BEERBOHM, MAX (1872-1956) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF 'TRIOLETS' 'to be inscribed in any book by A.C.B[enson], 1919
Lot 37
BEERBOHM, MAX (1872-1956) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF 'TRIOLETS' 'to be inscribed in any book by A.C.B[enson], 1919
£2,000 - 2,500
US$ 3,400 - 4,200
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BEERBOHM, MAX (1872-1956)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF 'TRIOLETS' 'to be inscribed in any book by A.C.B[enson]', 32 lines in four eight-line stanzas, inscribed by Beerbohm for 'Egan [Mew]' signed 'Max' and dated 1919, 1 page, folio, small tear at head, 1919

You'd think I must be a clergyman,
So like one do I write.
When I break the news about Queen Anne
You'd think I must be a clergyman.
No dips in my ample tub of bran
Being aught but bran to light;
You'd think I must be a clergyman,
So like one do I write...

'Triolets', number 37 in Collected Verse, edited by J.G. Riewald, 1994, was written out in a copy of Benson's Beside Still Waters now in UCLA. A similar manuscript was in the Beerbohm Sale at Sotheby's in December 1960; none are listed in Location Register.

Egan Mew (1862-1945) was a bon viveur who wrote for the periodical called Every Week and was an expert on old porcelain. Having compatible senses of humour, he and Max became close friends and dined and went to the theatre together. They 'exchanged letters full of drawings, jokes and pleasant nonsense' (David Cecil). A.C. Benson (1862-1925), Eton master and Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, was a prolific diarist and versifier. Only two other poetical manuscripts by Beerbohm have been sold at auction in the last forty years at least. The main institutional holding of Beerbohm's manuscripts is Austin, Texas.

PROVENANCE: Egan Mew.

REFERENCES: Collected Verse; Sotheby's, Beerbohm Sale, December 1960, lot 276; David Cecil, Max, 1964; Location Register of Twentieth-Century Literary Manuscripts and Letters, 2 volumes, 1988.
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