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    Fabulous U.S. Presidents Autographs Collection in Presentation Book A spectacular assemblage of autographs collected in a lovely presentation book by the great artist/cartoonist Max Gaines, the man credited with inventing the "comic book" in 1933. Gaines developed what became the modern pulp with such titles as Famous Funnies and Carnival of Comics. This assemblage of autographs, many of them letters and documents, are housed in a hard-bound presentation book bound in red leather with gold tooling. The cover bears color portraits of Washington and Lincoln surrounded with detailed tooling in red, white, blue and gold. The volume includes examples to represent each American president form George Washington through Harry S. Truman. INCLUDES: George WASHINGTON, partly-printed document signed, "Go:Washington," 8.4" x 13", [New Windsor], June 8, 1783, a discharge for Corp. Mark Karr countersigned by Jonathan TRUMBULL, JR., silked, minor marginal losses repaired; John ADAMS, partly-printed document signed, "John Adams," as President, 11.5" x 17", April 15, 1800, a Mediterranean ship's passport issued to the ship Alnomac; Thomas JEFFERSON, partly-printed document signed, "Th:Jefferson," as President, 12" x 15", Washington, October 9, 1804, a land grant for 160 acres in Ohio to a Revolutionary War veteran from Virginia, countersigned by James MADISON as Secretary of State, with attached supplemental document signed by Henry DEARBORN as Secretary of War; James MADISON, partly-printed document signed, "James Madison," as President, 11" x 14.5", Washington, February 10, 1816, a Mediterranean ship's passport issued to the ship Debby & Eliza, countersigned by James MONROE as Secretary of State; James MONROE, partly-printed document signed, "James Monroe," as President, 11.5" x 14.75", Washington, September 23, 1820, a certificate for land in Ohio for a Revolutionary War veteran from Virginia; John Quincy ADAMS, partly-printed document signed, "J. Q. Adams," as President, 14.25" x 9.5", Washington, January 1, 1827, a land certificate; Andrew JACKSON, partly-printed document signed, "Andrew Jackson," as President, 14" x 18", Washington, July 16, 1832, a military commission for Lieutenant Jonathan D. Ferris; Martin Van BUREN, autograph letter signed, "M.V.Buren," as President, 4.9" x 7.9", [n.p.], July 26, 1829 requesting that a letter be delivered "...upon the Subject of Banks..."; William Henry HARRISON, manuscript document signed twice, "Willm. Henry Harrison", 7.5" x 9.25", Mansfield, October 30, 1812, being receipts for supplies; John TYLER, partly-printed document signed, "John Tyler," 8" x 6.3", Washington, June 22, 1841, an order to affix the seal "to the order for the pardon of James Greeves", small losses at top; James Knox POLK, partly-printed document signed, "James K. Polk," as President, 18" x 14.1", Washington, March 31, 1848, an appointment of a consul for Cayenne, French Guiana, countersigned by James BUCHANAN as Secretary of State; Zachary TAYLOR, manuscript letter signed twice, "Z. Taylor Lt. Col. 1st. Infy Comdg," and, "Z.T," in postscript, 8" x 9.75", Fort Crawford, September, 3, 1829, returning a casualty report to the Adjutant General in Washington; Millard FILLMORE, partly printed document signed, "Millard Fillmore," as President, 7.75" x 9.8", Washington, July 24, 1850, an order appointing Michael Nourse to assume the duties of Register of the Treasury during the absence of Townsend Haines; Franklin PIERCE, partly-printed document signed, "Franklin Pierce," as President, 15" x 12", Washington, July 7, 1855, an appointment of the consul for the Hanseatic Town of Lübeck; James BUCHANAN, manuscript document signed, "James Buchanan," as President, two pages, 10.75" x 17", Washington, May 20, 1859, a pardon for Alexander Eggleston, partial fold separation; Abraham LINCOLN, partly-printed document signed, "Abraham Lincoln," as President, 14" x 12", Washington, July 25, 1862, an appointment of Friedrich Kuhne as "Consul of the Principality of Reuss of the Younger Line..."; Andrew JOHNSON, manuscript document signed, "Andrew Johnson," as President, 7.75" x 10", Washington, November 13, 1864; appointing John F. Hartley to perform the duties of Secretary of Treasury Hugh McCulloch during the latter's absence; Ulysses S. GRANT, manuscript document signed, "U.S. Grant," as President, 2 pages, 10.5" x 15.4", Washington, April 2, 1874, a rare presidential pardon for Michael Kane, imprisoned for manslaughter, countersigned by Hamilton FISH as Secretary of State; Rutherford B. HAYES, partly-printed document signed, "R. B. Hayes", as President, 14.5" x 18.25", Washington, December 21, 1880, an ornate naval commission for Rear Admiral Donald M. N. Fairfax; James A. GARFIELD, autograph letter signed, "J. A. Garfield," as Congressman, 7.5" x 9.75", Washington, November 26, 1879 to President Rutherford B. Hayes recommending a political supporter for the consulship for Honolulu, endorsed on the verso by eight fellow Congressmen including future President William McKINLEY; (Chester Alan ARTHUR) Land certificate bearing his secretarial signature, Washington, September, 10, 1883; Grover CLEVELAND, partly-printed document signed, "Grover Cleveland," as President, 17" x 14.5", May 16, 1893 appointing A. B. Baker as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Arizona Territory, countersigned by Attorney General, Richard OLNEY; Benjamin HARRISON, partly-printed document signed, "Benjn. Harrison," as President, 9.8" x 7.75", Washington, November 25, 1889, an order to affix the seal of the United States to "envelope containing my letter addressed to General Hyppolite, President of the Republic of Hayti[sic] on his election to that office..."; William McKINLEY, partly-printed document signed, "William McKinley," 15" x 18.5", Washington, March 12, 1901, a military commission countersigned by Elihu ROOT as Secretary of War; Theodore ROOSEVELT, partly-printed document signed, "Theodore Roosevelt," as President, 14.3" x 18.5", Washington, March 2, 1903, a military commission countersigned by Elihu ROOT as Secretary of War; William Howard TAFT, typed letter signed, "Wm. H. Taft," as President 7" x 8.9" on White House letterhead, Washington, April 1, 1910 concerning his willingness to "...appoint Professor Rowe, but there were some reasons of a specific character which prevented [me]. I do not want to put them into a letter..."; Woodrow WILSON, partly-printed document signed, "Woodrow Wilson" as President, 18.1" x 14.5", Washington, November 1, 1916, an appointment of Maud Fellheumer as Notary Public for the District of Columbia; Warren G. HARDING, partly-printed document signed, "Warren G. Harding" as President, two pages, 10.5" x 16", Washington, October 21, 1921, a formal request to extradite John B. Thomson, accused of forgery, from England, countersigned by Charles Evans HUGES as Secretary of State; Calvin COOLIDGE, partly-printed document signed, "Calvin Coolidge" as President, 19.2" x 15.5", Washington, December 1, 1925, an appointment of Thomas W. Chilton as Consul to Oporto, Portugal, countersigned by Frank B. KELLOG as Secretary of State; Herbert HOOVER, typed letter signed, "Herbert Hoover," 8.5" x 11", Washington, May 29, 1917; Franklin D. ROOSEVELT, typed letter signed, "Franklin D. Roosevelt," as Governor of New York, 8" x 10.5", Albany, April 8, 1930 to a woman noting that "...I am so glad that you enjoyed Warm Springs. It was good of you to let me see those snapshots...", light toning; Harry S. TRUMAN his signature on a 1948 campaign poster measuring 13.9" x 18.5", minor creases and wear. Overall this book and its contents are in excellent condition. The inside front cover bears Max Gaines' personal bookplate. Besides being the inventor of the comic book, Max Gaines was the father of William Gaines, who was 25 when his father died 1947 in a freak boating accident, leaving the son in charge of E. C. Comics. Of course most of us know the younger Gaines would go on to found Mad Magazine! This is a marvelous collection that would stand the test of time as a family legacy... honoring each Executive... from our Founding Father-Presidents through those who guided us through the Second World War. This is a monumental offering. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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    April, 2005
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