Every day Sophie Dupre presents two items from her large stock of signed photographs, autograph letters, autographs for sale, royal memoralbilia and antiquarian manuscripts.
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ON THIS DAY
On this day in 1898 C. S. Lewis was born. He was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist and the author of the Chronicles of Narnia.
In 1780 Maria Theresia died at the age of 63. She was the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions and the last of the House of Habsburg. She was the sovereign of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, Transylvania, Mantua, Milan, Lodomeria and Galicia, the Austrian Netherlands and Parma.
LEWIS (C. S., 1898-1963, Writer & Scholar, Author of ‘The Screwtape Letters’)
Typed Letter Signed (‘C. S. Lewis’) to “My dear June” saying that he is “waiting for a suitable moment to show Warnie the cutting. It is more like the N.I.C.E. than I should have beleived [sic] possible. I’m afraid ‘Our Town’ will be out of the question ...I liked your performance in the ‘Octopus’ and thought your ghost career a complete success ... more interesting than Act I ...”, 1 side oblong 4to., with original autograph envelope signed, Magdalen College, Oxford, 26th October 1945
MARIA THERESIA (Archduchess of Austria, 1717-1780, Holy Roman Empress and Dowager Empress 1745-1780, Queen of Hungary)
Finely penned Document signed ‘Maria Theresia’, in Latin with translation, being a ‘rescript’ or imperial answer to a request, addressed to all the nobility and prelates of the County of Ugocsa in eastern Hungary, “our beloved and faithful subjects”, concerning the current legal proceedings against András Bencza, [?lately] Catholic Parish Priest of Böhénye, on a charge of alleged theft, which the local authorities wish to refer to the Empress, she therefore commands them to complete the proceedings as far as sentence, but before execution and judgment, decorative heading with Maria Theresia in large capitals at head, signed also by József Bajráth, 1720-1804, Bishop of Veszprém, and by József Jablanczy, 1 side folio and address panel, Vienna, 11th July 1777
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