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#594 - Noah Webster

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Webster relays “a small box of books”
Description                           Estimate: $1,000 - 1,200          

Author and lexicographer (1758-1843) who published the first comprehensive dictionary of American English. ALS signed “N. Webster,” one page, 7 x 4.5, November 3, 1841. Letter to Mr. Harris requesting a favor, in full: “I take the liberty to direct a small box of books to your care, with a request that you would keep it safe & deliver it to a Wm McMahon, an agent of mine, who will be in Worcester in a few days. If any expense is incurred, it shall be punctually repaid.” Matted with an engraving with a facsimile signature to an overall size of 13 x 17. In fine condition, with intersecting mailing folds, with one horizontal fold passing through the signature, a light brush to single letter, and a uniform shade of light toning.

Now holding an honored place in the history of American English—as well as being a treasured tool of writers and term paper-writing students—Webster’s first dictionary only sold 2,500 copies. He was forced to mortgage his home in order to publish a second edition in 1840-1841, resulting in a life that then was forever plagued with debt. Despite his personal hardship, Webster here pledges to “punctually” repay any expense incurred. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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