- South Pomfret, VT: n.p. 1934.
- Letter (8 1/2 by 11 inches)
Price: $950.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 130565
A.L.s., dated June 2, 1934, from novelist Sinclair Lewis to bookseller Charles Tuttle of Rutland, Vermont. Lewis noted that he was returning "master cards" of Civil War books of interest, with the expectation that Tuttle would send him the books with an invoice. Lewis also promised to return cards listing books not of interest to him. Lewis also enclosed a check for $ 1.50, in payment of a previous bill. This letter reflects the means by which booksellers controlled inventory before the advent of information technology.
Lewis (1885-1951) was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, became a noted novelist, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930. He published classics such as Babbitt, Main Street, and It Can't Happen Here, among others. In 1928, he purchased a second home in West Pomfret, Vermont, where he evidently became acquainted with Tuttle.
Charles Tuttle (1915-1993) was a noted publisher and bookseller, the founder of Charles E. Tuttle Company. He became known for publishing African-American literature and for dealing in rare books. Tuttle was part of the United States Army of Occupation in Japan at the end of World War II, where he established a publishing company.
Folded, and bent at lower left corner.