Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts

by Chiswick Auctions
November 30, 2016 1:00 PM GMT Live auction
London, LDN, UK | Auction Details

361 Lots

174: CONJURING & MAGIC - A collection of approximately 100 books on conjuring and magic, c. 1920-1980, including Quality Magic by Okito (London, [1921]), Harry Latour's Magical Suggestions (London, 1921), David Durant's Lessons in Conjuring (London, 1922, and many other titles by the same author), Jasper Maskelyne's White Magic (London, [n.d.]), John Brearley's Conjunioring[sic] (London, [n.d.]), Eric P. Wilson's The Art of Conjuring TO Children (London, [n.d.], with an inscribed photograph of the author loosely-inserted), Bert Douglas's Club Magic (London, 1930), Will Blyth's Effective Conjuring for Home Entertainments and Public Platforms (London, 1932, 2nd ed.), William G. Strickland's Wessex Wizardry (Elmhurst, 1931), Robert Parrish's For Magicians Only. A Guide to the Art of Mystifying (London, 1946), Tarbell Course in Magic (1948), Vic Oliver's Mr. Showbusiness (1954), Ron Bishop's Laughter all the Way (1968) and titles by Ali Bongo, Ken Brookes, Len Belcher, Billy McComb, "Edwin the Magician", Dante, Jack Hughes, Harry Latour, Carrell Fox, Will Goldston, Alan Shaxton, Kovari, Walter Gibson, Jasper Maskelyne, Will Ayling, Marconick, J. G. Thompson Jnr., Clarkson Rose, Roy Baker and John Northern Hilliard; also including a file about "Dante the magician" (with autograph material etc.); plus numerous bound issues of "Abracadabra"/'"The Wizard" from 1951. Many of the books are SIGNED by the authors. Provenance: The books were collected by "Keno", a magician and ventriloquist (i.e. family entertainer), who was based in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex. A full list is available on request but viewing of the lot is strongly advised. (qty)
Est: £100 - £150
194: BRITTEN, Benjamin (1913-76).  A one-page typed and autograph letter, signed, on paper headed, in red, "4 Crabbe St., Aldeburgh, Suffolk" and dated, "9th January, 1951", to Mrs. Betty Coxon, the typed part stating, "Dear Mrs Coxon, Please forgive me not answering your very kind invitation for the 6th. before this. It is very rude of me but I was hoping against hope to get to London on that day and so be able to attend your very exciting party, but I am afraid my work prevented me leaving Aldeburgh and so I had to be disappointed. I do hope that your party enjoyed 'Let's Make an Opera' and that they all sung lustily. Please remember me to your sons. With every good wish to you all. Yours sincerely, [signed in blue ink:] Benjamin Britten." The letter continues beneath, in autograph, "P.S. Was it possibly you who dropped a pot of lovely honey [?]in our door last Summer? If so, our very warm thanks indeed!" Provenance: Betty Coxon and Nick Salaman (by descent). "My family had a long association with Aldeburgh where Benjamin Britten had made his home. Indeed, I think my great grandmother had previously owned the house where he lived at the time of writing this note. My mother had asked if he would like to join our family party in London to 'Let's Make an Opera', a children's musical entertainment he had written. He had wisely declined! I had met him on a couple of occasions later in Aldeburgh with my mother when he patted me on the head ..." (Nick Salaman).
Est: £200 - £300
195: DU MAURIER, Daphne (1907-89). A two-page typed letter, signed, on paper headed "Kilmarth, Par, Cornwall," with a small embossed armorial device, and dated "February 17th, 1979", to Nick Salaman, stating, "Dear Mr Salaman, Thank you for your letter, and I was most interested in your mother's recollection of Caerhayes. I cannot say I know it well, but have seen it from the road, and visited the fine gardens when they were open to the public a few years ago. The present owner if [corrected by hand to 'is'] Mr Julian Williams and I rather think the family of Trevanion died out some years ago. Also the original house was burnt. A book by [scored through] A. L. Rowse, well-known historian and Cornishman, has lately written a book on the Trevanion family, which I think might be of interest to your mother. I have not yet read it myself. No, my parents, my sisters, and myself did not come to have a house in Cornwall until [?]a round [deleted with typed crosses] around 1927-28, and it was not until I was married with two children that I wrote Rebecca - started when my late husband was commanding the 2nd Battalion of Grenadier Guards in Aleaxandria[sic]. We were both rather homesick for England, and for Cornwall! I doubt if I had seen Caerhays at that time, but Manderley, the house in Rebecca, was largely imaginary; the setting Menabilly which in after years we rented, and my recollection of Milton, the home of the present Earl Fitzwilliam, where I had stayed as a child. Thank you again for writing to me, and my kind regards to Edward Fox and Joanna David when you see them next. Yours sincerely, [signed:] Daphne du Maurier." Provenance: Nick Salaman. "Daphne wrote this letter to me in reply to one I sent her about a big house in Cornwall which I thought might have been the source of Manderley in her novel Rebecca. I mentioned that Joanna David, the actress who played the heroine in the TV version of the novel, was a friend of mine and married to my old army chum, Edward Fox. Daphne was kind enough to tell me some interesting details of how she came to start the novel when her husband was stationed in Alexandria and they were both feeling homesick" (Nick Salaman).
Est: £300 - £500
196: ELIOT, Valerie (1926-2012).  A one-page typed letter, signed, on paper headed "Faber and Faber Ltd. Publishers," and dated "20th January, 1981," to F. N. P. Salaman Esq., stating, "Dear Mr Salaman, Thank you for your charming letter of January 9th. I am sympathetic to your request as I realise what an exciting film The Waste Land would make, and indeed some passages from the Facsimile edition could be added to advantage. But my husband did not like his images fixed on the page or in celluloid - indeed he felt so strongly about this that I feel I must continue to refuse illustrators of all kinds. Incidentally, I am a great admirer of Alec Guinness but if I had been able to authorise you to go ahead I think I should have insisted on your using my husband's own recording. I am sorry to disappoint you. With all good wishes, Yours sincerely, [signed:] Valerie Eliot, [typed:] Mrs. T. S. Eliot." On the verso is written, in a small, presumably secretarial, hand, "Copy to Caroline [illegible word]." Valerie Eliot has added, in her hand, "c/o" to "Faber and Faber Ltd." in the letterhead, a firm in which was she a major stockholder. She was married to T. S. Eliot from 1957 until his death in 1965, whereupon she became his executor. Perhaps surprisingly - given the contents of the present letter - it was in this capacity that she granted permission for a stage musical to be based on "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats". This would develop into Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical "Cats", which premiered in 1981. She donated all her proceeds from it to "Old Possum's Practical Cats" - a literary charity - and to funding the T. S. Eliot prize. Provenance: Nick Salaman (by descent). "Some time ago, I had the idea of making a film of The Waste Land in a deserted City of London using Alec Guiness's recording as the voice over. It seemed to me a most exciting idea to do this with the most influential and most famous poem of the 20th-century. It is a work that haunts us all (or should do). Of course, the only person who could give permission for this to be done was T. S. Eliot's widow but she was a jealous guardian of his vision - though on reading her kind letter you will see that she was tempted!" (Nick Salaman).
Est: £200 - £300
197: GRAVES, Robert (1895-1985).  A two-page autograph letter, signed, headed, "Deya, Mallorca, Spain," and dated, "June 7 [1967]", stating, "Dear Nicholas Salaman: Yes, I know J. Walter Thomson[sic]!! You have had two poets on your force: my friend Hart Crane, & Norman Cameron; not to mention Dylan Thomas! Sorry I can't attend: I'll be in Australia the last three weeks of October, also Nov. [The following sentence crossed out, but ?deliberately left legible:] Also I never attend seminars. But you certainly are up with the times! My spies in California tell me that 'Love Magic' with the White Goddess as bible is the latest religion in that Screwy State, based on San Francisco! Why not get a witch to address you? I could arrange it. Yours v. [?]sincerely, Robert Graves." (Some small pin-prick holes touching a few letters on the verso.) Provenance: Nick Salaman. "In 1967 I was organising a Seminar on Magic or the Flight from Reason for the famous advertising agency J. Walter Thompson. I wrote to a number of eminent and interesting people to ask them to speak on some aspect of the subject. One of my invitees was Robert Graves. I used to live on Boars Hill, near Oxford, where he had kept the village post office for a year or three. I reminded him of this, and said how much I enjoyed The White Goddess. He kindly wrote back on paper that seemed torn out of a memo pad, talking about the book and telling me that he could find me a witch for my seminar! But I had already got one ..." (Nick Salaman).
Est: £400 - £600

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