Autograph Letter Signed / Autograph Manuscript Signed.

MAYNARD, Theodore (1890-1956).

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English writer best known as an influential historian of Roman Catholicism in America, on which topic he penned 27 volumes; also a poet and literary critic. Two items: First, an ALS, 1p, 5" X 8", San Rafael, CA, 1923 March 11. Addressed to Albert Johannsen (1871-1962), a University of Chicago geology professor who authored "The House of Beadle and Adams and Its Dime and Nickel Novels" (1950), the definitive reference work and bibliography on the subject. Near fine. Cordial note to an admirer: "I generally destroy published mss., but I do nothing systematically, & a little search has brought this to light. You will find it among the Epitaphs in my book 'The Last Knight. This is the original (and I fear illegible) draft. I am not an American, except by residence." Boldly signed, with an initialed postscript. Second, the aforementioned draft, an AMS, 1p, 3½" X 8¼", n.p., n.y. Very good. On cheap, lightly but evenly age toned stock, Maynard pens quite a few lines in his incredibly miniscule script (many of his letters are a mere 1/8th" tall, many 1/16ths" tall). Titled "Epitaphs," the first example goes "of a philanthropist, who, after a long & useful life, was impartially praised even by those newspapers which he did not own." Some deletions, additions and corrections throughout. Signed (1¼" long) at the conclusion. Accompanied by Johannsen's original 8½" X 11" file folder, bearing a printed "Collection of Albert Johannsen" label (partly filled in by Johannsen). Bookseller Inventory # 26745

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