Group of original manuscripts by Noyes. With related material.


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Group of original manuscripts by Noyes, of three articles describing events at the Vatican following the death (on 10 February 1939) and funeral of Pope Pius XI, the workings of the conclave and the election of his successor, together with related material. The manuscripts were hand-written by Noyes and then, apparently, typed up to allow transmission by telephone to either London or New York for publication. The lot comprises:

[1] untitled autograph manuscript, unsigned, 13 numbered pages, [Rome, February 1939]. Written in ink on rectos only of 13 leaves of grey paper, measuring approximately 5 1/4" X 7," with deletions and revisions in the author's hand throughout. The text begins: "To-day, in Rome, there is a great void. Rome, without the Supreme Pontiff is no longer Rome; for, in the chaotic conditions of a world returning to paganism -- and worse -- 'the man working for eternity' is more than ever necesary to the status of the eternal city." Stapled with some attendant rust staining, else very good;

[2] carbon typescript of the same piece, headed "Telephoned to London - Hillman --Kfs," 4 pages, 4to, with a few revisions in type and pencil, and annotated in pencil in an unknown hand on p.3, "Call from London." Stapled and with rust stains from a paper clip; edges a little creased; very good;

[3] untitled autograph manuscript, unsigned, 14 numbered pages, [Rome, February 1939]. Written in ink, mostly on the rectos of 14 leaves of grey paper, measuring approximately 5 1/4" X 7," with deletions and revisions in the author's hand throughout. The text begins: "To day at St Peter's was America's day. For the first time in the history of the Church, American Cardinals gave absolution to the soul of the dead Pontiff. Cardinal Dougherty from Philadelphia, & Cardinal Mundelein from Chicago (who was raised to the purple by Pius XI) were the two leading figures in the ceremony." Stapled with some attendant rust staining, lightly soiled and worn, else very good;

[4] untitled autograph manuscript, unsigned, 3 pages, no place [but Rome], no date [February 1938]. Written in ink on the rectos of 3 leaves of off-white paper, measuring approximately 8 1/2" X 11," with deletions and revisions in the author's hand. The text begins: "The recent stirring events at the vatican [sic] have brought antiquity & modernity into vividly contrasted contact on many occasions; and one of the most interesting of these was provided by the International News Service itself. In order to obtain the most direct view & the most speedy & efficient information, the News Service succeeded in doing something that has probably never been done before. Late one night they noticed a light in what appeared to be one of the dilapidated remnants of the slums that have been demolished to broaden the great vista leading up to St Peters from the Tiber." Edges a little creased, otherwise fine;

[5] carbon typescript of the preceding article, 2 pages, 4to, a fair copy. Rust stains from a paper clip; good;

[6] unsigned carbon typescript (possibly not by Noyes), 6 pages, 4to, of an entertaining untitled account of the American Press Corps and the English writers holed up in a little bedroom overlooking the Vatican, waiting for the white smoke: "inside this very small room at one time or another were movie cameras with their sacred attendants photographers priests other journalists enlgish [sic] poets like alfred noyes and english novelists like myself stop the two directors of proceedings were frank gervasi and bill hillman assisted by the most cheerfully efficient michael chinage a boy from the office whose eyes were constantly filled with tears for no reason eye [sic] suppose except that he had a cold stop it was michaels [sic] job to post himself down in the square to catch the sign from the man on the roof who was to watch for the smoke stop";

[7] carbon copy printed on thin paper of a typed letter (one page, 4to, 13 Feb. 1939) sent by Charles A. Smith "for and on behalf of "King Features Syndicate Incorporated" to the literary agents, Messrs. A.P. Watt & Son, outlining the terms "reached between Mr. Alfred Noyes and King Features Syndicate" on 11 February 1939, in which Noyes agreed "to proceed immediately to Rome and to furnish . . . a daily article from the time of his arrival until after the coronation of the new Pope, on the ceremonies and developments in connection with the funeral of the late Pope Pius, and the election and coronation of his successor." Noyes was to pay "all his travelling and other expenses to and from Rome and his living expenses while in Rome," and for his work was to be paid "the sterling equivalent of $2000."; and

[8] a telegram (one page, 15 Feb. 1939], which reads in part: "HILLMAN GREATLY APPRECIATE NOYES COOPERATION SUGGEST AMERICAN REACTION DEATH AS EVIDENCED AMERICAN REQUIEM THERE TOMORROW. . . ." Slightly foxed and worn; good.

(Item ID: 21861)

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