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    Sale 5141

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts

    12 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 142

    AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION -- 20th century. A collection of 16 autograph letters signed, including:

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    AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION -- 20th century. A collection of 16 autograph letters signed, including:
    Francis Edward YOUNGHUSBAND (1863-1942). Two autograph letters signed to [H.E.M.] James, 'Tibet Commission', Darjeeling and Lhasa, 29 November 1903 and 20 September 1904,'I do not know how much appears in the English papers about my present mission. I sat at Khamba Jong for three months ready to negotiate, but no proper representatives appeared and the Tibetans who did appear absolutely refused to negotiate. So we were at an impasse'; on his success in advancing his mission, the difficulties of 'advancing into Tibet in the depth of winter' and his insistence on 'getting access to the Tibetans at all costs -- even by force if necessary'; writing from Lhasa on negotiations for the price of indemnity, 'Chumbi is the key to Tibet and absolutely essential to us', and his refusal to change the treaty already agreed with the Tibetans at the suggestion of the Government, together 12 pages, 8vo.

    The remaining letters, many to Charles W. James, from Florence HARDY (1918, on behalf of Thomas, 'he says that "Bloody Warrior" is the name applied, in Dorset, to dark red wallflowers'), John Singer SARGENT (four; three to C.W. James, one a letter of introduction in French, 1913); the Aga Khan (1900), Percy Grainger (1912), Henry J. Wood (1908), Lord Curzon (1911 and 1916) and others, together 33½ pages, 12mo, 8vo and 4to, and 4 envelopes.

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