Carte-de-visite photograph. Signed.


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Carte-de-visite photograph. A sepia-toned vignette view of Motley in a jacket and dark bow-tie looking off towards the left-hand side of the image. Monogrammed imprint on the reverse of "Photographie von Victor Angerer, Wien und Jschl. Verviefaltigung vorbehalten". Signed by the author "J.L. Motley" on the mount beneath the image and dated by him, "Vienna 19 May, 1867". Faded and with some soiling and with a couple of tiny scratches or indentations.

John Lothrop Motley (1814-1877); American historian and diplomat. Much of Motley's life was spent abroad researching his historical writings, and in various diplomatic posts. In England his friends included Bright, Dickens and Thomas Hughes. His best-known book, The Rise of the Dutch Republic, was finished in 1854, and Motley "set out with the manuscript for London to find a publisher. Murray, to whom he had letters of introduction, kept the manuscript for some weeks but finally declined it on account of its considerable length and unfamiliar subject. After some further negotiations Chapman agreed to publish it simultaneously with Harper & Brothers in America at the author's expense." When the book finally appeared early in 1856, instead of sales of less than a hundred which Motley had feared, some 17,000 copies were sold in little more than a year in England alone, and a second edition was required. In later years (1869-70) President Grant made Motley minister to Great Britain, but this appointment ended unsatisfactorily. He died in England, at age 63 and was buried in London's Kensal Green Cemetery. See DAB entry by Edward P. Cheyney. (Item ID: 12597)

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