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    Arthur Machen, pseudonym; [Arthur Llewellyn Jones]. Small Archive of Autographed and Typed Letters or Notes, Signed. Circa 1895-1939. Typed Note Signed: "Medusa," by E. H. Visiak. / A Note by Arthur Machen. Undated. Signed, "Arthur Machen" in green ink. An unpublished review of Visiak's novel, Medusa (1929). 1 leaf, recto only. 215 x 203 mm; lacking approximately the bottom quarter of the page but not affecting text.

    Typescript Signed: The Evening News, Monday February 14, 1916. Undated. Signed, "A.M." and additionally signed, "F. A. [Fytton Armstrong]" both in green ink. Legal size. Five leaves, rectos only. Penciled notations throughout. An uncollected story rejected by Machen for feature in The Cosy Room and Other Stories (1936), which was compiled by and dedicated to Terrance Ian Fytton Armstrong ("F.A."), better known as John Gawsworth, writer, publishers, editor, poet, and heir to M. P. Shiel's literary estate and Kingdom of Redonda.

    Autographed Letter Signed: To Harry Quilter, critic. June 4, 1895. Signed, "Arthur Machen," in black ink. Four pages of a bifolium. 175 x 112 mm. A rather blistering reply to a critic who had published an almost gory review of Machen's The Great God Pan. To which Machen's reply could be summed up as, "...your honourable place of critic does not give you authority to propound motives either good or bad, because you can have no knowledge of the matter."

    Autographed Letter Signed: To Howard Wolf, The Cleveland News. September 10, [19]23. Signed, "Arthur Machen." Three pages of a bifolium. 175 x 112 mm. A sincere letter thanking Wolf for a sonnet he published for Machen and extending the offer of a visit. Together with postmarked envelope.

    Autographed Letter Signed: To Sir Hall Caine, novelist. September 8, 1928. Signed, "Arthur Machen." One leaf, recto and verso. 220 x 180 mm. A letter acknowledging gratitude for Caine's book Recollections of Rossetti which Machen described in his letter as having reached him in his remote location at the time via "devious ways."

    Autographed Letter Signed: To Howard Wolf, The Cleveland News. April 19, [19]39. Signed, "Arthur Machen." Legal sized. One leaf, recto and verso. A letter thanking Wolf for his positive reviews. Together with postmarked envelope.

    Seven Autographed Letters Signed: To Martin Secker, publisher. 16 December 1938 - 24 February 1939. 10 leaves; one letter in three leaves, remaining one leaf each, rectos and versos. All signed, "Arthur Machen."

    All with old creases, minor edgewear, minor intermittent soiling and foxing, some leaves with marks from removed staples, a few minor dampstains but not affecting legibility of text. Very good or better. From the Gary Munson Collection


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