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FARJEON (Joseph Jefferson, 1883-1955, Detective Novelist and Playwright)

Autograph Letter Signed to Eileen Cond, saying "To many, happiness will be impossible this year, but I believe that those who are more fortunate should express all the happiness they still have, because while we do our jobs in our own particular way, happiness is a virtue in itself ... Do you like Christmas? ... I have never lost my old affection for it, and still feel its queer glamour", he wonders at the reason, "I am not religious, but I can't close the door to wonderful possibilities", he continues "Joan cannot visit us till the New Year (when, alas, I shall be on all-night duty at the Report Post - last year I had Christmas night itself)", as for Christmas itself, "if Mr. Wilfred Pickles is to represent the spirit of Britain on the 25th, as threatened, we shall not turn on the wireless while he is speaking ... I can hardly understand the news ... when he is giving it. He will not allow us to interpret it in our own way, as Frank Phillips and Alvar Lidell do. He seems to me so voice-conscious", he uses the news "to show us what a great Shakespearean actor he is!", with a P.S. "Ours is an odd friendship - but very nice, I think", with a small coloured card of a Christmas tree, inscribed by him inside, he is "delighted" with her calendar, the letter 4 sides 8vo, St. Davids, Ditchling, Sussex, 19th December

Item Date:  1941
Stock No:  17130      £45

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FARJEON (Joseph Jefferson, 1883-1955, Detective Novelist and Playwright)

Autograph picture postcard signed to Eileen Cond, thanking her "for the most attractive card and photograph, which followed the calendar", in an earlier photograph "you were only a rather small figure, I think, outside your house at Ombersley ... in 1937 or 8?", with on the verso Van Gogh's 'The Seine at Asnières', Ditchling, Sussex, postmarked 29th December

Item Date:  1944
Stock No:  17136      £20

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FARJEON (Joseph Jefferson, 1883-1955, Detective Novelist and Playwright)

Autograph picture postcard signed to Eileen Cond, saying "I am sure my sister", the writer Eleanor Farjeon, 1881-1965, "will be glad to autograph your books" and giving her address in Hampstead, "My own 'book news' is that 'Rona Runs Away' has sold 20,000 in its first month and my next for Collins is their selection for March ... This sounds horribly conceited - and I think it is!", with on verso a coloured view of Ovingdean Steps near Brighton, Ditchling, Sussex, 5th January

Item Date:  1946
Stock No:  17138      £20

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FARJEON (Joseph Jefferson, 1883-1955, Detective Novelist and Playwright)

Autograph picture postcard signed to Eileen Cond, thanking her for her letter with "apologies from Mr. Swift", his pen-name Anthony Swift, "for keeping you awake at nights!", he mentions two titles under his own name, and adds "Yes, 'Gallops' [his play] is a lovely place - we know it well. Winter is still awful!", with on the verso a coloured picture by John Nash of 'Aylesbury Plain', there is a printed quotation from King George VI '... Help to make the world a better place and life a worthier thing' above the space for correspondence, Ditchling, Sussex, 7th February

Item Date:  1947
Stock No:  17140      £20

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FARJEON (Joseph Jefferson, 1883-1955, Detective Novelist and Playwright)

Autograph picture postcard signed to Eileen Cond, recalling Sidmouth "of 30 years ago", and adding "Am I pleased with 'Perils of the Pyrenees'? Well, I am with the way it is selling. The King included it among the books he took with him to South Africa!", with on the verso a view of Ditchling Beacon and Village, Ditchling, Sussex, 16th April

Item Date:  1947
Stock No:  17141      £20

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