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A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF THE KINSEY MILLHONE SERIES

A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF THE KINSEY MILLHONE SERIES, FIRST EDITIONS AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR

GRAFTON, SUE. New York: Henry Holt, Putnam's Sons TWENTY-SIX VOLUMES. A fine, complete run of the Grafton alphabet mystery series featuring Kinsey Millhone. They are all in unclipped dust jackets. "A" is inscribed, "Yours until "Z" is For Zero" and dated 4-30-88. All others are signed by Sue Grafton on the title-page. "Y" is signed on title-page and not on a book-plate. The author signed very few copies of "Y". The book was issued in August 2017, The author was quite ill at that time and died on December 28, 2017. She was unable to complete the alphabet with "Z" Is For Zero". But we have included 26 volumes to include the first British edition of "O" Is For Outlaw", signed. This was the true first edition of the title and was printed in a very small number of only 800 copies. This collection was completed by a single collector, most of the signatures obtained by him at various book signings. He was meticulous in obtaining only fine copies in like dust jackets. Sue Grafton (1940-2017) was best known for this alphabet series. She won many awards throughout her career, including the Crime Writers Dagger Award, the Edgar award, Ross Macdonald Literary award, Shamus award, to name a few. We are pleased to offer this set for sale. You will find a number of other Sue Grafton items, including ephemera, on our bookshop site.. Signed by Author. First American Edition. Various Colors of Cloth. Fine/Fine. Octavo.
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AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED

DICKENS, CHARLES 1 Devonshire Terrace, London, 1851. Hand-written letter measuring 4 1/2" x 7". Two horizontal folds to accommodate envelope for mailing. " 1 Devonshire Terrace, Eighteenth January 1857. Dear Sir, I have been visiting in the country or I should have answered your note sooner. I assure you that I feel under many obligations now, and have to thank you for much kindness. I shall be glad to do so, in person, whenever you find such for time. Give me the opportunity. Faithfully yours, Charles Dickens. (addressee's name). Signed with Dickens' flourishing paraph. The letter and accompanying portrait were removed from an old frame and restored by a paper conservator.Mold was found on the reverse of the portrait with area of stain at foot of letter. Both were restored to their original conditions and left unframed in conservation papers. The work sheet of the conservator is included. Our research suggests that Dickens was visiting Gad's Hill in Kent when he said he had gone to the country, as it was being renovated, then retured to Devonshire Terrace for a short time before returning to Gad's Hill . He was also travelling extensively in Europe during this time. He used Gad's Hill as his country house, until his death in 1870. I Devonshire Terrace was demolished in 1858-1859.. A very nice example of a Dickens letter, conserved, and ready for framing. Letter of authentification is also included..