[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.
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. 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.
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.
[London]: n.p., . This is a particularly personal letter from the great 19th century artist, writer, designer, and Socialist William Morris. Morris wrote this four-page letter to Aglaia Coronio in 1873 when he was thirty-nine years old [See Kelvin's Collected Letters of William Morris, Volume I, letter 183]. Aglaia Coronio (1834 - 1906), was a British embroiderer, bookbinder, art collector and patron of the arts. She was a close confidante of Morris, particularly during the 1870s, and also a personal friend of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Morris wrote to Aglaia frequently, both at home and on his travels. He also visited her periodically. Their close personal relationship allowed Morris to turn to her to ease his distress over his wife Jane’s affair with Gabriel Rossetti. This letter was written during the height of Jane and Rossetti’s affair, but Morris betrayed little of the delicacy or discomfort of the situation in it. Even though Aglaia was a close friend and confidante, Morris was circumspect about his situation. He does not attribute his low spirits to his wife’s affair or the presence of Rossetti at his home, Kelmscott. He writes in this letter that he is very dull and uncheerful, but assures Aglaia that she should not be "alarmed for any domestic tragedy; nothing has happened to tell of and my dullness comes all out of my own heart." Much of the remainder of the letter discusses his move in London from Queen Square to a house on the Turnham Green road. He writes about the specifics of the move and its advantages, about being able to see his children soon, and about his Icelandic translations and the possibility of an Icelandic voyage later in the year. He says that he hadn't been able to write poetry and that it was no use trying to force it, and that the translations were amusing and exciting enough for the while. He ends by writing that he hopes that in her next letter to him that she will say that she is coming back. He closes with "your affectionate William Morris." The letter is written on a bi-fold that opens to 8 x10.5 inches. It is partly split along the middle fold. Unfortunately, a previous owner saw fit to use seven small cellophane tape pieces along the edges to repair small tears or reinforce the paper. They have discolored the paper surrounding the pieces and and a few words of text. Despite this the letter is still quite legible and nice. Housed in an archival paper folder. LETTER/082522. 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.
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.
[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.