Lot 129: James Harris [Book & Manuscript Letter]
November 5, 2016
Macon, GA, USALive Auction
Description: Harris, James. PHILOSOPHICAL ARRANGEMENTS BY IAMES HARRIS. London: for John Nourse, 1775. 8vo. Engraved frontis, xiv, 278,  ,279-485 , pp. Bound in period full calf with gilt decoration to spine. Title label lacking, hinges cracked, loss and chipping to extremities, front board more toned than rear and with some soiling. Contents quite clean overall with some occasional light foxing and approximately the last twenty leaves with some light and shallow water-stains to upper margin, some minor worming to lower margin near front (a very small track), Very Good. [SOLD WITH] Manuscript letter dated 1773, from James Harris. 4 pages (final 2 being blank.) 8.75" x 7". Creased, short closed marginal tear, mild age-toning, Very Good. ********************************** James Harris (1709-1780) was an English politician and grammarian, The recipient of the letter is unknown (being simply addressed, "Dear Sir"); however, it appears to have been written to a personal friend who also served in some official capacity. The letter touches on official matters surrounding the Russo-Turkish War in a personal way: "[Illegible] and the Empress of Russia appear not to have come to any Treaty, from the information I have received. Had she beat the Turks, it might have been better perhaps for me." Harris also writes that he will be "in town" at Parliament and inquires about what may be the best location for his stay - somewhere convenient to both "Parliament and the opera." He speaks of the trip as "an annual plague to my family and my self." Provenance: Book with the engraved 19th c. armorial bookplate of Hasler Hollist to front pastedown.