Date Published: 1915 to 1934
Binding: No binding
Hilaire Belloc was one of the most controversial and accomplished men of letters of early twentieth-century England. He was an Anglo-French Catholic critic, historian, and satirist. Belloc wrote over 150 books, the subjects ranging from warfare to poetry to the many current topics of his day. He is most remembered for his light verse, particularly for children, and for the lucidity and easy grace of his essays, which could be delightfully about nothing or decisively about some of the key controversies of the Edwardian era.
6 letters plus 1 letter written by his son:
• TLS to Thomas Seccombe (English writer and assistant editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, 17 February 1915, attempting to arrange a meeting: “I am away on both those Wednesday, one of them earning money in the West and the other I think earning money in the South if I remember.”
• TLS to Mr. Matthews, 6 May 1916, re his fees for lecturing, charges a minimum amount related to war work, doing as little lecturing as possible, he would lose if he charged 25 guineas to go to Bristol.
• ALS to Miss Barwell (?), 19 September 1917, with envelope, re meeting her next Sunday, mentions bringing his son (undoubtedly Second Lieutenant Louis Belloc of the RAF who died in August 1918), “He is back from hospital & going back to the Front again on October 2.”
• ALS to Mr. Barwell (?), 22 August 1918, with envelope, apologizes for his tardy reply, has been away, wants “the daughters over” before going to Devonshire, accident with his car, wanting to buy a tractor, harvest is magnificent, “beans were a dirty crop!”
• TLS to Sidney Dark, editor of the Church Times, 1 November 1927, thanking Dark for sending his book St. Thomas (“When I have it I hope to put before you my admiration of it….:).
• ALS addressed “Dear Sir”, 24 May 1930, “Yours of the 23rd. Very many thanks! I am sure Vera de Hart will appreciate your musing and that will do this book good.”
• ALS from Peter Belloc (fifth son of Hilaire Belloc) to Miss Cond, 5 October 1934, appends his autograph, pleased to know that she enjoyed Below Bridges.
• Two photos (b&w and sepia, the latter torn and missing a section on the right side, Scribners Magazine) and a glass negative of the photo, circa 1900-1910.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Good. Item #8890