[London]: 1886. The first page only of a letter to poet Austin Dobson on stationery with the address 1, Paternoster Square, probably sent by his publishers Kegan Paul, Trench, and Truber, who were located at that address. The write: "Dear Austin Dobson We have talked over the subjet of your visit yesterday, and are sorry to say that our objection remains very strong againt the having of any work published by us brought out in another shape by another publisher. A favour is asked either way: that we should allow Messr. Macmillan to issue one of our publications, or that Messrs. M. should on this occasion only allow a gentleman, who usually works for them, to...." Written pon front page of cream notepaper, 5.5 x 7.75 inches. Very bright and clean. AUTO/103116. Very Good.
. Handwritten letter dated 1838 from N.C. Brooks, author and poet, to Daniel Appleton (1785-1849), founder of Appleton books and publishing. The company began as a dry goods business in New York in 1825 but had published its first book by 1831. Mr. Brooks writes: D Appleton Esq Sir, I will take occasion to send for the [?] Gallery the first opportunity that offers of our booksellers going to New York. Did Mr. Appleton lend a copy of Anthology to Knickerbocker. I am charged in New Yorker of last week of sending him two copies, which I have promptly denied in Bath papers. To prevent misapprehension in relation to my seeing your name [?] as publisher of Anthology, I merely beg leave to say that in New Yorker of Dec 16, 183? D. Appleton & Co are given with Mr. Marshall's name as publishers. I thought he had perhaps divided the edition with you. I simply state this to give my reasons for the remark. I do not wish to be misunderstood in anything. Respfy yr N.C. Brooks author and poet." Written on one side of folded sheet, with "D Appleton Esq Bookseller N. York" and postal date stamp on back. Creases where folded to form "envelope." Ink stain to last line of letter, torn hole and ink splatter on rear page, and pencil written numbers at bottom of letter with no explanation. Still very good. 8 x 10 inches. AUTO/011315.
. Charles B. Driscoll (1885-1951) was a Kansas born American journalist and editor. In this rather droll inscription he writes: "Now, as to Gordon Wolff - he's pretty good, busting in this way for an autograph, without any book! Charles B. Driscoll New York, March 14, 1931." Scrawled on blank sheet affixed to a frayed perforated sheet. Glue remnants not affecting inscription. Very good. AUTO/082713. Very Good.
n.d. Beatrice Harraden (1864-1936) was a popular writer in her day who was active in promoting women's rights and suffragettes. This short note was sent from her home in South Hampstead. She writes: "Dear Miss Welch, I've tried and tried and have come to the same conclusion that it cannot be done....Please forgive me for having troubled you. Sincerely Beatrice Harraden." On heavy stock paper with address printed at top. 3 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. Very good condition. AUTO/082615. Very Good.
[England]: [c. 1904-1906]. Hardcover. The complete original manuscript for Beatrice Harraden's novel, The Scholar's Daughter, published by Methuen in 1906. It has been bound for presentation to her literary agent, A.P. Watt, with an inscription on the front free endpaper: "For my most kind friend Mr. A.P. Watt from Beatrice Harraden. a little token of gratitude for all the regard and kindness received from himself & his sons for so many years. Jan 28th 1913. I chose the M.S. of this book specially because the story was always one of which my friend has [?] with & most welcome appreciation." Beatrice Harraden (1864-1936) was an English novelist who was active in women's rights causes, and an ardent feminist and suffragette. Aspects of her life were incorporated in her work, as with this novel. She was involved as a reader for the Oxford English Dictionary, and this novel is set among lexicographers. Contemporary reviews of the book were mixed. The review in The Bookman states that the work is a clever little domestic drama written with zest and skill. "The title, a suggestive one, would seem to imply that we may expect something unscholarly from the daughter of a scholar." This review also states that there was a dramatic version of the story. A later letter to the editor states that the novel was first written as a play. The manuscript has corrections and changes throughout, along with a few tipped in pages from a typescript, and provides a fascinating look at the creative process of this New Woman writer. Bound in grey cloth with gilt title and author to front board. A rarity in very good condition. Small quarto. About 178 pages. AUTO/073115. Very Good.
Birmingham, England: 1919. A letter dated February 13, 1919 on Birmingham and Midland Institute where Hayes was a principal in the Industrial Department. Alfred Hayes (1857-1936) was a respected poet who published a number of works. This letter and an accompanying transcript of a letter received by Hayes concern his recently published Simon de Montfort, a historical tragedy. The name of the recipient has been crossed out. Hayes writes: "It was a great pleasure to receive your kind and friendly letter, with its sense of literary "hands across the sea." Would that I could accept your kind invitation! But I am tied by my duties as Principal of the above instutution....The interest which you express in my literary work encourages me to send you the enclosed copy of a letter from a highly competent critic, on...Simon de Montfort (published by Methuen in 1918). I am glad to say that the book is winning golden opinions from serious lovers of poetry. It was conceived and partly written before the war, but has an extraordinary appropriateness to these days. The hero was that rare thing - a pure-souled patriot and it was for "a scrap of paper," the sanctity of treaties, and the cause of freedom and justice, that he fought and died. I venture to hope that my effort to enshrine his memory will meet with sympathy among that great portion of the English-speaking race whose very existence as a nation had its birth in the struggle for freedom. Yours sincerely Alfred Hayes." The copy of the letter is from Professor W. Macneile Dixon, Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow. The letter sings the praises of Simon and says that Hayes deserves a place next to such writers as Shakespeare and Jonson! Both pages have darkened a bit with age and have light creases where folded. Very good condition. Hayes letter is 8 x 11 inches. Copied letter is 7 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches. AUTO/082815. Very Good.
Essex, UK: . Three nice handwritten letters from Coulson Kernahan related to publishing matters. Kernahan (1858-1943) was a prolific writer and editor, reading and editing submissions for publisher Ward, Lock & Co. among other efforts. He was their copy editor for Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Two of the three letters are dated 1896 and the third undated one pertains to content in one of the previous letters. All were sent on printed letterhead “Thrums,” Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. The first two-page letter is addressed to Mr. Tickell. In it Kernahan apologizes for taking so long in getting back to him and then turns down an invitation to write a story for a publication he refers to as “BW.” He also writes that one of his works, “A Literary Gent,” is a Ward Lock copyright but says they would probably agree to have it reprinted for “some small sum.” He goes on to talk about manuscripts submitted [does not say where] for a 200 pound prize. The second one-page letter is sent to “Dear Sirs.” Kernahan writes to say that he had expected three manuscripts to be read for his proposed honorarium of 9 pounds, or 3 pounds each. To his surprise he received seven manuscripts and states that the honorarium must be adjusted but instead of asking for 21 pounds, states he would be satisfied with 15 pounds. The third letter of 1.5 pages is a cover letter to a report that he is sending offering his opinions of the stories reviewed. He says that he reads manuscripts for possible publication with two considerations in mind. The first is the literary quality of the work, and the second is for the potential popularity of the piece - ”to put myself, so to speak in the place of the public which buys and enjoys books which the literary [part of word obscured] journals condemn.” The letters are quite legible despite soiling and darkening to paper. The letters appear to have been previously affixed to something, two with glue on the back and one by tape to the left margins, with some remnants still attached. Light creases where folded. 7 x 9 inches. AUTO/113016. Very Good -.
[Boston]: . Abbott Lawrence Lowell (1856-1943) was a preeminent U.S. educator and legal scholar. He served as president of Harvard University from 1909 to 1933. In this amusing letter dated Feburary 20, 1937 from Lowell to Russell D. Brackett he writes: "Dear Mr. Brackett: I think you must have me confused with somebody else, for while I have no doubt that the summer camp is good, I certainly never thought or said that it was America's greatest contribution in the field or education. Regretting to disappoint you, I am Yours very sincerely..." Typed on watermarked stationery with signature in black ink. Near fine except for three tiny pieces of tape on verso right edge. AUTO/082613. Near Fine.
London: Burns & Oates, 1919. Hardcover. Scarce first edition of an anthology of verse by Lucas. 12mo. Bound in brown linen with title, author and ornament in gilt to front cover. Slight bumping and fading but very good. Interior pages also very good, with gift inscription on ffep and an annotation in red ink on page 17 noting that a line of verse could be a motto for a sundial. 34 pages plus 4 pages of praise of the writings of Lucas and Alice Meynell. Accompanied by five short ALs from Lucas. Four were written between June - December1904 to Mr. Shorter asking for information and also inquiring about the possibility of submitting verse to "The Sphere." This would be Clement Shorter, the journalist and author who founded "The Sphere" and later "The Tatler." The fifth was to a friend in 1922 to congratulate her on the birth of her baby. Collection also includes fair copies of a few of her poems. POE/090613. Very Good.
London: 1892. Signed two-page letter from Justin McCarthy to William Henry Rideing. McCarthy (1859-1936) was an Irish author and Member of Parliament. Among his many works was a biography of William Gladstone, who is mentioned in this letter. William Rideing (1853-1918) was an American author who wrote for journals and periodicals on various subjects. McCarthy writes: "Sept 13, '92 Dear Mr. Rideing I am very glad to hear of your safe arrival after your stormy passage. I am glad too to hear that you have got home 'bringing your sheaves with you' in the shape of contributions from Mr. Gladstone and Mr. Balfour. I think you have accompished a triumph." He goes on to thank him for partial payment for his Reminiscences and sends his regards to Mrs. Rideing. Bi-fold measuring 4.5 x 7 inches. Very good with small piece of grey paper adhered to blank recto, small mark on bottom of second page and light crease where folded. AUTO/072216. Very Good.
[London?]: 1890. A one page autograph letter sent to an un-named gentleman by English poet and critic William Cosmo Monkhouse (1840-1901). He is evidently writing to his publisher, promising to "...send Dent the etchings with instrctions tomorrow" and inquiring "are the volumes to be sent in sheets, folded to be quite loose. Why should they not be covered in paper - like the Catalogue of the Tudor Exhibition...I should like the ten private l.p. copies to be done so or bound in some simple way, different from the published copies. Say grey boards." Tipped to a larger grey sheet. Lightly toned else very good. AUTO/072516. Very Good.
1819. One page, 13 line autograph letter dated 7 February 1819 signed from Peckwell to an unknown recipient. In the letter he orders a barrell of fish to be brought to Yarmouth from Holland. He says that he will send him the money at his earliest opportunity. Peckwell, who later changed his name to Blosset) was a lawyer who served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Bengal and was knighted in 1822. AUTOGRAPH/060911.
[c.1881]. A very nice handwritten copy of this fine early poem by Rossetti. He wrote the sonnet on his trip to the continent with Holman Hunt in the autumn of 1849. This manuscript is undated, but it is possibly a draft of the final poem. It uses wording which was changed in the final version of the poem as published in Ballads and Sonnets in 1881 and the Collected Works in 1887. In the published collections, Rossetti writes in line twelve..."was blown abroad on gospel-tongues of flame." In this handwritten copy he writes "was blown abroad upon swift tongues of flame." It is known that Rossetti often wrote out slightly differing versions of his sonnets. Written on one side of a 4 3/4 x 7 1/8 piece of paper torn from a larger sheet, which has an embossed stamp at lower left edge that reads "best quality." Mounted on sheet of archival paper and protected by acetate. In very good condition. AUTO/102814. Very Good.
London: Stangeways and Walden, . First edition. A unique and most interesting offering - a scarce privately printed book accompanied by only recently published handwritten letters from Rossetti's brother, William Michael (the texts of the letters were published for the first time in "Notes and Queries," Oxford University Press, in January 17, 2011). This is a privately printed edition of a story that had first appeared in The Germ in 1850. Dante Gabriel Rossetti originally intended to include this prose story in his volume of verse, but decided not to following the recovery of his poetical manuscript notebook from the grave of his wife, Elizabeth Siddal. This short story offers a manifesto for the Aesthetic and Decadent movements. It tells the tale of a fictional Renaissance poet who realizes that the artist's only duty is to express what is in his soul. This pamphlet is an offprint from the typesetting found in proofs produced between October 30 and November 25 1869. William Rossetti notes when his brother excluded the story from his published verse he had various copies of Hand and Soul done up in drab wrappers, and that he gave some away but never sold them. Both Thomas Wise and Charles Fairfax Murray state, without citing any authority, that one hundred copies were printed. About thirty can now be accounted for. All but a handful are in institutional collections, most deriving from a cache discovered by William after Dante Gabriel's death in 1882. William Michael Rossetti sent this copy to an admirer of his family, Louisa Douglas Summerbell. She was an artist and illuminator much influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites. Rossetti has inscribed the book "To Miss L. Douglas Summerbell with the friendly regards of Wm. Rossetti June 1896." Written above this in William's hand is a six-line explanation of the pamphlet's publishing history. Bound in are five important signed autograph letters, seventeen pages in all, from William Rossetti to Miss Summerbell, written between 1896 and 1906, in which he discusses at length the writings of Dante Gabriel, Christina and himself. In original buff printed wrappers that Summerbell had neatly sewn into limp green cloth along with the letters and laid into a beautiful 19th-century handmade leather case showing some rubbing. On the preliminary leaf of the cloth bound book is a note that it had passed to her friend, Ruth Johnston. From the celebrated poetry collection of Gerald N. Wachs and included in an exhibition of his collection at the Grolier Club in 1995. Pamphlet in very good collection bound into near fine cloth book. Housed in a green cloth covered clamshell box with black and gilt title label to spine. Near Fine.
Connecticut. Wilbur Daniel Steele (1886-1970) was an American author and playwright. This is a short note of eight lines written on May 23 to a Mlss [?] Mary Griswold from Steele's home in Old Lyme, CT. In it he sends his regret that due to illness that required a recuperative trip to Nassau, he was unable to write to her and her colleagues in time for the display week. In very good condition with the outline of a small paperclip in top right corner not affecting text, and small spot on upper left margin. Fold crease across middle. 5.5 x 7 inches. AUTO/062411. Very Good.
[ca. 1907]. An original six-page holograph manuscript from the prolific author Bettina Von Hutten (1874-1957), probably best remembered for the "Pam" series. She was born in the United States as Bettina Riddle. She married the English Shakespearean actor Henry Ainley, and later married Baron von Hutten, Chamberlain to the King of Bavaria, in 1897. They divorced twelve years later. The short story appeared in Volume 26 of The Windsor Magazine in 1907. It was illustrated by the popular "pretty woman" artist, Penrhyn Stanlaws. Manuscript was written on one side of 8" x 12.5" ruled paper, with a few correnctions and cross-outs. Some light aging to edges and horizontal crease where folded. Very good condition. AUTO/092013. Very Good.
[ca. 1906]. An original 15,5 page holograph manuscript from the prolific author Bettina Von Hutten (1874-1957), probably best remembered for the "Pam" series. She was born in the United States as Bettina Riddle. She married the English Shakespearean actor Henry Ainley, and later married Baron von Hutten, Chamberlain to the King of Bavaria, in 1897. They divorced twelve years later. This is a melodramatic story about the unhappily married wife of a drama critic who accidentally meets an actor on a bridge as he is about the commit suicide. He of course does not. The short story appeared in Volume 41 of Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1906. Written on the letterhead of the Hotel Tyrol in Innsbruck. Worn, frayed, and darkened but still good. AUTO/092013. Good +.
London: Constable & Company, Ltd., 1925. Hardcover. First Edition. With laid-in two page letter and postcard from Walker to Cornelis Willem de Kiewiet, and with de Kiewiet's ownership signature on the free front endpaper. Eric Anderson Walker (September 1886 – February 1976) was King George V Professor of History at the University of Cape Town and Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge. He was a pioneer in writing the history of South Africa and later an important historian of the British Empire, though by the end of his life his work was seen as dated and Eurocentric. Cornelis Willem de Kiewiet (May1902 – February 1986) was a 20th-century historian most notable for having served as president of Cornell University and the University of Rochester. De Kiewiet was born in the Netherlands, but grew up in South Africa, where his father went as a diamond and gold-seeker and later worked as an employee of the Transvaal Republic's Railway. In the early 1920s, Cornelis earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in history from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and, in 1927, he earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of London. The inserted correspondence from Walker to de Kiewiet was written in 1927, while de Kiewiet was working on his Ph.d. The texts discuss South African history during and after the Boer War, and such figures as Southey and Froude. They do not pertain to this work directly. John Henry de Villiers (1842-1914) was a key figure in South Africa's history, serving as the Chief Justice of the Union of South Africa from 1874-1914. Bound in original dark blue cloth with gilt author and title to spine. Corners bumped and some wrinkling to cloth but still very good. Interior pages also very good. Frontispiece portrait of Lord de Villiers. 523 pages including index. AFRICA/032916. Very Good.
This appears to be the closing to a letter, affixed to a blank peice of paper. It offers Sir David's kindest regards to two young ladies (Miss...and Miss...) wotj ...of devoted respect, and that he has the honr to be their very faithful servant. Dated Kensignton, November 7th 1824. David Wilkie (1785-1841) was a well known Scottish painter.