Place Published: Various
Date Published: 1913 to 1975
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Cecil Roberts was a prolific English journalist, editor, poet, dramatist, and novelist. During World War II, he worked in the USA for the British government in the war effort. He lived among the rich and famous
The collection contains 16 items dating from 1913 to 1975 specifically, 13 letters and 5 books.
9 Letters - 2 Autographed Letters Singed (ALS) and 7 Typed Letters Signed (TLS):
• 1 ALS and 2 TLS, to Cadness Page (Robert Maxwell & Co., former manager of the book department at Harrods),
- TLS - 28 February 1966, enclosing a copy of a letter to Roberts from the Lord Mayor of Nottingham (23 February 1966),
- TLS - 23 May 1966, and 12 June 1966, re a series of literary lunches in Oxford organized by Page, Roberts donating £5000 to public libraries in London, tumour on Roberts’s lip, “Sixty Years in the Word Business”, and the glories of Rome.
• ALS from Bill Balance (who accompanied Roberts at the Oxford lunch) to Page, 4 July 1966, thanking Page for the lunch,
• Carbon TL from Page to Roberts, 26 May 1966, 5 July 1966, and 18 May 1966,
• Carbon TL to Balance, 30 June 1966.
5 books (four books, each with a TLS laid in):
• Phyllistra and Other Poems. London: James Clarke and Co., 1913. Original publisher's navy blue cloth lettered gilt on spine and on front cover. Signed copy, the author’s first book. Previous owner’s bookplate on the front pastedown. Odes celebrating Beethoven, Wordsworth, etc.
• A Man Arose. London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1941. Grey card covers in dust jacket. A poem in praise of Winston Churchill’s war leadership with a sepia photographic frontispiece of Churchill by Cecil Beaton. Label on the front free endpaper. Laid in is a TLS on letterhead of the Atheneum Pall Mall, 5 June 1963, to Frederick Davies (Frederick Herbert Davies (1916-1990) of Birkenhead was a schoolmaster, novelist, bookseller, translator of Goldoni, Daudet and others, and Fellow Commoner of Churchill College, Cambridge), received his letter which followed Roberts to Alassio, has been to Geneva and Lausanne, the “Scissors” lunch, has talked with Dwye Evans of Heinemann, suggests that Davies come before or after the lunch and stay at the Milton Court Hotel.
• Wide Is the Horizon. London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1962. Blue cloth in dust jacket, almost fine. Laid in is a TLS (2 pp.) on letterhead of the Atheneum Pall Mall (Stanhope Court Hotel London), 14 July 1967, to Frederick Davies, discussing arrangements to meet John Betjeman, changing the meeting date as Betjeman is in Ostend. Roberts goes on to say: “I'm sorry John has switched but he is always very switchable! ''
• The Pleasant Years Being the Fifth Book in an Autobiography, 1947-1972. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1974. Black cloth with gilt title lettering to spine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Name of previous owner stamped on front free endpaper. With a TLS, 2 December 1974, Le Grand Hotel, Roma, laid in to Frederick Davies discussing Hodder and Stoughton in unflattering terms: “Hodder have excelled themselves with 'The Pleasant Years'. Not one advertisement of the book in two months. They have done their best to kill it, the usual shop blunders etc.” Roberts has been ill, depressed, and overworked. He complains about Venice—“oh the mobs, the dirt, the prices!” He rejoices that Davies is thinking of “a new Goldoni” and hopes that he can meet Davies in Venice.
• So Immortal a Flower. London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1975. New ed. Red cloth and darker red paper boards with gilt title lettering to spine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. With a TLS (2 sides), Stanhope Court Hotel London SW7, laid in to Frederick Davies, 25 June 1967, unable to meet Davies in Venice, may have to visit his cousin in Paris, John Masefield's memorial service at Westminster Abbey, a visit to Lady Brocket, a Foyle's Lunch, still working on the second volume of his autobiography, had forgotten the long letter sent by Le Gallienne in 1916, Davies’s Goldoni, visiting A.L. Rowse at All Souls, would love to dine with Davies at Churchill College.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Good. Item #8481