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1 Lang, A. Andrew. Autograph Letter, Signed.

Dated Aug. 10, (no year), from Tor Na Coilee Hotel, Banchory, Scotland, to an unnamed "Dear Sir", discussing an unnamed book his correspondent has sent. "Apparently the writing is not 'automatic'. The messages are conveyed to her mind and she writes them...but she does not know what she is writing. This is rather puzzling. I am inclined to disbelieve that such communications come from any source other than the more or less 'subconscious'". He continues to expand his opinion of this particular "medium" and her "spirits", and in the end "...I am not attracted by or interested in this kind of thing...". Lang, a poet, anthropologist, folklorist, historian, and writer for the journals was "one of the founders of the Psychical Research Society. He died at the Tor Na Coille Hotel in 1912. Two conjugate leaves, four pages, a small stain at one corner, light toning. In Very Good condition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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2 Lang, Andrew. Helen of Troy. Her Life and Translation Done into Rhyme from the Greek Books.

Portland, ME: Thomas B. Mosher, 1897. First Mosher edition. Original printed wrappers. Elsie Leslie's copy, with a presentation inscription, by her father-in-law, the poet and drama critic William Winter, who signs "Ga", her nickname for him, and dated Christmas, 1902. Elsie Leslie (1881-1972) was a popular child actress known particularly for playing the title role in the original "Little Lord Fauntleroy" and "The Prince and the Pauper". She married Jefferson Winter in 1901. Her papers are at the NYPL. The marriage was not happy but "Ga" was so fond of her that the divorce was delayed until after his death, in 1917, for fear of his severe disappointment. Spine lightly toned, mild staining to wrappers, else Fine. 
Price: 90.00 USD
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3 Lang, Andrew. The Mark of Cain.

Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith; London: Simpkin, Marshall, 1886. First edition (NCBEL v.3, 1441), number three (of 150) numbered large paper copies on hand made paper, originally issued in "limp parchment" (from a prospectus in the Harvard copy). Rebound (by Worsfold) in nineteenth century green half calf, gilt, and marbled paper boards, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, 196 pp. Henry James' copy (as in Tintner and Edel, 1987, p.44), his signature on the limitation page. Lang's first novel. James and Lang first met at the Oxford and Cambridge Club, "(he) writes in the Academy, and....though a Scotsman, seemed a quite delightful fellow (Edel, Henry James Letters, Dec 24, 1876). The two men enjoyed being together, but he sometimes lumps Lang in with his impressions of Englishmen in general. In a letter of March 4, 1879, to his brother William he describes dining "with four or five ci-devant Oxford men (including Lang)" which reminded him of his associations with Oxford, of "dreary, ill-favored men, with local conversations and dirty hands". "(Lang) is a very excellent, amiable fellow, of an infantine simplicity, like eight Britons out of ten, even the distinguished ones (Feb. 22, 1880). But James was unimpressed with Lang's journalism, which seemed to appear everywhere: "(Lang) uses his beautiful thin facility to write everything down to the lowest level of Philistine twaddle..." (Lubbock, Letters of Henry James, July 31, 1888, to R.L. Stevenson). Spine and some edges sunned to a mellow brown. Top of the joints and the tips expertly touched-up, else a Fine copy, very pretty. 
Price: 800.00 USD
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