Lot #175
James Bruce Autograph Letter Signed

James Bruce writes to his publisher about advertising for his five-volume 'Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile'
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Estimate: $1000+

Description

James Bruce writes to his publisher about advertising for his five-volume 'Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile'

Scottish traveller and travel writer (1730-1794) who spent more than a dozen years in North Africa and Ethiopia, and falsely claimed to be the first European to trace the origins of the Blue Nile. ALS, one page both sides, 7.5 x 8.75, October 22, 1789. Handwritten letter to bookseller George Robinson on London's Paternoster Row, published of his five-volume 'Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile,' published in 1790. In part: "I received your favour & according to your desire I have sent you what I think should be about the contents of the advertisement in the papers you will certainly have people about you who can arrange it in the proper form for the papers. The only rule I think is to…leave some parts unmentioned that they may rise upon the reader…Mr. Jackson manager of our Theatre tells me he is an old Schoolfellow of yours he is a very diligent Honest man. He told me of a conversation he had with you relative to the purchasing my copy." In very good to fine condition, with light staining and soiling, minor repairs to loss along the edge, and a small edge split to central horizontal fold.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Science & Tech
  • Dates: #622 - Ended December 08, 2021





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