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Bierce, Ambrose

Fine collection of 8 autograph letters signed and 1 typed letter signed, to his publisher, editor, and another, Washington, D.C., 1911-1912, concerning the difficulties in publishing his Collected Works, as follows:

Autograph letter signed ("Ambrose Bierce"), 3 pages on a bifolium (7 7/8 x 4 7/8 in.; 200 x 125 mm), Washington, D.C., 19 October 1909, to H. E. Lennon in Silver City, Utah, with stamped envelope; envelope somewhat soiled. Gray cloth folding-case, gilt-stamped title on spine. Thanking Mr. Lennon for his proposed contribution, from his personal collection, to the publication of Bierce's "collected works" which are "now nearly all made up" he remarks that it is too late to include it, but sends the publisher's prospectus "trusting that their too good opinion of my work will not provoke you to withdraw your own."

Autograph letter signed ("Ambrose Bierce"), 5 pages (7 7/8 x 4 7/8 in; 200 x 125 mm), Washington, D.C., 15 July 1911, to Walter Neale. Maroon half-morocco clamshell box, gilt-stamped title on spine. Concerning the publication of his Collected Works: "Vol. VIII came yesterday. I'm ashamed to be worrying you with further complaints of the awful work done by your printing house ..." After giving some examples of errors, he continues "... That's why I'm taking medicine for nervous prostration and have stopped work on vol. XI. What further disclosures are in store for me I dare not conjecture. But this I will say that the firm of printers you now employ is the absolute worst that I ever had anything to do with."

6 autograph letters and 1 typed letter signed ("Ambrose Bierce" including one "A.B."), 17 pages written and 3 pages typed (7 7/8 x 4 7/8 in.; 200 x 125 mm), Washington, D.C., 12 January 1911–10 November 1912 with two undated, to his publisher Walter Neale and one to his unnamed editor, plus one leaf autograph mock-up of the title page to his Collected Works, vol. XII. These letters also deal with the publication of his collected works, referring to his companion and secretary Carrie Christiansen: "It is very kind of you to look after Miss Christiansen's comfort in New York." [undated]. — "I've found some awful errors in the tow volumes of verse (IV and V) whose paper-proofs I did not see - as I feared." [19 March 1911]. — "If the underscored statement is not true where will you pass your eternity? If it is true you'll have something more painful here below — trouble with the old man." [20 March 1911]. — "I'm hoping that you'll pass an evening at my shack, as usual, I'll agree to be good but Miss Christiansen is on the war-path against your accountant ... Her contention ... is that that functionary is a most unworthy person; but if its that pretty girl in the Washington office I don't agree in that judgement, by a dam site." [5 June 1911].

 


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