Date Published: 1894 to 1921
Binding: No binding & hard cover
John Kendrick Bangs was an American author, humorist, editor, and satirist. and the creator of modern Bangsian fantasy the school of fantasy writing that sets the plot wholly or partially in the afterlife.
The collection items date from 1894 to 1921, specifically contains twelve letters, two books, one poster, and a note.
11 Autographed Letter Signed (ALS):
• ALS to Miss Auback, 27 November 1894, providing her with his autograph.
• ALS on letterhead of Harper & Brothers addressed My dear McVickar [H.W. McVickar, the cartoonist and illustrator], 16 July 1897, Mr. Harper has gone abroad, does not want “to use anything in the line of humor which is radically at variance with what I think funny”, says that the page sent by McVickar is nice but appears cynical, asks for something with a “more pleasing turn”.
• ALS on letterhead of Harper & Brothers to Mr. Bowden, 6 June 1902, re Miss Fiske [Minnie Maddern Fiske, an actress] and her art.
• ALS to Miss Kidder, 7 May 1907, agrees to send her books for her book table.
• ALS to F.W. Brown, 22 January 1912, with envelope: “It’s a fine looking souvenir and the handsomest body of officials I’ve seen since I’ve returned to private life. Thank you, sir!”
• ALS to Rod Sterling Yard of the Century Magazine, 13 July 1913, sending a contribution in the hope that it might be published in the November issue of the magazine.
• ALS on letterhead of the Comité Américan pour les Régions Dévastées de la France to Edwin A. Elsbach, 5 July 1921, making reference to terrible atrocities committed by Germany on France during the war.
• ALS on letterhead of the New Metropolitan addressed “Dear David”, n.d., “This is too long for the Metropolitan. Mr. [Hutchins] Hapgood wanted you to see it also. Will you please see it also? Faithfully”.
• ALS to “My dear Pukin?”, providing him with an introduction to Dr. Robert A. Sands.
• ALS to Dr. Seabury,15 September?, re cheque for his services, hoping that Seabury has recovered from his recent illness.
• Short ALS to Ruth McEvery Stuart (children’s author), 27 June 1915, “With pleasure. Yours faithfully”.
1 Autographed Note Signed (ANS):
ANS, 18 January 1898, “In the chair of the gilded shekel the education of the princes is better than the coddling of Alma Mater.”
2 Books (one with TSL tipped in and the other with Bangs signature):
• Olympian Nights (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1902), a fantasy about the Greek gods, who spend their time playing golf on the planet Mars, red cloth, first edition, with a TLS from Bangs as editor of Harper's Weekly, 27 February 1900, tipped in at front, to Mr. Phayre, re [Robert W.] “Chambers’s proposition to write stories for the Weekly”.
• The Foothills of Parnassus (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1914), scarlet cloth, signed on the title page, rubbing at the top and bottom of the spine.
• Mr. Bonaparte of Corsica. Harper & Brothers, 1895. Color poster backed on linen, illustration by H.W. McVickar of Bangs’s comic biography of Napoleon from infancy in Corsica to his new emperorship in Hades. 42 × 21 cm.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.