Single Sheet, 8 1/2” x 11”, 1990. Original Typed Letter Signed by author and bookseller Larry McMurtry to fellow bookseller and founder of Serendipity Books in Berkeley, CA, Peter B. Howard. With two minor creases from folding, else fine. The letter is dated March, 21, 1990 and reads in full: “Dear Peter, Thanks for accommodating Susan [Sontag] - a rare chance to send a great reader to a great bookshop. We just continued our new pattern of buying bookshops by acquiring the Battery Park stock or most of it from T. Boss. Mindful of all your needs I’ll see if I can find any DS polaroids - if we’ve dumped what we had so far I’m sure more will come. I will also enclose tidbits from the Battle of San Saba papers. You should visit Texas in the fall. Battery Park can’t be unboxed or priced until my carriage house is [sic] shelves, but by fall, the line up will be: Phoenix DC, Paulette Greene DC, Jeff Dykes Archer City, Battery Park Archer City, Chester Doby Houston. Best, Larry.” At the time this letter was written Larry McMurtry’s bookshop Booked Up in Archer City, TX was expanding its stock by acquiring all or parts of the inventories from such well-known shops as Battery Park Books and Phoenix Bookshop of New York. Sadly, Peter Howard passed away in 2011. And the following year, Larry McMurtry sold off the majority of his inventory in an auction in August 2012, dubbed ‘The Last Booksale’ in Archer City, TX. In a 1997 New York Times article by Mike Horowitz about Larry McMurtry’s life and work, McMurtry is quoted as saying: “The bookshops are a form of ranching; instead of herding cattle, I herd books. Writing is a form of herding, too; I herd words into little paragraphlike clusters.” (Inventory #: 20884E)
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