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Autograph Letter Signed from Andrew Lang to Walter Leaf, late 19th-early 20th century (before 1912)

 Item — Box: CLX-A-1591
Identifier: Coll-1848/20-0038

Scope and Contents

Fine Autograph Letter Signed to "Dear Leaf' (Walter Leaf, 1852-1927, Businessman & Banker), in which he "accept[s] and shall injest, the 'belief in' emendation, and the French Republic in your review. But do you think your society does know a lot of the historical matter? They keep their science pretty dark. I own I think that the coincidence of stories does point to sort of facts, either genuine, hallucination, or conjuring, for where conditions very so much as between Australian, New platonists & Crookes, while the stories are so identical, I don't thing mere lying will cover them. The statistics are very dismal ... You need a quarter of a million ... ", 3 sides 8vo., Morvich Lodge paper crossed out, 1 Mailver Road, 18th September, no year.


  • late 19th-early 20th century (before 1912)


Language of Materials


Physical Description

3 sides 8vo., slightly dust-stained on the verso.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.

Biographical / Historical

The writer Andrew Lang was born on 31 March 1844. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and he studied at St. Andrews University and Balliol College, Oxford. He was an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He became a Fellow of the Royal British Academy in 1906. His publications over nearly forty years included Ballads and lyrics of old France (1872), Life, letters, and diaries of Sir Stafford Northcote (1890), Homer and the epic (1893), The making of religion(1898),The mystery of Mary Stuart (1901), and A defence of Sir Walter Scott and the Border minstrelsy (1910). Andrew Lang died on 20 July 1912.


1 letter

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in June 2019. Accession no SC-Acc-2020-0038.

Related Materials

Special Collections also holds the Papers of Andrew Lang (Coll-732).

Physical Description

3 sides 8vo., slightly dust-stained on the verso.

Processing Information

Catalogued in August 2020 by Aline Brodin, using information from the seller.

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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