Lot 212
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Lot Details
File relating to Holman Hunt's transactions with the man of letters Sir Israel Gollancz, principally concerning his memoirs Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (1905), for which Gollancz acted as literary adviser, including four letters signed, written in 1904, about the book, discussing last-minute additions ("...At last the book is tied up and ready to go by special messenger to you. I hope the size wont be alarming. Of course in the night I have thought of a few points... but I would not open the parcel to consider the questionable weaknesses. Some might on examination, not be worth the change. There is however the report of a chant which I heard some girls at Nazareth singing which only roughly expresses the meaning..."), apologising for causing him so much trouble ("...but I am often now reminded of quickly advancing weakness & am often possessed with fear that after all the long delayed book may not be brought out in my lifetime..."), expressing his misgivings in having Steel as an editor ("...the Athenaeum for which he now writes is a paper which in the beginning of the PRB struggle was most inimical to us, & was cruelly injurious for many years...") and giving vent to his dislike of F.G. Stevens ("...who called himself one of our original members and who, as such, dispersed information about us which was almost always incorrect..."); together with a printed circular signed, a group of letters and card to Gollancz by Edith Holman Hunt, photographs and other material


  • Included in the lot is Gollancz's copy of the limited-edition The Pearl, reproducing as frontispiece the drawing commissioned by Gollancz from Holman Hunt, this being copy no. 50 of fifty copies issued thus, bound in a fitted purple velvet jacket with glass beads by Edith Holman Hunt, and inscribed "With the Editor's grateful regards/ May 1891", one or two minor stains, lacking some beads on cover, small 4to, David Nutt: 1891. An Elizabethan receipt relating to the purchase by Elizabeth I's Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Walter Mildmay, of the Manor of Fingrith in Blackmore, Essex, 1580, is also included.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that one of the four Holman Hunt letters and the copy of 'The Pearl' are no longer included in the lot.
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