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Washington Irving Writes To Bayard Taylor: I "Promise Myself Great Pleasure In Once More Accompanying You On Your African Travels"
WASHINGTON IRVING (1783-1859). American author best known for his stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." He was one of the first American writers to achieve fame abroad and also served as Minister to Spain from 1842 to 1845. ALS. 2pg. 4 ¾" x 7 ¼". September 12, 1854. Sunnyside. An autograph letter signed "Washington Irving" to Bayard Taylor, a fellow author: "I am quite grieved that I was from home when you visited...Why did you not take command of my little library, such as it is, or while away the sultry day under the trees? My womenkind would have been happy to give you the best entertainment...One of my nieces hastened downstairs to welcome you and was extremely disappointed at finding you gone...Should nobody be at home...the house itself is at your service. I feel very much obliged to you for the volume you were so kind as to leave, and promise myself great pleasure in once more accompanying you on your African travels...". There are tears to address repaired with a paper patch (no loss); folds; lightly toned; else very good. The text of this letter appears in Taylor's Life and Letters, i, p. 282. The volume in question was almost certainly Taylor's A Journry to Central Africa; or, Life and Landscapes from Egypt to the Negro Kingdoms of the White Nile, which was a few days away from publication. The book's sequel, The Lands of the Saracen: Pictures of Palestine Asia Minor, Sicily and Spain (1855), is the volume for which Taylor is now best remembered. It was completed a month after this letter was written, and Taylor dedicated the book to Ir … [Click Below for Full Description]
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