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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November 28


On this day in 1859 Washington Irving died at the age of 76. He was an American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".
In 1968 Enid Mary Blyton died at the age of 70. 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.

IRVING (Washington, 1783-1859, American Author of 'Rip van Winkle')
Autograph Letter Signed to George Petrie thanking him for “the genealogical table of my family which you have had the kindness to send me, and gratified by the assurance you give me that the persevering and laborious research of which it is the fruit has been to you a labour of love. My nephew has given me a most interesting account of his visit to the Orkneys, of the highly cultivated and intelligent society he found there and of the great hospitality he experienced from yourself and others...”, 2 sides 4to., Sunnyside, 16th March 1857

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 ... In any case I have practically given up public engagements as I am so busy in many directions ... 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. I often wonder what they have all become - or not become. So often the bright ones fade out ...”, 2 side 4to., Grand Hotel, 8th July 1968

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