Place Published: various
Date Published: 1869 to 1908
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Lady Anne Isabella Ritchie was an English novelist and essayist. She was the eldest daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863), a custodian of his literary estate, and a step aunt of Virginia Woolf.
The collection contains 5 items dating from 1869 to 1908, specifically 3 letters and 2 books. One of the books has the signature of William Makepeace Thackeray, the author of Vanity Fair and other celebrated works.
3 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS):
• ALS to Mr. Hawes, 15 November ?, thanking Hawes for the money, Cooper’s Hill, dear old Mrs. Bakewell, “anxious about my mother at first but I am thankful to say she seems to have drifted happily into a peaceful nook.”
• ALS to an unidentified woman, St. George's Square, S.W., 3 May [circa 1900], replying: “I had not contemplated writing anything about my Father, besides the New Revised Edn. of his works which will probably be published next year. Many thanks for the interesting little paper about Clevdon Court wh. you have kindly sent me, as you say there are so many Magazines that there is space for all. --What charming photographs you have secured…”
• ALS to Miss Aurlen, 31 ? 1908, thanks her for her letter, mentions a “I do hope DR. Brighton will be enough. Meanwhile the poor boy came to grief at Oxford & cut his arm badly & is longing for his type-writer to work with his left-hand.”
2 Books (one signed by WM Thackeray):
• To Esther, and Other Sketches. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1869. Black leather, rubbing at the spine and corners, half bound in marbled paper boards, matching marbled endpapers. Her father’s signature on a blue label is affixed to the front fly leaf: “with the compliments of | WM Thackeray”.
• Chapters from Some Unwritten Memoirs. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1895. Brown cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spine and front cover, and decorative designs to front cover. Newspaper clipping review of the book on the front pastedown. Previous owner’s name (John S. Mayfield, a collector of manuscripts, first editions and other rare materials, focusing later in life on the English poet Algernon Charles Swinburne) and date of May 1, 1947 in pencil on the front free endpaper. Top edge gilt. Some age toning to paper, wear to spine. Inscription on front flyleaf, beginning with a quotation of Thackeray, reads as follows: “...every man sir looks at the | world of his own eyes | or spectacles or in other | words speaks of it as / he finds it himself. | Travels in London | W.M.T. | Done for Dewitt Miller | Anne Ritchie | The End House | Wimbledon / Dec. 20 1894.” Another inscription appears on a blank page opposite the table of contents: “To Charlotte, in | memory of a hap- | py week, following | a no less happy | commencement. | J. | Forest-Glen | June 1910.” Mayfield’s typed paper slip tipped in at the rear of volume reads “Neither Jahu Dewitt Miller, noted lecturer and bibliophile, for whom this copy was inscribed by the author in 1894, nor Charlotte Priest to whom it was presented by Miller in 1910, ever read this volume; when I purchased it today at Noisierleche's Book Shop, Washington, D.C. (ibmt), the leaves were unopened. Miss Priest, a member of the faculty of a girls' seminary at Forest Glen, Maryland, attended Miller's funeral August 7, 1911, Katonah, New York. JSM. 1 May 1947.”
Collection on consignment with LDRB.