New York, Park Avenue
20 November 1992
GRAHAME, KENNETH. Two autograph letters signed and one autograph postcard signed to the publishers Elkin Mathews and John Lane at The Bodley Head, London, 19 January and 26 and 28 September 1893. Together 3 pages, small 8vo, and one page, oblong 12mo, slight dust-soiling, a small paper-clip rust mark.
Regarding the publication of his first book, Pagan Papers, issued by Matthews and Lane (and in America by Stone and Kimball) in December 1893. 19 January: "I wonder whether you would care to publish a quite small selection of articles that I have had in the 'National Observer" and 'St. James's Gazette' during the past few years? They are, I think, just sufficiently individual and original to stand it. Mr. [William Ernest] Henley suggested to me once, that a 'blend' of these short articles with verse would perhaps make a 'feature' that might take...Your attractive 'format' -- which you maintain so well has mainly prompted my suggestion." Docketed at top: "Yes please send." 26 September; "Henley has asked me if I could let him see a set of sheets of the book, before it appears...My proofs have all gone back...perhaps when you get yours back from [Aubrey] Beardsley [who designed the pictorial title-page] you could lend them to him..." 28 September: "Thanks for your Parcel, received this morning. I enclose you the last proof I have recd. up to now, for revise. Also a short note of acknowledgement, to appear somewhere at the beginning..."
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