Anthony Panizzi

Panizzi, Anthony

British librarian (1797-1879). Autograph letter signed. British Museum. 8vo. 1 page.
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To a lady: "We have two copies of Stewart's tokens [?] & therefore I cannot purchase your friend's. I have no doubt we receive regularly the Bouquet for which I beg again you will accept my thanks [...]". - The "Bouquet" was a literary magazine run by aristocratic women based on the far side of Regent's Park. Only subscribers were allowed to contribute, and each had to choose the name of a flower to sign her work: Jean Middlemass was "Mignonette", Lady Hester Browne "Bluebell", and the Knatchbull sisters "Kingcups".

The young Christina Rossetti contributed Italian verses under the name of "Calta". - For the last ten years of his work life Panizzi served as Principal Librarian of the British Museum. - Traces of old mounting to verso..

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