Lot 1: Magnificent complete collection of every American president from George Washington through Barack Obama, consisting of various formats such as clipped signatures, free franks, documents, and letters, each tipped to an album page in chronological order inside a gorgeous 13.5 x 16.5 leatherbound presentation volume. Engraved portraits and images of the presidents are also affixed throughout. Signers and formats include: George Washington (signature), John Adams (signature), Thomas Jefferson (ALS), James Madison (signature), James Monroe (signature), John Quincy Adams (free frank), Andrew Jackson (signature), Martin Van Buren (free frank), William H. Harrison (DS), John Tyler (signature), James K. Polk (free frank), Zachary Taylor (free frank signature), Millard Fillmore (signature), Franklin Pierce (signature), James Buchanan (signature), Abraham Lincoln (endorsement), Andrew Johnson (signature), Ulysses S. Grant (signature), Rutherford B. Hayes (signature), James A. Garfield (signature), Chester A. Arthur (signature), Grover Cleveland (signature), Benjamin Harrison (check), William McKinley (signature), Theodore Roosevelt (signature), William H. Taft (signature), Woodrow Wilson (White House card), Warren G. Harding (printed speech), Calvin Coolidge (White House card), Herbert Hoover (TLS), Franklin D. Roosevelt (signature), Harry S. Truman (signature), Dwight D. Eisenhower (TLS), John F. Kennedy (campaign ad), Lyndon B. Johnson (bookplate), Richard M. Nixon (TLS), Gerald R. Ford (TLS), Jimmy Carter (TLS), Ronald Reagan (inauguration pass), George Bush (TLS), Bill Clinton (TLS), George W. Bush (bookplate), and Barack Obama (title page). In overall very good to fine condition. A thoughtfully assembled and well-presented set of tremendous appeal.Highlights include:Full ink signature, "George Washington," on an off-white 3.25 x 1 slip clipped from the body of a larger document. Bold ink signature, "John Adams," on an off-white 3.25 x 1 slip.ALS signed "Th: Jefferson," one page, 7 x 5, July 1, 1817. Letter to Mr. Gibson, written from his Poplar Forest estate. In full: "This moment arrived here. I find your favor of June 26 and lest the notes should be wanting, I sign them without loss of time and enclose them with assurance of my great esteem & respect."Civil War–dated autograph endorsement signed as president, "I approve, A. Lincoln," on the reverse of an ALS by Secretary of State William H. Seward, one page, 5 x 8, June 29, . Seward's letter, to editor and power broker Thurlow Weed, in full: "You would cause an important public service by visiting Genl Butler at Fortress Monroe, and conferring with him upon the matters arising there and bringing to us from him an explanation of his views as to the expediency of movement and the manner thereof." Also endorsed on the reverse by General Winfield Scott, "Very good, W. Scott." Lincoln endorsed this letter on the same day his cabinet overruled Scott's recommendation to hold off on a major attack until at least the end of summer as the soldiers were not battle ready. Due to calls from Congress and the press for imminent action, Scott's reservations were ignored—with disastrous consequences the following month at Bull Run.Patriotic red, white, and blue flyer for John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign outlining his achievements in Congress, signed in ballpoint.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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