Correspondence between M.C. Richter, Gilboy's House of Books and Francis Stuart Burd

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 GRG/2/1/7
  • Dates of Creation
      15 Oct 1958-23 Dec 1958
  • Physical Description
      9 items; 11 pieces.

Scope and Content

This correspondence details the sale of important Gissing material from Max Clements Richter to Francis Stuart Burd, via the agency of Gilboy's House of Books. The transactions begin with the sale of the inscribed first edition copy of Isabel Clarendon [for which see R183929 in this collection] and subsequently A diary when a boy, several autograph letters, contributions to the Chicago Tribune in 1877 and other ephemera. Much of the Gissing material listed within this correspondence was purchased by Burd, and subsequently by Kohler, after his death in 1979.

  • /1: Letter from A.W. Gilboy to Richter, dated 15 October 1958, regarding the purchase of the inscribed first edition of Isabel Clarendon for $60;
  • /2: Letter from Richter to Gilboy, dated 16 October 1958, regarding the condition of the Isabel Clarendon volumes and the possibility of selling other Gissing material;
  • /3: Postcard from Gilboy to Richter, dated 29 October 1958, regarding the receipt of the volumes; he notes that this same copy was offered to his client seven or eight years ago by Howgate of Schenectady at a price of $80, which, when he ordered it, had already been sold;
  • /4: Typescript copy of a letter from Richter to Gilboy, dated 3 November 1958; the original letter is GRG/2/1/3/7  above;
  • /5: Postcard from Gilboy to Richter, dated 17 November 1958, acknowledging receipt of Gissing ephemera;
  • /6: Letter from Burd to Richter, dated 18 November 1958, regarding Howgate's letter to him of 13 March 1951;
  • /7: Letter from Richter to Gilboy, dated 25 November 1958, providing a list of other Gissing material, including 6 short stories by Gissing published in the Chicago Tribune, Commonwealth and Alliance, of which Richter says: "These are his earliest published writings and were brought to light by myself in October 7, 1933 in Notes and Queries. As far as I know they have never been published." (2 sheets);
  • /8: Richter to Burd, dated 29 November 1958, regarding Howgate's letter;
  • /9: Postcard from Burd to Richter, dated 23 December 1958, in which Burd notes that the short stories published in the Chicago Tribune were also published in book form in 1924 by Pascal Covici, Chicago, The Sins of the Father and Other Tales (2 pieces).