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English literature mss., 1901-1950

Papers, 1901-1950, of English literature at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
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Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
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Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu

Title
English literature mss.,1901-1950

Collection No.
LMC 1334

Extent
318 items

Language
Materials are in English.

Abstract
Consists of individual items acquired separately either as a gift, purchase, transfer, or removal from a variety of sources, relating to English literature. Additions continue to be made.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains mostly correspondence from major figures in English literature between 1901-1950. It also includes literary works, including manuscripts and bound volumes; financial records; and legal documents.

Related Material

Additional finding aids for English literature mss. are available.
English Literature mss., 1630-1800
English Literature mss., 1801-1850
English Literature mss., 1851-1900
English Literature mss., 1951-1993
English Literature mss., undated

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Received from numerous sources at various times. Accession information is given for the majority of entries.
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], English literature mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: English literature mss.

Arranged chronologically at the item level.


1901 Jan. 6 -   Gosse, Sir Edmund William, 1849-1928, author. 29 Delamere Terrace, Westbourne Square, W., [London, England]. To "My Dear Sir." "Happy to inscribe volumes you speak of."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby, Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1901 Jan. 12 -   LeQueux, William Tufnell, 1864-1927, author. Villa Teresa. Ardenza, Livorno, Italy. To "Dear Madam." Hopes his books have given her some entertainment.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • Enclosure lacking

Removed from LeQueux’s Blake, the butler … London, Jarrolds, [c. 1923]. (Lilly PR6023 .E745B6). 1958


1901 Jan. 18 -   Housman, Laurence, 1865-1959, author. 20, Belmont, Bath, [England]. To Sir [Henry John] Newbolt. "In case you would like to add it to the poem, I have copied down the inscription on the Bevil Granville [sic] monument …".

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 15cm.

  • Inscription as copied by Housman is written on the verso

Purchased. 1972


[1901 May 1] -   Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937, author. The Cearne, Kent Hatch, Edenbridge. To [Wilfred Hugh] Chesson. "We expect you & your wife this week…I will meet you at Westerham, Saturday, there. Send a card to say if this is all right."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


1901 May 13 -   Dobson, Austin, 1840-1921, poet. 76 Eaton Rise, Ealing, W. To [Clement King] Shorter. "What I gave you this morning was the only existing copy of the lines…. Oblige … and correct the print by the version on the 3d side of this."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 17.5cm.

  • On verso: two verses, both beginning Salaam to Omar! Autograph Document Signed, dated 13:V:1901

Removed from Dobson, Verses read at the dinner of the Omar Khayyám Club …25th March 1897 . London: Printed at the Chiswick Press, 1897 (Lilly PR4606 .V56 copy 2) 1989


1901 Aug. 10 -   Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart., 1860-1937, dramatist, novelist. Black Lake cottage, Nr. Farnham, Surrey, [England]. To Mr. Lestorg. Refers to his play "Quality Street."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1901 Oct.3 -   Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937, author. The Cearne, Kent Hatch, Edenbridge. To [Wilfred Hugh] Chesson. "Here: The Essay on Criticism I should like to know just the exact effect it makes on your—without any delicate laudations… Also point out any weaknesses that may strike you."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 24cm.

Purchased. 1970


1902 Mar. 10 -   Martin, William Wilsey, 1833- , poet. Union Society, Oxford. To Mrs. Treacher. "I shall be very pleased to join you, at Tea, on Wednesday next; and to meet your Norwegian friends."

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 15cm.

Removed from William Wilsey Martin, Quatrains, Life’s Mystery and other Poems. London, Elkin Mathews, 1891. 1969


1902 June 6 -   Ryan, William Patrick, 1867-1942, author. 12E, Coldharbour Lane, Denmark Hill, [London], S.E. To [Theodore] Watts-Dunton. Comments on the publication of an illustrated edition of Watts-Dunton’s Aylwin as well as some short stories of his own. Explains his long silence and lack of literary activity – "The past couple of years have been practically ones of ceaseless anxiety…to say nothing of financial trouble and such things as one can explain to a very few."

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 16cm.

Removed from Ryan’s Literary London: its lights and comedies, London: Leonard Smithers, 1898. (Lilly PR591 .R989). 1976


1902 Dec. 25 -   Bridges, Robert Seymour, 1844-1930, poet. Yattendon, [Berkshire, England.] To Sir [Henry John] Newbolt. "I am sending the Elegy, a somewhat illegible draft of it, but the only one I have, and I have not the patience to write it out again."

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 19cm.

  • Enclosed with letter is R[obert Seymour] B[ridges] Elegy, n.d., Autograph Document Signed 7 leaves, 21cm.
  • Corrections written in and pasted on draft of poem.
  • Note in upper left hand corner reads: Monthly Review proof to Editor & to R. Bridges at the Manor House Yattendon Newbury

Purchased. 1972


[1903, Feb. 20] -   Yeats, William Butler, 1865-1939, poet. My uncles old servant… [note].

Autograph Document Signed 1p. 17cm.

  • Ten lines, in blue ink
  • Text in full: "My uncles old servant Mary Battle, who saw the vision of Queen Maude said of this poem ‘It is so natural. It is just the way it would have happened! But no I am wrong it was a servant who came while Mary Battle was ill that said this."
  • Below is pencilled note by J[ohn] Rogers Rees: "The above was written by the author whilst staying with me at ‘Avondale,’ Llandaff, Feb. 20:1903"

On front fly-leaf of Yeats, The land of heart’s desire . Chicago: Stone & Kimball, 1814 [i.e. 1894]. (Lilly PR5904 .L2 1894a) 1987


1903 Sept. 25 -   Le Queux, William Tufnell, 1864-1927, novelist. Castor, Peterborough [England]. To "My dear Everett." "My secretary has somehow unfortunately mislaid the proofs of "The Treasure of the Sherburns" …."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20cm.

Purchased. 1975


1903 Oct. 11 -   Hewlett, Maurice Henry, 1861-1923, author. 7, Northwick Terrace, N.W. [London, England.] To Henry D. Davray. "I’m afraid that I cannot promise to read … all new proofs at such short notice; and the fact is that I am so busy that I would gladly not read them at all."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 25cm.

Removed from Hewlett, Little novels of Italy , London, Chapman & Hall, 1899 (Lilly PR4787 .L3). 1973


1903 Nov. 23 - 1904 Mar. 1 -   Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart. 1860-1937, dramatist and novelist. [Peter Pan]. "To Maude Adams. This, the M.S. of Peter Pan, from her humble servant and affectionate friend. J.M. Barrie."

Autograph Document Signed [84]p. 20cm.

  • In ink with holograph corrections.
  • Differs considerably from the printed version. The Plays of J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan …London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1928. (Lilly PR4074 .P4 2 copies).

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1903 Nov. 24 -   Shorter, Clement King, 1857-1926, author. The Sphere, The Tatler, Great New Street, Fetter Lane, E.C., [London, England]. To Grant Richards, 48 Leicester Square, W.C., [London, England]. "I would always rather ignore a book when I do not like it. I do not care for "Uther and Igraine" ; it seems to me Maurice Hewlett very much watered down. Meanwhile I see you have gorgeous reviews from all kinds of brilliant people - Coulson Kernahan and the TIMES."

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 26cm.

Purchased. 1974


[19]03 Dec. 1 -   Gilchrist, Robert Murray, 1868-1917, author. Cartledge Hall, Homesfield, Nr. Sheffield. To [William] Morris Colles. States that he is willing to accept £3/3/1 for "Camsdale Fair" . Presently working at the short stories and Colles shall have them soon. The Omar dinner went well; "Bruce Ingram and Clement Shorter were agreeable".

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • Receipt date stamped: 2 Dec. 03

Removed from Gilchrist, Beggar’s Manor. London, William Heinemann, 1903 (Lilly PR6013 .I31B42). 1980


1904 Jan. 20 -   Munro, Neil, 1864-1930, author. Carnus, Tower Drive, Gourock, [Scotland]. To "My dear Sir." "Selection of poems & Songs for the Burns."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Removed from Munro’s The new road … Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood and Sons, 1914 (Lilly PR5101 .M4N4). 1964


1904 Feb. 16 -   Freeman, Richard Austin, 1862-1943 author. 2 Woodville Terrace, Gravesend, [England]. To James B. Pinker. Thanking him for books.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Removed from Freeman’s Dr. Thorndyke intervenes … London and Stoughton, 1933 (Lilly PR6011 .R33D5). 1958


1904 Feb. 18 -   Munro, Neil, 1864-1930, author. Carnus, Tower Drive, Gourock, [Scotland]. To "My dear Sir." Edition of Burns poems.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

Removed from Munro’s The new road ... Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood and Sons, 1914 (Lilly PR5101 .M4N4). 1964


1904 Apr. 29 -   Garnett, Richard, 1835-1906, critic, librarian. 27 Tanza Road, Hampstead. To [Wilfred Hugh] Chesson. "I … fear … you are not in a condition of health just now to undertake either the monograph I have been proposing or that on Cruickshank."

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


1904 May 2 -   Garnett, Richard, 1835-1906, critic, librarian. 27 Tanza Road, Hampstead. To [Wilfred Hugh] Chesson. "I am very glad to hear that you feel sufficiently well to work upon the Cruickshank… Fortunately information respecting George Cruickshank if plentiful, though you may have to spend some time at the Museum."

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


1904 Sept. 5 -   Coleridge, Ernest Hartley, 1846-1920, editor. 167 S. James Road, Croydon. To Mrs. Hampden Emshiel?, Wallingford. Discusses some Nelson letters to Sothebys to be sold.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 20cm.

  • Accompanied by cover

Purchased. 1969


[1904, Oct.] -   Yeats, William Butler, 1865-1939, poet dramatist. "Had I the heavens’ embroidered clothes" [first line of poem.].

Autograph Poem Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • The date October 1904 written in pencil, presumably to indicate the date of the inscription.

Written on front flyleaf of Yeats, The Wanderings of Oisin, and other poems . London, Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1889. (Lilly PR5904 .W2 1889b). 1970


1904 Dec. 24 -   Garnett, Richard, 1835-1906, critic, librarian. 27 Tanza, Hampstead. To [Wilfred Hugh] Chesson. "I am much gratified by your reminder of old acquaintances by the beautiful photograph you have sent me, which is particularly interesting to me from the connection with Arthur."

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 11cm.

Purchased. 1970


1905 Feb. 28 -   Roberts, Sir Charles George Douglas, 1860-1943, novelist, poet. 22 West Ninth Street. To "My dear Russell ." Inquires about his bear story.

Typescript 1p. 28cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1905 Apr. 3 -   Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928, novelist. To Violet Hunt, South Lodge,Campden Hilll,, Kensington, London, W., [England]. Regrets absence from London obviates engagements.

Autograph Postcard Signed 9cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1905 June 24 -   Garnett, Richard, 1835-1906, critic, librarian. 27 Tanza Road, Hampstead. To Mrs. [Nora (Hopper)] Chesson. "I trust that Mr. Chesson has borne the removal well, and the good effects of change of air and scene will soon be apparent."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


1905 July 17 -   Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912, author. 1, Marloes Road, Kensington, W. To [Wilfred Perrett]. "I would not possibly find a way … to give the general public an idea of your erudition… I congratulate you in them."

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 18cm.

  • Envelope enclosed.

Purchased. 1975


1905 Aug. 8 -   Russell, William Clark, 1844-1911, novelist. 9 Sydney Place, Bath, [England]. To Dr. Alexander. Concerns Bret Harte’s only daughter being in such dire need as to require an urgent appeal to the public for help."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 18cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1905 -   Bacon, Francis, 1561-1626, philosopher. "Of Gardens, an Essay." Designed, Written Out, and Illuminated by Alberto Sangorski.

Document 27p. 19.6cm.

  • Bound.
  • Parchment covers, sewn, with green grosgrain ribbon ties.
  • Written on vellum.
  • Title page illuminated in pink and white roses with border in gold.
  • One illuminated river scene surrounded by plums; one illuminated garden scene; and nine illuminated initials.
  • Note laid in: Presented to me [Elisabeth W. Ball] by Eben Frances Thompson.

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


1906 Mar. 21 -   Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart., 1860-1937, dramatist and novelist. Leinster Corner, Lancaster Gate, W. [London, England]. To [Sir Sidney] Colvin. "Let us wait now till my play is produced in a fortnight’s time."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1906 May 10 -   Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937, author. The Cearne, Kent Hatch, Edenbridge. To [ Wilfred Hugh] Chesson. "Will you post me … MS of your Irish Travels … Never mind the last chapter. I think Duckworth would … make you an offer for it … I would give you my opinion of it."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


1906 June 11 -   Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937, author. The Cearne, Kent Hatch, Edenbridge. To [Wilfred Hugh] Chesson. "The books arrived here on Saturday. Again many thanks for your generous gift. I regard it indeed as half your wife: … I shall always treasure them on both your accounts."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


1906 July 31 -   Gregory, Isabella Augusta (Persse) lady, 1859-1932, poet, dramatist. Coole Park, Gort, Co. Galway. Calling card with date and signature written in.

Autograph Document Signed 1p. 9cm.

  • J.M. Synge in a letter to Lady Gregory on July 24, 1906, said that on Friday Karel Musek would come to see her. See Letters of John M. Synge to Lady Gregory a nd W.B. Yeats … The Cuala Press, Dublin, Ireland, 1971 (PR5533 .A4 1971) page 32-33

Removed from Gregory, Irish Folk-History plays . London and New York, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1912 (Lilly PR4728 .G5I68) vol. 1. 1975


1907 Aug. 28 -   Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart., 1860-1937, dramatist and novelist. Dhivach Lodge, Drumnadrochit, Scotland. To Winifred Geoghegan. Pensionnat des Dames. Vracene Waes Belgique. Refers to her progress with French. Also comments on their visit in the Scotch Highlands.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • Accompanied by cover

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1907 Dec. 11 -   Pemberton, Alice Agnes (Tussaud). To A[rthur] J.G. Challis, Chaterfield Hall, Fyfield, Ongar, [England]. "Am sending photo promised".

Autograph Postcard Signed 8.5cm.

  • Verso is photograph of Troston Hall, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, as noted on flyleaf of Sir Max Pemberton, Aladdin of London.
  • Recipient’s first name given in inscription in Pemberton’s Aladdin of London, dated April 27, 1908
  • Postmarked: Ixworth

Removed from Pembwerto, Aladdin of London, New York, Empire Book Company, 1907 (Lilly PR6031 .E5A31). 1980


1908 Mar. 7 -   Russell, William Clark, 1844-1911, novelist. 9 Sydney Place, Bath. To "Dear Sir." Deals with an article which would be about sea literature "and the original merits of certain great American sea novelists, including R.H. Dana and Herman Melville."

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1908 Mar. 25 -   Dobson, Austin, 1840-1921, poet. To Rossiter Johnson. Appreciates kind proposal but "cannot undertake the papers in question."

Typescript 1p. 28cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby, Lilly,Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana 1956


1908 Apr. 4 -   Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart., 1860-1937, dramatist and novelist. Leinster Corner, Lancaster Gate, W. To [Winifred Geoghegan]. Thanks her for the photograph and comments on it.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1908 Apr. 16 -   Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart., 1860-1937, dramatist, novelist. Black Lake Cottage, Nr. Franham, Surrey,[England]. To "My dear Phil." Asks to be excused from attending meetings.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1908 Dec. 16 -   Wells, Herbert George, 1866-1946, author. To "Cazenove." Sale of books.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20cm.

  • Signed with monogram.
  • Typescript filed under date of December 16, 1908, in English literature mss.
  • Back of envelope carrying P.S. mounted on succeeding leaf of Wells’ Kipps.

Mounted at front of Wells’ Kipps… London, Macmillan, 1905. (Lilly PRE5774 .K5) 1964


1908 Dec. 23 -   Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen, 1840-1922, author. Newbuildings place, Southwater, Sussex. To [Wilfred] Meynell. Christmas plans; his correspondence with Charles Meynell.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 20cm.

Mounted on inside of front cover of Blunt’s Proteus and Amadeus: a correspondence, edited by Aubrey de Vere . London, C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1878. (Lilly BT100 .D4) 1964


1908 -   Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931, novelist. The Old wives’ tale.

Autograph Document 169, 152p. 25 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2
  • Two bound volumes in green morocco
  • In ink with illuminated title pages and holograph corrections
  • Inscription presenting it as a gift to his wife, Dorothy Cheston Bennett, December 18, 1925, on p. 169 of volume I.
  • Reproduced in facsimile from the author’s manuscript and published omitting the inscription presenting the manuscript as a gift to his wife. London, Ernest Benn Limited and New York, George H. Doran Company, 1927. (Lilly PR6003 .E6 05 v.1 and v.2).
  • Printed version. New York, Hodder and Stoughton, 1909. Published with an introduction by Frank Swinnerton and illustrations by John Austen. Oxford, [England], printed for the members of The Limited Editions Club at the University press, 1941 (Lilly P56003 .E6 05, 1941 v.1 and v.2).

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1909 Apr. 6 -   Hewlett, Maurice Henry, 1861-1923, author. 7 Northwick Terrace, N.W. [London, England]. To [Austin] Dobson. "…here’s the little book…you will see that I have taken myself by the shoulders and stepped thoughts on to the title page…"

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25 cm.

From the Austin Dobson Library.

Removed from Hewlett, Aremesion: idylls and songs , London, Mathews, 1909 (Lilly PR4787 .A9 1909). 1976.


1909 May 26 -   Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937, author. 3 Henrietta Street, Convent Garden, W.C. To [Wilford Hugh] Chesson. "Tiggert is a true poet… It is useless however to expect any ordinary publisher to lose money in their publication."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20 cm.

Purchased. 1970


1909 June 9 -   Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart., 1860-1937, dramatist, novelist. Leinster Corner, Lancaster Gate W. [London, England]. To "Sir Sidney Colvin. Concerning the disposition of the house and famous chalet of George Meredith.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


[19]09, Sept. 14 -   Lyons, Albert Michael Neil, 1880-1940, playwright. More’s Cottage, Wivelsfield Green, Sussex, [England]. To [John] Lane. "I return the proofs herewith…. I am forwarding your letter to Mrs. Calder and am asking her to give you what information she can. I don’t know anything about the reference myself."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 12.5 cm.

  • Mounted on verso of free endpaper at end
  • Inscription by author on front endpaper, Sept. 14, 1908

In Lyons, Arthur’s. London; New York: John Lane, 1908. (Lilly PR6023 .Y6 A79) 1987


[1909] Oct. 17 -   Bridges, Robert Seymour, 1844-1930, poet. Chilswell, Oxford. To John Lane, Bodley Head, Vigo St., London. W. "Papers received. Will try to get you some signatures tomorrow before returning it."

Autograph Card Signed 9 cm.

Removed from Bridges, The Shorter Poems of Robert Bridges , London, Geo Bell & Sons, 1890 (Lilly PR4161 .B6A17 1890). 1974


1909 Oct. 25-1910 Aug. 21 -   Rolfe, Fredrick William, 1860-1913, novelist. Some inedited [sic] letters (unpublished) of Baron Corvo, 1909-1910.

Typed (carbon) Document 75 p. 26 cm.

  • Bound
  • Written in Venice, Italy
  • Recipient unknown but probably C. Masson Fox (see items dated 1910, 7 & 31 Mar., 15 Apr., 12 May, and 6 July)
  • Includes 23 letters, 2 telegrams
  • Also on title page: They led A.J.A. Symons to make "The Quest for Corvo" See Chaps. I & XVI He bought the originals from Christopher Millard for ₤25 and sold them to Maundy Gregory for ₤150

Transfer. Book Dept. Lilly Library. 1991


1910 Feb. 10 -   Bottomley, Gordon, 1874-1948, author. Well Knowe House Cartmel By Carnforth. To Mr. [Charles Elkin] Mathews, "…send me a copy of my "Gate of Smaragdus" at your first convenience. …wondered if you had any news of the cases of Mr. [Yone] Noguchi’s "Pilgrimage."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 18 cm.

  • Stationery watermark: OUR CLUB

Removed from Gordon Bottomley, The Gate of Smaragdus , London: At the sign of the Unicorn, 1904. (Lilly PR6003. O67G2). 1977


1910 Feb. 20 -   Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931, novelist. Royal York Hotel, Brighton, [England]. To E[dward] F[ordham] Spence, 75 Bedford Court, Bedford Square, W.C., London, [England]. "I have been waiting for a long time to encounter you; but a playwright who seeks out a dramatic critic may put himself in a false position."

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 21 cm.

  • Accompanied by cover.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1910 May 14 -   Masefield, John, 1878-1967, poet. G[rea]t Hampden, Missenden, Bucks, [England]. To [C.F.] Cazenove. Concerns issuance of volume containing Salt Water Ballads and Tarpaulin Muster stories.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 18 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1910 Aug. 23 -   Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933, novelist. 14 Addison Road, W. To [?]. Declines an invitation to an dinner of the Harrow Association honoring Sir Charles Hardinge.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • Letter written in the third person

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1910 Oct. 11 -   Hewlett, Maurice Henry, 1861-1923, author. 7, Northwick Terrace, N.W., [London, England]. To W[illiam] M[orris] Colles, Esq. "By all means get me the Swedish rights in Rest Harrow, and any other rights that are to be had."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • Stamped "Received 17 Oct 10"

Removed from Hewlett, Rest Harrow, London, Macmillan, 1910 (Lilly PR4787 .R4). 1973


1911 Jan. 24 -   Way, Thomas Robert, 1861-1913, bookseller, author. 6 & 7 Gough Square, Fleet Street, E.C., London. To Dr. [George Charles] Williamson. Sends him 8 catalogs pertaining to James Abbot McNeill Whistler.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

Removed from Whistler’s "ten o’clock" , London: Chatto and Windus, 1885. (Lilly N7445 .W576). 1976.


1911 May 27 -   White, William Hale, 1831-1913, novelist. The Cottage, Groombridge, Kent, [England]. To [Thomas George] Bain. "I dare say you have seen the correspondence and leading articles in the Times about the sale of Bunyan’s copy of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 15cm.

Purchased. 1972


1911 June 8 -   White, William Hale, 1831-1913, novelist. The Cottage, Groombridge, Kent, [England]. To [Thomas George] Bain. "You have done me a great service …You shall have the catalogue back in a day or two."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 15cm.

Purchased. 1972


1911 Nov. 29 -   Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937, author. Duckworth & Co., 3 Henrietta Street, Convent Garden, W.C., [London, England]. To [William Henry] Hudson. "I send you Sturge Moore, ‘A Sicilian Idyll’. I think its really better than anything he has done."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 21 cm.

Removed from Thomas Sturge Moore, A Sicilian Idyll …London, Duckworth & Co., 1911 (Lilly PR6025 .O6S5). 1973


1911 Dec. 23 -   Phillpotts, Eden, 1862-1960, author. Torguay. To "My dear Percy." "Accept my new book ‘Dance of the Months’ as a small expression of the great regard in which Emily & I always hold you."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 12cm.

Mounted in Phillpotts’ Dance of the months . London and Glasgow, Gowans and Gray, Ltd., 1911 (Lilly PR5177 .D17). 1969


[1911?] -   Photograph of Henry Major Tomlinson with his son Henry Charles Tomlinson.

Photograph 8 x 11cm.

  • Accompanied by photograph of Mrs. Florence Margaret (Hammond) Tomlinson, (Mrs. Henry Major Tomlinson), and children.

Removed from Tomlinson, All our yesterdays , New York & London, Harper & Brothers, 1930. (Lilly PR6039 .O35A7 1930). 1967


[19]12 May 20 -   Cooper, J W, 1852-, cyclist. Kingarth House, 9, Colyton Road, East Dulwich, S.E., [London]. To [Charles George] Harper. Requests that Harper fill in the distances from his book Cycle Rides Round London so that he can choose runs within his "physical powers", having turned sixty. Has read the book "with great pleasure."

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 17cm.

  • Accompanied by ten pages in ink of holograph directions for cycling trips, a print of the illustration from page 76 of Cycle Rides entitled "The Stocks," and three clippings relative to paragraphs in the book.

Removed from Harper, Cycle Rides Round London . London, Chapman & Hall, 1902 (Lilly DA630 .H293). 1980


1912 Sept. 13 -   Drinkwater, John, 1882-1937, poet, dramatist. 38 Drayton Road, King’s Heath, Birmingham. To May Morris. Asks for her approval of his work and for a "scrap of William Morris’s writing."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

Source unknown. 1963


1912 Sept. 27 -   Hutchinson, Arthur Stuart Menteth, 1879-1971, novelist. 53 Croftdown Road, Highgate Road, N.W. [London, England]. To "My dear Shelley." "A whole sheaf of autobiographical notes for your kind pen to do with what you will."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • Accompanied by autobiographical sketch. Autograph Document 8p. 20cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1912 Oct. 23 -   Reade, Alfred Arthur, 1851-, author. Ferndale, Wilmslow, near Manchester. To Cyril B[ryun] Andrews. Sends him copy of his book and complains of the lack of reviews in the press.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

Removed from Reade’s The tragedy of the streets , Wilmslow, Manchester, Reade, 1912. (Lilly HV4008 .L8 R285). 1976


1912 Nov. 1 -   Jones, Henry Festing, 1851-1928, author. London. To [Edmund] Gosse. Refers to Butler’s note-books and an invitation to dinner.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

Removed from Samuel Butler’s The note-books…Selections arranged and edited by Henry Festing Jones …London, A.C. Fifield, 1912 (Lilly PR4349 .B7N6). 1964.


1912 Nov. 20 -   White, William Hale, 1831-1913, novelist. The Cottage, Groombridge, Kent, [Emgland]. To [Thomas George] Bain. "I am glad to hear you can stick to your work. Do not give up so long as you can crawl."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 15 cm.

Purchased. 1972


1912 Nov. 28 -   Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931, novelist. 14 St. Simon’s avenue, Putney S.W. To W[illiam] H[enry] Rideing. Refers to an article of 1500 words in length. "I am afraid that the subject which you have suggested does not make a very strong appeal to me." He states that the book Teresa of Watling Street is an early production.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

Removed from Arnold Bennett’s, Those United States …London, Martin Decker, [1912] (Lilly PR6003 .E6T55). 1964


1912 Nov. -   Yeats, William Butler, 1865-1939, poet, dramatist. "A unknown thing, that maybe nothing, But that, the buyer’s risk."

Autograph Note Signed 1p. 7cm.

Removed from Yeats, The wanderings of Oisin, and other poems . London, Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1889 (Lilly PR5904 .W2 1889a). 1970


[19]13 Dec. 3 -   Oxford, Arnold Whitaker, 1854-, author. Sterne House, 45, Old Bond Street, W. To "Dear Sir." Cannot answer his query since his books are elsewhere and cannot be consulted. Send his latest bibliography.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 17.8cm.

Removed from Oxford, Notes from a collector’s catalogue . London: J. and E. Bumpus, 1909 (Lilly Z5776 .G2 O9). 1990


[1914] Feb. 16 -   Moore, George, 1852-1933, novelist. 121 Ebury Street, [London] S.W., [England]. To Mr. Palmer. "I’m afraid that my days for writing articles are over and done. But if I ever have an article by me I’ll send it to you."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

  • Year of the date penciled in

Purchased. 1972


[19]14 May 23 -   Hamilton, Cosmo, 1879-1942, novelist, playwright. Whiteleaf, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, [England]. To W[illiam] M[orris] Colles. Asks to be informed when Colles receives a manuscript, and that Colles hold the manuscript until the two meet.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 17.8cm.

  • In ink on folded printed stationary

Removed from Hamilton, Impertinent Reflections , London, Stanley Paul, [1912] (Lilly PR 6015 .A435 I34). 1981


1914 July 11 -   Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937, bibliographer. To [Paul] Lemperly. Thanks him for sending "on this little Bibliophile book."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Removed from Algernon Charles Swinburne’s Aeolus … London, [Printed for Thomas J. Wise], 1914 (Lilly PR5506 .A3). 1961


1914 Aug. 25 -   Seaman, Sir Owen, 1861-1936, editor, humorist. Beefsteak Club, 9, Green Street, Leicester Square, [London], W.C. To [John] Lane. Gives permission to use either "Pro Patria" or "Dies Irae". Chatto and Windus will use the former for the same excellent project. "Thank you for the [William] Watson lines which I shall use. His address will serve for the payment of his honorarium."

Autograph Letter Signed 3pp. 17.8cm.

Purchased. 1980


1914 Sept. 13 -   Pinero, Sir Arthur Wing, 1855-1934, dramatist. Stillands, Chiddingfold, Godalming, [England]. To "My dear Sir". Sends slightly amended message for the one sent a few days ago.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


[19]14 Oct. 2 -   Crowley, Aliester, 1875-1947, author. 33, Avenue Studios, South Kensington, S.W. To Holbrook Jackson, T. P’s Weekly, 29, Henrietta St. W.C. "I have been in bed for the last 3 weeks with what we hope is only phelibitis…Won’t you come down and see me?"

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

  • Enclosure mentioned in letter not present

Removed from Crowley, 777 vel prolegomena symbolica …London, Walter Scott Publishing Co., 1909 (Lilly PR6005 .R88S48). 1975


[1914 Nov. 17] -   Dobell, Bertram, 1842-1914, bookseller, author. London. To [Thomas Bird Mosher]. Burn’s The jolly beggars ; Richard Le Gallienne; his books.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 15cm.

Removed from Poems ascribed to Robert Burns, the Ayrshire bard …Glasgow, 1801. (Lilly PR4300 .G6 1801). 1963


1915 Feb. 12 -   Thomas, Edward, 1878-1917, essayist, poet. Steep, [Peterfield, England]. To Eleanor [Farjeon]. Sends "this Song Book" for her birthday. Discusses his writing.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 24.5cm.

Removed from A.H. Bullen, Lyrics from the song-books of the Elizabethan age . London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1913 (Lilly PR1207 .L99). 1991


[1915] May 4 -   Watson, Sir William, 1958-1935, poet. Bowfell View, Ambelside. To "my dear Collins". "I will post the Ruskin thing tomorrow – thank you for the typed copy."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

Removed from Watson, The Poems of William Watson …London & New York, John Land, 1905 (Lilly PR750 .A2 1905 copy 2). 1974


1915 July 23 -   Zangwill, Israel, 1864-1926, novelist. Far End, East Preston, Sussex, [England]. To Mr. Goldstein. Mentions The War God.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 17cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1915 Aug. 22 -   Hastings, Basil Macdonald, 1881-1929, playwright. 7 Pickwick Rd., Dubrick Village, London, S.E. To "Dear John". Presents the book to John which may amuse him "for an hour or so". Notes that the play is a success. "One of my brothers is on the casualty list this morning – wounded. What a world!"

Autograph Note Signed 1p. 18cm.

Inscribed on Eden Phillpotts and Basil Macdonald Hastings, The Angel in the house…New York and London, Samuel French, Ltd., 1915 (Lilly PR5177 .A48). 1974


1915 Oct. 17 -   De Morgan, William Frend, 1839-1917, novelist. 127 Chruch Street, Chelsea, S.W., [London, England]. To Mrs. [Mary] Sturge Gretton. Deals with the pagination of Joseph Vance and Somehow Good.

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1916 Mar. 8 -   Masefield, John, 1878-1967, poet. New York. To Professor Schinze. Sending him book.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 17cm.

Mounted following front flyleaf of Masefield’s Sonnets…New York, Macmillan, 1916 (Lilly PR6025 .A77S6). 1941


1916 June 29 -   Thomas, Philip Edward, 1878-1917, essayist, poet. Steep, Peterfield, [England]. To [Thomas] Seccombe. "Would you give me a moral certificate on this form? If so I should be most grateful…I am rather tried of the work here…So I hope to get on anti-aircraft…"

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

Mounted in Thomas, Poems, London, Selwyn & Blount, 1917 (Lilly PR6039 .H55A17 1917). 1974


[19]16 Sept. 20 -   Noyes, Alfred, 1880-1958, poet. Enhurst, Rottingdean, Sussex. To [Clement King] Shorter. Praises the poetry of Shorter’s wife, Dora (Sigerson) Shorter. Is pleased that Shorter wishes to publish his articles on the Navy, but suggests he consider his "Songs of the Trawlers" instead.

Autograph Letter Signed [4]p. 20cm.

Hinged in after title page of Noyes, Songs of the Trawlers . London: C. Shorter, 1916. (Lilly PR6027 .O8 S69 copy 2) 1992


1916 Sept. 23 -   Bridges, Robert Seymour, 1844-1930, poet. Chilswell, Oxford. To [William Ralph Inge]. Has been reading the "Bampton lectures on mysticism," and is distressed not to have seen aversion of a passage quoted in a recent work of his own. He sends "a book containing some aberrations of my own…"

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

Removed from Poems written in the year MCMXIII by Robert Bridges, poet laureate , Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1914. (Lilly PR4161 .B6A17 1914). 1976


[19]16 Sept. -   Gregory, Isabella Augusta (Persse), lady, 1852-1932, poet, dramatist. Coole Park, Cort, Co. Galway. To John Quinn, Esq., 58 Central Park West, New York, USA. "here is my fairy play – you may pass it on to little Mary if you like."

Autograph Card Signed 9cm.

Removed from Gregory, The Golden Apple, London, John Murray, 1916 (Lilly PZ10.5 .G822G62). 1974


[19]16 Oct. 9 -   Noyes, Alfred, 1880-1958, poet. 26 Clivedon Place, Sloane Square, London, S.W. To Clement [King] Shorter. Encloses two poems from his Songs of the Trawlers to be published by Shorter. The remaining poems will appear in the Daily Chronicle so that he will not send those. Has altered the names of the guns in poem "Kilmeny" by order of the censor, but thinks it can be restored to the original version for private printing.

Autograph Letter Signed [3]p. 19cm.

  • Enclosures not present

Hinged in after title page of Noyes, Songs of the Trawlers . London: C. Shorter, 1916. (Lilly PR6027 .O8 S69 copy 2) 1992


[1916] Oct. 21 -   Sassoon, Siegfried Lorraine, 1886-1967, poet. Weirleigh. To Eddie [Marsh]. "Thanks for the notes & cheque. What enormous sums I earn by my too prolific pen!...I am sending you…my last futile pamphlet. The contents are my mother’s favorites. But in the end I only had eleven done…"

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 18cm.

Removed from Sassoon, Morning-glory. London, Chiswick Press, 1916 (Lilly PR6037 .A86M86). 1974


1916 Dec. 14 -   Russell, George William, 1867-1935, poet. Irish homestead, Dublin. To [Clement King] Shorter. "Yes you can use the poem as you suggest….I am so sorry to hear Mrs. Shorter has been ill….I am glad for the copy of her poems you sent."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

  • Signed: "AE"

Removed from Russell’s Salutation…London, Privately printed, 1917 (Lilly PR6035 .U7S18 copy 2). 1965


1916 -   Moore, George, 1852-1933, novelist. "Lewis Seymour and some women." Corrected proof sheets.

[189] leaves. 23cm.

  • Bound in half olive levant morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe; in half olive morocco slip case
  • Proof sheets printed by Billing and Sons Ltd., London Printing Works, Guildford, Sept. 7-Oct. 6, 1916
  • Heavily corrected by pen, pencil and blue carbon typescript
  • Published in London, William Heinemann, 1917 (Lilly PR5042 .L67 1917)
  • Text is a rewriting of A Modern Lover , London, 1883
  • Bound in is a letter from George Moore, 121 Ebury Street, London, S.W., to "Dear Sir", 1917 (misdated 1916), Jan. 15, Typed Letter Signed, [1] leaf. 23 cm., confirming the statement that he had corrected the proofs himself with few exceptions.

From the library of Jerome Kern, sold at the Anderson Galleries, Jan. 21-24 (Lilly Z977 .K38 v. 2)

Gift. From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


[1916] -   Moore, George, 1852-1933, novelist. 121 Ebury Street, [London], S.W. To [T.] Werner Laurie. Sunday. "I am glad to hear from you that the sale of the fine edition will not be effected by the fact that it will be of the same size and appearance as the ordinary edition."

Autograph Letter Signed [1] leaf. 23cm.

Removed from Moore, The Brook Kerith, Edinburgh, T. Werner Laurie, 1916 (Lilly PR5042 .B87 1916a) 1956

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


[1917] [Jan?] 24 -   Hewlett, Maurice Henry, 1861-1923, author. Elm Tree Farm, West Wittering, Chichester, [England]. To [Austin] Dobson. …"a gracious reference to me in your jolly book has moved me to have one of mine sent to you. I have asked [Sydney] Pawling to post you The Song of the Plow."

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 18cm.

  • Watermark, five point crown with Papyrus Regia, lettered below. From Austin Dobson Library.

Removed from Hewlett, The Song of the Plow , London, Heinemann, 1916. (Lilly PR4787 .S5 copy 2) 1976.


1917 Jan. 29 -   Russell, George William, 1867-1935, poet. Dublin. To [Clement King] Shorter. Thanks him for copies of Salutation.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 22cm.

  • Signed: "AE"

Removed from Russell’s Salutation…London, Privately printed, 1917 (Lilly PR6035 .U7S18 copy 2). 1965


1917 Feb. 22 -   Oxford and Asquith, Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st earl of, 1852-1928, statesman. Forbes House, Halkin Street, S.W. To [Clement King] Shorter. "I return the enclosed with one or two slight corrections which seem right."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Removed from Oxford and Asquith, The rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám . [London: Printed by Clement Shorter, Feb. 19, 1917] (Lilly PK6524 .A8). 1986


1917 Mar. 2 -   Carman, Bliss, 1861-1929, poet. New Canaan, Conn[ecticut]. To Mr. Perkins. "If you will send the books here…I will be glad to write in them for you."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 22cm.

Removed from Bliss Carman, Ode on the Coronation of King Edward . Boston, L.C. Page and Company, 1902 (Lilly PR4441 .O4). 1965


[1917] Aug. 16 -   Yeats, William Butler, 1865-1939, poet. c/o Madame Gonne, Colleville s. mer, par Vierville s. mer. France. To Russell. Refers him to "Mrs. Ezra Pound…, she is my musical agent, she decides on merit of music…".

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 27.3cm.

  • In brown ink on lined paper
  • Year supplied by dealer from whom acquired

Purchase. 1993


1918 Apr. -   Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931, novelist. Notes re the format and proofs of The Roll Call.

Autograph Note Signed 6p. 14cm.

  • In pencil

Purchased. 1970


1918 May 14 -   Morgan, Charles Langbridge, 1894-1958, novelist. Woodhurst, Kenley, Surrey. To Annious Syndicate. "I have nothing quite ready to send you at the moment….I hope to get my leave extended on medical grounds."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 15cm.

Removed from Morgan’s The Gunroom. London, A. & C. Black, Ltd., 1919. (Lilly PR6025 .O67G9).

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1967


1918 May 31 -   Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart., 1860-1937, dramatist, novelist. Adelphi Terrace House, Strand W.C. To [Gertrude Eleanor] Jennings. "I am glad you sent me the enclosed….I think it is a beautiful little piece of work and hope to see it flourishing somewhere under good conditions."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


[1918] Sept. 6 -   Moore, George, 1852-1933, novelist. 121 Ebury Street, [London, England]. To Mr. Greene. Mentions Brook Kerith and A Story teller’s holiday.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 20cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


[1918] -   Bagnold, Enid, 1889-1981, playwright. North End House, Rottinggdean, Sussex "The Sailing Ships."

Autograph Poem Signed 1p. 23cm.


1918 -   Drinkwater, John, 1882-1937, poet, dramatist. Loyalties, a Book of Poems…with designs by Paul Nash. London, C[yril] W[illiam] Beaumont, 1918.

Autograph & Printed Document Signed [29] leaves. 21cm.

  • Holograph, printed poems, and corrected proofs for volume published by Beaumont Press, London, 1918 (Lilly PR6007 .R5L7)
  • Not complete for each poem or illustration in the published work
  • Trial: four line poem in ink (only poem in holograph in this compilation)

Purchased. 1977


1919 Mar. 26 -   Hastings, Basil MacDonald, 1881-1928, playwright. "Victory. A Play in Three Acts." Found on the Novel of that name by Joseph Conrad.

Typed Document [139]pp. 25.6cm.

  • Bound in red buckram
  • In red and black type
  • Includes lighting and property plots, curtain calls, and three photographs of sets
  • Cast of characters, with Marie Löhr in lead role as Lena, has added names in pencil
  • Occasional corrections in pen and pencil
  • Another typescript of play located in New York Public Library: see Mansell, v. 234, p. 288
  • Printed program mounted on page [iv]: "’ "Victory" ’ produced by Marie Löhr, Wednesday March 26th, 1919" at the Globe Theatre
  • Bookplate of Anthony [Leyland] Prinsep, lessee of the Globe Theatre, London

Purchased. 1983


1919 Apr. 21-29 -   Sanderson, Edward Lancelot, 1872-1939, headmaster. Through the Grazalema-Ronda Sierra. A nine days’ diary.

Typed Document 91p. 25.5cm.

  • Bound in tan buckram
  • Illustrated with snapshots and postcards throughout
  • Autograph Letter Signed from Joseph Conrad to Sanderson, Sept. 19, 1919, on verso front free end paper

Purchased. 1993


1919 Sept. 19 -   Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924, novelist. Spring Grove. Wye. To [Edward Lancelot] Sanderson. Enjoyed reading the journal. "You certainly have an eye for the picturesque…and a fine feeling for the past."

Autograph Letter Signed [3]p. 17.5cm.

  • Attached to verso of front end paper of Sanderson’s Through the Grazalema-ronda Sierra. A nine days’ diary, 1919, Apr. 21-29, English literature mss.

Purchase. 1993


1919 Dec. -   Belasco, David, 1853-1931, dramatist. To Mrs. [Jacquin] Campbell (Mrs. Heyworth Campbell). "I have autographed the book you sent and I am taking the liberty of returning with it William Winters book about my ‘past’".

Autograph Note Signed 1p. 8cm.

  • Bears the monogram of David Belasco
  • Date penciled in and taken from inscription on book

Removed from Belasco, The theatre through its stage door . New York and London, Harper, 1919 (Lilly PS1085 .B23T3) which bears the bookplate of Heyworth and Jacquin Campbell. 1975


1920 Jan. 7 -   Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931, novelist. 12B George Street, Hanover Square W. 1., [London, England]. To Herbert M. Prentice. Deals with royalties for plays.

Typed Letter Signed 2 p. 23 cm.

Purchased. 1965


1920 Jan. 9 -   Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931, novelist. 12B George Street, Hanover Square W. 1. [London, England]. To H[erbert] M. Prentice. Cites conditions for the performance of his plays.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 23 cm.

Purchased. 1965


1920 Jan. 20 -   Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931, novelist. 12B George Street, Hanover Square, W. 1., [London, England]. To Herbert M. Prentice. Society of Authors will not give its consent for amateur performances as offered by Bennett.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 23 cm.

Purchased. 1965


1920 Jan. 22 -   Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931, novelist. 12B George Street, Hanover Square, W. 1., [London, England]. To H[erbert M.] Prentice. "I think you have to remember that the basis of dramatic authorship, like the basis of nearly everything else, is economic."

Typed Letter Signed 2 p. 23 cm.

Purchased. 1965


1920 Jan. 27 -   Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933, novelist. Grove Lodge, Hempstead, London, N W 3, [England]. To "My dear Mr. Clark." Will be unable "to fall in with the proposal."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 21cm.

  • Framed with signed photography of John Galsworthy

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1920 Jan. 30 -   Housman, Laurence, 1865-1959, author. c/o Mr. W.B. Leakins, Times Building, New York. To [Herbert Prentice?]. Sympathizes with this correspondent over the difficulty of attracting authors of "good plays" to his theater.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 21cm.

Purchased. 1969


1920 Apr. 5 -   Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart., 1860-1937, dramatist, novelist. Adelphi Terrace House, Strand W.C. 2. To [Gertrude Eleanor] Jennings. "Thank you for your letter. And my very hearty congratulations on your big success in which I rejoice."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


1920 Aug. 31 -   Gregory, Isabella A[ugusta (Persse), lady, 1859-1932, poet, dramatist. To [Russell, George William]. Comments on Visions and beliefs in the West of Ireland, collected and arranged by Lady Gregory…First series . New York, G.P. Putnam’s sons, 1920.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 17cm.

Mounted on front flyleaf of above book. (Lilly GR147 .G8) 1964


[19]20 Dec. 1 -   Lewis, Wyndham, 1882-1957, author, painter. To [Geoffrey] Grigson. Comments on notes taken by Edith Sitwell.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20cm.

Removed from Edith Sitwell’s Aspects of modern poetry. London, [1934]. (Lilly Pr603 .S5). 1963


1920 -   Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924, novelist. Inscription to H. Goodburn. "A primary school-book. Just to show how democracy is being looked after in this year of grace."

Autograph Document Signed 15cm.

  • In black ink

On front flyleaf of Conrad, Youth; and Gaspar Ruiz . New York: E.P. Dutton; London: J.M. Dent, [1920]. (Lilly PR6005 .O4 Y8 1920a) 1986


[1920] -   Mackenzie, Sir Compton, 1883-1972, author. Essay about Italy "Sirene".

Typed Document 11p. 26cm.

  • With holograph corrections and insertions.

Purchased. 1973


1921 Jan. 21 -   Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937, bibliographer. W.A. Smith & Co., Albion Works….London, S.E. To Messrs. Jones & Evans, Ltd., Queen Street, E.C. "I cannot supply you with any of the private Conrad pamphlets,…the whole of them were distributed at the time they were printed…."

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 25.3cm.

Gift. 1989


1921 Jan. 27 -   Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945, poet. Island Cottage, Wittersham, Kent. To Mr. Thompson. Refers to an article he has just completed.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

Gift. 1971


1921 Feb. 18 -   Phillpotts, Eden, 1862-1960, novelist, poet. Torquay, [England]. To Henry C. Shelley, Fellowship of Freedom & Reform, Whitehall House, 29 Charing Cross, London, S.W.1. Appreciates his "kind solicitations" and says "There is an electric quality in the good will of friends that may be more valuable than we know!"

Autograph Card Signed 11cm.

Transferred from the Book Department. 1974


1921 Feb. 21 -   Dent, Joseph Mallaby, 1849-1926, publisher. Aldine House, Covent Garden, London, W.C.2. To T[homas] J[ames] Wise, Esq., 25, West Heath Drive, N.W.3. Is sending a copy of Conrad’s new volume printed on "larger paper before the ordinary edition, and it is therefore really a first edition."

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 25.2cm.

Removed from Joseph Conrad, Notes on Life and Letters , London & Toronto, J. M. Dent & Sons, 1921 (Lilly PR6005 .L4N9). 1983


1921 Mar. 15 -   Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931, novelist. 12B George Street, Hanover Square W. 1., [London, England]. To Herbert M. Prentice. If he wished to avoid the terms of amateur performances he should become professional.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

Purchased. 1965


1921 Mar. 16 -   Chambers, Charles Edward Stuart, 1859-1936, author. 339 High Street, Edinburgh, [Scotland]. To Mr. Roberts. Requests that Roberts place a valuation on "several pictures by John Clark of Westminister known as ‘Waterloo Clark’" offered to him by A.C. Clark of London. He himself is a grandnephew of William Chambers who had married a Miss Clark.

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 21cm.

  • Letterhead: "Chamber’s Journal"

Acquired in Oct. 1983 and transferred from Lilly Library Book Department, 1985.


1921 Mar. 18 -   Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931, novelist. 12B George Street, Hanover Square W. 1., [London, England]. To H[erbert] M. Prentice. Willing to have "The Great Adventure" performed on a 5 per cent basis.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

Purchased. 1965


1921 May 11 -   Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945, poet. 13 (3) Queen’s Gardens, Hyde Park, W. [London, England]. To "Dear Mr. Thompson." At end of week will leave Paris therefore sends "these casual notes."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1921 Sept. 17 -   Abbott, Claude Colleer, 1889-1971, poet, author. Broomfield, Chelmsford, Essex, [England]. To [Edward Harry William] Meyerstein. Sends his latest book. Will be leaving Cambridge to teach at Aberdeen University in October.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 17.8cm.

Removed from Abbott, Poems. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1921 (Lilly AAD 9974) 1990


1921 Sept. 29 -   Gregory, Isabella Augusta (Persse), lady, 1859-1932, poet, dramatist. To [Karel] Musek. "We had rather a hard time here last winter & spring, the curfew regulations and other military measures did away with our audiences – But we re-open next week."

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 18cm.

  • Letter head of Abbey Theatre, Dublin
  • Watermark: Swift Brook, John McDonnel & Co.

Removed from Gregory, Irish Folk-History plays . London and New York, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1912 (Lilly PR4728 .G5I68), vol. 2. 1975


1921 Oct. 19 -   Nichols, N. H., bookseller. 54 St. Johns Road, London, N. 1. To "Dear Sir." Refers to George Gordon Noël Byron, 6th baron Byron, Poems on his domestic circumstances , 15th edition. "This is an exceedingly by scarce book." Supplies information on various editions.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 27cm.

Removed from George Gordon Noël Byron, 6th baron Byron, Poems on his domestic circumstances… 15th ed. London, W. Hone, 1816. (Lilly PR4372 .P7441 1816e). 1966


1922 Feb. 11 -   Yeats, Elizabeth Corbet, 1868-1940, publisher. Cuala Industries, Ltd., Churchtown, Dundrum, Co., Dublin. To Mrs. Kempster. "In Dublin all business is practically at a stand still;" death of father.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 13-20cm.

Purchased. 1965


1922 Mar. 19 -   Autographed photograph of James Joyce, taken by Man Ray.

Photograph 9x14 cm.

  • On verso of photograph "property of Miss K[ate] Buss. 58 rue Jacob Hotel de Danube, Paris please return to her at above address."

Removed from Ulysses by James Joyce. Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. (Lilly PR6019 .O9U4 1922). 1970


1922 Mar. 27 -   Gerhardie, William Alexander, 1895-1977, novelist. 40, Bradford Street, Bolton, [England]. To [Albert] Curtis Brown. "I am awfully interested in the new novel I am writing…and I rather think [it] ought to be all right."

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 17cm.

Purchased. 1974


1922 Apr. 3 -   Gerhardie, William Alexander, 1895-1977, novelist. 40, Bradford St[reet], Bolton, [England]. To [Albert] Curtis Brown. "I return the contract duly initialed. What’s going to happen about Liveright?".

Autograph Letter Signed 1 leaf. 15cm.

Purchased. 1974


1922 Apr. 4 -   Belloc, Hilaire, 1870-1953, author. Reform Club, S.W. To [Martyn] Green. Refers to Green’s acting the night before.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1967


1922 Apr. 5 -   Newbolt, Sir Henry John, 1862-1938, poet. The Anthenaeum, Pall Mall, S.W. 1. To "My dear Mrs. Howe". "I almost wish you had not asked me! The pleasure of my last visit was so complete and if I had been free I should have come so eagerly."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


1922 June 20 -   Blunden, Edmund Charles, 1896-1974, poet. Stansfield nr Clare, Suffolk, [England]. To [Edward Neville da Costa] Andrade. "God knows how long I have had these maps of yours, originally to be returned ‘tomorrow’ I fear—well here they are—Goodbye to Yeeps."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 leaves. 22cm.

Removed from Blunden, Old Homes, Clare, [England], W.T. Ward, 1922 (Lilly PR6003 .L804), the author’s presentation copy to E[dward] N[eville] da C[osta] Andrade. 1973


1922 Sept. 18 -   Gerhardie, William Alexander, 1895-1977, novelist. 40 Bradford Street, Bolton. To [Richard] Cobden-Sanderson. "I only heard of your Father’s death last Saturday….I can well imagine your desolating sense of loss…Chekov! Chekov! There are moments when I wish he had never been born."

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1973


1922 Sept. 27 -   Farjeon, Eleanor, 1881-1965, author. 137 Fellows R[oad], N.W.3. To "Dear Mr. Bromehead." "I am the least geological person in the world…and to be linked up with anything that looks so factful as your blue pamphlet, tilts my chin an inch higher in the air."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 23cm.

Purchased with books. 1973


[1922] Nov. 11 -   Bridges, Robert Seymour, 1844-1930, poet. Chilswell, Oxford. To Lord Russell. Thanks him for contribution to the S.P.E.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

Gift. 1961


1922 Dec. 14 -   Baring, Maurice, 1874-1945, author. [London, England]. To [Henry Arthur] Jones. Thanks him for sending him his new play. "It seems…impossible that it should not be produced…Michael must be done again."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 23cm.

Source unknown. 1949


[1923] Feb. 1 -   Bridges, Robert Seymour, 1844-1930, poet. Chilswell, Oxford. To Lord Russell. Thanks him for check for S.P.E.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Gift. 1961


1923 May 16 -   Shaw, George Bernard, 1856-1950, playwright. 10 Adelphi Terrace, W.C. 2, Ayot St. Lawrence, Welwyn, Herts. To Sir James Marchant. "A preface by me is a standard article….The result is that my hands are tied as to casual introductions and good-natured lifts to causes with which I sympathize. You must therefore try…someone else who has not specialized in prefaces."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1971


1923 Oct. 11 -   Dunsany, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th baron, 1878-1957, dramatist. 66, Cadogan Square, S.W.1. To "Dear Mr. Prentice." Expresses thanks for photograph and check. "The play looks as if it has been done in quite the right spirit."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • The letter is in another hand but signed by Dunsany.

Purchased. 1965


1923 Nov. 27 -   Crocket, J.H., director, John Lane The Bodley Head limited. London. To Edgar H. Wells & co., New York. Only two numbers of Blast published.

Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

Removed from Blast: review of the great English vortex . (Lilly AP4 .B605 copy 2). 1956


1923 Dec. 18 -   Gregory, Isabella A[ugusta (Persse), lady, 1859-1932, poet, dramatist. Coole Park, Gort, Co. Galway [Ireland]. To [Karel] Mušek. "…our country is much more tranquil now, although there is still need of a real reconcilement between our Republican & Free States…Our Abbey Theatre still keeps going, but we lost a good deal in the disturbed times…".

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 17cm.

Removed from Gregory, Irish Folk-History plays . London and New York, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1912 (Lilly PR4728 .G5 I68) vol. 2. 1975


1923 -   Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924, novelist. [Inscription] Signed for Miss Anna Faith Taylor "…for restoring the stick’s integrity…"

Autograph Document Signed 1p. 19cm.

On half-title page of Conrad, Victory. Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, Page. 1923 (Lilly PR6005 .O4 V6 1923a). 1987


1924 Feb. 7 -   Weaver, Harriet Shaw, 1876-1961, publisher. The Egoist Press, 2 Robert Street, Adelphi, London, W.C.2. To [Kate] Buss. Discusses several editions of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

  • Accompanied by M. Kingdon, secretary, 121 Ebury Street, London, S.W.1. To "Dear Madam", July 2, 1925. "Mr. George Moore…has never expressed an opinion upon Mr. James Joyce or upon 'Ulysses.' " Typed Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.
  • On verso of front flyleaf is written: "Belonging to Kate Buss."

Removed from Joyce, James. Ulysses…Paris, Shakespeare and co., 1922 (Lilly PR6019 .O9U4 1922). 1951


1924 Feb. 29 -   Machen, Arthur, 1863-1947, author. 12, Melina Place, [London], N.W.8. To "Dear Sir". "So far as I know, nobody is going to issue 'Ornaments in Jade' in England. Knopf holds the world right…"

Autograph Letter Signed 1 leaf. 23cm.

Purchased. 1974


1924 Aug. 11 -   Read, Sir Herbert Edward, 1893-1968, poet, critic. 35, Beaumont Road, Purley. To [Richard] Cobden-Sanderson. "I enclose a subscription to the Criterion sent to me through Editor of the Modern Quarterly…complains bitterly that he hasn’t received his exchange copy of the July Criterion."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

Purchased. 1973


1924 Oct. 17 -   Machen, Arthur, 1863-1947, author. To Mr. Grubb. Concerning the publication of Arthur Machen’s The shining pyramid [ed. with and introduction by Vincent Starrett], Chicago, Covici-McGee, 1923, and The glorious mystery, ed. by Vincent Starrett, Chicago, Covici-McGee, 1924.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 26cm.

Removed from Machen’s The glorious mystery . Chicago, Covici-McGee, 1924 (Lilly PS3537 .T18 Z322). 1950


1924 Nov. 15 -   Woolf, Mrs. Virginia (Stephen), 1882-1941, author. 52 Tavistock Square, London W.C.1. To [Donald Clifford] Brace. Refers to the publication of "The common reader" and "Mrs. Dalloway" by Harcourt, Brace and company.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 24cm.

  • Enclosed with letter of Alfred Harcourt to Crosby Gaige, May 20, 1925.

Both letters removed from corrected page proofs for the British edition of Virginia Woolf’s "Mrs. Dalloway" , 1925. 1966


1924 Dec. 1 -   Matz, Bertram, Waldrom, 1865-1925, editor, publisher. 29 Woodfield Avenue, Streatham S.W.16. To Mr. Alexander. Refers to a book published by Harper.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 21cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


[1924] Dec. 17 -   Hughes, Richard Arthur Warren, 1900-1976, author. 10, Well Road, Hampstead, N.W.3. To [Sir Edward Howard Marsh]. Apologizes for sending him a gift; notes that Peter checked his "efforts to come to see" him.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • Date derived from presentation date of book from which letter was removed
  • Signed: Diccon
  • Addressed to: Eddie

Removed from Hughes, The Sister’s Tragedy …London, William Heineman Ltd., 1924 (Lilly PR6015 .U35S63). 1981


[1924] -   O’Flaherty, Liam, 1896-1984, novelist. The wave.

Autograph Document Signed 7p. 20cm.

  • Varies slightly from printed version.
  • Published in O’Flaherty, Spring sowing . London, Jonathan Cape Ltd. [1924] (Lilly PR6029 .F5S7 copy 3).

Transferred from Main Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 1967


1925 May 20 -   Harcourt, Alfred, 1881-1954, publisher. Harcourt, Brace, and company, inc., publishers, 383 Madison Avenue, New York. To Roscoe Crosby Gaige, 229 West 42nd Street, New York, N.Y. "I am sending you herewith a set of finally corrected proofs of the British edition of Virginia Woolf’s 'Mrs. Dalloway' ".

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 28cm.

  • Accompanied by a letter from Virginia Woolf to Donald Clifford Brace, Nov. 15, 1924.

Both letters removed from corrected page proofs for the British edition of Virginia Woolf’s "Mrs. Dalloway" , 1925. 1966


[1925 Nov. 12] -   Beerbohm, Sir Max, 1872-1956, caricaturist, essayist. To the Editor of the Times, "Later Days" . Refers to a conversation between William Henry Davies and Beerbohm which took place six years ago recorded by Davies in Later Days.

Typed Letter Signed 4p. 28cm.

  • Holograph corrections.

Purchased. 1969


[1925] -   Lawrence, David Herbert, 1885-1930, novelist. Accumulated Mail.

Autograph Document Signed 10pp. 28cm.

  • In ink with numerous changes.
  • Earlier title: Opening One’s Mail
  • An essay concerning letters which the writer has received and comment on a critical article by Edwin Muir in The Nation for Feb. 11, 1925.
  • Published in Lawrence, The Borzoi , A.A. Knopf, New York, 1925 (Lilly A473 .K72 1925) pages 119-28.

Purchased. 1974


[1925] -   Moore, George, 1852-1933, novelist. 121 Ebury Street, [London, England]. To [Edmund William] Gosse. Sends congratulations to Gosse who recently had a knighthood conferred upon him.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

Removed from George Moore, Impressions and opinions . London, David Nutt, 1891 (Lilly PR5042 .I34 1891).

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


[1925] -   Woolf, Mrs. Virginia (Stephen), 1882-1941, author. Corrected page proofs for the British edition of Mrs. Dalloway.

Autograph & Printed Document [295] p. 19 cm.

  • Corrections in purple ink by the author
  • Adaptions in pencil for American edition
  • Pages 1-6 unnumbered; 7-224 numbered correctly; 224a & 224b added; 245-293 numbered correctly.
  • Page proofs vary slightly from British edition, Mrs. Dalloway. London, Hogarth Press, 1925 (Lilly PR6045 .O7M5), and American edition, Mrs. Dalloway. New York, Harcourt, Brace, and company, 1925 (Lilly PR6045 .O7M5 1925).

Purchased. 1966


1926 Feb. 16 -   Mackenzie, Sir Compton, 1883-1972, author. What a Man expects from his wife.

Autograph Document 8p. 27-29cm.

Purchased. 1973


1926 June 14 -   Coppard, Alfred Edgar, 1878-1957, poet. "Judith."

Autograph Document Signed 51p. 25.5cm.

  • In ink on blue paper
  • Dated and initialed, p. 51
  • Addition pasted to p. 2 to 34cm.
  • Carries corrections and deletions throughout
  • Short story, published in The Field of Mustard , London, Jonathan Cape, 1926 (Lilly PR6005 .O55 F44)
  • In green cloth case
  • From the library of the Arthur A. Houghton, Jr., with his leather book-label inside folding case.

Purchase. 1989


1926 June 19 -   Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933, novelist. Grove Lodge, The Grove, Hampstead, London, N.W.3. To Robert Bridges. "It would be a favour to me if you could seriously consider whether you could serialize 'Our Mr. Dormer' …& 'The Crime at Vanderlynden’s' ."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

Removed from Ralph Hale Mottram’s The Crime at Vanderlynden’s . London, Chatto and Windus, 1926 (Lilly PR6025 .O79 C92). 1973


1926 July 6 -   Sisam, Kenneth, 1887-1971, editor. The Clarendon Press, Oxford. To [Thomas Banks Strong] The Lord Bishop of Oxford. Re: issuing separately a few copies of Bridges’ Memoir of Henry Bradley, "so that Mrs. Bradley may have it."

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 25.2cm.

Removed from Robert Bridges, Henry Bradley: A memoir . Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1926. (Lilly PR4161 .B6 H46) 1989


1926 Dec. 15 -   Gregory, Isabella Augusta (Persse) lady, 1859-1932, poet, dramatist. Coole Park, Gort, Co. Galway, [Ireland]. To Mrs. [Karel] Mušek. "The photograph…is of W. Yeats – (sitting in a rack)….I hope your visit to America may be successful."

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 17cm.

Removed from Gregory, New comedies. New York and London, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1913 (Lilly PR4728 .G5N5). 1975


1926 Dec. 24 -   Woolf, Mrs. Virginia (Stephen), (Mrs. Leonard Sidney Woolf), 1882-1941, author. Eagles’ Nest, Zennor, St. Ives, Cornwall, [England]. To [Crosby] Gaige. Regrets that she will be unable to have tea with the Gaiges.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Removed from Virginia (Stephen) Woolf’s The voyage out . London, Duckworth & co., 1915 (Lilly PR6045 .O7V6 1915). 1966


1926 -   Acton, Sir Harold Mario Mitchell, 1904- , author. This "Ass" belongs to T.E. Driberg [first line].

Autograph Document 1p. 18.5cm.

  • Verse inscription of presentation

On front free endpaper of Acton, An Indian ass . London, Duckworth, 1925 (Lilly PR6001 .C7I39). 1985


[1926] -   O’Flaherty, Liam, 1896-1984, author. "The stolen ass" .

Autograph Document Signed 12p. 18cm.

  • In ink with some pencilled notations.
  • Published in O’Flaherty, The Tent and Other Stories , London, Jonathan Cape, [1926] (Lilly PR2029 .F5T3 copy 2).
  • In green slipcase.

Purchased. 1975


1927 Jan. 8 -   Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937, bibliographer. 25, Heath Drive, Hampstead, N.W.3. To [Robert William] Chapman. States he is too old to become a serious collector of Jane Austen and Samuel Johnson, but is grateful to Chapman for the item sent to him.

Autograph Letter Signed [4]p. 18cm.

  • Accompanied by holograph notes and clippings, 1926-1936, re: Papers Written by Dr. Johnson and Dr. Dodd in 1777 . Oxford, at the Clarendon Press, 1926.

Gift. 1993


1927 Jan. 17 -   Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931, novelist. Books & Persons.

Autograph Document Signed 2p. 23cm.

  • The last of three articles published in the Boston Evening Standard, January 27, 1927. Letters of Arnold Bennett. Letters to J.B. Pinker. Edited by James Hepburn. London, Oxford University Press, 1966. Vol. I, p. 361. (Lilly PR6003 .E6Z55).

Purchased. 1968


1927 Feb. 14 -   Betjeman, John, 1906-1984, poet, author. Oxford University Dramatic Society. To The Editor, The People, 49 Wellington Street, London. W.C.2. "Enclosed is a photograph of the last minute rehearsal of the O.U.D.S. production of "King Lear" this week, which we think may interest your readers."

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • Accompanied by the photograph referred to in the letter.

Removed from John Betjeman, Mount Zion, London, James Press, 1931 (Lilly PR6003 .E87 M92). 1974


1927 Feb. 19 -   Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939, author. Autograph.

Autograph Document 1p. 17cm.

  • Given to George Nelson at Town Hall Club, New York, Feb. 19, 1927.

Removed from Ford’s The good soldier …London, John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1915. (Lilly PR6011 .O65G7). 1964


[19]27 Mar. 1 -   Ellis, Havelock, 1859-1939, author. 14, Dover Mansions, Canterbury Road, Brixton, London, S.W.9. To Vincent Starrett. "Thank you for sending me "The Mystery" . I have enjoyed it immensely."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

  • Paper watermarked "Charles Martin Extra Strong"

Removed from Giacomo Girolamo Casanova de Seingalt, Casanova in Rome, in Venice, in Paris, Boston, John W. Luce, 1924. (Lilly D285.8 .C32 1924). 1976


1927 Apr. 21 -   Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933, novelist. Bury House, Bury nr Pulborough, Sussex. To James G. Leippert, 117 Downs Street, Kingston, N.J. "I am glad to accept my nomination to the Societé des Livres; but I have not received any official communication on the subject."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20cm.

  • Signed (P P A.G.). This is the signature of Mrs. Ada Pearson (Cooper) Galsworthy, who served as secretary to her husband, John Galsworthy.

Removed from John Galsworthy’s The man of property . New York and London, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1906. (Lilly PR6013 .A5M622 1906). 1968


1927 Apr. 27-Sept. 29 -   Lawrence, Thomas Edward, 1888-1935, archaeologist. 338171 AC2 Shaw room 2 ERS RAF Depot Drigh Road, Karachi, India. To Lieutenant Wood. Comments on his book The Seven Pillars of Wisdom .

Autograph Letter Signed, 2 items, 5p. 21-23cm.

Removed from Lawrence’s The Seven Pillars of Wisdom . New York. George H. Doran Company, 1926 (Lilly PR6023 .A91S4 1926a). 1973


1927 May. 1 – July 27 -   Spender, Stephen, 1909- author. Poems written abroad.

Autograph Document Signed 73p. 18x28cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 1.
  • A large octavo ‘blank-book’, bound in batik paper used by the poet on a continental trip during the summer of 1927. He and his companion decided to write a series of poems which when completed, was to be given to the other.
  • The poems in black and blue ink occupy all the rectos and some of the versos of the blank-book.
  • There are a number of prose notes introductory to various of the poems.
  • The author provided the collection with pictorial title page, incorporating a portrait of a young man (clearly in the throes of composition) at a quay side table under a sunshade.
Contents:
  • View All (18)
  • [1] Sonnet on absence, May 1, 1927, p. 5;
  • [2] The Chateau garden, May 8, 1927, p. 7-9;
  • [3] Stanzas, May 15, 1927, p. 11-13;
  • [4] She holds a rose in her two hands, and to her face, May 18, 1927, p. 15;
  • [5] Fragment for a possible romance. A description before the storm May 19, 1927, p. 17;
  • [6] Two sonnets, May 21-22, 1927, p. 19-21;
  • [7] The confession of the monk struck blind by lightening, May 26-28, 1927, p. 23-41;
  • [8] Song, June 1, 1927, p. 43;
  • [9] To a poet, June 12, 1927, p. 45;
  • [10] The boy who was called "the Nightingale" for his lovely singing & his hearts, June 13-18, [1927], p. 47-51;
  • [11] The original Bluebeard, Gilles de Rais of Brittanny [sic], June 15-19, [1927], p. 53;
  • [12] Written after the fête de dieu at Nantes (June 16) on June 17th, June 16, [1927], p. 55;
  • [13] A sonnet to be beautifully printed at the beginning of his poems, June 22, [1927], p. 57;
  • [14] After Ronsard, June 24, [1927], p. 59;
  • [15] Tail-piece, June 30, [1927], p. 61;
  • [16] The ballad of money, July 14, [1927], p. 67-69;
  • [18] Consolation of dust, July 23, [1927], p. 71;
  • [19] Epitaph on a poet, July 26, [1927], p. 73.

Purchased. 1968


1927 June 19 -   Newbolt, Sir Henry John, 1862-1938, poet. Netherhampton House, Salisbury. To "My dear Fry." "I got drowned in a British-American Conference on English & quite lost consciousness of everything but the struggle to keep afloat."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


1927 July 21 -   Chatto, Thomas, Director of Pickering & Chatto, 1, King Street, St. James’, London, S.W.1. To Harold Murdock, Esq., Harvard University Press, Cambridge 38, Mass. USA. "…we have received this morning, your Spectator 2 vols… it is a magnificent copy….The foxing is an honourable sign of age, in such a publication as this."

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 25cm.

Removed from The Spectator, Nos. 1-555, 1711-, 2 vols. London, Sam Bulkely, 1711 (Lilly PR1356 .S7 1711). 1975


1927 Aug. 2 -   Gibbings, Robert, 1889-1958, artist, author. The Golden Cockerel Press, Waltham Saint Lawrence, Reading, Berkshire. To Mrs. Ellis Roberts, c/o Mrs. Baker, 8 Woodlands, Combe Martin, North Devon. "Our plans…are to borrow a few gun cases & drive round the village on the 11th…shut all doors & windows about noon & then early on the 12th set out…"

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 25cm.

  • Accompanied by cover

Purchased. 1971


1927 Aug. 12 -   Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939, novelist. Joseph Conrad.

Autograph Document Signed 5p. 25cm.

  • In French
  • In pencil
  • May have been prepared for rights assigned to Albert and Charles Boni, 1927. See David Dow Harvey, Ford Madox Ford …Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1962, p. 64 (Lilly PR6011 .O65Z4). Accompanied by variations from Ford’s Joseph Conrad…London, Duckworth & Co. [1924], appendix, pp. 251-256 (Lilly PR6005 .O4Z587).

Purchased. 1966


1927 Sept. 12 -   Jones, Henry Arthur, 1851-1929, dramatist. 19 Kidderpore Avenue, Hampstead, N.W. 3, [England]. To B[enjamin] W[illiam] Findon. "I was much touched and gratified by your paper in the Play Pictorial. I think your contention is true, that we did know how to construct a play – to make it a living organism."

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 14cm.

Purchased. 1974


[19]27 Oct. 6 -   Williamson, Henry, 1897-1977, author. Georgeham, North Devon. To the editor, Daily express, [London]. Advice to a young writer.

Autograph Postcard Signed 1p. 9cm.

Purchased. 1960


1927 Oct. 28 -   Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937, author. To [Wilfred Hugh] Chesson. "I have found a purchaser for your 'Narcissus' at 300£….I am playing a complicated game with the two copies."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

  • On verso of letter are notes on Joseph Conrad.

Purchased. 1970


1927 Nov. 4 -   Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937, author. 19 Bond Place, Chelsea, S.W. 3. To [Wilfred Hugh] Chesson. "I’m glad you appreciate Thérèse Philosophe. It’s a masterpiece of genre of which the modern world has lost the art."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

Purchased. 1970


1927 Nov. 23 -   De La Mare, Richard Herbert Ingpen, 1901-1986, publisher. Faber and Gwyer Ltd. 24 Russell Square, London, W.C. 1, [England]. To John Hart. Sent him two books and the specimen page for Forrest Reid’s book.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

Removed from Walter John De La Mare, Seaton’s aunt …London, Faber and Gwyer Ltd. [1927]. (Lilly PR6007 .E3S37). 1965


1927 Dec. 25 -   Maugham, William Somerset, 1874-1964, novelist. The Letter: Messmore Kendall presents Katharine Cornell in "The Letter" by W. Somerset Maugham, staged by Guthrie McClintic.

Typed Document [127] leaves. 28cm.

  • This manuscript of the play as given in Toronto and New York City theaters in September, 1927, arranged and typed by Arthur J. Wood, stage manager and presented to Messmore Kendall on Dec. 25, 1927.
  • Photograph of Katharine Cornell with presentation signature to Messmore Kendall below placed on leaf [2].
  • Contents include cast of characters, settings, text, and Appendix with costumes, properties, lightings and effects, sketch of settings, photographs of settings, suggestions for music, labor.
  • Endpapers in black with dark blue suede covers.
  • Title in gold lettering.

Purchased. 1970


1927 -   Mackenzie, Sir Compton, 1883-1972, author. Must Poets Make Money?

Autograph Document 9p. 26cm.

  • Accompanied by two letters: W. Adcock to Compton Mackenzie, May 5, and June 9, 1927. Typed Letter Signed 2p. 26cm.

Purchased. 1973


1928 Jan. 5 -   Curle, Richard, 1883-1968, author. 4 Gardnor Mansions, Church Row, Hampstead, N.W. To [Sylvia Leonora (Brett) Brook, lady, rani of Sarawak]. Curle has resigned from the Daily Mail and is planning a trip to San Francisco, Singapore, Australia, and the South Sea Islands. "When will Bertram be again in Sarawak?...I’m [sic] nearly finished a book of my reminiscences of Conrad & I have also edited a volume of 150 selected letters written to me. With these 2 books & my novel & a volume of 'Blunt' essays this year will be a prolific one."

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 25cm.

  • Letter addressed to "My dear Ranee"
  • Curle wrote a column for the Daily Mail under the pseudonym of John Blunt

Purchased. 1972


1928 May 21 -   Brown, Albert Curtis, 1866-1945, pres., international publishing bureau. London, [Eng.] To Crosby Gaige, [London, Eng.] Enclosing letter from Kenneth Grahame.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

  • Accompanied by enclosure: Grahame, Kenneth, Pangnourne, Berks. To Curtis Brown, May 19, 1928. "Shall continue to carry" his letter. Typed Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

Removed from Grahame’s The headswoman…New York and London, The Bodley Head, 1898 ( Lilly PR4726 .H3). 1960


1928 June 27 -   Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931, novelist. Review of Eden Philpotts’ Goodwill.

Autograph Document Signed 2p. 23cm.

Purchased. 1969


1928 Sept. 10 -   Williams, Sideny Herbert, bibliographer. 32 Warrior Square, St. Leonards-On-Sea. To M[aurice] Buxton Forman, Esq., 1100 Pretoria Street, Pretoria, South Africa. "I am not disturbed by the cutting from Dobell’s catalogue describing "Two Worlds"…but I think I may claim to know something of L[ewis] C[arroll]…"

Autograph Letter Signed 4pp. 18cm.

  • Enclosed is a clipping from Dobell’s Catalogue No. 352, July, 1928, 77 Charing Cross Road, London, which gives notice of a literary quarterly entitled Two Worlds.
  • Accompanied by cover.

Removed from Sidney Herbert Williams, A Bibliography of Writings of Lewis Carroll , London, Bookman’s Journal, 1924. (Lilly PR4612 .A1W58) 1970


1928 Oct. 14 -   Douglas, Norman, 1868-1956, author. c/o Thomas Cook, Via Tornabuoni, Florence. To [John Nicolas] Mavro[gordato], 11 Redington Road, Hampstead, London, S.W. Sending English edition of In the beginning and has just "finished the limericks."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 28cm.

  • Accompanied by cover and wrapper.

Removed from Douglas’ In the beginning, London: Chatto and Windus, 1928. (Lilly PR6007 .O88I33) 1976


[19]28 Dec. 2 -   Nicoll, Allardyce, 1894- , professor. 89A Lexham Gardens, Kensington, W.8. To [Charles Archibald] Stonehill. "If you would be so good as to lay aside my books I shall call to fetch them on Wednesday."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 16cm.

Removed from The Works of Cyril Tourneur edited by Allardyce Nicoll, London, Fanfrolico Press, 1929 (Lilly PR3170 .A5N645). 1977


1928 Dec. 13 -   Williamson, Henry, 1897-1977, author. Georgeham, North Devon. To G.H. Grubb, Putnam’s, [London]. An article of his.

Autograph Postcard Signed 1p. 9cm.

Purchased. 1960


[1928] -   Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937, author. 19 Pond Place, Chelsea, S.W. 3. To [Wilfred Hugh] Chesson. "I am selling…my collection of Conrad…Copyright edition of 'The Nigger' ….I disposed of my copy first--& now the 'Chesson' copy will be put up for auction."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 25cm.

Purchased. 1970


1929 Apr. 29 -   Forester, Cecil Scott, 1899-1966, author. Lauenberg, Germany. To G. H. Grubb, Messrs. G. Putnam’s Sons, London, England. Trip; encloses questionnaire filled in…

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 17cm.

  • Accompanied by cover
  • Enclosure lacking

Removed from Forester’s The voyage of the Annie Marble …London, John Lane, The Bodley Head Ltd., [1929]. (Lilly PR6011 .O72V5). 1964


1929 May 11 -   Mottram, Ralph Hale, 1883-1971, novelist. Poplar Avenue, Eaton, Norwich. To P[ercival] F. Hinton, 16 Richmond Rd., Handsworth, Birmingham. "Thank you for your kind words about The Boroughmonger & also about my War books. I hope you may be justified in your faith."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Removed from Mottram’s The Spanish Farm. London, Chatto & Windus, 1924 (Lilly PR6025 .O79 S73). 1973


1929 May 25 -   Shaw, George Bernard, 1856-1950, playwright. Statement [handed] to Mr. Ivan Lupis-Vukic, Split, Yugoslavia.

Autograph Document Signed 6p. 25cm.

  • Accompanied by Photograph of Bernard Shaw, Zivko Vekaric, and Ivan Lupis-Vukic, May 28, 1929.
  • Published in translation as "Povodom Smrti G. B. Shawa," in Republika, (Zagreb). VI: 823, Nov.-Dec. 1950; published in English as "A statement written by Mr. G. Bernard Shaw in Split, Jugoslavia in May, 1929," in The Shaw Bulletin, II, no. 4, p. 3-4, Jan. 1958. Included also is a letter of Dan H. Laurence to David A. Randall, Oct. 8, 1963.

Purchased. 1963


1929 June 10 -   Colbeck, R. A., book dealer. Sutton Street, Soho Square, W.1. London, [England]. To C[yril] H[ackett] Wilkinson. Refers to Gosse’s copy of Clough’s Ambarvalia.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 13cm.

Removed from Thomas Burbidge and Arthur H. Clough, Ambarvalia. London, Chapman and Hall; Oxford, Francis MacPherson, 1849. (Lilly PR4269 .B7A49 1849). 1965


1929 Sept. 29 -   Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933, novelist. Grove Lodge, Hapmstead, London, N.W.3. To Mr. C. G. Parker, W. H. Smith & Son, Southport. Thanks him for his kind letter and is "glad the exhibition was not a fiasco."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20.5cm.

  • In ink on gray letterhead
  • Accompanied by cover

Removed from Galsworthy, John. Some slings and arrows from John Galsworthy . London, Elkin Mathews, 1914. (Lilly PR6013 .A5 A6 1914). 1993


1929 Nov. 22 -   Chambers, Charles Edward Stuart, 1859-1936, publisher, author. 339 High Street, Edinburgh, [Scotland]. To [Charles Walter] Berry. "…I have your bottle of 1865 Lafite which I have placed in my cellar….In return will you accept accompanying literary trifle compiled by myself…"

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 21cm.

  • Letterhead of "Chambers’s Journal," W. & R. Chambers, Limited, publishers, Edinburgh and London.

Removed from The letters of Sir Walter Scott and Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe to Robert Chambers, 1821-1845 , Edinburgh, W. & R. Chambers, 1904. (Lilly PR5334 .A3 1904). 1973


1929 Nov. 26 -   Bullett, Gerald William, 1894-1958, author. East Harting, Sussex, Nr. Petersfield, [England]. To Ben Abramson, The Argus Bookshop, Chicago. Regrets he cannot sign a copy of The Progress of Kay for Abramson as he does not want to do anything to "encourage collectors to acquire this particular book which is…the work of my immaturity." He hopes Abramson will understand.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 17cm.

  • Accompanied by cut portion of envelope, 7cm., bearing cancellation stamp and address.

Removed from Bullett, The progress of Kay …, London, Constable, 1916. (Lilly PR6003 .U24 P96). 1985


1929 Nov. 27 -   Morgan, Charles, 1894-1958, novelist. 6, More’s Garden, Cheyne Walk, S.W.3. To [Herbert Patrick Reginald] Finberg. "I haven’t had your courage to make good an escape from the world and I am the servant of The Times – a distracting master. So much easier to sweep a crossing than to write in one style by day and another by night."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 20cm.

Purchased. 1973


[1929] -   Pankhurst, Estelle Sylvia, 1882-1960, editor. Poems of Mihail Eminescu translated from the Rumanian and rendered into the original metres.

Typed Document 54p. 23cm.

  • With an introduction by Nicolae Iorga.
  • Appended on verso of front flyleaf and verso of preface letter from George Bernard Shaw to Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst, Sept. 12, 1929. Autograph Letter Signed

Source of purchase unknown. 1968


1929 -   [Photograph of Stephen Spender]. In the lower right hand corner of the photograph are the initials A M W and the year 1929.

Photograph 17 x 22 cm.

Purchased. 1968


1930 May 5 -   De La Mare, Walter John, 1873-1956, poet. Taplow, Buckinghamshire. To [F. C.] Owlett. Permission to use stanzas.

Typed Letter Signed with holograph additions. 1p. 23cm.

Gift. 1961


1930 June 25 -   Sherriff, Robert Cedric, 1896-1975, playwright, novelist. Rosebriars, Esher, Surrey, [England]. To [Gertrude Eleanor] Jennings. "I can’t tell you how grateful and delighted I was to receive your charming letter of encouragement….I had a rather difficult time after my first play was produced."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

Purchased. 1970


1930 July 14 -   Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur Thomas, 1863-1944, author. The Haven, Fowey, Cornwall, [England]. To [Sir James Matthew] Barrie. His daughter has just won the Challenge cup for the third time in succession. He goes on to say "Once, if I remember, Edinburgh was sticky about doing you justice….Thank you ever so much…. I prise the thought more even than the honour."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 17cm.

Purchased. 1974


1930 July 26 -   Bates, Herbert Ernest, 1905-1974, author. 15 Essex Road, Rushden, Northants. To Mr. Dickman. "Its not often that I’ve had such a thunderstorm of praise, & I’m touched & delighted….People are a bit fond of saying I’m influenced by David Garnett, but its all wrong."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 25cm.

Purchased. 1970


1930 Aug. 13 -   Bates, Herbert Ernest, 1905-1974, author. 15 Essex Road, Rushden, Northants. To Mr. Dickman. "Your letter reached me as I was about to start off on a walking tour….Its a great pleasure to have your letters."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

Purchased. 1970


1930 Aug. 13 -   Powys, Theodore Francis, 1875-1953, novelist. East Chaldon, Dorchester [England]. To [Isidore Rosenbaum] Brussel. 45 Gower Place, London. Thanks him for the book he is returning but fears he disliked it.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 17.5cm.

  • Accompanied by envelope
  • Removed from J.B. Cabell’s Beyond Life: Dizain des Demiurges which carried bookplate of I.R. Brussel

Transfer. Adm. Office, Lilly Library. Bloomington, IN 1994


1930 Aug. 31 -   Bates, Herbert Ernest, 1905-1974, author. 15 Essex Road, Rushden, Northants. To Mr. Dickman. Gives a short a biographical sketch of himself.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 25cm.

Purchased. 1970


[1930] Oct. 31 -   Short, Ernest Henry, 1875-1959, author. 52 Stanford Road, Kensington Court, W.8. [London]. To Sir Gilbert [Parker] "Here is the tome. I am hopeful it will amuse you…"

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 16cm.

  • The book is inscribed to Sir Gilbert Parker, dated Author’s Club, 1930.

Removed from Short, The painter in history . London, Philip Allan & Co., Ltd., 1929. (Lilly ND50 .S5). 1968


1930 Nov. 4 -   Hanley, James, 1901- author. Note to H. Ernest Roberts. "People have said that my characters are always striving for power. Correct…".

Autograph Note Signed 1 leaf 18cm.

Inscribed on front free endpaper of Hanley, Drift, London, Eric Partridge Ltd., 1930 (Lilly PR6015 .A48D8 1930). 1974


1930 Nov. 10 -   Howard, George Wren, 1893-1968, publisher. Jonathan Cape Limited, Thirty Bedford Square, London, W.C.1. To George Matthew Adams Esq., 250 Park Avenue, New York, U.S.A. Unable to determine the first issue of Coppard’s Pink Furniture since it was bound in "varying shades of pink cloth."

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 17cm.

  • Accompanied by two n.d. notes by George Matthew Adams in which he comments on his first editions of Coppard’s Pink Furniture. Typed Documents 2pp. 4.5cm. and 6.5cm.

Removed from Alfred Edgar Coppard, Pink Furniture . London, Jonathan Cape, 1929 (Lilly PR6005 .P64 1929). 1981


1930 Nov. 12 -   Strong, Leonard Alfred George, 1896-1958, author. 3 Oakthorpe Mansions, Oxford, [England]. To Mr. Dickman. "I don’t think you need be distressed about my having ‘to descend to the level of hack-writing’."

Autograph Letter Signed 5p. 23cm.

Purchased. 1970


1930 Dec. 28 -   Manning, Fredric, 1887-1935, novelist, poet. Le Grand Hotel Rome To [Sir James Matthew] Barrie. "Yes, I ran a great risk, and the most I could hope to do was to evade the difficulties, which are insoluble."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 leaves. 19 cm.

  • Paper watermarked "Scripta Manent"

Purchased. 1974


1931 Jan. 7 -   Hardy, Mrs. Florence Emily (Dugdale), (Mrs. Thomas Hardy), -1937, author. To "Sir George." Motion picture of "Under the greenwood tree;" is sending a "first edition of one of T.H.’s rarer works."

Autograph Letter Signed 6p. 20cm.

Removed from Indiana University library copy of Thomas Hardy’s The three wayfarers: a play in one act…New York, The foundation press: London, The Cayme press, 1930 (PR4750 .T45 1930). 1955


[19]31 June 10 -   Coppard, Alfred Edgar, 1878-1957, poet. [Larg?] Wittenham, Abingdon, Berks[hire]. To [Cyril William] Beaumont. "Thank you for your very kind offer…but being bound to the Golden Cockerel…I must let them have what I can."

Autograph Letter 1p. 25cm.

Purchased. 1976


1931 June 27 -   Burke, Thomas, 1887-1945, author. 33 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1. To [Isidore Rosenbaum] Brussel. "I think you said your copy of London Spy wasn’t the right one. If you’d care for a right copy, mint state, virgo intacta, libel and all, there is one here for you whenever you like."

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 21cm.

  • Accompanied by envelope postmarked June 27, 1931.

Removed from Thomas Burke, The London spy. London, Thorton Butterworth, 1922 (Lilly PR6003 .U7L87). 1975


1931 July 8 -   Strong, Leonard Alfred George, 1896-1958, author. Achataitsaig, Ansaig, Invernesshire. To Mr. Dickman. "I am very glad you liked The Garden, & am much encouraged by your good wishes. I only hope I may deserve ‘em."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


1931 Oct. 9 -   Lewis, Wyndham, 1882-1957, author, painter. The Filibusters of Barbary: Memorandum of agreement with Messrs. Eveleigh Nash & Grayson Ltd. of 66, Curzon Street, Mayfair, London, W. 1 to publish "said new work".

Typed Document Signed 3 leaves. 33cm.

  • Initialed by Lewis on first two leaves and signed on the third
  • Fastened into a manila-colored binder

Purchased. 1973


1931 Oct. 15 -   Forster, Edward Morgan, 1879-1970, novelist. West Hackhurst, Abinger Hammer, Dorking. To [John Banting?]. "I am contributing to the Hogarth Letters and when I heard they were to have a "cover" I had the gloomiest forebodings…What actually arrives has given me enormous pleasure…"

Autograph Letter Signed 1 leaf. 23cm.

  • Stationery decorated with sketches of two women figures in green ink

Removed from Forster, Where Angels fear to tread , Edinburgh & London, Blackwood & Sons, 1905 (Lilly PR6011 .O76W56 copy 2). 1975


1931 Nov. 12 -   Bates, Herbert Ernest, 1905-1974, author. The Granary, Little Chart, nr. Ashford, Kent. To Mr. Malcom. Gives details of his books to a collector of his works.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

  • Accompanied by a list of his books.

Purchased. 1970


1932 Jan. 30 -   Priestley, John Boynton, 1894-1984, author. 27 Well walk, Hampstead, N.W. 3. To Arthur Hewittt, 23, Clifton Villas, W. 9. Books on comedians; his The English comic characters .

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

Removed from Priestley’s The English comic characters …London, John Lane, The Bodley Head, Ltd., [1925] (Lilly PR931 .P7). 1964


1932 Mar. 31 -   Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933, novelist. Grand Hotel, Biarritz, France. To Mrs. Katherine A. White, Studio 671, 730 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California, Etats Unis. "Certain manuscripts I wouldn’t part with except to important state or municipal libraries; certain other ones are frankly a question of price offered."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 27cm.

  • Accompanied by cover

Removed from Galsworthy, Beyond, a drama …New York, Scribners, 1917 (Lilly PR6013 .A5B52). 1972


[19]32, July 25 -   Moult, Thomas, 1895-1974, writer. Black Boy Hotel, Nottingham [England]. To [James Arthur Waley Cohen]. "It is a pleasure to hear from one so appreciative."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20.5cm.

Mounted on front paste-down endpaper of Walter T. Spencer, Forty years in my bookshop. London: Constablle, 1932 (Lilly Z325 .S74). 1985


1932 Sept. 13 -   Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937, author. Edenbridge, Kent. To Mr. Dickman. Advice to an aspiring young novelist wishing to break into the London literary life. "Nobody should write novels at twenty-one. You haven’t enough experience of life or human nature."

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 25cm.

Purchased. 1970


1932 Oct. 10 -   Swinnerton, Frank Arthur, 1884-1983, novelist. To Kenneth L. Dickman. Regrets that he is unable to help him "publishers at the moment are reducing staffs and not adding to them….Can you not stick things for the Winter?...I urge you to finish your book."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

Purchased. 1970


1932 Dec. 14 -   Coventry, Roy. Old Government House Hotel, Guernsey. To John [Wayneflete] Carter. Refers to copy of Brontë poems which Charlotte Brontë presented to Mrs. Gaskell.

Autograph Letter Signed 8p. 18cm.

Removed from Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Action Bell . London, Aylott and Jones, 1846. (Lilly PR4167 .P74 vault 1).

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1932 Dec. 24 -   Ricci, Seymour de, 1881-1942, bibliographer. New York. To [Gabriel] Wells. Confirms statement made in 1923 that Mrs. Rylands copy of Shakespeare’s first folio is complete and genuine.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 28cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1932 -   Spender, Stephen, 1909- , author. Notebook with cover title of Death of a Judge.

Autograph Document 141 leaves. 21cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 1
  • Bound in boards trimmed with linen
  • 77 blank leaves
  • In pen and pencil
Contents:
  • View All (15)
  • The Apology of Plato;
  • Dark and Light;
  • Death of a Judge;
  • God who under iron;
  • I learn again this map forgotten;
  • In your behaviour and your special being;
  • The large woman at the bar;
  • The little coat embroidered with silken birds;
  • Sir! I raise my pen and I raise my head;
  • They cheer for peace;
  • Whether the man living or the man dying;
  • The word dead and the music mad;
  • Your heart was loaded with its fate like lead;
  • a few diary entries;
  • and notes for students being taught at an English school.

Purchased. 1972


[19]33 Feb. 27 -   Last, G H , bookdealer. 25A, The Broadway, Bromely, Kent, England. To William R[iley] Parker, 98c Banbury Rd, Oxford. Admits his error about the third edition of the "Milton" and is sending along a "poor copy" of the second edition as well.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 26.5cm.

  • Pencilled book number in upper left hand corner refers to: John Milton, The doctrine & description of divorce …London, 1644. (first edition text with second edition title page, Lilly PR3570 .D62 1644).

Transferred from Lilly Library Book Department Bibliographic file. 1980


1933 Apr. 12 -   Gogarty, Oliver St. John, 1878-1957, author. 15 Ely Place, Dublin. To Albert. "Half the world divides us, but that is a geographical not a spiritual separation….This is the signature of George Moore to add to the autograph of Stephens….I hope to get Yeats to copy out for that fine fellow van Antwerp the Lake Isle."

Typed Letter Signed 2pp. 21cm.

Removed from Gogarty, Connemara, Dublin, Alex. Thom. & Co., 1933 (PR6013 .O3C75). 1975


1933 Aug. 23 -   Sackville-West, Hon. Victoria Mary, 1892-1962, poet, novelist. Sissinghurst Castle, Kent, [England]. To Miss Richter, "I remember you perfectly and am very sorry to hear that you were not successful in carrying off the prize."

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 22cm.

  • Blue stationery

Removed from Sackville-West, Seducers in Eduador , London, The Hogarth Press, 1924 (Lilly PR6037 .A35S44). 1974


1933 Nov. 22 -   Douglas, Lord Alfred Bruce, 1870-1945, author. 35, Fourth Aveune, Hove, Sussex. To [Thomas Edward Neil] Driberg. "I see I am indebted to you for printing my letter about James Douglas…his recent heroics about poetry & ‘young poets’…rather made my gorge rise."

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 25cm.

Removed from Douglas, The true history of Shakespeare’s sonnets . London, Martin Secker, 1933 (Lilly PR2848 .D733). 1975


1933 -   [Photograph of Elizabeth (Bridges) Daryush, 1887-1977, poet.]

Photograph 7x5cm.

  • Mounted on white card, 11.5x9cm.
  • Accompanied by Daryush’s obituary notice from The Times [London, Apr. 9, 1977, p. 14]

Removed from Daryush’s Collected poems. London: Carcanet New Press, 1976 (Lilly PR6007.A6A17 1976). 1985


1934 Jan. 6 -   Bates, Herbert Ernest, 1905-1974, author. The Granary, Little Chart, Ashford, Kent. To Mr. Dickman. Your subscription will have its official acknowledgement in a day or so & your stories will be considered as soon as ever possible."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

Purchased. 1970


1934 Mar. 6 -   Lucas, Edward Verrall, 1868-1938, author. The Lotus Club, New York. To [Robert Joseph] Hamershlag. Refers to Charles Lamb’s letter to John Aitken, July 5, 1825.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 20cm.

Removed from Lamb’s A Tale of Rosamund Gray and old blind Margaret . London, Printed for Lee and Hurst, 1798.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


[19]34 Mar. 20 -   Sherborn, Charles Davies, 1861-1942, author. British Museum (Natural History), Cromwell Road, London S.W. 7. To Dr. Whistand. Relates publication information about Roderick Impey Murchison’s The Silurian system,… contained in a letter from the publisher John Murray.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 19cm.

Mounted on inside front cover of Murchison, The Silurian system ,… London: J. Murray, 1839 (Lilly QE661 .M973 S58). 1988


[19]34 Aug. 11 -   Oldfield, Claude Houghton, 1889-1961, novelist. Savage Club, Adelphi, [London] W.C. 2. To Miss Johnson. Comments on his book Neighbours.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 leaf. 18cm.

  • Stationery embossed with insignia of the Savage Club

Removed from Oldfield’s Neighbours…London, Robert Holden & Co., Ltd., 1926 (Lilly PR6029 .L4N4). 1964


1934 Sept. 3 -   Powell, Anthony, 1905- novelist. Gerald Duckworth & Co., Ltd., 3 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, W.C. 2, [England]. To Alfred [Hubert] Mendes, Esq., 7 Grand Terrace, North Baldwin, Long Island, New York. "We are sending you…page proofs of 'Pitch Lake' …the book should have a very good reception in the press."

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

Purchased. 1970


1934 Sept. 12 -   Symons, Alphonse James Albert, 1900-1941, author. 6 Little Rusell Street, Bloomsbury, W.C. To Dr. Reid. Replies to Reid’s letter about Baron Corvo’s homosexuality, especially "before Venice." Hopes to call upon Reid when he is next in Taunton.

Autograph Letter Signed 3pp. 25cm.

Purchased. 1985


[1934 Sept. 15] -   Butts, Mary Francis, 1892-1937, author. Tebel-Vos. To [Richard] Ellis-Roberts. "If with propriety I could say I’ve kissed you—Well, I have. A proper letter follows."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

  • Accompanied by cover.

Purchased. 1970


1934 Sept. 27 -   Butts, Mary Francis, 1892-1937, author. Tebel-Vos, Sennen, [England]. To [Richard] Ellis-Roberts. Concerns the progress of her husband, Gabriel [Aitken]. "They are doubtful if he’ll ever have proper use of his left arm again."

Typed Letter Signed 2p. 26cm.

  • Holograph note at end of letter. Accompanied by cover.

Purchased. 1970


1934 Nov. 5 -   Beachcroft, Thomas Owen, 1902- , author. 15A, Harrington Road, London S.W.7. To [Franklin] McDuffee. Sends his new book which will be published in American in 1935. Hopes he may have some influence with editors and book reviewers there.

Autograph Letter Signed [2]p. 19.5cm.

Removed from Beachcroft, A Young man in a hurry, and other stories . London: Boriswood, 1934 (Lilly PR6003 .E215 Y68). 1990


1934 Nov. 13 -   Hilton, James, 1900-1954, author. Ingoldsby, Woodfor Road, Wanstead E. 18 [England]. To Dennis [Yates] Wheatley. Regrets having to cancel his visit last evening because of illness. "Was astonished to read in today’s Telegraph that I was among those present at the Sunday Times book luncheon yesterday!".

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 22.7cm.

Removed from Hilton, The Silver Flame. London, Thornton Butterworth, 1928 (Lilly PR6015 .I5S58). 1983


1934 -   Grieve, Christopher Murray, 1892-1978, author. At the sign of the thistle; index.

Autograph Document 6p. 25cm.

  • For Grieve’s At the sign of the thistle: a collection of essays . London, Stanley, Mott, [1934] (PR6013 .R72A8).
Accompanied by
  • [1] Grieve’s "Shadows from the ship:" [a poem] n.d. Typed Document Signed 1p. 29cm.;
  • [2] Grieve’s "A vision of Scotland:" [a poem] n.d. Typed Document 29cm.;
  • [3] Proofs of Grieve’s "Cattle show," "Faithful in small things," and "The terrible crystal." 4pp.

Purchased. 1964


1935 Feb. 7 -   Lucas, Edward Verrall, 1868-1938, author. To [James Bertrand] de V[incheles] Payen-Payne. Wants him to look at [Lamb always Elia, by Edith Christina Johnson.] She is coming to London, and he wishes Payen-Payne to meet her.

Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

Source and date unknown.


[19]35 May 27 -   Watts, Harry, editor. Lloyd’s, London. To [F. Paget] Helt. Apologizes for not having sent volume before. Expresses appreciation for the interest Helt has shown in "all I do."

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 17.7cm.

Removed from Elegantia, n.p., n.p., ca. 1934 (Lilly PR1225 .E44) inscribed: For F. Paget Helt with the Editor’s every good wish. 27/5/35. 1984


1935 June 27 -   Butts, Mary Francis, 1892-1937, author. Hyde Park Hotel, Knightsbridge, London S.W. 1, [England]. To [Mrs.] Harriet [Ellis-Roberts]. Refers to Hugh Golding who is desperately unhappy and very terrified about unemployment. "It nearly broke my heart."

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 17cm.

  • Accompanied by cover.

Purchased. 1970


[1935 July 10] -   Butts, Mary Francis, 1892-1937, author. Tebel-Vos, Sennen, [England]. To Mrs. [Harriet] Ellis-Roberts. "It isn’t lonely here, with friends around me, & others who come pouring down from London in cars."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 26cm.

  • Accompanied by cover.

Purchased. 1970


1935 July 15 -   Bates, Herbert Ernest, 1905-1974, author. The Granary, Little Chart, Ashford, Kent. To Beevers. "What about Coppard’s stories? I see that he has a new volume due."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

Purchased. 1972


1935 July 16 -   Gerhardie, William Alexander, 1895-1977, novelist. Rossetti House, 106, Hallam Street, Portland Place, W.I. To Miss Soulal. "Prince Loewenstein and I have just completed a book which tells the character and the story of every reader who opens it….Another piece of news is that my brother…has just been decorated by the President of Finland…".

Typed Letter Signed 2 leaves 23cm.

Purchased. 1974


1935 Sept. 8 -   Bates, Herbert Ernest, 1905-1974, author. The Granary, Little Chart, Ashford, Kent. To Beevers. "Owing to...pressure of a new book…I haven’t had a moment to do your novels….A splendid effort of yours on that squit Grigson!"

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 21cm.

Purchased. 1972


1935 Nov. 17 -   Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937, author. 19 Pond Place, Chelsea, S.W. 3. To [Herbert Ernest] Bates. Praises the stories in the collection Cut and Come Again. "It is you at your best in originality, feeling & description....A perfect piece of work."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 25cm.

Purchased. 1970


1935-1936 -   Turnbull & Spears, Ltd., printers. [Record of printing of John Drinkwater’s Garibaldi].

Autograph & Typed Document 2p. 26cm.

Removed from Lilly Library copy of Drinkwater’s Garibaldi…London, Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd., 1936 (Lilly PR6007 .R5G3 copy 2). 1963


1936 Mar. 10 -   Abercrombie, Lascelles, 1881-1938, poet. Merton College, Oxford. To George Cookson, 8 Cranbourne Court, Albert Bridge Road, London, S.W. 11, [England]. "If I can find or produce a poem before Apl. 17, you shall have it…. English is very good."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


1936 Mar. 25 -   White, J.A., director, Methuen &Co., Ltd., publishers, 36 Essex St., London, W.C.2. To J.K. Cliff, 7, Coventry Road, Wavertree, Liverpool. Regrets inability to determine which is the earliest issue of two first edition copies of Charles Edward Montague’s The Morning’s War possessed by Cliff.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

Removed from Montague, The Morning’s War. London, Methuen, 1913 (Lilly PR6025 .O56M8). 1981


1936 May 25 -   Fiske, Miss D. B. Quotes a message from London on May 7 regarding the corrected page proofs of Eyeless in Gaza by Aldous Huxley which will be published by Chatto on June 18.

Typed Note 1p. 12.5cm.

  • Typed initials D.B.F.
  • Writer’s name taken from label in mailing wrappers which accompany the page proofs
  • Bears penciled note about passing on the message

Laid in with Huxley, Eyeless in Gaza. London, Chatto & Windus, 1936 (Lilly PR6015 .U9E89). 1979


1936 July 28 -   Worthington, William Greville, 1903- , bookseller. Elkin Mathews Limited, 78 Grosvenor Street, London W.1. To George Matthew Adams, 444 Madison Avenue, New York City. Worthington has obtained a first edition of Mary Webb’s Seven for a Secret formerly owned by her sister-in-law, E. Mary Shelley, which he is offering to Adams.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 25.5cm.

  • Library call number on letter refers to copy of book in Lilly Library.

Transferred from Lilly Library Readers’ Services Bibliographile file. 1980


1936 Nov. 6 -   Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart., 1860-1937, dramatist and novelist. To Charles Scribner. Refers to manuscript of Peter Pan presented to Maude Adams.

Telegram. 1p. 17cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1936 Dec. 10 -   Symons, Alphonse James Albert, 1900-1941, author. 6 Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury, W.C. To R[obert] G[odfrey] Goodyear, 25 Guildford St[reet] W.C. 1. "As for the permission to quote for which you ask, I give it gladly…perhaps you will…drink a glass of sherry with me when I have read your book."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 26cm.

Purchased. 1970


1936 Dec. 18 -   Symons, Alphonse James Albert, 1900-1941, author. 6 Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury, W.C. To R[obert] G[odfrey] Goodyear, 25 Guildford St[reet], W.C1. "I have read your tapestry of the great predicament with pleasure and interest; and having done so, thank you again for using Corvo as one of your threads."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 26cm.

Purchased. 1970


1936 Dec. 26 -   Butts, Mary Francis, 1892-1937, author. Sennen, [England]. To [Richard] Ellis-Roberts. A moving account about a Midnight mass.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 26cm.

  • Accompanied by cover.

Purchased. 1970


1937 Jan. 12 -   Symons, Alphonse James Albert, 1900-1941, author. The First Edition Club, 6 Little Russell Street, London, W.C.1. To R[obert] G[odfrey] Goodyear, 25 Guildford Street, [London], W.C.1. "I write on behalf of Mr. Symons…to explain that Mr. Symons has gone to a nursing home [and] will attend to your letter on his return."

Typed Letter 1p. 25 cm.

  • Letter signed by Beatrice Adams

Purchased. 1970


1937 Jan. 22 -   Butts, Mary Francis, 1892-1937, author. Sennen, [England]. To [Mrs.] Harriet Ellis-Roberts. "Please, please send me a post-card today how you both are, & how Ellis’ inside is mending."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

  • Accompanied by cover.

Purchased. 1970


1937 Jan. 22 -   Mackenzie, Sir Compton, 1883-1972, author. Suidheachan, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides. To Humbert Wolfe. "I hope you won’t mind my writing to tell you how deeply I appreciated your criticism of my book….The encouragement it gave me was immense."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

Purchased. 1971


1937 Feb. 12 -   Butts, Mary Francis, 1892-1937, author. Sennen, [England]. To [Richard] Ellis-Roberts. Congratulates Ellis-Roberts on reviewing religious books for radio, and includes the promise of a new religious book of her own.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 26cm.

  • Accompanied by cover.

Purchased. 1970


1937 Feb. 19 -   Symons, Alphonse James Albert, 1900-1941, author. 6 Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury W.D. To [Robert Godfrey] Goodyear. This is a hasty line to tell you I am back, and to hope that we may meet. But this coming week is difficult."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

Purchased. 1970


1937 Apr. 14 -   Abercrombie, Lascelles, 1881-1938, poet. Merton College, Oxford. To [George] Cookson. "I ought to be able to get something in…appreciation of John Drinkwater by June 1st….it would be a very general review of his work (creative) as a whole, and of its spirit."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


[1937] May 31 -   Abercrombie, Lascelles, 1881-1938, poet. Merton College, Oxford. To [George] Cookson. "This should get to you just on the prescribed date. I have written it out in haste, so I should see proofs."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


1937 June 25 -   Frankau, Gilbert, 1884-1952, author. 17, Basil St. Knightsbridge, [London, England]. To Dennis [Yates Wheatley]. Was "really touched to get your wire."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20.5cm.

Removed from Frankau, Experiments in crime and other stories . London, Hutchinson, 1937 (Lilly PR6011 .R26 E8 1937). 1993


1937 Aug. 19 -   Edwards, Mary Stells, 1898?- , author. 12, Fairfield Avenue, Staines. To [Arthur] Waugh. Thanks him for an inscribed book. Sends him copy of Time and chance and alludes to her later poems to be entitled A truce with time.

Typed Letter Signed 2p. 25cm.

Removed from Edwards’ Time and chance, London: Hogarth Press, 1926 (Lilly PR6009 .D989 T58). 1976


[1937]  Brophy, John, 1899- author. Child alone.

Typed Document Signed [87] leaves. 27cm.

  • Typescript, heavily corrected throughout in the author’s hand
  • Concerns the author’s daughter Brigid, about eight or nine years old
  • Contains selections from Brigid’s writings
  • Accompanied by John Brophy to Lord Carolw [George Lionel Seymour, viscount Carlow], 1907-1944, publisher, 1938, Jan. 1. Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.
  • Brophy offers the manuscript of Child alone to Lord Carlow for publication by Corvinus Press.

Purchased. 1970


1938 Feb. 16 -   Worthington, William Greville, 1903- , bookseller. Elkin Mathews Limited, 78 Grosvenor Street, London W.1. To George Matthew Adams, 444 Madison Avenue, New York City. Comments on Mary Webb’s copy of Browning which has a passage especially marked: "Oh Lyric love…".

Typed Letter Signed 2pp. 25.5cm.

  • Library call number on verso of letter refers to copy of book in Lilly Library.

Transferred from Lilly Library Readers’ Services Bibliographic file. 1980


1938 Feb. 23 -   Woolf, Leonard Sidney, 1880-1969, editor. Preliminary Scheme for the formation of a Partnership between Mr. Leonard Sidney Woolf and Mr. John Lehmann to take over The Hogarth Press.

Typed Document Signed 2p. 38cm. Folio.

  • Accompanied by signed receipt for three thousand pounds for "½ share of Hogarth Press."

Purchased. 1970


1938 Apr. 30 -   Chesson, Wilfred Hugh, author. Childwall, 337 Sandycombe Road, Kew Gardens, Surrey, [England]. To [John] Gawsworth. Refers to Edgar Jepson and Matthew Phipps Shiel. "But I fear that I tend to write you an essay in a style likely to pucker a grammarian’s brow, and I must desist."

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 17cm.

Purchased. 1970


1938 May 14 -   Martin, Drelincourt M., 1886?-1949. Vice pres. And Tres. Duttons Inc. 270 Park Avenue…New York. To James E. Knott. Offers Knott a copy of G.A. Henty’s In the Reign of Terror… "it is more than in very good condition…a fifty year old book that [is] practically mint."

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 28cm.

Removed from G.A. Henty, In the Reign of Terror , London: Blackie and Son, 1888 (Lilly PR4785 .H55 I62). 1982


1938 June 7 -   Ervine, St. John Greer, 1883-1971, playwright, critic. Honey Ditches, Seaton, Devon, [England]. To Rev. R[obert] F[leming] Rattray, 26, Queen Edith’s Way, Cambridge, [England]. Refuses permission to produce play at present time.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Removed from St. John Greer Ervine, Robert’s Wife , London, George Allen & Unwin…1938. (Lilly PR6009 .R8 R64). 1976


1939 Jan. 4 -   Ault, Norman, 1880-1950, poet, illustrator. 255 Cowley Road, Oxford, [England]. To Daniel George [Bunting]. Concerning corrections suggested by Bunting to Ault’s A Treasury of unfamiliar lyrics .

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 23cm.

Transfer. Main Library, Indiana University, via Tony Shipps (found in Ault, A Treasury of unfamiliar lyrics. London: Victor Gollancz, Ltd., 1938. Pr1187 .A85 1938). 1985


1939 Jan. 17 -   Ault, Norman, 1880-1950, poet, illustrator. 255 Cowley Road, Oxford, [England]. To Daniel George [Bunting]. Concerning corrections suggested by Bunting to Ault’s A Treasury of unfamiliar lyrics and asking assistance in identifying poem attributed to Alexander Pope.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 23cm.

  • Mimeograph, with holograph annotations, of "Pope’s ‘Lost’ Poems," 1p., enclosed

Transfer. Main Library, Indiana University, via Tony Shipps (found in Ault, A Treasury of unfamiliar lyrics. London: Victor Gollancz, Ltd., 1938. Pr1187 .A85 1938). 1985


1939 Jan. 24 -   Bates, Herbert Ernest, 1905-1974, author. The Granary, Little Chart, Ashford, Kent. To Mr. Dickman. "The very fact that you like Spella Ho seems to indicate that you, as well as I, might have advanced towards maturity."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20cm.

Purchased. 1970


1939 Feb. 1 -   Ault, Norman, 1880-1950, poet, illustrator. 255 Cowley Road, Oxford, [England]. To [Daniel] George [Bunting]. "It is kind of you to promise to keep a look-out for those lost Pope items….I seem to remember having seen the alleged 'Keats' poems before, but at the moment can’t recall where…"

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Transfer. Main Library, Indiana University, via Tony Shipps (found in Ault, A Treasury of unfamiliar lyrics. London: Victor Gollancz, Ltd., 1938. Pr1187 .A85 1938). 1985


1939 Aug. 19 -   Sassoon, Siegfried Lorraine, 1886-1967, poet. Heytesbury House, Wiltshire. To Eddie [Marsh]. "I am grateful for your query about…" a line of poetry in Rhymed ruminations . "Yes, I am very fond of alexandrines (Lionel Johnson was good at them too, wasn’t he?)"

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Removed from Sassoon, Rhymed ruminations, London, Cheswick Press, 1939 (Lilly PR6037 .A86R4 1939). 1974


1939 Nov. 3 -   Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952, author. 1 Place Macé, Antibes, A.M. To Augustus [Edwin John]. Suggests that John meet him during a projected visit to France. He also refers to several of his books and closes with a description of his inactive way of life.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 26cm.

Purchased. 1970


1940 May 1 -   Williams, Charles Walter Stansby, 1886-1945, author. Oxford University Press, Southfield House, Hill Top Road, Oxford, [England]. To Zoë Procter, The Religious Drama Society, S.P.C.K. house, Northumberland Avenue, London, W.C. 2. "I am sending you herewith a report on the plays which Ruth Spalding brought down for me to read."

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

Removed from Williams, Reason and beauty in the poetic mind , Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1933 (Lilly PN1031 .W722). 1972


1940 Oct. 21 -   De La Mare, Walter John, 1873-1956, poet. The old park, Penn, Bucks. To Miss Watt. War noise.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

Removed from De La Mare’s Behold this dreamer . London, 1939 (Lilly PR6007 .E3B4). 1963


[1941?] June 1 -   Mackintosh, Elizabeth, 1896-1952, novelist. Crown Cottage, Inverness, [Scotland]. To [Fredrick William Lloyd]. Offers congratulations on his performance as Arundel in BORDEAUX for the B.B.C. broadcast.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 22.5cm.

  • Addressed to: Freddie
  • Signed: Gordon [for her pseudonym as Gordon Daviot]
  • Date 41? penciled in by unknown hand
  • Identification of recipient based partly upon note inscribed in volume from which letter was removed.

Removed from Mackintosh, The man in queue. London, Methuen, 1929 (Lilly PR6025 .A263M26). 1979


1941 Oct. 10 -   Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963, author. 7 Cae Coed, Corwen, Merioneth, N[orth] Wales. To John and Paulette [Buntin]. Powys writes of his love for Weymouth, his affection for his correspondents, thanks them for books, and mentions his eyesight.

Autograph Letter Signed 4pp. 20.5cm.

  • Written in rambling style, on blue-gray paper with blue ink.

Purchased. 1977


1943 Dec. -   Armstrong, Terence Ian Fytton, 1912-1970, poet. Italy. Inscription of Armstrong’s "Legacy to Love" to John Chichester.

Autograph Note Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • Signed: John Gawsworth
  • In blue ink on gray paper

Mounted in Armstrong, Legacy to Love. London, Collins, 1943 (Lilly PR6001 .R77L49). 1981


1944 July 25 -   Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963, author. To Alyse [Gregory]. "That letter of yours, my friend was indeed All that the nicest kind of letter can be—full of…airy fancies in your best style full of sweet mischiefs & legitimate gossips…interesting details of every sort."

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 22cm.

Purchased. 1971


1944 Nov. 22 -   Muir, Percival Horace, 1894-1979, bibliographer. Takeley, Bishops Stortford, [England]. To S[ydney] C[astle] Roberts. 12, Chaucer Road, Cambridge, [England]. Discusses Robert’s criticisms of Muir’s Book collecting as a hobby.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 17cm.

  • On Elkin Mathews letterhead.
  • Refers to Robert’s letter to Muir dated Nov. 18, 1944 – Elkin Mathews mss.

Removed from Muir, Book collecting as a hobby . London, Chesham: Gramol, [1944] (Lilly Z992 .M953 B7). 1990


1944 Dec. 28 -   Marshall, Bruce, 1899-1987, novelist. 55 Manchester St., London, W 1. To Lady [Una Elena Vincenzo (Taylor)] Troubridge. Thanks Lady Troubridge for her suggestions regarding an error in Yellow Tapers for Paris. Expresses his admiration for Radclyffe Hall’s work, especially The Well of Loneliness.

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 18cm.

Removed from Marshall, All Glorious Within . London, Constable, 1944 (Lilly PR6025 .A751A75). 1981


1945 Jan. 5 -   Marshall, Bruce, 1899-1987, novelist. 55 Manchester St., London, W. 1. To Lady [Una Elena Vincenzo (Taylor)] Troubridge. Will be delighted to lunch with Lady Troubridge of he is "still militarily free."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Removed from Marshall, All Glorious Within . London, Constable, 1944 (Lilly PR6025 .A751A75). 1981


[19]45 Jan. 9 -   Armstrong, Terence Ian Fytton, 1912-1970, poet. Base HQ, RAF – Bombay – India. To John Chichester Esq., 168 Rathmines Road, Dublin, Eire. Gives his new address. Notes that currently he is in a military hospital with a fever.

Photocopy of Autograph Airgrafe Signed 1p. 14cm.

  • Also signed: "John Gawsworth"

Removed from Armstrong, Legacy to Love. London, Collins, 1943 (Lilly PR6001 .R77L49). 1980


1945 Jan. 15 -   Marshall, Bruce, 1899-1987, novelist. 55 Manchester St., London, W. To Lady [Una Elena Vincenzo (Taylor)] Troubridge. Thanks Lady Troubridge fro sending him The Master of the House . Has spoken to Michael Sadlier about Radclyffe Hall’s work and Sadlier may write to her.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Removed from Marshall, All Glorious Within . London, Constable, 1944 (Lilly PR6025 .A751A75). 1981


[19]45 Mar. 12 -   Armstrong, Terence Ian Fytton, 1912-1970, poet. Section 17, HQ, Base Air Forces, South East Asia. To [John] Chichester. Glad that Chichester has an American publisher in mind for him since Collins has rejected his new book Snow and Sand. Military life makes it difficult to write love poems.

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 20cm.

Removed from Armstrong, Legacy to Love. London, Collins, 1943 (Lilly PR6001 .R77L49). 1980


[19]46 Apr. 30 -   Armstrong, Terence Ian Fytton, 1912-1970, poet. The English Digest, 1, Furnival Street, London, E.C.4. To John Chichester, Esq., 168 Rathmines Road, Dublin, Eire. Will not be coming over just yet; Collins considering his new manuscript.

Autograph Postcard Signed 1p. 14cm.

  • Signed: John G[awsworth]

Removed from Armstrong, Legacy to Love. London, Collins, 1943 (Lilly PR6001 .R77L49). 1980


[19]46 May 29 -   Armstrong, Terence Ian Fytton, 1912-1970, poet. The English Digest, 1, Furnival Street, London, E.C.4. To John Chichester Esq., 168 Rathmines Rd., Dublin. Introducing his cousin Tony Jackson of Cork – "show him the cider bar."

Autograph Postcard Signed 1p. 14cm.

  • Signed: John [Gawsworth]

Removed from Armstrong, Legacy to Love. London, Collins, 1943 (Lilly PR6001 .R77L49). 1980


1946 Nov. 24 -   Davies, Rhys, 1903-1978, novelist. Revere Bishop’s Lydeard, nr Taunton: Somerset. To L. E. L. Downing, Esq. "If you will send the books I will be pleased to inscribe them. I am at the above address for about ten days more."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Removed from Davies, The trip to London. London, Toronto, William Heinemann, 1946 (PR 6007 .A73T83) which bears the bookplate of Lionel Downing. 1975


1947 Mar. 11 -   Chesson, Wilfred Hugh, author. 337 Sandycombe Road, Kew Gardens, Surrey, [England]. To [John] Gawsworth. Refers to the obituary notice about Shiel. "His industry considering the high quality of his prose and invention, was amazing."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

Purchased. 1970


1947 Mar. 20 -   Chesson, Wilfred Hugh, author. 337 Sandycombe Road, Kew Gardens, Surrey, [England]. To [John] Gawsworth. "I have now read with interest and sympathy the poems in the two brochures which you gave me and admire the subtle sincerity and mordant are displayed therein."

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


1947 Mar. 25 -   Chesson, Wilfred Hugh, author. 337 Sandycombe Road, Kew Gardens, Surrey, [England]. To [John] Gawsworth. "I was not a Thomas ‘fan’ but had a system of illustrating my subjects by reviews of them by any pen."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 26cm.

Purchased. 1970


1947 Mar. 28 -   Coppard, Alfred Edgar, 1878-1957, poet. Hillside, Dutton Hill, Dunmow, Essex. To Mr. Downing "Here is your 'Dark-eyed Lady' vaccinated as you require." Also refers to rationing in England.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 20cm.

Removed from Coppard, Dark-eyed lady …London, Meuthen & Co. Ltd. [1947]. (Lilly PR6005 .O55 D2 copy 2). 1966


1947 Apr. 23 -   Chesson, Wilfred Hugh, author. 337 Sandycombe Road, Kew Gardens, Surrey, [England]. To [John] Gawsworth. "I read aloud your sonnet sequence, admiring its long sustainment of poetic tone, its expression of conflict between fleshly desire & spiritual love, its fusion of those raptures."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

Purchased. 1970


1947 May 15 -   Waters, Louis Addison, 1918- , professor. Report on the handwriting appearing in Forman copy of Queen Mab with notes and photographs.

Typed Document Signed 54p. 28cm.

  • Loose-leaf binder.

Sent to Latrhop C. Harper, 8 West 40th Street, New York, New York, 10018, from the estate of Gabriel Wells, 145 West 57th Street, New York, New York, March 20, 1950.

Lathrop C. Harper to the Lilly Library. 1968


1947 June 24 -   [S____], N____. The Hogarth Press. 40-42 William IV Street, London, W.C.2. To John [Davy] Hayward. 19 Carlisle Mansions, Cheyne Walk [London]. Is sending a copy of ‘Innocents.’ "We have moved heaven and earth to get this book out by June 30th."

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 12.9cm.

  • Signature indecipherable, but possibly Norah [Smallwood].

Removed from Barker, Autograph Letter Innocents: Variations on a theme . London, Hogarth Press, 1947 (Lilly PZ3 .B23977 In). 1994


1947 July 10 -   Chesson, Wilfred Hugh, author. 337 Sandycombe Road, Kew Gardens, Surrey, [England]. To [John] Gawsworth. "with grateful and gratified self-conceit, I see my name among the intelligentsia of Redona. I suspect that the names of the duchies have an allusiveness which is at present hidden from me."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

Purchased. 1970


1947 Sept. 12 -   Barker, Audrey Lillian, 1918- , author. 20 Blakehall Road, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey [England]. To [John Davy] Hayward. Thanks him for his letter of congratulation, "I am extremely lucky to have this chance…"

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 25.5cm.

Removed from Barker, Autograph Letter Innocents: Variations on a theme . London, Hogarth Press, 1947 (Lilly PZ3 .B23977 In). 1994


1948 Mar. 27 -   Chesson, Wilfred Hugh, author. 337 Sandycombe Road, Kew Gardens, Surrey, [England]. To [John] Gawsworth. "please don’t suppose for a simple moment that I wish personally to profit by anybody’s wish to grace a periodical with a specimen of Nora’s poetry."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 24cm.

Purchased. 1970


[19]48 Sept. 29 -   Flower, Desmond, 1907- , poet, publisher. Cassell & Company, Ltd. 37/38 St. Andrew’s Hill…London, [England]. To Roger Senhouse, Messrs, Secker & Warburg. States "…the Exhibition is all arranged" and that he was unable to include Senhouse’s copy of Voyage d’Urien so he is returning it.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20.5cm.

Removed from André Gide, Le Voyage d’Urien , Paris, Société du Mercure de France, 1897 (Lilly PQ2613 .I3 V975). 1985


1948 Oct. 22 -   Dick, Kay, 1915- , novelist, critic. Coombewood, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, [England]. To Daniel [George Bunting]. Discusses her first book, By the Lake, the proof of which she is returning to Bunting, and her wish to edit a volume of Jane Carlyle’s letters.

Typed Letter Signed 3p. 20.3cm.

  • Includes two autograph postscripts in green ink
  • Accompanied by two printed rejection slips from the Windmill; on the verso of one is a holograph note by Daniel George Bunting

Removed from Dick, By the Lake, London, W. Heinemann, 1948 (Lilly PR6064 .I29 B993). 1985


1948 Nov. 25 -   Frere, Alexander Stewart, 1896-1984, editor. To Mr. Oliver. "Here is the finally corrected copy of THE PAINTED VEIL from Mr. Somerset Maugham."

Typed Note 1p. 15cm.

  • Accompanied by typescript of revised last paragraph of Maugham’s The Painted Veil .

Removed from Maugham’s The Painted Veil. London, William Heinemann [1925] (Lilly PR6035 .A83P14 1925d). 1973


1949 Mar. 18 -   De La Mare, Walter John, 1873-1956, poet. Twickenham, England. To H. Kauti, New York, New York. Will inscribe two or three books for him.

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 14cm.

Mounted on front fly leaf of De La Mare’s The fleeting and other poems . London, Constable, [1933].

Cover mounted on front end papers of same volume. 1958


1949 Oct. 27 -   Raine, Kathleen Jessie, 1908- , poet. 9 Paultons Square, London. To Miss Elisabeth Cher, West Bank, Bideford, N. Devon, [England]. "How well I know that thing of writing poems late at night – only one poem in Stone & Flower was written in daylight, all the others in the evenings…".

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 14cm.

  • Accompanied by envelope

Removed from Raine, The Hollow Hill and Other Poems . London, Hamish Hamilton, 1965 (Lilly PR6035 .A37H73). 1975


[19]49 Oct. 28 -   Truss, Leslie Seldon, 1892- , author. Dale Hill House, Ticehurst, Sussex. To Bip Pares, 18, Hoycroft Avenue, Hampstead, London, N.W.3. Extends his appreciation for Miss Pares’ doing the wrapper of his latest book, "the eighth or ninth during the past twenty years." Requests that she always include "my owl" as he has become attached to this bird.

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 17.6cm.

  • Gray stationary
  • Accompanied by envelope readdresses from c/o Messrs Hodder & Stoughton…E.C.6

Removed from Truss, Rooksmiths. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1936 (Lilly PR6039 .R99R77). 1985


1949 Dec. 4 -   Coppard, Alfred Edgar, 1878-1957, poet. To Mr. Downing. "I have not issued a volume since 1947, but expect to ‘come again’ towards the end of 1950."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20cm.

Removed from Coppard, Dark-eyed lady …London, Methuen & Co. Ltd. [1947] (Lilly PR6005 .O55 D2 copy 2). 1966


1949 Dec. 17 -   Meyerstein, Edward Harry William, 1889-1952, poet. 3 Grey’s Inn Place, W.C.1. To [Thomas Moult] and [Constance McColl]. "I don’t know if you have the enclosed…it is in lieu of a Christmas Card."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20cm.

  • Recipients determined from inscription in Meyerstein, Odes on several contemplative and metaphysical subject. Oxford, England: Basil Blackwell, 1923 (Lilly PR6025 .E9 O23)

Removed from above volume. 1991


[19]50 Apr. 28 -   De La Mare, Walter John, 1873-1956, poet. Twickenham, Middlesex. To _____ Downing. His grandson; his writings; "China children;" plates.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 13cm.

Purchased. 1964