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JANE LOUDON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1829 - HFSID 73058

JANE LOUDON The brilliant science-fiction pioneer promises friend that she will visit soon, signs name in black ink Autograph letter signed: "J. Loudon" in faded black ink. 1 page, 4½x7¼. Addressed to a Miss Martin of New Road, England on verso..

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JANE LOUDON
The brilliant science-fiction pioneer promises friend that she will visit soon, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: "J. Loudon" in faded black ink. 1 page, 4½x7¼. Addressed to a Miss Martin of New Road, England on verso.. In full: "My dear friend, My sister & myself are very much obliged by your Papa's contribution to her album; Whether Mr. Loudon comes or not, you many depend upon seeing Miss B & myself on Monday next - Adieu with kind regards, I am yours affectionately, I write in great haste". Jane Loudon (1807-1858), 'nee Webb, was an English author, best known for her early, pioneering work in science fiction with her novel The Mummy!: Or a Tale of the Twenty-Second Century (1827), which at the time was discussed as if she wrote a gothic fiction, fantasy or horror novel. Unlike other early science fiction works, Loudon didn't write of the future as her own day only with political changes, she filled it with foreseeable changes in technology, society and even fashion; court ladies wore trousers and hair ornaments of controlled flame, surgeons and lawyers were steam-powered automatons, and there was even a kind of Internet predicted in it. When horticulturalist John Claudius Loudon read the book, he was so impressed that he arranged to meet the author and, surprised that it was a woman, married Webb later that same year. Jane Loudon was fascinated in her husband's work and became a gardening specialist herself and, seeing the need for entry-level books, she wrote manuals such as Instructions in Gardening for Ladies, The Ladies' Flower Garden, and Botany for Ladies. She was the mother of children's book author Agnes Loudon. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Left edge torn and frayed. Creased throughout. Wax seal affixed on verso. Torn and soiled on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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