A.J. Cronin collection. A. J. CRONIN, Archibald Joseph.
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection
A.J. Cronin collection

A.J. Cronin collection

Date Published: 1927 to 1964
Binding: No binding & hard cover

The collection contains 13 items dating from 1927 to 1964, specifically 3 letters, 2 books, and 1 souvenir typescript, 3 photos, and 4 cards/notes.

A.J. Cronin was a Scottish novelist and physician. During World War I, he served as a surgeon sub-lieutenant in the Royal Medical Volunteer Reserve. Then he trained at various hospitals in Glasgow and Dublin before accepting a short-term position as Medical Inspector of Mines. In 1930, after being diagnosed with a chronic duodenal ulcer, he took six months of leave and wrote his first novel, Hatter’s Castle (1931). Much of Cronin’s fiction pertains to a doctor’s struggle to balance scientific integrity with social obligations.

3 Letters: 1 Autographed Letter Signed (ALS) and 2 Typed Letter Signed (TLS):

• ALS to Mr. Robb, 25 May 1933, thanking Robb for the clipping and hoping that Grand Canary did not displease him.

• TLS to Mr. Guran, 9 October 1962, that he would be pleased to sign his book and that he’ll be departing for the USA on 8 November.

• TLS to Mrs. Soutar, 26 June 1964, re her kind letter, A Song of Sixpence, and her cottage at Crarae.

2 Books:

• Hatter’s Castle. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1931. Black cloth in slightly chipped dust jacket. Affixed to front free endpaper is Cronin’s signature on a card. With an envelope from the autograph dealer, Conway Barker, post-marked 24 October 1976. Cronin’s first novel, set in the fictional town of Levenford on the Firth of Clyde, a story of the life of the hatter, James Brodie, a cruel and tyrannical patriarch of a dysfunctional family. Made into a film by Paramount British Pictures in 1942, starring Robert Newton, Deborah Kerr, and James Mason.

• Investigations in First-Aid Organization at Collieries in Great Britain. London: printed and published at His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1927. Paper covers, wire-stitched. Cronin’s first separate publication, a report on the correlation between coal-dust inhalation and pulmonary disease, commissioned by the Secretary of Mines and completed by Cronin in October 1925 when he worked as a temporary medical officer and inspector of mines.

1 Souvenir Typescript:

• 1 p., the first page of The Citadel, n.d.

3 b&w Photos:

• Cronin in suit and fedora, arriving in New York, 17 November 1937, Associated Press Photo; • • Cronin standing near windows, 23 April 1958;

• Head shot of Cronin in suit, n.d.

4 Cards/Notes:

• Signed card with quotation, “Any morality which is against freedom is a bad morality.”

• Undated written card addressed “Dear Children”, thanking the children for their kind greetings: “I wish you the very best back in return, with something in your stockings and a good helping of Christmas pudding.”

• Signed note with litho print of Cronin and a child.

• Colour card, Wills’s Cigarettes, W.D. & H.O. Wills, issued by the Imperial Tobacco Company of Great Britain & Ireland, Limited, n.d.

Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Good. Item #8514

$1,400.00 USD
$1,704.85 CAD

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