Henry Cobb, pencil signature on endleaf and letter from author
With an autograph letter signed "Anthony H. Hawkins" to Henry Cobb, dated 4th July 1894, thanking him for his compliments about The Prisoner of Zenda, whose success has forced him to choose between literature and the Bar, "and I am now retiring from the law". He thanks Cobb and his father for their kindness and "shall remember our work together with more pleasure than any other which I have done".
the condition of this lot is as described in the catalogue description "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."