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System Number: 04348
Date: 5 October 1892
Author: Clarence W. McIlvaine[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler O13
Document Type: ALS


JAMES R. OSGOOD[2], McILVAINE & Co.
PUBLISHERS
AGENTS FOR
HARPER & BROTHERS, NEW YORK.
PUBLICATION OFFICE OF
HARPER'S MAGAZINE.

45, ALBEMARLE STREET,
LONDON, W.

Oct. 5 1892

Dear Whistler,

M. Mallarmé's[3] postal irregularities captivate me; and the idea of the book[4] fashioned under your supervision is a fascination. But there are questions. What must the "grasping" publisher pay for this luxury? A royalty; and at what rate? What should be the price of the book for the public? Would any or all of the persons addressed object to this publicity? It would be well, I should think, to print the book in Paris - with Gillot[5] or Jouast[6], with whom we are in relations - so that you could have the artificers immediately under your eye. Please let me hear all about it.

With kind regards to Mrs. Whistler[7], believe me,
Yours sincerely

Clarence W. McIlvaine

[p. 2] 'The grasping publisher[8] must pay 2d in the shilling & something down on account of royalties

The price of the book shd be 5/- with a limited edition of (say) 50 copies on special paper & signed at £1" 1" 0. A separate arrangement should be made on the edition de luxe.

No one would object -'


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Notes:

1.  Clarence W. McIlvaine
Clarence W. McIlvaine (d. 1913), publisher and agent for Harper and Bros [more].

2.  JAMES R. OSGOOD
James Ripley Osgood (1836-1892), agent for Harper and Bros, publishers [more].

3.  M. Mallarmé's
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), Symbolist writer and poet [more].

4.  book
A collection of quatrains based on postal addresses. JW had also tried to persuade William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more] to take up the idea (JW to W. Heinemann, #09141).

5.  Gillot
Veuve Gillot et fils, print and photograph publishers, Paris.

6.  Jouast
D. Jouast was a Paris firm of publishers and known for its fine art publications.

7.  Mrs. Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

8.  The grasping publisher
This is the draft of a reply to McIlvaine's letter, possibly written by Beatrix Whistler.