Lot #242
William Henry Ireland Autograph Letter Signed

Scarce letter by the notorious 18th-century Shakespeare forger
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Estimate: $200+

Description

Scarce letter by the notorious 18th-century Shakespeare forger

English forger (1775-1835) of would-be Shakespearean documents and plays, including the fabricated 'Vortigern and Rowena,' which was rightfully greeted with skepticism upon its debut in 1796. ALS, one page, 8 x 4.25, no date. Handwritten letter concerning a manuscript, in part: "I returned in order to request of you that in case any mention should be made to you respecting the MS on typography that you would not throw cold water upon it by mentioning your idea as to the limited sale that might be likely of such a publication." In fine condition, with a few scattered stains.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #616 - Ended September 15, 2021