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AOSTA (Duchess of, Maria Letizia Bonaparte, 1866-1926, one of the three children of Prince Napoléon and Princess Maria Clotilde of Savoy, wife of Prince Amadeo, Duke of Aosta, former King of Spain)

Fine Portrait Photo by the Studio Lovazzano e Sorella in Turin, Signed "Letizia" and inscribed in French, "To the delicious baby Roger Masure" with the place and date, showing her half length backwards and turning towards the camera, leaning on a railing and looking pensive, 6¼" x 4½" in mount 9½" x 7", Turin,

Item Date:  1913
Stock No:  41729      £475

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BETJEMAN (Sir John, 1906-1982, Poet Laureate)

Fine Autograph Letter Signed to "Dear Miss Roberts" telling her that "there is a very distinguished Archivist attached to Barts Hospital & it would be better if you wrote to him. As you know Barts the ... & the Hospital are closely linked. I am too much of an amateur to be of any use. I have forgotten the Archivist's name ..." with a postscript asking her to forgive his "handwriting - this is written on an SR Train!", j(Southern Rail), 1side 8vo., 43 Cloth Fair, EC1, 2nd November

Item Date:  1966
Stock No:  41730      £275

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BURDETT (Sir Francis, 1770-1844, Bart., M.P., Life-long Enemy of Corruption and Abuse)

Autograph Letter Signed to Mr Yearsley asking if he will "do me the favour to dine with me on Sunday 16th instead of Wed. 12th as I am reminded of an engagement to the Countess of Sales for that day ...", 1 side sm 8vo., together with a press cutting, St James Place, 10th February

Item Date:  1840
Stock No:  41718      £75

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BURTON (Sir Richard Francis, 1821-1890, Traveller, Explorer and Linguist)

Fine Autograph Letter signed to "Monsieur Isidore Lesley" (?) saying that he "did not answer yours of Sept 11 till I could acknowledge the safe receipt of the mss so kindly lent to me by Captain ... de Costierès. The mss arrived yesterday and shall be most carefully kept to be returned in one month. Meanwhile would you kindly offer the expressions of my sincere gratitude to its kind and courteous owner. You tell me that a copy could be obtained from Thomson (?). It would be an additional favour if you could put me in the way of obtaining it. Of course price would be of no consideration. With many thanks to you for the excellent assistance you have lent to me ...", 3 sides 8vo., Athenaeum headed paper, 17th September no year but

Item Date:  1886
Stock No:  39389      £1275

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CARTER (Howard, 1874-1939, Painter and Archaeologist, Discoverer of the Tomb of Tutankhamun)

Fine long Autograph Letter Signed to Miss IONIDES (Helen Euphrosyne, 1871-1967, Daughter of Constantine Alexander, 1833-1900, Art Patron and Collector) starting "Who would a poet understand must first visit the poet's land." and going on "To be in Athens is to realize how the unfettered life of an Ant, obeying all the laws of nature, grew, blossomed, faded and alas died. So much is it the case that one wonders whether such marvels were due to any mortal hand, or to the Gods themselves. However, they tell us that this and that was made at such and such a time, or in such and such a moment, and they even stick labels thereon. Phew! Who cares. Fancy Nature labelling her rose. Was then an art created to Bradshaw? Or was it not under suitable conditions, true environment, that the nursery well raised her child? In the harbour the wee 'Ophris' (renamed 'Turine') bubbles like a cork. With a sturdy Captain and crew of eleven we board her tomorrow and plough the waves to the isles in the sea. With every kind thought to Miss Stevens and yourself. Yours sincerely, Howard Carter. Perhaps better known as 'Kolokithi' ...", 4 sides 8vo., with original autograph envelope, Hotel de la Grande-Bretagne, Athens, 10th September

Item Date:  1933
Stock No:  40687      £3750

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