DescriptionHerman Melville Signature in full in ink on heavy stock, 8" x 5", adding "Arrowhead, 1872" beneath his name. Melville was an American writer who worked as a cabin boy on frigates and whalers, and went on to write Moby Dick and Billy Budd. While considered a literary masterpiece now, Moby Dick was not popular with his contemporaries, receiving poor reviews and never even selling out its first edition in Melville's lifetime.
Laid down beneath Melville's signature is the signature of Mary A. Lathbury, a famous author associated with the Chautauqua Movement, WCTU activist, and writer of several still-popular Christian hymns. On the verso are the signatures and handwritten quotes of Isabel (Lady Henry) Somerset and Frances Willard on verso. These two women were close friends and national leaders in the Temperance movement both in the U.S. and Great Britain. An excellent group of signatures. Eroded paper surface and glue remnants not touching signature itself. Very good condition.
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