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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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MRS HUMPHRY WARD (1851-1920) Autograph Letter Signed
MRS HUMPHRY WARD (1851-1920) Autograph Letter Signed

MRS HUMPHRY WARD Autograph Letter Signed. Mary Augusta Ward nee Arnold, known as Mrs Humphry Ward. Australian born British novelist and writer.   ALS. 4pp, together with original envelope. Stocks, Tring. September 3rd 1894. To Edm[un]d K[ell] Blyth.   "I am ashamed to have kept your kind and interesting letter so long unanswered. But I am always somewhat lamed by writer's cramp and my letters are apt to linger, against my will. I should be very glad to see the Life of William Ellis you so kindly offer me, and have no doubt I should find it suggestive. My own.....

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GBP95.00
ARTHUR WAUGH (1866-1943) Autograph Letter Signed
ARTHUR WAUGH (1866-1943) Autograph Letter Signed

ARTHUR WAUGH Autograph Letter Signed. British novelist and publisher. Father of Evelyn Waugh and Alec Waugh. ALS.  2pp.  145 North End Road, NW11. October 20th 1926.  To "My dear Bale". "I reckon there are 31 decorations in 'Eve's Beauty Secrets' and very good they are. Do you think £21 would be fair remuneration?  Then there are the Dickens decorations for the advertisements. I suggest another £4 - say £25 in all.  Would Miss Shaw think this enough?  If so, I will countersign that amount, and I think her name ought to be on the title-page.  She has certainly earned it.....

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GBP65.00
EVELYN WAUGH (1903-1966) Autograph Post-Card Signed
EVELYN WAUGH (1903-1966) Autograph Post-Card Signed

EVELYN WAUGH Autograph Post-Card Signed.English novelist. Author of 'Brideshead Revisited', 'Decline and Fall', etc.ANS (signed with initials) on post-card.  Combe Florey House, Nr Taunton. Not dated (but postmarked 21st July 1958).  To Miss Dorothy Collins, Top Meadow Cottage, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire."Many thanks for your kind permission to print the letter from G.K. Chesterton."In fine condition.Dorothy Collins was the secretary of G.K. Chesterton. The note is probably in connection with the biography of the Catholic priest and writer Ronald Knox, on which Evelyn Waugh had been working at Combe Florey over a period of about two years...

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GBP165.00
H G WELLS (1866-1946) Autograph Letter Signed
H G WELLS (1866-1946) Autograph Letter Signed

H G WELLS Autograph letter Signed. Herbert George Wells. British (English) author noted for his science fiction novels, including 'The War of the Worlds', 'The Time Machine', 'The Invisible Man'. etc.   ALS (signed with initials) on verso of post-card showing a view of Easton Glebe, Dunmow, Essex.  4 Whitehall Court, SW.  No date.  To [Arthur] St John Adcock.   "Your words [. . .?] mine.  I have been drawn.  But send him along on Wed. Aug. 18th at 12.30.  Yours, H.W.G."   Post card approx. 4.5 x 3.75 inches. Mounting traces to left edge. All else fine.   Arthur St.....

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GBP265.00
P.G. WODEHOUSE (1881-1975) Telegram
P.G. WODEHOUSE (1881-1975) Telegram

P G WODEHOUSE Telegram. Pelham Grenville Wodehouse. English novelist and humourist. An original Post Office Telegraph sent from Picadilly Church Place (Post Office) to Amy Elliott, Empire [Theatre] Leicester Square. 3rd January 1914.   "Good luck Micky precious. You and the other stenographers are going to make a hit of the show. Winky". With old pencil note to verso 'Telegraph from PGW (Winky) to Micky'.   22 x 14 cms (8.75 x 5.5 inches). Loss to top left corner, some creasing and fraying to edges. Very good.   The show referred to is almost certainly 'Nuts and Wine', a musical.....

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GBP125.00
HUMBERT WOLFE (1885-1940) Typed Letter Signed
HUMBERT WOLFE (1885-1940) Typed Letter Signed

HUMBERT WOLFE Typed Letter Signed. Italian born British poet and man of letters. TLS. 1p.  Montague House, Whitehall, SW1.  20th August 1928.  To [Arthur] St John Adcock.   "I will let you have a note on some book which has been insufficiently noticed in the course of the week in accordance with the request contained in your letter of the 17th August. Yours sincerely, Humbert Wolfe."   Oblong 8vo. 10 x 17.5 cms (4x 7 inches).  Fine.   Arthur St John Adcock was editor of the literary periodical 'The Bookman' and Humbert Wolfe here writes to him in that capacity, presumably.....

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GBP45.00
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770-1850) Autograph Letter Signed
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770-1850) Autograph Letter Signed

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH autograph letter Signed. British (English) poet. ALS.  2pp.  Clarenden Square. 28th Oct[ober] [no year].  To Rev. H. Hill, College, Warwick. "My dear Mr Hill, It would gratify me if on my account you could give your scholars a holiday before the Christmas [vacation?]. This application is made in consequence of a conversation I have just had with four of your pupils. Love to all in which Mrs W unites. Ever affectionately yours, Wm Wordsworth." 12mo bifolium.  Approx 4.5 x 3.75 inches (11.5 x 9.5 cms).  Old folds. Old mounting residue to corners of verso of last leaf.  All.....

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EDMUND YATES (1831-1894) Autograph Letter Signed
EDMUND YATES (1831-1894) Autograph Letter Signed

EDMUND YATES autograph letter Signed. British (English) novelist and dramatist.   ALS. 1p. 5 Fort Crescent, Margate. September 20th 1861. To [D.R.] Raw.   "I shall not be in Town on Wednesday and even if I were I should be in no fit state to join the Revels. I was attacked in Switzerland with bilious fever, so sharply that my life was despaired of and I had a very narrow squeak for it. I was on my way to Italy, but the English physician ordered me at once back home and told me to sojourn at this place for a.....

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GBP65.00
W B YEATS (1865-1939) Autograph Letter Signed
W B YEATS (1865-1939) Autograph Letter Signed

W B YEATS Autograph Letter Signed.William Butler Yeats. Irish poet.ALS. 1p. Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, W.1. July 19th [no year but 1937].  To his wife "My Dear Dobbs"."I have just got enclosed from McCartan and am writing to say that I will return to Dublin and meet him as soon as I have finished with my [. . .?] (July 3rd). Please phone Lennox - the Academy wants to give him the Banquet and phone McCartan himself when he gets to Shelourne.  I broadcast here again on August 5th (debate with Dulac).  I am [. . .?] and all.....

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GBP650.00
CHARLOTTE M YONGE (1823-1901) Autograph Letter Signed
CHARLOTTE M YONGE (1823-1901) Autograph Letter Signed

CHARLOTTE M YONGE Autograph Letter Signed. Charlotte Mary Yonge. British (English) novelist and philanthropist.   ALS. 3pp.  Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester. April 20th [no year].  To "My dear Fanny".   "I am shocked to think that I never answered your letter. I can't think how it was that I did not. I am afraid I can't make out that we have anything to do with Z...[?]. Ours is a Guild for home and foreign missions, and the foreign may be special or SPG. So I am afraid we have no right to look to you.  I am afraid Joanna is having.....

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GBP65.00
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