GERALD MASSEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1861 - HFSID 73508
Sale Price $396.00
The spiritual English author and Egyptologist inquires about some portraits, signs name in black ink
Autograph Letter signed: "Gerald Massey" in black ink. 2 pages, 4½x7, with blank integral leaf. Place illegible - "Birkmansworth" [?], n.d. To "John Watkins Esq". in full: I left a book at your place, a red book. Author, Blaikie, Mary. I trouble you to post it as I have to review it. When are the portraits coming? We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday. Yours faithfully". Two printed items affixed to facing page, opposite signature: 1) a copy of Massey's poem, "Hope On, Hope Ever!"; 2) a report of a bequeathal: "10. Mr. Gerald Massy, £ 70 a-year; 'in appreciation of his services as a lyric poet sprung from the people.'" Gerald Massey (1828-1907)was an English poet and writer on Spiritualism and Ancient Egypt. As a child, Massey had a gloomy life working in laborious factories with a very poor family, therefore he was easily attracted to Christian Socialism, becoming well-associated with notables such as Frederick Denison Maurice and Charles Kingsley. His education led him to a deep interest in Egyptology, particularly the similarities between their mythology with Gospel stories, and he was a strong advocate of the comparisons between Jesus and the Egyptian god Horus. A promoter of spiritual evolution, Massey believed that Darwin's theory of evolution was incomplete without spiritualism. Massey's writings include the poems "Voices of Freedom and Lyrics of Love" (1850), The Ballad of Babe Christabel" (1854) and "A Tale of Eternity" (1869), as well as books on Egypt such as The Book of the Beginnings, The Natural Genesis, and his most well-known book Ancient Egypt: The Light of the World. Pages have been reconnected with adhesive, which shows through lightly along centerfold. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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