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MARTINEAU Harriet - Autograph Quotation Signed 1855 with signed photo

  • £550.00

Harriet MARTINEAU (1802-1876)

Autograph Quotation Signed ("H. Martineau"), an epigram "translated from the Persian by Sir William Jones".

1 page 4to with integral blank leaf on letterhead with an attractive engraving of a house, stream and ducks, The Knoll, Ambleside, 5 March 1855.

Together with a carte-de-visite Photograph Signed ("Harriet Martineau") showing her seated in an armchair, sewing.

Martineau has copied out an epigram:-

"On parents' knees, a naked, newborn child.
Weeping thou sat'st, while all around thee smiled.
So live that, sinking in thy last long sleep,
Calm thou may'st smile while all around thee weep."

Harriet Martineau wrote tirelessly on the issues which concerned her, feminism, social commentary, political economy, in spite of recurring ill-health. Although she had ostensibly been cured through mesmerism some years before, in 1855 she began to suffer with heart trouble, which no doubt turned her attention once again to her own mortality. In fact, she lived for another twenty years, during which time she completed her autobiography.

Traces of mounting remain, but these are nevertheless a particularly attractive pair of items.


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