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[Original Autograph Letter, Signed] by Ernest Bramah [Smith] - 1932 - from William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB (SKU: WRCLIT68088)

[Original Autograph Letter, Signed]

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[Original Autograph Letter, Signed]

by Bramah [Smith],Ernest

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Ravenscourt Park, London, 1932. Two pages, in ink, on recto and verso of small octavo lettersheet. Folded for mailing, else about fine. Accompanied by the original envelope, addressed in Bramah's hand. A charming and somewhat ambivalent response from the creator of Max Carrados to an appreciative fan in the U.S., noting that " is a little difficult to answer a letter that does not ask any questions. Except a speculative statement: What do I get in exchange? Well, occasionally I get - as from you - a letter. No, not as you suggest, ' a great many.' Somehow, I don't seem to inspire that form of reciprocation. You say that, having read my books, you 'know all about' me. I hope not quite that; but you certainly know an address that I did not know had been given publicly anywhere. Thank you for taking the trouble to let me know that you like my books - even if perhaps you may not like them quite so much as you would generously wish me to imagine ...." Signed "Yours faithfully, Ernest Bramah." Ernest Bramah Smith was notoriously protective of his privacy, for years keeping from public eye even such trivial details as his date of birth -- the tone of this letter clearly reflects his tendency toward self-effacement.


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[Original Autograph Letter, Signed]
Bramah [Smith],Ernest
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About William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB

Since 1975, William Reese Company has served a large international clientele of collectors and private and public institutions in the acquisition of rare books and manuscripts and in collection development.

With a catalogued inventory of over thirty thousand items, and a general inventory of over sixty-five thousand items, we are among the leading specialists in the fields of Americana and world travel, and maintain a large and eclectic inventory of literary first editions and antiquarian books of the 18th through 20th centuries.

We issue frequent, and substantial, catalogues in our fields of specialization.


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The page bound on the left side of a book, opposite to the recto page.
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The page on the right side of a book, with the term Verso used to describe the page on the left side.

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