Autograph Quotation Signed

SARTAIN, John (1808-97)

From Main Street Fine Books & Mss, ABAA (Galena, IL, U.S.A.)

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This London-born American artist was an important and prolific engraver of book illustrations and banknotes, and pioneered the use of mezzotint engravings. AQS, 1p, 6 3/4" X 3 3/4", n.p., 1878 August 7. Near fine. On a lined slip, Sartain handsomely pens a six-line poem titled "Lines for my Library," which reads as follows: "Health, industry, content, prints, pictures, books, / And friends to share them with in cozy nooks. / Leading a tranquil life in thoughtful joy, / Exempt from envy, greed, or care's alloy; / Still ready here on earth to act any part, / Or with death's Angel cheerfully depart." Boldly signed and dated at the conclusion. A charming piece with appropriate mention of that around which Sartain's life revolved: "prints, pictures, books." Whether this stanza was ever published has not been determined. Accompanied by a modern 8½" X 11" reproduction of line drawing head-and-shoulders portrait of Sartain later in life. Bookseller Inventory # 40357

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Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts has been buying and selling quality books, autographs and ephemera since 1991. We specialize in general antiquarian, first editions, signed books and autographs and documents. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MWABA), Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC) and The Manuscript Society.

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