MURRAY PUBLISHERS – DICKENS AND OTHERS
Lot 85
MURRAY PUBLISHERS – DICKENS AND OTHERS
Sold for £4,800 (US$ 7,789) inc. premium

Lot Details
MURRAY PUBLISHERS – DICKENS AND OTHERS
Album comprising autograph letters, many to the publisher John Murray III, the printers William Clowes & Sons, or the publisher George Bentley, including letters by Charles Dickens (autograph letter signed to William Clowes, adding his name to a requisition, 18 May 1864, with signed envelope), Fanny Trollope (to Murray, with a two-page list of corrections for the second edition of her Belgium and Western German, 2 December 1834), William Cobbett (to Hardy, discussing business and inviting him and [his secretary, the numismatist John Yonge] Akerman to dine "on some of the produce of my farm", 1828), Samuel Smiles (to Clowes – "Will you be so good as to direct 2 sets of sheets, folded, of Self Help to be sent to my address", 1864), John Murray II (to his clerk, Day, 1832), J.E. Millais, Allan Cunningham (looking forward to meeting "my learned and travelled friend Borrow at your table"), W. Harrison Ainsworth, Charles Reade, A.H. Layard, Anna Jameson (seeking Soane's obituary), Gladstone (on publication of his speeches), Florence Marryat, W.J. Hooker, Alfred Crowquill (Forrester), John Leech, the historian Lord Stanhope (group, to Palmer, Clowes and Murray, about publication of Peterborough's letters etc), Grote, Motley, Guizot (sending Murray his Méditation sur la religion Chrétienne), Houghton, Bulwer Lytton (ordering a copy of his poems and last tales), Salisbury, Joseph Hume, Brougham, Lord John Russell, Du Chaillu, Evelyn Wood, Garnet Wolseley, Sir Thomas Durand Baker (from Kabul), Anne Manning, George Cruikshank (bold presentation signature), Ellen (Mrs Henry) Wood (to Bentley, about The Channings), Lady Raffles (to Clowes, about the life of her husband), and others, diced green morocco, cover stamped 'Autographs/ E.C.', worn, lacking spine, 4to

Footnotes

  • The source of most of these letters appears to have been the leading printers of Victorian England, William Clowes & Son, who did work for both Murray and Bentley; the 'E.C.' who assembled the album presumably being an Elizabeth Clowes, daughter or grand-daughter of the firm's founder, William Clowes (1779-1847).
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