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SCOTT Sir Walter - Autograph Letter Signed sending proofs to his printer

  • £395.00

Sir Walter SCOTT (1771-1832)

Autograph Letter Signed (“WScott”) to “Dear James” [identified in pencil on the verso as his printer, James Ballantyne] sending him some sheets [not present] which were ready to go to press.

1 page 12mo with integral blank leaf, n.p., n.d. [“Wednesday morning”].              

I remit the sheets Y.3. which may go to press. The match box was what I wanted & mentioned in my note[.] It is of great use to save time of which I have little at present.”

In a postscript, he adds “I must leave the contents to you.”

Scott was a partner in Ballantyne’s printing business, which collapsed as a result of the financial crisis of 1825. Scott found himself deeply in debt as a result, a situation he chose to deal with by continuing to write at a prodigious rate rather than declare bankruptcy. The popularity of his works meant that the debts were eventually cleared, although only after his death which may in part have been brought on by exhaustion.


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