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Augustus John (1878-1961)

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Fordingbridge Hants 1950 Autograph letter Very Good Signed by Author
8vo; 2 pages; Augustus John to Mrs. (Elsa) Holliday. A. L. S. : Printed Letterhead. Small octavo, "Fryern Court Fordingbridge Hants Fordingbridge 2273. Sept. 21 1950. Dear Mrs. Holliday, I find your kind letter on returning from an absence. It is extremely good + friendly of you to reply to my note so encourageingly. I will certainly send you, first, an announcement of the publication of my new book of drawings and then copies of the ordinary and de luxe editions. It is possible that we may have these ready before xmas. The former book of drawings, published as you say, by Faber, went through numerous re-prints + was immensely successful. The new one should be better still. A book of autobiography, to be published by Jonathan Cape is also to appear shortly. It will be illustrated and will embody the memoirs, large re-written and amplified, which I am very glad to hear, you enjoyed in Horizon. I am very grateful to Miss Angelica Welldon(? ) for putting me in touch with you. Yours, with many thanks for writing, and very sincerely, Augustus John." Letter is folded once. No envelope present. From the description of the Holliday Bookshop Archive at the Five College Archive & Manuscripts Collection in Amherst, Mass. : Historical Note: 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 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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Chelsea 1926 Autograph letters Very Good Signed by Author
8vo; 3 pages; Augustus John to Sir Michael Sadlier (1861-1943, British historian and educator). John had written to Sadlier earlier for his help regarding the rental of a house in Wiltshire called Conock Manor and had arranged with the present tenant to take the remainder of her lease subject to the approval of the trustees. He had thought that Sadlier, in his position at Oxford, would probably know at least some of the trustees and in that case would be so very good as to say a word on his behalf, which would be enough to reassure them as to his qualifications as a tenant of the house. A. L. S. #1: Printed Letterhead. Small quarto, "28 Mallord Street, Chelsea, S. W.3 Tel. Ken. 6257. Jun. 3 1926 Dear Sir Michael, Very many thanks for so kindly helping me. There seems now to be some hope Lady **** says. Yours sincerely Augustus John." A. L. S. #2: Small octavo. "153 Church Street Chelsea Oct. 29 1929. Dear Mr Sadlier I must be at Chenil's(? ) Wed and have all available drawings to show you....I am delighted with your proposal and will make it my intent that you shall have the best I have to offer. Believe me. Yours very truly Augustus John. A. L. S. #3. Small octavo. "153 Church St Nov 12 1929 Dear Mr. Sadlier I will go through the drawings again and see about adding a little colour to some of them. I hardly think that we now have picked a more broadly representative set but I will make it even more so by adding a few drawings. I may do so from time to time. Very sincerely Augustus John. " Letter #1 has a small closed tear at the lower right corner. All three letters have been folded twice. No envelopes are present. ; Signed by Author 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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