1829 Book by John Gough Nichols - Autographs of Royal, Noble, Learned and Remarkable Personages Conspicuous in English History from the Reign of Richard the Second to that of Charles the Second; with Some Illustrious Foreigners, etc. by John Gough Nichols, editor of Gentleman's Magazine. This is the earliest work on autographs anyone at our company has ever encountered. The preface discusses the fascination that autographs hold to many of us: "In Autographs we contemplate the identical lines traced by the great and good of former days; we place our hands on the spot where theirs once rested; and, in the studied or hasty letter, may pursue their very thoughts and feelings." That pretty much sums it up for us and likely for you, too. First edition, published in London by and for J. B. Nichols and Son, 55 full engraved plates incorporating over 540 autograph examples along with biographical information, folio in size, half morocco, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers, fine condition. An excellent reference work for the historian or collector. PSA/DNA lacks sufficient comparable examples to render an opinion on this item. While we believe it to be authentic as described, it is thus sold without certification.

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