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Record number: WCP5044

Sent by:
Swan Sonnenschein & Co.
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
10 June 1898

Sent by Swan Sonnenschein & Co., London to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset] on 10 June 1898.

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13 February 2013 by Szentgyorgyi, Katherine


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LETTER (WCP5044.5518)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

Held by:
University of Reading Special Collections
Finding number:
MS3280 Letter Book 30 - 1st July 1897 to 11th July 1898 p. 903
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Swan Sonnenschein & Co. Literary Estate.

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10' Jun[e] [189]81

Dr Alfred Russel Wallace,

Dear Sir,

We are extremely disappointed that the book2 does not meet with your approval. We had thought it exceptionally[?] satisfactory, and the booksellers, to show[?] our [1 word illeg.] have been [1 word illeg.] it the past day or two, all appear to like it also. The book turned out shorter than was anticipated when the piece[?] was fixed, owing to the earlier part of the matter proving less than we, and we believe you too, had anticipated, and so it was absolutely necessary for us to use abnormally[?] thick paper in order to justify the price[?]. The "light, thin" paper to which you refer is really[?] shoddy[?]; it does[?] not last; and is a good deal cheaper than the paper we have used. We have no note of having [[2]]3 promised to use a light paper, or of your request[?] that we should do so: otherwise we would, of course, have done so.

Shall we bind up some copies cut down to the height of your Island Life4, which has cut [1 word illeg.] (&[?] which so many people who wish to read[?] their books in better[?] object now--a--days), with the pattern stamped wholly in gold? We think you will consider that the gold[?] is "overdone".when you see it, but we can offer buyers the alternatives.

We are, dear Sir, Yours very faithfully | Swan Sonnenschien [illeg.]5 [signature]

We will send you the reviews as they come in.


1. The set of letters with the WCP numbers WCP5041 to WCP5046 and WCP5048 were most likely written in 1898, as this is the year that The Wonderful Century and Vaccination were both published by Swan, Sonnenschein & Co.

2. The Wonderful Century: Its Successes and Its Failures. Book written by Alfred Russel Wallace, published in 1898 by Swan Sonnenschein & Co.

3. In the bottom-right of page two of the manuscript, the number "903" has been printed vertically for an unknown purpose.

4. Island Life. Book written by Alfred Russel Wallace, published in 1880 by Richard Clay & Sons, Limited.

5. Swan Sonnenschein & Co. British publishing company founded by William Swan Sonnenschein in 1882. It is unclear whether William personally wrote this letter.

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