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Record number: WCP5046

Sent by:
Swan Sonnenschein & Co.
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
26 July 1898

Sent by Swan Sonnenschein & Co., London to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset] on 26 July 1898.

Record created:
13 February 2013 by Szentgyorgyi, Katherine


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LETTER (WCP5046.5520)

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

Held by:
University of Reading Special Collections
Finding number:
MS3280 Letter Book 31- 12th July 1898 to 2nd March 1899 p. 76
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Swan Sonnenschein & Co. Literary Estate.

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28' July [189]81

Dear Sir,

Your book2 is selling very well, we are pleased to say. It will, of course, flag off now until the end of September, when we intend to make a fresh boom with it. The second half of the book naturally affects its sale very adversely, but the first half will have carried the second into hundreds of quarters which the latter would never have reached alone; and that part of your object will have [[2]] been attained at any rate.

Yours very truly | Swan Sonnenschein [illeg.]3 [signature]

Dr A. R. Wallace --


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. 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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