Two Autograph Letters Signed to Sir R.L. Harmsworth about the publishing history of Little Goody Two Shoes. With part of a substantial letter from [F.Contes?] on the same subject

P.J. Dobell, Antiquarian Bookseller
Publishing history of Little Goody Two Shoes
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[Headed] P.J. & A.E. Dobell, Sons of the late Bertram Dobell, Dealers in Books, Manuscripts and Autograph Letters, 8 Bruton Street, New Bond Street, London W1, 20 & 23 Jan. 1926.
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Three pages, 4to, good condition. Harmsworth has obviously consigned two copies of the History of Little Goody Two Shoes to Dobell for evaluation and Dobell is now returning them with a learned disquisition on the publishing history of the work. He discusses the advertising and other background of the Newbery imprint, speculation on the rights being sold to a syndicate of booksellers (explaining worsening quality of printing), speculation on the undated one being pirated. He cites a memorandum by a British Library principal Librarian, J. White in his possession that his grandfather was the author of Tommy Trip, Giles Gingerbread, and Goody Two-Shoes. [Harmsworth has marked two sections with a blue pencil.] (23 Jan. 1926) He's received Harmsworth's letter about Goody Two-Shoes, and had formed the impression that the undated edition was a pirated reprint of the first edition .... WITH: Part of an Autograph Letter Signed [F. Contes?], headed Beaufort House Chelsea, SW3, two pages, 4to, discussing the authorship and publication history of Little Goody Two-Shoes. The blue pencil has again been wielded (presumably by Harmsworth), and in a pencilled note referring to a mention of a copy in the letter, Harmsworth[?] asks Was this returned to the Bookseller from whom we had it on approval. I cannot trace it here.