A file of twenty-two Autograph Letters, most signed "The Editor", otherwise "Reginald Smith", or, not in his hand, "Smith Elder & Co" to W.A. Shenstone, F.R.S., populariser of science (obit, "Nature" 77, 348-349 (13 Feb. 1908). With related items.

Author: 
Reginald Smith, sometime barrister, later editor of "The Cornhill Magazine" from 1898, in charge of publishers, Smith Elder from 1899
Publication details: 
[Cornhill Magazine headed notepaper], 18 May 1902-1 March 1907
£350.00
SKU: 18867

All letters 8vo, total pp.35, good condition, some letters tipped in, others loose, not in chronological order. The letters concern (exhaustively) Shenstone's scientific offerings for publication in "The Cornhill Magazine" and later in book form, specifically subjects include: approach to get him to contribute to the magazine on a friend's recommendation; ("subjects chemical and physical", "the New Chemistry"); "radio-active chemical changes & the new ideas inaugurated by Rutherford"; gathering "Essays" into a book; possible title; list of subjects for articles; commissioning; suggestions relating to "practical politics" in selection for a book; suggested titles; congratulatory words about his articles on "Weighing the World", etc.; plans for publication; progress of printing; plans to publish the book ["The New Physics and Chmistry (1906)]; specific suggestions on the contents of the book from contents to chapter headings (it appears to make available to the general public information about the investigation of radiation - perhaps trail-blazing); the American market including words on pirates; response to a suggestion for an article on the "origin of life, regarded especially from the chemico-physical popint of view"; no luck with American publishers; reports good reviews of "The New Physics & Chemistry"; the editor fishing for material, suggesting subjects (eg wireless telegraphy). WITH: Typed list of suggestions for articles (annotated), a MS. list of subjects; and a cyclostyled letter with MS. additions from Alfred E. Mander to "Friend Shenstone", claiming an ability in "long distance telepathy", dated 28 Feb. 1907 (referred to in a letter from Smith).