WISE (THOMAS JAMES) Collection of six autograph letters by Thomas James Wise, and a private snapshot of him and his wife Louise out motoring, 1894-1935

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WISE (THOMAS JAMES)

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WISE (THOMAS JAMES)
Collection of six autograph letters by Thomas James Wise, and a private snapshot of him and his wife Louise out motoring; the collection comprising: (i) autograph letter signed to Andrew Chatto, looking forward to seeing him, on Shelley Society paper, 29 November 1894; (ii) autograph letter signed to Thomas Hutchinson [book collector and headmaster of Pegswood School, not to be confused with the Shelley editor] ("...my catalogue will not be the slightest use or interest to you. It will be severely technical, & is destined to be of utility to collectors of, and dealers in, out of the way books..."), 30 September 1901; (iii) autograph letter signed to [?William Morton] Payne, furnishing bibliographical information on Swinburne's 'The Last Oracle', and declaring the pamphlet to by "quite" interesting "with your preface & notes" ("...I don't think there is any need to bother Gosse about it. Perhaps you will give him a copy when finished?..."), 22 December 1921; (iv) autograph letter signed to [R.W.] Chapman, editor of Austen and Johnson, 1931 ("...Did you see the rubbish in Elkin Matthews's last catalogue about Prior? A worthless gutter-press pirated reprint styled 'the unknown First – title-page reset for this hitherto supposed First' – price £18. I suppose it's worth 15/- or 21/- or so. For God's sake don't let the Friends buy it. They ever wrongly date the first, in order to make their lie look plausible..."), 19 April 1931; (v) autograph letter signed to the Argosy Book Stores, Inc. ("...I was amused by the note you append to 'Sordello'. You say 'Wise... had not the faintest suspicion that copies in cloth with a paper label existed'! If only you had looked into my 'Bibliography of Browning', pp. 6-7, you would have seen that so long ago as 1897 I described this particular 'remainder' in full... Even as late as 50 years ago I well remember a little pile of them on their book-stall at [Padd del] Padington (sic) Station marked at 1/6 a copy..."), 21 June 1931; (vi) autograph letter to [?Eric] Partridge. discussing the status of "Modern First" and of St Joan, 3 May 1935; (vii) postcard photograph showing Thomas J. and Louise Wise, he dressed in homburg and overcoat, standing by their Austen Six, sent by Louie to the Ganzes of Bexhill in 1935; with the retained draft of a letter by Charles Ganz (editor of A FitzGerald Medley of 1933) to "Dear Mr Wise, our gracious Friend", discussing a volume he has lent him ("...Am rather intrigued about the obliterated words on the fly-leaf. – there is the imprint of a pencil (?) – some means might be used to find out the words. – and then one... would known whether FitzGerald himself wrote them..."), Louie's card 30 June 1935

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