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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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HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW (1807-1882) Signed Photograph
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW (1807-1882) Signed Photograph

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW Signed Photograph. American poet. Best known for 'The Song of Hiawatha'.  Carte de visite photograph, circa. 1855, by the London Stereoscopic Company.  Signed on mount below image.   In fine condition.   Photographs signed by Longfellow are rare.   From a 19th century album compiled by Maj.-Gen. Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson (1810-1895) and his wife Louisa Caroline Harcourt Rawlinson (nee Seymour).  Sir Henry Rawlinson  was a British politician and Orientalist, sometimes described as the Father of Assyriology...

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GBP565.00
THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY (1800-1859) Autograph Letter Signed
THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY (1800-1859) Autograph Letter Signed

THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY Autograph Letter Signed. British historian, essayist and man of letters. ALS. 2pp. Holly Lodge, Kensington. April 28th 1859. To the publishers Messrs Longman & Co.   "Gentlemen, Be so good as to send a copy of The Life and Times of Carey Marshman and Ward to his Excellency Sir C.E. Trevelyan, Madras, and to charge it to my account. Very truly yours, Macaulay."   8vo. 18 x 11.5 cms (7 x 4.5 inches).  Blank leaf of the bifolium excised to a stub which had been used for mounting, else fine.   The Life & Times of Carey,.....

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GBP185.00
GEORGE MACDONALD (1824-1905) Autograph Letter Signed
GEORGE MACDONALD (1824-1905) Autograph Letter Signed

GEORGE MACDONALD autograph Letter Signed. British (Scottish) pioneering author of fantasy stories.   ALS.  1p.  39 Longridge Road, Kensington.  June 15th, 1879. To Alfred M. Burnaby.   "I will venture on the 15th October, if you wish it.  My fee is ten guineas.  Yours truly, George MacDonald".   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. On mourning edged stationary laid down on part of an album leaf.  George MacDonald is of considerable consequence in the history and development of fantasy Literature.  He is cited as a primary influence by authors as diverse as Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and W.H......

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GBP235.00
COMPTON MACKENZIE (1883-1972) Autograph Letter Signed
COMPTON MACKENZIE (1883-1972) Autograph Letter Signed

COMPTON MACKENZIE Autograph Letter Signed. Anglo-Scottish novelist. ALS. 2pp.  Isle of Jethou, Channel Isles.  February 23rd, no year [circa.1915]. To [Arthur St John] Adcock.   "How kind of you to ask my wife and myself to be the guests of the Bookman Circle on March 2nd.  Alas, we must regretfully decline the pleasure.  I was in town at the end of January, and after keeping a few speaking engagements was seized of a most violent attack of influenza, from which I am only now recovering, and I dare not face London again before late Spring or early Summer.  By the way,.....

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GBP85.00
FREDERICK MARRYAT (1792-1848) Autograph Letter Signed
FREDERICK MARRYAT (1792-1848) Autograph Letter Signed

CAPTAIN FREDERICK MARRYAT Autograph Letter Signed. British novelist and officer of the Royal Navy.  Author of Mr Midshipman Easy, Children of the New Forest, etc. Pioneer of the sea story as a genre. ALS. 1p. No place. Monday [the year 1839 added in another contemporary hand]. To "My dear Ellis". Together with a contemporary steel engraved portrait. "The enclosed card will be quite sufficient.  Show it to the porter at the gate. Yours truly, F. Marryat". 16mo. Approx 10 x 10.5 cms. Laid down on thin card from an album leaf. Corners and edges trimmed. All else very good. In.....

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GBP265.00
A E W MASON (1865-1948) Autograph Letter Signed
A E W MASON (1865-1948) Autograph Letter Signed

A E W MASON Autograph Letter Signed. Alfred Edward Woodley Mason. British (English) author of 'The Four Feathers', etc.   ALS. 1p. c/o Lt. Col. Thoroton, RMLI, Gibralter. December 4th No year but probably 1917.   "I am sorry not to have sent you the autograph before. But I am on service and letters take a long time to reach me."   8vo. Approx 7 x 5.5 inches. Loss to top edge, probably where Mason had roughly torn the sheet from a pad. Mounting traces to verso. Very good.   A E W Mason served with the Manchester Regiment in the.....

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GBP55.00
ELIZA METEYARD (1816-1879) Autograph Letter Signed
ELIZA METEYARD (1816-1879) Autograph Letter Signed

ELIZA METEYARD Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) novelist, journalist, essayist and biographer.   ALS. 2pp plus integral blank leaf. Wildwood, Hampstead. August 5th 1867. To W. Ireland, Esq.   "Next week I leave home till the end of September and if in case you would like to reprint any further tale, perhaps you will let me know by a line before I go, so that I may place it in readiness. I am going to Dr Hall's near Kendal, in the hope of mending broken health, and so preparing for a long winter's work. I hope Miss Ireland is well. Please.....

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GBP85.00
JOHN MILTON (1608-1674) Autograph Signature
JOHN MILTON (1608-1674) Autograph Signature

JOHN MILTON Autograph Signature.English poet. Author of 'Paradise Lost'.Autograph signature with words in his hand "pro [or pre?] 12s 6d 1634".On paper measuring approx 4 x 2.25 inches (10 x 5.5 cms). Laid onto paper piece and mounted on part of album leaf.  Old creases and tears with some paper losses just touching the 'J' of 'Jo.' but with no loss to signature or inscription.After Shakespeare, John Milton is, perhaps, the most celebrated poet in the English language. From 1632 to 1641 John Milton was undergoing a self-imposed period of exile in Hammersmith and in rural Berkshire, where he began.....

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GBP6,500.00
MARY RUSSELL MITFORD (1787-1855) Autograph Letter Signed
MARY RUSSELL MITFORD (1787-1855) Autograph Letter Signed

MARY RUSSELL MITFORD Autograph letter Signed. English author and dramatist. Author of 'Our Village'.   ALS.  5pp.  Three Mile Cross. Not dated but postmarked February 28th, 1832.  To Mrs Merry at Mr Mason's, Beale House, Amersham.   "My dearest friend - no, my dearest friends! First of all, everything is well at the High Roads.  Papa was there today and heard an excellent account of their goings on. The [pets?] quite well.  No letters (which expecting a post, we asked for) and the man to whom you gave permission gone to Hartley, so that as he is the only one.....

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GBP285.00
ALFRED NOYES (1880-1958) Autograph Letter Signed
ALFRED NOYES (1880-1958) Autograph Letter Signed

ALFRED NOYES Autograph Letter Signed. English poet and short story writer. Author of 'The Highwayman'. ALS. 2pp. 85 Cadogan Gardens, SW.  January 18th 1927. To [Arthur St John] Adcock.   "In great haste I return corrected proof, and shall be awfully glad if I can have a "revise" as I want to make quite sure the corrections are all right.  There'll be nothing but printers' errors to alter in the next, so I hope this will not inconvenience you. I'm just off to speak at the English . . .(?). Yours ever, Alfred Noyes."   8vo bifolium.  18 x 11.5 cms.....

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GBP85.00
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