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Lot 37

Audubon, Lucy. Autograph Letter Signed ("Lucy Audubon"). Two pages, recto and verso and intertext, quarto, Louisville, January March 1832. Addressed on verso of the second page to Mrs. Gifford, Duffield Bank, near Derby, England. A full transcript is included. Transmittal folds, wax seal stain faint through all pages, 1½" paper loss at right edge of page two probably from removal of wax seal. Rare. Very good to fine.

Exceptional content in this letter to Lucy's cousin with details of the travels and work of the Audubons in the form of an extract from John Audubon's January 18, 1832 letter to his wife, written in St. Augustine, and praise from a Philadelphia newspaper. Audubon writes: "…Since I wrote to you last, I have discovered, shot and drawn a new Ibis, and have named it Tantalus Firs Cus…I have discovered three new species of heath…also a beautiful new Kalinia and several extraordinary parasitical plants…" Mrs. Audubon writes "…I do not know exactly when I shall see my husband, he is making a great sacrifice of comfort, money, and time from his family to improve and prosecute his Birds of America…" The Philadelphia Gazette article lauds Audubon's efforts and the success of his books.
Estimated Value $700 - 800.


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