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Charles Lee offers over 40 years of experience in collecting and authenticating autographs.
This catalogue reflects his own collecting preferences - autographs from the Golden Age of Hollywood, lovely signed vintage sepia photographs, scarce character actors, clean album pages and cards for matting with a favourite picture and unusual and difficult to find rarities.
Charles is a recognised authority on Vivien Leigh and his catalogue always offers a wonderful selection of authentically signed Vivien Leigh material.
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Charles is picky about quality - items generally are in very good condition indeed and any faults are carefully described in the text.
Baring-Gould, Sabine (1834-1924)Anglican priest and writer, mainly remembered for writing the words of the hymn Onward, Christian Soldiers in 1865 (this was set to music by Arthur Sullivan in 1871).
An important 2-page letter on headed notepaper (Lew Tenchard, N.Devon, Sept 12, 1885), handwritten in purple ink, in which Baring-Gould writes to a reader who has asked him to explain his motivation "in writing such a horrible story as Mehalah". He does so (sort of), and goes on to explain his motivation in writing John Herring.
Barrie, J.M. (1860-1936)Scotttish novelist and playwright, best remembered for his creation of the immortal Peter Pan in 1901.
A fine 2-page letter, handwritten and signed in ink on a 7" x 5.25" sheet of headed notepaper (Adelphi Terrace House,, Strand W.C., 22 March, no year) with two direct references to Peter Pan.
Corelli, Marie (1855-1924)
British novelist, in her time the most widely read author of fiction (some of her books went into 50 or more editions)
An extraordinary letter, handwritten and signed in black ink on four 8" x 6" integral sides of headed notepaper (Mason Court, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, Sunday August 22 1920) . In it, Corelli reveals her obsessive refusal to accept the British Summer Time Act, which had been introduced four years earlier, in 1916.
Eliot, T.S. (1888-1965)
American-born poet, playwright, essayist and publisher.
A very fine signature and date (16.iii.52) in dark blue fountain pen ink on a 3.25" x 3" piece cut from a scrapbook put together by a Mr & Mrs Birer, who ran the upmarket Bailiffscourt Hotel in Sussex in the 1940s and 1960s. SCARCE.
Haggard, Rider (1856-1925)Great English novelist, remembered for his excellent adventure stories, especially King Solomon's Mines and She.
A pre-stamped Victorian postcard, sent from his house in Ditchingham, Bungay in Suffolk on August 20th 1890 to a Mr Glaisher, a bookseller on The Strand in London. It's a short signed note from Haggard in ink, asking Glaisher to send him a copy of Leo Tolstoy's novella The Kreutzer Sonata. (This was published in 1889 and promptly banned by the Russian authorities.)
Murdoch, Iris (1919-1999)Great British writer, born in Dublin.
A very fine softcover First Edition copy of her 1990 book, Something Special: Four Poems and a Story (Eurographica, Helsinki), nicely signed ("Iris Murdoch, 30 September 1990") in blue fountain pen ink to the main title page. This book was produced as a limited and numbered edition of 350, and is copy number 213
Orczy, Baroness Emma (1865-1947)Hungarian-born British novelist, chiefly remember as the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel, one of the greatest popular successes of the 20th Century.
A superb signature and date ("Emmushka Orczy, October 14th, 1924") in dark blue fountain pen ink on a specially printed "Autograph" card (5.5" x 3.5").
Wheatley, Dennis (1897-1977)Prolific English author, a writer of stylish thrillers and occult novels that made him one of the world's best-selling authors in the 1950s and 1960s.
An important 2-page letter on headed notepaper (48 Queens Gate, SW7, Oct 20th '33), handwritten and signed in blue fountain pen ink.
1933 was Wheatley's breakthrough year but following the instant success of The Forbidden Territory the next book of his to appear in the shops, in the September of that year, was a non-fiction title, Old Rowley, a biography of King Charles II. This letter is about that book. RARE.