LIVINGSTONE (DAVID) Autograph letter signed ("David Livingstone"), to his publisher Robert Cooke, at John Murray's ("My Dear Cooke"), begging him to make a few last minute changes for his friend Cotton Oswell, no place, 11 April 1865

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Lot 107
LIVINGSTONE (DAVID)
Autograph letter signed ("David Livingstone"), to his publisher Robert Cooke, at John Murray's ("My Dear Cooke"), begging him to make a few last minute changes for his friend Cotton Oswell, no place, 11 April 1865

Sold for £ 1,250 (US$ 1,680) inc. premium
Property of a descendant of Robert Cooke, David Livingstone's publisher
LIVINGSTONE (DAVID)
Autograph letter signed ("David Livingstone"), to his publisher Robert Cooke, at John Murray's ("My Dear Cooke"), begging him to make a few last minute changes for his friend Cotton Oswell ("...They are all good and he gave them before but some how or other some have been missed & others have crept in unaccountably – He came up from Tunbridge Wells on purpose to explain – offered to be at all the expense himself... He is exceedingly anxious for our success – So! There's a good man do what you can in this one matter and it is not only the last but the ultissimo that the press will be stopped..."); adding that some of the alterations may already be in and that "they are less than a dozen in all", 2 pages, integral leaf removed, seemingly by Livingstone himself, overall in good and attractive condition, 8vo, no place, 11 April 1865

Footnotes

  • ʻTHERE'S A GOOD MAN DO WHAT YOU CAN IN THIS ONE MATTER' – Livingstone pleads one last time with his publisher. True to his word, this does indeed seem to be the last correction that Livingstone was to inflict on Murray's, barring the correction to a Latin footnote sent via an intermediary at the British Museum on 10 May.
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