Excerpt from Et Cetera, 1924: A Collector's Scrap-Book
Of the first importance, I believe, are such uncollected masterpieces as Middleton's The Dis triet Visitor and Hearn's Margarita Pareja, while the uncollected sketches of Stephen Crane and the poems of Dowson, Wilbur Underwood, Lord Dunsany, Saltus, Neil Lyons and Lionel Johnson are items of great attractiveness to the collecting fraternity. Indeed, among the esteemed writers of our day there are few unrepresented by some brief, forgotten bit of prose or verse. The volume is, I believe, quite honestly, what I have endeavored to make it - an authentic first edition of half the collected men of contemporaneous letters; and in addition it is a fascinating omnium-gatherum for the mere reader who cares no more for a first than for a twenty-first edition. Finally, in the words of the jolly old preface-writer whose name in othergenerations was legion, if lovers of books shall find in this book half the happiness this book-lover put into the making of it - Why, then, I shall not have labored in vain.
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