Lot #506
Herman Melville Autograph Letter Signed

Choice autograph letter by Herman Melville, breezily taking an advance on his historical novel Israel Potter
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Estimate: $10000+

Description

Choice autograph letter by Herman Melville, breezily taking an advance on his historical novel Israel Potter

Scarce ALS signed "H. Melville," one page, 4.75 x 6.75, November 25, 1854. Melville writes to his publisher, G. P. Putnam & Co. in New York. In full: "I have taken the liberty to draw on you today at three days' sight for Sixty Dollars ($60); about which sum will probably be due on Dec: No: of 'Israel Potter.'" The book, Melville's only historical novel, was based on the eponymous Revolutionary War hero (1744-1826); among the historical figures who make cameos in the story are George III, Benjamin Franklin, and (through Melville's imaginative license) Ethan Allen and John Paul Jones. In fine condition, with a trimmed left edge, and a tiny repair to the upper left corner. A gorgeously penned and perfectly preserved example that looks as fresh as the day it came from the great author's pen.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Art and Literature
  • Dates: #610 - Ended June 16, 2021





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