Date Published:  & 1895
Binding: Hard Cover
Grant Allen, (Canadian-English science writer and novelist).
This mini-collection includes;
1) ALS to Mr. Chatto of Chatto & Windus, n.d. but 1883-4, re publication of his novel entitled Philistia.
2) ALS to Andrew Lang, 10 February 1895, telling Lang that he won’t agree with this book (on the front free endpaper of The Woman Who Did. London: John Lane, 1895), green cloth, Keynotes Series, [viii], 241, , pp., 16 pp. adverts. Title-page design by Aubrey Beardsley, repeated on the upper cover, with label noting that the book was purchased at the sale of Lang’s library by Henry Sotheran & Co
Andrew Lang (1844-1912) was a Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. Lang was a friend of Allen's and communicated often. Buffalo State University has about 9 Lang letters addressed to Allen from the 1890's.
The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA (Los Angeles) has 10 letters relating to to John Lane 1890's and one of them makes specific reference to "The Women Who Did" book and Grant Allen would be sending him a copy but he does not think he [Lang] will like it...
Jan 23rd [1894 – clearly refers to The Lower Slopes pub. early that year] My dear Lane, Grant Richards will be down here on Sunday and I will send up the MS by him to deliver to you personally. I don’t like to trust it to the tender mercies of the porter at the [ ].
Many thanks for your offer of copies with the old title page: but no thank you, I would prefer the new one. To tell you the truth, being an author, I prefer that my friends should have the title of the books in the way I intended it than have a mere rarity. I think, in addition to the stipulated twelve copies, I must ask you to reserve for me four others at market prices. It was well sending a copy to Lang: but I don’t think he will like them. Neither as matter nor form are they much in his line of country. Sorry to hear your news of Watson. Something must be done for him. We might have another try for a Civil List pension. In haste, Sincerely yours, Grant Allen.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.