[G. A. Aitken, editor.] Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Note Signed to the London publishers George Routledge & Sons, correcting a proof and discussing a reprint of his edition of the 'Spectator', with copy of a typed reply from the firm.

G. A. Aitken [George Atherton Aitken] (1860-1917), author and editor [George Routledge & Sons, Ltd, London publisher; the Victorian book trade; English bookselling and publishing]
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Aitken's ALS and ANS both on letterhead of 42 Edwardes Square, Kensington, W. [London] 3 and 6 December 1907. Copy of typed reply from George Routledge & Sons, Ltd, London. 4 December 1907.
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All three items in good condition, on lightly aged paper. The two Aitken letters are both signed 'G A Aitken'. ONE: ALS by Aitken, 3 December 1907. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He begins by suggesting an emendation to a note on an 'enclosed proof' regarding Dr Pearce and 'The Tatler'. He then discusses a reprint by the firm of his edition of the 'Spectator', which he has not seen. 'If it bears a current date on the title-page, I trust you have preserved the date to the Preface, to show that I have not revised the work. After ten years some corrections or additions could no doubt be made, and in such cases it ought, in the editor's interests, be made clear that the work is a mere reprint, without revision.' He ends by stating that he presumes that the firm 'have incorporated in their proper places the "Errata" at the end'. TWO: ANS by Aitken, 6 December 1907. 1p., 12mo. ANS. He thanks them for their letter (Item Three below), and for the volume of the 'Spectator', concluding: 'The note you have printed in the book is quite satisfactory'. THREE: Copy of Typed Letter from George Routledge & Sons, Ltd, 4 December 1907. Informing Aitken that they are 'printed the book as per proof sent to you', and that as soon as 'our little reprint of your edition is completed we are proposing to send you a set for your kind acceptance'. In the meantime they are sending the first volume, 'from which you will see we hahve added a note stating that the book is a reprint from the 1898 edition'. They end by apologising for not suggesting to him 'before we undertook the reprint that corrections were possible'.