SHREWSBURY, 16th Earl of (John Talbot) (1791-1852).

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This British nobleman took the family's ancient but decrepit manse and built the magnificent castle known as Alton Towers that stands today; well known as the lay leader of English Catholicism in his day, his philanthropic pursuits included constructing a monastery, church and schools and earned him the nickname "Good Earl John." Large bold signature in brown ink, 2 3/4" X 1 3/4" (tipped to 4½" X 7" album leaf), n.p., n.y. Very good. Slight age toning. Below this clipped signature is tipped another slip (3" X 2½") on which is penned in minute 19th century script: "The autograph of John Talbot is the Earl of Shrewsbury the great book collector -- it is genuine & I got it from a person who purchased it in a copy of Wordsworth at the Alton Towers Sale of his library," signed "Hahnhaus." Christie & Mason auctioned off most of the Alton Towers household treasures in July and August of 1857, including a large library. Bookseller Inventory # 29354

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