHN GALSWORTHY (1867-1933) Autograph Note Signed
JOHN GALSWORTHY (1867-1933) Autograph Note Signed

JOHN GALSWORTHY autograph Note Signed. British (English) novelist. Author of 'The Forsyte Saga'. Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1932.   ANS. El Conquistador Hotel, Tucson, Arizona. February 1st 1931.   A brief autograph note "From my wife and myself", signed.   4to. Approx 10.5 x 7 inches. In very fine condition...

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GBP55.00
DAVID GASCOYNE (1916-2001) Autograph Manuscript and Autograph Letters Signed
DAVID GASCOYNE (1916-2001) Autograph Manuscript and Autograph Letters Signed

DAVID GASCOYNE Autograph Manuscript and Autograph Letters Signed. English poet associated with the Surrealist movement. A small collection of material relating to a poetry recital at the Wigmore Hall under the auspices of the Society of Authors, comprising: (1) An autograph manuscript by David Gascoyne titled "From Rough Draft of a Letter [to John Masefield]". 4to. 1p. It begins "All true artists are eternal students; any artist of genius is an 'inspired child'.  There are as few, and as many, perhaps more in the dramatic profession (to which I belong myself) as there ever where. . ."  The manuscript continues for.....

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GBP345.00
HENRY RIDER HAGGARD (1856-1925) Autograph Signature
HENRY RIDER HAGGARD (1856-1925) Autograph Signature

SIR HENRY RIDER HAGGARD autograph Signature. English novelist. Author of 'King Solomon's Mines', 'She', etc. Autograph signature and date (1901) on paper piece.   8.5 x 4.5 cms (3.5 x 1.75 inches). Old mounting marks to borders, pinholes to top edge. Very good.   A nice, clear example of Henry Rider Haggard's signature. Probably a 'presentation signature' purposely provided, rather than a signature clipped from a letter or document (hence the positioning and presence of the date and the pinholes indicating it was originally attached to an accompanying letter).   ..

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GBP65.00
ANTHONY HOPE HAWKINS (1863-1933)
ANTHONY HOPE HAWKINS (1863-1933)

ANTHONY HOPE HAWKINS Autograph Letter Signed. Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins, better known by his nom de plume Anthony Hope. British novelist. Author of 'The Prisoner of Zenda' etc.   ALS. 1p plus integral blank leaf. 44 Bedford Square, W.C. 1st November 1915. To Miss Evelyn Grey. Together with the original envelope addressed in his hand.   "I thank you very heartily for your kind words about my books and have great pleasure in sending you what you are so good as to wish to have. A very small thing it is!"   8vo. Approx 7 x 5 inches. In fine.....

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GBP65.00
THOMAS HUGHES (1822-1896) Autograph Letter Signed
THOMAS HUGHES (1822-1896) Autograph Letter Signed

THOMAS HUGHES autograph Letter Signed. British (English) novelist. Author of 'Tom Brown's School Days'.   ALS. 1p plus integral blank leaf. Together with original envelope. The Athaeneum. February 16th, 1871. To Edmund K[ell] Blyth.   "Nothing can be clearer or better than the enclosed which I accordingly return without alteration. I hope it may have prompt attention from the De[...?] authorities." [etc].   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Envelope affixed to the integral blank leaf. Verso of integral blank leaf has some mounting damage. All else near fine.   Best known as being the author of the classic 'Tom.....

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GBP175.00
FERGUS HUME (1859-1932) Autograph Letter Signed
FERGUS HUME (1859-1932) Autograph Letter Signed

FERGUS HUME Autograph Letter Signed. Fergus Wright Hume. British (English) novelist. Author of 'The Mystery of a Hansom Cab', etc.   ALS. 1p. 4 Park Place, St James's Street, W. 30th January 1895. To "Dear Sir" (probably to the London solicitor, Edmund Kell Blyth).   "Nat[ional] Bank of N[ew] Z[ealand]. Your letter of 29th inst. reached me just as I was leaving for the country. On my return to town next week I could call at your office in reference to the above matter." [etc].   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Part of the integral blank leaf has been.....

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GBP175.00
W W JACOBS (1863-1943) Autograph Letter Signed
W W JACOBS (1863-1943) Autograph Letter Signed

W W JACOBS AUTOGRAPH LETTER Signed. William Wymark Jacobs was an English author notable for his short stories, often with a nautical theme.  He is best remembered for the horror classic "The Monkey's Paw".    ALS. 1p.  Beechcroft, Berkhamsted.  23rd May, 1920.  To [Bertram Waldrom] Matz.   "It is very kind of the Council and I much appreciate the honour, but I am too far away to attend meetings and it is not much use going unless I make myself useful."   8vo.  Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. With integral blank leaf.  Some loss to integral blank not affecting any.....

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GBP85.00
JEROME K. JEROME (1859-1927) Letter Signed
JEROME K. JEROME (1859-1927) Letter Signed

JEROME K JEROME Letter Signed. Jerome Klapka Jerome. English novelist and humourist. Author of 'Three Men in a Boat'. LS. (The text of the letter is in the hand of Jerome's secretary and amanuensis but the signature is his).   1p.  41 Belsize Park, NW3.  13th January 1926.  To [Arthur] St John Adcock.   "I know it is not you, but I should like to know who is responsible for fixing these prices, so that I could tell them what I think of them.  The very least I could take would be 30 guineas for 1500 words.  They ought to be ashamed.....

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GBP125.00
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