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    19th Century Autograph Book Belonging to Robert C. Scanland and Containing the Signatures of Lincoln, Grant, Garfield and Many Others. A leather-bound autograph book circa 1860s and containing over 100 pages measuring 4.5" x 7" filled with various signatures, sentiments, and other bits of ephemera as compiled by Robert Scanland of Illinois. The book is accompanied by an article clipped from The Peoria Journal, Feb. 18, 1896 detailing both Scanland's intentions with regards to compiling the signatures therein, as well as recounting how some of the more noted signatures were acquired. The first page of the book contains a CDV size albumen of Scanland, identified by his signature and dating the origin of his venture of autograph collecting to May 1863. The first signature of note is that of Abraham Lincoln and it appears in the first few pages along with that of his private secretary John G. Nicolay who signs beneath. According to the article, Scanland was an acquaintance of Lincoln's during his early law practice, and the signature was obtained during a visit to the White House. Another highlight is the signature of Ulysses S. Grant who adds "IMaj. Gen. U.S.A. / Cairo, 1863". Beneath, in another hand, likely Scanland's, the provenance of where and when the signature was obtained: "on board Steamer 'City of Alton' enroute for Vicksburg". Other signers include: James A. Garfield, Napoleon Buford, Schuyler Colfax, and many more dignitaries and military officers from the 19th Century. Bits of ephemera include a poem in tribute of Lincoln and a ribbon from the re-union of the 21st Illinois Volunteers. The book remains in excellent condition, with a sturdy spine and only negligible toning. A fine relic.

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    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
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