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Scrapbook containing letters from John Masefield to Elizabeth Talbot Rice

 Fonds — Box: CLX-A-360
Identifier: Coll-1844

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook containing approx. 30 signed letters and Christmas cards from John Masefield to Elizabeth Talbot Rice. Some of them are illustrated, some others contain unpublished poems written specifically for Elizabeth. Also includes a signed photograph of John Masefield with his cat, and an envelope with three wax seals.
Some of the most interesting letters include:
  1. Letter on p. 1 containing a small watercolour illustration of a boat
  2. Letter on p. 6 containing a poem that Masefield wrote for Elizabeth, preceded by the following introduction: 'THE POEM WRITTEN ON THIS PAGE IS EARNEST WARNING BY A SAGE'.
  3. Letter on p. 8 containing a poem using typography to create a visual impact
  4. Letter on p. 10 containing a poem on wax seals
  5. Letter on p. 11 containing a poem and an illustration of little ship
  6. Two printed poems on p. 16-17 entitled 'For the Sailors' and 'The Ambulance Ship', signed by Masefield
  7. Leaflet on p. 18 entitled 'Words spoken on the unveiling of the Memorials to the poets John Keats and Percy Shelley'
  8. Three short printed poems by Masefield relating to Christmas on p.19-21.


  • 1930s-1960s (before 1967)


Language of Materials


Condition Description

Some cards are detached - handle with care.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.


1 scrapbook

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequeathed by Elizabeth Talbot Rice in December 2017. Accession no SC-Acc-2017-0242.

Condition Description

Some cards are detached - handle with care.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin in February 2018.
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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