SOTHEBY, William. 18762



Autograph Letter Signed, wishing to present to His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex “a copy of the Hexaglot Georgics”. 1 page 7 x 4 inches, fine. 13 Lower Grosvenor, 30 March 1827. “… or, if it be more respectful for me to have that Honor, I beg you to trouble yourself to inform me when I may personally call at Kensington Palace.” William Sotheby (1757 – 1833) was an English poet and translator. He belonged to a wealthy family, and was educated at Harrow School, then joined the army. He published a few dramas and books of poems, which had limited success; his reputation rests upon his translations of the Oberon of Wieland, the Georgics of Virgil, and the Iliad and Odyssey by Homer. The last two were begun when he was over 70, but he lived to complete them. His Georgics is considered one of the best translations from the classics in the English language.