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GIELGUD, [Sir] John.

John Gielgud:

An Actor's Biography in Pictures. Compiled and described by Hallam Fordham with personal narrative by John Gielgud; [With loosely inserted programme].

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London, John Lehmann, 1952

Hallam Fordham (d.1955), a radio presenter, a theatre producer and biographer.

Jonathan Mayne is likely the 'Jon' with which N. Smith signs off his letter dated 11th December 1952 to Fordham, implying that Mayne and Fordham were close friends or perhaps romantically linked.

List of Documents
Five press cuttings containing obituaries of Hallam Fordham dated in pen annotations to 1955.
A bundle of letters including
Letter dated 17th January 1958 from Jonathan Mayne to L. Asher of Books for Pleasure Ltd. on the possibility of Asher in taking over 500 loose sheets of Fordham's 1952 John Gielgud An Actors Biography in Pictures, and binding and reissuing this book.

Letter dated 6th January 1958 from A.M. Heath of A.M. Heath & Company Ltd. to Jonathan Mayne advising Mayne to contact Books for Pleasure Ltd re the republication of Fordham's 1952 work.

Letter dated 5th February 1958 from L.L. Asher of Books for Pleasure

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First edition, signed by Gielgud to title-page, dated 'Feb 1953', inscribed by the Author below; 'for my dear Jonathan with love and gratitude from Hallam 3.11.53; 4to; numerous illustrations from photographs; publisher's blue cloth gilt, illustrated endpapers of 'leading ladies', pictorial dust-jacket, rubbed at extremities, abrasion and two small closed tears to spine; together with loosely inserted ephemera, comprising 3 portrait photographs of Gielgud inscribed to Jonathan Mayne; an ALS from Neveill Coghill to Fordham, a few pieces of correspondence between Jonathan Mayne and various publishers and four short obituraries of Hallam Fordham from barious papers and journals; [2] xxiii [2]pp. Preserved in a near-contemporary double slip-case with gilt initials J.H.M.


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