1968. Very Good. A large archive of manuscripts and related literary papers of gay writer Richard Blake Brown including novels, plays, poetry, travel writing, and memoirs. The collection consists of about 130 holograph and typescript manuscripts: (50 notebooks of holograph manuscripts; 38 volumes of bound typescripts; 39 unbound typescripts; two holograph booklets; one unbound holograph manuscript); seven of Brown's published novels (five of which are annotated by him and have extra material laid in); and about 60 miscellaneous items (including manuscript extracts, letters. and photographs). The bulk of the writings date from the late 1920s-1950s. Richard Blake Brown (1902-1968) is an overlooked figure in the British literary scene of the interwar period: a remarkable man and an exceptional writer, Brown's open homosexuality was a source of puzzlement even to fellow gay writer Denton Welch, who once exclaimed in response to a 1946 letter from Brown: "Is this exhibitionism or vanity or what?" The collection contains a number of references to the Queen's dressmaker Norman Hartnell, another prominent homosexual and lifelong friend of Brown's, and Brown's homosexual sensibility permeates the whole of the present collection: from his teenage memoir *The Remarkable History of Hilden Abbey* - in which he describes dressing up with his brother Lincoln and Tonbridge schoolfellow Rupert Croft-Cooke as monks and abbots - to a number of misogynistic limericks written in the late 1960s; and in other writings such as *My Aunt in Pink* and *The Gaiety of God*. However such honesty was received at the time, it now looks courageous in the light of the sort of punishment meted out to Croft-Cooke, who was imprisoned for homosexual activities in 1953. Whatever view the authorities may have taken, it does appear that Brown was indulged by his friends: a copy of Graham Greene's 1958 play *The Potting Shed* survives (not in this collection), inscribed to: "My dear Richard, Many thanks for your letter which has broken a long silence. I am glad you liked the play. What have you been doing with yourself? Any more books on the way? I heard rumours of you at the wedding and how you eclipsed every other male there. Affectionately, Graham." A useful account of Brown's life up to 1947 can be found in his unpublished autobiography *A Life in the Shade*: born in 1902, in Boston, 'of American parents who brought him to England later in the same year' (because his father had invented a system of power-signaling for London's Underground Railways), he attended Tonbridge and Berkhamsted public schools, and Magdalene College, Cambridge, graduating in 1923. He then joined the Old Vic Company for a season of Shakespeare as a student-actor, uncertain as to whether the stage or the church should be his profession. Having decided on the latter, he studied theology at St. Stephen's House, Oxford, and became one of the 12 curates of the famous parish of St. Mary's Portsea, but voluntarily resigned his orders three years later. He then published 12 books during the 1930s, including *The Apology of a Young Ex-Parson*, and returned to the exercise of his ministry with the approval of Archbishop of Canterbury (Doctor Cosmo Gordon Lang) and went to work in a mining village in Derbyshire. For six years he was a temporary chaplain (R.N.V.R.), including chaplain of the Flagship HMS *Renown* during the sinking of the *Bismarck* episode. After the war he continued in his ministry as a prison chaplain. Brown remained an inveterate writer throughout his life, and published 14 novels: *Miss Higgs and her Silver Flamingo* (Duckworth, 1931), *Yellow Brimstone* (Duckworth, 1931), *The Apology of a Young Ex-Parson* (Duckworth, 1932), *A Broth of a Boy* (Fortune Press, 1934), *The Blank Cheque* (Fortune Press, 1934), *Joy in Jeopardy* (Fortune Press, 1935), *Rococo Coffin* (Fortune Press, 1936), *My Aunt in Pink* (Martin Secker, 1936), *Spinsters, Awake!* (Martin Secker, 1937), *Bicycle Belle* (Fortune Press, 1937), *God by Lamplight* (Skeffington, 1938), *Mr. Prune on Cotswold* (Martin Secker, 1938), *Yet Trouble Came* (Cassell, 1957), and *Bright Glades* (Cassell, 1959). Not only does the archive contain some of the manuscripts of these books (including *Miss Higgs and her Silver Flamingo*, *My Aunty in Pink* and *Bright Glades*), but even more important are the large number of unpublished novels and other unpublished writings in the collection, including poetry, plays, and short stories. Although an assessment of such a large body of published and unpublished work is difficult, a writer such as Brown, praised by the English writer and feminist Vera Brittan for his "scintillating phrases" and "conscious brilliance" deserves to be taken seriously. In response to being described as a "Firbankian" novelist, Brown wrote in 1951: "I grow so weary of being told that my books have been strongly influenced by Ronald Firbank, of whom few people in these days would ever had heard but for his 'Valmouth' being turned into a modern musical a few years ago ... I admit I enjoyed several of Firbank's short novels ... but I possess far too vivid an imagination of my own." Brown's writing is often described as being unusual and idiosyncratic. Several of the novels (*Yellow Brimstone*; *Yet Trouble Came*; *Thunder*) are set in the future, and although the influence of Firbank is apparent, so is that of Anthony Trollope and Thomas Love Peacock. In Vera Brittan's 1931 review of *Yellow Brimstone* she wrote: "The author, whose delicate improprieties are subtly reminiscent of Mr. James Branch Cabell, undoubtedly regards himself - by no means without justification - as a very clever young man. He is not yet, however, sufficiently aware that the New Morality which his scintillating phrases embody has been stated before; though never, perhaps, with such conscious brilliance." The following year, on the publication of Brown's autobiography *The Apology of a Young Ex-Parson*, another novelist, Norman Collins, commented that it hard to believe that Blake Brown was not "strenuously parodying himself" in "this unbelievable diary": "Anyone who reads this book will agree with the author when he says of himself; 'I am quite a singular person.' An orthodox churchman - one of the kind that the author hates - might even see evidence of benevolent creation in the fact that Mr. Blake Brown is unique." The condition of the collection is very good overall, with damp-staining to several intermittent volumes mostly confined to the covers only, or just to the covers and margins of the endleaves, and not affecting any autograph or typescript pages. A few volumes have some additional damp-staining pervading into the leaves at the front or back, with no visible damage to the manuscript pages. Four volumes with partial damage are noted in the individual description. Several volumes have later manuscript notes by RBB, including some in which he added or removed a photograph or other tipped-in material. A detailed finding aid divided into eight sections: 1. Novels; 2. Poetry; 3. Short stories; 4. Non-fiction; 5. Drama; 6. Travel; 7. Miscellaneous; 8. Published works; follows: 1. Novels *The Remarkable History of Hilden Abbey. Being the original manuscript written by Richard Blake Brown. (Aged fifteen.) With an introduction by -: | Richard Blake Brown. | (Aged twenty-three.) B.A., of Magdalene College, Cambridge*. Holograph. Dated 5 August 1917, with typewritten additions from 1925. ff. [1-3] i-vi, 1-45. Quarto. Bound in black cloth over boards, title stamped in gold on front board. With two watercolor illustrations of 'chapels' from the original 1917 manuscript tipped-in: onto which (in 1925) photographs of Rupert Croft-Cooke and Lincoln Blake Brown have been laid down. Dedication: 'Re-dedicated to "C. S. G."' Addresses: Oxford, 1925, and Rochester Cottage, 23 July 1929. Autograph note on front pastedown: 'I have decided to seal this volume up with The Third Volume of my Diary (Jan: to July, 1929), since it shows vividly how much & how strongly I was attracted to Religion (ie: its externals) when I was a young and impressionable boy. | R.B.B.' Introduction - dated from 'Four Winds', Bidborough, Kent, on 'Saint Matthew's Feast-Day, 1925', begins: 'Rummaging in attics only yesterday I came across the manuscript of a history, written by myself at the age of fifteen, which throws much light upon a part of my childhood that was perhaps the beginning of my connection with the Church. This actual manuscript, which I have deemed it better to include between these two covers without any alterations or corrections whatsoever rather than to use a typewritten copy for the present purposes of binding and destroy the moderately legible original, can well speak for itself.' In the introduction RBB states: 'My brother Lincoln entered into our agreement of founding an Abbey (indeed, it was his own idea) and of taking turns at being "Abbot" [...] Nor shall the memory of the share that my "school-chum", Rupert Croft-Coke (who dwelt with his involuntarily tolerant parents at "Cage Farm" near Tonbridge), had in the whole business ever grow dim.' He also refers to his 'recent decision to take Holy Orders, for which purpose I am shortly to repair to St. Stephen's House, Oxford, (October 9th, 1925) to take the necessary course in matters of theology, etc.' [Box 4, Folder 41]. *The Tangled Web. A Romance. Written by Richard Blake Brown. Author of "For the King" and "the last of the Stauntons," etc. Illustrated by R. J. A. Courtney*. 1917. Holograph. Text written in ink on the rectos and versos (not paginated); with three signed watercolour illustrations by Courtney tipped in. Small quarto (6.5" x 8"). Bound in quarter black leather and purple cloth over flexible card covers. Signed and dated by RBB in pencil on the front free endpaper: 'May 18th to June 20th, 1917'. [Box 1, Folder 2]. *The Land of Lost Spirrits. [sic] An Epic Poem, written by Richard Blake Brown*. 1918. Holograph. [About 44pp.]. Small quarto. Quarter bound in red cloth and marbled paper over boards. This volume contains one other holograph work: *My Aunt in Pink. A novel by Richard Blake Brown ... 1936*. pp. [1-2] 1-47. Dedication: 'To My Aunt in Massachusetts, Edith Knight Barney ... Whom I shall always remember looking absolutely ravishing, one night in The Edwardian era, in an evening gown of coarse biscuit-coloured lace over violent emerald-green satin!' Note: this work is continued in other volumes noted below under the title: *My Aunt in Pink*. [Box 7, Folder 96]. *Caesar's Hamlet. A Novel roughly in the year 1860. Written by Richard Blake Brown ... With a coloured frontispiece by H. de C. Hastings*. March to May 1918. Holograph. Small quarto. Bound in blue cloth over cardboard covers, with an illustrated design stamped in black on the front cover. Autograph note: 'The cover decorated by Sidney H. Nicholls'. With an attractive coloured drawing laid down as the frontispiece. Condition note: damp staining to the preliminary leaves and frontispiece. [Box 6, Folder 76]. *Stonehouse. A novel written by Richard Blake Brown ... Illustrated by Mrs. Celia Streeten*. 1918. Holograph. Text written in ink on the rectos and versos (not paginated). With a watercolour illustration laid down as frontispiece. Quarto. Quarter bound in black cloth and blue marbled paper over boards. 'Written: July-August. 1918 at "School House", Berkhamsted, Herts, and at "Hilden Lodge", Tonbridge, Kent. Finished August 6th in the evening.' [Box 7, Folder 87]. *The peculiarities, adventures and the mystery of Barrie Knight. Book One. A Novel by Richard Blake Brown ... Illustrated By Sidney H. Nicholls*. 1918. Holograph. Quarto. Bound in quarter blue cloth and marbled paper over boards. Dedication to Beatrice Banfield. [Box 3, Folder 29]. [Two works in one volume]: *The Soul of a Schoolmaster. A Novel by Richard Blake Brown*. 1919. Holograph. Written in ink on the rectos and versos (not paginated). Quarto. Quarter bound in marbled paper over cardboard covers. With a photograph of RBB laid down as frontispiece. Followed by: *The legal and sinful dealings of Edgar Ebonhard. A Novel by Richard Blake Brown*. 1919. Written in ink on the rectos and versos (not paginated). With a photograph laid down as frontispiece. Dedicated to 'Ardie Kortright.' [Box 4, Folder 40]. *Rita: Books I and II. A Novel of a Romance and a stolen Opera. By Richard Blake Brown*. 1919. Holograph. Written in ink on the rectos and versos [87pp.]. Small quarto. Bound in light purple cloth over cardboard covers. Autograph note: 'Written on the Isle of Wight, and at Tonbridge and Berkhamsted, between August and November 1919.' Dedicated to Wenzala Tallack and Tessa Bradley. With another note: 'Unfinished' written at the bottom of the title-page. [Box 7, Folder 85]. *The Secret of the Duchesses. A novel, Being, in point of fact, the entertaining story of George Edgerby's development. By:- [in manuscript] Cosmo Bryant*. 1925. Typescript. ff. [1-3],  2-265. Quarto. Bound in mustard yellow cloth over boards, title stamped in black on front board. With a photograph of RBB laid down on the front pastedown, inscribed by him: 'Your sincere servant, Cosmo Bryant. 1925' and captioned in manuscript: 'Photograph taken at Tonbridge, April 1925'. Miscellaneous notes on front pastedown, including: 'Written at Southcliffe School, Filey, Yorkshire. February to July, 1925.', and on front free endpaper: 'This copy belongs to Richard Blake Brown. | Most of chapter iii, and chapter iv, were written at -: "Four Winds", Bidborough, Kent ...' Typed Letter laid down on front fly leaf, and Typed Letter, Signed (laid down on rear pastedown) from Charles H. Daniels, Director of the publishers Brentano's Ltd. (27 July 1926), rejecting the book but stating that: 'we are definitely interested in your work and would be very glad if you would give us the first offer of any future work'. The letter also gives 'the opinion of our best reader', which offers a shrewd criticism of RBB's style: 'As a story of George Edgerby's development it fails, | (1) because he is puny beside the fascinating Sarah, the attractive Jane, the mysterious Adolphus, the intrusive Bishop and even the punpleasant Mr. Marckleman. After introducing us to these characters with the makings of a most intriguing plot we are dumped down with an entirely new set and the unfortunate George is left languishing in Prison. | (2) George should not be drowned before our eyes on the last page. We are interested in his development, or should be, and that should be the pivot of the story. As it is poor George is dragged in as an afterthought now and again. | (3) There is too much of the author on "Things that Might be Improved" in the story. | The Author has the makings of a successful writer if he could be persuaded to pay some attention to Construction of plot and concentrate on a central idea.' RBB writes at the head of this letter: 'Quelles vâches enragés!!' Laid-in is a Typed Letter, Signed by L.C. Owen of Alfred A. Knopf (12 May 1927, acknowledging receipt of the typescript. [Box 1, Folder 13]. *The Secret of the Duchesses. A Novel, Being, in point of fact, the entertaining story of George Edgerby's development. By: - [in manuscript] Cosmo Bryant*. 1925. Typescript. Quarto. ff. [1-3],  2-265. Bound in black cloth over boards, title stamped in gold on front cover. With a printed broadsheet laid down on front pastedown: 'Extract from A.C. Benson's Book "The Silent Isle."' above which RBB has written: 'Cosmo Bryant's favourite philosophy.' Dedication and mock address by RBB in manuscript on front free endpaper: 'To my dear Lincoln, from his affectionate brother, Cosmo. | Rome, September, 1925. | 'Mr. Cosmo Bryant, | c/o Lincoln Toney, | Four Winds, | Bidborough, | Kent (England.)' [Box 2, Folder 14]. *English Lilac or The Duchess of Ealing Common. A novel by Adolphus Blake* [author's name amended to 'Richard Blake Brown']. 1928. Typescript. ff. [1-3] 1-241. Quarto. Bound in light brown cloth over boards, title stamped in gold on front board. Cancelled dedication: 'This brief but kaleidoscopic work has been especially fashioned to delight. In varying degrees, the following delightful Creatures -: | MIMI | BISH | LINCOLN | and | DENIS.' Condition note: lacking the rear board (removed). [Box 4, Folder 48]. *Miss Higgs and Her Silver Flamingo. A Novel by Eugene Favell* [author's name crossed out and replaced in manuscript with 'Richard Blake Brown'] 1930. Typescript. ff. [1-4] 5-258. Quarto. Bound in pink cloth over boards, title stamped in gold on front board. Dedication 'To Norman Hartnell'. Illustration of a Rolls-Royce tipped-in onto the front free endpaper, with RRB's address and notes in manuscript: "Yes," she added in thought, "the first money shall be spent in discovering what sort of woman I really am ... | -: Page 54.' [Box 3, Folder 28]. Manuscript notes and date by RBB on the front free endpaper: '85 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 [crossed out] 1930'. Two ink stamps on front endleaves of the literary agent: Curtis Brown Ltd, New York City. Opening: 'Gertrude Higgs was thirty-one; she was good-looking. Yet there was that about her which tended rather to put people off; an indefinable FINISH that repulsed the hungry animal in man and silenced the feline spite of women.' *Joy in Jeopardy or The King with Two Noses | A novel by Richard Blake Brown*. 1932. Typescript. ff. [1-4] 1-260. Two volumes. Quartos. Bound by J. & E. Bumpus in quarter calf and olive green cloth over boards, title lettered direct on spines. Dedicatory poem laid in: 'To My Mother ... Lake Windermere, June 1923'. With a photograph of RBB dated 1931, laid down on front pastedown. Opening: 'Queen Berengaria was expecting to give birth at almost any moment to the heir to the throne to Karcia, when her husband, King Sebastian VII, was drowned at sea in a common fishing smack. | The appalling news was telegraphed to Phantrum, the capital of Karcia, from the famous lighthouse of Saintchapelstein which the King himself had caused to be built, when he had succeeded to the throne six years ago.' [Box 6, Folders 68-69]. *The Bicycle Belle by Richard Blake Brown*. 1935. Typescript. [ff. "339" with errors in pagination]. Complete in 13 chapters. Quartos. The chapters are string-bound separately or two together, each with its own dated title page marked 'Carbon copy'. The first two chapters: 'Written at Fonthill, Saplerton, Gloucestershire, January-February, 1935'; and the last chaper at 'Fonthill, Gloucestershire, April 3rd & 4th, 1935'. [Box 4, Folder 44]. *"My Aunt in Pink" continued*. (pp. 168-284) 17 September, 1935. Holograph. pp.  168-284. Small quarto (6.5" x 8"). Bound in black cloth over cardboard covers. With two notes by RBB on the last page: 'End of Part Four' | 'Fonthill, Salperton, Gloucestershire: Wednesday night, October 2nd. 1935.' Preceded by a few pages of pencil notes titled 'Rough Book ... 1923: November 3rd.' [Box 1, Folder 3]. *"My Aunt in Pink" continued*. (pp. 285-326) [Two MSS in one volume] 3 October - 15 October, 1935. Holograph. pp.  285-326. Small quarto (6.5" x 8"). Bound in maroon cloth over flexible paper covers. Preceded by an 18-page untitled story (incomplete) illustrated with full-page pencil drawings. [Box 1, Folder 4]. *"My Aunt in Pink" (continued)*. (pp. 327-357) [Three MSS in one volume] 21 October 1935. Holograph. pp. 327-357. Small quarto (6.5" x 8"). Bound in textured black leather over flexible cardboard covers. Preceded by: 'The Last Great Sunset. The Tragedy of a romance. Written by Richard Blake Brown. Author of "The Tangled Web", "The last of the Stauntons", etc. Illustrated by Mrs. Celia Streeten.' 1917; [and]: 'The Last Great Sacrifice. Sequel to the last great Sunset ... 1917.' [Box 1, Folder 5]. *My Aunt in Pink. A novel by Richard Blake Brown*. 1936. Typescript. ff. 261. Quarto. Bound in black cloth over boards, title stamped in gold on front board. RBB's autograph name and address on the first numbered leaf: 'Fonthill, Salperton, New Cheltenham, Gloucestershire' together with a cutting of a review of RBB's 'Joy in Jeopardy' from John O'London's Weekly, 24 August 1935. [Box 5, Folder 51]. *Shake Off the Dust | A novel by -: | Richard Blake Brown*. [c.1939?] Typescript. ff. 330. Quarto. Bound in grey cloth over boards, title stamped in gold on the front board. Not dated, but the latest title on a list of RBB's books at front is Mr. Prune on Cotswold (1938). Opening: 'PERCIVAL BOIL was twenty-six and he desired nothing so much as to write a novel. But, young as he was, he had to manage a prosperous though scarcely glamorous business which he had inherited from a sensible and enlightened aunt, so that the cherished contribution to Fiction had had to be repeatedly postponed ...' Condition note: damp damage to the spine back and joints, the text block is detached at the joints. [Box 4, Folder 43]. *The Spur of the Moment | A novel by Richard Blake Brown*. [March to May 1940.] Typescript. ff. [1-3] 1-358. Quarto. Bound in blue cloth over boards, title stamped in black on front board. Small photograph of RBB laid down on the front pastedown, captioned in manuscript: 'The Author, 1949' and with an address (crossed out): 'Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire'. Dedication: 'For John Hencher and Michael Shrewsbury'. Typed list of eleven books by RBB, with three added in autograph (The Apology of a Young Ex-Parson; Yet Trouble came; Bright Glades). Opening: ''WHEN I DIE - if I do die - everything'll have to go to you, Roland. Have another cigarette before you go." | The Duke passed the box across to his cousin after he had lighted a fresh one for himself. The sun came out suddenly, throwing great bars of butter-coloured light on to the full-length portrait of Lady Henrietta Nettle (as she had been before her marriage to the sixth Duke of St. Pancras, two years previously.)' Condition note: Hinges are partially split from damp damage to the bottom of the spine back. [Box 4, Folder 45]. *The Spur of the Moment | A novel by Richard Blake Brown*. [March to May 1940.] Typescript, marked: 'Carbon copy'. ff. [1-3] 1-358 +11 (inserted title-pages to each chapter). Quarto. Bound in pink cloth over boards, title stamped in gold on front board. With extra title pages to eleven chapter instalments of chapters, dated from 'Sidmouth, March 1940' (chapters 1 to 4) to 'Sunday , May 5th, 1940. | SIDMOUTH' (chapters 40 to 43); and a variant dedication inserted after the last page: 'This literary trifle is dedicated affectionately to the memory of [in autograph:] Ouida and Marie Corelli'. [Box 6, Folder 67]. *Archbishop at Large. The Romance of a Follower. A Novel by Richard Blake Brown*. 1940 [amended in autograph to '1946']. Typescript. ff. [1-6] 1-258. Quarto. Bound in red cloth over boards, title stamped in gold on front board. With a printed advertisement for 'Miss Higgs and Her Silver Flamingo' laid down on front paste-down. Autograph 'Note to Printer' and ink stamp of 'R. B. BROWN | Chaplain | R.N.V.R.' on the first leaf. Dedication: 'To Mervyn Stockwood and Rupert Croft-Cooke.' [Box 6, Folder 71]. *Olga Reppin By Richard Blake Brown*. May, 1943 Typescript. ff. [1-6], 1-107. Quarto. Bound in red cloth over boards, title in gilt on front board. With a photograph of RBB in drag laid down on front pastedown, captioned in manuscript: 'Rough proof of the only Photograph ever taken of Olga Reppin. | (For Frontispiece and Dust-jacket. Larger copy to follow.)' Dedication: 'To The Lady Margaret Sackville and to Others with Imagination and Vision', with a later manuscript note by RBB: 'She died at Cheltenham on April 18th, 1963'. Several other manuscript notes by RBB on the preliminary leaves. Opening: 'OLGA REPPIN's brilliant book "The Relevance of Irrelevance" was not understood by the public; so she immediately followed it up with "The Song in my Heart" which set everybody talking for months. It was typical of the woman, for although Mrs. Reppin was decidedly ahead of her time she did not intend to be misunderstood by her fellow creatures.' [Box 3, Folder 31]. *Bright Glades*. 1945. Typescript. ff. 255. Quarto (8" x 10.5"). Bound in mustard yellow cloth over boards, title stamped in black on front cover. Marked up and dis-bound for use by printer on the book's publication by Cassell & Co in 1959, with RBB's original dating to 1945 deleted. Address: c/o HMS Vernon, Roedean School, Brighton, Sussex [amended first to Portsmouth and then: 'c/o Lloyd's Bank, Ltd., 16, St James's Street, London, SW1]. Dedication: 'To Julian'. Note by RBB: 'Puzzle: Find the one "Henry James" sentence in this novel!' Typed 'Blurb for prelims' loosely-inserted, reading: 'A weird tapestry of The Last Judgement woven at her home in Gloucestershire by Minnie Boyland, the daughter of a war crimes investigator, incorporates the evil faces of those once concerned with running the notorious Dourmonck concentration camp. Dickie Beckoner, a jovial young man accustomed to driving about the countryside in a custard-and-scarlet motor-car, is the "Pied Piper" who brings together again the characters portrayed in the tapestry and others once connected in some way with Dourmonck, some for revenge and justice and others to meet their long-deferred deserts. | But they find that Dourmonck is not the only link between them, and as the tangled threads of their past and present are unravelled Minnie, Colonel Ponderstorm, Professor Boyland, the child Cynthia and the sinister Baroness von Tulpermann, find that there are other and sometimes more disturbing ties which must play a part in the pattern of their future.' [Box 2, Folder 24]. *Bright Glades | A novel by Matthew Knight*. 1945. Typescript. ff. [1-3] 9-255. Quarto (8" x 10.5"). Bound in purple cloth over boards, title in gold on front board. Title and address in manuscript on the front free endpaper: 'c/o Mr. R. B. Brown, 16 Cotham Park, Bristol 6'. [Box 3, Folder 34]. *Under Pale Leafage. A novel by Richard Blake Brown*. ['New Title: Bright Glades'] 1945. Holograph. pp. [1-3] 1-251 [252-255]. With a pencil drawing by RBB on the last page. Folio. Quarter bound in beige cloth and paper over cardboard covers. Signed on the front board: 'Richard Blake Brown | Brighton (Roedean) | 1945.' With a one-page preface dated 'Brighton: January 2nd, 1945'. The text is followed by a two-page postscript and a two-page 'Note' (dated April 21st, 1945). Laid in at the back are two newspaper cuttings relating to Virginia Woolf and Belsen concentration camp. This volume also contains (beginning upside-down from the other end of the volume) a 23-page journal entry or short story about 'Olive' written in pencil with ink emendations. The text begins: 'The course of events leading up to our reconciliation in July 1969 were along the lines as follows ...' [Box 1, Folder 13-99]. *Thunder, 1970* 1950. Holograph. pp. [1-2] 1-192pp. Small quarto. Quarter bound in cloth and cardboard covers (with most of the front cover cut away). Several autograph notes and emendations on the title-page: 'Whatever next! A blunder of 1970.'; 'new title - : | An Atrocious Mistake -'; 'A Novel by Vernon Draper [first name amended to 'Margaret']. Opening: 'The Archbishop of Canterbury was in bed with fearful stomach-ache. Like shrill, vociferous dragon-flies the jet planes screeched through the air overhead, tearing the beauty of a summer's day into shreds of crudely shot taffeta. His Grace groaned lamentably, remembering his unconventional career, so much of which was hidden as yet from those voracious journalists.' [Box 7, Folder 101]. *She Took Umbrage | a Novel by Richard Blake Brown*. 1951. Holograph. 192pp. Quarto. Ledger book quarter bound in red calf and cloth over boards. With several preliminary leaves with autograph notes and tipped-in material, including: dedicatory letter from 'Richard' to 'Walewska Vaz Nuñes da Costa' ('... I grow so weary of being told that my books have been strongly influenced by Ronald Firbank, of whom few people in these days would ever had heard but for his "Valmouth" being turned into a modern musical a few years ago. (I refrained from going to see and hear this.) I admit I enjoyed several of Firbank's short novels as "Lent Reading" in 1929; but I possess far too vivid an imagination of my own ...'); 'To Wilfred Blunt' (with 'Wilfred's acceptance of the dedication' in an autograph letter signed, dated 8 August 1951, laid down) and 'Some rejected dedications': 'To A.L.F.', 'To the memory of Samuel Joseph Gosling, an irresistible and valued friend' and 'To David Oliver'. Photograph of RBB laid down on pink paper on front pastedown, with date 13 June 1951 and note: 'unintentional impersonation of the Duke of Windsor! June 13th, 1951'. The manuscript of the novel is followed by a holograph memoir (pp. 193-246) titled *50 Hours in Paris by Richard Blake Brown*. Dated 'July 9-10, 1952'. With numerous illustrations from newspapers and magazines laid down. Also tipped-in are three typed letters by two secretaries of the Duke of Windsor (25 April, 2 and 21 June 1952), regarding the presentation of two of RBB's book. Regarding this matter RBB writes in the memoir: 'At six I rang once more at No.50-and-so Rue de la Faisanderie, only wishing with all my heart that Queen Mary were with me! [...] Soon His Royal Highness's very nice, precise lady-secretary came to tell me that the Duke was so pleased with my 2 books; he looked forward to reading them; he would take them with him when he went yachting next week ... I was gracefully shown out. My visit to the Duke of Windsor's temporary Paris home was over. | Outside, in the Rue de la Faisanderie, I breathed again. The opening words of my unwritten next novel came to me -: "Frankly, I'm disappointed." And so I was.' Also included is a five-page manuscript memoir of a visit to Cardiff Castle: 'July Castle. 1952' written upside-down from the start of the other end of the volume. It is illustrated with several images of castles and semi-naked muscle men. [Box 5, Folder 62]. *For Ever Ada, or A Mad Cloud of Muslin. [added in autograph:] 'Volume Two of "Scarlet Lake" a fantasy-satire by -: Richard Blake Brown'*. Typescript. ff. [1-2], 1-326. Quarto (8" x 10"). Bound in red cloth over boards, with typed cloth label laid down on front cover: 'The second part or second Volume of SCARLET LAKE, a novel (or fantasy-satire) by Richard Blake Brown'. Typed list of RBB's works, dated '1954-55' and address label: '21 Theresa Avenue, Bishopston, Bristol, 7' laid down on front pastedown. [Box 2, Folder 19]. *Yet Trouble Came (An old-fashioned novel set in the future) by Richard Blake Brown*. Typescript. ff. 200. Quarto. Bound in black cloth over boards, title stamped in gold on front board. Disbound and marked-up for publication in 1957 by Cassell & Co. Pinned at the front of the volume is a leaf carrying the blurb, beginning: 'Sir Valentine Pugin-Stuart, newly succeeded to the baronetcy, is the centre of this novel of encounter and intrigue.' The blurb concludes: 'This is an unconventional, provocative and entirely satisfying book. It does not cry for attention in the manner of best-sellers, but offers to the intelligent reader a rare opportunity for stimulation.' Dedication: 'To | The Lady Margaret Sackville | Poetess and Friend'. Address on front pastedown: 16 Cotham Park, Bristol 6, amended to 21 Theresa Avenue, Bishopston, Bristol 7. [Box 4, Folder 46]. *Raspberryminster Fresco | A novel by Richard Blake Brown*. [In autograph: 'Alternative title -: Shady Old Lady.'] Typescript. ff. [1-3] 1-246pp. Quarto. Bound in pink cloth over boards, title stamped in gold on front board. Dedication: 'To Walewska'. Later ownership name on front pastedown: Julian Nixon, 10 Meer St, Avon. Autograph note on last page: 'Re-read by the indomitable author on the Feast of Epiphany Sunday, January 6th, 1963. "Of course, what need have I to write any other book about the poor dear old Church of England?" Typed synopsis on yellow paper laid down on front pastedown: 'The Palace is Lady Vanderlove's vast house at Raspberryminster, where mysterious foreigners come and go, though nobody knows why. International mysteries may be afoot. Perhaps some important World-Conference is being held there under cover of a lesser excitement in the form of a competition as to how to "brighten up" the hideous east end of the interior of Raspberryminster Abbey which got cut in half, as it were, at the Reformation . . . From all over the world artists have entered the competition and the town is agog with the thrill of banishing gloom and conventional ugliness from the sacred PENETRALIA of Anglican Religion. Plots and intrigues are afoot also, and Sir Sigismund Parfitt, the great architectural critic, is very nearly caught in an indelicate trap involving the romantic naughtiness of a spruce spinster in the form of Madge Wedge of Thin End Cottage ...' [Box 5, Folder 50]. *She Took Umbrage | A novel by Richard Blake Brown*. Typescript. ff. [1-6], 1-138. Quarto (8" x 10"). Bound in blue cloth over boards, title stamped in gold on front cover. Dedicatory letter from RBB to 'Walewska Vaz Nuñes da Costa'. Manuscript 'Author's note to Publisher' following contents. On front pastedown: 'From Mr. Richard Blake Brown, | 21, Theresa Avenue, Bishopston, Bristol, 7.' Opening: 'On a certain harsh windy May evening there might have been seen a carriage of antique pattern descending the lush-hedged lane which drops from the Jesuit College at Luke Green, and aiming somewhat circuitously in the ever vague direction of Ruggerground whose chief architectural gem, the oft restored cathedral, can never be discerned from any point whatever, until the tireless sightseer is standing bang opposite the low forehead of its west façade.' [Box 2, Folder 22]. *Tapestry of Innocence. By Howard Maelstrom*. [Two copies: original typescript and carbon copy]. Quartos. Each about 150 sheets, typed on the rectos. Both copies are loosely tied together with string. Each copy has variant emendations and notes by RBB. Preceded by a 'Cast of Characters' and full-page synopsis, clearly by RBB himself: 'This is a story that is concerned with the actual adventures of an innocent and charming boy who, whether for good or evil, seems destined to encounter just those very people whose emotional impact on his life, as the story shows so vividly, could scarcely be ignored. | Almost this book would seem to divide itself into a series of TABLEAUX which, far from being static, marks the inescapable development of a young life and a young mind uncannily attuned to shrewder reactions than are common to the average growing boy in any age ...' [Box 6, Folder 64]. [Three volume set of related autograph works]. Quartos. Uniformly bound set of 'Public Service' notebooks: quarter bound in cloth and printed cardboard covers. Numbered by RBB in manuscript on the front cover (Vols. 1-3). Each volume consists of two manuscript texts: beginning with the first written front to back on the rectos; and the other written back to front on the versos [Vol. 1, begins with] *Lady with Large Red Legs, OR Where I hid my wig . . . by Richard Blake Brown*. [Vol. 2, begins with] *Ladies with Long noses: OR The Romance of a Bank Manager | Section 5: A short novel by Richard Blake Brown*. Dated: 26 January 1966. [Vol.3, begins with] *Outside the Heart: A new sort of religious novel by Richard Blake Brown*. [Box 1, Folders 9, 10, 11]. *Romp. A Novel* ['by ?' - (question mark added in red ink)] Typescript. Seven sheets: ff. [1 (title)] 6-10 (chapter 1). With autograph notes by RBB on title sheet: 'An unfinished start!'; 'For Dick from Dickie. | I've NO idea when I wrote this nonsense!' [Box 3, Folder 36]. 2. Poetry *"Scripta Juvenis." A Book of unworthy Poems, Written by: Richard Blake Brown*. '1912 to 1918.' Holograph. Text written in ink on the rectos (not paginated). Quarto. Bount in red morocco over flexible card covers. With a photograph of RBB at the age of fourteen laid down as frontispiece, captioned 'Tonbridge, 1916'. Cutting of printed version of one poem ('Autumn'), from the 'New Cambridge', 4 November 1922. Consists of 25 poems, including 'I love everything'; 'A Poem by a chorister' and 'Sonnet to: Charles Dickens'. [Box 7, Folder 84]. *The Second Poetry Book. "Humilis Poeta." 18 Poems. The Sequel to "Scripta juvenis." Written by: Richard Blake Brown*. '1919-1920. 1921'. Holograph. Small quarto. Bound in black morocco over flexible card covers. Photograph of RBB laid down as frontispiece. Contains 17 poems, including 'In Memoriam: Nurse Cavell, Lying in state at Westminster Abbey' and 'Esme: A Poem to an Unknown Friend.' With cuttings of printed versions of five of the poems (from the 'New Cambridge' and 'Magdalen College Magazine.' [Box 6, Folder 75]. *Juvenilis Ardor: The Third book of Verse by Richard Blake Brown. The Sequel to: "Scripta Juvenis" and "Humilis poeta." Illustrated*. 1921-22. Holograph. Text written in ink on the rectos. With illustrations and magazine cuttings laid down. Small quarto. Bound in black morocco over flexible card covers. Photograph of RBB and his brother embracing laid down as frontispiece, with a caption referring to the poem 'Lines on my brother's long illness.' Contains 29 poems, including 'To cruel Agnes', 'A Panegyric on Porridge and cream' and 'Lines to my Mother at Chipstead' (the last facing a cutting from an autograph letter from his mother, addressed from Overtheway, How Lane, Chipstead, Surrey, 5 May 1922). Included are cuttings of printed versions of twelve poems, nine from the 'New Cambridge', and one apiece from 'The Berkhamstedian' and 'The Granta', with one unattributed. Condition note: parts of the leather binding are perished or removed. [Box 7, Folder 92]. *Adolescens. Sequel to "Scripta Juvenis", "Humilis Poeta", and "Juvenilis Ardor." Being: The fourth book of Verse by: Richard Blake Brown*. 1922-23. Holograph. Text written in ink on the rectos and occasional facing versos (not paginated). Small quarto. Bound in black morocco over flexible card covers. With a photograph of RBB laid down as frontispiece, signed and dated 1922. Contains 34 poems, including 'Nonsensical Lines to "Wilfred" (Alias: Sidney Levett.) With apologies to the lighter moods of Tom Hood', 'Lines on the retirement of a female impersonator', 'To the Memory of B. A. F. D. Who died young, before he had been but a few months at Magdalene College, Cambridge', 'Thoughts of Mimi from Lake Windermere', 'Lines to R. H. G. N. [Robert Newton]' (with 'Turned into a Sonnet' added), 'The Resting-place of Oscar Wilde', 'Rupert Brooke' and 'Memories That blister and burn - A poem of passion by -: Ella Peeler Pillcox [i.e. parody of Ella Wheeler Wilcox, author of 'Poems of Passion']. Sidmouth, South Devon, April, 1923' (the printed version of the latter gives the author's name as 'Ella Wheeler Would-row'). Included are cuttings of printed versions of seven poems, five from the 'New Cambridge', the other two unattributed. [Box 7, Folder 93]. *De Amicis Aliisque. The fifth book of poems of Richard Blake Brown. With several illustrations*. '1924 -: January 1st. to May 4th.' Holograph. Small quarto. Bound in brown morocco over flexible card covers. With a photograph of RBB laid down as frontispiece, signed by RBB and dated 'London: 1924.' Dedicated to Mimi and to Bish, with a second dedication: 'To You ...' Contains 37 poems, including 'Cambridge Remembered', 'The passing away of Harry Newton', 'Lines to my friend, Norman Hartnell, on the occasion of his first dress show in London', two poems 'To Fran Ewald', 'To Florence Saunders', 'To Rupert' (with 'Love' added to title), 'The Happy Legend of the Church above the Town. An allegory of the future. (To Ion Swinley.)', 'The Lemon Grove. A Poem by -: Stanley Bryant & Richard Blake Brown'. With a few cuttings and another photograph laid down. Condition note: damp staining to the covers extends to a few outer leaves at the front and back of the volume. [Box 6, Folder 73]. *Caeli Enarrant. The sixth book of poems of Richard Blake Brown*. 'May 5th, 1924 to March 6th, 1925.' Holograph. Small quarto. Bound in black morocco over flexible card covers. 'Dedicated to Rupert ... with and addressed from 'Brown 60, San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina'. Contains 53 poems, including 'To Tom Douglas' (with a photograph of Douglas laid down on the facing page); 'An impudent Sonnet to A. C. Benson, LL.D., C.V.O.'; 'To Kathleen and Victor Neuburg'; 'To Norman Hartnell'; 'To Helen Christopher', 'To M.F.H.' Deleted 'Sonnet' on last page, dated 26 July 1925. [Box 6, Folder 72]. *Rursus Nunquam. The Seventh book of poems by Richard Blake Brown*. 1925-26. Holograph. Quarto. Bound in beige cloth over flexible card covers. Contains 64 poems, including: 'To the Rev. A. H. Gaskell', 'William Boyd Carpenter, K.C.V.O., etc.', 'Lines to Charlie Gillett on a post-card', 'John Dudley Elwis: In Memoriam', 'The Unfortunate Actress | A Poem Dedicated to Teddy Higham' (the last dated from Bidborough, 3 January 1926). [Box 7, Folder 95]. *My Christmas Sonnets, and other Poems, Etc, that I have had privately printed: by Richard Blake Brown*. '1925-19'. Contains twelve printed Christmas keepsakes, all designed by RBB, dating from between 1925 and 1932, laid down. Small quarto. Bound in cloth and plain paper over cardboard covers. Included is one four-page keepsake titled 'Schwärmerisch. A Poem (to no one in particular) At once philosophic and romantic, by Adolphus Blake'. With a newspaper cutting carrying a photograph of A.C. Benson laid down on front pastedown, beneath crest of Magdalene College. [Box 7, Folder 83]. *Unearthly Fetters | Poems by [signed] Richard Blake Brown. (With a frontispiece and three other photographic portraits.) 1924. Typescript. ff. 105 + 7 (holograph poems). With three photographs of RBB: laid down on the front and rear pastedowns, and one inserted in the text on a stub. Quarto. Half bound in red calf and light purple cloth over boards, gilt spine with raised bands, all edges gilt. (One leaf is detached). Contains 116 poems, of which 7 are in autograph. In two parts: 'Introduction, including twenty-seven poems' and 'Red Sky at Morning, the Manuscript of an unpublished volume of poems arranged under an excusably affected pseudonym.' (82 poems). The volume closes with a further seven autograph poems, and a typed page 'Concerning the frontispiece and three other photographic portraits' (three photographs are present). 'Dedicated Dispassionately to Nobody but My Brother Lincoln and Myself | For the former composed the title of this book, and the latter loved God without full understanding.' Collection preceded by 'Fourteen pleasantly appropriate lines by my favourite Poet [Rupert Brooke], the Poet of Youth, placed neatly on a page towards the beginning of this essentially youthful book'. [Box 4, Folder 49]. *Selected Poems of Richard Blake. Nineteen twenty to Nineteen twenty-three*. [1924.] Typescript. Bound by Bumpus, Ltd. in green levant, gilt spine with raised bands. [About 62 leaves]. Quarto. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: 'A present to my Mother and Father on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of their wedding-day ... August 25, 1924.' With a note in typescript: 'These poems ... were written during the three years that I was up at Magdalene College, Cambridge ...' [Box 7, Folder 99]. *The Works of Count Ivor Telmarckle. With an appreciation by Denis Basil Gray*. 1923. 12mo. pp. 30 + . Half-bound by J. & E. Bumpus in green levant and cream cloth over boards, gilt spine with raised bands. An amusing undergraduate spoof of limited edition vanity publications, purporting to be a production of 'The Bleak House Press'. The volume contains six pieces: 'Youth's Immortality', 'Pale Green Velvet', 'Friendship and Sympathy', 'The Brink', 'Last thoughts before passing on' and 'An appreciation of the Count', the last by 'Gray', consisting of cuttings from the New Cambridge Magazine laid down on the leaves of the book, and four photographs of RBB posing as the 'Count Ivor Telmarckle of Sweden'. The first photograph carries the mock inscription 'With sincerity Ivor Telmarckle Count. 1919.' On fine thick laid paper: the title is typewritten, as are the prelims, pagination, limitation statement, and colophon. Signed and dated by RBB: 'Richard Blake Brown | Magdalene College | Cambridge | April: 1923.' Laid down on the rear pastedown is a manuscript text by RBB, headed with a typed caption: 'A page from the original manuscript of PALE GREEN VELVET in the Count's remarkable handwriting.' [Box 4, Folder 58]. *The Long Tunnel. A distracting tract in verse. By Richard Blake Brown*. 1943. Two typescripts and one holograph. Quartos. First typescript: [ff. 19], dedication: 'For the Lady Margaret Sackville and Others'. Extract from the preface: '... being American by birth, I do lay claim to having inherited and nourished a sense of humour as well as a sense of fun ... Yet this "tract" IS a critical religious document, and is not intended to be irrelevant or frivolous.' The second typescript is marked: 'Carbon copy | Personal'. The holograph manuscript of the poem consists of 19 sheets written in ink on the rectos and versos of 'Royal Naval Barracks, Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire' letterhead. All three are housed in an envelope addressed by RBB 'To Mr. Jones, Schoolmaster candidate.' [Box 3, Folder 38]. *Verses & Vagaries by Richard Blake Brown. "Poems by a Prison Padré."*] 1959-1964. Holograph. Quarto. Quarter bound in cloth over boards. A substantial collection of autograph poems, with accompanying drawings, newspaper and magazine cuttings laid down, together with items of incoming correspondence, including letters by Karl Miller of The Spectator; Desmond Flower of Cassells; Mervyn Stockwood, Bishop of Southwark. [Box 6, Folder, 63 - Quote/Photo: Episcopal Promise: A Diocesan Dirge (June 15th, 1961)]. *Original Limericks by Richard Blake Brown*. [c.1961-1967.] Holograph. [Two parts: about 62pp.; 50pp.]. Small quarto. Quarter bound in maroon cloth over cardboard covers. With a limerick on the title-page dated 'Whitsunday, 1961': 'I do not care for dirty jokes | And leave all such to other folks. | The whiff of a foul Limerick | Succeeds in making me feel sick. | But jokey-pokeys that are fair | Do help to clean the filthy air!' When the volume is turned upside down and opened at the other end, there are about another 50 pages of miscellaneous manuscript poems dating from 1964-1967. Both parts of poems are accompanied by numerous magazine and newspaper cuttings laid down on the facing pages, including several of a homoerotic nature, which serve to illustrate the themes addressed in the verse. Included are magazine images of women accompanied by verses of a misogynistic nature. For example, a poem written 'On a Bristol 'bus', 30 July 1966, titled 'Some plain aspects of sex': 'Stale paps and stagnant breasts | Flapping 'neath transparent vests | Are not pleasant things to see | In their restless symmetry. | But girls put on their spectacles | To see the outline of ripe testicles. | Even the brazen goddess Venus | Blushes at the risen penis!' Also present is a poem titled 'Lines on re-reading Denton Welch's Journals', dated 'Thursday evening, | June 30th, 1966': 'I am like a buzzing bee | Inside a tomb: | I cannot escape, | There's too much room . . . | Outside, one hears | The futile tears | Of self-pity and self-doom; | So it appears that I must wait | Until the silly sexton | Unlocks the Gothic gate.' A printed version of one poem, 'The Cow-shed Boy', is on a piece of paper laid down opposite its manuscript counterpart. [Box 7, Folder 80; *Photo*]. 3. Short Stories *Le Première [sic] Histoire. The voice of the Moor. | by Violet Isabel Chinneck [last name deleted in pencil] and Richard Blake Brown. Written at Stoke Gabriel, South Devon*. [Two MSS in one volume]. 1916. Autograph. 83pp. With numerous full-page colour illustrations by RBB. Quarto (8.5" x 11"). Bound in black cloth over flexible card covers. With a two-page autograph letter laid in, and several manuscript notes on the front pastedown and first two leaves: [Pour Les Histoires De -'. Richard Blake Brown. Stoke Gabriel, Devon August 12th. 1916 et Pour Les Histoires De - | Violet Isabel Chinneck, aussi.']. Also in the volume: *A Trip up the River Dart. written by Richard Blake Brown. illustrations by M. Kortright*. Autograph. 13pp. With a final full-page autograph: 'Poem of Dedication to W. J. C.', written by R.B.B. Condition note: front hinge is split, dampstain to the cloth covers with some partial damage to the bottom edge of the text block. [Box 2, Folder 17]. *For the King. Written by Richard Blake Brown. Illustrations by Ardie Kortright*. 'Finished April 24th. 1917.' Holograph. Text written in ink on the rectos and versos (not paginated). With 3 full-page watercolour illustrations tipped in. Bound in purple cloth over flexible card covers. [Box 6, Folder 78]. *The Last of the Stauntons. A Novel by Richard Blake Brown. Author of "The Price of a pearl" and "For the King" etc. Illustrated by Sidney Nicholls*. 'Second Edition.' 2 May 1917. Autograph. Text written in ink on the rectos and versos (not paginated); with 3 full-page pencil drawings tipped in. Small quarto (6.5" x 8"). Bound in maroon cloth over flexible paper covers. [Box 1, Folder 6]. *Two Stories: The Message and Mr. Pinniwig. By Richard Blake Brown*. 1918. Holograph. Text written in ink on the rectos and versos. Both stories attractively illustrated with pen & ink and pencil drawings by Sydney H. Nicholls. Quarto. Quarter bound in red and black cloth over cardboard covers. The first story is dedicated to Nicholls and has an added note by RBB: 'Written April 1918. On a holiday in Devon, which came to an unexpected and unhappy end.' [Box 7, Folder 82 / *Photo*]. *The Belfry Tower. Written by Richard Blake Brown. Illustrated Henry Grattan. With brief Preface by Piers John Barnes Wimbush*. 1917-1918. Holograph. Text written in ink on the rectos and versos (not paginated). With two watercolor drawings by Grattan inserted. Small quarto. Bound in quarter black leather and purple cloth over card covers. Wimbush's preface is signed and dated from Berkhamsted, 16 June 1918. Condition note: lacking most of the leather spine back and back cover, gatherings are shaken. [Box 6, Folder 74]. *Spring Song or Hylas. A Story by Richard Blake Brown*. 1931. Autograph. ff. [1-3], 1-47 + 11pp. of miscellaneous notes. With a sonnet by RBB written on the verso of leaf 19. Quarto. Bound in quarter cloth and maroon leather over boards. Title in manuscript on pink paper label laid down on front cover. With a photograph of a young RBB laid down on the front pastedown and a small photograph (of two men in drag?) laid down as a frontispiece on the verso of the first blank leaf. Dedicated: 'To A.A.E.W.' [Box 1, Folder 12]. *The Orange Scarf. A worldly piece of fiction*. 1919. Autograph. 16mo. 16pp. Manuscript text written in ink, with a full-page illustration by RBB of 'Lilly de Basky'. Russet card wrapper, stapled. With a list of the four titles in the series on the back cover. With RBB's ownership inscription (crossed out): Milden Lodge, Tonbridge, Kent, 7 January, 1919. [Box 5, Folder 56]. *Scraps. A collection of Stories, etc. by Richard Blake Brown. Illustrated by S.H. Nicholls*. January - April, 1918. Holograph. pp. [1-12] 1-132. With several satirical pen & ink illustrations by Nicholls. Quarto. Quarter bound in black cloth and blue marbled paper over boards. With several autograph notes, and addresses at Hilden Lodge, Tonbridge, Kent, and 'School House', Berkhamsted School. Introduction from 'Godfrey Frederick Vorn Morgan' (RBB himself?), dated from the school on April Fool's Day. [Box 7, Folder 86]. *Rococo Coffin - The name (for very good reasons) of Lady Rampart's yacht. A novel by Richard Blake Brown*. 1934. Holograph. pp. [1-4] 1-149. Small quarto. Bound in dark red morocco over flexible card covers. Dedication: 'For Alec King.' Deleted and replaced by: 'Dedicated reminiscently to Ulric Nesbit with whom I once lived in a most remarkable castle, while his talented wife was away in America.' Contains five chapters, with the fifth chapter to be 'Continued in next volume of MS.' [Box 6, Folder 77]. *The Princess and the Postman And Other Stories By Richard Blake Brown*. [Three MSS in one volume] 1933. Autograph. [66pp.], Quarto. Bound in maroon cloth over boards, title in manuscript on paper label laid down on front cover. Contains three items: *The Princess and the Postman* (pp.  1-15). With two notes on front pastedown: 'Begun at Stoke Gabriel: May 26, 1933 | Concluded at Bidborough, July 22nd, 1933. | Roughly, about 2,800 words.' [MS 2:] 'Volume Two of Manuscript of Rococo Coffin | A novel by Richard Blake Brown, 1934' (pp. 150-155, dated 'Compton Castle; November, 1933'). The last three pages carry a list, in three columns, of individuals receiving 'Yellow leaflets, May 1934'. Listing 190 individuals from '1. Hal & Lill' to '190. Lady Oxford.' Includes 'Rupert C-C. [i.e. Rupert Croft-Cooke]', Vera Brittain, E. F. Benson, Lord Alfred Douglas, Raymond Mortimer, 'Hon. Mrs. Bernard Shaw', Osbert Sitwell. [MS 3:] Two sermons (a total of 44pp.), written in manuscript beginning at the back of the volume: the first dated 9-10 February 1934; the second ('Sermon on the Human Face') dated 18 February 1934. [Box 1, Folder 12a] *Fantasia | Being short stories and poems in prose | By Tristan Cameron*. 1924. Typescript. ff. [1-5] 1-135. Small quarto. Bound in orange cloth over boards, title stamped in black on front board. Photograph of RBB laid down on the front pastedown, with fake signature: 'Tristan Cameron, 1924'. Autograph address: 'Four Winds, Bidborough, Kent. 1925.' [Box 7, Folder 100]. *The Ambush at Dunmanway*. Typescript (two copies). Quartos. ff. 1-4. Typed initials on last page: 'I.J.H.T.McL.' Bound with a pin. [Box 3, Folder 38. *The Belated Triumph of Peter Podd. A story by -: Richard Blake Brown*. Typescript. Quarto. ff.  i-xiv. Autograph note by RBB: 're-entitled -: Cream Skirts and a Carpet-Bag.' Brad-bound in orange wrapper (lacking front wrap). [Box 3, Folder 37]. *The Boy who walked into the Sea | By Richard Blake Brown*. Typescript. Quarto. ff. i-xiii. Brad-bound. [Box 3, Folder 37]. *Christmas a Bore! by Richard Blake Brown*. Typescript. Quarto. ff. i-iii. Bound with a pin. [Box 3, Folder 37]. *Count Telmarckle's Manuscript by Richard Blake Brown*. Typescript. Quarto. ff. [1-2] i-xiii. 'Dedicated in spirit to Carl Van Vechten, whom I have never met.' Disbound, re-bound with string at the corner. [Box 3, Folder 38]. *Cream Skirts and a Carpet-bag | A short story by Richard Blake Brown*. Typescript. Quarto. ff.  i-xix. Autograph title sheet with address: 'Fonthill, Salperton, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.' Brad-bound. [Box 3, Folder 37]. *The Death of Innocent Grape by Richard Blake Brown*. [Two copies: original typescript and carbon copy]. 1934; 1949. Quartos. ff.  i-xi. Copy dated November 16th, 1934 with address: 'Fonthill, Gloucestershire'. The original typescript is dated in autograph on title-page to 1949. Both copies are brad-bound. [Box 3, Folder 37]. *"For the bettering of the world." A Short Story by Richard Blake Brown*. February 1920. Typescript. ff.  1-10. Folio, brad-bound. [Box 2, Folder 27]. *The Last of an Angry Young Man ... By Julian Herron*. Typescript. Quarto. ff.  1-13. Quarto. Autograph title sheet with subtitle: 'A short short story of 3,000 words'. Bound at the corner with string. [Box 3, Folder 37]. *Mystery at a Price. By -: Richard Blake Brown*. Typescript. Quarto. ff. 1-18. Bound at the corner with string. [Box 3, Folder 36]. *The Perfervid Friendship: An intense story by Richard Blake Brown*. Typescript. Quarto. ff.  i-xxxii. Address on title: 'Colaton Villa, Sidmouth, Devon.' [Box 3, Folder 36]. *Mrs. Pitchcock's Balloon | or Royal Engineering at Raspberry Grange | by Richard Blake Brown*. 1939. Typescript. Quarto. ff.  i-xv. Autograph title sheet: 'Shrove Tuesday, Feb: 21st, 1939.' Brad-bound. [Box 3, Folder 38]. *The Queer Adventures of Private Jones. A short story by -: Richard Blake Brown*. Typescript. ff.  i-xiii. With an autograph note: '(Author of "Spinsters, Awake!"), etc.' and address on the title sheet: '48 Clarendon Road, Leeds 2.' Bound with string at the corner. [Box 3, Folder 37]. *Saved by a Swan: A trifle by -: Richard Blake Brown*. 1960. Typescript. Quarto. ff.  i-xiv. Autograph title sheet: 'Monday, May 23rd, 1960' | 'Carbon Copy Unpublished'. Bound with a pin. [Box 3, Folder 38]. *The Spider and the Lie. A short story for sensible parents, by Richard Blake Brown*. Typescript. Quarto. ff.  7-28pp. Disbound, re-bound with string at the corner. [Box 3, Folder 37]. 4. Non-fiction *'The few chapters that are left of a book entitled -: "The English Public School." Written by -: Richard Blake Brown.'* 1921. Typescript. ff. [1 (title)] 7-36 (complete). Loose quarto sheets. With a note at the bottom of the title leaf: 'Read through by A.C. BENSON, the Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. See Chapter 5, of "PLACES and PEOPLE".)' Consists of 3 chapters: 1. 'Masters in general, and ridiculous ones in particular'; 2. 'The new ideas of Mr. Cloud'; 3. 'Conclusion'. [Box 2, Folder 27]. *Macbeth not Bloody? by Richard Blake Brown (A junior member of the Old Vic. Company, 1923-1924*. Typescript. ff.  1-6. Loose quarto sheets, pinned. With a note and address in manuscript on the cover sheet: 'An article on Macbeth productions. | 1 Lillian Street, Redfield, Bristol, 5. [Box 2, Folder 26]. *Cambridge Glimpses. By Richard Blake Brown*. 1924. Typescript. ff.  [i] ii-liii. Quarto. Bound by Bumpus, Ltd in green levant, gilt spine with raised bands. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: 'For my Mother and Father, with love from Richard. Christmas, 1924.' With a photograph of RBB bound in after the half-title as a frontispiece, captioned 'By Byron's pool' and another full-page photograph of RBB laid down on the rear paste-down, with a note: 'A Photograph, taken in the Cathedral close, Ely: Spring, 1923.' Excerpt [p. 36:] 'But the literary giant of my own, personal little world was A. C. Benson, the Master of my College. He returned, my first term, to his duties as Master from a serious nervous breakdown, which necessitated a cautious, mysterious aloofness that mingled well with my first awe-struck realisation that the Master of my college was a well-known writer. My first impression of him, upon being summoned one evening to the Old Lodge, increased my awe and instinctive admiration, for he entered his book-lined, invisibly lit study through a disguised doorway, the existence of which I had naturally not suspected, - a huge, looming figure, heavy of shoulder and short-necked, with snow-white hair, large, rugged features and a medium, white moustache that had stray light-brownish streaks as though the wearer had aged suddenly ...' [Box 7, Folder 98]. *Youth's Comradeship. Being the unposted letters of a public school boy. By Richard Blake Brown*. 1922. Typescript. ff.  1-167. Quarto. Bound in brown cloth over boards. Ownership inscription on front free endpaper of 'Richard Blake Brown, Magdalene College, Cambridge. August: 1922. Personal Copy.' The letters are said to be addressed by 'Geoffrey' to 'Julian' (nickname of a boy also named 'Geoffrey'). Laid down on the rear endpapers are a typed rejection letter from the London publishers George Allen & Unwin 9 November 1922; an Autograph Letter Signed by A. C. Benson, on letterhead of The Old Lodge, Magdalene College, Cambridge, 21 June 1922 (with typed note by RBB at head: 'A.C. Benson advised me not to dream of having this book published.'); and an 'Extract of letter from "C.S.G.". Condition note: Damp stain damage to the spine back and boards, and to the letters by Benson and C.S.G. on the rear pastedown. The text block is partially detached along the hinges. [Box 6, Folder 66]. *Yellow Dawn | (Wherein, on page 119, I meet José Collins!) | Volume II of my Journal, being the sequel to "The Tide in the Bay." By -: Richard Blake Brown*. 1928. Diary entries dating from 19 March to 31 December 1928. At end: 'Rochester Cottage, | Speldhurst, Kent: | December 31st., 1928, | 7. o'clock, P.M.' Autograph. pp. [1-6], 1-265 [266-267]. Folio (8.5" x 13"). Bound in parchment over boards. Typed note by RBB on letterhead of the Vicarage, Portsea, 19 March 1928, tipped onto the second leaf recto: 'This is the second volume.