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A'BECKETT (Arthur William, 1844-1909, of 'Punch')

Autograph Letter Signed to J.F. Boyes, saying he thinks "our engraver is more at home with pen and ink than anything else. As to the size - it should be larger than the proposed block.. If the drawing is on paper it can be photographed to the required size", 1 side 8vo., Punch Office, 10 Bouverie Street, Whitefriars, E.C., 21st November

Item Date:  1888
Stock No:  16716      £15

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ADAMS (Richard George, 1920-2016, Novelist, Author of Watership Down, Shardik and Plague Dogs)

Typed Letter Signed with Autograph salutation, subscription and annotation to Miss Pearse, thanking her for her "charming letter ... In the *autobiography, I was particularly trying to make younger people more aware of how completely different everything was before the second world war. Although I was born as recently as 1920, I have always thought that the first world war, despite the appalling casualties, did not have anything like the same effect upon English society and institutions as Hitler's war did. There really is a great gulf between the pre-war world that existed up till 1940, and the world which succeeded ii ... the car you refer to must have been a De Dion Bouton. I know my father had one during the Edwardian decade ... What a great blessing it is ... to have had a happy childhood ...", his annotation says "*Days Gone By - Author of many books including Watership Down", 1 side oblong 8vo., on a folded card with a picture of Church Street and Market Place, Whitchurch, 14th November

Item Date:  1990
Stock No:  40138      £475

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AGATE (James Evershed, 1877-1947, Author and Drama Critic)

2 Autograph Letter Signed 'J.A.' and 1 Typed Letter Signed 'J.A.' to George Richards, saying "That was an enchanting letter about the accouchement. It will go into 'Ego 8'. What nonsense! It has already gone!! And now, please, no more about Bluebell for quite a time. I loathe cats! ... I have just spent the week-end with a cat-lover ... Give me squirrels or pandars [sic] or anything rather than those utterly selfish masters and mistresses of deceit & guile" (29th May 1945), "Can't understand your telegram. I am not an authority on da Vinci. If 'Ceracolo' is wrong what is right? I am quoting a retired Colonel who is quoting the Duchess of Sermoneta who is quoting Viardot ... If you know the right name, say so. If not shut up, like the nice witty fellow you are!!!!" (7th November 1945), "I gave 'The Archers' permission. I don't want this to bring about the end of a friendship, but could there be a little less about [the cat] Bluebell ... just as I have no doubt horses bore you. Did I write dithyrambically last week to tell you how Lady Viking dropped a beautiful filly foal ... which had to be destroyed?", listing his ailments, "I ... really can't risk an attack of Pussyitis" (27th May 1947), in all 3 sides 8vo. and 1 side 4to., Queen Alexandra Mansions, Grape Street, W.C.2., 29th May 1945-27th May

Item Date:  1947
Stock No:  12088      £150

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AINGER (Canon Alfred, 1837-1904, Master of the Temple, Chaplain to Queen Victoria and Edward VII)

Autograph Letter in the third person to Horace, Lord Davey, (1833-1907, Appeal Judge), and Lady Davey, regretting he cannot dine, 1 side 8vo., 1 Rodney Place, Clifton, 23rd February transparent strip on left margin of recto without loss

Item Date:  1897
Stock No:  14666      £35

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AINSWORTH (W. Harrison, 1805-1882, Journalist & Novelist, Friend of Dickens & Cruikshank)

Autograph Letter Signed to Mrs Reiss, (Caroline, 1813 or 1814-1893, wife of Leopold Reiss, of Broom House, Eccles, merchant in Manchester), saying he has directed his Publisher "to send you a copy of the little Tale you were good enough to say you would accept from me", he would have called "to present it ... in person", but is "detained in Brighton till Tuesday morning ...", 2 sides 8vo, 3 Arundel Terrace, Kemp Town, Brighton, 13th August

Item Date:  1858
Stock No:  56302      £65

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