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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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GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (1856-1950) Autograph Note Signed
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (1856-1950) Autograph Note Signed

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW autograph Note Signed. Irish dramatist, critic and writer.   ANS on his 10 Adelphi Terrace, London WC2 correspondence card. Malvern. 15th April 1925. Signed with initials.   "I forgot to return these in my letter. They are appropriately funny; but Henderson's half of them is funnier than mine. I think they are about right for the book."   Approx 4.5 x 2 inches. Mounting traces to verso. Small area of rubbing at lower right corner. All else very good.   1925, the date of this note, was a momentous one for George Bernard Shaw. That year he.....

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GBP245.00
ROBERT SOUTHEY (1774-1843) Autograph Manuscript Together with his Thomas Bewick Bookplate
ROBERT SOUTHEY (1774-1843) Autograph Manuscript Together with his Thomas Bewick Bookplate

ROBERT SOUTHEY Autograph manuscript and his Thomas Bewick bookplate. English romantic poet, one of the 'Lake Poets'. Poet Laureate from 1813 to 1843. Autograph manuscript entirely in the hand of Robert Southey being the portion relating to Maid Marian in George Wither's poem 'Inconstancy' with a pencil note at head and the number 48 in top left corner. Together with Robert Southey's bookplate, being a very fine wood engraving by Thomas Bewick and a 19th century engraved portrait by Finden.   The manuscript is on a single sheet measuring 15.5 x 10 cms (6.25 x 4 inches) and the bookplate  is.....

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GBP395.00
H De VERE STACPOOL (1863-1951) Autograph Letter Signed
H De VERE STACPOOL (1863-1951) Autograph Letter Signed

H DE VERE STACPOOL Autograph Letter Signed. Henry de Vere Stacpool. Irish popular novelist. Author of 'The Blue Lagoon'. ALS. 1p. Cliff Dene, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight.  January 31st 1929.  To [Arthur] St John Adcock.   "The best wishes for the New Year. I enclose what you ask for. Hope it will do.  Compliments on the Xmas no. of the Bookman.  It was fine. Yours sincerely, H de Vere Stacpool."    8vo. 15 x 11.5 cms (5.75 x 4.5 inches).  Mounting traces to left edge, else fine.   Arthur St John Adcock was a novelist, poet and editor of the literary periodical.....

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GBP45.00
STEPHEN TENNANT (1906-1987) Autograph Letter Signed and Small Collection of Other Related Material
STEPHEN TENNANT (1906-1987) Autograph Letter Signed and Small Collection of Other Related Material

STEPHEN TENNANT Autograph letter signed and a small collection of related material addressed to him, including letter from Cecil Beaton's assistant and companion, Eileen Hose and post-cards from his brother, David Tennant. Stephen James Napier Tennant. English poet, artist, aesthete and socialite. Called 'the brightest of the bright young things' and the model for Sebastian Flyte in 'Brideshead Revisited'. ALS. 1p. Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth. March 1961. To "My dear Ida" [the photographer Ida Kar].   "Let us take some lovely photos at Wilsford - shall we?  My book of poems (in April) 'My Brother Aquarius' will be out at Easter - or.....

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GBP225.00
WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY (1811-1863) Autograph Letter Signed
WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY (1811-1863) Autograph Letter Signed

WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY Autograph letter Signed. British (English) novelist.  Author of 'Vanity Fair', etc. ALS (ANS).  1p. 36 Onslow Square, Brompton.  December 9th 1854.  To "Dear Sir".  Together with a steel engraved portrait."I gladly comply with your friend's request and am his and your very obedient servant, W. M. Thackeray." 12 mo.  Approx 5 x 4.5 inches (12.5 x 9 cms). Old central fold. Trimmed top and tail and with corners cropped to fit album but with no loss to text.  Mounting traces to corners of verso. A nice example of Thackeray's small, upright hand. Provenance: From the 19th century.....

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GBP350.00
ANTHONY TROLLOPE (1815-1882) Autograph Letter Signed
ANTHONY TROLLOPE (1815-1882) Autograph Letter Signed

ANTHONY TROLLOPE autograph Letter Signed. British (English) novelist. Author of 'Barchester Towers', etc. ALS. 1p. The Garrick Club.  7th July 1869.  To "My dear Taylor" (almost certainly Sir Charles Taylor, one of Trollope's closest friends). "I will read the [MS ?] with the greatest pleasure and return it if it is not used.  Yours always, Anthony Trollope." 8vo. Approx 5.75 x 4.25 inches (15 x 11 cms). Old folds and creases. Trimmed at edges (not affecting text or the impressed letterhead of the Garrick Club).  Mounting traces to corners of verso. All else in very good condition. Anthony Trollope said.....

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THOMAS ADOLPHUS TROLLOPE (1810-1892) Autograph Letter Signed
THOMAS ADOLPHUS TROLLOPE (1810-1892) Autograph Letter Signed

THOMAS ADOLPHUS TROLLOPE Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) novelist, journalist and traveller. Elder brother of Anthony Trollope.   ALS. 2pp. Florence. 20th May 1865. To Miss [Anna] Blackwell.   "I thank you much for the kind sympathy you express in your note. The blow which has fallen upon me has indeed been a heavy one. My child is now with my brother in the neighbourhood of London and I am in my empty house, alone! I am trying to sell it; and am detained here sorely against my will by business connected with the sale of it. You will be.....

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GBP135.00
KATHARINE TYNAN (1861-1931) Autograph Letter Signed
KATHARINE TYNAN (1861-1931) Autograph Letter Signed

KATHARINE TYNAN Autograph Letter Signed. Katharine Tynan Hinkson. Irish novelist and poet. ALS. 1p. Sylvanmount, Shankill, Co. Dublin.  June 13th 1920.  To "My Dear [Arthur St John] Adcock". "If this book has been sent to you for review, will you give it to me to do?  If it has not I shall see that it is sent.  I feel the appeal of the letter and I think you will.  We are here for a few months to come, both boys out of the army and with us, Pat going up for Cambridge in the Autumn, he [. . .?] on.....

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GBP125.00
HORACE WALPOLE (1717-1797) Autograph Letter Signed
HORACE WALPOLE (1717-1797) Autograph Letter Signed

HORACE WALPOLE autograph letter Signed. English novelist, man of letters and art historian. Author of the gothic novel 'The Castle of Otranto'. ALS.  1p. New Burlington P[lace].  February 13th [no year].  To Col[onel] W. N. M. "Sir, I received yours of the 6th inst. inquiring after Mr Smith and am sorry it is not in my power to give you a more satisfactory account of him.  He is I believe at Shrewsbury but has obtained an additional leave of absence as his health is not sufficiently reestablished to permit him to join the Regiment.  I am Sir your most ob[edien]t.....

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HUGH WALPOLE (1884-1941) Typed Letter Signed
HUGH WALPOLE (1884-1941) Typed Letter Signed

HUGH WALPOLE Typed Letter Signed. Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole. British (English) novelist. TLS. 1p. 33 Cardiff Road, Mountain Ash on 34 York Terrace, Regents Park, NW1 headed notepaper.  July 18th 1922. To [Arthur St John] Adcock.   "I wonder whether you could find it possible to give Mr Joseph Keating, whose novels possibly you have read, a few minutes. I should personally be most grateful if you would.  I wonder whether you could give Mr Keating a little reviewing?  He is very intelligent and has a wide knowledge of many different subjects.  I would be most grateful if you found.....

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