Lot 34: Disraeli (Benjamin, first Earl of Beaconsfield,
December 14, 2012
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Disraeli (Benjamin, first Earl of Beaconsfield, statesman and novelist, 1804-81) Autograph Letter signed with a pseudonym (and crossed out) to Robert Plumer Ward, 4pp., sm. 4to, 11th April 1827, praising in the highest terms Ward's second novel, De Vere or the Man of Independence, 1827, "it is a work as improving as delightful - one which must always be remembered with profit, as it must ever be recurred to with pleasure. The vein of unaffected philosophy, practical wisdom, & characters... however skilfully delineated, must, from our previous acquaintance with them, cease to engage our attentions, & excite our sympathies...", Disraeli singles out for comment the interview with Sir William Flowerdale as being especially interesting to him, "as a young political aspirant", folds, browned; and another an AL.s.signed "D" complaing of influenza, 1833, v.s., v.d. (2). The present letter, written only eleven days before the publication of his own first novel, Vivian Grey, is based on Ward's first novel, Tremaine, or the Man of Refinement, 1825. ***Disraeli plays critic to his first literary mentor..