Lot 649: TLS, four pages, 6.75 x 9, personal letterhead, June 23, 1913. Letter to his cousin Louise Walsh, in part: "Forgive my use of this cold–blooded machinery—I absolutely have in these days to depend on it; without it I should be able, through physical unfitness, to answer but one letter in twenty...I rejoice that my fat book—really such an impudent attempt to interest my public, such as it is, in my little affairs between the ages of two and fifteen and sixteen—appealed to you and struck old chords of memory; as for that matter I hoped it would; so much matter of memory of the very old days have we in common." James has also made a few minor handwritten emendations to the text. In fine condition, with light spreading to first letter of the signature, central vertical and horizontal folds, and trivial creasing. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope and an unsigned postcard of Sargent's painting of James. The "fat book" James refers to was his most recent published work, A Small Boy and Others, an autobiography that covers the writer's earliest years as a child who longed to escape the burdens of his inferiority while also discussing school, family, and his first trips to Europe.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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