7 December 2015
AUDUBON, John James (1774-1857). Autograph note signed (“John J. Audubon” with large flourish). 1 page, oblong (3 ¼ x 8 in.). May 1835. A ticket to a private museum in London. He writes: “Admit Miss Fothergill and friends to the zoological Gardens and to the Bruton Street Museum.” The Bruton Street Museum was noted for its collection of stuffed and mounted zoological specimens. – AUDUBON. Autograph letter signed (“John J. Audubon”), to Miss Harrison, London, 27 February 1836. 2 pages, 4to. A feisty Audubon, in London supervising the publication of his masterpiece, The Birds of America, tries to find a publisher for a work by Harrison and resents the lack of interest her project elicits. “A reviewer who is himself a publisher told me that he feared the time was approaching when authors would have to send their works as presents (of course pay the carriage) and inclose a Guinea besides to induce these Patrons to read the Books!” He urges her to “be not disheartened” and relates the story of another writer who endured “hundreds” of rejections but is now “coaxed to write ‘anything’ and receives capital prices.” His advice for Audubon to pass along to Miss Harrison was “The time will come for her as it has come for me!” – AUDUBON. Autograph letter signed (“John J. Audubon”), to Edward Harris, New York, 4 February 1842. 1 page, 4to, small closed tears along top edge. The excitement and energy of Audubon’s creativity shines forth in this letter from the same year in which he published his octavo edition of The Birds of America and its 65 additional plates. “You have not yet made your appearance in this glorious city,” he chides Harris, “as we all fully anticipated five weeks ago…Since my last to you I have been both sick, and again very busy. I have made a good number of drawings that you have not seen and that I long to show you. When will you be here?” He asks “what I am to do with the skins sent for you by young Hoppenthal and that are still unopened.” Together 3 items.
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