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Arthur Waley; Edward Hetzel Schafer
Holograph Letter by Arthur Waley Inviting Edward Hetzel Schafer to Tea. Holograph Page by Schafer Giving His Account of Meeting Waley for the First Time in 1961. Postcard from Waley to Schafer Dated 1963
Arthur Waley; Edward Hetzel Schafer, 1961. 3 pieces. The first a letter (size: 17.2*11.3cm) from Arthur Waley inviting Schafer and his wife to tea. The second a long note on lined paper (size: 25.3*20.1cm) providing Schafer's account of meeting Waley. Schafer was a sinologist and specialist in Chinese material culture, medieval history, Taoism and poetry. Waley's letter to Schafer: '50 Gordon Sq., W. C. 1. Dear Schafer, I wonder if you and your wife could come to tea one day. Perhaps you could suggest a day that would suit you. March 2 would not do, but about almost any other day. Yours sincerely, Arthur Waley. Schafer's note: "I left them there (referring to an earlier passage) and went off for my first meeting with Arthur Waley today - he had suggested tomorrow but since I'm taking the family to Salisbury tomorrow. I phoned him, & he said to come today instead. He lives with an oldish woman (seems learned, but it was hard to tell since I couldn't make much of her toothless speech - but gather she is a collaborator of some sort) on top of a series of flats at 50 Gordon Square - a Georgian block - but his place seems a littered attic. Tea served amid the books. We talked amiably enough of this and that and he said come back again (he believes that his reputation for literal accuracy is fully deserved; also, he does not translate things unless they are plain-sailing, or he can make them so). Sunday February 5. Missed night underground train to Waterloo, & expected to miss train to Salisbury, but descended at Liverpool St. and took taxi from there, making our train by 1 minut … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Chinese Art Books [Baoding, HEBEI, China]
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