[ Dolf Wyllarde [ Dorothy Margarette Selby Lowndes ], popular female novelist ] Autograph Letter Signed and two Typed Letters Signed (all three ''Dolf Wyllarde') requesting information to assist her in the writing of her books.

Dolf Wyllarde [ pen name of Dorothy Margarette Selby Lowndes ] (1871-1950), popular female novelist [ Royal Society of Arts, London ]
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The first two from addresses in Crown Hill, South Devon; the third from Oldmixon Manor, near Weston Super Mare, Somerset. 1913, 1915 and 1924.
SKU: 19462

Lowndes was educated at King's College, London, and trained as a journalist. She published two volumes of verse (1911, 1920) and more than forty volumes of fiction between 1897 and 1939. See her entry in Who Was Who. The present three items are in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. In the first two Wyllarde has written 'F.R.G.S.' after her signature. All three carry the Society's stamp. ONE: ALS. 11 February 1913. 2 Belgrave Villas, Crown Hill, South Devon. 2pp., 12mo. She desires an early copy of 'Mr. J. Young's lectures on “Military Exploits of Today”': 'I do not want to wait for their publication in the Journal unless it is to be soon. […] I am interested in Trinitrotoluol, and hope the lectures may deal with its production.' TWO: TLS. 29 January 1916. The George Hotel, Crown Hill, South Devon. 1p.,4to. She has left her correspondence in London, and cannot contact 'Mr Edwards (I am nearly sure that was the name)' who assisted her with some 'geological details for the book on which I am working'. All she can remember is that 'his house was called Freda and was at Croydon. As the book is now published I am most anxious to send Mr Edwards a copy […] He was a personal friend of yours, and was an F.R.S. The book is only a novel, and it is no doubt an empty compliment to send it, but Mr Edwards was so kind to me that I should like to show him that his help was not wasted.' THREE: TLS. 18 July 1924. Oldmixon Manor, Nr Weston Super Mare, Somerset. 1p., 4to. Begins: 'Could you inform me if the standard books on chemistry are still Roscoe, Ostwald, Clowes, Newth, and Reynolds? In bringing an old M.S. up to date I see that I have referred to them as those most in use by a woman undergraduate at Oxford; but as the M.S. Was written in 1914 it is possible that there may be newer and more recognised works now. My work is only fiction, but I do my best to make it technically correct'.