Titel: The Guinness Book of Autographs. [...
Verlag: Guinness Superlatives, Enfield, first edition, 1977
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Rexine, 4to, 27 cm, 244 pp, ills, facs. "The Guinness Book of World Autographs contains facsimile autographs of about 1600 of the famous - and the infamous. They come from all walks of life, from more than 70 nations and from the eighth century to the present. The great names of history range from Charlemagne to Mao Tse-Tung; there are groups of all the Presidents of the USA, all the British Prime Ministers, all the Napoleonic Marshals and all the English Sovereigns from Richard II. Literature is covered from Chaucer to Beckett; art from da Vinci to Dali; discovery and exploration from Columbus to Neil Armstrong; science from Copernicus to Einstein; sports personalities from Nurmi and Zatopek to Juantorena and Comaneci. Saints and sinners are present in plenty: St. Joan of Arc, St. Francis of Assisi, the Borgias, Guy Fawkes and Dr Crippen. Rare examples include the legendary El Cid, the Black Prince, Nell Gwynne and Cyrano de Bergerac. There are cowboys and indians - Buffalo Bill' and Sitting Bull; and there are representatives of the world of more unusual entertainment - Houdini, Blondin, and 'Grock'. Portions of the MSS of several great English literary works such as Alice in Wonderland, Grey's Elegy and Jane Eyre are included as are holograph extracts from the works of continental and American writers from Boccaccio and Goethe to Nabokov. The world of music is also represented by numerous excerpts from handwritten scores by composers from Palastrina to Stravinsky. The book contains a brief introduction to autograph collecting as a guide to beginners and the amateur. The items are arranged alphabetically for ease of reference with brief biographical details in all cases and autographic comment where appropriate. It will be of real use to the serious collector, to the archivist and librarian and will stimulate and entertain the layman enabling him to appreciate the many-sided character of the subject." - from the blurb. Very Good in spine-sunned dustwrapper. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-03828
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