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1 Mencken, H. L. TYPED LETTER, SIGNED. To Terence Holliday, Antiquarian Bookseller, Dated July 23, 1942
Baltimore 1942 Ephemera Fine Signed by Author
Autograph; 8vo; 1 pages; Printed 1/2 sheet letterhead: H. L. Mencken 1524 Hollins St. Baltimore T. L. S. : as follows: Dear Mr. Holliday: Unhappily, that quotation you send (sic) me is quite new to me, and I can't locate it in any any (sic) of the books at hand. It is certainly an excellent one, and if I can track it down I'll include it in my next edition. My Dictionary is doing pretty well, and so there will probably be another printing in the near future. It will give me a chance to correct a number of slips and to add some material that somehow escaped me during all the years I was at work on the book. My best thanks for your pleasant note. Sincerely yours, (signed) H. L. Mencken. " "Terence Holliday, an avid reader, worked at Brentano's in 1919, in order to learn "something about the book business. " In 1920, Terence and his wife Elsa (Smith class of 1911) opened their bookshop on 10 West 47th Street in New York City. The bookshop began to slowly grow, despite the Holliday's choice to ignore the advice of Frank Crowningshield of Vanity Fair, to "have a couple of attractive young ladies serve tea in the shop every afternoon. " Initially, the bookshop specialized in importing English books, as well as offering unusual and rare books, especially first editions of contemporary authors and private press books. Later, the Hollidays promoted the works of younger British and American poets and novelists, such as W. H. Auden, Thornton Wilder, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, Katherine Mansfield, William Faulkner, and T. S. Eliot. In 1925, the bookshop moved to 49 West 49th Street. This location was a propitious one, since there were specialty bookshops in the area. Rather than competing for customers, the bookshops cooperated, making referrals and placing orders for each other. Unfortunately, some of the larger publishers in competition with the Holliday were not nearly as gracious. The import of English editions was made difficult by the existing copyright laws, and the invention of "limited editions" from the larger houses also threatened business. The Hollidays weathered the Depression, with Terence lecturing occasionally and writing articles to make ends meet. However, by 1950, the difficulties of running the bookshop began to wear on Terence, and the Hollidays began to look for a buyer for their shop. A run of bad luck ensued, including two destructive fires of suspicious origin. In 1951, the Hollidays sold their bookstore to Robert T. Vanderbilt, and retired in Milford, Connecticut. Terence Holliday died in 1969 at the age of 84. Elsa Detmold Holliday died in 1991 at the age of 100. After 31 years of existence, the Holliday bookshop had become more than a bookshop; it had become an "Institution. "; Signed by Author 
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