6 ALsS, 3 TLsS and an APCS, 10pp, 1928 to 1954. To (Martin) Secker.


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6 autograph letters signed, 3 typed letters signed and an autograph postcard signed, 10pp, 4to and 8vo, on printed letterhead of Glasbury House, Glasbury; Lollesworth Cottage, West Horsley (some on printed letterhead); and 4 Chalcot[?] Crescent, 15 April 1928 through 28 August 1954. Business letters to the publisher (Martin) Secker concerning a number of Vulliamy's works: "[15 Apr. 1928] . . . My satire on the art of writing is bespoken by Michael Joseph, -- But I'm not at all certain whether I shall write it. But I have another book in mind, concerning which you & I might have a word some day. . . ."; "[14 Nov. 1942] I am so glad you like the Anthony Rolls books, but I hope you won't be annoyed if I say frankly that I do not consider your offer (as it stands) a very attractive one. You do not indicate your proposals with regard to subsidiary rights, -- & these, as you know, are sometimes of more value than those of publication. . . . I could not allow the re-issue of these books with my name on the title-page. . . ."; "[28 Nov. 1942] Your suggestion with regard to the alternative title for 'Clerical Error' is most ingenious. By all means let us employ it on the title-page. . . ."; "[26 Aug. 1954] An acrimonious dispute between us is wholly inconceivable, so I must ask you to make a friendly allowance for the Celtic propensity to quibble. . . . [I]t does seem to me that Clause 12 involves two entirely separate conditions under either of which publication rights would revert to the author. These conditions are (I) if the publishers 'neglect' and (2) if they 'decline' to publish a new edition. It cannot be argued that to 'neglect' and to 'decline' are one and the same thing. The first implies passivity and the second implies action. . . ."; and "[28 Aug. 1954] I fear that I must apply to your suggestion concerning an agent's fee the principle of Occam's Razor. . . ." Some soiling and staining; holes from fasteners; folds and moderate general wear. Good.

C[olwyn]. E[dward]. Vulliamy (1886-1971); English litterateur and mystery novelist. According to Steinbrenner and Penzler 's Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection (New York, 1976), Vulliamy, though " . . . not well known as a mystery writer, was a notable practitioner of the inverted tale and one of the most unusual and individual writers of the genre." (Item ID: 21098)

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