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Autograph letter signed - LEE Harper - 2000. 
2000 - LEE, Harper. Autograph letter signed. Monroeville, Alabama: February 2, 2000. Original letterhead ivory card (4-1/2 by 6-1/4 inches), manuscript on recto and verso; original postmarked stamped ivory envelope (4-3/4 by 6-1/2 inches) addressed with return address in manuscript on the recto. $7000.Rare February 2, 2000 autograph letter signed by Harper Lee thanking a friend for the "wonderful Christmas presents" and writing of her "disgust at the gouging going on at the E-Bay website" for signed copies of To Kill a Mockingbird. After a local merchant offers a "signed book for list price," Lee emphatically writes: "when I finished I swore I'd never sign another book again, and I shan't." Accompanying Lee's fascinating letter is the postmarked stamped envelope with her return address and the recipient's Mobile Alabama address also entirely penned by Lee.This signed letter from February 2000 is entirely penned by Lee on the recto and verso of her personal gilt-monogrammed card. In it, Lee writes of the past years' events in the lives of her family. Lee is especially memorable in her description of the most recent Christmas, when it "was my time: it was a nightmare that nearly did me in." Having expressed her "disgust at the gouging going on at the E-Bay website" for signed copies of To Kill a Mockingbird, "one of the merchants here let the world know that it could have a signed book for list price." At that "the world responded with orders" in the thousands. Lee proclaims: "When I finished I swore I'd never sign another book again, and I shan't."The letter's text reads: "2 February 2000(!) Dear Don: I am three years behind in thanking you for your wonderful Christmas presents and am ashamed to be writing you this late to thank you for Jane Lee, whom I'm afraid wasn't a relative. However, I think you might find it in your heart to forgive me when you learn that for the last 3 seasons the Lee family have [sic] undergone crises of epic proportions. They began when my 'middle' sister was found at home by her home-coming son near death from emphysema & acute bronchitis. Before his holiday was over he [underlining in original] suffered a coronary acclusion [sic] and was hospitalized in Dothan, the nearest hospital for that sort of surgery. You can imagine that Alice & I scorched the roads between Monroeville, Eufaula & Dothan for some weeks. Everything eventually got better; at least nephew is now fine but sister isn't. But that's another story". [ellipsis in original] Two Christmases ago found my sister Alice in a horrendous situation that would take pages to describe. Suffice to say that it went on for months and has left her totally without any balance, [word crossed over] the nerves of balance in her ears having been destroyed in connection with problems arising from a cochlear implant. But nobody can keep Alice down: she still practices law and gets about on her walker as fast as I can without one! She'll be 89 this fall. This past Christmas was my time: it was a nightmare that nearly did me in. I felt like a combination of the Sorcerer's Apprentice & the little man on the assembly line in Modern Times [underlinining in original]. When I learned of it, I expressed my disgust at the gouging going on at the E-Bay website, and one of the merchants here let the world know that it could have a signed book for list price. The world responded with orders totaling between 9 & 10 thousand copies [underlining in original]. When I finished I swore I'd never sign another book again, and I shan't. Again thank you for your lovely gifts. Fondly, Nelle Harper Lee." Accompanying is the envelope containing Lee's return address penned by her in the upper left corner: "Lee, PO Box 278, Monroeville, AL 36461," and addressed entirely in her cursive to: "Mr. Don Salter, 7730 Adobe Ridge N., Mobile AL 36695." The envelope contains a cancelled 32-cent stamp, postmarked "Montgomery, AL" with a date of Feb 4, 2000. The identity of the re. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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