For the collector of Victoriana or autographs of noted writers, here is an authentic signature of the English 19th century novelist and satirist WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY (1811-1863), found on what appears to be a library slip. The writing on the slip refers to the borrowing of the book "Histoire de la Reine Zarah et les Zarasiens", 1712. This little piece of history gives some indication of the reading habits of the famous author. Condition of the slip is typical of what would be expected of a mid 19th century piece of paper---toned unevenly and other small faults like creases and a pinhole, but the brown ink signature and writing is not smeared. The oval engraving of Thackeray likewise is toned/browned but very presentable. The old original mat should be replaced with acid free materials. Thackeray was as well known as Charles Dickens in his day, though today he is somewhat less known. His famous "Vanity Fair", a portrait of English society in the mid 19th century, is his most read work today. I acquired this piece in the San Francisco Bay area more than 30 years ago.
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