[Back to previous page]

1935 inscription in first edition copy of  The Case of The Caretaker's Cat to Venturan Vivian Kemper Bostwick


An inscription to Vivian Kemper Bostwick, a Ventura resident and long time friend of Erle's. Vivian was in some way connected to checking out  books at El Jardin Library located in Downtown Ventura at 451 East Main Street. The library was established in the early 1940's or earlier. No one seems to know much about this library, except that Erle seemed to visit it and did inscribe some books to her there. Perhaps this is one of them.  We have reason to believe it was located in the same suite as we are occupying here as Phantom Bookshop. Providence? Perhaps.


This inscription was written in a first edition copy The Case of The Caretaker's Cat reads:

'To Vivian Kemper Bostwick

 With lots of best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.- Some day, Vivian, the editors will get as much confidence in my drawing power as you have, - and then I 'll have "arrived" 


Erle Stanley Gardner 

Christmas 1935'



                                     Courtesy of  the John Anthony Miller Erle Stanley Gardner Collection