Lot 695: English writer and printer (1689-1761) known for his three epistolary novels: Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded; Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady; and The History of Sir Charles Grandison. Partly-printed DS, signed "Saml. Richardson," one page, 7.5 x 8.5, August 1, 1745. Financial document for an annuity. In part: "Received by me...the Sum of Twenty Eight pounds fifteen shills...for Three Months Annuity...of one Hundred and fifteen Pounds per Annum, by Virtue of an Act of Parliament, (Entitled, An Act for Granting to their Majesties certain Rates and Duties upon Beer, Ale, and other Liquors, for securing certain Recompences and Advantages mentioned in the said Act, or other subsequent Act or Acts, for purchasing the Reversions of the said Annuities." Crisply signed at the conclusion by Richardson and countersigned by a witness. Intersecting folds, small tears to trimmed edges, scattered toning and soiling, and some show-through from a diagonal notation to reverse, otherwise fine condition. At this time Richardson was working on the seminal work Clarissa, regarded as a masterpiece of English literature and one of the longest novels ever written.
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