• [Abraham Lincoln] Frederick Meserve ALS And Photographic Prints Of His Collection

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                                                    Meserve Grateful For Plaque


    FREDERICK HILL MESERVE (November 1, 1865 – June 25, 1862) was a businessman and collector of historical photographs and Lincoln memorabilia.  Meserve became a zealot for collecting photographs and negatives from 1850 – 1900, especially those of Lincoln.  His collection eventually contained more than 20,000 pieces.  The collection was used by Jules Roine during his work on the Lincoln Centennial Medal and by Victor Brenner, the designer of the head on the Lincoln penny.


    Meserve published a book in 1911 and one in 1941 containing images of Lincoln. Through his activity, Meserve discovered several lost photographs of Lincoln.  His reputation on the history of Lincoln and the collection of photographs was known worldwide.


    His collection of images was so renowned that prints were sometimes made from the original daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and negatives.  One such collection is held at the University of Illinois as part of the Carl Sandburg collection.


    We’re offering a one-page, 8 ½ x 11, TLS, by Meserve, 148 East 78th Street, New York 21, NY, February 12, 1960, on watermarked cream paper and 23 photographic prints from the originals, each attached to a separate sheet, identified with the Meserve number, the date of the original photograph and the city of its origin.  Some include the name of the photographer of the original photograph.


    “I find it hard to put into words how touched and really overcome I am on reading the two generous words of the Placque presented to me this February 12 1860 by the Civil War Round Table of New York.  I shall place this beautifully illuminated tribute on the desk in my Lincoln Library where it will give me constant pleasure. I know it will be valued by my children’s children. I am happy to think they will read what you have written concerning the Meserve Collection and my fortunate association with Lincoln scholars of the past sixty years. With heartfelt gratitude, I am Faithfully yours, Frederick Hill Meserve.”


    A simply wonderful letter by this incredible scholar accompanied by 23 photographic prints of his collection, each of which is identified by the number placed on the original and many with the names of the photographers, including Matthew Brady, T.P. Pearson, C. Jackson, A.J. Whipple, Otto J. Schweizer, Alexander Hesler, N.C. Tuttle and Alexander Gardner.  The print assemblage was made from Meserve numbers 1, 10, 12, 16, 23, 27, 28, 31, 36, 37, 41, 51, 55, 62, 63, 64, 68, 72, 78, 83, 89, 91, 101. 


    The prints are generally clear.  Some reflect the imperfections in the originals.  This is a wonderful addition to any Lincoln collection.


    Everything we sell is guaranteed authentic forever to the original buyer. We also offer a 30-day return policy. If you discover a problem or are dissatisfied with an item, please contact us immediately. Our goal is to please every customer.  We are pleased to be members of The Manuscript Society, Universal Autograph Collectors Club and The Ephemera Society. [PA 105]