Offered here are three ALS by Will Bradley, in 1894, to "The Dial," a Chicago publisher, and specifically to F. G. Browne, who was in charge of business interest for the company, concerning proposed sketches he was working on for Harry B. Smith's book, "Lyrics and Sonnets," which was published by The Dial Press later that year. Three ALS, on ruled paper: 1) "Mr. F. G. Browne: 'The Dial' Chicago. Dear Sir: Please consign to the waste basket, the sketches I sent Saturday. have had better luck since sending them. and will call with finished drawing at about 10 to-morrow A.M. Yours resp. Will H. Bradley, Geneva Apr. 9-94." 2) "Mr. F. G. Browne, Chicago. Dear Sir: Your postal arrived this morning. will send or ring sketches so you will get thru to-morrow A.M. Hope circumstances will permit of Mr. Smith waiting to see them. Yours resp. Will H. Bradley. Geneva, Apr. 6.94." 3) "Dear Mr. Browne, Enclosed are two rough sketches. This work has been a blank with me as I have spoiled everything I have undertaken. I let your work go until to-day hoping my luck would change but it hasn't, will come in and see you next week. Yours resp. Will H. Bradley. Geneva apr 7 9r." A fascinatingly self-effacing series of letters by Bradley, written very early in his luminous and successful career as book designer and illustrator. In fact, Bradley had only provided art for four books prior to Smith's "Lyrics and Sonnets," and the stress of not coming up with adequate designs was obviously causing stress. The letters are near fine, written on, interestingly, cheap ruled paper. Most scarce grouping, two of the proposed sketches are in our possession, listed in other cataloged entries.
Price: $1,250.00 Item #6197