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This American writer graduated from Harvard in 1917 and pursued a career as an advertising copywriter and general nonfiction author, penning corporate histories as well as his bestselling "Noah's Ark, New England Yankees and the Endless Quest" (1947) and "The Chip on Grandma's Shoulder" (1954); a long-time Sherlock Holmes buff, he was a co-founder along with Christopher Morley of the famed "Baker Street Irregulars" and author of "The Origins of 221B Worship." TLS and TNS, each 1p, 8½" X 11", Scarsdale, NY, 1958 June 17 and 1963 January 7. Both addressed to noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar ARNOLD F. GATES (1914-93). Very good. In the earlier letter, Leavitt discusses "A friend of mine, Stuart Law," who "has for some time been toying with the idea of starting a Civil War magazine. Probably, part of the Idea stems from the fact that his press prints a classic motor car fan magazine. He went as far as to get up a dummy of the Civil War periodical as he conceived it, in the belief that it should have a considerable popular appeal and a wider-than-you-might-think sale. I attach Mr. Law's dummy." The dummy is present, titled "The Blue and the Grey, 1861-1865: Short Stories of an Era." 8vo. Stiff blue and grey decorative wrappers. (Ca. 100pp). Very good. Handsome and professional original pen-and-ink design on this mock-up, covered with thick gauge mylar. Text block consists of printed text swiped from some unknown text just for filler purposes, and contains such items as portions of Stephen Vincent Benet's "John Brown's Body," Lloyd Lewis's "Sherman: Fighting Prophet," Burton J. Hendrick's "Statesmen of the Lost Cause" and other Civil War bits. The second Leavitt letter contains Leavitt's resignation from the Civil War Round Table of New York, of which Gates was long an officer. "During the last couple of years I have been unable to get to any meetings, and it looks as though in the future my activities might become even more restricted." An attractive pair of letters and a one-of-a-kind magazine dummy -- most unusual. Bookseller Inventory # 28859
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