Lot 570: ALS signed "Ernest H. Shepard," one page, 5.25 x 7, personal letterhead, January 19, 1970. Letter to Mr. Haack, in full: "Thank you for your letter with the offer to illustrate the book by Tolkien 'Lord of the Rings.' I have never read this book, but I fear that I am unable to tackle the job. As you have noted I was go on Dec 10th and I thank you for your good wishes. At my age I feel I have the right to retire in favour of a younger artist. I can recommend one with experience in illustrating who also works for 'Punch.' i.e. Norman Mansbridge, is an excellent draughtsman with a keen sense of humour and a good sense of caricature. Should you think of writing to him, his address: Oak Cottage, Bardfield End Green, Thaxted, Essex, England." In fine condition, with a trivial rusty paperclip impression to top edge.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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