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Fine Long Typed Letter Signed “Ronald” to “Dear Nick”, fellow illustrator Nicholas BENTLEY (Ronald, 1920-2011, British Artist and Satirical Cartoonist)

SEARLE (1907-1980, Artist and Author) saying that he "sorry that he had to suffer that gloomy TELEGRAPH piece - mostly written up from other people and other books. I didn't want to drag it up, anymore than I want 'academic recognition' – which is barmy. That is one of the reasons for the anonymous self-sending-up in the biographical notes of The Album. To remind anyone who sees it, that the stuff is meant to be satirical ." he continues about his place in France "It is very pretty up here at 2000 feet and it feels isolated . Try it if you ever get as far as Nice. There will be a warm welcome and a bottle of champagne burning in the window. As for leaving her for book promoting . No thanks, unless it is really vital . I wouldn't leave Monica alone (she is more than insecure after this last seven years of dragging the foot out of the grave) . the ones we really want to see, make there way here eventually . I don't have much energy any more . I know that publicity helps to push a book. But as I have always refused to show up, everybody seems to have managed up until now. But I will turn over in my mind any possible suggestions I can think of to aid at a distance. Hope Leresche did tell me that the BBC-TV were going to show the 'Omnibus' thing again. Andre should try to persuade them that nothing could be better than running that hour to coincide with the book .", 1 side closely typed folio, 83690-Tourtour (Var), France, 7th March
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Fine Typed Letter Signed with Autograph corrections to J. Higgins (Arthur, 1884-1967, Writer of ‘Swallows & Amazons’)

RANSOME saying that "thousands of people of all ages go to the Broads to learn how to sail, and, after half an hour's instruction by the boat-hirer go off sailing extremely badly and within a very few hours are managing quite well, and at the end of their week have taught themselves and bring their boats back with all but professional skill. Do not on any account hire a boat with a skipper, If you prove to be incompetent yourself (which I do not expect) your son, aged twelve, will see that you come to no harm. A motor cruiser will be a disappointment to him and will merely put off for a year the beginning of your own sailing education. One other important point. Hire the SMALLEST boat into which you can cram yourselves. As for avoiding the more populous places . you can moor to the bank almost anywhere. You should not go south of Acle until you have had a little experience. For many years I used myself to hire FAIRWAYS . but there are plenty of other such boats . And you should settle down to do a lot of home-work, reading elementary works on sailing . don't be misled by modesty into hiring a motor cruiser. In another twenty years perhaps, but nobody is fit to run a motor cruiser on the Broads until he has sailed and consequently understands what the sailing boats he will meet are actually doing and going to do. I am quite sure that your son will pull you through. I have seen it happen again and again . With best wishes for the success of your first voyage .", 2 sides oblong 4to., Jonathan Cape headed paper, 30 Bedford Square, 9th January
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Fine pair of Autograph Letters Signed (‘Alex’) to Ava, Lady Waverley, (Harold Rupert, 1st Earl, 1891-1969, Supreme Allied Commander, Governor General of Canada)

ALEXANDER OF TUNIS (1896-1974, wife of Sir John Anderson, Viscount Waverley), the first thanking her for a "delightful evening on the Thames in your sumptuous yacht. It was not only delightful but a great experience, as I have never gone down the River before. How extraordinary, and I have lived for many years in London on and off and it would have been as easy in a penny steamer - but not so enjoyable as your party. I was greatly shocked to hear that you had made such an expensive bid for my picture - I hope you don't get it. It's not worth the offer you made - and besides I will paint you something much better for love not money! It is too kind of you to ask us to dine for the Haddington dance, but I'm afraid we can't make it. I dine that night at the Canada Club . We both thank you and John so much .", the second letter refuses and invitation, saying that he is "now completely booked up that week, but I am grateful for your invitation . I'm so pleased you got out of a nasty hold over that picture - but you know you are lucky not to have lost your money. Now I can paint you a picture for the other thing .", each 2 sides 8vo., Nightingales, Chalfont St Giles headed paper, with one autograph envelope signed and stamped, 26th June and 9th July 1951, together with the oil painting that he gave them, inscribed on the verso "The Volturno River near Concita - Italy Sept 1945, Alexander", oil on board, 12" x 9", Italy, 1945, together with a copy of Edward Seago's book The Paintings of Field Marshal Earl Alexander of Tunis, inscribed "For Alastair, for birthday & Easter 1973, from Ava", oblong 4to, published by Collins in 1973
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Rare unsigned photo with original negative (H. G., 1866-1946, Novelist)]

WELLS taken during his stay in Estonia in August 1934, where he visited his beloved baroness Budberg, who is sitting on his right, they are sitting outdoors at a table with two other women and some children, together with a picture of the house in Estonia where Wells lived with his mistress, each 7" x 5", with the original negative for the picture, 2" x 2½", Estonia, Maria Ignatievna BUDBERG also known variously as Countess Benckendorff and Baroness Budberg (1893-1974) was a Russian adventuress and suspected double agent of OGPU and British Intelligence Service. In 1920, Budberg met British author H. G. Wells when he made a celebrated visit to Maxim Gorky in Moscow, he had slept with Gorky's mistress Moura and they became lovers. She was briefly married, on 13th November 1921, to Baron Nikolai (Rotger Emil Arthur Friedrich) von Budberg-Bönningshausen (born 1896). The union was in the nature of a marriage of convenience, and they soon divorced. It provided her with a passport and thus an ability to leave Russia to visit both her children in Estonia and Gorky in Italy. It is said that the Baron Budberg, a shady character, eventually disappeared in Brazil. Moura's relationship with Wells was renewed in 1933 in London, where she had emigrated after parting with Gorky. The close relationship continued until Wells's death in 1946. He had asked her to marry him, but Budberg strongly rejected the proposal.
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Fine original unsigned Russian postcard photo, (1868-1918, Tsar of Russia from 1894, Assassinated after the Revolution)]

NICHOLAS II showing the Imperial Yacht Standart, with an unrelated autograph message on the verso from Edmond to his parents telling them that they "hurried back from Odessa and arrived this morning after an excellent crossing. We'll leave tonight . for Smyrna, because there is a matter to clarify, the Turkish forts fired on the Caucase which was leaving for France .", 5½" x 3½", Constantinople, 8th June no year but probably around The Standart was an Imperial Russian yacht serving Emperor Nicholas II and his family, being in her time (late 19th/early 20th century) the largest Imperial Yacht afloat. After the Russian Revolution the ship was placed in drydock until 1936, when she was converted to a minelayer. During World War II, she participated in the defence of Leningrad. The Caucasus campaign comprised armed conflicts between the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire, later including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Mountainous Republic of the Northern Caucasus, the German Empire, the Central Caspian Dictatorship, and the British Empire, as part of the Middle Eastern theatre during World War I. Transcription Constantinople 8 juin Cher parents, Nous sommes revenus précipitamment d'Odessa et nous sommes arrivés ce matin après une excellente traversée. Nous repartons ce soir à 5 heures pour Smyrne, car il y a une affaire à éclaircir, les forts turcs ont tiré sur le Caucase qui s'en allait en France. À bientôt des nouvelles plus longues. Votre fils Edmond Translation Constantinople 8th of June Dear Parents, We hurried back from Odessa and arrived this morning after an excellent crossing. We'll leave tonight at 5 am for Smyrna, because there is a matter to clarify, the Turkish forts fired on the Caucase which was leaving for France. Longer news soon. Your son Edmond
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Exceptional Autograph Letter Signed to Mrs Passan, (Robert, 1795-1883, Missionary-Explorer in Bechuanaland, Father-in-Law of Livingstone)

MOFFAT saying that he has heard "from our mutual & very dear friend Mrs Wills I understand that you are continuing to suffer so much as to be almost continually confined to bed. Deeply do I sympathise with you in your severe affliction, & who that knows you would not desire to have a part were it in their power . but the hand divine can impart relief in your deep affliction. No voice but His who calmed the Galilean Sea can breath into your spirit the peace that the world cannot give. Bu I am only repeating what you now know better than even I can. You have long been in the divine crucible & have had experiences far beyond my power to describe. I can only give expression of my deep feeling for you. I can also remember you at the throne of our Heavenly Father, that our Adorable Redeemer may smooth your path & lay under you the everlasting arms of His mercy, & continue to brighten your prospects, that when you have suffered His will here you have an abundant entrance administered to you into those mansions of bliss when the inhabitants will no more say 'I am sick' ." he then continues that "After the new edition of the Sechuana Bible was finished I took about a six months tour of the North of England and Scotland engaged in advocating the Missionary cause wherever I came. Consignments of the scriptures have been sent out to most of the Bechuana mission stations where they are eagerly looked for. I feel the bad weather much. The wet, cold & gloom does not agree well with a constitution accustomed to a . warm . climate for more than half a century .", 4 sides 8vo., on mourning paper, 7 Bedford Cottages, Barrington Road, 5th June lacking a small part of the top edge of the first page with the loss of a few words, professionally repaired Moffat translated the whole of the Bible and The Pilgrim's Progress into Setswana. Besides his early training as a gardener and farmer, and later as a writer, Moffat developed skills in building, carpentry, printing and as a blacksmith. Robert and his wife Mary had ten children, their daughter Mary married David Livingstone and their son John Smith Moffat became an LMS missionary and took over the running of the mission at Kuruman before entering colonial service. Their grandson Howard Unwin Moffat became a prime minister of Southern Rhodesia. For the last twelve years of his life, Robert spoke throughout England, seeking to raise interest in the mission work. He was presented to Queen Victoria twice at her request and was presented with a Doctor of Divinity degree from Edinburgh University.
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Portion of an Autograph manuscript Signed on the right hand side, (Sir Leslie, 1821-1904, First Editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, Father of Virginia WOOLF)

STEPHEN including references to Carlyle "I can fully pardon Carlyle for the assertion . that the school of Ricardo, Bentham & James Mill was 'materialist' . & thought too much of more industrial conditions of progress. It was natural from his point of view. I confess to feeling some indignation when his . utterances are taken up & repeated vehemently . who have never taken the trouble to understand their . position; and not differ from him . coolly & scientifically the usual conditions . of the proposed remedies . But is economy scientific. That is a question on wh. I suspect that Jowett would have followed Mill in taking a rather exaggerated view of the claims of his favourite study. Admitting that it is possible to construct a science setting forth the laws of the production exchange and distribution of wealth no one can deny its vast importance. If we could accurately state the conditions under which the ways of the labouring class could be permanently raised .", the left hand side of 1 side folio, no place, no date James MILL (1773-1836) was a Scottish historian, economist, political theorist, and philosopher. He is counted among the founders of the Ricardian school of economics. Father of John Stuart Mill. David RICARDO (1772–1823) was a classical economist best known for his theory on wages and profit, labor theory of value, theory of comparative advantage, and theory of rents. Thomas CARLYLE (1795-1881) was a historian, satirical writer, essayist, translator, philosopher, mathematician, and teacher. A great polemicist, Carlyle coined the term "the dismal science" for economics, in his essay "Occasional Discourse on the Negro Question," which remains controversial. Jeremy BENTHAM (1748-1832) was a philosopher, jurist, and social reformer regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism.