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PHILLIPS (Watts, 1825-1874, Illustrator, Playwright and Novelist, best known for his play 'The Dead Heart' which served as a model for Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.)

Enchanting series of Illustrated Letters to William Miller ORD, M.D., (1834-1902, Medical Scientist and Physician, for fifty years at St Thomas's Hospital, London), to Ord's second wife Jane, (née Youl), the Ords's daughter Christine and dog Tartar, with one or two by Caroline (Huskisson), known as Mrs Phillips, also humorous drawings and a title leaf for "Jane Ord's Album", the letters are full of energy, puns and literary allusions, nearly all with one or more extremely skilful and witty pen-drawings. Besides Phillips's own troubles, for Ord's care of which he is extremely grateful, Phillips refers to invitations to the Ords's home in Streatham, imagines their holidays in Northumberland and Swanage, adding his reminiscences of both districts, and talks of the pressure of keeping up his writing (see No. 38, showing him chained to an inkpot like Prometheus to his rock), with much more. With a Checklist. Together 58 items on 99 sides (including 4½ sides by Mrs Caroline Phillips), mostly 8vo, 45 Redcliffe Road (off the Fulham Road), West Brompton, London, 16th January - 31st December 1873 and circa February - April

Item Date:  1874
Stock No:  56645      £17500

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RANSOME (Arthur, 1884-1967, Writer of 'Swallows & Amazons')

Fine Typed Letter Signed with Autograph corrections to J. Higgins saying that "thousands of people of all ages go to the Broads to learn how to sail, and, after half an hour's instruction by the boat-hirer go off sailing extremely badly and within a very few hours are managing quite well, and at the end of their week have taught themselves and bring their boats back with all but professional skill. Do not on any account hire a boat with a skipper, If you prove to be incompetent yourself (which I do not expect) your son, aged twelve, will see that you come to no harm. A motor cruiser will be a disappointment to him and will merely put off for a year the beginning of your own sailing education. One other important point. Hire the SMALLEST boat into which you can cram yourselves. As for avoiding the more populous places ... you can moor to the bank almost anywhere. You should not go south of Acle until you have had a little experience. For many years I used myself to hire FAIRWAYS ... but there are plenty of other such boats ... And you should settle down to do a lot of home-work, reading elementary works on sailing ... don't be misled by modesty into hiring a motor cruiser. In another twenty years perhaps, but nobody is fit to run a motor cruiser on the Broads until he has sailed and consequently understands what the sailing boats he will meet are actually doing and going to do. I am quite sure that your son will pull you through. I have seen it happen again and again .. With best wishes for the success of your first voyage ...", 2 sides oblong 4to., Jonathan Cape headed paper, 30 Bedford Square, 9th January

Item Date:  1950
Stock No:  40670      £225

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SCOFIELD (Paul, 1922-2008, Actor on Stage and Screen)

Autograph Postcard signed to Tõnis TATAR (born 1980, Estonian art historian , lecturer and translator) saying that he is "so glad that you have liked my performances on film,. I would have also liked you to see plays I have been in, in the theatre. Actually I love playing 'Uncle Vanya', & of course I was not at all Russian but hope that I played the character as Chekhov would have liked. Just as when a Russian plays 'Hamlet' he will not be English but can still be true to Shakespearean ...", 2 sides postcard, The Gables, Balcombe, W. Sussex, 20th August

Item Date:  2000
Stock No:  40664      £325

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SEARLE (Ronald, 1920-2011, British Artist and Satirical Cartoonist)

Fine Long Typed Letter Signed "Ronald" to "Dear Nick", fellow illustrator Nicholas BENTLEY (1907-1980, Artist and Author) saying that he "sorry that he had to suffer that gloomy TELEGRAPH piece - mostly written up from other people and other books. I didn't want to drag it up, anymore than I want 'academic recognition' – which is barmy. That is one of the reasons for the anonymous self-sending-up in the biographical notes of The Album. To remind anyone who sees it, that the stuff is meant to be satirical ..." he continues about his place in France "It is very pretty up here at 2000 feet and it feels isolated ... Try it if you ever get as far as Nice. There will be a warm welcome and a bottle of champagne burning in the window. As for leaving her for book promoting ... No thanks, unless it is really vital ... I wouldn't leave Monica alone (she is more than insecure after this last seven years of dragging the foot out of the grave) ... the ones we really want to see, make there way here eventually ... I don't have much energy any more ... I know that publicity helps to push a book. But as I have always refused to show up, everybody seems to have managed up until now. But I will turn over in my mind any possible suggestions I can think of to aid at a distance. Hope Leresche did tell me that the BBC-TV were going to show the 'Omnibus' thing again. Andre should try to persuade them that nothing could be better than running that hour to coincide with the book ...", 1 side closely typed folio, 83690-Tourtour (Var), France, 7th March

Item Date:  1978
Stock No:  40661      £175

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TITOV (Gherman, 1935-1000, Soviet Cosmonaut who on 6th August 1961 became the 2nd human to orbit the Earth aboard Vostok 2)

Signature on a piece of paper 4" X 4", no place, no date

Item Date:  0
Stock No:  40666      £175

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