AINSWORTH, WILLIAM HARRISON. 1805-1882.
Autograph Manuscript for "The Tower of London," 30 pp rectos only, 8vo, [London, 1840], occasional edgewear and a few tears, folding creases.
Model of the Tower of London. Paper, glass, and rope on a wooden base measuring 185 x 137 mm; height 30 mm. In 2 pieces. Glass used to represent moat in shards.
Provenance: the author's granddaughter, sold at Sotheby's London, July 21, 1988.
MANUSCRIPT DRAFTS AND MODEL CONSULTED DURING THE WRITING OF THE TOWER OF LONDON. These 30 some odd leaves of draft paragraphs, pages, and notes document the process of creation of the serial, and contain fragments of several chapters of the The Tower, including pages from chapters III and XII of the first book, and chapter XXXII of the second. Of the novel's documentary style, Ainsworth writes in the preface, "Desirous of exhibiting the Tower in its triple light of a palace, a prison, and a fortress, the Author has shaped his story with reference to that end; and he has also endeavored to contrive such a series of incidents as should naturally introduce every relic of the hold pileits towers, chapels, halls, chambers, gateways, arches, and drawbridgesso that no part of it should remain un-illustrated." To aid in that effort, Ainsworth referred to this handmade model of the premises (in addition to Cruikshank's illustrations) while writing the novel, and when the model didn't suffice, Ainsworth consulted the original. According to Ellis, Ainsworth once made a midnight trip to the Tower to verify a detail he ran across while revising proofs.
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