Every day Sophie Dupre presents two items from her large stock of signed photographs, autograph letters, autographs for sale, royal memoralbilia and antiquarian manuscripts.
The photographs are presented with the catalogue descriptions.

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August 11


On this day in 1897 Enid Blyton was born. She was an English children's writer whose books have been among the world's best-sellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies. She is best remembered today for creating Noddy and the Famous Five. In 1890 John Henry Newman died at the age of 89. Cardinal Newman was a very important figure in the religious history of England in the 19th century. Originally an evangelical Oxford University academic and priest in the Church of England, he became known as a leader of the Oxford Movement. In 1845 Newman left the Church of England and was received into the Catholic Church.

BLYTON (Enid Mary, 1897-1968, Children’s author, Creator of Noddy) Fine Autograph Letter Signed in her married name ‘Enid Darrell Waters’ to Mrs Graebe thanking her for her letter and “kind invitation ... I’m so sorry but I’m always away in September - October (my husband runs a golf course & a farm down here in Dorset. It is our ‘second home’). In any case I have practically given up public engagements as I am so busy in many directions - books, T.V. programmes, films, plays & the rest. Unfortunately public engagements take up so much time in travelling! It’s not like popping ‘down the road’ to open a Bazaar or Garden Fete ...” she continues that she remembers “Marigold Keeble well - & her brother even better ... Tommy .... an enchanting, untidy, imp of a boy in the transition or the first form. Some children stand out in the memory for years and years, others fade out completely ...”, 2 side 4to., Grand Hotel, Swanage, Dorset headed paper, 8th July 1968 36316

NEWMAN (John Henry, 1801-1890, Cardinal & Church Reformer) Autograph Letter Signed in full ‘John H. Card. Newman’ to ‘My dear de Vere’ saying that he will “rejoice to see you on Wednesday. Say every thing kind from us to the Thompsons ...”, 1 side 8vo., no place, 13th September 1881 38567

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