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Lot 1: (ALBUM.) Autograph album containing over 200 signatures by political, military and other notables, including Abraham Lincoln, most of h

AUTOGRAPHS

by Swann Auction Galleries

01 November 2016

New York, NY, USA

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Description: THE MEN WHO ABOLISHED SLAVERY (ALBUM.) Autograph album containing over 200 signatures by political, military and other notables, including Abraham Lincoln, most of his cabinet, and most members of the 38th U.S. Congress who voted in favor of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, first kept by John Ganson, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives between 1863 and 1865. The president and nearly all congressmen inscribed the album pages in June of 1864, a few autographs laid in, the others mounted, most three per page on rectos only. Square 8vo, gilt-lettered cloth, worn; text block shaken with several gatherings loose or detached. Vp, 1850-74

Notes: Presidents: Abraham Lincoln. Signature * Andrew Johnson. Clipped signature, in pencil, on slip of paper, mounted * Ulysses S. Grant. Signature on visiting card, mounted at corners * Millard Fillmore. Signature and date * James Buchanan. Clipped Signature, on slip of paper, mounted at corners * James A. Garfield. Signature * Grover Cleveland. Photograph Signed, cabinet card bust portrait. Signed in the blank lower margin, laid in.
Military: George Armstrong Custer. Signature, in pencil, mounted * George McClellan. Clipped Signature, on slip of paper, mounted * Robert E. Lee. Clipped Signature, on slip of paper, mounted * William T. Sherman. Signature and rank, on visiting card, mounted at corners * Philip Sheridan. Signature and rank, on visiting card, mounted at corners * William W. Belknap. Signature and date, on printed "Secretary of War" visiting card, mounted at corners. 12 September 1874 * others.
Miscellaneous: Brigham Young. Signature, on visiting card, markedly soiled and mounted at corners * James Russell Lowell. Signature and date, on visiting card, mounted at corners. 19 December 1874 * Henry W. Longfellow. Signature, on slip of paper, mounted * Louis Agassiz. Signature and date, on slip of paper, mounted. 21 December 1863 * Cornelius Vanderbilt. Signature, on visiting card, mounted at corners * Thomas Nast. Signature and date, on visiting card, mounted at corners. 25 September 1874 * William Dean Howells. Brief ALS, to Mr. Ganson. 1 page, mounted at corners. 16 October 1874 * P.T. Barnum. Signature and date, on slip of paper, mounted at corners. 13 October 1874 * others.
Complete list of signers available upon request.
Provenance: Representative John Ganson (1818-1874); thence by descent to Charles F. Ganson; thence by descent to Mabel Ganson Dodge Luhan; thence by descent to John Ganson Evans; thence by descent to Spencer Evans; thence by descent to the present owner.

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