A selection of autograph letters, signed photographs, historical documents and manuscripts authentically signed by various Novelists, Writers & Poets, which have previously come under the hammer with IAA. Many similar items are featured in our regular auctions and are available to bid on.
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FOWLES JOHN: (1926-2005) English Novelist. Souvenir T.Q.S., John Fowles, one page, 8vo, n.p., n.d. The brief one line quotation reads, in full, 'Fiction is woven into all…' and is taken from chapter 13 of one of the novelist's most famous works, The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969). Signed by Fowles in black ink with his name alone at the foot of the quotation.
KEROUAC JACK: (1922-1969) American Author, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Rare D.S., John L. Kerouac, being a signed cheque, Orlando, Florida, 23rd December 1961. The partially printed cheque, completed in Kerouac's hand, is drawn on the account of Gabrielle or John Kerouac at the College Park National Bank and is made payable to the Internal Revenue Service for the sum of $300. Signed by Kerouac in bold blue ink.
DUMAS ALEXANDRE: pere (1802-1870) French Writer whose works include The Three Musketeers (1844). A brief, although elegantly penned, A.L.S., Ale. Dumas, one page, 8vo, n.p. (Paris), n.d. (annotated in pencil in another hand 24th January 1840), to Monsieur Cronehoy (?), in French. Dumas asks his correspondent whether he would prefer to meet tomorrow, Saturday, at 9am or if he would prefer a time in the evening, at 7 or 8pm?
DOUGLAS ALFRED: (1870-1945) English Author & Poet, the intimate friend and lover of Oscar Wilde. T.L.S., Alfred Douglas, one page, small 4to, London, 23rd July 1907, to John Nayler, on the printed stationery of The Academy. Douglas informs his correspondent, in full, 'I am afraid I cannot make use of this article although it is very interesting. It deals rather too much with the commercial side of literature for publication in "The Academy" but I read it with great interest.'
SHARPE TOM: (1928-2013) English Satirical Novelist. Souvenir T.Q.S., Tom Sharpe, one page, 8vo, n.p., n.d. The seven line quotation commences 'Dundridge arrived promptly at the offices of Ganglion, Turnbull and Shrine and was kept waiting for ten minutes. He sat in an outer office clutching his briefcase and looking miserably at the sporting prints on the wall....' and is from Sharpe's novel Blott on the Landscape (1975).
SILLITOE ALAN: (1928-2010) English Writer, best known for his works Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958) and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1959). Souvenir T.Q.S., Alan Sillitoe, one page, 8vo, n.p., 4th April 1987. The quotation reads, in full, 'Skeggy is predominantly a resort of the middle-aged and elderly. Either they can't afford Benidorm, or they want to come back to the favourite venues of their youth - maybe both' and is taken from Alan Sillitoe's Nottingham.
DURRELL LAWRENCE: (1912-1990) British Novelist & Poet. T.L.S., Larry, one page, 8vo, Sommieres, France, 29th April 1971, to Margaret [McCall]. Durrell informs his correspondent how pleased he is to see the (BBC) programme going well, further adding, 'This morning I got your long letter about the car and really, I am extremely sorry for all the trouble...
WODEHOUSE P. G.: (1881-1975) English Writer, creator of Jeeves and Wooster. Signed and inscribed postcard photograph, the image depicting Wodehouse in a jovial head and shoulders pose holding a small dog in his arms. Signed in bold red ink to the lower white border, with the inscription to the upper white border.
KOESTLER ARTHUR: (1905-1983) Hungarian-born British Author & Journalist. T.L.S., A. Koestler, one page, 8vo, Verte Rive, Fontaine Le Port, France, 3rd June 1950, to Mr. Roberts. Koestler informs his correspondent, in full, 'In answer to your query: "Spanish Testament" was my first published book, published by Victor Gollancz in London in 1937. Together with its cheap Left Book Club edition, it sold some 65,000 copies...
ROGERS SAMUEL: (1763-1855) English Poet, colleague and friend of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Byron. A.L.S., S. Rogers, one page, 12mo, Hotel de l'Europe, n.d. ('Thursday morning'), to Madame de Bourka. Rogers laments that he is unable to visit his correspondent, stating, 'I resolved to call yesterday & bid you good bye but it is a mournful thing to do & when I came to your gate, I determined to go home & write it. May God bless you & give you health & every blessing.
BARTH JOHN: (1930- ) American Writer. Signed 10 x 8 photograph depicting Bath in a head and shoulders pose. Signed ('John Barth') in brown fountain pen ink with his name alone to a clear area of the image.
HELLER JOSEPH: (1923-1999) American Author, best known for his novel Catch-22. T.L.S., Joe Heller, one page, 4to, New York, 2nd October 1977, to Rollene Saal. Heller informs his correspondent, in full, 'I'd love to attend the dinner party at the Waldorf on the 26th, but I can't possibly come black tie. Could it be possible to fix it with Barbara Ann Bowden to let me by in a dark suit and dark tie and stunning blue shirt. If so, tell her, and me, that I'm coming.'
YUTANG LIN: (1895-1976) Chinese Writer. A.L.S., Lin Yutang, one page, 8vo, New York, 20th July 1945, to Mrs. Whiteside. Yutang thanks his correspondent for their card, adding, 'The family is going to Canada this summer & so we shall not be able to see you. Hope you are enjoying your stay at Manchester-by-the-sea'
TURGENEV IVAN: (1818-1883) Russian Novelist & Playwright. A good, bold dark fountain pen ink signature ('Ivan Turgenev') and sentiment in his hand, in German ('In memory of the beautiful life in Baden Baden') on an oblong 8vo sheet of plain stationery, also dated at Baden-Baden ('B-B'), 9th May 1881, in his hand at the foot.
HUGO VICTOR: (1802-1885) French Poet & Novelist of the Romantic Movement. A.L.S., Victor Hugo, one page, small 8vo, Hauteville House, Saint Peter Port, Guernsey, 9th June 1866, in French. Hugo states that he has asked Paul Meurice to make a donation in his name, for the sum of 25 francs, to a subscription opened by a lady in favour of 'an unfortunate writer'.
O'CASEY SEAN: (1880-1964) Irish Dramatist. A.L.S., Sean, one page, 4to, Torquay, Devon, 8th December 1959, to Lewis Funke, Drama Editor at The New York Times. O'Casey thanks his correspondent for a gift, remarking 'Yes, the masks came to harbor safely. I've been wearing one o' nights ever since - refreshing, close-fitting, effective, & much better than a handkerchief. Thank you dear fellow….'