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Lot 447
GARIBALDI (GIUSEPPE)

Sold for £ 408 (US$ 522) inc. premium
GARIBALDI (GIUSEPPE)
Autograph letter signed ("G. Garibaldi"), "Caro Mazzini", recommending an opera singer who is performing in London ("...la Signora Luizia Garibaldi che si reca all'Opera di Londra per esercitavi l'arte sua. Questa nostra concittadina è di onorata famiglia - Io colgo l'occasione per stringervi con affetto la mano..."), one page, oblong 8vo, contemporary photograph of Garibaldi tipped onto upper corner, on an album leaf, Caprera, 7 June 1864

Footnotes

  • GARIBALDI TO MAZZINI. It had been Mazzini more than anyone - apart from Garibaldi himself - who had fostered the unprecedented cult of Garibaldi as heroic epitome of the ideals of the Risorgimento (see Lucy Riall, Garibaldi: Invention of a Hero, 2007). Garibaldi himself had undertaken a triumphant visit to London that April. We can find no record of any letters addressed to Mazzini - who lived his life in impoverished exile in London, "moving from one shabby bed-sittingroom to another" (Denis Mack Smith ODNB) - having been offered for sale, nor is any archive of his papers listed by the ODNB or National Register of Archives.
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