The Killer. Stewart Edward WHITE.

The Killer.

Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1920. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Grey cloth with black lettering. 346pp. Color frontispiece. Very good. Binding faintly edgeworn, but internally tight and near fine. Item #48159

Nice first edition of this collection of six Western short stories, the title tale of which was turned into a silent film in 1921. This copy bears an Autograph Letter Signed from White neatly tipped to verso of frontispiece: 1p, 5" X 7¼", Dinard, France, 19 August 1900. Addressed to Mr. Johnson. Very good. Writing from Villa Riche Fontaine in the posh seaside resort of Dinard, White chats with this editor or publisher about a book he is trying to get published: "the mss of 'Concerning Dukes'... must have become side-tracked in Paris.... My particular style of yarn misses you in some way. On my return to America... I will do myself the pleasure of calling at your office, and can then get a better idea of what you read...." Handsomely penned in White's petite script and boldly signed in full. Recipient initials in blue editor's pencil at upper right ("RWG") and at bottom adds "author of 'The Girl that Got Rattled'" -- which became one of two stories that formed the basis for the recent film "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs."

Price: $125.00

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