Document signed ("Richard Lovelace"), appointing Isaac Hunt as Lovelace's attorney for the sale of Mungeam farm to John Mungeam of Smarden. Richard Lovelace.
Document signed ("Richard Lovelace"), appointing Isaac Hunt as Lovelace's attorney for the sale of Mungeam farm to John Mungeam of Smarden

Rare Signature of Richard Lovelace

Document signed ("Richard Lovelace"), appointing Isaac Hunt as Lovelace's attorney for the sale of Mungeam farm to John Mungeam of Smarden.

29 March 1647.

Pen and ink on one parchment membrane (210 x 290 mm), parchment tag with armorial wax seal, three witness signatures on the dorse, including the poet's brother Dudley Lovelace. Rare Signature of Richard Lovelace. Tear in top left margin not affecting text, small portion of seal missing. In a custom red morocco-backed folding-box CELM LoR 63. Provenance: Robert S Pirie (purchase Phillips, London, 14 June 1990, lot 37, through Quaritch). Item #304172

Extremely rare example of the signature of cavalier poet Richard Lovelace (1617-1657) — the only known privately owned example of his hand. Save for his "To Althea, from Prison", of which contemporary manuscript copies are known, Lovelace's work achieved limited popularity in his time and there is a corresponding derth of manuscript material in his hand. Only one complete manuscript in Lovelace's hand — a petition to the House of Commons — is known to exist. His signature appears on a series of 13 documents, of which this is one, relating to land transactions in Kent.

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