CHARLES READE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER FRAGMENT SIGNED - HFSID 73168
Sale Price $288.00
Handwritten fragment of a letter detailing an inventory of furnishings and costume jewelry, props for a play
Autograph Letter Fragment signed: "Charles Reade", 2 pages (front and verso), 8x5. No place, no date. Text follows: …"was on me to forego this advantage. There is no hurry you know. You can choose your own day and hour and it will take 35 minutes. Sincerely yours [signature] 1 scene in turn. Time 40 minutes. Drapes, brocade, 1 [?] gown, 3 Royal robes. Sturdy velvet train lined white satin. Violet satin petticoat and bod. [?] of jewels - full dozen. Diamond tiara peaked. 3 I have in stock … [remaining text on verso] … and very superior to the [?]Sapphire and the costumes." English novelist Charles Reade (1814-1884) was born in Ipsden, Oxfordshire. He studied at Magdalen College in Oxford receiving his B.A. in 1835 and began his writing career as a dramatist, creating several plays during the early 1950's like The Ladies Battle (1851), The Lost Husband (1852) and Gold (1853). His 1856 novel It is Never Too late to Mend gained a positive response and he soon published several more novels The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth (1857), White Lies (1857), Jack of all Trades (1858), The Autobiography of a Thief (1858) and Love Me Little, Love Me Long (1859). One of England's most popular and highest paid novelists, Reade's most famous work The Cloister and the Hearth (1861) still remains a very successful historical novel. Some of his other well-known works include Hard Cash (1863), Griffith Gaunt (1866), Foul Play (1869), A Terrible Temptation (1871), and A Women Hater (1877). Multiple mailing folds. Lightly toned at edges. Mounting residue on verso. Lightly worn. Corners lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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