An Autograph Note Signed ‘W Godwin’

William Godwin (1756-1836)

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DESCRIPTION OF ITEM: An autograph note (ANS) written in black ink and signed ‘W Godwin’ in which he lists the titles of two books - ‘Tracts. Gift of Geo. III No 595’ and ‘Anglia Parliamentary History Vol 20 (not Cobbet’s)’. The item appears to be a request written to a library or bookseller detailing books Godwin wanted to see. HISTORICAL CONTEXT: A political reformer, philosopher, novelist and journalist, Godwin was a leading figure in British radicalism in the late eighteenth century and one of the earliest exponents utilitarianism and philosophical anarchism. Amongst his best known works are ‘An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice’, ‘Things As They Are or The Adventures of Caleb Williams’ and ‘Of Population’ (his reply to Malthus’s ‘Essay On the Principle of Population’ and its criticism of Godwin’s previous works). Married to pioneering feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft, their daughter Mary went on to marry Percy Bysse Shelley and became Mary Shelley - authoress of Frankenstein. DETAILED CONDITION : Slip measures 4.1 inches x 2.1 inches and bears two cancellation marks from when the order had been completed (two large X’s, one of which touches the edge of Godwin’s signature). Light handling marking to right edge and pin mark in centre not touching signature. ALL ITEMS SOLD BY ‘A PIECE OF HISTORY’ CARRY A LIFETIME GUARANTEE OF AUTHENTICITY. SHOULD ANY ITEM EVER BE FOUND NOT TO BE COMPLETELY GENUINE, IT MAY BE RETURNED FOR A FULL REFUND. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 000039


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Titel: An Autograph Note Signed ‘W Godwin’

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