There was a number of interesting items in the pile of comic strips. There were three manuscripts sent to The Place of Hawks by Lady Cynthia Asquith which were subseuwntly published in This Mortal Coil (Arkham House, 1947). The first one is “God Grant that She Lye Stille” 50 typed pages contained in red card cover with green ribbon; the second “The Corner Shop” 24 typed pages contained in a tan card cover with green ribbon; and third “The First Night” 14 legal sized pages bound by stick pin at upper left. All three manuscript have inked emendations by the author, and pencil annotations by presumably Dereleth in preparing the stories for press. Lady Asquith’s address is given as — Sullington Court, Storrington, Sussex. It would be intereting to note if this address has been retained, rebuilt, destroyed or renovated. The Arkham book itself is quite collectible. Another question — would Arkham House fans today like to see another collection by Asquith? I don’t think so, but what say you?
A Trio of Manuscripts by Lady Cynthia Asquith