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Mary Shelley ALS During Her Travels Through Italy in 1843, Shelley Gives Thanks for Sending Letters Written by Her Late Husband, Percy Shelley

Mary Shelley Autograph Letter Signed, July 10, [1843], Sorrento, Italy, 2 pp., 5.5'' x 7.75'' folded, with address panel on verso. Remnant of red wax seal at top right corner. Very good plus condition. With full translation.

In this rare missive by the ''Frankenstein'' author, Shelley writes to the Italian nobleman Bartolomeo Cini regarding letters written by her late husband Percy Shelley to Cini's mother-in-law, the writer Margaret King, which Shelley hoped to acquire.

Letter in Italian reads, in part, ''...I have received all of the letters about which you wrote to me, and this evening another one arrived to me by way of Signor Lotterelli, and I thank you greatly. We will depart one day this week. So please don't send me any more. When we get to Livorno, I shall repay my debt. Leave a letter for me at your bank in order to let me know how much I owe you. I hope (and how much!) to see dear Nerina in Livorno. That may depend upon the day of our departure, which will be either Thursday or Saturday the 13th or 15th of this month. I pray to God that we have good weather. I very much dislike traveling by sea in bad weather...Mary Shelley''.

Shelley's travels through Europe with her son Percy and his friends formed the basis of her travelogue, ''Rambles in Germany and Italy in 1840, 1842 and 1843''. 

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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