Los Angeles: Suttonhouse, 1936. First Edition (& 1st printing). Octavo, original cloth-backed patterned boards. 111 pp, Colour frontispiece and black & white plates, Index. Issued in an edition limited to 500 hand-numbered numbered copies printed by the Ward Ritchie Press. This is co-author Sarah Briggs Latimore's copy, copy #1, with her bookplate on the inner front cover. A fine copy in a fine slipcase, the slipcase in matching patterned paper, tiny short splits at the corners but in excellent condition. Accompanying the book is an archive of documents to pertaining to the compilation of the bibliography. 16 Letters (one from Rackham), 3 telegrams (one from Rackham), a canceled cheque From Latimore to Rackham, endorsed on the back with Rackham's signature. Also included are 8 pages of manuscript notes (perhaps lecture notes) about Rackham in Latimore's handwriting, a small printed folder with a manuscript list of Arthur Rackham Greeting cards in Latimore's hand, presumably items in her collection (Rackham Cards were curiously not included in her bibliography); two unused Rackham-Designed Christmas cards; plus 17 various different letters,invitations, etc pertaining to her acts of philanthropy as a book and art collector. Detailed Listing below. Item #312992
Detailed Listing of Archive:
BOLITHO, Hector. Typed Letter Signed (TLS), December 6th, 1946, on Hotel New Weston letterhead. To Latimore. Concerning the sale of 104 rare Victorian prints. Corrections & date in ms. With original envelope (torn) & stamp.
COYKENDALL, Frederick. Two Telegrams, Coykendall to Latimore, June / July 1936. "Difficult to write Introduction without examining manuscript believe article by (Christopher) Morley will serve as sufficient Introduction // Believe article on Rackham by someone competent to evaluate him as an artist would be best,,,, if this not possible am sure Introduction by yourself.... would be better than anything I could write.... Coykendall wrote the first Rackham Bibliography, ARTHUR RACKHAM, A LIST OF BOOKS ILLUSTRATED BY HIM (Privately Printed, 1922).
COYKENDALL, Frederick. Five Autograph Letters Signed (ALS) , Coykendall to Latimore, 1936 - 1940. Nine pages total, three letters with original envelopes with stamps. Discussing receiving copies of the Latimore bibliography, congratulations, etc. Coykendall wrote the first Rackham Bibliography, ARTHUR RACKHAM, A LIST OF BOOKS ILLUSTRATED BY HIM (Privately Printed, 1922).
DICK, Christian R. Typed Letter Signed (TLS), March 20, 1936. On University of Southern California letterhead. To Latimore. Concerning an exhibition of Arthur Rackham's work with material supplied by Latimore being held at Los Angeles Junior College and expresses an interest in presenting the collection of Rackhamania on the USC campus. Christian R. Dick was Acting Librarian, Librarian's office, USC.
DICK, Christian R. Typed Letter Signed (TLS), 23 September 1936. On University of Southern California letterhead. To Latimore. "We are enclosing the list of your Rackham Books and manuscripts with the values... his is the list which we have submitted for insurance... most enthusiastic at the prospects of such a colorful and interesting exhibit."
DICK, Christian R. Typed Letter Signed (TLS), October 29, 1936. On University of Southern California letterhead. To Latimore. "My dear Miss Latimore, We are taking down our exhibit of your lovely collection of Arthur Rackham's illustrations..."
DICK, Christian R. Typed Letter Signed (TLS), July 5, 1939. On University of Southern California letterhead. To Latimore. Acknowledgment and thanks for a gift to the Library (non-Rackham material).
FOLMSHEE, Beulah. Two Typed Letters Signed (TLS); 18 March & 29 March 1940, on The Horn Book Magazine letterhead. Discusses The Horn Books plans to publish a Bibliography of Rackham's Children's Books but having encountered Latimore's Bibliography could they reprint the Children's Books Bibliography in their magazine? Plans to do something special about Rackham, "we have written Mrs. Rackham in the hope of obtaining what may be her favourite photograph or sketch of Mr. Rackham to use as a frontispiece to face the perfectly beautiful article Robert Lawson has written about him and his work..." Each letter is two pages, both with envelopes and stamps. Beulah Folmshee was Managing Editor of The Horn Book Magazine.
HARRAP, George S. Typed Letter Signed (TLS), George S. Harrap to Latimore, 27 Oct 1937, on George G. Harrap & Company, Publishers, Limited letterhead. 1 page. Discusses Rackham's Books. With original envelope & printed stamp.
HEINEMANN, William. Typed Letter Signed (TLS), William Heinemann to Latimore, 1 June 1933, on William Heinemann Ltd / Windmill Press letterhead. 1 page. Discussing Rackham's Books. Signed with Initials. With original envelope & stamp.
HOPPER, Franklin F. Typed Letter Signed (TLS), June 25, 1946 on New York Public Library letterhead. Acknowledging the gift of a Sidney Lawson Smith bookplate. With envelope & stamp. Franklin Ferguson Hopper was Director of the New York Public Library.
LATIMORE, Sarah Briggs. ARTHUR RACKHAM GREETING CARDS ETC. Ms List, One full page, on a printed INDEX - BOOKPLATE COLLECTION pamphlet (1 sheet folded to make 4 pages). Lists 17 cards 1900-1935, presumably cards in her collection.
LATIMORE, Sarah Briggs. MS NOTES ON RACKHAM. 8 pages, handwritten, (4 leaves double-sided). These appear to be lecture notes on important events in Rackham's life, influences, etc.
LATIMORE, Sarah Briggs. Invitation from Rosco Chandler Ingalls, Director of Los Angeles Junior College, to AN EXHIBITION OF FIFTY YEARS OF BOOK ILLUSTRATION, 1887 - 1937, from the collection of Miss Sarah Briggs Latimore, Feb 14 - March 4th, 1937. Printed. One sheet folded to make 4 pages.
MASSEY, Gerald. TLS, one leaf Feb 2nd, 1936. To Latimore. On letterhead of Gerald Massey Old & New Books, Old Maps & Prints, Book-plates (Ex-Libris). Bookseller offering 3 scarce Rackham Items for Sale.
MORLEY, Christopher. Typed Letter (TL), Christopher Morley to Latimore, May 9, 1935, on The Saturday Review of Literature letterhead. Morley declines "your friendly invitation" (presumably writing an Introduction to the Bibliography), wishing success, etc. Dictated by Morley to his secretary and signed in his absence (secretary signed).
MORLEY, Christopher. Typed Letter (TLS), Christopher Morley to Latimore, June 19, 1936, on The Saturday Review of Literature letterhead. Declines again, but "Naturally I am greatly interested in the bibliography of Mr. Rackham's work and shall look forward to it when it is published." Signed in full by Morley.
MOSS, Frances Dallam. Autograph Letter Signed (ALS) 3 pages, to Latimore, Tuesday Oct 13th (no year, but 1936), on letterhead of 4572 West First Avenue, Los Angeles. Offers heavy praise for Latimore's Bibliography of Rackham. Moss was a rare book cataloguer at Damson's Book Shop in LA.
THE OLD WATER-COLOUR SOCIETY, London. 4 Letters, 1934-1952, to Latimore, all pertaining to membership in the society, events, etc. With envelopes & stamps. Also includes 3 personalized invitations to the annual exhibitions in 1935, 1937 & 1940, along with an invitation to a reception on Oct 24th (1938?).
RACKHAM, Arthur. Handwritten note (ALS) from Arthur Rackham to Latimore which appears to be a receipt; Undated: "To Miss Latimore, 743 South Ardmore Ave, Los Angeles, USA from A Rackham, Stilegate, Limpsfield, England / Value of Contents $10.00". Lovely Full Rackham Signature.
RACKHAM, Arthur. Western Union Telegram, 27 June 1936, Wireless via RCA= Limsfieldchart, to Latimore. "Await Letter - Rackham".
RACKHAM, Arthur. A canceled check from Sarah B. Latimore to Arthur Rackham, October 1st, 1936, drawn on the California Bank, Eighth and Fedora office, for $18, Signed "Sarah B. Latimore" endorsed with Rackham's signature on the verso (it's there but rather obscured by bank stamps).
RACKHAM, Arthur. Greeting Card. 1931. "With All Good Wishes For Xmas and the New Year From (unsigned), Image of Santa Claus with sack over background of Holly (Image from his edition of A CHRISTMAS CAROL).
RACKHAM, Arthur. Greeting Card. 1932. "Best Wishes from Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Rackham & Barbara, Christmas, 1932". Image of Crow on rock by water with grass. Slightly soiled.
SHAD, Robert O. Typed Letter Signed (TLS), to Latimore, June 7, 1940, on Henry E. Huntington Library letterhead. Concerning the gift of a Sidney Lawton Smith bookplate. With a followup letter dated June 13th from Leslie Edgar Bliss, giving thanks for the gift. Robert O. Shad was the Curator of Rare Books at the Huntington, Leslie Edgar Bliss was a Librarian there.
WOOLCOTT, Alexander. Typed Letter Signed (TLS), Dec 20, 1933. THE NEW YORKER letterhead. To Latimore. Declining the offer of a Gibson Book. With With original envelope & stamp.
Price (USD): $2,250.00