Enjoy this video of Swann Galleries’ Autographs Specialist, Marco Tomaschett describing a Civil War-era autograph album in our Autographs sale on November 1.
The album contains eighteen presidential signatures, fourteen of which—including Abraham Lincoln—are on a single page. John F. Kennedy and both Roosevelts are also on that page; Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama signed the following spread.
Lot 118: Album with more than 130 Civil War-era signatures, including Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet, and signed by 18 Presidents, 1864-2010. Estimate $60,000 to $90,000.
Andrew Jackson, William H. Seward, Edwin M. Stanton, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama
Ulysses S. Grant signed on his own page. Additionally, the album was signed by more that 130 Civil War-period political and military figures, including Schuyler Colfax, George Armstrong Custer, Charles Sumner and William Tecumseh Sherman, as well as cultural icons such as P.T. Barnum, who also jotted:
The noblest art is that of making others happy.
The album was discovered in a Boston bookshop in 1954 and maintained by Manuscript Society president Herbert Klingelhofer.