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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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[JAMES JOYCE (1882-1941)] Letter by Paul Leon
[JAMES JOYCE (1882-1941)] Letter by Paul Leon

JAMES JOYCE Letter written on his behalf and signed by his secretary and amanuensis, Paul Leon. Irish novelist. Author of 'Ulysses' and Paul Leon, the writers secretary, amanuensis, close friend and confidant. 1p. 27 rue Casmir-Perier [Paris]. 30th June 1932. To "Dear Mr Ross".   Mr Joyce has asked me to write to you to thank you most sincerely for your proposal to give you an interview.  You probably know, however, that he never gives such and though he greatly appreciates your desire to meet him he is reluctantly compelled to ask you to postpone this meeting to some other.....

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GBP165.00
ALICE 'TRIX' KIPLING (1868-1948) Autograph Letter Signed
ALICE 'TRIX' KIPLING (1868-1948) Autograph Letter Signed

ALICE 'TRIX' KIPLING Autograph Letter Signed. Alice MacDonald Kipling, known as Trix, and as Alice Fleming after her marriage. Author, poet, psychical medium, sister of Rudyard Kipling. ALS. 3pp.  7 via Garibaldi, Firanza, Italia.  April 4th 1901.  To Miss [Pearl] Faithfull.   "Your far too kind letter has just been sent on to me.  It is indeed soothing after all these years to find someone kind enough to be a little amused by 'Winnie' and her ways.  My first novel was called 'The Heart of a Maid'.  I wrote it when I was nineteen and I'm thankful to say it has never reached.....

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GBP175.00
RUDYARD KIPLING (1865-1936) Autograph Letter Signed
RUDYARD KIPLING (1865-1936) Autograph Letter Signed

RUDYARD KIPLING AUTOGRAPH LETTER Signed English author of The Jungle Book, etc.    ALS.  1p.  Embankment Chambers, Villers Street, Strand. 4th April 1890.  To [William] Woodall.   "I am unfortunately going out of town from the 14th to the 17th so I can't accept your invitation. But I'd very much like to meet you because you must know a great many of our stock and kin up in the North. Sincerely, Rudyard Kipling."   8vo.  Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Lacking integral blank leaf. Fine.   From a 19th century collection made by the radical Liberal M.P., William Woodall.    ..

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RUDYARD KIPLING (1865-1936) Autograph Letter Signed
RUDYARD KIPLING (1865-1936) Autograph Letter Signed

RUDYARD KIPLING Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) author and poet. Author of 'The Jungle Book' etc. Last 2 pages of a longer ALS but, nevertheless, with interesting content dealing with Australia, the South African Cape Colony, etc.   ". . . head and the head of his fervent friends that he is not yet the flower of tact and savvy.  As to what you say about the Cape, I remember a place called Australia I think about forty years ago it was largely advertised as a burning desert and some men called Burke & Wills went and died where cattle are reared.....

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GBP185.00
RUDYARD KIPLING (1865-1936) Autograph signature below newsprint portrait
RUDYARD KIPLING (1865-1936) Autograph signature below newsprint portrait

RUDYARD KIPLING Autograph Signature below newsprint portrait. British (English) author and poet. Author of 'The Jungle Book', 'Just So Stories', 'Gunga Din', 'If', etc.   Newsprint portrait mounted on postcard, signed on strip of paper mounted below and with his 'Burwash, Etchingham' address label on verso.   Approx 5.5 x 3.5 inches.   From Kipling's appearance, the photograph for the portrait was probably taken around 1930.   Provenance: From the album of a young lady compiled between circa 1925 to 1935. Her usual modus operandi was to extract portraits from newspapers and magazines and ask her 'victims' to sign them. From.....

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GBP125.00
ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE (1790-1869) and MARIANNE DE LAMARTINE Autograph Letters Signed
ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE  (1790-1869) and MARIANNE DE LAMARTINE Autograph Letters Signed

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE and MARIANNE DE LAMARTINE Autograph Letters Signed. French poet, writer, diplomat and one of the founders of the French Second Republic and his artist wife.   Two ALsS. Paris. 29th June 1860 and 23rd May 1860. Both to a Monsieur Gaillard, a notaire.   The text of both letters in French. Alphonse De Lamartine's letter dated 29th June 1860 (2pp) says that he has removed M. Sellant's authority to sell due to combination of actions not taken and similar reasons. He has reimbursed him the sum of 2,640 francs (apparently a deposit by way of security) and he asks.....

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GBP325.00
EDWAR LEAR (1812-1888) Autograph Letter Signed with Drawing by Lear and Portrait Photograph
EDWAR LEAR (1812-1888) Autograph Letter Signed with Drawing by Lear and Portrait Photograph

EDWARD LEAR Autograph Letter Signed with Drawing by Lear and Portrait Photograph. English artist, illustrator, author and poet, renowned today primarily for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose, especially his limericks, a form he popularised. ALS.  2pp.  15 Stratford Place, Oxford Street, W.  June 18th 1866.  To "Dear Lady Rawlinson" [Louisa Caroline Harcourt Rawlinson, nee Seymour].   "The accompanying Alphabet is an offering towards the education of your son, of which I beg you to accept.  I made his acquaintance at Knoyle last Autumn, when you and Sir Henry Rawlinson were absent from home.  I think - if the Alphabet.....

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GBP1,375.00
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
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