The Gilbert mss., 1867-1932, consist of typescripts of plays, 1867-1874, of Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, 1836-1911, and correspondence of Townley Searle, bibliographer of Gilbert.
The correspondence includes letters, 1931, from Searle to Carroll Atwood Wilson, 1886-1947, lawyer, and to Searle, from the Lord Chamberlain's office, relating to the copies of Gilbert's plays in the vaults of the Lord Chamberlain's office; and letters from Searle to Wilson and from Charles Plumptre Johnson, 1853-1938, physician, to Searle, relating to the 1931 printing of Gilbert's Topsyturvydom at the Oxford University Press, and to Gilbert's drawings in The Piccadilly Annual for 1874. Included is a letter, July 21, 1932, from Harley Granville-Barker to William Farren [?], Wimbledon, England. The cover for this letter is mounted on the verso of p.  of Granville-Barker's "Exit Planche - enter Gilbert" (Lilly PR4714 .G7).
A letter from V. Valta Parma, 1878- , librarian, to Carroll Atwood Wilson, October 11, 1937, and four pages of notes in pencil in an unidentified hand deal with Gilbert's Grand Duke.
Collection size: 20 items
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Related manuscripts: Gilbert mss. II