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.
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
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.
Very truly yours ]
[To Edward W. Bok Esq.]
[in pencil HBS 30557 750
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.