Nov 20, 2014 - Sale 2367

Sale 2367 - Lot 276

Price Realized: $ 2,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 2,000
"JUST FINISHED" THE SCARLET PLAGUE LONDON, JACK. Autograph Letter Signed, to bibliographer Merle Johnson ("Dear Mr. Johnson"), describing his new novel, asking whether he would read it, and reporting that he was just made the father of a girl. 2 pages, 4to, lined paper, written on rectos of two separate sheets, address and date stamped in ink at upper right of first page; even toning overall, pin holes in upper corner, folds. Glen Ellen, 20 June 1910

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". . . I've got a twenty-thousand word yarn, just finished . . . . I kill off in it only something like five billion human beings. . . . It is a pseudo-scientific story dealing with the things that happened in the twenty-first century when a new micro-organic enemy smote mankind . . . . Unfortunately, it is only 21,000 words long. Will you care to glance at it? . . . [I]f you say the word I'll attempt to get yarn off to you . . . . Have just had a visit from the Stork--a girl."
The daughter of Jack and Charmian died 38 hours after she was born.
Does not appear in Letters, ed. Hendricks and Shepard.