Renown Abraham Lincoln Collector Frederick Meserve ANS

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FREDERICK H. MESERVE (1865-1932) was a world-renown collector of Lincoln and Civil War photography, ephemera, maps and books. He began collecting Lincolniana in 1897 with the intention of illustrating his father’s Civil War diary. He continued collecting over the next 60 years, eventually amassing 200,000 pieces including some previously “lost” or unknown images of Lincoln. Meserve’s collection was so esteemed for its completeness that he essentially became the custodian of “Lincoln’s image.”  He was approached by medal and currency engravers and sculptors of Lincoln’s Memorial Monument for direct access to his presidential photographs.  In 2015, the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection was acquired by the Yale Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in New Haven, CT.

ANS, 3 1/3 x 4 3/4, entirely in Meserve’s hand: “I regret that I exepct to be out of the city on May 12th. F.H. Meserve”

The cream paper has a paperclip ghost impression in the upper left corner. Else in excellent condition.

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