FRANCIS WILLIAM BOURDILLON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/21/1907 - HFSID 273125
FRANCIS W. BOURDILLON. ALS: "F. Bourdillon", 1p, 5¼x8, affixed to sheet of same size. Eastbourne, 1907 February 21. To F. Sherlock, Esquire. Begins: "Dear Mr. Sherlock". In full: "I see you are bringing out 'State Prayers' in Old Jonathan.
Sale Price $324.00
FRANCIS W. BOURDILLON. ALS: "F. Bourdillon", 1p, 5¼x8, affixed to sheet of same size. Eastbourne, 1907 February 21. To F. Sherlock, Esquire. Begins: "Dear Mr. Sherlock". In full: "I see you are bringing out 'State Prayers' in Old Jonathan. I shd. [should] have thought the At. Monthly more suitable, but I suppose the other was more feasible. Would it be possible, if the type is undistributed, to print it also separately, as a leaflet, or 4 pp. tract? From what friends have said to me, I think many wd. [would] like it in that form for distribution in congregations, and the expense, I suppose, wd. [would] not be great, or the price per 100. Your's (sic) truly". Bourdillon is likely referring to two prayers found in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, "A Prayer for the King's [or Queen's] Majesty" and "A Prayer for the Royal Family". These prayers were modified over time, with the names of rulers changed as required and new text added. The year before he wrote this letter, Bourdillon published the scholarly work, The Early Editions of the Roman de la Rose. British poet and translator Francis William Bourdillon (1852-1921) is best known for his poem, "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes", although he published several collections of his poetry, from Among the Flowers, and Other Poems (1878) to Gerard and Isabel: A Romance in Form of Cantefable (1921). Bourdillon also served as a tutor to the sons of Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein. Ink has spread at some words. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Damp stained at lower portion, touching last name of signature, and at upper right margin. Chipped at blank left edge. Pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso of mounting sheet (no show through). Overall, fair condition.
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