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GOODEN Stephen - Typed Letter Signed 1934 regarding a bookplate

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Stephen GOODEN (1892-1955). Engraver

Typed Letter Signed ("Stephen Gooden") to "Dear Mr. Thomas", enclosing a photograph of a bookplate [not present].

1 page 4to on his own elaborately engraved letterhead, Hampstead, 10 January 1934.

Gooden tells Thomas that he is enclosing a receipt "and also the sketch for the bookplate. To be exact it isn't the sketch itself but a photograph, as I did the sketch rather too large . . . I had it photographed down to what I considered an appropriate size.

The news of my sister is rather better, though things are still grave. However if there is no setback I think that by the end of the month I could come up north."

Apart from Mr. Thomas, Gooden designed bookplates for several members of the royal family as well as the Royal Library. The Bank of England commissioned banknote designs from him, as did central banks abroad as far afield as South Africa and Egypt.

Minor light browning stains at the top left corner, fortunately not touching the letterhead.


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