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Bagnold, Enid   (1889-1981)
Bagnold, Enid English novelist and playwright, most famous for her 1935 book, National Velvet.
A fine ink signature and date (1953) on a cream 3.5" x 2,25" card.

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ref:315  £12.00
Balchin, Nigel   (1908-1970)
Balchin, Nigel British author and screenwriter, most famous for his 1943 book, The Small Back Room, which added two phrases, "boffin" and "backroom boy" to common English parlance.
A fine signed and inscribed cream-coloured card (approximately 4.5" x 3.5"), dated 1948 by Balchin.

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ref:324  £18.00
Ballard, J.G.   (1930-2009)
Ballard, J.G. Shanghai-born English novelist, probably miost famous for Empire of the Sun (1984), made into a film by Steven Spielberg in 1987.
A fine signature in blue ink on a 5.5" x 3.5" white card.


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ref:7035  £15.00
Baring-Gould, Sabine   (1834-1924)
Baring-Gould, Sabine 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.
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ref:9283  £125.00
Barrie, J.M.   (1860-1936)
Barrie, J.M. 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.

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ref:10229  £350.00
Belloc, Hillaire   (1870-1953)
Belloc, Hillaire Larger-than-life Anglo-French writer, especially remembered for his light verse, of which Cautionary Tales for Children is easily the most popular.
A fine typed letter on an 8" x10" sheet of headed mourning notepaper (Kings Land, Shipley, Horsham, Sept.19th, 1918) to a fan who has asked whether he would sign a book ("Yes, by all means. Get any one of my books you like and send it to me and I will autograph it and send it back. I have none of my own here to spare, only the file copies.")

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ref:9338  £50.00
Beresford, John Davys   (1873-1947)
Beresford, John Davys English writer, best remembered for his early science fiction novels.
A fine letter, handwritten and signed in black ink, on a sheet of notepaper (126 Inverness Terrace, W2, 1st December, 1920) to Dear Payse.
Beresford invites him to come to dinner on the 9th at 7.45 and mentions the other guests who will be present ("Collins is coming, the Ervines, Rose Macauley and May Sinclair").


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ref:7462  £20.00
Besant, Walter   (1836-1901)
Besant, Walter English novelist and humanitarian, one of the greatest of the Victorian Era.
A fine letter on headed paper (Frognal End, Hampstead, N.W., Sept 23 1893), handwritten in black fountain pen ink to a fan, mentioning his 1889 work, For Faith and Freedom.


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ref:6598  £30.00
Blunden, Edmund   (1896-1974)
Blunden, Edmund English author and critic, now remembered as one of the great poets of the First World War (he is one of the 16 war poets commemorated on a slate stone unveiled in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey on 11 November 1985).
From 1924 to 1927 Blunden had been Professor of English at the University of Tokyo. He returned to Japan in 1947 as a member of the British liaison mission in Tokyo, remaining there until 1950. This is a fine letter sent from Tokyo in 1948.
On a 7.5" x 4.5" sheet of notepaper, headed with a Foreign Office blindstamped seal (Tokyo, c/o Foreign Office London, SW1, March 14, 1948), Blunden writes in ink to the poet Francis Berry (1915-2006) , thanking him for a copy of a new book of poems.
(The book was "Murdock and Other Poems", published in 1947).
It's a kind and encouraging letter


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ref:9429  £50.00
Bolt, Robert   (1924-1995)
Bolt, Robert
Outstanding Oscar-winning British playwright who turned to screenwriting; married the actress Sarah Miles twice (1967-1976 and in 1988).
A fine typed letter (Park Gates, Richmond Green, Surrey), from the heyday of his fame (22nd January 1963) and boldly signed in black ink at its conclusion. RARE.
 

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ref:1880  £25.00
Brahms, Caryl   (1901-1982)
Brahms, Caryl Prolific English poet, novelist and playwright who had a very successful partnership in later life with writer and broadcaster Ned Sherrin.
A listing of two rare items, a charming handwritten and ink-signed very early (1930) letter to a fan and a handwritten and signed copy of one of her children's poems ("Awful Thought") the fan has requested.
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ref:9063  £30.00
Brazil, Angela   (1868-1947)
Brazil, Angela British novelist, one of the first and most successful of writers of "modern schoolgirls' stories."
A fine signature in blue fountain pen ink on a slip of paper (approximately 3.5" x 2.25") which has been attached (probably by Brazil herself) to a larger slip of paper with an address blindstamp, The Quadrant, Coventry, at its head. Brazil has also added the word "with kind wishes" in ink above her signature.

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ref:4382  £50.00
Bulwer, Edward Lytton   (1803-1873)
Bulwer, Edward Lytton English novelist, poet, playwright and politician; the man who coined the phrase "the pen is mightier than the sword" and came up with the infamous opening line "It was a dark and stormy night" in his novel Paul Clifford.
A fine Free Front (1855) made out in his hand and signed (as required) in ink to the lower left corner of the envelope panel.


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ref:7862  £25.00
Burgess, Anthony   (1917-1993)
Burgess, Anthony Prolific British author, most famous for his eighth book, A Clockwork Orange (1962).
A fine black and white photograph (6.5" x 4.75"), neatly signed and dated (19.10.92) in dark blue fountain pen ink to a clear area of the image.
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ref:10117  £50.00
Caldwell, Erskine   (1903-1987)
Caldwell, Erskine American author, most famous for his novels Tobacco Road (1932) and God's Little Acre (1933).
A very fine signature and inscription ("To Peter from Erksine Caldwell") in blue fountain pen ink on a 6.5" x 4.5" album page.

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ref:6250  £20.00
Cartland, Barbara   (1901-2000)
Cartland, Barbara Best-selling English author.
A very fine Benham's First Day Cover, commemorating Famous Authors and franked George Eliot Centenary, 9th July 1980. There's a strong signature in Cartland's trademark red-pink ink across the main panel.

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ref:7030  £18.00
Constable, Archibald   (1774-1827)
Constable, Archibald Scottish publisher, bookseller and stationer, most famous as the publisher of Sir Walter Scott's works.
A fine, bold ink signature, probably cut from a letter, on a 2.75" x 1.75" piece. RARE.


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ref:8266  £15.00
Corelli, Marie   (1855-1924
Corelli, Marie Extraordinary British novelist, in her time the most widely-read author of fiction (some of her books went into 50 or more editions).
A very fine signature and date (1906) in black ink on a 4.5" x 2.5" slip of paper.

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ref:7685  £18.00
Cullum, Ridgwell   (1867-1943)
Cullum, Ridgwell British adventurer and writer, whose output of rattling good adventure yarns, set in the wilds of America and Canada, was comparable to that of Zane Grey.
A very fine signature and date (1940) in dark blue fountain pen ink on a 4.5" x 1.5" slip of paper. RARE.

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ref:9448  £20.00
Dane, Clemence (and C.B.Cochran)   (1888-1965)
Dane, Clemence (and C.B.Cochran) Oscar-winning British actress, who shot to fame with her 1921 play, A Bill of Divorcement.
A very fine vintage 1930s album page (6.25" x 4.25"), nicely signed in blue fountain pen ink by Clemence Dane. The page also carries the scarce full signature in ink of English theatrical producer, Charles B.Cochran.

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ref:6781  £20.00
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