ORCZY Baroness - Autograph Letter Signed inviting a bookseller to tea
Emmuska ORCZY (1865-1947)
Autograph Letter Signed (“Emmuska Orczy”) to “Dear Mr. Bason” [the bookseller Frederick Bason], inviting him to tea.
1 page 8vo with integral blank leaf, Cranley Place SW7, 16 August 1933.
“We are here for a few days & would be so pleased if you & your “Mum” will come & have tea with us on Friday at 5 o’clock. I do hope you can manage it as it would be a pleasure to see you.”
Baroness Orczy’s most popular novel, The Scarlet Pimpernel, started life as a play in 1903, running for an impressive four years on the London stage. Further Pimpernel novels, though popular, never quite achieved the success of the original.
The friendship between the aristocratic, Hungarian-born Baroness Orczy and the London bookseller Frederick Bason, born in the East End, was unlikely, but seems to have endured for many years.
Remains of mount to verso.
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