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Auction: Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books
was auctioned on: 6 June 2007
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THRALE, Hester Lynch (1741-1821, Mrs Piozzi from 1784) Autog...

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Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000
ca. US$3,972 - US$5,958
Price realised:  £4,560
ca. US$9,056
Lot number 113, Views: 40

THRALE, Hester Lynch (1741-1821, Mrs Piozzi from 1784). Autograph letter signed ('H.L.T.') to Charles Burney n.p., n.d. (dated '[17]81' in another hand), 2¼ pages, 4to , on a bifolium, integral address panel, remnant of seal (seal tear).
THRALE, Hester Lynch (1741-1821, Mrs Piozzi from 1784). Autograph letter signed ('H.L.T.') to Charles Burney n.p., n.d. (dated '[17]81' in another hand), 2¼ pages, 4to , on a bifolium, integral address panel, remnant of seal (seal tear). ON ILLNESS, AND FINISHING BOOKS. The letter opens with ironic reference to its subject matter, 'this conning of Ailments ... tho' tolerable Talk over a Winter's Fire, does make but a comfortless Correspondence ... Come & see me before I am a withered dirty Hag', comforting Burney on anxieties over his son's prospects ('Captain Burney will have a Ship') and his own health ('I warrant as sick as you were, you carried some fresh Books back with you to Ches[sington] to learn Philosophy out of'), and encouraging him to finish a book underway: 'Ladies know how wise it is always to leave some thing to be imagined ... a little Literary Coquetry will be well received'; for other news, 'Dear Dr Johnson is not quite well', but Musgrave has come back from Ireland 'married, made miserable, & parted from his Wife; but untamed, and wilde headed, & kindhearted & Hibernianized beyond what he was when he left us'.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books
Date of the auction: 6 Jun 2007
Address: Christie's
6 June 2007, London, King Street