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I. WAVENEY GIRVAN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 73473

I. WAVENEY GIRVAN The bibliographer of Henry Williamson responds to a question about when his bibliography will be published Autograph letter signed "I. Waveney Girvan" with embossing "Westaway,/Polzeath/Nth Cornwall". 1 page, 8x10 ruled paper.

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I. WAVENEY GIRVAN
The bibliographer of Henry Williamson responds to a question about when his bibliography will be published
Autograph letter signed "I. Waveney Girvan" with embossing "Westaway,/Polzeath/Nth Cornwall". 1 page, 8x10 ruled paper. With 5¾x4¾ envelope with canceled red three-halfpence stamp affixed and "Autograph Letter/Mr I. Waveney Girvan/author/Henry Williamson./Bibliography/Ibm" written in pencil on front. Polzeath, Cornwall, England.Envelope is dated May 21, 1931 in purple ink. Addressed to H. Spafford Moore, Esq., ? Graham Parsons & Co., 1422 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In full: "H. Spafford Moore, Esq.;/? Graham Parsons & Co./1422 Walnut St./Philadelphia, Pa./USA./Dear Sir;/Your kind inquiry, dated April 24th, 1931, has been forwarded/to me on holiday./The bibliography will be published soon after the publication of/The Dream of Fair Women and will contain, as a foreword, a critical/survey of Williamson's work to date./I have spent a days with H.W. in North Devon and the result/of this visit will be reflected in the sub-title 'with authentic biographical/annotations by another hand' so that the little volume will be of/interest to collectors./'The Alcuin Press' of Chipping Campden will publish - a good bookseller/who is ordering copies is - R.F. Gibb, Mount Pleasant, Waterloo, Nr. Liverpool/and I shall see that you are not disappointed./An article, over my name, appeared in the May 1930 Bookman but/it contains inaccuracies and I am now in a fuller possession of/details./Thanking you again for your interest,/I am,/yours sincerely/I. Waveney Girvan." Little is known about Girvan. However, he did publish a bibliography of British author Henry Williamson (1895-1977) in 1931 entitled A Bibliography and a Critical Survey of the Works of Henry Williamson: Together with Authentic Bibliographical Annotations by Another Hand, then moved to London to become an accounting tutor. Williamson was the author of over 70 books and a friend of T.E. Lawrence (the British soldier upon whom Lawrence of Arabia was based). Williamson is best known for his award-winning 1927 book Tarka the Otter, which was adapted into a 1979 movie narrated by Peter Ustinov. This letter was written the year that Girvan's bibliography was published, four years after Williamson's Tarka the Otter and seven years after The Dream of Fair Women, the last book as part of a tetralogy entitled The Flax of Dreams. Lightly toned. Lightly creased along edges. Small folds in left corners. Letter is lightly spotted with ink, has been folded into quarters and unfolded. Envelope is cut open on top and has slight tear on top. Otherwise in fine condition. Two items.

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