3 ALsS, 7pp, 11 Oct. - 23 Dec. 1910. To Luther A. Brewer of the Torch Press.

COLERIDGE, STEPHEN

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3 autograph letters signed, 7pp, 4to, on mourning paper, The Ford, Greywell, 7, Egerton Mansions, South Kensington, 25 August, 11 October, and 23 December 1910, to Luther A. Brewer of the Torch Press, concerning the printing of a lecture. In the earliest letter, Coleridge sends a copy of the lecture that he is to deliver in London on October 7, 1910, and asks that, if Brewer is to reprint it, would he amend the title to "A Few Remarks on Inspiration." He then discusses his plans for a new volume of verse, and asks if Brewer would help with the American copyright, as Coleridge is dissappointed with his current arrangement. In the second letter, Coleridge shares the success of his lecture ("I was immediately asked to deliver it again somewhere else") and thanks Brewer for his suggestion that he entrust his next volume of verse to him. He then invites Brewer to visit his library, "which contains many unique and precious books with personal autographs distinguishing them from all other copies in the world." In the last letter, Coleridge thanks Brewer for the copies of his lecture that arrived and says: "I can assure you I feel greatly flattered that anything of mine should come apparelled in such precious habit! The type is quite beautiful, and in every detail this little volume is an example of perfect taste." Slightly soiled and worn; small tears at wax seal; letter of 11 October torn at fold, but overall, in good state.

Stephen William Buchanan Coleridge (1854-1936); English author; anti-vivisectionist. "An inherited rhetorical faculty characterized Coleridge's writings both in prose and in verse. He appreciated good literature, and was an acceptable lecturer. His large output includes A Morning in my Library (1914), An Evening in my Library among the English Poets (1916), and other books of the same kind. . . . Coleridge hated cruelty in all its forms and believed in action to reduce it. He was one of the founders, in 1884, of the London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, renamed in 1889 as the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Although fond of games and outdoor pursuits, he hated any sport that involved the death of animals, and became president of the League for the Prohibition of Cruel Sports. His chief energy, however, was devoted to the ending of experiments on animals. On this subject he had uncompromising views. . . ." [Alfred Cochrane, rev. H.C.G. Matthew,ODNB]

Luther Albertus Brewer (1858-1938); American book collector, author, and publisher. Shortly after his graduation from Gettysburg College in 1883, Brewer left for the midwest, where he ultimately settled in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In the course of his lifetime he assembled a noteworthy collection of books and manuscripts by Leigh Hunt and his friends (among them, Lamb, the Brownings, Byron and Keats). Excursions to London provided an opportunity for Brewer to frequent the bookshops and to explore those parts of the city associated with his favorite author. In 1934 Brewer's Leigh Hunt collection was acquired by The University of Iowa. Brewer was also founder and president of the Torch Press which published his My Leigh Hunt Library: The First Editions (limited to 125 copies) in 1932. A second (posthumous) volume, My Leigh Hunt Library: The Holograph Letters, was isuued from the press in 1938. The Torch Press published two of Stephen Coleridge's works: A Few Remarks on Inspiration (1910) and New Poems (1911). [see Robert A. Shaddy, "Around the Library Table With Luther A. Brewer: Annual Reflections on Collecting Leigh Hunt" (from Books at Iowa, November 1992) and Thomas L. Carney and Joyce Crawford, "The Torch Press: a Preliminary History" (Books at Iowa 21, November 1974). (Item ID: 7004)



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