Date Published: 1974 to 1994
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Richard Adams was a "late bloomer" English novelist and writer, best known for his best-selling work of children’s fiction, Watership Down and in addition to the Carnegie Medal, Adams won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the California Young Reader Medal for “Watership Down”. Though Adams decried animal cruelty in a number of his books, “The Plague Dogs” may have been his most overt criticism of it.
The collection contains 21 items dating from 1974 to 1994, specifically 11 Letters, 9 photos, and 1 book.
10 Typed Letters Signed (TLS):
• 2 TLS to Irma Antonetto, Associazione Culturale Italiana, 9 August 1978 and 11 January 1978, re an invitation to speak in the Italian tour in the next year, has communicated with Gabriele Pantucci, notes previous distinguished speakers (Joan Robinson and Iris Murdoch) and hopes to live up to their standard, will speak on “Watership Down—The Real Country”, wishes to meet two friends in Milan.
• 6 TLS to Jon Wynne-Tyson, 2 TLS from Jon Wynne-Tyson. He was an English author, publisher, Quaker, activist and pacifist, who founded Centaur Press in 1954. In 2016, he became a patron of Quaker Concern for Animals.
[October 1977], 12 February 1983, 18 February 1985 (verso has 2 TL from Wynne-Tyson, 16 April 1985 and 6 June 1985), 14 June 1985, 2 July 1985, and 9 July 1985,
re experiments on animals and their ill-treatment, invites Wynne-Tyson for a visit, Richard Ryder and Peter Singer, animal rights, thanking him for the information folder about the Wynne-Tyson’s new book The Extended Circle; telling him of a magazine review of The Extended Circle which he has arranged; and acknowledging receipt of the book and promising to give it a good review.
9 b&w photos:
• “Britain Hops into a New Cult”, 15 August 1974, the Press Association;
• September 1977, Universal Pictorial Press;
• Adams holding a book (copies of Watership Down and The Plague Dogs on shelf), 19 October 1978, the Press Association;
• February 1980, Moultor Press;
• Adams wearing glasses, 30 September 1982, The Daily Telegraph;
• 4 photos of Adams, May-July 1994, Sunday Telegraph.
1 Book with a TLS:
• The Plague Dogs. London: Allen Lane, 1977. Illustrated by A. Wainwright. An adventure of two dogs being a satire of animal experimentation, government ineptitude, and the tabloid press. Brown paper boards in dust jacket, small marks on the fore edges. Presentation copy for Andrea McIntyre signed by Adams on front endpaper. With a TLS, 8 September 1977, envelope included, to McIntrye, enclosed in another envelope on the front pastedown, re McIntrye’s reading habits, Shardik being Adams’s best book, and that he’ll be in Toronto to promote The Plague Dogs on 18-19 November.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.