Autograph letter signed, 1 1/4pp, 22 June 1839. To an unidentified author.


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Autograph letter signed ("F. Shoberl / Editor F.M.R."), 1 1/4pp, 4to, London, 22 June 1839. A good literary/business letter, written in Shoberl's capacity as editor of the Foreign Monthly Review, to an unidentified author, responding: "The parties engaged in this undertaking, aware beforehand of its hazardous nature . . . fixed the rate of remuneration for contributions at six guineas per printed sheet of 16 pages -- a low price, certainly, but which, they had reason to believe, would not be refused. . . . To this rate, however, it is not their intention to adhere longer than till the success of the work shall enable them to raise it. From the quantity of matter to which a half-crown number must necessarily be limited, they have thought it expedient . . . to confine the articles generally to about 8 pages. . . . All the subjects which you have proposed seem desirable -- excepting, perhaps, Franklin, whose Life & Works have been published here over & over again -- but . . . those on the 'North American Indians' & on 'Slavery & Slaves'; &tc . . . I should be willing to allot the space of a sheet. . . ." Some foxing and a few minor tears (no loss of text); else good.

Frederick Shoberl (1775-1853); English editor, author. He was co-proprietor and sole editor of the Annual, The Forget-Me-Not: A Christmas, New Year's and Birthday Present (published by Rudolph Ackermann), from its first appearance in 1823 and through the entire 26 years of its existence. Shoberl also served as editor of New Monthly Magazine, Foreign Monthly Review, and Ackermann's Repository of Arts. (Item ID: 20145)

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