ROBERT JAMESON Autograph Letter Signed.
Professor Robert Jameson FRS, British (Scottish) naturalist and mineralogist. Teacher of Charles Darwin.
ALS. 1p plus integral blank leaf. Edinburgh. October 18th 1849. To "Dear Sir".
"I have much pleasure in answering your note."
8vo. Approx 8 x 5.25 inches. The integral bank leaf is partially affixed to the text leaf by the paste that was originally used when the letter was mounted in an album. There is some browning and discolouration from the aging of the paste and mounting residue to the verso of the blank leaf.
Professor Robert Jameson was Charles Darwin's teacher in zoology and geology at Edinburgh University. He was an eminent naturalist and had established one of the finest collections of specimens in the world, although Darwin is said to have found his lectures very dull. Robert Jameson also taught the young Thomas Carlyle and was an associate of the bird artist, John James Audubon. Robert Jameson's autograph is uncommon.
Provenance: From a 19th century album compiled by Parker-Hammond Jr. Master Parker-Hammond was an enthusiastic and early collector of autographs and a particular liking for scientists and academics. The majority of his autographs were obtained by the simple expedient of writing to his "victims" and requesting their autograph letter in response.