skip to main content
Autograph Letters Signed
1923-1924. Three autograph letters signed by Machen, and one handwritten itinerary of suggested sights to be seen in the Welsh countryside, the setting for his novel The Hill of Dreams. Two of the letters are written to David Moss, of the Gotham Book Mart. The first, dated July 2, 1923, informs Moss that he, Machen, will call on Moss at the Regent Palace Hotel the following day. There then follow four sheets of the hotel's stationery on which Machen has written directions to various sites in London as well as to Twmbarlwm, Mynyddislwyn, and the Llanthewy Rectory. The second letter to Moss is dated January 15, 1924, and in it Machen thanks Moss and his wife for the gift of an H.L. Mencken volume, in part: "I have always taken a great interest in the American idiom, and Mencken has solved most of my riddles for me..." He then speaks of the re-publication of two of his volumes, including Fantastic Tales, and the appearance of some of his manuscript material at auction. Both of the Moss letters have their mailing envelopes included. The third letter, written on February 27, 1924 and addressed "Dear Sir," informs the recipient that "Ornaments of Jade" will be published by Knopf the next March, with a price of $4.50. Three Machen letters, each signed in full, and approximately 10 pages of autograph material on the 7 sheets. All pages folded but otherwise near fine. [#034891] SOLD

All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.