PAUL B. DU CHAILLU - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 199862
Sale Price $360.00
PAUL B. DU CHAILLU. ANS: "P.B. Du Chaillu", 1p, 6¾x4. No place, no date. To unnamed recipient. In full: "In remembrance of the very pleasant hours I have enjoyed in the company of your husband and yourself. Have just returned from 'The Land of the Midnight Sun.'" On verso, Du Chaillu has written: "Paul B. Du Chaillu Traveller/Born about - 1820/S.L.T. London Jan. 14. 1863". Pencil note (unknown hand) at lower margin: "Du Challu's (sic) handwriting". Paul Belloni Du Chaillu, the son of a French trader, had spent his youth in Gabon, French Equatorial Africa. After immigrating to the U.S., he led an exploring expedition to central Africa (1855-1859), bringing back many previously unknown birds and animals, including the first gorillas seen in America. On his second expedition (1863-1865), he verified rumors about pygmy tribes living in the forests of central Africa. Among his books are Stories of the Gorilla Country (1868), Lost in the Jungle (1869) and The Country of the Dwarfs (1871). Du Chaillu, whose date of birth is given as 1831 and 1835 in different sources (here, he guesses it as about 1820), died in 1903. Shaded at lower and right blank margins, soiled on verso. Binding holds at blank left margin. Number written in unknown hand at upper right corner. Overall, fine condition.
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