Date Published:  to 1927
Binding: No binding & hard cover
William Tufnell Le Queux was an Anglo-French journalist and writer. Le Queux mainly wrote in the genres of mystery, thriller, and espionage, particularly in the years leading up to World War I. He wrote 150 novels dealing with international intrigue, as well as books warning of Britain’s vulnerability to European invasion before World War I.
The collection has 4 items dating from  to 1923, specifically, 2 letters, 1 manuscript and 1 book.
• TLS to Frank Pellissier, a French admirer, from his address The Hermitage, Guildford, 28 April 1917: “Many thanks for your kind letter. I hope what I have enclosed is what you desire.” Whatever was enclosed with the letter is absent but Pelissier was a collector of manuscript material so it is likely to have been that.
• ALS (2 pp.) to William Robertson Nicoll, Scottish Free Church Minister, editor, and man of letters, 15 December 1923, acknowledging Nicoll’s literary help and his debt to Émile Zola who had urged him to become a novelist, mentions writing for Tribuna and Corriere della Sera in Italian, didn’t speak English till he was 12 years old. Date of 1897 written on verso of paper.
1 Autographed manuscript page:
• 1 page, p. 25, of the ms., from chapter XX (“Undercurrents of Diplomacy”) of Le Queux's Whoso Findeth a Wife (1898), beginning “ribbon of St Andrew, stood with his daughter receiving their guest, and as we advanced the courtly, white-haired old gentleman, whom I had met on many occasions in my official capacity, shook me heartily by the hand and congratulated us upon our marriage” and ending “`Go now,’ he urged. `This is just the season; plenty of snow, and skating and sledging and suchlike sports that delight us in the North.’”
1 Two volume book:
Luigi Amedeo di Savoia, duca degli Abruzzi. On the "Polar Star" in the Arctic sea. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co.; London: Hutchinson & Co., 1903. Trans. Le Queux. Dark black cloth, hinges weak but holding; the boards rubbed, especially vol. I, with some fraying at the top and bottom of the spine of that vol. Previous owner’s name on the front free endpapers of both vols. Cabinet photo card of Savoia on the front free endpaper of vol. I.; affixed to the front free endpaper of vol. II is a note signed by Le Queux, 27 December 1925. 2 vols., 18 unnumbered leaves of plates (some folded): illustrations, portraits, maps (some folded). Vol. I: xvi, 346, xvii-xxii pages,  leaves of plates; volume II: viii, 347-702, ix-xii pages,  leaves of plates. Two of the color maps are in pocket of volume 2. Vol. I. Report of H.R.H. the Duke of the Abruzzi; vol II. Report of Commander Umberto Cagni on the sledge expedition towards the Pole; Report of Dr. Achille Cavalli Molinelli on his journey with sledges while returning from the latitude of 83°16' to Teplitz Bay. Arctic Bib. 10423.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Good. Item #8639