[ Eric W. MacLean, writing under pseudonym 'Eric Townsend'. ] Autograph Card Signed ('Eric W. Maclean') to Arthur Gray, with copy of his story 'One-Punch Chris!', and pages of autograph notes giving publication details and proposal for republication.

'Eric Townsend' [ pseudonym of Eric William MacLean (b.1901) ], writer of adventure stories and juvenile fiction
Publication details: 
Card: C/o "Townsend's" | 41, George-street | ALTRINCHAM. | Via. Manchester'. Undated. Story: 'No. 128 - "The Boys' Friend" 4d. Complete Library'. Undated [ circa 1925 ].
SKU: 18572

The card is 1p., 12mo., sending the 'Third book of proposed Series'. He hopes to 'call to collect agreed £1 on the date arranged', but if this is not possible asks for it to be sent to John Farquharson. The printed volume is 64pp., 12mo. Bound by Townsend in patterned brown cloth, with the title 'One-Punch Chris?' in gilt on front cover. In good condition, on browned newspaper stock, in lightly-worn binding. The story, by 'Eric W. Townsend', in thirty-four chapters, is printed in small print, in double column, with a drophead title and illustration of boxing scene above text on front page. Laid down across the front pastedowns is a 12mo piece of paper, on which Townsend gives publication details, headed 'To Messrs Publishers' Agents. Ltd. | Originated as “From Cabin-boy to Champion.” To be cut to 50,000 words. A Sea and Boxing Story. Counts as No. 3 of the Series: “THE RED FIGHTER” to be No. 2.' A revised title is given ('From Cabin-Boy to World Champion!') and other details are given, before the note concludes: 'This is the original version of "From Cabin-Boy to Champion," as conceived by the author. | First published in this series, 193-, by - &c. All rights reserved. | Reproduction without the author's permission strictly forbidden.' There are further notes on the front free endpaper, stating that the story was written in 1925, and 'First published serially in “Boys' Realm,” 1925-6.'