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PAUL B. DU CHAILLU - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/07/1899 - HFSID 297068

PAUL DU CHAILLU The anthropologist writes a letter to a friend in Boston and tells her he regrets not being able to see her family while in town. Autograph Letter signed: "Paul du Chaillu", 2 pages, 3½x5½. 14 Brimmer Street [Boston], 1899 April 2.

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Condition: slightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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PAUL DU CHAILLU
The anthropologist writes a letter to a friend in Boston and tells her he regrets not being able to see her family while in town.
Autograph Letter signed: "Paul du Chaillu", 2 pages, 3½x5½. 14 Brimmer Street [Boston], 1899 April 2. On personal letterhead to "Dear Miss May", in full: "Will you kindly accept a copy of 'Ivar the Viking'? [Item not included.] Should the perusal of its pages seem dull to you please forgive the author. I regretted very much yesterday that on account of a long delay on the road I did not come to Boston early enough to make a visit to your mother and the family. I am going on the ten o'clock train this morning. With kindest regards to you all, I remain Yours sincerely". Anthropologist Paul Belloni du Chaillu (1831-1903), born in either New Orleans or Paris (accounts differ as do dates of his birth), to a French family, earned fame for his explorations of central Africa (1855-1865). He proved to Europeans the long-rumored existence of the gorilla, and also had the first European contact with the Pygmy peoples. In his later years, he turned his attention to the early history of Scandinavia, writing several books including Ivar the Viking, mentioned in this letter. Du Chaillu's observations in Africa and Scandinavia - controversial at the time - proved accurate in most cases. He was much in demand as a lecturer. Heavily toned on face page. Corners worn. Normal mailing fold. Top left corner lightly torn. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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