Autograph letter signed, 3 1/2pp, 31 July 1924. To Mr. Wilson.

BOTTOMLEY, GORDON

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Autograph letter signed in the author's attractive hand, 3 1/2pp, 8vo, The Sheiling, Silverdale, nr. Carmforth, 31 July 1924. To Mr. Wilson, describing his recent visit to Scotland, discussing collectible editions of Bottomley's books, and listing the first editions of his own works which he would be willing to sell to Wilson: ". . . I had the pleasure of meeting our mutual friend Dr. MacIntyre. . . . You may be sure we talked a good deal about the drama, and about the new hope there is for Scottish drama in his work; and from the talk of books we came often to speak of you. . . . I wish I had known sooner that you are still looking for my early books . . . I have lately been letting go to America whatever stray copies I could commandeer among the friends of my youth! . . . . While I am writing about my books I should like to make you the medium to correct a frequent error about 'The Gate of Smaragdus' . . . [which] was printed with the imprint of The Unicorn Press; but it was transferred to Elkin Mathews before publication . . . only a handful of advance copies and a dozen private gifts exist. . . . When these come into catalogues they are priced very high on account of their supposedly unique condition. . . . I want to assure you, on behalf of the entire trade, that there is nothing in it. The additional page bearing the imprint of Elkin Mathews was inserted . . . without anything being cut out, and it is only necessary to steam this out to procure one of the 'extremely scarce' Unicorn copies. I fancy the confusion has arisen because there was never any half-title. . . . I should be glad to know someday at your convenience what a copy of George Moore's Notes on The Royal Academy of 1896, with illustrations by Harry Furniss, is worth." Soiled, with a small spot in margin of first sheet; pinholes from filing; in good condition. (Item ID: 15564)



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