Autograph note signed, plus 3 typed letters signed, from Lathrop primarily commenting retrospectively on her own books and on book collecting – including collecting Rackham and Dulac.
Overall near fine.
The Christmas Tree Bookshop in Bethlehem, Connecticut, was active in the 1960s and early 1970s. The owner, Mrs. Mary Bryan Stancisko, corresponded with Lathrop through the '70s, seeking signed copies of Lathrop's works. In the process, the two exchanged warm letters of shared bibliophilia.
The first letter (9 January 1973) thanks Stancisko for sending a list of Rackham material, and bemoaning that she doesn't have his SIEGFRIED AND THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS. Lathrop asks, "Do you also collect Dulac?" and seeks to find a complete copy of GODS AND MORTALS IN LOVE.
In the second letter (27 February 1974), Lathrop answers the question of whether she has a favorite among her books: "I think I have a soft spot in my heart for HIDE AND GO SEEK, though whether that is because I knew those squirrels personally and held their babies in my hands, I am not sure. But I think I am nearer to satisfying myself in the pictures than I have in many of the other books."
The third letter (26 March 1974) talks ruefully about how she tends to inscribe books simply "good wishes" and described signing ANIMALS OF THE BIBLE "reluctantly. It is nice, of course, to know that the plates are so badly worn because of its many printings, but I do hope that you will believe that the originals never, never looked like that!"
The final note (10 December 1978) is a handwritten card the references a visit by Mrs. Stancisko to Lathrop's home, and in which the tables have turned: Lathrop now asks Sancisko for Lathrop's signed books, after getting further requests and having none to spare.
Falls Village, Connecticut: n.p, [1973-1978]. 11'' x 8.5'' (TLSs); 4'' x 5.5'' (card). Single folded card with Lathrop illustration on front: interior note by Lathrop in dark blue ink dated Dec. 10. 1978. Three sheets of watermarked typewriter bond paper, each with folds from mailing, each signed in ink by Lathrop.
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