1912 An Actor’s Notebooks, EXTRA ILLUSTRATED with ALS of Bram Stoker, Wilkie Collins, Robert Southey, &c.

Archer, Frank. An Actor’s Notebooks. Being Memories, Friendships, Criticisms, and Experiences of Frank Archer. EXTRA ILLUSTRATED with Autograph Letters Signed, including BRAM STOKER, WILKIE COLLINS and ROBERT SOUTHEY. London: Stanley Paul & Co., [1912]. 1st . With 42 illustrations.

8vo, three-quarter crimson levant, elaborately gilt tooled back, with inlays of blue levant, gilt top, original catalogue description tipped in at front. Exceptionally fine, with the additions below bound in.  This collection was assembled and bound sometime in the mid 1920’s. The inclusions date back as far back as 1810. Fine. Leather bound.  [1261]    $6,000.00

EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED by the insertion of an exceptionally choice collection of Autograph Letters Signed (ALS), and Signed Cards of persons mentioned in the text. The autographs are placed opposite the mention of the writers in the text of the book, and comprise:

COLLINS (Wilkie) 2p. ALS to Alfred E. Galloway(?) expressing regret that G.’s connection with The Spectator was coming to an end;

ROSSETTI (Christina) 1p. ALS;


SOUTHEY (Robert) 3 1/2 p. ALS dated 1810 (small edge piece missing);

PROCTOR (B. W. – “Barry Cornwall,” to whom Thackeray dedicated his Vanity Fair) 2p. ALS to James T. Fields, his American Publisher, regarding publication of his books;

STOKER (Bram) 1p. ALS, presenting a friend (“My dear Quint”) with a copy of his “The Jewel of Seven Stars,” Feb. 1903, printed on stationary advertising Henry Irving and his America Tour of 1903-1904;

JEFFERSON (Joseph) 2p. 4to. ALS to William WINTER (with addressed envelope endorsed by Winter), regarding Elsie Leslie, (the original “Little Lord Fauntleroy”) who later married Winter’s Son;

HAGGARD, (Sir H. Rider) 1p. ALS;

RISTORI (Adelaide), Autographed sentiment, signed and dated;

CUSHMAN (Charlotte) 4p. ALS;

MARTIN (Sir Theodore) 2p. ALS;

MOULTON (Louise Chandler) 1p. ALS to Carolyn WELLS;

ARGYLL (George Campbell, Duke of) 1p. ALS;


BENNOCH (Francis – great friend of Nathaniel Hawthorne) original portrait, signed;

PINERO (Sir Arthur Wing) 1p. TLS;

and additional signed cards, including John T. Raymond, Kate Field, G. Ravel, Laurence Barrett, and Fawdon Vokes.



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