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SOLD ITEMS SELECTED FROM OUR ARCHIVES. 

This category contains a number of autograph letters and documents that we have previously sold but are considered to be sufficiently of interest to be retained as sources of reference only.

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EDWARD THOMAS (1878-1917) Autograph Note Signed
EDWARD THOMAS (1878-1917) Autograph Note Signed

EDWARD THOMAS autograph Note Signed. Philip Edward Thomas. British (Anglo-Welsh) poet. Killed at the Battle of Arras in 1917.   ANS on post-card. Week Green, Petersfield.  3rd May 1910.  To A[rthur] St John Adcock.   "May I have copies of these books?  'George Meek, Bathchair Man' by Himself. 'Pompey the Great' by John Masefield. 'An Introduction to the Study of Literature' by W.H. Hudson.  Edward Thomas".   Post-card measures approx. 4.5 x 3.5 inches.  Mounting traces to corners. VG.   Edward Thomas was working as a literary critic for the Daily Chronicle.  He did not become a poet until 1914.....

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GBP385.00
JOHN RUSKIN (1819-1900) Autograph Letter Signed
JOHN RUSKIN (1819-1900) Autograph Letter Signed

JOHN RUSKIN Autograph Letter Signed. English art critic, writer and artist. Champion of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. John Ruskin was also instrumental in bringing J.M.W. Turner to public notice.   ALS. 4pp.  Denmark Hill, S.E. 14th January, 1868.  To Frederick Clowes, Esq.   "I will not say that "I do not know how to thank you" for your gift - for I can feel that the assurance of its being of the very greatest service to me will be the thanks that you will like best - and indeed it will be of more use to me than you can imagine.....

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GBP650.00
ANTHONY TROLLOPE (1815-1882) Autograph Signature
ANTHONY TROLLOPE (1815-1882) Autograph Signature

ANTHONY TROLLOPE autograph Signature from foot of an ALS. British (English) novelist. Author of the Barsetshire Chronicles, etc.   Paper piece cut from foot of a letter with 8 words in Anthony Trollope's hand, signed and dated by him, September 8th 1866.   Approx 4.5 x 2.5 inches. Mounting traces to verso. Very good.   At the date of this letter Anthony Trollope was still working for the Post Office. By 1867, however, he had earned enough from his writing to resign his position and become a full-time novelist...

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JOHN RUSKIN (1819-1900) Autograph Letter Signed
JOHN RUSKIN (1819-1900) Autograph Letter Signed

JOHN RUSKIN Autograph Letter Signed. English art critic, writer and artist.  Champion of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and also instrumental in bringing J.M.W. Turner to public notice.    ALS.  1p.  Denmark Hill, S.E.  To William Woodall. Together with a contemporary portrait photograph.   "In reply to your favour of date 15th inst. I have asked my publisher to forward copies of four of my books which may perhaps be found useful in the Library of the Wedgewood Institute. Namely: Queen of Air; Ethics of the Dust; Crown of Olive; Unto This Last.  They are the only ones I wish to be.....

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EDGAR WALLACE (1875-1932) Signed Photograph
EDGAR WALLACE (1875-1932) Signed Photograph

EDGAR WALLACE Signed Photograph. English prolific author and crime writer. Creator of King Kong.   Original photograph, signed.   Approx 9.5 x 7.5 inches. Gelatin silver print by Cyril Stanborough, signed in negative by the photographer and with his rubber stamp on verso.   Slight mounting traces at top and bottom edges of verso and with slight silvering to edges of image, else fine.   An excellent image of Edgar Wallace, showing him head and shoulders in profile with hat and with his trademark long cigarette holder. He casts a dramatic shadow on the otherwise featureless backdrop.  The photograph is undated.....

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GBP300.00
MARCUS STONE (1840-1921) Autograph Letter Signed
MARCUS STONE (1840-1921) Autograph Letter Signed

MARCUS STONE autograph letter Signed. British (English) painter.   ALS. 2pp plus integral blank leaf. 8 Melbury Road, Kemsington Road, W. September 26th 1895.  To [William] Woodall.  Together with a fine contemporary portrait photograph.   "Don't be angry with me, for I must say 'No'.  There are reasons (of a diplomatic nature) why I do not deem it wise to give publicly my views on Art or matters in connection with Art.  I have been very much pressed of late to do so and have had to decline, so I must say 'no'.  I hope you know how much pleasure.....

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JOHN TENNIEL (1820-1914) Autograph Letter Signed
JOHN TENNIEL (1820-1914) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR JOHN TENNIEL Autograph LETTER Signed. English illustrator and graphic humourist. Best known as the original illustrator of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by LEWIS CARROLL and as a long-serving Punch cartoonist.   ALS.  1p.  10 Portsdown Road, Maida Hill, W.  May 7th 1885. To William Woodall M.P. Together with a contemporary portrait photograph.   "I regret very much that by reason of a severe cold, I was unable to be present at your soiree last night."   12mo.  Approx 7 x 4.5 inches.  Some browning and off-setting from its previous mounting in an album and with mounting traces on verso......

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GBP125.00
HENRY WOODS (1846-1921) Autograph Letter Signed
HENRY WOODS (1846-1921) Autograph Letter Signed

HENRY WOODS autograph letter Signed. British (English) painter.   ALS. 1p. Arts Club, Hanover Square, W. May 6th 1887. To [William] Woodall. Together with a contemporary portrait photograph.   "I regret that your kind note has not received an earlier answer. I have not been here for some days. Thank you very much for your offer to give me a second experience of the "House" is [sic] very interesting to me. I shall not be able to avail myself of it, as I leave shortly for Venice."   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Lacking integral blank leaf, mounting residue to.....

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MARY WEBB (1881-1927) Autograph Letter Signed
MARY WEBB (1881-1927) Autograph Letter Signed

MARY WEBB Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) novelist. An author most associated with Shropshire. Her works include 'Precious Bane' and 'Gone To Earth'.   ALS. 1p plus integral blank leaf.  Spring Cottage, Lyth Hill, Shrewsbury.  May 11th [no year].  To [St John] Adcock.   "Many thanks for your letter.  Messrs Hutchinson are publishing my novel 'The House in Dormer Forest' in England.  I have just corrected the typescript for Mr Brian.  I shall be so pleased to send you a copy of my first attempt at a book, but it is not real Christian Science, only a nature lover's groping.....

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WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770-1850) Autograph Letter Signed
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770-1850) Autograph Letter Signed

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH autograph letter Signed. English poet.   ALS. 1p. Lion Inn Crofts.  Tuesday [no month or year]. To "My dear Sir".   "I am here - and will be happy to call and sit an hour with you this evening - if I could be admitted in traveller's dishabille.  I travel on horseback, southwards, and mean to start before breakfast tomorrow. Ever faithfully yours, Wm. Wordsworth".   4to. Approx 9 x 7.5 inches.  Mounting residue to verso and some patchy foxing and age toning.   Provenance: From the 19th century album of Emma Marshall of Penwortham Lodge, Preston. Emma.....

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