Letter From Bookseller James Tyrrell To Robert Croll and Henry Lawson’s Autograph On Slip
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Letter From Bookseller James Tyrrell To Robert Croll and Henry Lawson’s Autograph On Slip

1915. Typed letter on “Tyrrell’s Limited” letterhead signed and annotated by bookseller James R. Tyrrell, and “Henry Lawson” autograph in ink on slip of ledger paper affixed with a pin to the letter, 26.5 x 21.2cm (letter) and 7.1 x 20.8cm (slip). Faded typed text, old folds, creases, foxing and paper loss to letter; creases, perforations and slight rust stains to slip.

The letter, dated “26.11.15”, is from bookseller James Tyrrell (Aust., 1875–1961) to author and collector Robert Croll (Aust., 1869–1947). It discusses the sale of Satyrs and Sunlight, a book by Hugh McCrae, and Croll’s request for an autograph by Henry Lawson. The letter states “re Satyrs and Sunlight, we have a purchaser for a copy, who will give 63/- for one in good condition, do you care to part with your copy at this price, allowing us 10% commission? If you accept this offer kindly send the book by first post as our client is leaving Sydney next week. A few days ago Henry Lawson told me of your request for his autograph, and mentioned that he would send on something to you, as he is likely to forget to do so, I enclose an autograph with my compliments.” The annotation, most likely in Croll’s hand, reads “[Accepted] with thanks. Nothing short of [5 pounds and 5 shillings] (less commission) would tempt me. 30.11.15.” Ref: ADB.

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Item #CL203-25

Price (AUD): $3,300.00  other currencies

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