SIR WALTER BESANT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/02/1890 - HFSID 273127
Sale Price $198.00
WALTER BESANT. ALS: "Walter Besant", 1p, 4x6½, inlaid to 4½x7. Frognal End, Hampstead, N.W., 1898 May 2. On imprinted sheet to unknown recipient. Begins: "Dear Sir". In full: "I return you the Petition signed - as I have no envelope big enough to put it in, I am obliged to return it to you in your own. Very [illegible] yours". Walter Besant (1836-1901) was an English novelist and expert on French poetry, especially the works of Rabelais. In 1872, Besant began publishing what were called the Besant-Rice novels, including The Golden Butterfly (1876), with James Rice. Following Rice's death in 1882, Besant wrote a number of novels, historical works and biographies, many of which focused on social problems. His works include All Sorts and Conditions of Men (1882) and Children of Gideon (1886). Besant was knighted in 1895. Lightly creased with folds, light vertical fold at the "B" of Besant. Mounting remnants on verso (minor show through at lower blank corners). Fine condition.
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