COLUM, Padraic (1881-1972). Autograph manuscript signed, a review of the Collected Poems of Francis Ledwidge, Chicago, Illinois, n.d., comparing the poems to Burns, responding to their idyllic rural scenes, and declaring it 'a pity that the poems have been put all together', 8 pages, 4to. Provenance: Halsted B. Vander Poel;
[with] William Cullen BRYANT (1794-1878). Autograph letter signed to his brother, John H. Bryant, Roslyn, 2 June 1868, sending a cheque and giving news of his literary activities: 'I am now at the time of life when there is small chance for completing a literary work of any great length', one page, 8vo. Provenance: Halsted B. Vander Poel;
[and] A collection of letters to Dr Henry S. Canby and others of the Saturday Review of Literature, the correspondents including Christopher La Farge (1936, sending a poem [not present]), Garnet Smith (1930, announcing his marriage and confidence in his prospects, and including a review [present]), Gilbert McCoy Troxell, Lafayette B. Mendel, Charles Seymour and Wallace Notestein (4). Provenance: Halsted B. Vander Poel;
[and] Donald PARSON. A collection of autograph manuscripts of poetry, including 'The Glass Flowers at Harvard', 'The River', with page proofs for his collections, The Glass Flowers (1936) and Surely the Author (1944), together with another printed item, and two letters to Halsted Vander Poel. Provenance: Halsted B. Vander Poel.
LE GALLIENNE, Richard (1866-1947). Autograph manuscript signed of a poem, 'A Poet's Old Age' including corrections and cancellations, n.p., n.d., 32 lines of verse and 6 cancelled lines, groups of dots in ink in right-hand margins of each page (presumably doodling), the title typewritten at the head, signed at foot on last page, 3 pages, 8vo, mounted on the leaves of an album including a typewritten transcription, blanks, brown half morocco. Provenance: Halsted B. Vander Poel.
Le Gallienne, a reader for the Bodley Head, wrote frequently for the American press, and lived in Paris. He collaborated with Aubrey Beardsley on the Yellow Book, which included his portrait by Sickert. As a young man he met and corresponded with Oscar Wilde, who admired his beauty and praised his verse (Complete Letters, 428), compliments which he later repaid with a poem entitled 'The decadent Poet to his Soul' prompting Wilde's remark that 'the finest feature of a fine nature is treachery' (T. Wratislaw's memoir of Wilde, quoted by Ellmann, 378).
BRIDGES, Robert (1844-1930). Typescript signed, including autograph corrections and instructions for the printer, entitled 'A Dream "Come si Quando" Dante', n.p., n.d. , 306 lines of verse on 13½ pages, 4to, signed at the foot ('Robert Bridges') and annotated in a different hand ('R.B. 1921'), cancellans slip pasted over with manuscript title ('Come si Quando'), a few pencilled notes partly erased (slightly dust-stained, paper-clip stains, tag holes in upper left corners, final page crumpled); green morocco-backed cloth case; and the corrected galley proofs for the first publication of the poem in the London Mercury, 1924. Provenance: purchased from James F. Drake, New York, 14 December 1939, $20.
'Come si quando', one of Bridges's longer poems, was first published in book form in New Poems Part I (1925). In the preface he describes the poems written in 1921, eight years after he became Poet Laureate, as 'in the writer's latest manner and still peculiar to himself: it may be styled Neo Miltonic Syllabics ... It pretends to offer their true desideratum to the advocates of Free Verse'. Bridges's 'adventurous experiments in metre and prosody are still respected' (Oxford Companion to English Literature, 1998).
REID, Captain Thomas Mayne (1818-1884). Seven autograph letters signed ('Mayne Reid') and one autograph note signed to various recipients, Gerrard's Cross, London, New York and Ireland, 16 August 1850 - 31 January 1863 and n.d., approximately 22 pages, 8vo.
Letters chiefly to publishers, discussing literary matters including the question of contributing to Frazer's Magazine (fearing that 'my ill favoured manuscript might prejudice it in your eyes'), on his story The Plant Hunters ('I have added to the Plant Hunters 32pp.' and referring to the illustrations), proposing to pay to withdraw from a contract with one publisher, discussing his Scalp Hunters and Rifle Rangers and providing a testimonial for a collaborator, Edward Denny.
Born in Ireland, Thomas Mayne Reid emigrated in 1838 to the USA, where he served in the Mexican war. He returned to England in 1849 and devoted himself to the romantic and adventure stories for which he is known.