Bewick, Thomas. Autograph Letter to Longman & Rees.
Date of Publication: 1804
Stock Code: 5453
Single paper sheet approx 210 x 170 mm with address to verso of publishers Longman and Rees of Paternoster Row. Letter of 13 lines dated 17th August 1804 and signed at the foot by Thomas Bewick, regarding an order for his “Quadrupeds”, “shiped on board the Newcastle Packet” and requesting that his publishers use their influence to promote the second volume of “Birds” and have it included in the forthcoming list of new publications in the Monthly Magazine. Bewick’s customary stationary mark with the embossed TB to verso. Creased from folding and cut to lower edge where sealing wax has been removed; a little faint foxing. Paper to upper margin to reverse where letter has been tipped-in. Very Good condition.
The letter illustrates the careful eye that Thomas Bewick kept upon the numbers and sale of his works, and the lengths that he would go to in order to persuade printers, publishers and booksellers to promote his work.