Date Published: 1915 to 1980
Binding: No binding & hard cover
The collections have a common element in the heroines of both these writers. Miss Jane Marple, an elderly spinster and amateur detective, appeared in 12 of Christie's crime novels and in 20 of her short stories. In his 5 crime novels, Carvic created the character of Miss Emily D. Seeton, a retired art teacher and amateur sleuth, a gentle parody of Miss Marple.
Both collections contain 42 items total, dating from circa 1915 to 1980, specifically, 27 photographs, 9 letters (2 ALS and 7 TLS), 2 books, 4 pieces of ephemera.
Agatha Christie was England’s most celebrated crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright.
The Christie collection contains 27 photographs.
Agatha Christie collection:
• 26 b&w photos and 1 colour photo, circa 1955-1977, of Christie. Several photos of Christie are with Max Mallowan, her husband, Christie at her house (one a tower of her books), Christie and Margaret Rutherford, Christie in old age, and her grave site.
Heron Carvic was an English actor and mystery writer. Although he met the actress Phyllis Neilson-Terry (1892-1977) when he was 23, they did not marry until 1958.
The Heron Carvic collection contains 9 letters (2 ALS and 7 TLS), 2 books, 4 pieces of ephemera.
Heron Carvic collection:
2 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS);
• 2 ALS and 1 TLS (7 March 1976, 8 October 1977, and 8 February 1979) to Charlotte Churchill Starr, in which Carvic discusses an upcoming Miss Seeton novel as well as political upheavals, a general sense of malaise, and the death of Phyllis Neilson-Terry, his wife.
6 Typed Letters Signed (TLS);
• 6 TLS from Carvic’s publisher Harper & Row, between 1976 and 1980, to Starr re hopes for the completion of Carvic’s Miss Seeton at Sea but noting Carvic’s car accident and ultimate demise.
• Picture Miss Seeton (London: Geoffrey Bles, 1968), brown cloth in jacket, very good. Carvic’s first novel.
• Odds on Miss Seeton. (New York: Harper's, 1975), orange paper boards, quarter bound in brown cloth, in jacket, dedicated by Carvic to Neilson-Terry, with Starr’s bookplate on the front pastedown and a note (1938) signed by Carvic glued to the front free endpaper.
• 2 obituaries Neilson-Terry.
• Photo post card of Neilson-Terry on the front free endpaper, signed by her.
• Ben Bolt or Don't You Remember, sheet music, melody by Nelson Kneass, words by Thomas Dunn, as sung by Phyllis Neilson-Terry in the play, Trilby on Broadway (New York: Dana T. Bennett, ).
Collections on consignment with LDRB