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A Collection of Photographs and Ephemera.

COWARD, Noel. Comprising: 1) An assortment of 61 photographs, many previously unpublished. 2) Photographs of reviews, designs and articles - 44 items. Provenance: Previous ownership inscription of ‘Craig Dodd’ to many of the photographs. Dodd was a writer, theatre designer and ballet critic, whose book ‘Noel Coward and his friends’ utilised this archive of material. The book was published in 1979, and although many of the personal photos have been reproduced in the book, we believe that many remain unpublished. 3) Ephemera relating to Noel Coward’s production of Brief Encounter - 20 items. 4) Ephemera relating to ‘Home Chat’ â€" 4 items. 5) ‘Bitter Sweet’ ephemera â€" 17 items. 6) Noel and Gertie â€" ephemeral items. 7) Present laughter â€" 42 items. 8) The Rat Trap: Programme from 2006 at the Finborough Theatre, with ticket for December 8th laid in. 9) This Was a Man: Programme from 2014 at the Finborough Theatre. 10) Shadow Play: Programme for the King’s Head Theatre Club [undated]. 11) Fallen Angels - 13 items. 12) Tonight at 8:30 â€" 23 items. 13) High Spirits â€" 5 items, all programmes including one from the New Theatre Oxford (1964) and one from the Savoy Theatre in the same year. 14) Pacific 1860â€" two programmes from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane [1946]. 15) Peace in our Time â€" two programmes from the Lyric Theatre, (later added in pen the date, 1947). 16) Theatre Royal â€" two programmes from the Lyric Theatre (date added in pencil to sleeve â€" 1934). 17) Waiting in the Wings â€" 9 programmes. 18) The Young Idea â€" Programme from The Theatre Royal Windsor (later added date of 1946 added in pencil); with photograph of newspaper clipping from the Times dated 1 Feb 1923. 19) Post Mortem â€" Programme and ticket from a 2017 production at the Milton Court Theatre. 20) Look after Lulu â€" various programmes from The New Theatre, London (1959); Theatre Royal, Haymarket [1978]; and Royal Court Theatre, 1959. 21) Hay Fever â€" 18 programmes and flyers dating from 1987 â€" 2015. 22) Relative Values â€" 21 items. 23) Private Lives â€" 49 items. 24) A selection of newspaper and magazine clippings, 16 items. 25) A collection of ephemera, most relating to Noel Coward tribute evenings, performances, and posthumous musical performances. 51 items. 26) A collection of printed sheet music. 66 items. Provenance: Many of the pieces with previous ownership names, inscriptions, and annotations to the music. Also many with previous shop stamps and prices. Much of the music is early, with prices in pounds, shillings and pence, and therefore before 1960 and highly likely to have been published contemporaneously with the musical’s debuts. More details available upon request.
De Reis Door Rusland [A Journey Through Russia].

De Reis Door Rusland [A Journey Through Russia].

RUSSIAN]. [LEBEDEV, Vladimir] (illustrator). [Samuil MARSHAK] (author). Ljoeba DWORSON and Eliza HESS-BINGER (translators). Servire, Den Haag; Uitgegeven door "De Baanbreker" [1930]. Large square 8vo. Original pictorial card covers, stapled; pp. [12], including covers; with lithographed plates throughout by Lebedev; a very good copy with some external dusting and toning, internally very fresh throughout with renewed staples and a little associated bleed. First edition thus, translated from the original Russian into Dutch. The first edition was published by Raduga in Moscow in 1926 as "Bagazh" or "Luggage". Lebedev assumed the title 'King of the Children's Book' in the 1920s and became a pioneer in the field of juvenile book illustration largely due to his work with the prominent poet and translator Samuil Marshak with whom he collaborated on titles such as "Ice Cream", "Circus", "Moustached and Striped" and "Tale About A Foolish Mouse". The author Nikolai Punin, who wrote the first monograph on Lebedev, described him as one of the most important illustrators of the era, suggesting that he set a new standard and style in artwork for books for the young. Like many of his contemporary creatives and artists he eventually came up against official state censorship under Stalin. This book, together with "Het Vroolije Onweer"; "De Gouden Blaren"; "Dieren In Den Winter"; "Ben Ik 'T Nou, Of Ben Ik 'T Niet?" and "Volksrijmpjes" were issued to coincide with a large exhibition in The Hague organised to introduce their work to the Dutch public.
The Crescent and the Cross; Or

The Crescent and the Cross; Or, Romance and Realities of Eastern Travel … Third Edition.

WARBURTON, Eliot. London, Henry Colburn, 1845. Two volumes, 8vo. Original publisher's purple ribbed cloth, ornamented in blind lettered and decorated in gilt; pp. xvi, 360; v, 342, [6], 8 (advertisements), two tinted lithographic frontispieces and several wood-engraved vignettes; spines faded, otherwise a very good set. Early edition. Warburton made an extensive tour of Syria, Egypt and Palestine in 1843. The Crescent and The Cross was subsequently first published in 1845 and received great critical and popular acclaim, being printed in numerous editions. One of the other most popular travel accounts of the period, Eothen (see item ) was dedicated to Warburton by Kinglake, a life-long friend. Over 50 pages at the beginning of volume II are dedicated to Lebanon. - All early two-volume editions, especially those published in the year of the first printing are very rare. Together with: Signed autograph letter by the author on black-margined stationery. Lynmouth, July 5, 1848 Small 8vo. 3 pages; previously folded and mounted (traces of glue to final, blank, page), very light toning in places. A decorative autograph by the Irish writer, who is reknowned for above book. He was born in 1810 in Aughrim, County Galway, admitted to the Inner Temple in 1832 and to the King's Inn, Dublin, in 1833; however soon retired to travel and write. In this letter, written at the Warburton's Devon retreat, he expresses interest in obtaining access to some manuscript material on the Civil War 1640-1650, which had such a devastating effect on Irish society and economy. The last book Warburton planned and started to research would have been on poverty in Dublin, which did not come to fruition; however, during his last visit to Ireland he gathered material on the subject. He died on board a ship during a fire in 1852. Blackmer 1771 (first edition).
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The Story of High Street

RAVILIOUS, Eric.] POWERS, Alan & RUSSELL, James. Norwich. The Mainstone Press. 2008. Small 4to., original cloth lettered in silver on spine with paper label on upper board. A mint copy, lacking original slipcase. First edition. "Seventy years ago Country Life Books published High Street, a children's book of shops, featuring twenty-four exquisite lithographs by the English artist Eric Ravilious (1903-1942). Although the book was not a limited edition, the destruction of the lithographic plates during the Blitz meant that only 2000 copies were ever printed. Subsequently High Street has become one of the most highly-prized artist's books of its time This new limited edition includes not only the original shop fronts and text of High Street but also two extensive essays and an eclectic range of illustrations, preparatory drawings and sketches, many of them published for the first time. In a substantial and wide-ranging examination of the making of High Street, art historian Dr Alan Powers places the book in historical context, giving new and significant insights into its conception, production and publication. Initially Ravilious approached the Golden Cockerel Press with his 'alphabet of shops', but the book, with text by J.M. Richards, was eventually published by Noel Carrington, brother of the artist Dora Carrington and editor at Country Life Books. His enthusiasm for autolithography and children's books - he also launched the famous Puffin Picture Book series - made him the ideal publisher for High Street, although Ravilious also benefited from the invaluable support of the Curwen Press. In the second essay, writer and historian James Russell describes a quest to identify and locate each of the shops depicted by Ravilious. These twenty-four businesses were, as J. M. Richards pointed out in the foreword to the 1938 book, all real places, but in many cases we are given only tantalising clues as to their name or location. You can still buy cheese at Paxton and Whitfield, a shop that has changed little in appearance over the years, but in most other cases the quest has proved much harder. The Story of High Street traces the journey Ravilious took to create his idiosyncratic masterpiece, discovering the people he met on the way and finding out what became of the shops themselves. Ravilious created a historical document, a brightly coloured snapshot of England on the eve of World War Two, a unique portrait of a nation of shopkeepers. Exploring the fate of his twenty-four shops, The Story of High Street offers an intriguing commentary on that nation's subsequent history."