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Author Herman Melville wrote this letter to publisher George P. Putnam from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. It accompanied a proof of one of his stories. Melville's signature is one of the rarest of all, and handwritten letters by him are highly desirable.
Autograph letter signed "H Melville". 1 page, 4¾x7½, with embossing in top left corner. Pittsfield, Massachusetts, dated "Jan 27th". Addressed to George P. Putnam, Esq., 10 Park Place, New York City. In full: "Dear Sir: Re-enclosed is the proof [not included]. Very Truly Yours". We believe this letter was written between 1852 and 1855, when Putnam's publishing company G. Putnam Broadway was based at 1010 Park Place, New York City. Melville published a number of short stories through Putnam's Monthly Magazine during this time, including Bartleby the Scrivener (1853), The Encantadas, or: Enchanted Isles (1854) and Benito Cereno (1855). GEORGE PALMER PUTNAM (1814-1872, born in Brunswick, Maine) published many important American authors, like Melville, through his publishing house of G. Putnam Broadway, which later became G. P. Putnam's Sons. He was also one of the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. HERMAN MELVILLE (1819-1891, born in New York City) worked at a young age as a cabin boy and sailor on merchant vessels. During an unsuccessful whaling expedition, he took part in a mutiny, was jailed and escaped. His seafaring inspired many of his later works, including Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life (1846), Omoo, a Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas (1847) and his masterpiece, Moby Dick (1851). Moby Dick, unlike his earlier works, was neither a critical or financial success. Melville's later writings, such as Pierre (1852), The Confidence Man (1857) and the short stories Bartleby the Scrivener and The Encantadas reflected his despair and contempt for society's corruption, hypocrisy and materialism. Melville took a break from writing to work as a customs inspector on the New York docks, but returned shortly before his death to publish a collection of poetry, John Marr, and Other Sailors, as well as With Some Sea-Pieces (both in 1888). He also wrote a novel, Billy Budd, which went unpublished until 1924. One of the rarest of all signatures. Lightly toned and stained. Handwriting is lightly smeared in places but is legible. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.

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Born: August 1, 1819 in New York City, New York
Died: September 28, 1891 in New York City, New York

Film Credits
2014 The Enigma of Benito Cereno (Writer), 2011 Age of the Dragons (Writer), 2010 Bartleby le scribe (Writer), 2010 Bartleby - Geschichte der Wall Street (Writer), 2010 2010: Moby Dick (Writer), 2007 Capitaine Achab (Writer), 2004 Capitaine Achab (Writer), 2003 Partanen (Writer), 2001 Bartleby (Writer), 2000 Moby Dick (Writer), 1999 Pola X (Writer), 1999 Beau Travail (Writer), 1998 History's Mysteries (Writer), 1998 Billy Budd (Writer), 1996 The Adventures of Moby Dick (Writer), 1993 Bartleby ou Les hommes au rebut (Writer), 1988 Billy Budd (Writer), 1986 Home of the Brave: A Film by Laurie Anderson (Sound), 1978 Moby Dick (Writer), 1977 Moby-Dick (Writer), 1977 Bartleby the Scrivener (Writer), 1976 Bartleby (Writer), 1974 Los libros (Writer), 1972 Hora once (Writer), 1972 Bartleby (Writer), 1970 NBC Experiment in Television (Writer), 1970 Bartleby (Writer), 1969 Benito Cereno (Writer), 1967 NET Playhouse (Writer), 1966 Billy Budd (Writer), 1965 Enchanted Isles (Writer), 1964 The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (Writer), 1964 Le théâtre de la jeunesse (Writer), 1963 Bartleby (Writer), 1962 Billy Budd (Writer), 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (Writer), 1958 Enchanted Island (Writer), 1957 Zwischen Himmel und Meer (Writer), 1957 Bartleby l'écrivain (Writer), 1956 Moby Dick (Writer), 1955 Moby Dick Rehearsed (Writer), 1955 Encounter (Writer), 1954 Moby Dick (Writer), 1953 Your Favorite Story (Writer), 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (Writer), 1949 Omoo-Omoo the Shark God (Writer), 1935 Last of the Pagans (Writer), 1931 Dämon des Meeres (Writer), 1930 Moby Dick (Writer), 1926 The Sea Beast (Writer)

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