EDWARD (1ST BARON LYTTON) BULWER-LYTTON - FREE FRANK SIGNED 10/02/1837 - HFSID 73339
Sale Price $198.00
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON, 1ST BARON LYTTON
The nineteenth-century writer, who also served as a Member of Parliament, signs 1837 free franc in black ink
Free franc signed: "Edw Lytton Bulwer" in faded black ink. 5x3¼ clipping from front of envelope. Addressed to Mrs. Hammenty Bonheim of Park Mall, London, England. Postmarked FREE on October 2, 1837 while Bulwer-Lytton was serving as a Member of Parliament. Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873), 1st Baron Lyttonwas an English novelist, poet, playwright and politician, best known for his extremely popular best-selling novels; he also coined many popular phrases that we still used today such as "the great unwashed", "pursuit of the almightly dollar", dweller on the threshold", "the pen is mightier than the sword", and the opening line "it was a dark and stormy night". His novels include Godolphin (1833), The Last days of Pompeii (1834), Rienzi, Las of the Roman Tribunes (1835), and Harold, the Last of the Saxons (1848); his intricate plots and humorous portrayals of pre-Victorian dandyism often kept gossips busy trying to associate public figures with characters. Bulwer-Lytton also served in Parliament, even reaching the position of Secretary of State for the Colonies in 1858 under Lord Derby's government. He was the father of the Viceroy of India, Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton. Very irregularly cut. Toned. Stained throughout. Corners very creased. Light surface creases. Ink slightly bleeding. Otherwise, fine condition.
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