Every day Sophie Dupre presents two items from her large stock of signed photographs, autograph letters, autographs for sale, royal memoralbilia and antiquarian manuscripts.
The photographs are presented with the catalogue descriptions.

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December 10


On this day in 1947 Ella Fitzgerald married Ray Brown. This was her second marriage. She had met the famous bass player while on tour with Dizzy Gillespie's band a year earlier. She was often referred to as the First Lady of Song and Queen of Jazz.
In 1907 Rudyard Kipling received the Nobel prize for literature. He was the first English-language writer to do so. The prize citation said: "In consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author."

FITZGERALD (Ella, 1917-1996, American Jazz Singer)
Fine photo signed and inscribed showing her three quarters length in mid performance, 10” x 8”, no place, no date, circa 1960

KIPLING (Rudyard, 1865-1936, Novelist & Poet)
Exceptional Autograph Letter in Capital Letters Signed with initials to G. B. Richardson describing a photo of the ‘Hotel Reina Victoria sobre el borde del Tajo’ (hotel Victoria on the edge of the Tagus) at Ronda in Malaga, the image shows the hotel on the cliff-top and he says that ”This is some distance from Walsend but the same Roman left his mark here. A most lovely place ...”, he goes on the explain that “As to Rewards and Fairies. It is the first line of some verses written over two hundred years ago by an old Bishop. It begins ‘Farewell Rewards and Fairies’, the rest of the verse you will find in ‘Puck of Pook’s Hill’. In the first tale P leaves out the line owing to his objection to the word ‘Fairies’. The sense is as it appears. ‘Rewards’ = ‘Recompense’ ...”, 1 side postcard with address on the same side, neatly pasted in to a copy of ‘Rewards and Fairies’ opposite the photo he describes, Ronda, 6th April 1922

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