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[Theodore Hook, author and hoaxer.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Theo S Hook’) [to his publishers Whittaker & Co.], reporting missing text in the revises of his ‘Gilbert Gurney’, and requesting the return of ‘the MS of the page in question’.

Author: 
Theodore Hook [Theodore Edward Hook] (1788-1841), author, wit and hoaxer, accountant-general and treasurer of Mauritius, 1813-1817
Publication details: 
No date or place, but on paper with 1834 watermark.
£75.00

Hook’s entry in the Oxford DNB descibes his novel ‘Gilbert Gurney’ (1836) and its sequel ‘Gurney Married’ (1838) as made up of ‘thinly disguised portraits and a string of anecdotes from real life’. 1p, 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, folded twice. On wove paper with C. Ansell watermark of 1834. The signature ‘Theo E Hook’ does indeed have a strange ‘hook’ on the end of it, which has led to a pencil note on the blank second leaf: ‘try Thos. E. Boot / Booth / author of “Gilbert Gurney”’.

[William Black, Scottish novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed, regarding payment of rent and money for ‘breakages’, following a family holiday at Kilchrenan House, Argyle.

Author: 
William Black (1841-1898), popular Scottish novelist of the Victorian period
Publication details: 
21 October [no year]. On letterhead of Paston House, Paston Place, Brighton.
£56.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Signed ‘William Black.’ He is enclosing a cheque (not present) ‘for the rent of Kilchrenan House’ in Argyle: ‘We enjoyed our stay there very much; & found the house most comfortable. I trust we left it in as good condition as we found it.’ Despite this he admits to ‘one or two small breakages’, regarding which he presumes he may ‘settle up with Mr. Bruce Robertson’ when he hears from him. ‘I wished to do so before leaving; but he could not tell me exactly the amount.’

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