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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December 02


On this day in 1868 the 1st British government of Benjamin Disraeli resigned. He was a British politician and writer who twice served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He played a central role in the creation of the modern Conservative Party, defining its policies and its broad outreach.
In 1877 Camille Saint-Saëns' opera "Samson et Dalila" premiered in Weimar. He was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era.

DISRAELI (Benjamin, Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-1881, Prime Minister and Novelist)
Fine Autograph Letter Signed with initial ‘D’ to H. Drummond, saying that he has “little doubt that his Lordship is himself the correspondent of the ‘Post’ - If I remember right it is not the first time that his Manifestos have appeared in the journal ...” returning his letters “& the copy of his resolutions - When Chaos comes, & we have an opportunity of creating order we may set about working in this way, at present we must be less methodical, a little more bungling & practical ...”, 4 sides 8vo., Grosvenor Gate, 4th May n.y., annotated in another hand, 1849

SAINT-SAËNS (Camille, 1835-1921, French Composer)
Autograph Letter Signed to ‘Monsieur’, in French with translation, say he was “a little fatigued yesterday evening and had to deprive myself of the pleasure of coming to the soirée to which you had done me the honour of inviting me, as I had intended”, he would have been “delighted to come and take part” on the 26th, but is “going back to Paris this week and will not be returning to London this season”, and assuring him of his “perfect regard”, 2 sides 8vo., London, 19th June 1887, short closed tear in blank top margin

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