GEORGE M. SMITH - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 12/18/1895 - HFSID 73191
Sale Price $252.00
Publisher George Smith wrote this note in 1895, on stationery with the London address of his publishing company, to give the recipient permission to use some small sketches of William Makepeace Thackeray. Smith was a friend of William Makepeace Thackeray and his family.
Autograph note signed "Smith". 1 page, 4½x7¼, on stationery imprinted with "15, Waterloo Place, S. W.". Dec. 18, 1895. In full. "Dear Sir I have no objection to your using the small sketches of Thackeray, but the three ones where I have mended & on the left hand top corner have been engraved and they can not be used again I am [illegible] yours faithfully". 15, Waterloo Place, S. W., in London, was the address of Smith's publishing company. British satirist and novelist WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY (1811-1863, born in Calcutta, India) is best known for Vanity Fair (serialized 1847-1848, published in book form in 1848). His other works include The Book of Snobs (1848) and The Virginians (1857), which contained a critical portrayal of George Washington. GEORGESMITH (1824-1901, born in London, England) was a book publisher who published works from many of the most important British authors of the 19th Century, including Charles Darwin, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Wilkie Collins, Matthew Arnold, Harriet Martineau, James Payn, Anthony Trollope, and Mary Augusta Arnold aka Mrs. Humphry Ward. Smith was reportedly born over his father's bookshop of Smith, Elder & Co. and, in 1846, took over complete control of the company. A friend and publisher of both William Makepeace Thackeray and John Ruskin, Smith also helped Charlotte Brontë find a publisher for Jane Eyre. He also helped to found the literary journal Cornhill Magazine in 1860 and Pall Mall magazine in 1865, and his company published the Dictionary of National Biography from 1885 to 1917, when it was taken over by Oxford University Press. Lightly toned and creased. Page was neatly torn from notebook or pad at left edge. Light dent at left edge. Otherwise in fine condition.
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