Lot #136
Henry Gray Autograph Letter Signed

Incredibly rare letter by the Gray's Anatomy author, lobbying for "the Office of Examiner in Anatomy & Physiology at the University of London"
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Estimate: $2500+

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Incredibly rare letter by the Gray's Anatomy author, lobbying for "the Office of Examiner in Anatomy & Physiology at the University of London"

Influential British anatomist and surgeon (1827-1861) known for publishing the important anatomical reference book Gray's Anatomy. Exceedingly rare ALS signed “Henry Gray,” one page both sides, 4.5 x 7, no date. Handwritten letter to English botanist and taxonomist Maxwell T. Masters, written from his home at "8 Wilton Street." In part: "I am a candidate for the Office of Examiner in Anatomy & Physiology at the University of London, & I write to ask you to give me what assistance you can in obtaining the office…Candidates are not allowed either directly or indirectly to ask for any vote, but there is no objection to their friends sending a statement of their qualifications to any member of the Senate. I believe all the Examiners for Medicine, Anatomy, &C are recommended by a Committee of the Senate which consist of the Medical members of the Senate." In fine condition, with a rusty circular paperclip impression to the top.

Still considered the 'doctors' bible,' few textbooks have had the same lasting impact on medicine and popular culture as Gray's Anatomy, first published in London in 1858. The author's early death from smallpox at the age of 34 has rendered his autograph virtually unobtainable—this is the first example we have ever encountered. This letter's excellent content, seeking a post as examiner in Anatomy & Physiology, makes it even more desirable.

Auction Info

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





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