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Autograph letter signed, with instructions to Messrs Harper & Co. to send out copies of The Lake Regions.
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BURTON, Richard F.

Autograph letter signed, with instructions to Messrs Harper & Co. to send out copies of The Lake Regions.

Published: Panama: 1860

Stock code: 77160

Price: £2,000

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A letter from Burton sending out presentation copies of his most recent book following his sojourn in the American West. He asks his publishers to “oblige” him “by forwarding (for my expense) copies of The Lake Regions to the following directions and by letting me know what my bill for them to you is … [list of three names in Canyon City and Virginia City, Utah Terr.; and 5 names in California] … the latter to be addressed in the care of Wm. Lane Booker Esq. H.M. Consul, San Francisco, Cal. Believe me ever, yours sincerely, Richd F. Burton.” The postage amounts in each case have been added and tallied, with a note in another hand to charge both books & postage. One of the recipients is a judge in Carson City, a place described by Burton as being full of “legal vultures — attorneys, lawyers, and judges … In and about Carson City a dead man for breakfast was the rule” (Rice). Burton sent this letter to his American publishers from the “horrible, wet, dull, and dirty” town of Panama. He was about to return to England.

One page quarto, 23 lines in Burton’s hand, subsequently annotated in two other hands. Lightly browned, light creases from old mailing folds, docketed verso.

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