Sale 14BP01 | Lot 60

[AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION] The impressively comprehensive autograph collection of William Waudby

Catalogue: Rare Books, Autographs & Photographs
[AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION]  The impressively comprehensive autograph collection of William Waudby

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Lot 60
[AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION] The impressively comprehensive autograph collection of William Waudby. A unique and diverse collectio...
. A unique and diverse collection, assembled circa 1913, comprising approximately 1000 signed pictorial postcards and various autographs in four albums (one album devoted to the cabinet of R.B. Hayes), two albums of copies of the original letters sent to the signers by Waudby, other related ephemera. Presidents & Politicians include: Theodore Roosevelt (3 examples), Herbert Hoover, Grover Cleveland (2 examples), William Howard Taft (5 examples), Woodrow Wilson (4 examples), Rutherford B. Hayes, William Jennings Bryan (2 examples), Louis Brandeis, Harrison Gray Otis. Military figures: William Tecumseh Sherman, Admiral Dewey, Gen. Daniel Sickles, Nelson A. Miles, a large group of surviving Confederates, WWI personalities. Authors: W.B. Yeats, Mark Twain (2 examples) & his daughter Clara, Jack London, George Bernard Shaw, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, Pierre Loti, Alfred Noyes, Owen Wister, John Burroughs. Explorers & Aviators: Orville Wright, Glenn Curtiss, W.A. Bishop, William S. Luckey (2 examples), Frederick Cook (3 examples), Robert Peary (2 examples), Edward Evans, Roald Amundsen, Vilhjalmur Stefansson. Artists & Illustrators: Palmer Cox, Charles Russell, Frederick Opper, Bud Fisher. Musical personalities: Enrique Caruso, John Philip Sousa. Other autographs of note: H. Clay Ford, E. A. Emerson and others present when Lincoln was assassinated, William Stoddard (Lincoln's secretary), William Pinkerton (detective), John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Chief Wa-Ha-Gunta (oldest living man, Native American), Walter Johnson (baseball star), Thomas Edison (3 examples), Harry Houdini, Rabindranath Tagore, Nikola Tesla, Elbert Hubbard, William Cody (Buffalo Bill - 2 examples), Douglas Fairbanks, and many more. Condition good overall. The postcards held within album at corners (not pasted). Some handling wear and rubbed corners, smudges, postmarks etc. as many were sent through the mail.
William Waudby lived in Washington and worked in the Department of Commerce (biographical information on him included). This remarkable collection spans politics, military, arts, exploration, science, entertainment and other fields. Such comprehensive and documented collecting is rarely encountered.


Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Sold for $37,500 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Sold for $37,500 (includes buyer's premium)

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Rare Books, Autographs & Photographs

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