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English literature mss., ca. 1750-ca. 1979

Papers, ca. 1750-ca. 1979, 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
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu

Title
English literature mss.,ca. 1750-ca. 1979

Collection No.
LMC 1334

Extent
195 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 alphabetically by author.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains mostly correspondence from major figures in English literature with no discernable date. 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., 1901-1950
English Literature mss., 1951-1993

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 alphabetically by author at the item level.


Adams, Charlotte, , writer of tales. The Merry Old Man or the Adventure of Robin & his grandson Dick at Rosedale Fair. Illustrations by John Masey Wright. [1828?]

Autograph Document Signed 27 leaves 23.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Penciled date, 1828, in lower right-hand corner of title page
  • Gold-tooled red leather binding by Zaehnsdorf, firm, bookbinders, London
  • Title page, 17.8cm., mounted on heavy paper, gives the author as: "(Miss Adams), by the author of 'Ben Howard' [published in 1853] and 'The Stolen Child' [published in 1838]"
  • Leaves of the story, 9.1cm., and the watercolor illustrations, 8.8cm., mounted on facing pages of heavy paper
  • Thirteen watercolor illustrations, not signed
  • Illustration on leaf 13 is another version, incomplete, of that on leaf 12

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


Aikin, Lucy, 1781-1864, author. 17 Gower St[reet]. To [David Boyne]. Inquires whether he would be interested in publishing "a correct & improved edition of my Memoirs of the Court & character of Queen Elizabeth in a reduced size & at a lower price." [after 1818]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The first edition of Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth was published in 1818.

Purchased. 1970


Allen, Grant, 1848-1899, author. The Nook, Horsham Road, Dorking, [England]. To Mr. Fox. "I have read your proofs with very great interest, and equal profit. You have done a very good work, I think. The broad and comprehensive treatment of the subject…is extremely philosophical and effective." [1881-1892?] 

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 17cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Allen resided at a cottage in Dorking, England, between 1881 & 1892.

Purchased. 1970


Baillie, Joanna, 1762-1851, author. Hampstead. To "dear Madam." Invitation. [after 1791] 

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Baillie set up residence with her husband Matthew Baillie in Hampstead in 1791.

Gift. 1961


Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart., 1860-1937, dramatist and novelist. A tillyloss scandal. [ca. 1893] 

Typescript of original. 84p. 28cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: A Tillyloss Scandal was published in 1893.
  • Accompanied by carbon copy

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


Bax, Clifford, 1886-1962, dramatist, author. 72 Addison Road, W. 14. To Mrs. [Rachel (Annand)] Taylor. "I was glad indeed to get your charming letter, making a bridge over so many years…reading your book was to me a lovely experience which I shall never forget." [1908-1937?] 

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 20cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Bax started his career in 1908 as editor of the magazine Orpheus and moved to The Albany as early as 1937.

Purchased. 1970


Bax, Clifford, 1886-1962, dramatist, author. 72 Addison Road, W. 14. To [Mrs. Rachel (Annand) Taylor]. "You must be prepared to find no lanky long-haired dreamy-eyed person but a ‘hefty’ man with wrinkles, whitening hair, and a very grey small beard’." [1908-1937?] 

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Bax started his career in 1908 as editor of the magazine Orpheus and moved to The Albany as early as 1937.

Purchased. 1970


Bax, Clifford, 1886-1962, dramatist, author. 72 Addison Road, W. 14. To Mrs. [Rachel (Annand)] Taylor. "I was truly disappointed not to see you yesterday to lunch or dinner with me on a day that suits you." [1908-1937?] 

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Bax started his career in 1908 as editor of the magazine Orpheus and moved to The Albany as early as 1937.

Purchased. 1970


Bax, Clifford, 1886-1962, dramatist, author. 72 Addison Road, W. 14. To [Mrs.] Rachel [(Annand) Taylor]. "I find that They want me on Thursday next at a rehearsal of my Katheryn play, so please let me postpone our next talk, may I, until the rehearsals are less intense." [after 1933] 

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The play referred to in the letter is likely The Rose without a Thorn , which was written in 1933.

Purchased. 1970


Bax, Clifford, 1886-1962, dramatist, author. G 2 Albany, Piccadilly, W. 1. To [Mrs.] Rachel [(Annand) Taylor]. "The publishers asked me to tone down my eulogies of your book, as they feared that reviewers would say that mine was all Rachel and no Clifford, but I stuck out for a just measure of gratitude and praise." [after 1937?]

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 20cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Bax moved to The Albany as early as 1937.

Purchased. 1970


Bax, Clifford, 1886-1962, dramatist, author. 72 Addison Road, W. 14. To Mrs. [Rachel (Annand)] Taylor. "Having been asked to write a small book about Leonardo, I bought your big book about him, and I want…to congratulate you upon the sustained poetry of its pages." [1927-1932?] 

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Taylor wrote Leonardo the Florentine: A Study in Personality in 1927, and Bax published his work Leonardo da Vinci in 1932.

Purchased. 1970


Bax, Clifford, 1886-1962, dramatist, author. 72 Addison Road, W. 14. To [Mrs.] Rachel [(Annand) Taylor]. "Considering my enormous debt to you, I had no intention of not sending you my wee book: but the publisher has only just sent me my copies." [1910-1937?] 

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Bax wrote his first book in 1910, and moved to The Albany as early as 1937.

Purchased. 1970


Bayly, Thomas Haynes, 1797-1839, dramatist and novelist. Spirit of song. [1820-1839?] 

Autograph Document Signed 3p. 23cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Although it seems Spirit of song was never published, most of Bayly’s works were published after 1820
  • In ink

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


Beerbohm, Sir Max, 1872-1956, caricaturist, essayist. 48, Upper Berkeley Street, W. To "My dear Strachey." "I have had several shots at Barrie—but none reasonably near the bull’s eye—" [1898-1910?] 

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 15cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Beerbohm was a drama critic for the Saturday Review from 1898 to 1910, after which he lived in Italy until his death.

Purchased. 1967


[The Beginning, Progress, and End of Man]. [ca. 1654]

Document [5]p. 16.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This is a copy of the original, which was printed in 1654.
  • Harlequinade Book
  • Floral paper cover in blue, rose, & yellow
  • Dimensions above given as in enfolded format
  • Open format: 1p. 33x40cm.
  • Fold-up and fold-down flaps with ten drawings and 15 verses
  • Begins: Here Adam first leads up the Van, and concludes: And thou comes jogging after
  • Later holograph copy (See letter of J. d’A. A. Welch to E. W. Ball, July 26, 1961, in Ball mss.) of work printed in London in 1654 by E. Alsop for T. Dunster
  • Accompanied by photocopy of the printed work, without covers, with note that the printed work is in the Houghton Library

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


Behan, Brendan Francis, 1923-1964, author. [Brendan Behan’s New York], early draft. [after 1957?] 

Typed Document 20 leaves. 28cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The letters from members of Brendan Francis Behan’s family on leaves 12-20 are also published in Seámus de Búrca, The Soldier’s Song: the story of Peadar O Cearnaigh . Dublin: P.J. Bourke, 1957, a printed work owned by the New York Public Library.
  • Typescript in red with holograph corrections in blue ink
  • This may be the script for the tape of Brendan Behan’s New York which was made in November, 1963, prior to the publication of Brendan Behan’s New York with drawings by Paul Hogarth, Bernard Geis Associates, New York, 1964, 159 pages (F128.52 B42).

Purchased. 1969


Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931, novelist. Publicity for journalism. [after 1889?]

Autograph Document Signed 2p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Bennett began his career in journalism in 1889.

Purchased. 1968


Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925, essayist, poet. Beside still waters. [ca. 1907]

Autograph Document [657] + [81] + [4]p. 18-26cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Published in 1907
  • In pencil
  • Chapter IX and two pages of Chapter XXII are missing
  • Eighty-one pages were written but omitted from publication
  • Four pages of notes
  • Differs from printed version. New York and London, G.P. Putnam’s sons, Knickerbocker press, 1907. (Lilly PR4099 .B5 B4).

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


Bird, John Joseph Strutt, author. Poems and lyrics. [ca. 1861] 

Autograph Poems [486]p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Bound with the poems and lyrics is a reprint of "Mark, the Jew: An Original Tale: (written expressly for 'Watkinson’s Annual Compendium' by a Spaldonian.)" from Watkinson’s Lincolnshire and Spalding Annual for 1861 .
  • Bound in red morocco
  • Ornate title page in red and black ink
  • Table of contents and index "To John Bird Esq."

Purchased. 1970


Black, William, 1841-1898, novelist. Automatic copying letter book. [ca. 1898] 

Autograph Document 200 [i.e. 290]p. 21cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This book contains a copy of Eelin, which was not published until 1898.
  • Bound
  • Lacks pp. 32, 34, 146, 147, 148, 250
  • Pp. 288-291 inclusive blank
  • Written in pencil on front endpaper: "Book II"
Contents:
  • Briseis (published New York, Harper, 1896), chaps. 21-24, pp. 1-61;
  • Eelin (published New York & London, Harper, 1898), chaps. 1-21, pp. 62-287;
  • "Some recollections of Carlyle’s talk," pp. 200-292.

Purchased. 1964


Blake, William, 1757-1827, poet, painter. [Poems from William Blake’s Songs of innocence and Songs of experience, transcribed by Elizabeth Barrett Browning]. [1826-1861?] 

Autograph Document 5p. 20cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s career as a poet spanned these years.
Contents:
  • View All (14)
  • Introduction to Songs of innocence ;
  • "Laughing song" ;
  • "The divine image" ;
  • "The voice of the ancient bard" ;
  • "Night" ;
  • "The little black boy" ;
  • "The chimney sweeper" ;
  • "The lamb" ;
  • Introduction to Songs of experience ;
  • "Earth’s answer" ;
  • "The tiger" ;
  • "The fly" ;
  • "The human abstract" ;
  • "A little boy lost" .

Purchased. 1958


Blane, Sir Gilbert, 1749-1834, physician. To [James Harris, 1st earl of Malmesbury]. Presents his compliments and begs his Lordship to accept the pamphlet he has written on the "subject of the present scarcity." [1800-1820?]

Autograph Letter 1p. 18.8cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: James Harris was made Earl of Malmesbury in 1800 and died in 1820
  • Written in third person from Sackville Street Sunday morning
  • Watermark: W
  • In 1817 Blane wrote: Inquiry into the causes and remedies of the late and present scarcity and high prices of provisions

Removed from Charles Long, baron Farnborough, A temperate discussion of the causes which have led to the present high price of bread . J. Wright, 1800 (Lilly HF2044 .F16). 1980


Borrow, George, 1803-1881, author. [Daniel Defoe]. [1833-1881?] 

Autograph Document 3p. 20cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Borrow’s writing career spans these dates.

Removed from The life, adventures, and pyracies, of the famous Captain Singleton , London. Printed for J. Brotherton, J. Graves, A. Dodd, and T. Warner, 1720. (Lilly PR3404 .L7 1720).

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


Bradley, Edward, 1827-1889, artist, author. Funny Figures for Fun-loving Little Folks, by A. Funniman. London, Published by James Blackwood. [ca. 1858] 

Autograph Document Signed [21]p. 20cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The date 1858 in pencil at bottom of title page
  • Bound in green morocco
  • Signed: Cuthbert Bede below drawing on title page
  • In ink with occasional color added an penciled notes or marks regarding suitability
  • Contains 20 drawings with limericks attached, of which 13 are published with variations in Bradley, Funny Figures, London, Blackwood, 1858 (Lilly PR4161 .B53 F98)

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


Braine, John, 1922-1986, author. The Holt, Pyrford, Heath, Woking, Surrey, [England]. The name but not the game. [ca. 1970] 

Autograph Document Signed 82 leaves in 3 vols. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This document is a television script for 1970 television series entitled Man at the Top.
  • Three spiral-ring notebooks with leaves numbered consecutively throughout
  • In ink

Purchased. 1973


Brooks, Charles William Shirley, 1816-1874, editor of Punch. To W. Wilberforce. Will supply brief article, if can find time. [1847-1874?]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Brooks’ career as a writer spanned these dates.

Removed from Brooks’ Wit and humour …London, Bradbury, Agnew & Co., 1875. 1962


Brown, George MacKay, 1921- , poet. "Lifeboat." [ca. 1971] 

Autograph Document 1p. 25.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Book inscribed with date 27 April 1971

Inscribed in Brown’s Lifeboat and Other Poems …Bow, England, Richard Gilbertson, 1971, in which it is also published. (Lilly PR6052 .R59 L72 copy 3). 1979


Brown, George MacKay, 1921- , poet. "The Old Women." [ca. 1971] 

Autograph Document 1p. 25.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Book inscribed with date 26 April 1971
  • Second line includes the correction noted in the printed copy by Brown

Inscribed in Brown’s Lifeboat and Other Poems …Bow, England, Richard Gilbertson, 1971, in which it is also published. (Lilly PR6052 .R59 L72 copy 3). 1979


Browne, Patrick, translator. Maynooth. To Mr. Sullivan. "I have translated into Irish the Antigone of Sophocles….It has not yet been published, and bears only a printer’s name (the Dublin University Press)." [ca. 1926?] 

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 23cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Browne’s work seems to have been published in 1926.

Removed from Aintiogoiné dráma le sofoicleas ... Baile-átaćliat, Ponsoinbi, Agus Gibbs, 1926. (Lilly PA4414 .A7 B88). 1969


Browning, Mrs. Elizabeth (Barrett), 1806-1861, poetess. 138 Avenue des Ch. Elysee, [Paris, France]. To Miss Blackwell. Letter conveys an apology occasioned by a verbal message which was apparently incorrectly given. [1826-1861?]

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 13cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s career as a poet spanned these years.

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


Bullen, Frank Thomas, 1857-1915, author. "The Bengal Pilot Service" . The heroic story of John Harris Elson, pilot of the "Rothesay", who drowned when the vessel sank in a cyclone out of Calcutta in 1872. [ca. 1909]

Autograph Document 6p. 35cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: "The Bengal Pilot Service" was published in the September 1909 issue of Cassell’s magazine.
  • Holograph corrections and the original title blocked out and the present title substituted in another hand.

Purchased. 1970


Burke, Thomas, 1887-1945, author. 33, Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1. To [Isidore Rosenbaum] Brussel. "Thanks for your letter of Dec. 11th. Am very sorry to hear that you are still an invalid….The Senator’s second book has made quite an impression…" [1916-1945?]

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 21cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Burke’s career as a writer spanned these dates.

Removed from Thomas Burke, "Bring light!". London, British Electrical Development Association, 19-- (Lilly PR6003 .U7 B85). 1975


Burns, Robert, 1759-1796, poet. [The poem, "A red, red rose" ]. [ca. 1794] 

Autograph Document 1p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This poem was first published in 1794.
  • Shelved in vault 2
  • First line: "O my love’s like a red, red rose"
  • Bound in brown morocco
  • In red protective case
  • Accompanied by a certificate in the hand of Hugh Dunlop, May 16, 1877. Autograph Document Signed 2p. 26cm.

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


Burns, Robert, 1759-1796, poet. [The poem, "Complimentary epigram on Maria Riddell" ]. [ca. 1793]

Autograph Document 1p. 33cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This poem was first published in 1793.
  • Shelved in vault 2
  • First line: "Praise woman still"
  • Bound in crimson morocco
  • In red protective case
  • On verso of "Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled" [first line of poem]
  • Both manuscripts formerly in the Rowfant Library

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


Burns, Robert, 1759-1796, poet. [The poem, "Robert Bruce’s march to Bannockburn" ]. [ca. 1793]

Autograph Document 1p. 33cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This poem was first published in 1793.
  • Shelved in vault 2
  • First line: "Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled"
  • Bound in crimson morocco
  • In red protective case
  • On verso of "Praise woman still" [first line of poem]
  • Both manuscripts formerly in the Rowfant Library

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


Burns, Robert, 1759-1796, poet. To James Johnson, Edinburgh. Concerning proofs and The Scots musical museum. [1786-1796?] 

Facsimile of Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 26cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Burn’s career as a poet spanned these dates.

Source and date unknown.


Campbell, Thomas, 1777-1844, poet. To "My dear Reading". Refers to two speeches, one of which was inserted in a London paper. [1799-1843?]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 17cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Campbell’s career as a poet spanned these dates.

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


Caine, Sir Hall, 1853-1931, novelist, playwright. 62 Avenue Road, Regent’s Park N.W. To Malcolm Watson. "We have bought the rather well-known Goodall house up here, & hope we may be able to show it to you before long." [1882-1931?]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 15cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Caine’s career as a writer spanned these dates.

Purchased. 1970


The Cat’s at the Fire, a frying a Fish…: verse card. [19th cent.?]

Autograph Document 1 leaf 9.2cm.

  • Two pieces of paper pasted together with partial watermark on verso
  • Four lines of nonsense text in print style
  • Illustrated by hand-colored figures (operating a device for catching birds) cut from printed source
  • Attempted correction of the word "crumbing"

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


Chesterton, Gilbert Kieth, 1874-1936, author. Sherlock Holmes drawings in black and colored crayon. [ca. 1900] 

Drawings 94p. 23cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The poem "Envoy" was published in 1900.
  • Bound volume
  • Chesterton verses, "Ballade of kindness to motorists" , and "Envoy" copied by Lance Sieveking, on pages 3 and 5.
  • Chesterton essay "There are only two ways of preventing a man doing mischief" first line, pp. 11, 13, 15.

Purchased. 1966


Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834, poet. Highgate. To "Dear Sir". Concerns invitations to dine with Mr. and Mrs. Chisholm. [1816-1834?]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Coleridge resided at Highgate from 1816 until his death in 1834.

Purchased. 1969


Combe, William, 1741-1823, author. "Like other guides, as some folks say…": two lines from The Tour of Dr. Syntax, with watercolor drawing. [1809-1811?]  

Autograph Document 1p. 25.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The Tour of Dr. Syntax was originally written for a magazine between 1809-1811.
  • On browned paper
  • With figure of black-clad parson [Dr. Syntax] on horseback at a signpost on the road
  • Lines vary slightly from those found on page 13 of Combe, The Tour of Dr. Syntax…, illustrated by Alfred Crowquill, London, Ackerman and Co., 1838 (Lilly PR3359 .C5 T7 1838)

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


Cook, Eliza, 1818-1889, poet. Beech House, Thornton Hill, Wimbledon, S.W. To "Dearest [Dolly?]". "Many thanks for the picture and the mittens…hope to see you again next year…oh! How much lies concealed in those two words." [1837-1889?]

Autograph Letter Signed 4pp. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Cook’s career as a writer span these years, and she died in Wimbledon.
  • Signature illegible, but may be the name "Lizey"
  • Part of the address is imprinted: Thornton…Wimbledon, S.W.

Removed from Eliza Cook, Poems, London, 1866 (PR4502 .A1 1866). 1970


Coppard, Alfred Edgar, 1878-1957, poet. The Higgler. Original manuscript of pages [41-42]. [ca. 1930] 

Autograph Document 1p. 27cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The Higgler was originally published in 1930.
  • Varies little from published version.
  • Written on verso of carbon of unidentified work.

Removed from Alfred Edgar Coppard, The Higgler , New York, The Chocorva Press, 1930 (Lilly PR6005 .O55 H63). 1976


Corbould, Maria (Hollis), -1910, poet. Faerie Tales, Miscellaneous Poems, Etc. Etc. [1870-1886?] 

Typed Document [46] leaves 24.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The book contains a drawing dated 1870, and Miscellaneous Poems, Etc., Etc. was published in 1886.
  • Bound in soft red leather with M.C. in gold tooling on cover
  • Seven poems illustrated with water-color and pen and ink drawings by Edward Henry Corbould (2), Francis John Corbould (2), Walton Corbould (8), and two unsigned drawings
  • One F.J. Corbould drawing, "Shopping with my Wife" , dated Oct. 20, 1870
  • Four poems: "The Enchanted Castle" , "Shopping with my Wife" , "Forty Three" , and "The Spinning Wheel" , published in Corbould, Miscellaneous Poems, Etc., Etc., London, J. Wakeman & Co., Kensington, 1886 (Lilly PR4053 .C85 M6) Gumuchian 1857

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


Cowper, William, 1731-1800, poet. "It may not be amiss at the close of these admirable speeches…" [first line]. [1763-1799?] 

Autograph Document 3pp. 18.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Cowper’s career as a poet span these dates.
  • Book III, line 341, of draft of intended commentary on Paradise Lost
  • In ink with multiple changes
  • Published with variations in The Works of William Cowper …Robert Southey, editor. London, Baldwin and Cradock, 1837, vol. 15, pages 338-339

Removed from The Works of William Cowper …Robert Southey, editor. London, Baldwin and Cradock, 1837. Vol. 15, copy 2 (Lilly PR3380 .A5 S6). 1965


Cowper, William, 1731-1800, poet. Note on James Bereford’s translation of The Aeneid of Virgil , book IX, lines 576-579. [1794-1800?] 

Autograph Document 1p. 12cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Bereford’s translation of The Aeneid of Virgil was published in 1794, and Cowper died in 1800.
  • In pencil

Removed from James Bereford’s translation of The Aeneid of Virgil . London, printed for J. Johnson, 1794 (Lilly PR3384.5 .V5 1794). 1965


Cunard, Nancy Clara, 1896-1965, poet. [Parallax]. [ca. 1925] 

Typed Document 23pp. 26.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Parallax was published in 1925.
  • Aqua-colored paper
  • Occasional notes about spacing in pencil in Cunard’s hand
  • Varies slightly from printed version published in London by The Hogarth Press in 1925 (Lilly PR6005 .U6 P3)
Accompanied by
  • 1) "Parallax…suggestions for the parts to be printed" in ink in Cunard’s hand, Autograph Document Signed, 2pp., 21cm.;
  • 2) Large envelope with indistinct date addressed in Cunard’s hand to Arthur Waley, c/o Raymond Mortimer, 6 Gordon Place, London. W.C.1, Angleterre

Purchased. 1982


De Quincey, Thomas, 1785-1859, author. To "My dear Sir." Requests his correspondent to send boy for corrected proof. [1821-1859?] 

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 11cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: De Quincey’s career as an author span these dates.

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


Didbin, Thomas John, 1771-1841, dramatist, actor. To Mr. D.L. "Can you lend me a copy of Country Girl or Country Wife that has a Prologue to it—it shall be taken care of & returned in an Hour." [1816?]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 12cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Date given on page as 1816.

Mounted on page with the date given as 1816 and interleaved between pages 160 and 161 of Robson, The Old Play-Goer, London, James Masters, 1846 (Lilly PN2594 .R6 1846). 1973


The dis-astrous ride. A Story. For children, from six to ten years old. Dedicated to Master Gregory. [19th cent.?]

Autograph Document [51]pp. 10.5x18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Most similar items in the Lilly Library are from the 19th century.
  • An oblong book
  • Blank leaves not counted
  • Begins: Farmer Gubbins had a great many children, and ends: So they had a very merry birthday. Finis
  • Contains 17 watercolor drawings (3 are hand-colored printed pictures) illustrating the story of Watty and his ride on the horse Mazeppa to market to buy eggs
  • Binder’s seal: Seton Bookbinders Edinburgh C.T. Owen 1332

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


Dobson, Austin, 1840-1921, poet. To "My dear Wellkind." Declining invitation. [1864-1921?] 

Autograph Note Signed 1p. 9cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Dobson’s career as a writer spanned these years.

Removed from Dobson’s A paladin of philanthropy …London, Chatto & Windus, 1899 (Lilly PR4606 .P15). 1965


Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan, 1859-1930, author. The Adventure of the Red Circle: Sherlock Holmes series. [ca. 1911]

Autograph Document Signed [24] leaves. 32cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: First published in 1911
  • Bound in vellum in rust slip case
  • "Original ms" written on title page
  • Published in Strand Magazine (London), Mar.-Apr. 1911; published in Doyle, His Last Bow, London, John Murray, 1917 (Lilly PR4622 .H6)
  • Bears autograph and bookplate of Vincent Starrett
  • Other previous owners: Jim Montgomery; Bliss Austin; _____Austin, brother of Bliss Austin

Purchased. 1973


Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan, 1859-1930, author. Greyswood Beeches, Haslemere. To "Dear Sir." Philosophy of life. [1895-1905?] 

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: These are the approximate dates when Doyle was a resident of Haslemere.

Purchased. 1964


Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan, 1859-1930, author. Mena House Hotel, Pyramids, Cairo. To "My dear lad." Religion. [ca. 1895?] 

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Doyle is known to have traveled to Egypt during the autumn of 1895 to spend the winter in hopes of curing his wife Louise "Touie" Hawkins of tuberculosis.

Purchased. 1964


Drinkwater, John, 1882-1937, poet, dramatist. "Persephone" . A fantasy in verse for orchestra with singers and chorus to be mimed upon the stage; the whole forming a poem with music symbolizing AUTUMN. [ca. 1926]

Typed Document [4] leaves 27 cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Drinkwater wrote a similar work that was published in 1926.
  • Title page with three pages of text
  • Corrections in pen and pencil
  • Not the same work as that of poem of Drinkwater published by William Edwin Rudge, New York, 1926 (Compare Lilly PR6007 .R5 P34)

Purchased. 1977


Dufferin and Ava, Fredrick Temple Hamilton-Temple Blackwood, marquis of, 1826-1902, diplomat. To [William] Stirling-[Maxwell]. "At last my little present is ready for you….I send it to Keir where I suppose you will be during the recess….My mother is a little better in health and spirits…" [after 1847]

Autograph Letter Signed 1 leaf 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Stirling-Maxwell moved to the Keir estates in 1847.
  • Bordered in black, three leaves blank

Removed from Tennyson, Helen’s Tower, Clandeboye , privately printed, 1861 or 1862 (Lilly PR5557 .H4 1861) 1974


Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939, author. To Mr. Gaige. Sending books. [ca. 1928] 

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Ford and Crosby Gaige collaborated on a book together called The Sisters, which was published in 1928.

Removed from Ford’s A man could stand up …London, Dickworth, [1926] (Lilly PR6011 .O65 M3). 1964


Fox, Julianna Maria. Original [?] poems and copies of Zouch’s poems. [19th cent.?] 

Autograph 132p. 23cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Examined materials and estimated date.
  • Bound in half morocco

Purchased. 1967


Fox, Julianna Maria. Poems. [19th cent.?] 

Autograph 70p. 20cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Examined materials and estimated date.
  • Bound

Purchased. 1967


Fox, Julianna Maria. Poems. [19th cent.?] 

Autograph 12p. 19-23cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Examined materials and estimated date.
Contents:
  • "Tho a short time has past" [first line], 3p., 19cm.;
  • "And so friend Ted! pray how do you do? [first line], 3p., 23cm.;
  • Death and the Lady, 3p., 23cm.;
  • The Gibbet [appended to Death and the Lady], 3p., 23cm.

Purchased. 1967


Frank Fainwell’s Attempts to Amuse His Friends. [ca. 1811]

Autograph Document 19p. 13cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Published as: Frank Fiegnwell’s Attempts to Amuse His Friends on Twelfth-Night , London, Printed for S. and J. Fuller, 1811 (Lilly PZ8.3 .F82).
  • A Paper Doll Book
  • Red leather cover
  • Verses and seven colored hand-drawn cut-out figures to illustrate the characters with which Frank entertained his guests on an occasion with a "twelfth cake"
Characters:
  • Frank Fainwell – figure of young man with hat in hand and standing beside a claw-foot table, with detachable head;
  • King – crown for fitting on head [figure missing];
  • Rolla – "Peruvian Rolla," headless figure in white gown and feathered cape with sword in one hand and child in the other [hat missing];
  • Barber – headless figure in white apron with scissors, comb, razor [wig and wig on stand missing];
  • Harlequin – headless figure in harlequin suit [mask missing];
  • Scotchman – "They call me William Wallace," headless figure dressed in kilts [headdress missing];
  • Jew Pedlar – headless figure in long coat with box of rings, watches, scissors [headdress missing];
  • Counsellor – "I am Counsellor Puff," [figure missing].
  • Reference: Percy Muir, English Children’s Books , pages 211 and 233 (Lilly PN1009 .A1 M79)

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


Freeman, John, 1880-1929, poet, critic. 29 Weighton Road, Anerley, S.E. To [Roger Eric] Ingpen. He is concerned as to whether anything is due to him "from one or two anthologies." [after 1921]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Freeman was known to reside in Anerley during this time period.
  • Letter is dated September 9th, n.y.
  • Address is embossed at the top of the letter

Removed from Freeman, Poems New and Old. London, Selwyn and Bount, 1920 (Lilly PR6011 .R31 A17 1920). 1975


Fry, Elizabeth Gurney, 1780-1845, prison reformer. To Sophia [Pinkerton] Fry. Discusses purchases of goods from a greengrocer and a second hand cloak. [after 1800]

Autograph Letter Signed 4pp. 11cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Fry married Joseph Fry in 1800.
  • Last page has comments in a different hand about Mrs. Bond and Mrs. Pigon of 29 Grace Church Street

Gift. 1982


The Good Prentice at work at the Loom… [first line]. [19th cent.]

Document [4]p. 19.4cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Most similar items in the Lilly Library are from this time period.
  • Harlequinade Book
  • Floral paper cover in blue, rose & yellow
  • Dimensions as is enfolded format
  • Open format: 1p. 21 (39 with pasted-on flaps) x32.5cm.
  • Fold-up and fold-down flaps with eight drawings and 12 verses
  • Lines contrast "The Good Prentice…" who achieves the status of "Lord Mayor of London" with "The bad prentice Drunk and asleep" who ends his life on the gallows
  • Each four line verse concludes with a two line Moral
  • Drawings include a cat and "the fatall cart"

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


Gosse, Sir Edmund William, 1849-1928, author. Torquay. To [William Showell] Rogers. "I have been travelling, & have only received your letter of the 8th inst. today….I…shall be very glad to attend…a meeting." [late 1800’s]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Most of Gosse’s correspondence with Rogers is during this time period.

Purchased. 1971


Graves, Robert, 1895-1985, author. "Distant Smoke" [poem]. [ca. 1921] 

Autograph Document Signed 3 leaves 20cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Originally published in 1921.
  • Written in black ink
  • Varies slightly from the published version in Robert Graves, The Pier-Glass, London: Martin Secker, [1921] (Lilly PR6013 .R35 P6) 1968

Mounted on the inside front cover and free front endpaper of The Owl, A Miscellany, No. 2 (October, 1919), London: Martin Secker (Lilly PR1149 .O9 No. 2 Oct. 1919).


Graves, Robert, 1895-1985, author. "The Gnat" [poem]. [ca. 1921] 

Autograph Document Signed 5 leaves 21cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Originally published in 1921.
  • Written in black ink
  • The fourth leaf should follow the first leaf for the proper sequence of lines as published version in Robert Graves, The Pier-Glass, London: Martin Secker, [1921] (Lilly PR6013 .R35 P6) 1968

Mounted on the inside front cover and free front endpaper of The Owl, A Miscellany, No. 2 (October, 1919), London: Martin Secker (Lilly PR1149 .O9 No. 2 Oct. 1919).


Grieve, Christopher Murray, 1892-1978, author. The ugly birds without wings. [ca. 1962] 

Autograph Document Signed 34 [i.e. 38]p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Originally published in 1962.
  • Published under same title: Edinburgh, Allan Donaldson, 1962 (Lilly PR6013 .R72 U6).

Purchased. 1963


Hampson Simpson, John Frederick Norman, 1901-1955, author. Photograph of author with his dog; inscribed to "Charles from John". [ca. 1931] 

14x9cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Found in book published in 1931.

Removed from John Frederick Norman Hampson Simpson, Saturday night at the Greyhound. London, Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1931 (Lilly PR6015 .A437 S25). 1974


Hartley, Leslie Poles, 1895-1972, novelist. "A High Dive" [a short story]. [ca. 1961] 

Autograph Document Signed 15p. 33cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This story is known to have been published as early as 1961.

Purchased. 1970


Haslewood, Joseph, 1769-1833, antiquary. Two notes concerning the references to Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges on page 395 of the review of Edmund Lodge’s Illustrated Biography. [ca. 1831] 

Autograph Documents Signed 2p. 22cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Found in a book published in 1831.

Bound at beginning and end of review of Lodge’s Illustrated Biography in Brydge’s Geneva Gems, 1831 (Lilly PR4252 .B7 G32). 1975


Hayley, William, 1745-1820, author. Sonnet to Mrs. Unwin. [ca. 1788]

Autograph Document 1p. 16.7cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Found in book that was published in 1788.
  • Mounted on leaf 17.7cm.
  • In ink
  • Begins: Mary! whose Friendship, like a Seraph’s Wings,…
  • Formerly cataloged as sonnet by William Cowper, corrected 9 May 1984, as per M.M. Smith to S. Taylor, 1 May 1984, in English literature mss. VF

Removed from Hayley, Poems and plays. London, printed for T. Cadell, Vol. 1, 1788 (Lilly PR3384.5 .H3). 1965


Heath-Stubbs, John Francis Alexander, 1918- , poet. The Talking Ass. A Play in Two Acts. [ca. 1958]

Typed Document Signed 49p. 26cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Originally published in Helen in Egypt: and other plays , London: Oxford University Press, 1958.
  • Some changes, deletions, and stage directions in pencil and black ink
  • In slipcase

Purchased. 1993


Hesketh, Harriet (Cowper), Lady, 1733-1807, cousin of Cowper. To [James] Currie. York Hotel. Thanks him for his call and hopes he will call again. [late 18th cent.?] 

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 19cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This is time period of the majority of Lady Hesketh’s life.

Purchased. 1966


Hinkson, Katherine Tynan, 1861-1931, novelist. Mary Gray. [ca. 1909] 

Autograph Document Signed 281 leaves 21cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Originally published in 1909.
  • In ink
  • Name and address written on all chapter title pages
  • Occasional autograph revisions and deletions
  • Differs slightly from published version (Cassell and Company, Ltd., London, Paris, New York…, 1909), including some chapter titles
  • Bound in vellum; leaves 24-27 loose

Purchased. 1976


The History and adventures of Little Henry. [ca. 1810]

Autograph Document [11]p. 13cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Published as: The History and Adventures of Little Henry , London, Printed for S. and J. Fuller, 1810 (Lilly PZ8.3 .H64)
  • A Paper Doll Book
  • Red leather cover
  • Verses and seven colored hand-drawn cut-out figures to illustrate events in the life of Little Henry
Figures:
  • "…stolen away by a gipsey" – figure of young boy in blue suit with detachable head and hat;
  • "…becomes a beggar boy" – headless figure in torn clothing;
  • "…sold to a chimney sweeper" – headless figure in black clothing [hat missing];
  • "…becomes a drummer" – head less figure in drummer costume with hat and drum;
  • "...becomes a sailor" – headless figure in blue jacket and "trim trousers" with hat;
  • "…the rank of midshipman" – headless figure in white trousers and blue jacket with hat;
  • "…prodigies of bravery" – headless figure with sword in hand [hat missing].
  • Reference: Percy Muir, English Children’s Books , pages 211 and 233 (Lilly PN1009 .A1 M79)

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


The History of little Fanny in a Series of Figures. [ca. 1810]

Autograph Document [8]p. 13cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Published as: The History of Little Fanny, London, Printed for S. and J. Fuller, 1810 (Lilly PZ8.3 .H65)
  • A Paper Doll book
  • Dark blue marbleized paper cover
  • Seven colored hand-drawn cut-out figures to illustrate events in the life of Little Fanny
Figures:
  • "…with a doll in her arms" – figure with detachable head in white dress and pink sash;
  • "…ready to go out" – headless figure in coat and muff [bonnet missing];
  • "…begging her bread" – headless figure in red cloak;
  • "…an errand girl" – headless figure in apron with scales and basket of fish for her head;
  • "…carries milk and eggs to market" – headless figure in blue-checked apron and brown cloak and basket for her head;
  • "…to her mother’s House" – headless figure in white apron and brown cloak with headdress;
  • "…book in her hand" – headless figure with pink book in hand [headdress missing].
  • Reference: Percy Muir, English Children’s Books , pages 211 and 233 (Lilly PN1009 .A1 M79)
  • Lacks the verses of the published version

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


"History of Spain." [ca. 1819]

Autograph Document 4p. 13.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Found in book published in 1819.
  • In black ink with proper names in red
  • On lined paper with margins lined in red
  • Notes on history of Spain from 409 to 1814
  • Tipped in on stub of front free end paper of Maria Elizabeth (Halsey) Budden, 1780?-1832, author from Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, True Stories, from Modern History , London, Printed for Harris and Son, 1819 ...(Lilly D209 .B92 T86 1819), vol. 2.
  • Not published in vols. 1 or 2 of above edition of True Stories; vol. 3 not seen
  • Holograph note on page 145 of True Stories ... refers to "Histy of Spain at the beginning"

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


Hogarth, Georgina, 1827-1917, sister-in-law of Charles Dickens. 96 Mount Street, Grosvenor Square W. [London, England]. To Messrs Banting. Requests "one admission to the Choir on the occasion of the funeral of the lamented Dean of Westminster." [1881?]

Autograph Letter 1p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Possibly referring to the funeral for Arthur P. Stanley, Dean of Westminster, who died in 1881, which is also around the time The letters of Charles Dickens was published.

Removed from The letters of Charles Dickens …London, Chapman and Hall, 1880-1882, volume 1. (Lilly PR4581 .A3D6)

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


[Holcroft, Thomas?], 1745-1809, actor, dramatist. The Escapes or The Water-Carrier a Musical Entertainment in Two Acts. Act one. [ca. 1801]

Autograph Document [44]pp. 23cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: First acted at Covent Garden on 14 October 1801
  • Drama in a scribal hand with emendations in other hands
  • Characters and actors appear facing page one
  • Twenty numbered pages of text with some emendations on facing pages
  • Stitched in wrappers, possibly contemporary
  • Songs by Thomas John Dibdin; "the dialogue would seem to be by T. Holcroft"; adapted from Les deux journées by J. N. Bouilly, music by Cherubini: Allardyce Nicoll, A History of English Drama, 1600-1900 , IV, pages 297, 326, 580 (Lilly PN625 .N52 1959)
  • Another copy of the manuscript is in the Larpent Collection at the Huntington Library: Dougald MacMillan, Catalog of the Larpent Plays…San Marino, California, 1939 (Z2014 .D7 H45), No. 1332, page 222

Purchased. 1975


Hood, Thomas, 1799-1845, poet. Winchmore Hill. To "Cappell, Esqr." Asks correspondent to call "on Tuesday." [ca. 1829-1832]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 22cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Hood is known to have resided in Winchmore Hill for three years between 1829-1832.

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


Housman, Laurence, 1865-1959, author. Photograph of the author in a seated position and without his glasses. [ca. 1908]

13x8cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The photograph was removed from a book published in 1908.
  • Verso of photograph is printed for Post Card use

Removed from Housman, Selected Poems. London, Sidgick & Jackson, 1908 (Lilly PR4809 .H18 A17 1908). 1975


Hughes, Ted, 1930- , poet. Court Green, [North Tawton, Devon, England]. To [Ronald Frederick Henry Duncan]. Speaks of fishing and adds a note about the WRITER’S ACTION GROUP, including its address and membership fee. [after 1961]

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 25.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Hughes moved to his house in Devon, England, in 1961.
  • Addressed to: Ronnie
  • In ink

Purchased. 1979


Hughes, Ted, 1930- , poet. Court Green, N[orth] Tawton, [Devon, England]. To [Ronald Frederick Henry Duncan]. Thinks that "there’s room for a publishing house that would publish all those vital neglected texts". He and a friend once started to list them. [after 1961]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Hughes moved to his house in Devon, England, in 1961.
  • Addressed to: Ronnie
  • In ink

Purchased. 1979


Hughes, Ted, 1930- , poet. Court Green, North Tawton, Devon, [England]. To Ronald [Frederick Henry] Duncan. Turns down a request to do a video tape, and aks "Are you watching this Common Market Fishing?" [after 1961]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Hughes moved to his house in Devon, England, in 1961.
  • In ink

Purchased. 1979


Hunt, Violet, 1866-1942, novelist. South Lodge, 80 Campden Hill Road, London, W.8, [England]. To "Dear Mr. Ellis." "I shall love to come it is just the sort of think like….I’ve got a horrid revise of my book." [ca. 1925]

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Mounted on the third and fourth pages of the letter is a newspaper clipping from The News of the World , Feb. 15, 1925, about Mrs. Elsie Heuffer’s injunction against Violent Hunt.

Purchased. 1970


Ingelow, Jean, 1820-1897, poet. 6 Holland Villas Road, Kensington W. To "Dear Sir." "I am much obliged to you for your kindness in sending me the Literary World for July 17th." [ca. 1885-1897?]

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 14cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Ingelow is known to have spent the last years of her life in Kensington.

Purchased. 1970


James, Henry James, baron, 1828-1911, jurist. 15 Esplanade, Dover. To Mrs. Hill. "I am living in deep retirement, & spending a month at this place to get on with some work before crossing to Paris…" [ca. 1890-1910?]

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Due to the mention of retirement, this letter was likely written in James’ later years.

Purchased. 1968


James, Montague Rhodes, 1862-1936, author. The ash-tree. [ca. 1904] 

Autograph Document 17p. 34cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Published in James’ Ghost-stories of an antiquary …London, Edward Arnold, 1904, pp. 83-112 (Lilly PR6019 .A6 G6).

Purchased. 1961


Jones, Henry Arthur, 1851-1929, dramatist. [Honour bright: corrections]. [ca. 1879] 

Autograph Document [6]pp. 6.5-20cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Originally published in 1879.
  • Corrections in ink for 5 pages: 27 (2 drafts), 28 (verso of page 27), 30, 32, 33

Removed from the work (which itself has many holograph corrections) in which they were published: Jones, Honour Bright . Ilfracombe, Printed by J. Tait [1879] (Lilly PR4827 .H5 1879). 1984


Kaye-Smith, Sheila, 1887-1956, novelist. 9 Dane Road, St. Leonards on Sea, [England]. To Mr. Dakers. "I understand about 'Sussex Gorse' & 'Sirius' , &--like you--make no comment. I gather that you are making the arrangements for 'Tamarisk Town.' " [after 1919]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The latest of the works mentioned is Tamarisk Town , which was published in 1919.

Purchased. 1970


Kaye-Smith, Sheila, 1887-1956, novelist. 84 Redcliffe Gardens, South Kensington, [England]. To [Thomas Power] O’Connor. "I want to talk business with you!...perhaps I might edit Richardson for the series you were speaking of when I saw you last." [ca. 1924-1929?]

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Kaye-Smith is known to have moved to South Kensington after marrying T.P. Fry in 1924, but moved to Northiam in Sussex in 1929.

Purchased. 1970


Kaye-Smith, Sheila, 1887-1956, novelist. 9 Dane Road, St. Leonards on Sea, [England]. To [Thomas Power] O’Connor. "Thank you so much for Alfred de Musset. It was very kind of you to think of me. I have read practically no recent French poetry, so am looking forward immensely to reading this." [before 1924]

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 15cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Kaye-Smith is known to have moved from her residence in St. Leonards-on-Sea when she married T.P. Fry in 1924.
  • Accompanied by a post card with a likeness of Sheila Kay-Smith and signed by her.

Purchased. 1970


[Kemble, John Philip?], 1757-1823, actor. The School of Scandal scandaliz’d! A Piece of one Act taken from Moliere’s Critique on his own School of Wives. [ca. 1779] 

Autograph Document [19]pp. 33cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: First performed in 1779 in York, England.
  • Drama in the hand of John Philip Kemble
  • Title page bears a quotation from Pope
  • Characters appear on the verso of the title page
  • Seventeen pages of text with several emendations
  • Stitched in contemporary wrappers
  • First acted at York on 27 March 1779 and later at Covent Garden on 18 March 1780: The London Stage V, i, pages 278 and 325 (Lilly PN2592 .L84)
  • Another copy of the manuscript is found in the Larpent Collection at the Huntington Library: Dougald MacMillan, Catalog of the Larpent Plays…San Marino, California, 1939 (Z2014 .D7 H45), No. 470, page 80.

Purchased. 1975


Kirkup, James, 1918- , poet. 139 Adelaide Road, London, N.W. 3, [England]. To Philip [Kenneth] Callow. "Here are your poems….Poetry nowadays is a frustrating business, unless one lives for the sake of poetry itself…the kind of shallow success that the literary bishops give—is meaningless." [after 1949]

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 26cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Kirkup’s career as a poet began about 1949.

Purchased. 1970


Knowles, James Sheridan, 1784-1862, author. 1 Park Street, Torquay-Devon [England]. To "Beaumont." Wishes recipient a Happy New Year and comments "Poor Fletcher has had a slight stroke of paralysis but Homeopathy…has brought him around." [ca. 1832]

Autograph Letter 3p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The letter was removed from a book published in 1832.
  • Signed: Fletcher

Removed from Knowles, The Hunchback. A play . London: E. Moxon, 1832 (Lilly PR4859 .K5 H9 1832e) 1982.


Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834, essayist, humorist. Colebrook Cottage, Colebrook Row, Islington. To Mr. Ollier, 5 Maida Hill West. Wants half a dozen copies of his Works to give away. [ca. 1818] 

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The letter was removed from a book published in 1818, which was also mentioned in the letter.

Removed from Lamb’s Works…London, Printed for C. and J. Ollier, 1818, vol. I (Lilly PR4860 .A2 1818 copy 2).

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


Landor, Walter Savage, 1775-1864, poet, prose writer. Conversation the first The lord Brooke and Sir Philip Sydney and Conversation the second, Lord Grenville and Burke. [ca. 1824]

Autograph Document 8p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Manuscript removed from a book published in 1824.

Removed from Savage, Imaginary conversations …London, Printed for Taylor and Hessey, 1824 (Lilly PR872 .I31 v.1). 1968


Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912, author.   Growls of Authors. [after 1890]  

Autograph Document Signed 14 leaves 20cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Determined upon examination of materials by manuscript curator.
  • Signed "A.L." at head of title
  • Bound in modern rust colored cloth, "Andrew Lang Ms." stamped in gold on front cover
  • Bookplate of William Harris Arnold
  • Draft of essay with numerous changes and corrections, written on one side only of each leaf
  • Publication history unknown

Purchased. 1982


Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912, author. The Haida. [ca. 1912] 

Autograph Document 10 leaves 23cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Possibly part of a draft of "Method in the study of totemism," in American Antrhopologist, Vol. 14, no. 2 (Apr. – June 1912), p. 368-382 (Main GN1 .A5)
  • In ink
  • Pagination reads 58-67
  • Heading of "Chapter 4 to 11" crossed out

Purchased. 1986


Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912, editor. 1 Marloes Road, [Kensington] W. [London, England.] To [John Berry] Alden. Refers to an article on Paul Jones. [ca.1876-1912]

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Lang is known to have resided at 1 Marloes Road, Kensington, London, between 1876-1912.

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


Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912, author. 1, Marloes Road, Kensington, W. To [William Leonard] Courtenay [sic]. "Many thanks for Mill. He is outplayed, is he not?...But I shall find that out in your book when it arrives." [ca.1876-1912]

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Lang is known to have resided at 1 Marloes Road, Kensington, London, between 1876-1912.
  • Letter dated Dec. 28
  • Accompanied by transcript

Purchased. 1971


Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912, author. 1, Marloes Road, Kensington, W. To [Sir George Laurence] Gomme. Asks to see Gomme’s "secret typewritten"; several new points have come up that may affect his thesis. [ca.1876-1912]

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 17.7cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Lang is known to have resided at 1 Marloes Road, Kensington, London, between 1876-1912.
  • Dated June 20, n.y.
  • See also letter of June 27, n.y.

Gift. 1984


Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912, author. To [Sir George Laurence] Gomme. Inquires about citation for the totem controversy to which he wishes to refer in his History of Scotland. Regrets having spilled coffee on Mrs. [Edwin Sidney] Hartland’s dress; offers his services to Professor [Frederick] Starr. [ca.1876-1912]

Autograph Letter Signed 4pp. 17.7cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This letter was accompanied by the June 20, n.y. letter, which was written from 1 Marloes Road, London, where Lang resided between 1876-1912.
  • Dated June 27, n.y.
  • Letterhead torn off
  • Accompanied by envelope addressed to A.A. Gomme, 4 Dalesford Avenue, Barnes, S.W. 15, London, dated 17 Jan [19]66
  • Envelope also contained the Lang letter of June 20, n.y.

Gift. 1984


Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912, poet. Alleyne House, St. Andrews. Unconscious Larceny. [after 1905] 

Autograph Document Signed 2p. 22.8cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This letter was likely written after New Collected Rhymes was published in 1905.
  • Explains how a piece of verse by Mrs. Marriott-Watson came to be included in his New Collected Rhymes as though written by him
  • In black ink on unlined white paper
  • Dated: Jan. 6

Purchased. 1994


Le Gallienne, Richard, 1866-1947, author. Some New Poetry. [after 1912] 

Autograph Document Signed 13 leaves 28cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The text is reviewing poems that were published as late as 1912.
  • In ink with printer’s amendments
  • Twelve leaves of text reviewing the 13 volumes of poetry listed on the last leaf, which were published between 1910-1912
  • Paper watermarked: State Bond followed by a stylized W
  • Leaves inlaid in volume (34cm.) bound in blue with blank pages

Purchased. 1976


Le Gallienne, Richard, 1866-1947, author. The Schuyler, 59-61 West 45th Street, New York. To Mrs. [Kate Douglas (Smith) Wiggin] Riggs. Regrets health precludes accepting dinner invitation. [after 1897]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Le Gallienne is known to have moved to the United States in 1897 when he married Julie Noiregard.

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


Lehmann, Rosamond Nina, 1901- , author. The Gypsy’s baby. [ca. 1946] 

Autograph Document, [1], 20, 58p. 22.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Published as title story in The Gypsy’s baby and other stories , by Rosamond Lehmann. London: Collins, 1946
  • Accompanied by three negatives of the manuscript and the published volume.

Purchased. 1990


Le Queux, William Tufnell, 1864-1927, novelist. The Secrets of Yildiz. [1917?] 

Autograph Document Signed 193 leaves 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Apparently not published, although chapter 3 bears the notation copyright in the United States of America by William Le Queux, 1917
  • In ink
  • Leaves [180-186] are typescript with holograph corrections
  • In red buckram case

Purchased. 1975


Leslie, Sir Shane, 1885-1971, biographer, poet. "The toreador of Monet." [ca. 1928] 

Autograph Document Signed 1p. 26cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Published in Poems of Shane Leslie, London: Cayme Press, 1928. (Lilly PR6023 .E8A17 1928) page 69.
  • Leaf enumerated 69 in red link
  • Signature in red ink
  • Four lines of verse
  • Watermark W T & co

Removed from Poems of Shane Leslie, London: Cayme Press, 1928. (Lilly PR6023 .E8A17 1928). 1976


Lewis, Wyndham, 1882-1957, author, painter. To [Geoffrey] Grigson. Comments on Edith Sitwell. [ca. 1934] 

Autograph Note Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The letter was removed from a book published in this year.

Removed from Sitwell’s Aspects of Modern Poetry . London, [1934]. (Lilly PR603 .S5). 1963


Locker-Lampson, Frederick, 1821-1895, poet. [London Lyrics: comments and corrections]. [ca. 1870] 

Autograph Document [25]pp. 17.2cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Comments and corrections inscribed by the author in London Lyrics, London, Strahan, 1870 (Lilly PR4891 .L2 L84 1870) for the following poems:
    • "The Castle in the Air" , p. 3-8;
    • "Piccadilly" , p. 13-14;
    • "The Pilgrims of Pall Mall" , p. 23-25;
    • "The Fairy Rose" , p. 30-31;
    • "Bramble-Rise" , p. 40-43;
    • "St. James’s Street" , p. 167-169;
    • "The Jester’s Moral" , p. 186-190.
  • Bookplate of William F. Gable

Gift. 1985


Lover, Samuel, 1797-1868, song writer, novelist, painter. No. 24, Charles Berners St[reet], London. To N[icholas Lee] Torre, Esq. Concerning arrangements which will be forwarded to Torre at Leamington for an entertainment to be given in Liverpool. Refers to the vocal accompaniment of Miss Rollo Dickson. [ca. 1842]

Autograph Letter Signed 5p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The letter was removed from a book published in this year.
  • Dated June 5th

Removed from Samuel Lover, Handy Andy …London, Frederick Lover and Richard Groombridge, 1842 (Lilly PR4892 .H236 copy 2). 1972


Machen, Arthur, 1863-1947, author. The Grande Trouvaille, A Legend of Pentonville . [ca. 1923] 

Autograph Document Signed 6 leaves 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Published as a private printing for subscribers only by The First Edition Bookshop (R. Townley Searle), London, [1923].
  • With corrections
  • In ink with title and author’s name in pencil
  • Encased in blue slipcase

Purchased. 1974


Mackenzie, Sir Compton, 1883-1972, author. Introduction to Rosemary by Fay Compton. [ca. 1926] 

Typed Document 22 +1p. 26cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Rosemary was published by Fay Compton in 1926.
  • With holograph corrections

Purchased. 1973


Mackenzie, Faith (Stone), Lady, 1878-1960, author. 13c Sheffield Terrace, Campden Hill, W8 [England]. To Daniel. Apologies for not having responded to his card and letter. "I still havent been able to get down to corrections, but there are few which cant wait till proofs come in." [1956?]

Autograph Letter Signed [2]p. 17.9cm

  • The date was derived from the following information: Approximate date given by curator upon receipt.
  • Dated 21 Aug.

Purchase. 1992


McNeile, Herman Cyril, 1888-1937, novelist. The three numbers. [ca. 1915-1937] 

Typed Document Signed 24p. 28cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: McNeile’s career as a writer and novelist span these years.

Transferred from the Rarebook department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 1972


Macready, William Charles, 1793-1873, actor. Sherborne House. "Mr. Macready has much pleasure in accepting Mr. & Mrs. Henning’s invitation for Tuesday evening next." [ca. 1850-1860] 

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 13cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Macready is known to have leased the Sherborne House from 1850-1860.
  • Accompanied by envelope addressed to Mrs. Henning, Newland
  • Dated May 9

Purchased. 1975


Macready, William Charles, 1793-1873, actor. Sherborne House. To the Rev. E. L. Henning, Newland. "I was very glad to read what you said at the meeting.—No town ought to be dictated to by a clique." [ca. 1850-1860]

Autograph Letter Signed 3pp. 13cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Macready is known to have leased the Sherborne House from 1850-1860.
  • Letter dated February 11

Purchased. 1975


Mathews, Charles, 1776-1835, comedian. Lisle Street. To Dear Sir. "There are reasons which I have not time to enter into at present that prevent the possibility of my taking advantage of your…offer for my own benefit….With many thanks for the song." [ca. 1794-1835]

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Mathews’ career as a stage performer spans these years.

Mounted between pages 134 and 135 of Robson, The Old Play-Goer , London, James Masters, 1846 (Lilly PN2594 .R6 1846). 1973


Mathews, Charles James, 1803-1878, actor, dramatist. 2 Marine Row, Hull. To W[illiam] R[obert] Copeland, Esqr., Theatre Royal, Liverpool. "Can’t you make it the two weeks instead of one, either at the Royal or Ampitheater. You would much oblige me." [ca. 1835-1878]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Mathews’ career as an actor spans these years.

Mounted between pages 60 and 61 in Memoirs of Madame Vestris , London, 1839 (Lilly PN2598 .V58 W53). 1973


Maugham, William Somerset, 1874-1965, novelist. The mixture as before. [ca. 1940] 

Autograph Document Signed [381 leaves] 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The Mixture as Before was published in 1940.
  • Shelved in Vault 1
  • Bound in oasis niger, title in gold
  • In blue ink with corrections and revisions in red ink
  • Foreword is missing
  • First page of "The Lotus Eater" is missing
  • An early draft of pages 26 and 25, in that order, of "A Man with a Conscience" , follow "An Official Position" .
  • In the manuscript copy "An Official Position" is the second story and "A Man with a Conscience" is the ninth story.
  • Differs slightly from the published version. London and Toronto, William Heinemann Ltd., [1940] (Lilly PR6025 .A83 M7 1940).

Gift. 1965


Maugham, William Somerset, 1874-1965, novelist. Preface to A writer’s notebook. [ca. 1949] 

Autograph Document 14 + [1] leaf. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: A Writer’s Notebook was published in 1949.
  • Accompanied by a letter to "Dear Richard", Jan. 26.
  • In blue ink with corrections in red ink.
  • Differs considerably from the published version. Melbourne, London, Toronto, William Heinemann Ltd., [1949] (Lilly PR6025 .A83 W7 1949).

Gift? 1966


Maugham, William Somerset, 1874-1965, novelist. Villa Valentino, Capri, Italy. To C.F. Cazenove. "I am afraid I have nothing at all ready at present that would do as a serial for a Society Journal." [after 1897]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Maugham started his career as a writer in 1897.

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


Maxwell, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Braddon, 1837-1915, novelist. Parlour Twilight—being a collection of true stories about Wild and Tame Animals, selected from different sources for the amusement of her Grandson. [after 1862] 

Autograph Document Signed 14p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Braddon started her career as a writer in 1862.

Purchased. 1970


Medalle, Lydia (Sterne), 1747-?. York. To [Thomas] Beckett, bookseller in the Strand, London. Requests that Beckett’s account with her father, [Lawrence Sterne], of 72.16.4 for Dec. 30, 1767 be cleared up; mentions her mother and the names of [John] Botham, [William] Edmonds, [Charles] Selwin, and [Isaac] Panchaud. [Aug. 8, 1768?]

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 22.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Approximate date given by curator upon receiving the document.
  • Dated: Sat[urday]
  • Stamped: 8[over] AV, encircled

Purchased. 1980


Meredith, George, 1828-1909, novelist, poet. Copsham. To W. L. Walford. "Lucas could have had the Dyke Farm, but he wouldn’t send me proofs." [ca. 1850-1864]

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Meredith is known to have resided at Copsham during this period.

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


Mickle, William Julius, 1735-1788, poet. To [Christopher] Buston, New College, Oxford. Refers to his play "The Siege of Marseilles" and a conference with George Johnstone about the play. [ca. 1775]

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 33cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: "The Siege of Marseilles" was written by Mickle around this time.

Removed from Poems and a Tragedy by William Julius Mickle. London, Printed by A. Paris for J. Egerton, 1794 (Lilly PR3549 .M3 P6). 1970


Milton, John, 1608-1674, poet. Selections from Milton Sonnets. Original in Poe shrine, March 15, 1948. [1961]

Document 2p. 28cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This is the year the photostat was receieved by the Lilly Library.
  • In the hand of Edgar Allan Poe

Positive photostat from original owned by Poe Foundation and on deposit in Virginia State Library, Richmong, Va. 1961


Moore, George, 1852-1933, novelist. To [Margaret] Gough. Concerns instructions to the publisher for the sale of The Apostle. [ca. 1911] 

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 20cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The Apostle was published in 1911.

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


Morris, William, 1834-1896, poet. [Catalog slip for] Polybius’ Les cinq premiers livres …Lion, Ian de Tovrnes, 1558. [late 19th cent.] 

Autograph Document 1p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Morris’ career as a poet spanned this period.

Removed from Polybius’ Les cinq premiers livres des histories de Polybe megalopolitein …Lion, Ian de Tovrnes, 1558 (Lilly PA4392 .F7 M3 1558). 1958


"My Father" . [ca. 1827]

Autograph Document 1p. 21.2cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This poem was published in a book as early as 1827.
  • Poem of 15 verses in imitation of Ann (Taylor) Gilbert’s "My Mother"
  • In ink in an unidentified hand
  • Note states the poem was copied from The Affectionate Parent’s Gift and The Good Child’s Reward [by Henry Sharpe Horsely]. Published by T. Kelly, 17 Paternoster Row, London, 1832, Vol. II, page 163.
  • See the same title, published in 1827 (Lilly PZ6 .H81 A665 1827); see The Osborne Collection. Vol. 2, page 644 (Lilly Z1037 .T685)

Removed from Ann (Taylor) Gilbert, My Mother , London, P.W. Tomkins, 1807 (Lilly PZ8.3 .T24 M98).

Gift. 1985


Nicholson, Norman, 1914-1987, author. "Carol" [ca. 1940-1987] 

Autograph Document Signed 1p. 15cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Nicholson’s career as a writer spanned these years.
  • Poem
  • In blue ink on verso of card
  • Reproduction of "The Annunciation" from a British Museum manuscript
  • First line: Mary laid her child among
  • Signed: Christmas greetings from Nic

Removed from Nicholson, Norman. Five rivers . London, Faber and Faber, 1944 (Lilly PR6027 .I3 F56) 1993


Nicoll, Allardyce, 1894- , professor. 89A Lexham – gardens, Kensington, W.8. To [Charles Archibald] Stonehill. "I told our Principal…about the painting of The Tempest which…was supposed to belong to the Boydell Collection….He would like to call to see it." [ca. 1929]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Letter was found in book published in 1929.

Removed from The Works of Cyril Tourneur, edited by Allardyce Nicoll, London, Fanfrolico Press, 1929 (Lilly PR3170 .A5 N645). 1977


[Notes about stage properties for Turn out! by James Kenney]. [ca. 1825-1838]

Document [2] pp. 11.3x6.3cm. and 20.5x12.9cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Larger page bears the dates Oct. 31, 1825, and Mar. 31, 1838
  • In ink and one line in pencil
  • Larger page also bears the name of the stage character Valentine Gregory
  • Larger page (i.e., torn half page) bears portion of water mark: C Wi 18 – which may refer to Charles Wilmott, paper marker, and date
  • Volume from which removed bears extensive notes and full page changes pasted in

Removed from James Kenney, Turn out! London, printed by Whittingham and Rowland for Sharpe and Hailes, 1812 (Lilly PR4839 .L324 T9 1812). 1983


Osborne, John, 1929-1994, dramatist. "Look back in anger:" a play in three acts…[ca. 1956]

Document [3], 44, 35, 15, 17, 13p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Look Back in Anger was published in 1956.
  • Mimeographed with holograph revisions.
  • Piece torn from bottom of p. 7, Act 2, scene 1; p. 2, Act 3, scene 2 torn
  • Stamped on title-page: "The English stage company Royal Court theatre"
  • Written on title-page in ink: No. 7

"I cannot offer you the actual working script, but script number 7 from which most of the actual work was done and which I used later to produce the first television adaptation for the Granada Television Network in Manchester." Ernst Borneman to the University of Indiana Drama Department, January 20, 1961. Typed Letter Signed Filed in Mss. Division, Lilly Library.


Parke, Alice E. "Anticipation of the 20th century" . [late 19th cent.]

Autograph Document Signed 2p. 23.3cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Based on the title of the poem and the era in which most similar items are dated.
  • Humorous poem of 28 lines: "…set the kettle on, I mean to take a drive, I only want to go to Rome, and shall be back by five"
  • At top of page: Water color and pen illustration of a steam-powered vehicle in which two men are riding

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


Parker, Sir Gilbert, bart., 1862-1932, novelist. 7, Park Place, St. James’ S.W. To Mrs. [Kate Douglas (Smith)] Wiggin [Riggs]. "Please, I never forget when I want to remember, and when I can’t remember you I shall be sorry for myself…" [ca. 1894]

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The letter was removed from a book published in this year, and Parker is known to have resided at St. James’ S.W. at this time.

Removed from Parker’s A Lover’s Diary Cambridge and Chicago, Stone and Kimball; London, Methuen & Company, 1894 (Lilly PR5122 .L912). 1973


Patmore, Derek, 1908- , author. Hotel Ritz, Madrid, [Spain]. To Roger Senhouse, Esq. Messrs. Secker & Warburg, John Street, London, W.C. 1. "Just a line to tell you that Spain is as fascinating as ever…" [ca. 1968]

Autograph Postcard Signed 14cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The letter was removed from a book published in 1968.
  • In ink on a picture postcard

Removed from Brigit Patmore, My friends when young: the memoirs of Brigit Patmore . London, Heinemann, 1968 (Lilly CT808 .P3 A3). 1977


Photograph of Sir Max Pemberton, 1863-1950, author. [ca. 1907]

9x7cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Photograph found in a book published in 1907.
  • Three-quarter upper view of Sir Max Pemberton

Mounted on front flyleaf of Pemberton, Aladdin of London , New York, Empire Book Company, 1907 (Lilly PR6031 .E5A31). 1980


Pinkerton, William, 1809-1871, antiquary. "The authorship of this remarkable work…" [first line, regarding Denis Vairasse d’ Allais, The History of the Sevarambians , 1738]. [before 1871]

Autograph Document Signed 2p. 20cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This is the date of the author’s death, so it must have been written before then.
  • In ink

Removed from Denis Vairasse d’ Allasis, The History of the Sevarambians , London, Printed for John Noon, 1738 (Lilly G560 .V3 1738).

Gift. 1986


Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963, author. "Wallalone" : [a poem] [ca. 1915-1963] 

Autograph Document 2p. 28cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Powys’ career as a writer span these years.

Gift. 1963


Procter, Bryan Waller, 1787-1874, poet. To C[harles] Knight, Pall Mall East. "I have not been able to put my hand upon some rhymes which I had designed for you." [ca. 1820]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The letter was removed from a book published in 1820.

Removed from [Bryan Waller Procter] Marcian Colonna …London, J. Warren and C. & J. Ollier, 1820. (Lilly PR5192 .M3 1820). 1968


Rattigan, Terrence Mervyn, 1911-1977, playwright, screenwriter. After the dance. [ca. 1939] 

Typed (carbon) Document [142]pp. 28cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This play was first produced and published in 1939.
  • Red wrapper: From Brandt & Brandt Dramatic Dept., Inc., 101 Park Avenue, New York
  • Penciled on cover: AFTER THE DANCE, in unknown hand
  • A play in three acts; first produced in London in 1939
  • Published by Hamish Hamilton in 1939

Transfer. Book Department, Lilly Library. 1982


Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882, painter, poet. [Poems]. [ca. 1881]

Autograph Document [18]pp. 22.3cm.

Contents:
  • 1) "Down Stream" , 2pp., published on pages 142-143
  • 2) "Francesca da Rimini" , 2pp., on pages 293-294
  • 3) "Gioventù e Signorià, Youth and Lordship" , Italian and English, 4pp., on pages 289-291
  • 4) On a handfull of French money, 1p., not published in this volume
  • 5) [ "Sister Helen" ], 6 stanzas only, 2pp., on pages 20-21
  • 6) "Wellington’s Funeral" , 5pp., on pages 180-183
  • 7) "World’s Worth" , 2pp., on pages 185-186
  • The date was derived from the following information: These poems were published in and removed from a book that was published in 1881.
  • All in ink
  • Watermarks: J. Allen & Sons Super Fine and Gurney Ivory Laid
  • Occasional notes to the printer
  • Some pages bear penciled enumeration: 30-33, 37-39, 58-61, 91-92, 108-111
  • Published (with the one exception) in the volume from which the poems were removed.

Removed from Rosetti, Poems…London, Ellis & White, 1881 (Lilly PR5240 1881). 1957


Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882, painter, poet. Proof of Rossetti’s illustration of Tennyson’s poem, "Sir Galahad" , with instructions to the engraver [William James Linton]. [ca. 1859]

Autograph Note 1p. 16cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This item was removed from a book published in 1859.

Removed from Poems by Alfred Tennyson, Edward Moxon and Co., 1859. (Lilly PR5551 .A1 1859). 1970


Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882, painter, poet. To W[illiam] J[ames] Linton. 84 Hatton Garden. Refers to Rossetti’s illustration of Tennyson’s poem, "Mariana in the south" . [ca. 1859]

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This item was removed from a book published in 1859.
  • Accompanied by cover and illustration.

Removed from Poems by Alfred Tennyson, Edward Moxon and Co., 1859. (Lilly PR5551 .A1 1859). 1966


Ruskin, John, 1819-1900, author. Corpus Christi College, Oxford, [England]. To "My dear Sir." Refers to accommodations and lecture at "Salt Hill." [late 19th cent.]

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Ruskin’s career spanned this time period.

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


Ruskin, John, 1819-1900, author. To [Coventry Kersey Dighton] Patmore. "I shall tell Smith & Elder to send you the books…I will return you the papers on Ethics." [ca. 1865]

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This letter was removed from a book published in 1865.

Removed from John Ruskin, Sesame and lilies …London, Smith, Elder and Co., 1865. (Lilly PR5260 .A1 1865). 1966

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


Ruskin, John, 1819-1900, author. To Miss Phelps. Regrets the arrangements that caused the two of them to miss their appointment. Cannot come tomorrow because of a cough and an address which he must give to the Society of Arts. "Please don’t go to Marlborough however without me." Sends greeting to Mr. Phelps, Mrs. Nullah and Caroline. [ca. 1851]

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 17.7cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This letter was removed from a book published in 1851.
  • Dated: Monday Evening
  • Half of watermark: JOY 18

Removed from Ruskin, The King of the Golden River …illustrated by Richard Doyle, Second Edition, London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1851. (Lilly PR5256 .A1 1851a)

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


Russell, George William, 1867-1935, poet. Dublin. To [Clement King] Shorter. Early writings. [ca. 1917] 

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This letter was removed from a book published in 1917.
  • Signed "AE"

Removed from Russell’s Salutation…London, Privately printed, 1917 (Lilly PR6035 .U7 S18 copy 2). 1965


Russell, George William, 1867-1935, poet. Irish homestead, Dublin. To [Clement King] Shorter. Sending proof; Yeats. [ca. 1917] 

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This letter was removed from a book published in 1917.

Mounted on front leaf of Russell’s Salutation…London, Privately printed, 1917 (Lilly PR6035 .U7 S18 copy 2). 1965


Sassoon Siegfried Lorraine, 1886-1967, poet. 54 Tufton Street, Westminster S.W.I. June 15. To[?]. Sends volume; requests return of proof sheets; comments on "the Captain’s Doll and the Fox." [ca. 1919-1925]

Autograph Note Signed 1p. 9cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Sassoon is known to have lived at 54 Tufton Street during these years.

Removed from Siegfried Sassoon’s Recreations…[London], Printed for the author, [Chiswick Press, 1923] (Lilly PR6037 .A86 R3).

Purchase. 1952


Saunders, James, 1925- , playwright. The Italian girl [dramatization of Iris Murdoch’s novel of the same title]. [ca. 1967] 

Autograph Document 80 leaves 40cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The Italian Girl was first produced in 1967.
  • Draft of author’s play with many changes, emendations, and corrections. Differs frequently from the mimeographed version in phrasing, punctuation, and addition and deletion of words and sections. The draft appears to be based on an earlier version, evidenced by occasional lapses in dialogue continuity which destroy the sense (e.g. omissions of lines on leaf 42; cf. text on p. 60 of mimeographed version.) Fairly large sections of dialogue have been left out of manuscript draft, especially concluding passages of later scenes. Manuscript carries play through first half of leaf 71 (cf. first half of p. 110 in mimeographed version; concluding passages comprising 8 ½ pages of mimeo version are thus omitted from manuscript. From leaf 71 through leaf 80 and then on the versos of leaves 61-80 are variations of passages from earlier in the play.
  • Manuscript is in blue fiber-tip, and blue and red ball point writing. The main body is written in blue and the variations of passages beginning on leaf 71 and running to end and then back on the versos to leaf 61, largely in red.
  • Mimeographed version (Lilly PR6069 .A9 I82).

Purchased. 1969


Scott, Sir Walter, bart., 1771-1832, novelist, poet. "Amid these ailes, where once his precepts show’d" [first line]. Part of the epitaph for the monument executed by Mr. Bacon in Lichfield cathedral by order of Anna Seward in memory of her father Thomas Seward. [ca. 1811]

Autograph Document copy 1p. 19cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This poem was printed in The Gentleman’s Magazine , Vol. 110, September 1811, p. 255.

Removed from Thomas Park, Sonnets and other small poems . London, Printed for G. Sael, 1797 (Lilly PR5115 .P75 S6 1797). 1968


Scott, Sir Walter, 1771-1832, novelist. Castle Street. To Sir. "I am in act [sic] of moving from my house just now…on my official duties during the last sittings of the Court….The person who can give you the most ample information on the subject is John Rutherford Esq…" [ca. 1798-1826]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Scott is known to have resided at a residence on Castle Street in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1798-1826.
  • Dated March 8

Purchased. 1972


Scott, Sir Walter, 1771-1832, novelist. Melrose, [Scotland]. To J. [H.] Hanshall, Esq., Editor of the Berkshire Chronicle, West end Bedford Street, Reading, [Berkshire]. "I…should be much gratified with the perusal of the work you mention which I will take proper care of and return with safety." [ca. 1824-1832]

Autograph Letter 1p. 13cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This letter was likely written from "Abbotsford," the residence of Scott in Melrose, Scotland. He lived at "Abbotsford" from 1824 until his death in 1832.

Removed from Thomas Potts, The wonderfull discoverie of witches in the countie of Lancaster …London, 1613. (Lilly BF1581 .A2P6). 1961


Scott, Sir Walter, 1771-1832, novelist. Abbotsford, [Melrose, Scotland]. To J. [H.] Hanshall, Esq., Chelmsford, [England]. "I am…obliged for the loan of this curious volume…" [ca. 1824-1832]

Autograph Letter 1p. 16cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Scott is known to have lived at "Abbotsford" from 1824 until his death in 1832.

Removed from Thomas Potts, The wonderfull discoverie of witches in the countie of Lancaster …London, 1613. (Lilly BF1581 .A2P6). 1961


Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, playwright. Selections from Shakespeare. Original in Poe shrine, March 15, 1948. [1961] 

Document 2p. 28cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This is the year the photostat was receieved by the Lilly Library.
  • In the hand of Edgar Allen Poe

Positive Photostat from original owned by Poe foundation and on deposit in Virginia State Library, Richmond, Va. 1961


Shakespeare in Malaya. [ca. 1826-1946]

Typed Document 21p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: The Straits Settlement, where these performances took place, was created in 1826 and dissolved in 1946.
  • Occasional holograph corrections in blue ink
  • Personal observation of the performances of Shakepeare’s Othello and Hamlet in the Straits Settlement during a six-month stay.

Removed from a scrapbook of clippings relating to Shakespeare from newspapers and periodicals (Lilly PR2900 .C7 vol. 2). 1960


Sharp, William, 1855-1905, author. Song of apple-trees. [ca. 1910] 

Document 2p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This work was published in a book in 1910.
  • Name "Fiona Maclead," pseudonym of William Sharp, appears at end.
  • Published in William Sharp’s Poems and dramas , by Fiona Macleod…New York, Duffield, 1910, pp. 267-268. (PR5351 .F1 O97).

Removed from James H. Cousins, Etain the beloved and other poems . Dublin, Maunsel & company, ltd, 1912. (Lilly PR6005 .O82 E8). 1946


Sheridan, Richard Brinsley Butler, 1751-1816, dramatist. Saville-Row. To Mrs. Wilson. Wants to see her husband when he returns. [ca. 1813-1816] 

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 19cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Sheridan is known to has resided at 14 Savile Row from about 1813 until his death in 1816.

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


Shinn, W.C., fl. 1833 Collection of verses from favored authors. [ca. late 19th cent.] 

Autograph Document Signed 162p. 19cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Shinn was alive during this time period.
  • Bound

Purchased. 1967


Silkin, Jon, 1930- , poet, editor. 10 Compayne G[ar]d[e]ns, N.W. 6. To Peter Russell. Concerns back numbers of his review Stand. "I should like to see the translations but as you have probably heard, Stand has ceased in its old form, and when it comes out again, it will be a different magazine." [ca. 1952-1970]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Silkin founded Stand in 1952, and this letter was purchased in 1970.

Purchased. 1970


Smith, Sigismund. [Jack Slack and Pretty Lou]. [ca. 1865]

Typed and Holograph Document 2pp. 27.2cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This item was removed from a book published in 1865.
  • Interim titles: Lip-Stick ‘Liza; Lip-Stick Lou; Piccadilly Polly
  • Corrections in pencil
  • Varies substantially from text as published on pages 2 and 3

Removed from Smith, Jack Slack and Pretty Lou ; at head of title: London Life in 1865. London Newsagents’ Publishing Co., [1865]. With: Wild Will…by Percival Wolfe [pseud. for Charles Henry Ross, 1842?-1897]. London, News-agents’ Publishing Co., [1865?] (Lilly PR5841 .W78 W85). 1984


Smythies, Humphry, 1724?-1806, clergyman. Late of Emanuel College, Cambridge. Precepts, a Poem. [ca. 1753] 

Autograph Document Signed [58]p. 22.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Published by the author in London, 1753, as a poem "Addressed to the toasts of Great Britain in general, but particularly to Miss…" (Mansell 552:652)
  • Rough paper covers
  • A second title page laid in with note: "The author once intended to mark out the Parodys of Milton, Shakspear, etc, in this little work; but recollecting it might be deem’d an insult on the intelligent, classical Reader, He chose to decline the attempt." H.Y.S.
  • Laid in is an undated 4 page note in pencil on poetic methods, 11.5cm.

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


Snow, Charles Percy Snow, baron, 1905-1980, novelist. The Fool of the Family by C.P. Snow and William Gerhardie. Cotes Logan Productions Company, London. [1977?]

Document Signed [77]p. 28cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Inscribed on title page: To Joan & Peter…Charles, Sep. 20/77
  • Appended note by Peter Cotes: I planned to produce and direct this play, but after Snow’s success as a playwright and novelist, he was opposed to this first work of his being staged.
  • Accompanied by "GBS, HGW, GCK –and now CPS?", a memoir of Snow by Cotes. T(carbon), 3p.

Purchase. 1993


Spender, Stephen, 1909- , author. Encounter, 25 Haymarket, London, S.W.1, [England]. To "Dear Mr. Kittridge." "The enclosed is a translation but it is not slight—in fact I think it one of my best poems and have spent 20 years on and off at it." [ca. 1953-1966] 

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Spender was co-editor of the magazine Encounter during this time period.

Purchased. 1973


Squire, Sir John Collins, 1884-1958, editor. To [Sir Edward Howard] Marsh. "…my book I fear…is uglily printed. If you are writing De La Mare don’t forget to tell him that I thirst for him." [ca. 1913]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This letter was removed from a book published in 1913.
  • Stationery bears masthead of The New Statesman

Removed from Squire, The Three Hills, and Other Poems . London, Howard Latimer, Ltd., 1913 (Lilly PR6037 .Q5 T53). 1974


Stevenson, Mrs. Margaret Isabella (Balfour), (Mrs. Thomas Stevenson), 1828/9-1897. To "Sir." Rarity and possibility of obtaining, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Charity bazaar, On the Thermal influence of forests , and Testimonials… [ca. 1868]

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 15 ½cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This letter was removed from a book published in 1868.

Removed from Stevenson’s The charity bazaar (Lilly PR5484 .C4). 1957


Stevenson, Robert Louis Balfour, 1850-1894, author. Vailima, Samoa. "The happiest lot on earth is to be born a Scotsman." [ca. 1890-1894] 

Autograph Document Signed 4cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Stevenson is known to have lived in his residence, Vailima, in Samoa, from 1890 until is death in 1894.
  • Accompanied by cover.

Removed from Stevenson’s The Pentland rising . Edinburgh, Andrew Elliot, 1866 (Lilly PR5488 .P4).

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


Strong, Leonard Alfred George, 1896-1958, author. The Captain’s Aunt. [ca. 1920-1958]

Autograph Document 15 leaves 33cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Strong’s career as an author span these years.
  • Bound with title and author on spine

Purchased. 1972


Sullivan, Sir Arthur Seymour, 1842-1900, composer. 9 Albert Mansions, S.W. [London, England]. To Miss Field. Sends word that he shall be happy to supply material for a sketch and arranges for a chat. [ca. 1881]

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Sullivan is known to have resided at 9 Albert Mansions at this time.

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


Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, baron, 1809-1892, poet. Farringford, Freshwater, Isle of Wight. "’Age cannot wither him, nor custom stale his infinite variety’ Said of Cleopatra in A[nthon]y & C[leopa]tra – put ‘him’ & ‘his’ for ‘her’ & I know no motto fitter for Shakespeare himself." [ca. 1853-1892]

Autograph Note Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Tennyson is known to have resided at Farringford on the Isle of Wight from 1853 until his death in 1892.

Source unknown. Acquired about 1964; accessioned 1975.


Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, baron, 1809-1892, poet. Note about Arthur Sullivan: "Four years ago Mr. Sullivan requested me to write something for him to exercise his wit upon….Mr. S. completed his music & I am bound by my promise." [ca. 1869]

Autograph Note 1p. 16cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This note was removed from a book published in 1869.
  • Stationery embossed with Tennyson’s letterhead: Aldworth, Blackdown, Haslemere

Removed from Tennyson, The Window…n.p., 1869 (Lilly PR5572 .W76 1896). 1975


Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, baron, 1809-1892, poet. London. To Sir. "…I have been three months out of England. Blame me therefore if you choose for not letting my ‘whereabouts’ be known but do not accuse me of ‘intentional slight & discourtesy’. With respect to the Poems, do as you like." [ca. 1830-1892]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 19cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Tennyson’s career as a poet spanned these years.
  • Letter dated April 28

Purchased. 1975


The Testament of Beauty by Robert Seymour Bridges: notes concerning the syllabic rhythm of Book Two. [ca. 1929]

Autograph Document 3p. 23cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This item was removed from a book published as late as 1929.
  • In ink

Removed from Bridges, The Testament of Beauty , n.p., 1927-1929 (Lilly PR4161 .B6 T3). 1973


Tiller, Terence, 1916- , poet. Producer’s working copy of "The Pageant of Cain" , a masque for broadcasting by William Stanley Merwin with music composed and directed by John Hotchkis. [ca. 1946- 1970] 

Mimeo Copy Signed [81] pp. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Tiller is known to have started working for BBC Radio in 1946, and this script was purchased in 1970.
  • Bound in blue
  • Mimeo copy of the masque by Merwin pasted on lined pages
  • Extensive holograph notes by Tiller in ink, blue, red, black, and green pencil
  • 39 blank pages
  • Contains a schedule for recording the music
  • Produced for the BBC Third Programme in April 19….
  • Inscribed on the front page: "One of the earliest broadcast scripts by a distinguished American poet"

Purchased. 1970


Trimble, Jesse, 1873?-1957, journalist, dramatist. Analysis and summary for the screen of George Meredith’s The Ordeal of Richard Feverel. [ca. early 20th cent.]

Carbon Typescript 66p. 28cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Trimble’s career spans this time period.
  • With holograph corrections and insertions in pencil.

Purchased? 1968


Waley, Arthur, 1889-1966, sinologist. The lock would not work…[quotation]. [ca. 1927] 

Autograph Document 1p. 21.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This item was found in book published in 1927.
  • 14 lines, in blue ink
  • Varies from version printed on p. 78-79

On p. [6] of Murasaki Shikibu, A wreath of cloud: being the third part of "The tale of Genji" , London: Allen & Unwin, 1927.


Waley, Arthur, 1889-1966, sinologist. Strange though you may think it…[quotation]. [ca. 1928] 

Autograph Document 1p. 21.5 cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This item was found in book published in 1928.
  • 13 lines; in blue ink
  • Varies from version printed on p. 204-205

On front free endpaper of Murasaki Shikibu, Blue trousers: being the fourth part of "The tale of Genji" , London: Allen & Unwin. 1928.


Warner, Sylvia Townsend, 1893- , author. After the death of Don Juan: a novel. [ca. 1938] 

Typed Document with holograph revisions. 226 [i.e. 227]p. 25-33cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This item is accompanied by a statement dated November 1938.
  • First draft. A. Statement S. by Sylvia Townsend Warner and dated November 1938, which accompanies the draft
  • Published: New York, Viking Press, 1939 (PR6025 .A72 A2).

Gift. 1962


Wells, Herbert George, 1866-1946, author. [London]. To Mrs. [Florence Emily (Dugdale)] Hardy. Invitation to tea; Dynasts. [ca. 1913] 

Autograph Note Signed 2p. 9cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This letter was removed from a book published in 1913.
  • Accompanied by cover

Removed from H.G. Wells’ The passionate friends …London, Macmillan co., 1913 (Lilly PR5774 .P2). 1964


Wells, Herbert George, 1866-1946, author. 120 Whitehall Court, London, S.W. 1. To George Sterling, Bohemian Club, San Francisco, [California], U.S.A. "I have the poems." [ca. 1896]

Autograph Postcard Signed

  • The date was derived from the following information: This item was found in the Chap-book vol. 4, which was published in 1896.

Removed from the Chap-book, IV (Lilly AP2 .C4 v.4). Date unknown


Williamson, Henry, 1895-1977, author. [The Star-Born:] …She was lying in bed, pressed down by a heavy weight of blackness…[first line]. [ca. 1933]

Autograph Document 3pp. 25.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This item was removed from a book published in 1933.
  • Heavily revised in red and blue ink
  • Varies substantially from text as published on pages 15, 17-19
  • Published text also bears additional corrections in red ink for other pages and has a full page holograph note on the writing of the work

Removed from Williamson, The Star-Born. London, Faber & Faber, 1933 (PR6045 .I5 S7 1933), Book 5 of the author’s series The Flax of Dream . 1984


Williamson, Henry, 1895-1977, author. What I am teaching my children about God. [after 1921]

Typed Document Signed (carbon) [1] 8p. 25cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Williamson’s career as an author began in 1921.
  • Accompanied by:
    • [1] [Bathurst] To Williamson, [Henry], n.d. Draft in pencil, unsigned. 3p. 20cm.;
    • [2] W[illiamson], H[enry], To Bathurst. Typed Letter Signed 2p. 25cm.

Purchased. 1964


Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937, bibliographer. To Sam[uel F. Butcher]. Sending him a bibliography. [ca. 1930] 

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 13cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This letter was removed from a book published in 1930.

Removed from Wise’s A Dryden library …London, 1930. Volume not retained by Lilly. 1962


Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850, poet. "Composed in the Churchyard while looking at the grave of the husband and wife" . [ca. 1807]

Autograph Document 3pp. 16.3 x 9.5cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This work was inscribed in a book published in 1807.
  • Shelved in Vault 1
  • Poem also known as: "George and Sarah Green"
  • First line: Who weeps for Strangers? Many wept
  • Written in ink in the hand of Dorothy Wordsworth
  • Published in The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth , Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1954 (PR5850 .F40 v. 4) page 375

Inscribed on fly leaf of Wordsworth, Poems in two volumes , Longman, Hurst, Rees… (Lilly PR5850 1807 copy 2 vault 1). 1977


Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850, poet. Sonnet. September 25th. 1803. [ca. 1807]

Autograph Document 1p. 16.3x10.9cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This work was inscribed in a book published in 1807.
  • Shelved in Vault 1
  • First line: Fly, some kind spirit, fly to Grasmere Vale!
  • Paper wove stock watermarked: H S 1807
  • Published in The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth , Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1954 (PR5850 .F40 v. 3) page 88

Copy in Wordsworth’s hand inscribed in ink on verso of page 35 of volume 2 of Wordsworth, Poems in two volumes, London, Longman, Hurst, Rees…1807 (Lilly PR5850 1807 copy 2 vault 1), a presentation set to Lord and Lady George Howland Beaumont, 1753-1827, and -1829. 1977


Yeats, William Butler, 1865-1939, poet, dramatist. At Coole Park, Gort, Co Galway. To Mr. Guthrie. Refers to Count Plunkett, Constance and Eva Gore-Booth. [ca. 1916] 

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This letter was removed from a book published in 1916.

Removed from Yeats, Responsibilities, and other poems . New York, Macmillan Company, 1916 (Lilly PR5904 .R35 1916a). 1970


Yeats, William Butler, 1865-1939, poet, dramatist. At Coole Park, Gort, Co Galway. To Mr. Guthrie. "I have just read Gandi’s speech in this morning’s paper." [ca. 1916] 

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This letter was removed from a book published in 1916.

Removed from Yeats, Responsibilities, and other poems . New York, Macmillan Company, 1916 (Lilly PR5904 .R35 1916a). 1970


Yeats, William Butler, 1865-1939, poet, dramatist. Riversdale, Willbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin. To Lennox [Robinson]. "I have withdrawn from the Abbey permission to perform 'The Player Queen' for the present. For one reason I cannot stand this English actress." [ca. 1932-1939]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Yeats is known to have lived at Riversdale in Dublin from 1932 until his death in 1939.

Removed from Yeats, Responsibilities, and other poems . New York, Macmillan Company, 1916 (Lilly PR5904 .R35 1916a). 1970


Yeats, William Butler, 1865-1939, poet, dramatist. "Riversdale," Willbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin. To William [Charles Franklyn] Plomer, The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, W.C.1. Asks permission to include "The Scorpion" and "A Levantine" in a collection of modern verse. [ca. 1932-1939]

Typed Letter Signed 1p. 26cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: Yeats is known to have lived at Riversdale in Dublin from 1932 until his death in 1939.
  • Accompanied by holograph copies of "The Scorpion" , and "A. Levantine."

Purchased. 1968


Young, Charles Mayne, 1777-1856, actor. Paris. To Collins. "Send Hayters direction by return of Post pray—I left it behind me…Go & tell my Mother I’m well & safe." [ca. 1846]

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 19cm.

  • The date was derived from the following information: This letter was removed from a book published in 1846.

Mounted between pages 36 and 37 of Robson, The Old Play-Goer , London, Joseph Masters, 1846 (Lilly PN2594 .R6 1846). 1973