Printed Score for Mozart’s Symphony 38 boldly signed on the title page (Richard, 1864-1949, Composer of ‘Der Rosenkavalier’)performed by the Weiner Philharmonic Orchestra, printed over 72 pages, annotated in pencil at the bottom of the page with the place and date, together with the original ticket for the performance in the Salzburg Festival, 8vo., Salzburg, 30th July From 1919 to 1924 he was principal conductor of the Vienna State Opera, and in 1920 he co-founded the Salzburg Festival. In addition to these posts, Strauss was a frequent guest conductor in opera houses and with orchestras internationally. In 1933 Strauss was appointed to two important positions in the musical life of Nazi Germany: head of the Reichsmusikkammer and principal conductor of the Bayreuth Festival. The latter role he accepted after conductor Arturo Toscanini had resigned from the position in protest against the Nazi Party.
on a Riggs National Bank printed form with a picture of the bank for $50 in Cash, 7" x 3", Washington DC, 10th November During a short term as Russian minister to Tokyo in 18971898, Rosen concluded the Nishi-Rosen Agreement between Russia and Japan, whose articles recognised Japanese supremacy in Korea in exchange for an implicit recognition of Russia's exclusive rights to the Kwantung Leased Territory. However, after he was publicly critical over increasing Russian military activity on the Korean coast and the Yalu River, he was suddenly transferred to the rather symbolic post as Ambassador of Russia to the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1899. In 1900 his diplomatic career revived when he exchanged Munich for Greece, and in April 1903 his most important period commenced when he was reinstalled as Minister in Tokyo. Rosen was in Tokyo at the start of the Russo-Japanese War, which he had made every effort to prevent. When United States President Theodore Roosevelt attempted to mediate the hostilities, Rosen was chosen as new Russian ambassador to the United States in May 1905 and as Sergei Witte's deputy within the Russian peace delegation. He stayed in the United States until autumn 1911, when he was recalled to St. Petersburg to retire from the diplomatic service. He was subsequently appointed by Tsar Nicholas II to the State Council of Imperial Russia.
Autograph Letter Signed with initials, to ‘My dear Viper’, Lady Colebrooke (Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of, 1847-1929, Prime Minister 1894-1895, three times Derby winner)regretting that he is "afraid this letter will bring another blow to you. I have received the enclosed telegram this evening about Miss Cohen, my wife's last relation on the mother's side, who has been a sort of mother to my children. She has long been in precarious health and I am afraid this is the end. If it is I cannot of course come to yours tomorrow. If she is dying I shall have to go to London tonight. I have telegraphed as a last chance to Sir Thomas Barlow to ask exactly how the case stands, and shall act accordingly. I cannot tell you how sorry I am to add to your embarrassments or how much worse[?] I shall be if I am unable to get to you at all.", 3 sides 8vo., with original autograph envelope, Dalmeny House, Edinburgh headed paper, 14th October Alexandra Harriet (née Paget, 1865-1944) was the wife of Sir Edward George Colebrooke, 5th Baronet and (from 1906) 1st Baron. She was a goddaughter of Edward VII and an accomplished sculptress.
Vintage Postcard Photo by the Rotary Photo Company, Signed on the front and also inscribed on the verso (William Blake, 1842-1921, Artist, R.A.)"I send you what you desire. I am much obliged to you for your kind letter. W. B. Richmond", with an image of him seated, half length with a large palate, addressed in his hand on the verso to Frank Smith in Bromley, 5½" x 3½", no place, 6th November Richmond was a painter, sculptor and designer of stained glass and mosaic. He is best known for his portrait work and decorative mosaics in St Paul's Cathedral in London.
SHERIDAN "residing in or near London and entitled to vote at the Stafford Election. Gentlemen, A Report was most insidiously and falsely circulated at Stafford that my son did not mean to propose himself to succeed me as the Representative of your ancient Borough, which I have had the honor to represent for twenty six years and that I wish'd to support a gentlemen of the name of Mansel Philllip. in consequence of this fraud I understand that a great advantage has been taken. I assure you that my son is in Stafford, and canvassing against Mr Mansel Phillip with whom we have no connexion.", 1 side 4to., no place, no date but Sheridan was an Anglo-Irish playwright, writer and Whig politician who sat in the British House of Commons from 1780 to 1812, representing the constituencies of Stafford, Westminster and Ilchester. The owner of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London, he wrote several prominent plays such as The Rivals (1775), The Duenna (1775), The School for Scandal (1777) and A Trip to Scarborough (1777), along with serving as Treasurer of the Navy from 1806 to 1807. He held the posts of Receiver-General of the Duchy of Cornwall (18041807) and Treasurer of the Navy (18061807). Sheridan was noted for his close political relationship with the Prince of Wales, leading a faction of his supporters in the Commons. By 1805 when the Prince was cooling on his previous support of Catholic Emancipation Sheridan, George Tierney and others announced their own opposition to it. After his death in 1816, Sheridan was buried at Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey, and his plays remain a central part of the Western canon and are regularly performed around the world.
Fine Blessing signed (born Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti, 1857-1939, Pope from 1922 and Sovereign of Vatican City from 1929)PIUS XI with a fine round photo by G. Felicif, Roma, at the head showing him seated on his throne giving a blessing, underneath the text is illuminated with gold and red, the blessing is for Joseph Kinsley and his family, there is a faint impression of the papal seal, the photo 6½ inches across and the document 14" x 11", Rome, no date, circa Pius XI will be remembered as the pope who reigned between the two great wars of the 20th century. The onetime librarian and mountain climber, he reorganized the Vatican archives. Pius XI fought the two ascendant ideologies of communism and fascism. His success in fighting them was limited and there is much controversy over the concordats he entered with European regimes to improve the situation of the Catholic Church. At the outset, it was clear that he found communism to be the greater of the two evils but in his later years, there is no doubt that he was repelled by the momentum of Nazi Germany, not only in its opposition to the Catholic Church but also in the ferocity of its attacks on the Jewish people.
SHORTHOUSE thanking her for wishing "to see us for a day or two and nothing would have given us greater pleasure. Mr & Mrs Talbot however, still with us to visit them in spite of what has occurred. Mr Talbot says they have talked it over and both wish it. I need not say that we value most highly this proof of confidence. We are only astonished at the kindness of people in London, we spent a most delightful evening at Sir Frederick Pollocks in Gt Cumberland Place.", 4 sides 8vo.,The Corner House, Shortlands, Kent headed paper, 13th May The Corner House on Shortlands Road at Bromley in Kent was designed by Richard Norman Shaw and built 1868-69 for George Lillie CRAIK (1837-1905, Scottish writer and Literary Critic) and his wife Dinah Maria Craik. His Sketches of Popular Tumults: Illustrative of the Evils of Social Ignorance (1837) included an account of the Gordon Riots in which he wrote that many rioters "drank themselves literally dead, and many more, who had rendered themselves unable to move, perished in the midst of flames", and may have influenced Charles Dickens' depiction of the riots in Barnaby Rudge.
SANTLEY "Yours faithfully" and the date on a piece of notepaper, 1 sie 8vo., no place, 19th November One of the highlights of his stage career occurred in 1870 when he led the cast in the first Wagner opera to be performed in London, The Flying Dutchman, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Santley retired from opera during the 1870s in order to concentrate on the lucrative concert circuit.
PIATIGORSKY with a few bars of music under his signature, 3½" x 3", no place, March Piatigorsky was the finest 'cellist in the world after Casals. He studied at the Moscow Conservatoire and left Russia in 1921. Richard Strauss called him 'Mein Don Quixote' for his solo part representing the Don. He went to America in 1929 and was naturalized in 1942. He taught at the Curtis Institute, Philadelphia, 1942-1951, and was Professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1962-1976. As young men, Piatigorsky, the pianist Horowitz and Milstein struck up a friendship in Switzerland, though the 'three Musketeers' did not play together till 1932, in the States. Piatigorsky was for ever telling tall stories, such as escaping from a flood on his instrument.
Fine Autograph Letter Signed “L. Pasteur”, in French with translation to Mister President (Louis, 1822-1895, French chemist, developer of pasteurisation)PASTEUR acknowledging "receipt of the letter by which you and Mr. Vice-President of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique kindly inform me that a sum of 3.780,20 francs has been subscribed by the Company to contribute to the creation of the "Pasteur Institute". On behalf of the Patronage Committee of this establishment and myself, I send you the expression of all our gratitude. The total subscription today amounts, in round figures, to the sum of 2.500.000 francs. Please accept, Mr. President, the assurance of my highest consideration." with an autograph postcript that "The Crédit Foncier de France, which concentrates all subscriptions, will send you a receipt for the sum of 3780,20 francs.", 1 side 8vo., Paris, 23rd May He was the director of the Pasteur Institute, established in 1887, until his death, and his body was interred in a vault beneath the institute. Although Pasteur made groundbreaking experiments, his reputation became associated with various controversies. Historical reassessment of his notebook revealed that he practiced deception to overcome his rivals. A French national hero at age 55, in 1878 Pasteur discreetly told his family to never reveal his laboratory notebooks to anyone. His family obeyed, and all his documents were held and inherited in secrecy. Finally, in 1964 Pasteur's grandson and last surviving male descendant, Pasteur Vallery-Radot, donated the papers to the French national library. Yet the papers were restricted for historical studies until the death of Vallery-Radot in 1971. In 1995, the centennial of the death of Pasteur, a historian of science Gerald L. Geison published an analysis of his private notebooks in his The Private Science of Louis Pasteur, and declared that Pasteur had given several misleading accounts and played deceptions in his most important discoveries. Max Perutz published a defense of Pasteur in The New York Review of Books. Based on further examinations of Pasteur's documents, French immunologist Patrice Debré concluded in his book Louis Pasteur (1998) that, in spite of his genius, Pasteur had some faults. A book review states that Debré "sometimes finds him unfair, combative, arrogant, unattractive in attitude, inflexible and even dogmatic". Transcription Paris le 23 mai 1888. Monsieur le Président, Je m'empresse de vous accuser réception de la lettre par laquelle, vous et Monsieur le Vice-Président de la Compagnie Générale Transatlantique vous voulez bien m'informer qu'une somme de 3780,20 francs a été souscrite par les soins de la Compagnie pour contribuer à la création de l'"Institut Pasteur". Au nom du Comité de patronage de cet établissement et au mien, je vous adresse l'expression de toute notre gratitude. Le total de la souscription s'élève aujourd'hui, en chiffres ronds, à la somme de 2.500.000 francs. Veuillez agréer, Monsieur le Président, l'assurance de ma haute considération. L. Pasteur. Le Crédit Foncier de France, qui concentre toutes les souscriptions, vous fera parvenir un reçu à souche de la somme de 3780,20 fr. Translation Paris on May 23, 1888. Mister President, I hasten to acknowledge receipt of the letter by which you and Mr. Vice-President of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique kindly inform me that a sum of 3.780,20 francs has been subscribed by the Company to contribute to the creation of the "Pasteur Institute". On behalf of the Patronage Committee of this establishment and myself, I send you the expression of all our gratitude. The total subscription today amounts, in round figures, to the sum of 2.500.000 francs. Please accept, Mr. President, the assurance of my highest consideration. L. Pasteur. The Crédit Foncier de France, which concentrates all subscriptions, will send you a receipt for the sum of 3780,20 francs.
SPENDER thanking him for "sending us your article on a shepherd in Israel which we read with great pleasure and which we would like to publish in ENCOUNTER. However, we may wish to shorten the first two pages and hope you will not mind this. You will certainly be sent a proof copy.", 1 side A4 on Encounter Magazing headed paper, 25 Haymarket, London, 8th March With Cyril Connolly and Peter Watson, Spender co-founded Horizon magazine and served as its editor from 1939 to 1941. From 1947 to 1949, he went to the US several times and saw Auden and Isherwood. He was the editor of Encounter magazine from 1953 to 1966 but resigned after it emerged that the Congress for Cultural Freedom, which published it, was covertly funded by the CIA.
RUSKIN (1832-1907, Craftsman and Engraver who became assistant to Ruskin and then became his publisher) saying he is "much pleased at your being in so good spirits. I am fairly well, and the new notions getting into close form. The Laws of Fresole had better be planned as a series to be finished next year, of properly elementary teaching. I will do it in twelve parts of the size of Fors [Clavigera] at the same price, giving four to line, four to colour, four to shade. One plate in each and supplementary plates arranged for an appendix. Then the general and wide teaching, with old Modern Painters in bits will follow under another name. Write here, tomorrow, but all next week to Broadlands. You'll get the Thistle on Monday or Tuesday.", 2 sides 8vo., Corpus Christi College, Oxford headed paper crossed out, Heren Hill, 4th December with the year added The Laws of Fesole is sub-titled 'A Familiar Treatise on the Elementary Principles and Practice of Drawing and Painting as Determined by the Tuscan Painters'. It was ultimately published in four parts between 1877 and 1879. The letter is housed in a 6½" x 9½" burgundy leather envelope which has "Original Autograph Letter by John Ruskin Presented with the Library Edition of Ruskin's Works 1912" embossed in gold lettering across the front. John Ruskin was a controversial and at times self-contradictory but perceptive English writer, critic of art, architecture, and society. He was also a painter and engraver. In 1870, he was appointed the Slade professor of Fine Art at Oxford. George Allen was initially Ruskin s student and then assistant drawing master at the Working Men s College before he went into publishing business with Ruskin. He made many of the engravings for Ruskin's work and published his "Collected Works" posthumously.
Postcard photo by the Rotary Photo Co, signed and dated under the picture, (Sir Edward, 1836-1919, Painter, President of the Royal Academy)POYNTER showing him half length, in slight profile, looking mournfully at the camera, addressed in his hand on the verso to Frank Smith in Bromley, 5½" x 3½", no place, postmarked South Kensington, 1st May Poynter was an English painter, designer, and draughtsman, who served as President of the Royal Academy.
Fine large photo by Herbert Mishkin, New York, signed in white ink (Anna, 1885-1931, Russian Ballerina)PAVLOVA showing her full length dancing her role as "The Dragonfly", 8" x 6", New York, no date but circa Anna Pavlova was one of the most famous ballerinas of all time. She was born in St Petersburg, and was inspired to become a ballerina after seeing a production of Sleeping Beauty. She trained at the Imperial Theatre School, and then joined Mikhail Fokine who became well-known for his revolutionary ideas with choreography. He was so impressed with Pavlova that he devised the Dying Swan for her. By 1909 Pavlova had moved to Paris and was dancing with Diaghilev's company, she then worked with the Russian Imperial Ballet before settling in London. She moved to Ivy House in Golders Green, and here she was able to study the swans that lived in the large pond there, which helped to bring a realism to her most famous dance role of the Dying Swan. This photograph shows Pavlova as the Dragonfly, a short solo ballet that she choreographed herself to music by Fritz Kriesler. As the photograph show she danced the piece with a large pair of gossamer wings attached to her back, and her movements attempted to replicate those of a dragonfly. She debuted the Dragonfly during a tour of America from 1914-1915, and it became one of her signature pieces.
Their Signatures on a fragment of a document (Henry Temple, 2nd Viscount, 1739-1802, Politician and father of the Prime Minister), William LYTTELTON (1st Baron, Baron Westcote, 1724-1808, Politiican and Colonial Administrator) and John BULLER (1745-1793, Politician particularly active in Cornwall)PALMERSTON 6½" x 2½", Hardwicke, 4th August In 1760, Lyttelton was appointed Governor of Jamaica, but he was recalled to England after he lost a standoff with the Jamaican House of the Assembly, and its leader, Nicholas Bourke, over who should stand costs for the island's defence. He was appointed envoy-extraordinary to Portugal in 1766. He was raised to the Irish peerage in 1776 as Baron Westcote
Autograph Postcard Signed “Muriel” to Mrs Desmond Dupré (Dame Muriel, 1918-2006, Scottish Novelist, Short Story Writer, Poet and Essaysist)SPARK (Cathering Dupré, 1926-2014, Writer) saying it "was so nice seeing you & v. kind of you to welcome us. Of course did not worry abt. needle & cotton. is hardly worth a thought. Now am looking forward to hearing your news when the new babe arrives. I loved your little boy & girl & hope Caroline is better new. Yes, will love to come & see you again. You are so peaceful." with a postscript that she "meant to write earlier but have been away at Cambridge.", 1 side postcard with autograph address on the verso, Camberwell, 17th April
Typed Letter Signed to the Revd A Francis (William Thomas, 1849-1912, Journalist and Author, died on the Titanic)STEAD thanking him "for your kind invitation. I am afraid however that it would be impossible for me to inflict myself upon you during my stay in Petersburg, for I am travelling with my son and my secretary and we shall all go to the Hotel de L'Europe. It will however give me great pleasure to see you and to talk over any questions in which we are both interested. I do not expect to arrive in St Petersburg before the beginning of October.", 1 side oblong 8vo., engraved heading of the Review of Reviews, Mowbray House, Norfolk Street, London, but re-addressed Hotel Continental, Paris, 20th September Stead resigned his editorship of the Pall Mall in 1889 in order to found the Review of Reviews (1890) with Sir George Newnes. It was a highly successful non-partisan monthly. The journal found a global audience and was intended to bind the empire together by synthesising all its best journalism. Stead's abundant energy and facile pen found scope in many other directions in journalism of an advanced humanitarian type. He was the first editor to employ female journalists. Stead boarded the Titanic for a visit to the United States to take part in a peace congress at Carnegie Hall at the request of President William Taft. A later sighting of Stead, by survivor Philip Mock, has him clinging to a raft with John Jacob Astor IV. They both drowned.
Second page of a Long Autograph Letter Signed (Sir Edward, 1788-1883, General, Astronomer with Ross & Parry on Arctic Expeditions, President of the Royal Society)SABINE starting "however, acquainting me of your original purpose, it seems to me in all respects more proper, to place them unreservedly at your own disposal; and in doing so I would venture to suggest that when they have been mounted as you suggest, (which is indispensable for their permanent preservation) they should be presented by yourself, and in your own hand, to the Royal Society, where they will be preserved with the same care & regard which has been paid to the drawings of the Artist who accompanied Capt. Cook. I will ask you however on my own part, to return the smaller drawings, those at least which are inscribed or have been gifted. to myself or to my wife.", with a postscript "Of course the suggestion in reference to to Royal Society, is made only in the view that you may not, now that the Prince Consort is no longer living, have any other preference.", 2 sides 8vo., no place, no date, circa
Autograph Letter Singed to Mrs Ralph Wigram (Ernest Aldrich, 1897-1958, American born Shipbroker and second husband of Wallis Simpson, later the wife of King Edward VIII)SIMPSON (Lady Ava Waverley, née Bodley, 1896-1974, wife, first of Ralph Follet Wigram and secondly of Cabinet Minister Sir John Anderson, Political and Society Hostess) saying that he cannot "begin to tell you how shocked and grieved I was to hear of your tragic loss, nor how deeply I feel for you in this sad moment. The universal tribute paid to the memory of your husband testifies to the affection and esteem in which he was held by all who knew him. I can only add my voice to that of the multitude, and mourn the loss of one whose exceptional qualities of heart and head have left a gap in the world that will be hard to fill. What his loss must mean to you I can well understand and I want you to know that you have my warmest and most profound sympathy.", 2 sides 8vo., with original autograph envelope, Guards Club, Brook Street headed paper, 3rd January postmarked Simpson's second wife was Wallis Warfield Spencer (18961986), the Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania-born former wife of Earl Winfield Spencer Jr. and the only child of Teackle Wallis Warfield. They married in London, England, on 21st July 1928, and divorced on 3rd May 1937. As his obituary in The New York Times noted, the publicity over his second wife's remarriage to the Duke of Windsor and her subsequent fame thrust him into the role of "the forgotten man". The two remained friends, however, the newspaper noted, with the now Duchess of Windsor sending him flowers when he was in hospital for surgery and Simpson offering advice and clarification when his former wife was working on her memoirs. Ralph Follett Wigram (1890-1936) was a British government official in the Foreign Office. He helped raise the alarm about German rearmament under Hitler during the period prior to World War II. His sudden death at the age of 46 is somewhat mysterious. Sources disagree on several points. For one, some say he was found dead at home, but a letter from Churchill says he died in Ava's arms. His death certificate recorded the cause of death as pulmonary haemorrhage, but a letter from Henry Pelling indicates he committed suicide while deeply depressed.
Attractive Portrait Postcard Photograph by the Rotary Photo Co, Signed and dated, (Briton, 1840-1920, R.A., English Artist of Huguenot Ancestry who Painted Wild Animals)RIVIERE showing him three quarters length, standing in his studio, full face, with a large palette in his hand, signed in the blank bottom margin, addressed in his hand on the verso to Frank Smith in Bromley, 5½" x 3½", no place, postmarked Bromley, 31st October
Fine Autograph Letter Signed ‘Rennell Rodd’ to an unnamed correspondent (Sir James Rennell Rodd, 1858-1941, Diplomat and Writer, from 1933 1st Baron)RENNELL regretting that he "cannot at this moment give you the reference which you ask for. The volume on Sir Walter Raleigh was written more than twenty years ago and though all the best authorities were consulted I could not without looking them up again remember what the authority was for the relationships of Catherine Ashley. She was however I think I am quite safe in saying not an aunt. If I am able to find anything on the subject to guide my memory. I would let you know.", 1 side 8vo., Ardath, Shamley Green, Surrey, 28th June Rodd was educated at Haileybury and Balliol College, Oxford, where he was associated with the circle of Oscar Wilde. In 1880, he won the Newdigate prize for Raleigh. Wilde later assisted Rodd in securing publication for his first book of verse, Rose Leaf and Apple Leaf, for which Wilde provided an introduction. As Wilde began to court scandal in his public career, their friendship cooled. Following Wilde's trial, Rodd strongly dissociated himself from him, particularly as his own work had contained a number of gently homoerotic verses.
SHERIDAN addressed to "J. Graham Esq, Cranford, Middlesex", 1 side 4to., London, 24th July Sheridan was an Anglo-Irish playwright, writer and Whig politician who sat in the British House of Commons from 1780 to 1812, representing the constituencies of Stafford, Westminster and Ilchester. The owner of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London, he wrote several prominent plays such as The Rivals (1775), The Duenna (1775), The School for Scandal (1777) and A Trip to Scarborough (1777), along with serving as Treasurer of the Navy from 1806 to 1807. He held the posts of Receiver-General of the Duchy of Cornwall (18041807) and Treasurer of the Navy (18061807). Sheridan was noted for his close political relationship with the Prince of Wales, leading a faction of his supporters in the Commons. By 1805 when the Prince was cooling on his previous support of Catholic Emancipation Sheridan, George Tierney and others announced their own opposition to it. After his death in 1816, Sheridan was buried at Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey, and his plays remain a central part of the Western canon and are regularly performed around the world.