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Viscountess Nancy Witcher Astor
"...I don't promise to read it. However as that is your wish you won't mind!" - A 20 March 1924 typed signed letter from Viscountess Nancy Astor, the first woman seated in the House of Commons, to T.E. Lawrence, cheekily requesting a copy of the famous "Subscribers' Edition" of Seven Pillars of Wisdom
4 St. James's Square, London, 1924. This brief but compelling letter connects two singular early twentieth century luminaries and one of the century’s most anticipated and celebrated works of literature. The letter is a characteristically cheeky request from Viscountess Nancy Witcher Astor (1879-1964) to Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888-1935) for a copy of the famous Subscribers’ edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom. The letter, typed on a single sheet of Astor’s “4, ST JAMES’ SQUARE, S.W.1.” stationery, is dated “20th March, 1924.” and reads “Dear Colonel Lawrence, I am one of the people who are very wealthy and would like a copy of your book, but I don’t promise to read it. However as that is your wish you won’t mind!” The typed valediction is “Yours sincerely” followed by Astor’s signature “Nancy Astor.” At the lower left in three lines is typed Lawrence’s address “Clouds’ Hill, Moreton, Dorset.” In pencil in two lines at the lower right is written “Answered | 25 3 24”. Condition is good, the stationery complete, the print, signature, and pencil notation distinct. The chief detraction is a roughly one inch (2.54 cm) circular stain at the lower left edge and attendant tiny brown stains, mostly confined to the lower left, plausibly from coffee. The letter is housed in a removable, archival mylar sleeve within a rigid, crimson cloth folder. Born Nancy Langhorne in Danville, Virginia, Nancy Astor improbably became both a Viscountess and Br … [Click Below for Full Description]
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