To Edward William Bok, 19 February 1889

LS 19 February 1889 to Edward Bok, 179x113mm on headed laid paper, no watermark, handwritten probably by Harriet Bartley and signed by Wilkie Collins.

The Public Face of Wilkie Collins IV 362-363.


[monogram ranged left] [82, WIMPOLE STREET.
W.]
London
19th Feb. 1889

My dear Mr Bok
The copies of "The Book Buyer" 
which you have so kindly sent to me, 
together with the impressions of the portrait 
taken on specially fine paper, have reached 
me when the kindness of my friends 
is doubly valuable---that is to say, 
when I am confined to my room by 
illness.
I can only congratulate you (and myself) 
on the artistic manner in which the 
engraving has been executed. It is 
a delicate, refined, and life-like repro=
=duction of an excellent photograph-
and is the best portrait of myself, from 
the graver's hand, that I have yet seen.
Believe me
Very truly yours ]
Wilkie Collins
[To Edward W. Bok Esq.]

[in pencil HBS 30557 750
| (L - -)]

NOTES

In the hand probably of Caroline Graves's daughter Harriet Bartley and signed by Wilkie Collins by whom it was almost certainly dictated.

Edward William Bok (1863-1930), son of entrepreneur Dutch immigrants to the USA worked for Scribner and later edited his own periodicals. In 1889 he became editor of Ladies Home Journal.

 


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