HERBERT F. WEST - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/08/1936 - HFSID 295727
HERBERT F. WEST Handwritten letter on his Dartmouth letterhead, combining his passions of literary criticism and book collecting Autograph Letter signed: "Herbert F. West", 2 pages, 6x7. Hanover, New Hampshire, 1936 November 8. On his personal Dartmouth College letterhead to "Dear Mr.
Sale Price $162.00
HERBERT F. WEST
Handwritten letter on his Dartmouth letterhead, combining his passions of literary criticism and book collecting
Autograph Letter signed: "Herbert F. West", 2 pages, 6x7. Hanover, New Hampshire, 1936 November 8. On his personal Dartmouth College letterhead to "Dear Mr. Moore", in full: "Thank you for your letter & for the offer of the H. W. postcards. I have quite a few letters from him myself so would not be interested. Tarka the Otter is worth more than 2 guineas but I saw one offered for that some months ago. I have a fine collection - most of them marked by him - from 'Beautiful Years' down. The Stumberleaf item is a good one to have. H. W. is a curious writer - capable of writing such bilge as 'The Gold Falcon', and such a fine book as 'Salar the Salmon' - very egotistical but certainly with it - a touch of genius. I haven't seen him for four years. Thank you for what you say about the 'impecunious' book. I'm glad you enjoyed & I steered clear of prices for they vary so - & fluctuate from year to year. Any book is worth what you care to valuate it - but what one gets for them is often very different. I know Girvan's bibliography - very sumptuous for a living writer who may have his best years still before him. Thank you again for offering me the Williamson cards. Sincerely yours". Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in West's hand. Herbert F. West (1898-1974) taught literature at Dartmouth for 40 years (1925-1964), remaining as an emeritus faculty member until his death. He was also a collector and dealer in rare books, as this letter attests. West wrote two dozen books on literature and book collecting, including Book Collecting for the Impecunious Amateur (1936), mentioned in this letter. "H. W." was English author Henry Williamson, whose Tarka the Otter (1927) won Britain's Hawthornden Prize. His other books referenced here include The Gold Falcon (1933) and Salar the Salmon (1935). Multiple mailing folds. Lightly toned. Fine condition.
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