Feb 20, 2020 - Sale 2530

Sale 2530 - Lot 136

Price Realized: $ 9,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,500 - $ 5,000
TO HIS PSYCHIATRIST: "LABELS AREN'T WHAT COUNTS; IT'S THE QUALITY OF THE DOCTOR" DICK, PHILIP K. Small archive of 5 items Signed, to his psychiatrist Dr. Harry Bryan: 3 Typed Letters * Greeting card * Dust jacket for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. The letters, seeking the address to send payment for his psychiatric therapy bill, discussing money and relationship troubles and announcing that he is to become a father, sending payment [not present], discussing his mental illness, sending the dust jacket of his new novel [present], and the last with a two-line holograph postscript: "Tessa is also including a recent photo of the baby. He looks like W.C. Fields." Together 2 1/2 pages, 4to, written on rectos of 3 sheets; the first with recipient's highlighting and notes and receipt ink stamp, horizontal folds. The card, with Autograph Note: "Dr. Bryan, you did more for me in 3 days than any other doctor in years. Thank you-- & thank you for having faith in me--that was a big part of it," written vertically on second page. Signed on third page and additionally signed by his wife: "Tessa B. Dick / & / Christopher." 3 1/2x7 inches, folded sheet. The dust jacket, additionally inscribed, "To Dr / Harry Bryan / in / appreciation." Inscription to left and below portrait. 8 1/2x20 inches; vertical folds. [Fullerton, CA, 1973]

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4 July: ". . . My check for the $100 that I owe you will be delayed a little longer, because emergency surgery on my lower jaw suddenly ate up all we had on hand . . . (no pun intended) . . . . I've failed to pay you because I've been desperately broke, due to my depression which prevented me from doing any writing of novels or stories--the girl Francie to whom I was engaged . . . abruptly moved out, leaving me with little or no reason for either writing or living. I abandoned my home in San Rafael and all my possessions and went to Canada; . . . there I tried suicide, after finding that I had no friends at all and was living in a foreign country, more alienated than ever before. But then, . . . I was invited to fly down here to Fullerton, which is near Disneyland, and did so, and met a dear girl who is now my wife. We are expecting a baby soon, and are very happy. Tessa . . . has healed for me many of the scars of the past. And, which is very good, I am writing again . . . .
"I am off drugs of all kinds, and glad of it. I miss, though, many of my heavy doper friends--those who lived through their dope trips and those who did not--and have written them into my novel . . . ."
10 December: ". . . Currently I am seeing a psychiatrist who diagnosed me as manic depressive. Dr. Sam Anderson, whom I used to see in San Rafael, diagnosed schizophrenic reaction. Two other psychiatrists diagnosed paranoia. Another accused me of malingering. I've decided that labels aren't what counts; it's the quality of the doctor. . . ."
With--Three copies of Dr. Bryan's report of the physical examination and psychiatric history of Dick for Stanford University Hospital. 9 pages, 4to. Stanford, 3 May 1973 Color photograph of Dick's son, Christopher Kenneth Dick. 3 1/2x3 1/2 inches. [1973] Payment envelope for fees due to Dr. Bryan. 3 1/2x6 inches. With the original mailing envelope addressed to Dick in San Rafael. 1 June 1972 Retained draft of a typed letter from Dr. Bryan to Dick, congratulating him on the baby. 1/4 page, 4to. Np, 14 December 1973 Copy of a letter from Lawrence Sutin requesting information about Dick for his biography on him. 1 page, 4to. Minneapolis, 12 January 1986.