Item #257741 3 Autograph Letters, signed (“Sydney Cockerell”), to Stella and Paul Standard. Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell.

Cockerell to Paul Standard

3 Autograph Letters, signed (“Sydney Cockerell”), to Stella and Paul Standard.

Kew Richmond Surrey: 22 April, 1954; 20 October, 1954; 30 January, 1955.

Price: $750.00

About the item

Each on a single folded “Aerogramme” sheet, addressed by Cockerell on verso; one page each. 8vo. Cockerell to Paul Standard. Very good.

Item #257741

Charming letters from the aging museum director, collector, and calligrapher, to his American counterpart Paul Standard, founding member of the Typophiles and champion of calligraphy.

In the first, Cockerell expresses his delight on receiving the news that he “will have the great pleasure of seeing you and Mrs. Standard here in June — by the same post came one from RUTH DRAPER saying exactly the same thing … I shall be delighted to show you my Bembo ms and other fine specimens of Italian calligraphy.”

In the second, Cockerell touchingly apologizes for his tardiness in answering: “I am going through rather a tiresome phase of my malady (Old Age), which makes me lethargic and rather disinclined to answer letters … Stella dear, I think of you lovingly and wish speedy completion to your new book, with much applause to follow. Dear Paul, I feel that we understand each other and have a mutual affecton which wll not wear thin …”

In the last letter, Cockerell is glad to know that “‘Italian Food’ [by Elizabeth David] has been an acceptable addition to Stella’s culinary library … Also I was glad to have news of STANLEY MORISON, for whom I have great admiration … BR is another old and dear friend to whom I am glad to have had my recalled — He is maturing but I believe he’s not eager to grow old — what a lot he has done for printing both in America and here …”.