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G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. LXXXV (ff. 90). Printer's copy for a projected second edition of The Coloured Lands; circa 1911 - circa 1949. Typewritten copies, unless otherwise stated. Imperfect. Corre-spondence between Dorothy Collins and Messrs A. P. Watt and Son indicates that two books were proposed of a similar nature, but only one, The Coloured Lands, published London: Sheed and Ward, 1938, appeared before the Second World War postponed the appearance of the second. The publisher's stock of The Coloured Lands was destroyed by bombing, and the leaves assembled here by Dorothy Collins appear to constitute printer's copy for a new and expanded edition. The stories, poems, etc., on leaves numbered in 1938 in blue pencil all formed part of the original edition, although the numeration does not accord with the final order of publication. All leaves were originally foliated with a number prefixed by CL, and the first of each contribution bears a running number to indicate its order in the projected volume. In addition to the leaves described below the following works were, or were possibly, considered for the volume: 'Life of the wasp' (numbered CL40), now reunited with the rest of 'The brood gazette' in Add. 73309 A, from which it was detached; 'The lost railway station' (numbered CL162-163, lacking the original of the first leaf), originally published in The New Witness, vol. 14, no. 364 (24 Oct. 1919), pp. 524-525, now with the printer's copy for The Spice of Life at Add. 73279; 'Scipio and the children' (numbered CL141-145), originally published in G. K.'s Weekly, vol. 21, no. 533 (30 May 1935), pp. 184-185, now with the printer's copy for The Spice of Life at Add. 73279; 'Nonsense', 'Dreams', 'Materials' (numbered CL152-CL155), with cuttings from The Speaker, new ser. vol. 3, no. 70, vol. 4, no. 98, 99 (2 Feb., 24 Aug., 31 Aug. 1901) at Add. 73381, the last two having been used in The Coloured Lands as 'Dreams' (pp. 79-83) and 'Paints in a paint box' (pp. 117-122); part of a typewritten copy of the play 'The surprise' is also annotated "Coloured lands, vol. II" (see Add. 73273). The following items form the surviving part of the printer's copy; the British Library foliation is followed by that on the items and their number in the sequence, where given.

Contents:

1. ff. 1-2. CL25-CL26. 'The legend of the sword'; n.d. Originally published in G. K.'s Weekly, vol. 8, no. 183 (15 Sept. 1928), pp. 5-6, also in The Coloured Lands, pp. 212-214. With typewritten copies of letters of from Dorothy Collins to Messrs A. P. Watt and Son and Patricia L. Burke of 1950 on the versos.

2. f. 3. CL35. 'A wish'; [1928?]. A poem beginning "I wish I were a Girl Guide", published in C. Smith (ed.), Collected Nonsense and Light Verse, p. 74.

3. f. 4. CL36. no. 9. Leaf 1 of 'The professor and the cook'; 1927. Typewritten copy. Originally published in G. K.'s Weekly, vol. 4, no. 97 (5 Feb. 1927), p. 219, as 'The scientific mind', also in The Coloured Lands, pp. 153-155. With a typewritten copy of a letter of 24 April 1950 from Dorothy Collins to Dorothy L. Sayers on the verso.

4. f. 5. [CL39]. 'A song of wild fruit'; [1929]. Autograph. Written to Dorothy Collins in thanks for the gift of a pineapple. The folio numbers have been partially erased. Published in The Coloured Lands, p. 116, and in facsimile in Chesterton Continued, p. 35.

5. ff. 6-14. CL41-CL49. no. 12. 'The coloured lands'; 1925. Type-written, with autograph heading, signature and amendments. Originally published in Number Three Joy Street (Oxford, [1925]), pp. 205-217, also in The Coloured Lands, pp. 19-30.

6. ff. 15-25. [CL50-CL60]. 'The dragon at hide-and-seek'; [1924]. Typewritten, with autograph heading signature and amendments. Originally published in Number Two Joy Street (Oxford, [1924]), pp. 38-49. The folio numbers have been erased.

7. ff. 26-29. CL67, 68, 70, 71. Leaves 2, 3, 5, 6 of 'Earthquake Esq.'; n.d. Cancelled in red crayon. See references at Add. 73336 F. With notes by Dorothy Collins on the compilation of 'The glass walking stick' on the versos.

8. ff. 30-31v. CL77-CL79. no. 17. 'Culture and the light'; [1927]. Originally published in G. K.'s Weekly, vol. 5, no. 119 (25 June 1927), pp. 463.

9. ff. 32-34. CL80-CL82. no. 18. 'The poet's secret'; 1928. Originally published in G. K.'s Weekly, vol. 8, no. 184 (22 Sept. 1928), p. 21.

10. f. 35. CL89. no. 25. 'A naturalist'; n.d. See also Add. 73334 for the original manuscript.

11. f. 36. CL90. no. 26. 'Triolet'; n.d. Originally published in G. K's Weekly, vol. 8, no. 193 (24 Nov. 1928), p. 174, with the author's initials C. G. K., which were a misprint for C. G. Heseltine, not Chesterton, but also published in The Coloured Lands, p. 86. Overtyped with a copy of a letter of 31 Oct. 1950 from Dorothy Collins to Ada Chesterton.

12. f. 37. CL91. no. 27. 'On reading "God"'; n.d. Originally published in G. K.'s Weekly, vol. 16, no. 404 (10 Dec. 1932), p. 219.

13. ff. 38-40. CL92-CL94. no. 28-30. 'North Berwick', 'Some prophecies', 'A tea-party'; n.d. Typewritten copy from Add. 73334. The first two poems published in Ward, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, pp. 233, 56.

14. f. 41. CL97. no. 31a. 'A ballade of political disability'; n.d. All but the third stanza has been cancelled. See also Add. 73305 A.

15. ff. 42-43. CL98-[CL99]. no. 32. 'Ballade of the historical sceptic'; circa 1911. Autograph.

16. f. 44. CL99. no. 33. 'Intimation'; n.d. Originally published in G. K.'s Weekly, vol. 6, no. 135 (15 Oct. 1927), p. 676.

17. ff. 45-46. CL114-CL115. no. 44. 'Ballade of the tea-pot'; circa 1911. In the hand of Frances Chesterton. Published in The Coloured Lands, pp. 144-145.

18. ff. 47-48. CL116-CL117. no. 45. 'Ballade of bacon (to L. W.)'; circa 1911. In the hand of Frances Chesterton.

19. f. 49. CL118. no. 46. 'A ballade of monsters'; [1911]. Printed. Cutting from The Eye-Witness, vol. 1, no. 23 (23 Nov. 1911), p. 719.

20. ff. 50-51. CL121-CL122. no. 49. 'Ballade of capital'; circa 1911. Autograph.

21. ff. 52-53. CL123-CL124. no. 50. 'Ballade of book-making'; n.d. Folios 2, 3 of 'The golden treasury of English verse in artificial metres', see also Add. 73305 A.

22. ff. 54-55. CL129-130. no. 54. 'Dragooning the dragon'; n.d. Originally published in G. K.'s Weekly, vol. 2, no. 52 (13 March 1926), p. 637.

23. f. 56. CL146. no. 59. 'A modern novel'; [1927]. Printed. Galley proof of article in G. K.'s Weekly, vol. 5, no. 130 (10 Sept. 1927), pp. 595.

24. ff. 57-60. CL147-CL150. no. 60. 'Tagtug and the tree of knowledge'; [1938?]. Typewritten. Originally published in The New Witness, vol. 15, no. 389 (28 Nov. 1919), pp. 28-29, and in The Coloured Lands, pp. 138-142.

25. ff. 61-64. CL156-CL159. no. 65. 'On household gods and goblins'; n.d. Originally published in The New Witness, vol. 20, no. 517 (6 Oct. 1922), pp. 213-214, and in The Coloured Lands, pp. 195-200.

26. ff. 65-66. CL163-CL164. no. 67. 'The disruption of the dog'; n.d. Originally published in The New York American, 4 Feb. 1933 and in G. K.'s Weekly, vol. 20, no. 499 (4 Oct. 1934), pp. 68-69.

27. ff. 67-86. CL165-CL170, CL180-CL193. no. 68. 'The story of Prince Wildfire'; n.d. Leaves CL190-CL193 are from an earlier original, which continues the text in Add. 73320 A (q.v.). See also Add. 73317 D.

28. f. 87. CL204. no. 71. 'Lilies of the valley'; n.d. The original manuscript was in the possession of Mildred Wain afterw. d'Avigdor. Published in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 445-446.

29. ff. 88-90. CL205-207. no. 72. 'Plakkopytrixophylisperambulantio-batrix'; [1938?]. The incomplete original manuscript of this copy from which the text in The Coloured Lands, pp. 215-218, was published is at Add. 73305 A, ff. 165-166. See also Add. 73305 A, ff. 130-131 and the full version in Add. 73348.

Dorothy Edith Collins, secretary to G K Chesterton: Amendments and corrections to articles, etc., by G. K. Chesterton, prepared for publication by Dorothy Edith Collins: [1923-1975]: Autogr.

includes:

  • f. 1v Patricia R. Burke, of the Query Players: Correspondence with D. E. Collins of Patricia R. Burke: 1950-1955: Partly typewritten copies.
  • f. 2v A. P Watt and Son; literary agents: Correspondence of Frances Chesterton, Dorothy Collins and others with the firm of A. P. Watt and Son regarding publication, etc., of the works of G. K. Chesterton: 1907-1982: Signed.
  • f. 4v Dorothy Leigh Sayers, author: Dorothy Edith Collins, secretary to G K Chesterton: Correspondence of Dorothy Leigh Sayers with Dorothy Edith Collins: 1951: Signed.
  • f. 36 George Coulehan Heseltine, author: Triolet 'The jellyfish', by G. C. Heseltine, but here falsely attributed to G. K. Chesterton: n.d.: Typewritten copy.
  • f. 36 Ada Elizabeth Chesterton, née Jones; journalist and author, wife of Cecil Chesterton: Correspondence with D. E. Collins of Ada Elizabeth Chesterton: [1938?]-1960: Partly signed, partly typewritten copies.
  • ff. 44-47 Frances Alice Chesterton, née Blogg; wife of G K Chesterton: Transcriptions and amendments of works by G. K. Chesterton: [1902]-circa 1911: Autogr.

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