Original Elbert Hubbard Hand-corrected Manuscript on P T Barnum and Sylvester Z Poli Roycroft Roycrofters


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Here is an unusual Roycroft item–a typed manuscript with handwritten corrections by Elbert Hubbard, on theatre manager Sylvester Z Poli with more than a few nods to famous showman P T Barnum! The piece is titled ” A Little Journey to the Home of a Great Amusement Manager”, lauding Poli for his successful theater in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where Barnum was based. There are 10 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ pages to the manuscript and it appears complete. As far as I can tell, this manuscript was never published and so is new material available from Hubbard’s creative mine. The manuscript is from the Richard Blacher collection and guaranteed authentic.

Another Hubbard manuscript I sold came with a page by Elbert Hubbard II, where he said of Hubbard: “His habit came to be to dictate practically all of his writings to a secretary who transcribed them in typewriter leaving wide spacing in which Mr Hubbard could make corrections and inject any new ideas that might come to him.” The manuscript is a wonderful view into Hubbard’s creative process, as well as his positive impressions of Bridgeport and the people who helped build it.