Music And Theatre

ALLITSEN‚ Frances. 7214

ALLITSEN‚ Frances.	7214 Autograph Letter Signed‚ explaining she can not visit on account of the fog‚ but hoping for a letter. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. 18 Alina Square‚ undated. Frances Allitsen (1849-1912)‚ composer of songs. Her patriotic song‚ ‘There’s a land’‚ was widely sung about the time of the South African War (1899).

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ANDERSON‚ Lucy. 1221

ANDERSON‚ Lucy.	1221	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mrs. Cooke‚ arranging ‘a friendly dinner’‚ mentioning that her husband (who was Master of the Queen’s Music) would be unable to attend‚ in part because ‘I believe the Queen goes to Osborne after the 9th’. 3 pp. 4 x 3.5 inches‚ fine. 28 October [no year]. Lucy Anderson (1790-1878) taught the piano to Queen Victoria and her children. She was the first female pianist to play at the concerts of the Philharmonic Society.

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ARDITI‚ Luigi. 16001

ARDITI‚ Luigi.	16001	Two Autograph Letters Signed‚ to “Gentilissime Signorina” [Emilia]‚ giving opera news‚ the current pantomine season‚ Harlequin and Columbine‚ his performances in Faust and Lara‚ the novelty of the cripple Donato‚ sending regards to Santley‚ and much else. In Italian‚ with an English translation. 4½ pages‚ 1 letter with neatly repaired tears‚ generally good. London‚ 1865 and undated. Luigi Arditi (1822-1903)‚ conductor and composer‚ settled in London in 1858.

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ARKWRIGHT‚ Sir John Stanhope. 15964

ARKWRIGHT‚ Sir John Stanhope.	15964 Autograph manuscript of 7 verses of the Hymn ‘O Valiant Hearts’‚ written by and signed at the end ‘John S.Arkwright’. On two conjoined leaves 7 x 10 inches‚ prepared for inclusion in a memorial volume of the Great War. In fine condition. [1920’s] Sir John Stanhope Arkwright (1872-1954) composed the words for O Valiant Hearts (1917).

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AUDRAN‚ Edmond. 16492

AUDRAN‚ Edmond.	16492 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to “Mon cher ami”‚ thanking him for his review of La Cigale et la Fourmi in the Figaro‚ and referring to a villainous attempt to undermine his reputation as a composer. In French. 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. Paris‚ 1 October 1890. Achille Edmond Audran (1840 – 1901)‚ French composer best known for several internationally successful operettas‚ including Les noces d'Olivette (1879)‚ La mascotte (1880)‚ Gillette de Narbonne (1882)‚ La cigale et la fourmi (1886)‚ Miss Helyett (1890)‚ and La poupée (1896).

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BACHE‚ Walter. 14207

BACHE‚ Walter.	14207	Autograph Letter Signed ‘W.B.’‚ to “Dear Mac”‚ about his recovery from everything “excepting the deficit of my concert”‚ looking forward to a performance on March 20th.‚ planning a dinner followed by a visit to the circus. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. 17 Eastbourne Terrace‚ Hyde Park‚ 4 March‚ no year given. “I am miserable without circus. ...I have some lovely little subjects for your next oratorio.” Walter Bache (1842–1888)‚ pianist. In August 1858 he went to Leipzig‚ where he studied chiefly with Carl Reinecke and made friends with Arthur Sullivan‚ but moved on by way of Milan and Florence to seek out Liszt in Rome in June 1862. From 1869 until his retirement Bache gave an annual concert or recital devoted to Liszt‚ sometimes playing long programmes from memory (a preparatory concert for Liszt's London visit in 1886 included three concertos).

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BARROILHET‚ Paul. 15811

BARROILHET‚ Paul.	15811	A lengthy Autograph Letter Signed‚ addressed ‘Cher Monsieur’‚ discussing in detail the prices of pictures he wishes to sell. In French. 4 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ in good condition‚ a few minor blemishes. Paris‚ 22 March 1857. Paul Barroilhet (1810-1871)‚ French operatic baritone. Barroilhet is best remembered today for originating roles in several operas by Gaetano Donizetti and Fromental Halévy. For Donizetti he created Eustachio de Saint-Pierre in L'assedio di Calais (1836)‚ the Lord Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux (1837)‚ Alfonso XI of Castile in La favorite (1840)‚ and Camoëns in Dom Sebastien (1843). The Halevy roles he created include King Lusignan in La reine de Chypre (1841)‚ the title role in the premiere of Charles VI (1843) and Mirobolante in Le lazzarone‚ ou Le bien vient en dormant (1844). Other world premières in which he sang include Saverio Mercadante's La vestale (Publio) and Elena da Feltre (Guido)‚ Il Conte di Chalais by Giuseppe Lillo‚ Richard en Palestine by Adolphe Adam and Marie Stuart by Louis Niedermeyer. He also sang the title-role in the pasticcio opera‚ Robert Bruce‚ in which Niedermeyer had adapted music from various operas by Rossini. After 1847 he withdrew completely from the stage and he found a new vocation as a painter and art collector.

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BEMBERG‚ Herman. 9619

BEMBERG‚ Herman.	9619	Autograph Letter Signed‚ about the sale of a work including Chanson Bretonne for which he has composed the music‚ announcing that fifty copies would be available printed on Japanese paper. In French. 1½ pages 8 x 5 inches‚ folded. 43 Avenue du Bois de Boulogne‚ undated. Herman Bemberg 1859-1931)‚ French composer. He was known for numerous songs and pieces for the piano‚ as well as by his cantata La Mort de Jeanne d'Arc (1886)‚ comic opera Le Baiser de Suzon (1888)‚ and grand opera Elaine (produced at Covent Garden in 1892). Among his songs the dramatic recitative Ballade du Desespere was well known‚ and Chant Hindou was quite popular and frequently included in anthologies.

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BEVIGNANI‚ Enrico. 17236

BEVIGNANI‚ Enrico.	17236 Salary receipt‚ signed ‘E.Bevignani’‚ for £100 received from M.Gye of the Royal Italian Opera‚ Covent Garden. 5 x 8 inches‚ in good condition. London‚ 1 June 1876. Enrico Bevignani Modesto (b.Naples‚ 1841 - 1903)‚ orchestral conductor‚ composer and theatrical impressario. In 1864 he moved to London‚ and from 1871 to 1878 he was the permanent conductor at Covent Garden. On March 17 1879 he conducted the world premiere of Eugene Onegin at the Maly Theatre in Moscow.

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BISHOP‚ Sir Henry Rowley. 16553

BISHOP‚ Sir Henry Rowley.	16553 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to the Revd. H.C.Coxe‚ thanking him for the Songs‚ discussing the melodies of some of the songs already published. 2¼ pages‚ in good condition. London‚ 5 April 1852. Sir Henry Rowley Bishop (1786-1855)‚ composer. “Northumberland must be rich in such Airs. Indeed‚ the Border Melodies‚ though approaching in feature to the Scotch‚ have nevertheless a character quite their own. One of the Airs you have favoured me with‚ ‘The Snow fell fast’‚ we have already published; it being the second Air in the first number of our Series. It is the old tune of ‘The Vicar of Bray’ ...”

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BLAKISTON‚ Clarence. 12229

BLAKISTON‚ Clarence.	12229	Postcard Portrait of Blakiston as the Prince Badahur Sanatsinjhi of Kharikar in The Blue Moon (1905)‚ inlaid to album leaf with an inscription: I would be English & have English friends about me. [Blue Moon]‚ truly yours Clarence Blakiston. Overall 9 x 6 inches. Undated. Clarence Blakiston (1864–1943)‚ actor. In November 1902 he acted in JM Barrie's play‚ "The Admirable Crichton‚" at the Duke of York's Theatre in London.

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BLANCHARD‚ William. 13785

BLANCHARD‚ William.	13785	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to I.Smith‚ Theatre Royal‚ Ipswich‚ wondering “whither I shall bend my steps”‚ now that the House is closed for the season‚ maybe Birmingham‚ certainly Liverpool. 1 page 9 x 7 inches‚ integral address leaf‚ folds‚ complete seal in red wax. 77 Long Acre‚ 30 June 1827. “... next week I intend passing quietly at home in the Bussum of my Family. If‚ after that‚ we can do anything together‚ ‘tis well. If not‚ no harm done.” William Blanchard (1769–1835)‚ comedian. His first appearance in London was made at Covent Garden on 1 October 1800 as Bob Acres‚ in which he succeeded remarkably‚ and as Crack in the musical farce of the 'Turnpike Gate.' By the middle of his second season Mr. Harris cancelled the original arrangement for five years by re-engaging him for seven‚ with an increased salary. In certain classes of character he secured a position of recognised preeminence. Oxberry (p. 278) calls him 'unquestionably the best drunken man on the stage.' At Covent Garden Theatre‚ saving only for a brief professional visit to America in 1832‚ Blanchard remained continuously for thirty-four years. He was especially noted for his Shakespearian impersonations of Fluellen‚ Sir Hugh Evans‚ Menenius‚ and Polonius. According to Leigh Hunt‚ his best performance was the Marquis de Grand-Château in the musical toy show of the 'Cabinet.' Leigh Hunt also praises highly his Russett in Colman's 'The Jealous Wife.' Similar testimony to his skill is borne by all the best dramatic critics of the time. The last character created by him was that of Counsellor Crowsfoot in Douglas Jerrold's comedy of 'Nell Gwynne‚' produced at Covent Garden Theatre on 9 January 1833‚ which was warmly spoken of in the 'Athenæum‚' 12 January 1833.

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BOSANQUET‚ R.H.M. 12273

BOSANQUET‚ R.H.M.	12273	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr.Salaman‚ discussing a forthcoming meeting and the order of speaking. 1½ pages 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ traces of mounting on blank verso. St. John’s College‚ Oxford‚ 30 January‚ no year given. Robert Holford Macdowall Bosanquet (1841 – 1912)‚ scientist and music theorist. He was a musician and an authority on organ construction‚ and published a number of experimental and theoretical papers on acoustics‚ electromagnetism and astronomy‚ and was elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomy Society in 1871 and the Royal Society in 1890. Bosanquet developed classes for musical tunings used mapping pitches in a coordinate arrangement he called a generalized keyboard‚ contrasting with Henry Ward Poole's and Colin Brown's keyboards which were based on symmetry of key relationships.

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BRANDRAM‚ Samuel. 12579

BRANDRAM‚ Samuel.	12579	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Charles E.Flower‚ making arrangements to meet‚ declaring that Miss de Fonblanque was “immensely pleased at getting the Garrick engraving”. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. Richmond‚ 11 November 1880. Samuel Brandram (1824-1892)‚ Shakespeare reciter. His correspondent‚ Charles E.Flower‚ was a member of the Flower family‚ of Flower’s Brewery‚ Stratford-upon-Avon‚ who were instrumental in the building of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre.

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BROISAT‚ Émilie. 13576

BROISAT‚ Émilie.	13576 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Tom Taylor‚ the dramatist and critic‚ thanking him for his hospitality in London and for his reviews. In French. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ with the original envelope. Postmarked 10 July 1879. Émilie Broisat (1848-1929)‚ French actress.

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BROOKE‚ Gustavus Vaughan. 15535

BROOKE‚ Gustavus Vaughan.	15535 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Stevenson‚ saying he called today to say Farewell‚ thanking him for his kindness. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ address leaf (light traces of mounting). Undated. Uncommon. Gustavus Vaughan Brooke (1818 – 1866) was an Irish stage actor who enjoyed success in Ireland‚ England and Australia. On a return voyage to Australia in the S.S. London in 1866‚ the ship sank in a storm. Brooke toiled bravely at the pumps of the sinking vessel‚ and when all hope was gone was seen standing composedly by the companion way. As the last overcrowded lifeboat pulled away he called "Give my last farewell to the people of Melbourne".

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BROUSIL. The Family Brousil of Prague‚ 1858. 13222

BROUSIL. The Family Brousil of Prague‚ 1858.	13222	The original Autographs of the six members of the Family Brousil of Prague. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. Chester‚ 9 January 1858. There is a photograph of the sibling sextet know as the Family Brousil in the Royal Collection. The Brousils were a family of young musicians from Prague who first appeared in England in 1856 at the Gallery of Illustration in Regent Street. They played for Queen Victoria and her family on three occasions. It is not known how they were brought to the Queen's notice‚ but the Royal Family's own involvement with music was considerable and she may have been attracted by the idea of a group of musical brothers and sisters whose ages were so near those of her own children. The young musicians (in the 1857 photograph in Queen Victoria’s collection) are Mlles Bertha (14 years old)‚ violin solo‚ Antonia (17)‚ piano‚ and Cecilie (6)‚ 2nd violin; Messrs Albin (13)‚ violoncello‚ Adolphus (11)‚ viola gamba‚ and Aloys (7)‚ 1st violin.

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BRUCK‚ Rosa. 12081

BRUCK‚ Rosa.	12081	Autograph Letter Signed‚ inviting a friend to visit her at the Theatre. In French. 1 page 5½ x 3½ inches‚ with a separate cabinet photograph of Bruck by Reutlinger‚ in fine condition. Paris‚ undated. Rosa Bruck‚ French actress.

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CASSIVE‚ Armande. 10713

CASSIVE‚ Armande.	10713	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Monsieur Fouquier‚ thanking him for the kind words of his article. In French. 2 pp. 6½ x 5 inches (light traces of corner mounts)‚ with a separate original cabinet portrait photograph of Armande Cassive‚ by Chalot. Saturday‚ undated. Armande Cassive (1873-1940)‚ French actress‚ and one of Feydeau’s favourite performers.

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CERNY‚ Berthe. 12998

CERNY‚ Berthe.	12998 Autograph Letter Signed ‘Cerny’‚ to ‘Mon cher ami’‚ asking him to come round “avec votre charmante gillette”. In French. 2 pp. 5½ x 6½ inches‚ embossed monogram‚ in good condition. Undated. Berthe Cerny (real name Berthe de Choudens‚ 1870-1940) of the Comedie Francaise.

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CLAYTON‚ John. 11934

CLAYTON‚ John.	11934	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Alston‚ saying that he can not attend “your kettledrum” because he is going to a rehearsal of The School for Scandal‚ and then‚ after dinner‚ returning to the theatre. 3 pp. 6 x 4 inches‚ monogram JAC‚ fine. 9 Alfred Place West‚ Thurloe Square‚ Tuesday 26 May‚ no year given. John Clayton (1843-1888)‚ actor‚ whose real name was John Alfred Calthrop. “He was a good actor‚ both in drama and comedy‚ with a bluff‚ effective‚ breezy‚ and powerful‚ sometimes too powerful‚ style.” [DNB]

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COMPTON‚ Edward. 11961

COMPTON‚ Edward.	11961 Autograph Quotation: “Although he is only an actor‚ I like him!” [David Garrick‚ Act I]‚ signed Edward Compton 3 x 8 inches‚ folds. 17 January 1886. Edward Compton (1854-1918)‚ actor. He first appeared at Bristol in 1873 and in London in 1877. In 1881 he organized the Compton Comedy company‚ which for over 30 years played Shakespearean and old English comedies throughout the country and formed a valuable school of training for young actors and actresses.Among his children were Compton Mackenzie (b. 1883)‚ the well-known novelist‚ and Fay Compton‚ the actress.

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COQUARD‚ Arthur. 8028

COQUARD‚ Arthur.	8028 Autograph Letter Signed‚ thanking his correspondent for the documents from Boston‚ and discussing the completion of of biographical work. In French. 1 page 5½ x 4 inches‚ fine. St.Germain-en-Laye‚ 12 June 1900. Arthur Coquard (1846-19110)‚ French composer‚ a pupil and partisan of Franck.

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COQUELIN CADET. 12268

COQUELIN CADET.	12268 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Monsieur Vitu‚ about their arrangements to meet. In French. A good one page example‚ with a separate cabinet photographic portrait of Coquelin‚ by Chalot. Paris‚ undated. Ernest Alexandre Honoré Coquelin (1848 – 1909)‚ French actor. Also called Coquelin cadet‚ to distinguish him from his brother‚ he was born at Boulogne‚ and entered the Conservatoire in 1864. He played a great many parts‚ in both the classic and the modern repertoire‚ and also had much success in reciting monologues of his own composition. He wrote Le Livre des convalescents (1880)‚ Le Monologue moderne (1881)‚ Fairiboles (1882)‚ Le Rire (1887)‚ Pirouettes (1888).

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COSTA‚ Sir Michael. 17019

COSTA‚ Sir Michael.	17019 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mrs. Forester‚ accepting her invitation and asking to be remembered to the General. A good one page example‚ 7 x 4½ inches. Strathfieldsaye House‚ Winchfield‚ 28 November 1871. Sir Michael Andrew Angus Costa (1808 –1884)‚ Italian-born conductor and composer.

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COSTA‚ Sir Michael. 17181

COSTA‚ Sir Michael.	17181 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Gye‚ thanking him for the game he so kindly sent. A good one page example‚ 7 x 4½ inches. 59 Eccleston Square‚ 9 November 1866. Sir Michael Andrew Angus Costa (1808 –1884)‚ Italian-born conductor and composer.

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D’ALBERT‚ Eugen. 14368

D’ALBERT‚ Eugen.	14368	Letter Signed‚ to a photographic establishment in Berlin. In German. A good one page example‚ 9 x 5½ inches. Grand Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten‚ Hamburg‚ 1907. Eugen (originally Eugène) Francis Charles d'Albert (11864 – 1932) was a Scottish-born German pianist and composer. He emigrated to Germany‚ where he studied with Franz Liszt and began a career as a concert pianist. While pursuing his career as a pianist‚ d'Albert focused increasingly on composing‚ producing 21 operas and a considerable output of piano‚ vocal‚ chamber and orchestral works. His most successful opera was Tiefland‚ which premiered in Prague in 1903.

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DALLAS‚ Isabella. 10360

DALLAS‚ Isabella.	10360	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to C.Kean‚ thanking him for his performance‚ explaining that the two empty seats in her box were due to illness. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. 6 Hanover Square‚ 30 May‚ no year given. Isabella Dallas [stage name Glyn] (1823-1889)‚ Shakespearean actress. “Each visit to your performance makes one enjoy it more and more.”

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DE BONCZA‚ Wanda. 10728

DE BONCZA‚ Wanda.	10728	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Wanda de Boncza’‚ discussing the expression of emotions on stage‚ in answer to her correspondent’s question. In French. 3 pp. 5 x 5 inches‚ minor paper repairs and blemishes. With a separate cabinet portrait photograph of Wanda de Boncza‚ by Professeur Stebbing. 11 August [1895]. Wanda de Boncza (1872-1902)‚ French actress at the Comédie-Française.

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DELIBES‚ Leo. 16073

DELIBES‚ Leo.	16073 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to the director of the theatre‚ discussing the staging of his most famous opera‚ Lakmé‚ referring to the visit of M. Warnots to Paris “pour voir avec moi la partition de Lakmé” [to look over the score of Lakmé with me]‚ confident that both of them desire to stage the work according to the intentions of the author‚ discussing the time required for this work‚ where to meet and so on. In French. 4 pp. 6½ x 4½ inches‚ black borders‚ in very good condition. Paris‚ Saturday 12 November [1887]. Leo Delibes (1836-1891)‚ French composer‚ ends this letter with another reference to Lakmé: “Veuillez me rappeler au bn souvenir de Madame Verheyden‚ qui a été charmante dans Lakmé.” Lakmé is an opera in three acts by Léo Delibes to a French libretto by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille. The score‚ written in 1881–1882‚ was first performed on 14 April 1883 by the Opéra Comique at the Salle Favart in Paris. Set in British India in the mid-19th century‚ Lakmé is based on Théodore Pavie's story "Les babouches du Brahamane" and novel Le Mariage de Loti by Pierre Loti. Within the period 1883 to 1891‚ November 12 fell on a Saturday only in 1887. Lakmé opened later that month at the Opera House in Rouen.

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DETCHON‚ Adelaide. 7068

DETCHON‚ Adelaide.	7068 Autograph Quotation (from Lucile by Owen Meredith)‚ signed ‘Faithfully Yours‚ Adelaide Detchon’. 4½ x 7 inches‚ in good condition. Undated. Adelaide Detchon (born 1868)‚ American actress.

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EAMES‚ Emma. 11083

EAMES‚ Emma.	11083 Autograph Letter Signed ‘Emma Eames Story’‚ to ‘Dear Maud’‚ explaining that she has much to do before her departure for Paris and London‚ referring also to the busy schedule of her husband‚ Julian Story. 4 pp. 6 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. 28 Via Maggio‚ undated. Emma Eames (1865 - 1952)‚ American soprano. She sang lyric and lyric-dramatic roles in opera and enjoyed a brilliant career in New York‚ London and Paris during the last decade of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century.

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FENNELL‚ James. 3428

FENNELL‚ James.	3428 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to James Rudman‚ seeking support from him as chairman of a charitable association in Newcastle‚ which was to devote funds to ‘a publication which has for its object the Honor of this Country‚ and consequently that of the Associations formed in defence of Our King and Constitution’. 2 pp. 10 x 8 inches‚ a few creases‚ remains of guard‚ one tear‚ but in clean conditoin‚ address panel laid down on integral blank leaf‚ collector’s annotation recording the gift of this letter to him in 1793. King Street‚ Covent Garden‚ London [1793]. James Fennell (1766-1816)‚ actor‚ dramatist and author (‘A Review of the Proceedings at Paris during the last Summer’ [1792])‚ emigrated to America in 1793 and attempted to make a living as an actor in New York‚ Boston and Philadelphia. Commenting on Fennell’s chequered career‚ Dunlap‚ in his History of the American Theatres (1832)‚ says that Fennell never paid his bills in Paris or Philadelphia‚ that he lived by fraud‚ and passed his life between a palace and a prison. Fennell established friendships with many other authors‚ including Henry Mackenzie‚ and James Bruce‚ the African traveller. In this letter Fennell seeks to benefit financially from the royalist reaction in England to the execution of the King in France. He claims that his proposed work will ‘entitle me to that liberal support which alone can ensure the success of so arduous and extensive an undertaking’.

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FERIEL‚ Marie-Ange. 10928

FERIEL‚ Marie-Ange.	10928	A lengthy Autograph Letter Signed‚ discussing‚ among other things‚ comedy and the art of acting. In French. 8 pp. 5 x 6½ inches‚ in good condition. With a separate original cabinet photograph of Fériel‚ by Reutlinger. 14 April 1895. Marie-Ange Fériel‚ French actress.

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FOOTE‚ Lydia. 5884

FOOTE‚ Lydia.	5884	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Lydia A.Foote’‚ saying that “I have written three times to go to ‘Phillips’ and have received no answer...” 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. Brighton‚ 19 June [no year given]. Lydia Foote (1844-1892)‚ actress.

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GODDARD‚ Arabella. 16409

GODDARD‚ Arabella.	16409 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mrs. Bartholomew‚ inviting her to join a party in “a box for Jullien’s this evening”. 15 lines on 1 page 6 x 3½ inches. ½ past four o’clock‚ Friday‚ undated. Arabella Goddard (1836-1922)‚ pianist. From 1873 to 1876 she toured the U.S.‚ Australia‚ and India. She was renowned for her performance of Beethoven's piano sonatas.

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GOLDSCHMIDT‚ Otto. 16226

GOLDSCHMIDT‚ Otto.	16226	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Stainer‚ sending a cheque‚ disussing the presentation of an Address‚ saying a circular has been forwarded to Dr. Joachim. A good one page example‚ 7 x 4½ inches. 1 Moreton Gardens‚ 23 March 1896. Otto Goldschmidt (1829-1907)‚ pianist‚ composer and conductor‚ first conductor of the Bach Choir.

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GOMPERTZ‚ Richard. 4436

GOMPERTZ‚ Richard.	4436 Autograph Musical Quotation Signed ‘Richard Gompertz’ and dated. 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. Cologne‚ December 1897. Uncommon. Richard Gompertz (1859-1921)‚ violinist and teacher.

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GREENE‚ Harry Plunket. 16412

GREENE‚ Harry Plunket.	16412	A series of five Autograph Letters Signed‚ to Mr. Myers‚ making arrangements for a singing engagement‚ discussing a possible programme‚ wishing to substitute The Old Superb for the Sea-Songs‚ etc. 5 letters‚ 15 pp.‚ generally in good condition‚ two letters with occasional light foxing. 1906-1908. Harry Plunket Greene (1865–1936)‚ Irish baritone singer‚ most famous in the formal concert and oratorio repertoire. He also wrote a classic book on fly-fishing.

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GROSSMITH‚ George. 12549

GROSSMITH‚ George.	12549	Autograph Letter Signed‚ suggesting one night for a lecture‚ explaining that “I have at least a dozen Institutions who will be glad to take the night”. 2 pp. 8½ x 5 inches‚ surface creases. 4 Brick Court‚ Temple‚ 8 October. George Grossmith (1820–1880) chief reporter for The Times and other newspapers at the Bow Street Magistrates' Court and a lecturer and entertainer.He was the father of George Grossmith (1847–1912) the entertainer and author (with his brother Weedon) of The Diary of a Nobody. “... I should have thought that a lecture of my sort was just the thing for a race-week. When people are ‘bent on pleasure’ they like to make a whole ‘day of it’; and as they don’t race by gas-light I presume a laughable lecture should be just the thing to wind-up with & may save many a ‘wind-up’ with worse results at the public-house.”

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GROVE‚ Sir George. 7315

GROVE‚ Sir George.	7315	Autograph Letter Signed to Charles Santley‚ the famous baritone‚ congratulating him “on your splendid singing yesterday”. 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. Athenaeum Club‚ 30 June 1877. Praise from Sir George Grove (1820-1900)‚ musicologist‚ editor of the great Dictionary of Music and Musicians. “I have always admired you‚ as your know; but upon my word yesterday you surpassed yourself. I never heard your voice fuller and rounder‚ or more beautiful in tone‚ the spirit of the whole thing was perfect‚ and your high note (F wasn’t it?) was magnificent.”

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HADOW‚ Sir William Henry. 10400

HADOW‚ Sir William Henry.	10400	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Professor Kirkaldy‚ regretting he is unable to accept the kind invitation of the Principal and Staff of King’s College. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. Newcastle-upon-Tyne‚ 26 June 1912. Sir William Henry Hadow (1859-1937)‚ educationalist and musicologist.

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HARRISON‚ Clifford. 12893

HARRISON‚ Clifford.	12893 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mrs. Pagden‚ discussing his terms for a recital. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. 15 St. George’s Square‚ 6 October 1899. Clifford Harrison‚ pianist and reciter‚ author of Hints to Reciters (1904).

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HARTVIGSON‚ Frits. 11866

HARTVIGSON‚ Frits.	11866	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Miss Lily‚ sending various named autographs‚ including that of Rubinstein 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ traces of mounting on blank verso. 7 Porteous Road‚ Maida Hill‚ 27 May 1881. Uncommon. Frits Hartvigson (b. 1841)‚ Danish pianist. The repertoire of this Jewish pianist included the compositions of Liszt‚ Bronsart‚ Brahms‚ Rubinstein‚ and Raff. Especially distinguished was his performance in Liszt's "Todtentanz" for piano and orchestra‚ given under the leadership of Hans von Bülow in 1878 in England. Hartvigson settled in London in 1864‚ and played at the Crystal Palace Saturday concerts‚ at the Richter and Henschel orchestral concerts‚ and at the Philharmonic Society concerts; at the last-named he introduced Liszt's Concerto in E-flat (1872). From 1872 to 1875 he lived in Russia‚ and when he returned to London was appointed pianist to the Princess Alexandra of Wales. “As I shall be sure to be in the other world before you‚ I shall not forget (& have noted it down on my memorandum) to get Beethoven‚ Abraham‚ & other celebrities to write something‚ & then send it by whatever means of communication there will be available.”

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HATTON‚ John Liptrot. 7211

HATTON‚ John Liptrot.	7211 An exuberant Autograph Letter Signed‚ to “Bob” (Thallon) in Brooklyn‚ incorporating a musical quotation‚ describing the latest concerts‚ the forthcoming concerts to be given by Wagner in the Albert Hall‚ his own Sacred Drama‚ and much else. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ a few minor tears only. Margate‚ 30 April 1877. A wonderful letter by John Liptrot Hatton (1808-1886)‚ composer‚ pianist and singer‚ praised by the New Grove as “the inventor‚ or at least one of the earliest exponents‚ of a kind of popular one-man show‚ in which he spoke‚ played the piano‚ and sang to his own accompaniment”. In this letter he describes “My Sacred Drama - the word Oratorio is too ponderous for the character of my work - it being most dramatic - especially when part II begins - then we have old Sennacherib with the Assyrian Host - Warriors - Dancing Girls - Trombones - Big drums - Cymbals - Triangles - Tambourines‚ etc. kick up a d_l of a row. I can’t tell yet - when or where it is likely [to] come out - you shall know when the time comes.”

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HAWEIS‚ Hugh Reginald. 15430

HAWEIS‚ Hugh Reginald.	15430	Autograph Letter Signed‚ about a Mrs. Goething‚ concluding that “she was a kind of person who could never be set up & that she would go on living by begging”. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches. Together with a fine cabinet photo portrait of Haweis in academic dress‚ signed by him (1900). Queens House‚ Cheyne Walk‚ 6 May 1893. Hugh Reginald Haweis (1838 – 1901)‚ cleric and writer. He travelled in Italy and served under Garibaldi in 1860. On his return to England he was ordained and held various curacies in London‚ becoming in 1866 incumbent of St James's‚ Marylebone. His unconventional methods of conducting the service‚ combined with his dwarfish figure and lively manner‚ soon attracted crowded congregations. He was much interested in music‚ and wrote books on violins and church bells‚ besides contributing an article to the 9th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica on “bell”. His best-known book was Music and Morals (1871)‚ which went through sixteen editions before the end of the century‚ and he was for a time from 1868 editor of Cassell's Magazine. He also wrote the five-volume Christ and Christianity‚ a popular church history (1886–1887)‚ as well as Travel and Talk (1896) and similar chatty and entertaining books. His book My Musical Life offers a biographical tour through his career and his spiritual leanings in music‚ tracing his awakening to music‚ his interest in the Cremonese violin makers and in Paganini‚ an exposition of The Ring of the Nibelungen‚ Parsifal‚ Lohengrin and Tannhäuser‚ and anecdotes of his meetings with Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt. For some years after D. G. Rossetti's death in 1882 Haweis occupied the poet's house in Cheyne Walk‚ Chelsea.

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HENSCHEL‚ Sir George. 15086

HENSCHEL‚ Sir George.	15086 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Avalon Collard‚ explaining that engagements prevent him taking up the concert seats offered to him by his correspondent. 2 pp. 6 x 4½ inches‚ second leaf laid down on part album page‚ in good condition. Windsor Hotel‚ Glasgow‚ 10 February 1895. Sir George Henschel (1850-1934)‚ singer‚ composer and conductor. In 1881 he was appointed conductor of the newly founded Symphony Orchestra at Boston.

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HOLBEIN von Holbeinsberg‚ Franz. 9553

HOLBEIN von Holbeinsberg‚ Franz.	9553	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Louis Angely‚ the writer of comedy‚ in Berlin‚ about the performance of Die Familie Rüstig‚ and praising the production. In German‚ not translated. 3 pp. 10 x 8 inches‚ address panel (tear at opening)‚ light toning. [Hanover] 14 July 1829. Franz Ignaz Holbein von Holbeinsberg (1779-1855)‚ Austrian playwright‚ theatre manager‚ actor and musician. In 1809 he worked as an actor in Vienna for a short period‚ then as a director and theatre manager in Germany; 1841-1849 manager of the Burgtheater‚ 1848-1853 of the Vienna Court Opera. He writes to Louis Angely (1787-1835). German writer of comedy. “... Nach allem was ich über diese Arbeit höre‚ wird die königl. Hoftheater Comite die Aufführung gewiß genehmigen und die Oeconomie sich über das Hornorar mit Ihnen einigen. Ihre Handwerker‚ welche ich keines wie so manche Kittiker in die Klaße der Possen stelle‚ haben mir wie so viele Ihrer Arbeiten schon recht viele Freude gemacht. Das ehrliche gutgemeinte Ueberreichen der Sparbüchse der Freundschaft‚ wie die Theilung der einzigen Tasse Chiocoulade‚ hat zu herzlichem Lachen bei mir immer eine Thräne der Rührung gestellt. Ich weiß kein höheres Lob‚ kenne keine angenehmere Lustigkeit ...”

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HOLLINGSHEAD‚ John. 15300

HOLLINGSHEAD‚ John.	15300 Autograph Letter Signed‚ about the possible division of a his memoir [My Lifetime] into two volumes‚ and commenting on the “Cabinet Portrait” of himself: “I don’t like the one with the roll of paper. It is a wholesale meat salesman.” 1 page 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. 8 Egerton Mansions‚ Brompton Road‚ 11 February 1895. John Hollingshead (1827 –1904)‚ theatrical impresario‚ journalist and writer. He is best remembered as the first manager of the Gaiety Theatre‚ London. An innovative producer‚ Hollingshead brought Gilbert and Sullivan together in 1871 to produce their first joint work‚ a musical extravaganza called Thespis. Hollingshead started his journalism career in 1854 under the tutelage of Charles Dickens at Household Words magazine and then under W. M. Thackeray at Cornhill Magazine.

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HORSLEY‚ William. 15962

HORSLEY‚ William.	15962 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to a clergyman named Hamilton‚ asking him to inform “my friend‚ Miss Mieville‚ what steps must be taken to restore the young Lady to the Academy”. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ horizontal fold. Gravel Pits [Kensington]‚ 26 February 1836. William Horsley (1774 –1858)‚ musician. His compositions are numerous‚ and include amongst other instrumental pieces three symphonies for full orchestra. More important are his glees‚ of which he published five books (1801–1807) besides contributing many detached glees and part songs to various collections. His glees include "By Celia's Arbour‚" "O‚ Nightingale‚" and "Now the storm begins to lower"‚ and his hymn tunes "There is a green hill far away."

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HULLAH‚ John Pyke. 16586

HULLAH‚ John Pyke.	16586 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Lord Ingestrie‚ promising that his Paper will be ready by the end of the month. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. 20 St. James’s R.‚ 14 March 1853. John Pyke Hullah (1812 –1884)‚ English composer and teacher of music. He wrote an opera to words by Dickens‚ The Village Coquettes‚ produced in 1836.

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IRVING‚ Sir Henry. 6692

IRVING‚ Sir Henry.	6692 Autograph Quotation‚ “This is I‚ Hamlet the Dane”‚ signed and dated by Henry Irving. 3 x 4½ inches‚ laid down on an old album leaf. Glasgow‚ November 1878. Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905)‚ the English actor. On 31 October 1874 Irving played Hamlet‚ in which role he established himself as the unrivalled great Hamlet of his period. Hamlet ran for 200 nights‚ an unheard of success for a Shakespearian play. On 31 August 1878 Irving took over the Lyceum Theatre from Mrs.Bateman and his great reign of twenty-three years in the theatre which he made world famous began on 30 December with a revival and handsome new mounting of his Hamlet.

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JOACHIM‚ Joseph. 9926

JOACHIM‚ Joseph.	9926	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Joseph Joachim’‚ to Miss Barrington‚ accepting an invitation. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good clean condition. 25 Phillimore Gardens‚ Kensington‚ Monday 20 March‚ no year given. Joseph Joachim (1831-1907)‚ Hungarian violinist and composer.

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JUDITH‚ Madame. 17108

JUDITH‚ Madame.	17108	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Judith’‚ saying she is too tired to tackle the performance of Le Piano De Berthe‚ and would prefer it to be replaced by La Dame Aux Camelias. In French. 1 page 8 x 5 inches‚ in good condition. Saturday‚ at 11 in the evening‚ undated. Julie Bernat (1827-1912)‚ known as Madame Judith‚ French actress. ‘My Autobiography’ was published in 1912.

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KEAN‚ Charles. 13997

KEAN‚ Charles.	13997 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Jerrold‚ about the three books he intends to present to the Queen‚ Prince & Duchess on his visit to Windsor. A good one page example‚ 7 x 4½ inches. Undated. Charles Kean (1809-68)‚ actor‚ son of Edmund Kean‚ adds in a postcript that he has reserved a Private Box for Jerrold on Saturday: “You may have an opportunity of acknowledging the enthusiasm of your friends from it.”

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KEMBLE‚ Fanny. 13910

KEMBLE‚ Fanny.	13910	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Fanny Kemble’‚ [to the War Office?] sending papers signed by brother‚ as requested‚ discussing what is now necessary to secure her brother’s pension‚ thanking her correspondent for his kindness‚ etc. 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. 16 Savile Row‚ Saturday 21st. [1855]. Fanny Kemble (1809-93)‚ actress.

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LABEY‚ Marcel. 15084

LABEY‚ Marcel.	15084 Autograph Letter Signed‚ defining the profession of musician. In French. 3 pp. 6 x 5½ inches‚ tear at centre fold‚ otherwise good. Paris‚ 4 June 1910. Marcel Labey (1875-1968)‚ French conductor and composer.

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LACY‚ Jane Bianchi. 15023

LACY‚ Jane Bianchi.	15023	Manuscript Receipt Signed‚ for payment of £126 for her performances at Concerts of Antient Music in 1813. 4 x 9 inches‚ some old repairs to verso‚ of good appearance. 9 March 1816. Jane Jackson (1776-1858)‚ first appeared at a London concert on 25 April 1798‚ and sang as Miss Jackson at the Concert of Ancient Music in 1800. That same year she married the composer Francesco Bianchi; while Mrs Bianchi she often sang at Windsor in the presence of George III and Queen Charlotte. She and Bianchi soon separated‚ he died in 1810‚ and she married William Lacy‚ bass singer‚ in 1812‚ singing as Mrs Bianchi Lacy until 1815. Considered one of the finest interpreters of Handel as well as a good pianist and painter‚ she was noted for her grand‚ simple style and perfect delivery of Italian. Through her friendship with R.M. Bacon‚ portions of Bianchi’s celebrated manuscript theory treatise were published in early volumes of the Quarterly Musical Magazine.

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LESLIE Henry. 6253

LESLIE Henry.	6253 Autograph Letter Signed to ‘My dear Waley’ discussing his choral arrangements and describing his own tour of Wales. 3 pp. 6 x 4 inches fine. Glan-y-more Aber nr Bangor 26 August undated. Henry David Leslie (1822-96) important in the history of choral music in England for the choir which he directed and brought to a high pitch of excellence.[Grove] Simon Waley (1827-1875) composer and pianist.

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MAAS‚ Joseph. 4176

MAAS‚ Joseph.	4176	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr.Carter‚ explaining that he had waited until Monday “& not hearing from you I had to close with Manchester so I regret that I cannot book the 1st of March for your Concert...” 2 pp. 6 x 3 inches‚ black edges‚ minor creasing only‚ one small pinhole. 21 Marlborough Hill‚ St.John’s Wood‚ 9 August 1883. Joseph Maas (1847-1886)‚ opera singer‚ often as the principal tenor‚ and popular concert performer.

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MAAS‚ Joseph. 8031

MAAS‚ Joseph.	8031	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr.Bradfield‚ accepting an invitation‚ discussing engagements: “...they may call me to the Theatre to Rehearse Aida on that day...” 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. 188 Belsize Road‚ St.John’s Wood‚ 7 February 1880. Joseph Maas (1847-1886)‚ opera singer‚ often as the principal tenor‚ and popular concert performer.

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MACFARREN‚ George. 6628

MACFARREN‚ George.	6628	Hand written Invitation “to view the preparations for opening The Queen’s Theatre”‚ extended by Mr.Macfarren to Mr.Dando and his friends. Card 3 x 4½ inches‚ some light dust soiling‚ red wax seal (‘M’). 1 February 1831. George Macfarren (1788–1843)‚ playwright and theatre manager. In February 1831 Macfarren took over the management of the theatre in Tottenham Street‚ which he called the Queen's Theatre‚ in honour of Queen Adelaide‚ and here he remained until July of the following year‚ producing‚ among numerous other works‚ The Danish Wife (1831) and a dramatic version of Handel's Acis and Galatea‚ for which Cipriani Potter wrote additional accompaniments. Macfarren seems to have laid particular stress on accuracy of detail and naturalness in staging the plays which he produced. Macfarren was the first to suggest the formation of the Handel Society. In 1841 he became editor and proprietor of the Musical World.

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MACREADY‚ William Charles. 15800

MACREADY‚ William Charles.	15800 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Benjamin Hawes‚ asking for a letter of introduction which Macready’s son can take to Ceylon‚ following a Writer’s Appointment there. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ one light stain on final page‚ otherwise very good. Sherborne House‚ Dorset‚ 9 August 1854. The sons of Macready and Hawes had been at Westminster together. W.C.Macready (1793-1873)‚ actor‚ son of William Macready‚ actor and manager. Sir Benjamin Hawes (1797-1862)‚ Whig politician‚ brother-in-law of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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MAGNIER‚ Marie. 10730

MAGNIER‚ Marie.	10730	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to ‘Mon cher Abraham’‚ asking for four tickets. In French. 1 page 6½ x 4½ inches‚ embossed monogram. With a separate cabinet portrait photograph of Marie Magnier‚ by Chalot. Undated. Marie Magnier‚ French actress.

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MALHERBE‚ Edmond. 15081

MALHERBE‚ Edmond.	15081 Autograph Letter Signed‚ describing at length his musical compositions and publications‚ for inclusion in a programme or annual. In French. 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ minor tear at centre fold‚ fine. 22 February 1907. Edmond Malherbe (1870-1963)‚ composer. Malherbe studied composition with Jules Massenet and Gabriel Fauré.

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MARMONTEL‚ Antoine Francois. 15815

MARMONTEL‚ Antoine Francois.	15815	Autograph Letter Signed‚ addressed ‘Madame’‚ discussing the merits of two of his pupils. In French. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ in good condition. Undated. Antoine François Marmontel (1816-1898)‚ French pianist‚ teacher and musicographer. Marmontel achieved renown as an effective and imaginative teacher. He had many pupils including Georges Bizet‚ Vincent d'Indy‚ Théodore Dubois‚ Dominique Ducharme‚ Gustave Gagnon‚ Ernest Guiraud‚ Émile Paladilhe‚ Edward MacDowell‚ Gabriel Pierné‚ Paul Rougnon‚ Louis Diémer‚ Francis Planté‚ André Wormser‚ Marguerite Long‚ and Claude Debussy. Marmontel's musicographical works number among the best sources for the history of piano and pianists‚ particularly for the 19th century. They include his Symphonistes et virtuoses ("Symphonists and Virtuosi") in 1880; Les Pianistes célèbres ("Famous Pianists") in 1878; Virtuoses contemporains ("Contemporary Virtuosi") in 1882; Éléments d'esthétique musicale et considérations sur le beau dans les arts ("Fundamentals of Musical Aesthetics and Thoughts on the Fine Arts") in 1884; and Histoire du piano et de ses origines ("History of the Piano and Its Origins") in 1885.

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MARS‚ Anne-François-Hipployte. 14733

MARS‚ Anne-François-Hipployte.	14733	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Jouslin de La Salle‚ Director of the Theatre-Français‚ about suitable sets for this evening’s performance of La Coquette. In French. 2 pp. 5 x 3½ inches‚ address panel‚ in good condition. Paris‚ Saturday [c.1834]. Anne-François-Hippolyte Mars (1779-1847)‚ “Mademoiselle Mars”‚ French actress. Molière‚ Marivaux‚ Michel-Jean Sedaine‚ and Pierre Beaumarchais had no more accomplished interpreter‚ and in her career of half a century‚ besides many comedy roles of the older repertoire‚ she created fully a hundred parts in plays which owed success largely to her. In this letter she writes that they were all agreed at the rehearsal that the large salon for Le Misanthrope was too big for La Coquette and that the set for L’Ambitieux would be more suitable. She asks whether it would be possible to use it this evening. Jouslin was Director from 1830-34‚ Scribe’s comedy‚ L’Ambitieux‚ was first given on 27 November 1834‚ and Mademoiselle Mars made her reappearance at the theatre on 2 December. Lanou’s La Coquette Corrigée dates from 1756.

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MASCAGNI‚ Pietro. 12887

MASCAGNI‚ Pietro.	12887	Autograph Letter Signed‚ addressed ‘Illustrissimo Signore’‚ responding in elegant term to his invitation. In Italian. An attractive one page example‚ 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. Livorno‚ 2 September 1894. Pietro Mascagni (1863 – 1945)‚ Italian composer noted for his operas‚ including his 1890 masterpiece‚ Cavalleria Rusticana.

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MASSENET‚ Jules. 12085

MASSENET‚ Jules.	12085 Autograph Letter Signed‚ making arrangements for a meeting. In French. A good one page example 6 x 4 inches. With a separate original cabinet portrait photograph of Massenet by Nadar. Paris‚ 8 April 1892. Jules Massenet (1842-1912)‚ French composer.

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MEYER LUTZ‚ Wilhelm. 15093

MEYER LUTZ‚ Wilhelm.	15093	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to “Dear King”‚ thanking him for the photographs‚ explaining that the Valses are not yet finished. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ left margin slightly ragged. Southwark‚ 25 March 1868. Uncommon. Wilhelm Meyer Lutz (1829 –1903)‚ German-born English composer and conductor who is best known for light music‚ musical theatre and burlesques of well-known works. “You want to show the musical world what splendid musician I am as they will all agree that I have a fine (sized) ear.”

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MOUNTAIN‚ Rosoman. 15540

MOUNTAIN‚ Rosoman.	15540	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Maria Hawes in Adelphi Terrace‚ about Maria’s father’s illness‚ inviting the family to dinner‚ with much lighthearted comment and allusion. 2½ pages 9 x 7 inches‚ folds‚ a few minor blemishes only. 5 Pomona Place‚ Hammersmith‚ 24 August 1837. Rosoman Mountain (1768-1841)‚ vocalist and actress. “P.S. I have secured an Irish fellow that is often seen in our Neighbourhood to Convey this to you but whether he will deliver it Safely or not we must trust to Providence. I have known him many years and upon the whole I believe him to be an honest Man - Adieu!” Her correspondent is Maria‚ daughter of William Hawes (1785-1846)‚ singer and composer.

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MURRAY‚ Henry Leigh. 16712

MURRAY‚ Henry Leigh.	16712	Autograph Quotation from As You Like It: “Only in this world‚ I fill up a place ...” etc.‚ signed by Leigh Murray. 3 lines on 1 page 7 x 4½ inches‚ folds‚ in good condition‚ with an autograph envelope signed by Leigh Murray‚ addressed to Miss Kate Talfourd. 26 June 1850. Henry Leigh Murray (1820-1870)‚ English actor.

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NEILSON‚ Julia. 10148

NEILSON‚ Julia.	10148	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Chudleigh‚ asking for two tickets for the stalls for her mother. 2 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ in good condition. 27 Elm Park Gardens‚ undated. Julia Neilson (1868 - 1957) was an English actress best remembered for her numerous performances as Lady Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel‚ as well as for her roles in many tragedies and historical romances‚ and for her portrayal of Rosalind in a long-running production of As You Like It. She was the daughter of Alexander Riche Neilson‚ a jeweler‚ and his wife Emily Davis. Neilson married actor Fred Terry (brother of actress Ellen Terry) and was the mother of actress Phyllis Neilson-Terry (born 1892) and actor Dennis Neilson-Terry.

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NEILSON‚ Lilian Adelaide. 16433

NEILSON‚ Lilian Adelaide.	16433 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr‚ Larkins‚ thanking him for the wine and for his company‚ and describing an incident on stage that evening. 3 pp. 6 x 4 inches‚ fine. Embossed initials. Queens Hotel‚ Saturday morning‚ undated. Lilian Adelaide Neilson (1847 – 1880)‚ born Elizabeth Ann Brown‚ English actress. By 1872 she was hugely popular and‚ after making a successful tour of British cities and giving a series of farewell performances in London‚ she went to America‚ where she made many tours during the 1870s. “I felt better last night than I have felt for some time. In the last act however I was in great pain - for an eyelash got into my eye‚ & I was nearly blinded by my tears in to the bargain.

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OBERTHÜR‚ Charles. 7842

OBERTHÜR‚ Charles.	7842 Autograph Letter Signed ‘Charles Oberthür’‚ evidently making arrangements‚ with mention of Brighton and of Mrs.Smith’s ‘at home’. In German. 1½ pages‚ 5 x 4 inches‚ in good condition. Paris‚ 17 January 1883. Charles Oberthür ( 1819-95) a German born harpist who settled in London in 1844 and was harpist to the Italian Opera in London.

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OBERTHÜR‚ Charles. 9125

OBERTHÜR‚ Charles.	9125 Autograph Letter‚ written by Oberthur in the third person‚ inviting the Dowager Marchioness of Huntly to a matinee. 1 page 6 x 4 inches‚ tipped on to part of an old album page. 14 June 1870. Charles Oberthür ( 1819-95) a German born harpist who settled in London in 1844 and was harpist to the Italian Opera in London.

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OXENFORD‚ Edward. 10577

OXENFORD‚ Edward.	10577	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to A.J.Lee Ashton‚ sending the libretto for his latest cantata‚ discussing their collaboration‚ and offering to assign “The Coming of Christ - a most effective title -to you for 3 gs‚ thus leaving an excellent margin”. 3 pp. 6 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. 9 Elm Grove‚ Cricklewood‚ 16 October 1899. Edward Oxenford‚ songwriter and translator of libretti.

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PATTI‚ Adelina. 17317

PATTI‚ Adelina.	17317	Her engraved Visiting Card‚ as ‘Baroness Rolf Cederstrom‚ née Adelina Patti’‚ inscribed on both sides by her with thanks for the charming souvenir‚ unsigned. 2 x 3½ inches‚ in fine condition. Undated. Adelina Patti (1843-1919)‚ Italian singer‚ whose high rich ringing soprano captivated London audiences.

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PAUER‚ Ernst. 16491

PAUER‚ Ernst.	16491	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mrs. Stainer (wife of John Stainer)‚ asking for the dates of birth and death of the late Sir John Goss‚ with mention of the Royal College of Music (Stainer and Pauer were both on the staff). 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. 3 Onslow Houses‚ South Kensington‚ 25 September 1882. Ernst Pauer (1826 – 1905)‚ Austrian pianist‚ composer.

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PHILLIPS‚ Henry. 17128

PHILLIPS‚ Henry.	17128	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Josiah French at Windsor‚ asking his opinion on the paper of the letter: “will it be better than the outside drawing paper. Yes or No! will be enough.” 1 page 9 x 7 inches‚ remains of guard‚ integral address leaf‚ postmarks‚ complete seal in red wax. Postmark: Broad St.‚ Bloomsbury. 13 October 1842. Henry Phillips (1801–1876)‚ singer. Phillips's career illustrates that of the major nineteenth-century English professional singer. He depended on seasonal tours incorporating operatic‚ oratorio‚ and concert work‚ and was especially reliant on ballads for maintaining his position and income. He was the author of Musical and Personal Recollections during Half a Century (2 vols.‚ 1864)‚ Hints on Declamation (1848) and The True Enjoyment of Angling (1843).

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PHILLIPS‚ Henry. 7316

PHILLIPS‚ Henry.	7316 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Charles Santley‚ the famous baritone‚ discussing the “failure in effect” of a song‚ reminiscing about occasions when failed ballads unexpectedly achieved popularity. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. Dalston‚ 29 January 1875. A good letter by Henry Phillips (1801–1876)‚ singer. Phillips's career illustrates that of the major nineteenth-century English professional singer. He depended on seasonal tours incorporating operatic‚ oratorio‚ and concert work‚ and was especially reliant on ballads for maintaining his position and income. He was the author of Musical and Personal Recollections during Half a Century (2 vols.‚ 1864)‚ Hints on Declamation (1848) and The True Enjoyment of Angling (1843).

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PIERNE‚ Gabriel. 17321

PIERNE‚ Gabriel.	17321	His engraved Visiting Card‚ inscribed by Pierné with thanks on behalf of the musicians and himself‚ unsigned. In French. 2½ x 3½ inches‚ fine. Undated. Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937)‚ French composer‚ conductor‚ and organist.

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PLANCHÉ‚ James. 11255

PLANCHÉ‚ James.	11255	Original Manuscript‚ almost certainly autograph and headed ‘Planché’s own MS’‚ entitled ‘Young and Handsome’‚ being the story of “my last Fairy Extravaganza”‚ mentioning the actors and actresses he chose for it. About 450 words. with corrections‚ on 1½ pages 12 x 8 inches‚ some paper adhering to blank verso. Undated. The elderly hand of James Robinson Planché (1796-1880). dramatist and antiquary. “The wholesome lesson conveyed the punishment of the thoughtless Zaephyr who‚ discontented with his happy atherial existence‚ desires to exchange it for that of a mortal....”

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POUISHNOFF‚ Leff Nicolas. 15001

POUISHNOFF‚ Leff Nicolas.	15001	Three Autograph Letters Signed‚ to Mr and Miss Barr Adams‚ about a published article and their meetings. Together with a later signed recital programme (Pier Pavilion‚ Worthing). 3 pp. 6 x 5½ inches‚ in good condition. London Leff Nicolas Pouishnoff (1891 – 1959)‚ Ukrainian-born pianist and composer‚ who made his home in the United Kingdom and whose career was largely in the West‚ from the 1920s onwards. He was especially associated with performances of the works of Frédéric Chopin.

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RISTORI‚ Adelaide. 16351

RISTORI‚ Adelaide.	16351	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Adelaide Ristori’‚ to “Monsieur et Ami”‚ ready to render him this little service‚ but the London public awaits and she does not want to be late. In French. 7½ x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. 7 June‚ no year given. Adelaide Ristori (1822-1906) was a distinguished Italian tragedienne‚ often referred to as the Marquise. She appeared as a child on stage‚ and at fourteen she made her first success as Francesca da Rimini in Silvio Pellico's tragedy. At eighteen she was playing Mary Stuart in an Italian version of Friedrich Schiller's play of the same name. She had been a member of the Sardinian company and also of the Ducal company at Parma for some years before her marriage to the marchese Giuliano Capranica del Grillo. It was not until 1855 that she paid her first professional visit to Paris‚ where the part of Francesca was chosen for her début. In this she was rather coldly received‚ but she took Paris by storm in the title role of Alfieri's Myrrha. Furious partisanship was aroused by the appearance of a rival to the great Rachel. Paris was divided into two camps of opinion. Humble playgoers fought at gallery doors over the merits of their respective favourites. Her ‘Studies and Memoirs’ was published in 1888.

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ROBERTSON‚ Thomas William. 14704

ROBERTSON‚ Thomas William.	14704 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Turpin‚ about the revival of “my piece of ‘David Garrick’”‚ sending a specimen “order” to that Robertson’s handwriting can be recognised on future orders for tickets. 3 pp. 6 x 4 inches‚ in good condition. Haverstock Hill‚ 25 June‚ no year given. Thomas William Robertson (1829-1871)‚ actor and dramatist‚ developed a particular method in the writing of comedy.

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RODWELL‚ George Herbert Buonaparte. 3259

RODWELL‚ George Herbert Buonaparte.	3259 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to T.Phipps‚ saying that he has set his friend’s words to music‚ and asks for his own thanks to be passed on to that friend for his kind note‚ ‘but‚ between ourselves‚ his having done so‚ speaks more for his good opinion of me that for this own judgement...’ 1 page 9 x 7 inches‚ traces of mounting‚ in good condition. 1 Alexander Square‚ 22 January 1833. George Herbert Buonaparte Rodwell (1800-1852)‚ author‚ musical director and composer‚ particularly for theatrical productions.

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RUDERSDORFF‚ Hermine. 10272

RUDERSDORFF‚ Hermine.	10272	Autograph Letter Signed‚ stating her terms‚ and reducing the fee to 20 guineas‚ adding that “On the 23d I am engaged with the Sacred Harmonic Society in London‚ for the Messiah”. An attractive one page example 7 x 4½ inches. Dublin‚ 26 November 1859. Hermine Rudersdorff (1822-1882)‚ German soprano‚ sang in Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise (Liepzig 1840)‚ and first visited London in 1854. She settled in Boston in the 1870s.

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SAINTON-DOLBY‚ Charlotte Helen. 16413

SAINTON-DOLBY‚ Charlotte Helen.	16413 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mrs. Bliss‚ asking her to write a song for her and let it appear with five others in an Album of Songs which is to be published at Christmas‚ explaining that she has been in Paris‚ etc. 4 pp. cross-written‚ in good condition. Brighton‚ 15 April‚ no year given. Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby (1821-1885)‚ contralto singer.

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SANDERSON‚ Sybil. 12084

SANDERSON‚ Sybil.	12084	Autograph Letter Signed Sybil Sanderson‚ to Monsieur Livet at the Theatre au Cercle‚ saying that she has arrived and is now at his disposal‚ arrangements for the rehearsal‚ etc. In French. 2 pp. 6 x 4½ inches‚ with her monogram‚ integral leaf trimmed raggedly at head‚ but without loss of text‚ otherwise good. With a separate cabinet portrait photograph of Sanderson‚ by Reutlinger‚ Paris. Hotel de l’Europe [Paris]‚ undated. Sibyl Sanderson (1864 – 1903) was a famous American operatic soprano during the Parisian Belle Époque. She was born in Sacramento‚ California‚ in the United States. After her father’s death in 1886‚ she and her mother moved to Paris and became transplanted socialites. Sanderson proved to be a remarkably gifted singer and began to appear on the stages of the Opéra-Comique‚ and later Opéra‚ in Paris‚ most notably in the works of Jules Massenet. She was his favorite soprano and appeared in the premieres of a number of his operas‚ the roles having been created for her unique talents (her professional debut took place in Paris in the title role in Esclarmonde).

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SANTLEY‚ Sir Charles. 16410

SANTLEY‚ Sir Charles.	16410 A good Autograph Letter Signed‚ to “My dear Henry”‚ about the arrangements for a performance of the Stabat Mater‚ and for other engagements‚ the Messiah in Exeter‚ and a private concert at Miss Burdett Coutts’. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. London‚ 6 March 1888. Sir Charles Santley (1834-1922)‚ baritone singer.

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SANTLEY‚ Sir Charles. 3782

SANTLEY‚ Sir Charles.	3782 Autograph Letter Signed‚ addressed ‘Dear Virginia’ [Virginia Arditi]‚ sending her “one of the most beautiful books I ever read”‚ thus showing her that he had not forgotten his promise‚ and hoping to see her one day. 2 pp. 7 x 4.5 inches‚ fine‚ remains of guard. 67 Carlton Hill‚ 18 October 1897. Sir Charles Santley (1834-1922)‚ baritone singer.

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SCHIRA‚ Francesco. 16483

SCHIRA‚ Francesco.	16483 Autograph Letter Signed‚ asking his correspondent to send to Mrs. Crocker at Surbiton “the 1st Song from La Somnambula‚ Come per me sereno”. A good one page example‚ 7 x 4½ inches. 29 July 1872. Francesco Schira (1809-1883)‚ composer‚ born in Malta. His operas included Elena e malvina‚ Kenilworth‚ The Orphan of Geneva.

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SCOTT-SIDDONS‚ Mary Frances. 16647

SCOTT-SIDDONS‚ Mary Frances.	16647	Autograph Letter Signed‚to Mr. Dibdin‚ about the content (including Opinions of the Press) and distribution of programmes. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ a few minor stains only. Loanda Lodge‚ 6 January 1887. Mary Frances Scott-Siddons (1844-1896)‚ popular actress in England‚ Australia and America. She was the great-granddaughter of Sarah Siddons.

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SIMPSON John Palgrave. 12050

SIMPSON John Palgrave. 12050	Autograph Letter Signed to ‘My dear Croker’ sending a ticket (order) for one of his shows and discussing the provision of a “Chorley”. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches in good condition tipped into folder with a newspaper obituary. 31 May 1859. John Palgrave Simpson (1807–1887) was significant contributor to the world of mid-Victorian theatrical entertainment. He wrote more than fifty pieces in a variety of genres including dramas comedies operas and spectacles between 1850 and 1885. In addition to his considerable dramatic output Simpson also published novels travel books journalistic commentaries and a translation.

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SISOS‚ Raphaele. 10724

SISOS‚ Raphaele.	10724	Autograph Letter Signed‚ an elegant letter expressing her thanks. In French. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. With a separate original cabinet portrait photograph of Raphaele Sisos‚ by Nadar. Undated‚ probably 1890s. Catherine Raphaele Sisos‚ French actress.

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ST. LEGER‚ Catherine. 15212

ST. LEGER‚ Catherine.	15212 Autograph Letter Signed‚ asking for assistance in suppressing a newspaper report about “Miss Phillips‚ the young person about to appear at Drury Lane”‚ being Mrs. St. Leger’s pupil‚ insisting that Acting can not be taught‚ fearing scandal. 4 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ lightly toned. With a small portrait of Mrs. St. Leger lightly tipped on the final page. 3 Caroline Place‚ Harwood Place‚ Hampstead Road‚ 29 September 1828. A good letter by Catherine St. Leger of the Theatre Royal. “The World knows and cares nothing about how I have spent the last sixteen years of my life‚ but it will remember there have been periods I could wish to forget‚ and it would be a source of great regret to me should they operate against the interests of a lovely amiable Child (for she is little more) alreading labouring under the misfortune of being prematurely dragged before the Public‚ before her physical and mental powers have reached their natural perfection.”

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SULLIVAN‚ Barry. 7153

SULLIVAN‚ Barry.	7153 Autograph Note Signed ‘Barry Sullivan’‚ sending his autograph. 2½ x 4½ inches‚ laid down‚ some adhesive stains. TRDL [Theatre Royal Drury Lane]‚ London 1868. Barry Sullivan (1821-1891)‚ Irish actor. Sullivan was‚ He was‚ according to Bernard Shaw‚ the last ‘of the line of British Shakespearian star actors from Burbage and Betterton to Macready’.

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SUPERCHI‚ Antonio. 14776

SUPERCHI‚ Antonio.	14776	SUPERCHI‚ Antonio. 14776 An original Autograph Musical Quotation from Verdi’s Ernani‚ signed by Antonio Superchi‚ who sang the part of Don Carlo at the first performance. 2½ x 10 inches‚ taken from a Victorian album. In very good condition. Undated. Rare. Antonio Superchi (1816 - 1893)‚ Italian operatic baritone who had an active international career from 1838-1858. He appeared at most of the major opera houses in Italy and Spain‚ and at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. He made his professional opera debut in 1838 at La Fenice in Venice as Enrico in Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. In 1843 he created the role of Ernesto Malcolm in the world premiere of Giovanni Pacini's Maria‚ regina d'Inghilterra at the Teatro Carolino in Palermo. On 9 March 1844 he sang the part of Don Carlo in the world premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's Ernani at La Fenice. He retired from the stage in 1858‚ after which he was active as a singing teacher in Parma.

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TEMPEST‚ Marie. 9252

TEMPEST‚ Marie.	9252	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Miss Field-Fisher‚ thanking her for the charming letter. A good one page example‚ 7 x 4½ inches. Durham House‚ Langford Place‚ St John’s Wood‚ undated. Dame Marie Tempest (1864-1942)‚ singer and actress.

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THOMAS‚ Ambroise. 10723

THOMAS‚ Ambroise.	10723	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Monsieur Lair de Beauvais‚ the architect‚ at Bayeux‚ agreeing to supply something suitable for the journal. In French. 2 pp. 7 x 5 inches‚ with the integral address leaf‚ in good condition. With a separate original cabinet portrait photograph of Thomas‚ by Nadar. Paris‚ 20 June 1846. Ambroise Thomas (1811-96)‚ French composer of cantatas‚ part songs‚ choral pieces‚ and light operas‚ the best known being Mignon (1866).

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TREBELLI‚ Zelia. 9918

TREBELLI‚ Zelia.	9918	A lengthy Autograph Letter Signed‚ while on tour in New York‚ describing her forthcoming journey to New Orleans‚ California and Canada‚ forwarding London gossip: “A propos de Lords & Ladys‚ quelle affair à Londres...” In French. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. Belvedere House‚ New York 20 December Zelia Trebelli (1838-1892)‚ the French operatic singer. She travelled to the USA in 1878 and again in 1884.

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VALLERIA‚ Alwina. 3784

VALLERIA‚ Alwina.	3784 Autograph Letter Signed‚ at the start of her singing career in England‚ to Mr.Wallworth‚ making arrangements for their meeting on Sunday. 1 page 7 x 4.5 inches‚ monogram‚ mounted along one edge‚ occasional light spotting. 37 Elgin Road [17 May 1873]. Alwina Valleria (1848-1925)‚ American singer‚ successful in many opera roles in Europe between 1871 and 1886.

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VATTEMARE‚ Alexandre‚ “Monsieur Alexandre”. 12096

VATTEMARE‚ Alexandre‚ “Monsieur Alexandre”.	12096 Autograph Letter Signed ‘Alexandre’‚ to Thomas Sowler‚ thanking him for agreeing to help in the search for “a good furnished lodging”‚ recalling “your kind attentions when we were in Manchester”‚ etc. 1 page 9 x 7 inches‚ in good condition. Liverpool‚ 11 December 1825. Uncommon. Nicolas Marie Alexandre Vattemare (1796–1864)‚ also known under the stage name Monsieur Alexandre‚ was a French ventriloquist and philanthropist who created the first international system for the exchange of items among libraries and museums. Around age seven‚ Vattemare discovered a talent for ventriloquism and the ability to imitate sounds. He trained as a surgeon‚ but was refused a diploma after making cadavers seem to speak during surgical exercises. At age 18 he was placed in charge of some 300 to 400 typhus-afflicted Prussian prisoners of war‚ and in 1814‚ the soldiers asked that he accompany them to Berlin. Facing economic problems in Berlin‚ he decided to earn money as a ventriloquist‚ performing under the stage name Monsieur Alexandre. His career lasted from 1815 to 1835‚ during which he visited over 550 cities and performed before royalty including the Tsar of Russia and Queen Victoria. His performances did not use a dummy‚ but rather involved Vattemare presenting plays in which he portrayed all the characters‚ involving dozens of voices. Vattemare wrote his own comedic scripts‚ which he performed in French‚ German‚ and English. He gained acclaim and wealth through his ventriloquism‚ while becoming friends with famous writers and artists including Goethe‚ Lamartine‚ Pushkin‚ and Sir Walter Scott.

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VAUGHAN‚ Thomas. 1217

VAUGHAN‚ Thomas.	1217	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to the Revd. Harcourt Oldham‚ telling him that he has selected for him at Broadwoods ‘a very sweet toned P.F. but I would recommend you to have it French polished’‚ and arranging a meeting. 2 pp. 7 x 4.5 inches‚ integral address leaf‚ traces of mounting‚ London‚ 14 February 1837. Thomas Vaughan (1782-1843)‚ tenor singer.

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VEZIN‚ Hermann. 16711

VEZIN‚ Hermann.	16711 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Lee‚ explaining that he has to rehearse ‘Bachelors’‚ and providing the names of experienced stage managers. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. Lancaster Place‚ Strand‚ 24 January 1900. Hermann Vezin (1829-1910) was an American actor‚ born in Philadelphia‚ and educated at the University of Pennsylvania. He went to England at York and obtained and engagement there in 1850. His London début was made at the Princess's Theatre in 1852. Most of his acting was performed in England. He acted in Dr. Davey (1866); Man o' Airlie (1867); Son of the Soil (1872); As You Like It (1875); Daniel Druce‚ which ran for one hundred and six times at the Haymarket (1876); and Olivia (1878). He became known as a teacher of elocution and as a writer.

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WACHTEL‚ Theodor. 5247

WACHTEL‚ Theodor.	5247 Autograph Letter Signed ‘Th.Wachtel’‚ thanking his correspondent for the friendly review in the Albion‚ saying his photographs are not good enough to send this time‚ adding that “I sing today the 31‚ the second time Edgardo” [in Lucia di Lammermoor]. 2 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ in good condition. 8 Circus Road‚ St.Johns Wood N.W. [London]‚ 31 March 1870. Theodor Wachtel (1824-1893)‚ opera singer‚ popular because of “the way he produced a C in alt direct from the chest instead of by the customary falsetto” [Grove's]

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WIGAN‚ Alfred. 13824

WIGAN‚ Alfred.	13824	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to ‘Dear Sir Hamilton’‚ announcing his “farewell benefit and last appearance on the public stage”. 2½ pages‚ 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. Little Campden House‚ Campden Hill‚ 12 June 1872. Alfred Sydney Wigan (1814–1878)‚ actor-manager who took part in the first Royal Command Performance before Queen Victoria on 28 December 1848. “... our stage career ends on the 6th July ..at Drury Lane theatre‚ under the auspices of the Prince and Princess of Wales.”

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WOOD‚ Haydn. 15092

WOOD‚ Haydn.	15092 Autograph Musical Quotation‚ being the music for the phrase “Roses are shining in Picardy”‚ with the words alongside‚ signed Haydn Wood and dated. 3½ x 4½ inches‚ laid down‚ in good condition. 8 January 1952. Haydn Wood (1882-1959)‚ Yorkshire-born composer‚ particularly famous for one Great War song‚ Roses In Picardy (1916).

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YAHNE‚ Leonie. 10830

YAHNE‚ Leonie.	10830	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Leonie Yahne’‚ giving her correspondent her views on the art of acting. In French. 1½ pages 7 x 4½ inches‚ deep black border. With a separate cabinet portrait photograph of Yahne‚ by Reutlinger. Calvados‚ 1 August 1895. Leonie Yahne‚ French actress.

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ZIMMERMANN‚ Agnes. 17272

ZIMMERMANN‚ Agnes.	17272 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Miss Mundella‚ agreeing to join the Committee for founding a scholarship in commemoration of Professor E.Pauer. 3pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. The Red Lodge‚ Eastbourne‚ 28 January 1896. Agnes Zimmermann (1847 – 1925)‚ German concert pianist and composer.

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