Lot #578
Thomas de Quincey Handwritten Manuscript

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Estimate: $1200+


British author (1785-1859) best remembered for his now-classic memoir of his experiments with drugs, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. Scarce partial handwritten manuscript by Thomas de Qiuncey, unsigned, one page, 7.25 x 9, no date. Leaf from the manuscript from an apparently unpublished story or essay, in part: "orthodox after the fashion of the Evangelical or Low Church. Dr. Arnold could not more rabidly have rejected…any shadow of High Church tendencies. Fourthly, and perhaps unconsciously not less fervently than any of the other requisitions, Society of the highest standard as to good breeding and intelligence. Fifthly—but enough!…In London, but diffused amongst her 2 1/3 millions, else not soon there as at local convergement in any one square or street, and assuredly in no other city than London, spite of all arrogant pretensions whatever, could any approximation be made to such a high wrought condition of civilisation." In fine condition, with scattered small stains.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Sports
  • Dates: #614 - Ended August 11, 2021

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