Autographs and Manuscripts: A Collector's Manual

Autographs and Manuscripts: A Collector's Manual

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Autographs and Manuscripts: A Collector's Manual

Sponsored by the Manuscript Society, Autographs and Manuscripts offers the collector of autographs and manuscripts a comprehensive manual of the history and fundamentals of autograph collecting and of the various fields and areas of specialization in which to collect. The articles range in coverage from broad concepts such as the development of writing and notes on writing materials to specific topics such as the legal ramifications of manuscript collecting and autographs of the American Civil War. The collecting of autographs and manuscripts has been pursued throughout the history of the recorded word. While the work of philologists, historians, and paleographers has been of vital importance in unveiling the secrets of the past, the activities of the collector have played an important part in safeguarding cultural treasures. This book consists of articles written by contributors who have been chosen for their expertise in a certain area of collecting. Conceived form the beginning as a basic reference book, Autographs and Manuscripts includes articles on some of the traditional areas of collecting, such as American literary autographs, and some areas that would not be as obvious, such as autographs and manuscripts of radicals and reformers. The authors describe the appeal of specialization, note what material is available, and suggest new approaches or new subspecialties. Because they are valuable as a means of comparison within the articles in which they appear, prices of autographs are often included. A unique undertaking in its field, Autographs and Manuscripts: A Collectors Manual will be a permanent resource for both the serious collector and the layman and is essential for dealers, researchers, curators, and booksellers.

 

 

Specifications

  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684156229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684156224
  • Paperback: 565 pages