* VICTORIA, Queen of England (1819-1901). Autograph letter written in the third person ("The Queen", four times), to Sir Austen Henry Layard. Balmoral Castle, 11 June 1879.
4 pages, 8vo, on a bifolium, black-bordered stationery, a few minor scuffs to border, creased at folds. Victoria thanks the English archaeologist for the gift of Venetian glass, and discusses her recent visit to Italy. She also mentions sending Layard "the 4th Vol of the dear Prince's life…" Sir Austen Henry Layard is known for his excavations of Assyrian and Babylonian remains, and especially for his confirmation of the site of Ninevah. He was British Minister to Constantinople when this letter was written.
Estimate $ 800-1,200
Property from the Robert L. McKay Collection, North Tustin, California