EDWARD Z.C. "NED BUNTLINE" JUDSON - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 350526
Sale Price $2,337.50
EDWARD Z.C. JUDSON (NED BUNTLINE)
The adventerous author signs "Ned Buntline, Ready for Game" on a photograph of himself holding hunting rifle.
Photograph signed: "'Ned Buntline,'/Ready for Game." Sepia, 4¼ x 6¼ overall, image 3¾ x 5¼ (one surface). Studio photograph by Sarony of New York, signed with his penname. A nautical term for the rope at the bottom of a square sail, the name Buntline was adopted from his youthful navy days. Soldier, adventurer, and writer Edward Z.C. Judson (1823-1886) had developed his sensational literary style in the 1840s, when he began submitting exaggerated accounts of his adventures to "Knickerbocker Magazine". Arrested, shot at and even hung once (someone cut the rope), in 1869, Judson "discovered" Western scout William F. Cody, nicknamed him Buffalo Bill and exploited his adventures in books and plays. Earlier, Judson had helped organize the anti-foreign, anti-labor American Party, better known, thanks to Judson, as the Know-Nothing Party (1850-1856). By the 1870s, with hunting and fishing as his primary pastimes, the shooting, wild author of nearly 400 novellas, termed "dime novels", had settled down with his fourth wife in Stamford, New York. Soiled at blank margins, touching signature and writing (all legible), minor stains at upper blank edge. Minor surface creases at mid-right background. Chipped at blank right edge, worn at upper right blank corner. Framed to an overall size of 15x24.
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