Three autographs of the horror icon
Two items: a TLS, signed “Boris,” one page, both sides, 7 x 10.25, personal stationery, August 22, 1934, written to Sandra Phillips, whom Karloff addresses as “Young Jo,” in part: “I don’t know much about radio work beyond doing stupid two-minute interviews on the radio which don’t mean a thing. I have, however, done one professional broadcast for the Shell Oil people and I am going to do another one for them on this coming Monday evening but that is the extent of my knowledge of radio so I can’t very well advise you. It seems to me, though, as I have told you before with all you have to offer you should certainly ‘make good’ out here, if you ever get tired of New York. In any event I shall look forward to seeing you again immensely”; and a hardcover copy of The Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke, published by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1915, signed and inscribed on the first free end page in fountain pen, “For Young Jo, from Boris, Au revoir?” Also included is the letter’s original mailing envelope, postmarked August 24, 1934, with Karloff incorporating his signature in the return address on the reverse in pencil: “Boris Karloff, Universal City, Calif.” In overall very good to fine condition, with blocks of light toning to the first page of the letter, some damage to the spine of the book, and the book's cover and first few pages (including the signed page) completely detached but present.