Date Published: 1876-1895
George Augustus Henry Sala was an author and journalist who wrote extensively for the Illustrated London News as G. A. S. and was most famous for his articles and leaders for The Daily Telegraph. He founded his own periodical, Sala's Journal, and the Savage Club. The former was unsuccessful but the latter still continues. Sala was one of the most influential British journalists of the nineteenth-century.
This collection dating from 1876 to 1895 includes 11 items in total; 3 Autographed Letters / Note Signed (ALS/ANS), 1 book, 2 volumes, one grangerized with 5 ALS/ANS and one double sided page with a different dated manuscript on each side and two pieces of ephemera.
3 ALS / ANS
• ALS to Mrs. Bernard-Beere, 12 May 1887, on printed mourning paper of 46 Mecklenburgh Square, W.C., with his personal initial stamp of “G.A.S.” at the upper left corner, informing her: “I have just resumed my ‘Playhouses’ column… so that I shall be able (and very gladly able) to meet your wishes. I can go on Monday next to the Opera Comigus so please kindly send the stall here....”
• ALS to W. (Bill) Romer of the Daily Telegraph, n.d., inviting him visit him at ponds
• ANS, “Gibson House Cincinnati Tuesday January Twenty Second, 1885. With much pleasure George Augustus Sala. For Mr. Fred H. Williams.”
1 Book (two volumes)
• The Life and Adventures (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1895), 2 vols., dark plum cloth, top edge gilt.
Vol. 1 spine slightly cocked, top and bottom rubbed, card signed by Sala affixed to the front free endpaper.
Vol. 2, a bookplate of Helen and Lloyd Dorsey and a grangerized copy contains the following documents;
• ALS from Sala to Alfred Mor[r]ison (art and manuscript collector), 6 May 1876, re pictures at Fulham Road Studios (at front endpaper)
• ALS from Alfred Austin (English poet, later poet laureate) to Mr. Barrett, 28 July? 1885, apologizing for not writing (at p.2)
• ASN 1864 Bateman on Dorchester notepaper (at p.36)
• ALS from Henri Rochefort, nd. (at p.142 & p.144)
• ANS, 28 November 1880, that Lord Beaconsfield (Benjamin Disraeli) thanks the editor of Life and the Examiners for the copies of his papers sent to Hughenden Manor (at p.247)
• “Findings Are Keepings: A Tale of Treasure Trove”, manuscript in Sala’s hand, pp. 71-72, 1848-9, dated by Sala on 9 November 1873 and 18 June 1877. (at endpaper)
• B&w carte-de-visite of Sala seated (Mayall, London)
• Player’s Cigarette picture card of Sala, circa 1900
This collection is on consignment to LDRB.