Autograph letter signed, 2pp, 821 July 1872. To Miss Lashby[?].


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Autograph letter signed marked "Private", 2pp, 8vo, on printed mourning paper of 8 New Burlington Street, W., 21 July 1872. To Miss Lashby[?], reporting: "Mr. Gladstone writes to me that he has read your work 'with much interest'. . . . Amidst the cares of office, it is something that the Premier should find time so soon to possess himself of the contents of a new book. . . ." Remains of mounting hinges; with a small marginal tear at a seam (also starting); light browning; good.

George Bentley (1826-1895) English publisher and author. "From 1859 onwards Bentley largely shared with his father, Richard Bentley, the business of publishing; yet he found time for literary work also. . . . After his father's death in 1871, he had a very arduous task, as the resources of the firm had been crippled owing to a decision of the House of Lords denying copyright in England to works by American authors. . . . However, Bentley, by his energy, perseverance, and tact, eventually placed the business on a more solid basis, with the result of reaping great pecuniary gain. Under his guidance the firm greatly improved its position both in the trade and in public estimation. The office of publisher in ordinary to her majesty, which his father had enjoyed, was continued to him and to his son." [DNB] (Item ID: 19240)

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