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Harte, Bret
POR EL REY [Autograph Manuscript]
POR EL REY [Autograph Manuscript]
Author: Harte, Bret
Place of Publication: [No Place]
Publisher: [No Publisher]
Publication Date: c. 1870

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The 177-line poem is probably a fair copy, although Harte has changed 'three hundred' to 'two hundred' on pages 3 and 10. The poem recounts a tale of love between a young bride and the King's Viceroy of Monterey, who is invited to enjoy the droit de Seigneur 'por el Rey.' (Christie's, The Estelle Doheny Collection, Part III, Lot 721, p. 226).

Octavo, 13 pages. In Very Good condition. Bound by Riviere and Son in crushed green leather, with gilt titles to the spine and front board. Boards have mild wear to leather along the spine and at corners, with a small abrasion near the top corner. Minor offsetting to the endpapers from the gilt turn-ins, two horizontal mailing folds to the manuscript pages, and mild toning to the verso of the last page. Original autograph manuscript, likely a fair copy but with corrections, signed by Harte. Written in purple ink on the rectos only. Hand-lettered title page and portrait frontispiece of the author. Estelle Doheny's oval leather bookplate affixed to the front pastedown. CX Consignment. Shelved in Case 0.
Item: 1345864
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