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Autograph Letter Signed "H.F. Lee", miscellaneous writer, to Willis P. Hazard, publisher, about the publication of her works
Mount Vernon Street 67, Boston, 9 Sept. 1859 - Three pages, 4to, one inch close tears along fold (marks), some marking but text clear and complete, except loss of letters through a hole where the seal was taken off. " . . . [It] gives me pleasure that my books have passed into your hands - Though I have not used your references to Publishers here I feel confidence in your arrangements & above all in the sympathy of taste which your letter evinces." She discusses the notices her works have had and her hopes for portraits for her book on "the Old Painters" ["Historical Sketches of the Old Painters" - later edition], but could not source them. "No doubt they would give great additional value to the book. . . . My friend & publisher Mr Gray always intended to bring out editions with portraits but his failure and sudden death put an end to all his plans." She gives the publishing history of "The Huguenots in France and America", particularly well received in the South. Gray had suggested a new edition allowing her copies, threatening to emelt the plates if she didn't give permission but "not feeling any disposition to turn pedlar & sell the books - I declined his proposal." She had planned a series with that, Old Painters, Luther & Cranmer, suggesting that Hazard might do something similar. She looks forward to reding her works again. "It is a long time since I have looked into them for I felt when Mr Gray died that no other publisher would take interest in them. She mentions English editions given to her when visiting England. She won't make any changes to the copy of a book Hazard had given her. She says she can be contacted in Boston (not her country cottage) and apologises for length and haste.
      [Bookseller: Richard M. Ford Ltd]
Last Found On: 2014-11-29           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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