Lot 126
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Lynch, Thomas, signer of the Declaration of Independence from South Carolina

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  • Lynch, Thomas, signer of the Declaration of Independence from South Carolina
  • [From Thomas Lynch's library with his signature]. Virgil. The Bucolicks. London: Osborne, 1749. 
  • Ink and paper, leather
Signature ("T Lynch Jun") on upper right corner of the title-page of The Bucolicks of Virgil. London, Osborne, 1749.

8vo (8 x 5 in.; 202 x 130 mm). Title-page browned. Contemporary calf; used and rubbed, rebacked with by linen. Brown morocco case. 


Thomas Lynch, Jr, ownership inscription (with certificate of Maxwell Pringle of Charleston, stating that he had obtained it from a relative of Lynch, Pinckney Johnson); John Gribbel of Philadelphia, bookplate; Justin G. Turner, bookplate; Philip D. Sang (sale, Sotheby's New York, 26 April 1978, part lot 262); Forbes collection (sale, Christie's New York, 15 November 2005, part III, lot 9). 


Not in Joseph Fields,"A Signer and his Signatures, or the Library of Thomas Lynch Jr.," in Harvard Library Bulletin (1960)

Catalogue Note

A fine example of Lynch's rare autograph.

Lynch was the only son of a prosperous rice planter, who sent him to England to receive a classical education; Lynch was the only Signer to attend Eton and Cambridge. He assembled a small gentleman's library, and his ownership signatures in his books have provided the bulk of the known examples of his autograph. In Joseph Fields's census, forty-eight of the eighty-one examples are signatures clipped from title-pages or fly-leaves of his books. Others are entire title-pages that have been excised from their volumes. This is one of the few complete signed books that survive from Lynch's library.

Thomas Lynch Jr. was only twenty-seven when he was elected to the Continental Congress, partly so that he could care for his father who suffered a stroke while serving in Philadelphia as a South Carolina delegate. The son served in Congress from late April until mid-August 1776. On their homeward journey, Lynch Sr. died and Lynch Jr.'s health deteriorated. He retired from public life and was lost at sea in 1779.