Signed letter from the English born author to columnist Louis Sobol,
thanking him for correcting a recent typo of his, and then going on to briefly
describe his life. Extremely rare!
Typed letter signed: "Ferdinand Berthoud", in pencil, 2 pages,
8¾x11. January 27, 1941. New York City, New York. In part: "Dear Mr
Sobol/ It was very decent of you to make that clean little explanation of the
1821-1812 blunder. As it was, it made me look a bit of a fool. Don't I know how
the reading public loves to drop across a real mistake, and write its cleverness
in? Have had it happen more than once... I went to Africa in 1896, when I was a
little over seventeen, and knocked around Matabeleland, Mashonaland, the
Kalahari, Transvaal and generally for fourteen years...Ran a gold mining company,
owned 1.600 gold claims, mined for diamonds, was in two regiments in the Boer
War, and all the rest of it". Author and businessman Ferdinand Berthoud
(1878-????) did many of the things indicated in the above letter, with
most of his early life being spent in South Africa pursuing business ventures
and otherwise adventuring. It was after he left Africa that he began writing
stories, writing for magazines like Blue Book, Strange Tales,
and Weird Tales. Berthoud also wrote several novels, with many
of the stories taking place in South Africa. While it is believed he may be
related to the Swiss watch merchant of the same name, there has been no
conclusive proof to connect the two. Louis Sobol (1896-1986) was an
entertainment columnist ("New York Cavalcade") for the Hearst Newspapers. Normal
mailing folds. Lightly toned, esp. on outer margins. Small tears along edges.
Staple holes in top left. Small tear on bottom right. Corners worn and creased.
Slightly soiled. Stray pencil marks across front. Otherwise, fine condition.
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