November 1, 2016, 1:30 PM EST
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Lot 118: (PRESIDENTS--CIVIL WAR--ALBUM.) Album containing over 130 signatures of mostly Civil War political and military notables, including Abr(153 views)
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Description: INCLUDES LINCOLN, BOTH ROOSEVELTS, JFK, AND TEN OTHER PRESIDENTS ON SAME PAGE (PRESIDENTS--CIVIL WAR--ALBUM.) Album containing over 130 signatures of mostly Civil War political and military notables, including Abraham Lincoln and nearly his entire cabinet; including Ulysses S. Grant, David Farragut and over 15 others of the highest ranking officers of the Army and Navy; including Charles Sumner, Schuyler Colfax, and many other leading Senators and Representatives of the 38th U.S. Congress; and including 18 U.S. Presidents with every consecutive President from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama. Most written 2-3 per page, most on rectos only, most including rank or state, last 17 leaves blank. 8vo, morocco, edges rubbed; front hinge cracked, first gathering nearly loose, minor scattered soiling; cloth chemise and slipcase. [Vp, 1864-2010]
Presidents: Abraham Lincoln * Andrew Johnson * Ulysses S. Grant * Theodore Roosevelt * Herbert Hoover * Franklin D. Roosevelt * Harry S. Truman * Dwight D. Eisenhower * John F. Kennedy * Lyndon B. Johnson * Richard Nixon * Gerald Ford * Jimmy Carter * Ronald Reagan * George H.W. Bush * Bill Clinton * George W. Bush * Barack Obama.
The Lincoln Cabinet: Vice Presidents Andrew Johnson and Hannibal Hamlin * Sec. of State William H. Seward * Secretaries of Treasury Salmon P. Chase, William P. Fessenden, and Hugh McCulloch * Sec. of War Edwin M. Stanton * Sec. of the Navy Gideon Welles * Postmasters General William Dennison, Jr. and Montgomery Blair * Sec. of the Interior John Palmer Usher.
Military officers: George Armstrong Custer * Philip Sheridan * Robert Anderson * David Farragut * Henry Halleck * Nathaniel Prentice Banks * Lew Wallace * Winfield Scott Hancock * Benjamin Franklin Butler * Montgomery Meigs * Quincy Adams Gillmore * William B. Hazen * John Aaron Rawlins * James Henry Lane * William Gamble * others.
Congressmen: Charles Sumner * Solomon Foot * Daniel Clark * Schuyler Colfax * Samuel S. Cox * Thaddeus Stevens * others.
Miscellaneous: Charles Anderson Dana * Henry Jarvis Raymond * P.T. Barnum. Autograph Quotation Signed: "The noblest art / Is that of making others happy. / P T Barnum / March 28th 1858" * George Francis Train. Autograph Quotation Signed: "The Future / There is a rainbow in the sky / Upon the path where tempests trod, / 'Twas written by a hand on High / It is the Autograph of God. / Geo:FrancisTrain" * others.
The album was purchased in 1954 from Goodspeed's Book Shop by collector and Manuscript Society president Herbert Klingelhofer (1915-2015), who obtained the presidential signatures beginning with Hoover, and from whom it passed to the present owner, Klingelhofer's descendants.
with--Herbert Klingelhofer's 1954 Goodspeed's purchase receipt for the album * Letters from secretaries accepting or returning the album to be autographed, most with the original envelope: Bernice Miller, secretary to Hoover, New York, 9 September 1955; Evelyn Lincoln, secretary to Kennedy, 20 February 1962; Juanita D. Roberts, secretary to Johnson, 14 April 1964; Fram Voorde, scheduling director to Carter, 19 December 1976; David C. Fischer, secretary to Reagan, 2 December 1980; Robert Moore, associate of G.H.W. Bush's secretary Lisa Jobe, 28 November 1988 * Color photograph showing Obama signing the album, .
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