Facsimiles of the autographs of distinguished persons. Collected by Emily S. Holt

London: 1860]. 4to manuscript, approx. 108 leaves, full dark green pebble-grain morocco with elaborate gilt borders on covers enclosing the word "Autographs" on the upper cover, gilt-decorated spine in 6 compartments, gilt-lettered direct in 1; lightly rubbed; very good. Bookplate of Emily Sarah Holt. Hundreds of holograph signatures on the rectos of 108 leaves, beginning with those of the 14th century (Richard II and Charles VI of France) through to the 18th century (Alexander II of Russia, and Harriet Beecher Stowe). Mrs. Holt throughout has made careful and reasonably accurate initations of the handwriting of centuries of famous people, identifying every example in a minuscule Gothic hand. Primarily royalty and heads of state, but also popes, cardinals, bishops, poets, scientists, authors, military figures, etc. from Great Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Prussia, Denmark, and even the United States. Emily Sarah Holt (1836-1893) was an English novelist who wrote over 50 novels, primarily for children. Item #59338

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