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COCKERELL (Sir Sydney Carlyle, 1867-1962, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1908-1937 and Bibliophile)

Fine pair of Autograph Letters Signed in full to Lady Steward of Hammer Hill, Abinger Hammer regretting that he “cannot tell you anything about your grandfather’s pictures. If I live another month I shall enter my 90th year and I cannot recall a single picture on the walls of Warren Wood or Connaught Place - but before I went (in 1908) to the Fitzwilliam it had acquired from him (through Charly Fairfax Murray) most if not all of his primitive Italian pictures. You would be able to obtain a list of these from the Assistant Director, J. W. Goodison. I remember you coming to Warren Wood as a charming girl about to be married - by that time your grandfather had become an old curmudgeon both mean and generous. In 1908 I was expected to accompany him to Aix-les-Bains, as a member of his family would do this. I slept at Connaught Place on the night before we started and I remember his asking me whether I was taking a hat - It was then explained to me that ‘hat’ for him meant ‘tall hat’ and I had to climb down. At Aix his grumbling disturbed me a good deal and I was glad to come home - he was greatly upset by the Death Duties, then recently imposed. One of his sayings (perhaps not his own) was that there were only five things that a man could give to a friend without injury to his self respect - flowers, fruit, game, a box at the opera, and his blessing. Nevertheless he supplemented the stipends of curates and other underpaid people of his own class, including myself - the stipend of the Director of the Firzwilliam was only £300 a year when I went there. I think that my friend Freya Stark is now staying with your son at Arkara...”, the second letter says that “since writing to you I have remembered that your grandfather’s words were misquoted by me. The correct text is ‘that one gentleman can give to another’. If you can get hold of a copy of Viola Meynell’s ‘The Best of Friends’... you will find in it a quantity of very good letters from Freya Stark, chosen from more than 300 that I have received from her. She had been engaged in some very arduous travels in Turkey and she must have been pretty well tired out when she reached Ankara. I heard that very amusing French limerick many years ago, but I had forgotten it, along with many another good one. Thank you for reminding me. I had a great respect for your cricketing grandfather...”, each 1 side 8vo., with one original autograph envelope, 21 Kew Gardens Road, Kew, Richmond, Surrey,18th and 21st June

Item Date:  1949
Stock No:  41816      £275

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DICKENS (Charles, 1812-1870, Novelist)

Top two thirds of an Autograph Letter to “My dear Johns” hastening to “say (for self and Co) that I believe any early day in any week will suit us quite as well as Easter Monday... we shall hold ourselves in preparation for further orders...”, two thirds of 1 side 8vo., 1 Devonshire Terrace, 17th April

Item Date:  1848
Stock No:  41824      £475

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EDEN (Sir Anthony, Earl of Avon, 1897-1977, Prime Minister)

Typed Letter Signed with autograph salutation and subscription to Captain R. O. Skeggs thanking him for his invitation to “the Dinner which is being held by the Ex-Greenjackets Association in Birmingham... I am so sorry, but unfortunately I am already booked on that date and must therefore refuse. It was very good of you to invite me...”, 1 sie A4, 17 Fitzhardinge Street, 6th February

Item Date:  1939
Stock No:  41811      £375

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ELIZABETH II (1926-2022, Longest Serving Monarch of Great Britain) and her sister MARGARET (Rose, 1930-2002, Princess, Countess of Snowdon)

Lovely Tableau Vivant photo titled ‘Aladdin at Windsor Castle, 1943’, by Studio Lisa, Herts., signed by both the Princesses on the blank bottom the image shows the young Princesses in the centre of the full cast, Elizabeth is playing Aladdin and Margaret is playing Princess Roxanne, 10” x 8”, Windsor Castle, Christmas

Item Date:  1943
Stock No:  41680      £3750

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GANDHI (Indira, 1917-1984, Indian Prime Minister, Assassinated by her Bodyguard)

Fine Black & White photo signed showing her head and shoulders, in profile, wearing a classic sari, together with a small photocopy of a note sending the signed photo, 5½” x 4”, no place the note New Delhi, 29th March

Item Date:  1980
Stock No:  41827      £775

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