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Letters of Note

Letters of Note

An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience

Compiled by Shaun Usher


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This spectacular collection of more than 125 letters offers a never-before-seen glimpse of the events and people of history—the brightest and best, the most notorious, and the endearingly everyday. Entries include a transcript of the letter; a short contextual introduction; and, in 100 cases, a captivating facsimile of the letter itself. The artfulness of Shaun Usher’s eclectic arrangement creates a reading experience rich in discovery. Mordant, hilarious, poignant, enlightening—surprise rewards each turn of the page. Colorfully illustrated with photographs, portraits, and relevant artworks, this handsome hardcover is a visual treat too, making Letters of Note an utterly distinctive gift, and an instant classic.

Inside Letters of Note :

A design brief from Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol
for an upcoming album cover

Queen Elizabeth’s handwritten note to President
Eisenhower, including her recipe for scones

Roald Dahl’s thank-you note to a young reader

Jack the Ripper’s taunt to the head of the
Whitechapel murders vigilance committee

A job application for engineering work from
Leonardo da Vinci to the Duke of Milan.

More Details

Size: 8 x 11 in;
Pages: 368 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: May 2014
ISBN: 9781452134253
Shaun Usher founded the blog-based archive Letters of Note, hugely popular internationally. He lives in Manchester, England.

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