[Moxon & Co., Edward- Autograph Letter Signed] To Bernard Bolingbroke Woodward
by Moxon & Co, Edward
3 pages. A fascinating and informative letter in the backdrop of the historical dispute between many key players (Moxon & Co; its acting manager and later partner, J. Bertrand Payne; the poet Alfred Tennyson; and the illustrator Gustave Dore). A complicated and intertwined series of events (beginning with Edward Moxon's death in 1958) had transpired, culminating in Payne's rise to power in the company and the resultant estrangement of Tennyson (as well as Browning and Swinburne), all factors leading to the decline and ultimate closure of the famed publisher. Signed Moxon & Co., and probably written by one of the principal partners (other than Payne, who is mentioned in the letter), to Bernard Bolingbroke Woodward, influential nonconformist, antiquarian collector, and librarian to the Queen at Windsor Castle. A letter written seemingly in response to queries concerning Gustave Dore as well as the availability and prices of some original illustrations and proofs. On Moxon's 'Dover Street Stationary,' March 6, 1867. "Dear Sir, We will send for a copy of Dore's 'Elaine' for notice in the next No. of the 'Fine Arts Quarterly Review.' Dore was quite mistaken as to the motives which led to his having a commission for the "Idylls of the King..." He adds, "Our literary partner, J. Bertrand Payne, who has studied art as applied to book illustration rather deeply, was long of opinion that the Frenchman's talents would be profitably employed in the depiction of those grandly chivalrie scenes...he discussed the subject with the Laureate & Mr. Palgrave very fully..." He goes on to explain in detail the nature and quality of Dore's illustration, adding, "These drawings are for sale & are thrice the size of the Engravings." He discusses an edition published in Paris, by Hachette et Cie and adds, "so much approved by the Emperor, that through the intervention of Lord Cowley he accepted its dedication for the editor and is about to confer upon him the baron of the region." etc., much more. Glue and mounting marks along outside edges, else very good. (Inventory #: 3023)
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