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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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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
ALEXANDRE DUMAS Fils (1824-1895) Autograph Note Signed
ALEXANDRE DUMAS Fils (1824-1895) Autograph Note Signed

ALEXANDRE DUMAS Fils Autograph Note Signed. French author and playwright. Author of La Dame aux Camelias (The Lady of the Camellias) adapted by Verdi as La Traviata. ANS (14 words, or so) on verso of his printed visiting card. The note is addressed to Campbell Clarke and appears to be an invitation (or an acceptance of one) to attend a performance at 1.30 on 15th January 1887. signed "A. Dumas". Approx 9.5 x 6 cms.  Triangular chip in right edge, mounting traces to verso.  Good. Possibly relating to Dumas' play Francillon, first performed in 1887.  Sir Campbell Clark was a.....

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GBP85.00
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
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
MARGARET GATTY (1809-1873) Autograph Letter Signed
MARGARET GATTY (1809-1873) Autograph Letter Signed

MARGARET GATTY AUTOGRAPH LETTER Signed. British author of children's' books. Editor of 'Aunt Judy's Magazine'. ALS. 4pp.  Ecclesfield, Saturday, January 22nd 1853. To "Dear Dr. Johnston". "Mr Bruin the clergyman at Wortley called here yesterday and made enquiries as to what sort of a successor we had got to poor Mr. Foster - and we told him. . . He said the Dr. (of whom I spoke) at Wortley died some time ago of [words erased] and Lord Wharncliffe had wished to get a good person established there.  But there has not been anyone.  Probably Lord Wharncliffe's passing last winter.....

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GBP85.00
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
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