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[Robert Lax inscribes a copy of his first book to the playwright Christopher Fry and his wife, 'merely to think of whom gladdens the heart & makes the countenance shine'.] The Circus of the Sun. [Signed by Lax and illustrator Emil Antonucci.]

Author: 
Robert Lax (1915-2000), American poet, friend of Thomas Merton; Emil Antonucci (1929-2006), artist, illustrator and proprietor of the Journeyman Press, New York [Christopher Fry]
Publication details: 
New York: Journeyman Books, 1959.
£380.00

[55]pp, 8vo. Number 448 of 500 copies, with colophon signed by 'Robert Lax' and illustrator 'Emil Antonucci'. In quarter binding of spine in plain black cloth and paper boards on which are printed circus photographs by Charles Harbutt. Nice inscription on front free endpaper: 'For Mr & Mrs Chistopher Fry, merely to think of whom gladdens the heart & makes the countenance shine, | Robert Lax'. Lacking the original plain glassine dustwrapper. In good condition, apart from a 6 cm horizontal cut or rub mark to the front board, which is not overly obtrusive.

Autograph Letter Signed ('E. O. Hoppé) from the Modernist photographer Emil Otto Hoppé to John Ebblewhite, regarding his memories of 'Saki' (H. H. Munro).

Author: 
Emil Otto Hoppé [E. O. Hoppé; E. O. Hoppe] (1878-1972), German-born British photographer ['Saki' [H. H. Munro; Hector Hugh Munro] (1870-1916), English author]
Autograph Letter Signed from the Modernist photographer Emil Otto Hoppé
Publication details: 
10 September 1965; on letterhead of the Triangle, Wildhern, near Andover, Hampshire.
£95.00
Autograph Letter Signed from the Modernist photographer Emil Otto Hoppé

12mo, 2 pp. 28 lines. With original envelope. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Regarding Saki's membership of two gentlemen's clubs - the Savage and the Author's - he has wished to refresh his memory before replying. Having heard back from both he admits he was mistaken; though he 'had drinks with him on several occasions at both he was never an actual member but, on and off, a guest only'. He recalls that Munro did not have 'any very close friends', but that he was 'much liked' by close acquaintance. 'Alas! I have no longer even a photograph of him'.

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