233. FIFTEEN AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED [ALS]. Correspondence from Lord and Lady Dunsany to George Sutcliffe of Sangorski and Sutcliffe. January 29th 1921 — June 23rd 1923.
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Edition: Original Handwritten Letters
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AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED [ALS]. Correspondence from Lord and Lady Dunsany to George Sutcliffe of Sangorski and Sutcliffe. January 29th 1921 — June 23rd 1923.Fifteen pieces of correspondence from Lord and Lady Dunsany to George Sutcliffe, co-founder of the famed bookbinding firm Sangorski and Sutcliffe. The letters range from one to four sides each and are folded once horizontally. A variety of letterheads are used, as they were sent from different addresses. Three letters, one airmail letter (roughly opened with minor loss to text), and three postcards from Lord Dunsany in his hand. Five letters from Lord Dunsany in the hand of Lady Dunsany, and signed by him. Two letters and one airmail letter from Lady Dunsany to Mr. Sutcliffe, regarding Lord Dunsany's books. Light edge and fold wear, light creases, occasional smudges. Included are seven stamped envelopes. Lord Dunsany favored using the binding firm of Sangorski and Sutcliffe to custom make blank books bound in vellum. These letters from the early 1920s are in relation to those books, with Dunsany specifying measurements and paper types, as well as including notices of receipt. In the June 25th 1921 letter Lord Dunsany even provides three small pen sketches, showing his required measurements of both binding and page. Lord Dunsany writes: "Yes I like the deckle edge, and you are right about the ribs on the back." — January 30, 1921."If the parchment is darkened artificially I should prefer it white, or at least lighter; but this is of no importance" — March 19, 1921."Now that I see all the volumes together I find that the last one I had from you is too unlike the rest to be suitable. ... You will recollect that the 3 volumes which I want matched were bound in Natural grained Roman Vellum." — April 3, 1921."Thank you very much for the photograph; it is a very interesting souvenier of a delightful binding, and I am very glad to have it." — May 3, [?].
¶ Lord Dunsany wrote a great many of his original manuscripts in specially-commissioned vellum-bound notebooks; many remain at Dunsany Castle as part of the family archive, some are housed in the Harry Ransom research Library at the University of Texas.