HEARNE, Thomas. 18757



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Tho: Hearne’, to “Mrs. Cholmeley, at Mr Heath’s next door to the Fountain Tavern, in the Strand, London”, thanking her for “the six Guineas for the four Copies I sent you on the 20th (for Mr. Constable) of Thomas Otterbourne”. 1 page 9 x 7 inches, light dust soiling and clean marginal tears, with the complete address leaf (bishop mark 26/MR). Edmund Hall, Oxford, 24 march 1732. Very rare. Thomas Hearne (1678 – 1735), English diarist and prolific antiquary, particularly remembered for his published editions of many medieval English chronicles and other important historical texts. “The Money was punctually paid me this day by Godfrey the Waggoner and I acknowledge it to be in full for the said four Copies.” Hearne’s edition of the work of Thomas Otterbourne and John Whethamstede was publsihed as Duo rerum Anglicarum scriptores veteres (1732)We can find only one example of Hearne’s letters being offered for sale at auction. An autograph letter from Hearne to Mrs Catherine Warren (3 pages, 1719) sold at the Enys Collection sale at Bonhams, London, in 2004 for £1900 plus premium.