[ Henry Huntingford, classical scholar, praises the work of Richard Watts, former Printer to the University of Cambridge. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Huntingford') [ to Richard Watts ], praising the work on his edition of Pindar,.

Henry Huntingford (1787-1867), classical scholar [ Richard Watts (d.1844), Printer to the University of Cambridge; Thomas Cadell and William Davies, London booksellers and publishers ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ Circa 1814. ]
SKU: 19827

The subject of this letter is Huntingford's 'Pindari Carmina', 'excudit R. Watts sumptibus T. Cadell et W. Davies', published in London in 1814. Watts had been made Printer to the University of Cambridge in 1802, resigning in 1809 because, as Stokes notes in his 'Cambridge Stationers, Printers, Bookbiinders, &c' (1919), 'the Press did not prosper under his rule, although, when he left Cambridge, he did good work as a printer of Oriental volumes'. Between around 1812 and 1815 he was working in Broxbourne. In 1816 he moved to London, where he established the Oriental Type-Foundry, Temple Bar. 2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Huntingford begins by reporting that he 'received the clean sheets' that morning, and by apologising for sending an overweight frank. He continues: 'As this is almost the last time I shall have occasion to write to you, I take the present opportunity to thank you for the ready attention you have paid to my directions in the course of the Work, and to congratulate you on the credit that work will do to the Broxbourne Press, from the beauty of the Types & Paper, and, generally speaking from the great correctness with which it is executed.' In a long postscript he states that he will soon send what 'remains of the Work': 'the Dissertation, the additional Notes from Benedict, & the list of Errata […] The remaining clean sheets can be sent in franks.' The postscript concludes: 'The sooner the Work is done, the better; as I believe the school at Winchester is waiting for it. [ Huntingford was a Wykehamist ] Let me know how long it will take to knock up & bind the copies of the work, which you intend to send out, after the printing is finished.'