Letter signed, 4pp., 10 July 1913. To Mr. [Edmund] Brown.


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Letter signed (text in the hand of an amanuensis), 4pp., 4to, on ruled paper, Well Knowe House, Cartinel by Carnforth, England, 10 July 1913. A good letter written to Mr. [Edmund] Brown of the Four Seas Company in Boston concerning the forthcoming publication of Bottomley's play, "Laodice & Danae": "I am pleased that it is to come out in your 'Poetry Journal' &, later, in book form; and I am glad that it is in such sympathetic hands. . . . I have your agreement in duplicate safe by me; but before signing it there are one or two points -- which I should be glad if I may go into with you. . . ." Bottomley proceeds to discuss in detail four aspects of the contract, in one instance saying, for example: "I am entirely willing to constitute you the sole publishers of the book, as the agreement indicates, but I feel I cannot undertake to assign my copyright to you, or to assent to any form of words which would empower you to sell the right of publication to some third party over my head, & without my consent. I might at some future time wish to publish a Collected Edition of my works; & in that case I should wish to be in a position to negotiate direct -- with you for the inclusion of the play in question. In England it is customary for an author to retain his personal property in a work, & at the same time to ensure to his publisher the exclusive right of publication; & if this is possible according to your customs I should much prefer an agreement to that effect." With respect to publication in England, Bottomley suggests that "Mr. [Elkin] Mathews would be a likely man to approach," and offers to act as an intermediary, but also states: ". . . if you do not want to take up the English publication at this moment I should be willing to let it stand over for the present." In a postcript, Bottomley writes: "I shall be very pleased to see the copies which you mention of the 'Poetry Journal' containing my play. . . . In issuing the play in book form I am particularly anxious that the dedication should be printed in full exactly as it is contained in the privately printed issue." Folds from mailing; a little creased, lightly worn and soiled, but in good condition.

Laodice and Danae: A Play in One Act, was originally printed (privately) in 1909 in England in an edition limited to 150 copies. The first American edition, published by the Four Seas Company in 1916, bears a printed poem addressed to B.J. Fletcher on the dedication leaf. (Item ID: 22460)

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