PUBLISHING - Smith Elder & the Cornhill
Collection of ca fifty-five letters from various correspondents to Smith, Elder & Co., and the Cornhill Magazine, ca 120 pages 8vo, ca 1850-1908. The Majority of the letters are to Reginald John Smith or Sir Leslie Stephen (two to W.M. Thackeray).
The correspondence comprises letters from:
Arthur Campbell Ainger (1841-1919): 1869, sending verses (apparently unpublished) attributed to Thackeray.
Annie Besant (1847-1933): 1870, offering a manuscript ('the production of a novice').
Augustine Birrell (1850-1932): seven, 1896 where dated, several with initials), two concerning an edition of Browning's poems.
William Black (1841-1898): six 1868-1873, concerning a proposed story for the Cornhill and the need for simultaneous American publication, submitting various other specified stories, etc.
Edward Bradley ('Cuthbert Bede', 1827-1889): two lengthy letters, the first, of eight pages, justifying his Tour in Tartanland, which had been declined for publication, and the second (1864 following the publication of the book by Bentley) on the same subject.
Oliver Madox Brown (1855-1874): 1873, accepting terms for the copyright of Gabriel Denver.
Frank Thomas Bullen (1857-1915): 1906, announcing his departure for a tour in Australasia and proposing a book from the articles he would write whilst there.
Egerton Castle (1858-1920): 1912, about binding and illustrations for Love gilds the Scenes ....
Sir Edward George Clarke (1841-1931): 1908, asking for his forthcoming Selected Speeches to be announced.
Samuel Rutherford Crockett (1859-1914): 1898, hoping that Frank Richards would illustrate the Red Axe.
George William Curtis (1824-1892, American writer): 1859, to Thackeray, introducing [J. Milton] Mackie, author of Cosas de España, together with the letter from Mackie to the same, introducing himself.
Edward Dowden (1843-1913): 1882, about a Fielding volume.
James Thomas Fields (1817-1881): 1871, about the publication of his four article on Hawthorne.
Percy Fitzgerald (1834-1925): no date, asking for 'No 289'.
Algernon Gissing (1860-1937): 1915, asking for half a dozen copies of a proof.
Rees Howell Gronow (1794-1865): 1864, sending a third volume and asking £200 for it.
George Jacob Holyoake (1817-1906): 1869, offering a book.
William Howitt (1792-1879): two, 1862, offering one of his out of print novels, and quoting at length from critical notices of it.
Richard Holt Hutton (1826-1897): ca 1860, asking for support for J. Langton Sanford's candidature at the Athenaeum.
C.J. Cutliffe Hyne (1865-1944): three, 1894 & 1895, offering a tale ('my style has improved') etc.
John Cordy Jeaffreson (1831-1901): ca 1860, expressing the hope that his article had been accepted.
Philip Bourke Marston (1850-1887): no date, offering a volume of poems and sonnets.
Sir Theodore Martin (1816-1909): 1872, asking for a proof to be sent to the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
John Morley (1838-1923): two, 1862 and 1882, offering an article on the social condition of the cotton districts.
William Edward Norris (1847-1925): five, 1877-1884, accepting £50 for the copyright of Heaps of Money but expressing reluctance to commit himself ('an unknown writer') for the future, and later (1884) asking permission to republish some of his stories.
Mary (?May) Robinson: no date (ca 1882) to Leslie Stephen, offering to write on Beaumont and Fletcher etc.
George Augustus Sala (1828-1895): no date, promising to call and 'arrange all'.
George Barnett Smith [pseudonym Guy Rosyn] (1841-1909): 1904, offering for sale two rare works of Bunyan.
William Parker Snow (1817-1895): 1876, offering his autobiography and a series of anecdotes of the Arctic.
Halliwell Sutcliffe (1870-1932): 1912, discussing terms.
Henry Theodore Tuckerman (1813-1871): Autograph Letter Signed to W.M. Thackeray, 1859, recommending at some length the works of J. Milton Mackie.
Henry Richard Vizetelly (1830-1894): two, 1870, offering In the Wake of Rory, a work largely about agrarian crime in Ireland, and asking for a cheque for the facsimile frontispiece of The Man in the Iron Mask.
Edward Walford (1823-1897): 1882, lengthy letter offering to write a comprehensive list of 'persons of note & merit' from 1830 to 1870.
With a draft letter (unsigned) of 1855 concerning the possible sale of the copyright of [John] Poole's Paul Pry; a memorandum of 1868 concerning the return of a manuscript; various envelopes etc. The letters mostly showing signs of having been previously mounted, presumably in an album.Egerton Castle (1858-1920): 1912, about binding and illustrations for Love gilds the Scenes ...;
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