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In The Presence Of History: The Authoritative Guide To Historical Autographs For Collectors, History Enthusiasts And Investors

In the Presence of History is a large format, full color book with important advice, interesting facts and stories, and beautiful illustrations for those fascinated by historical autographs, whether collectors, history buffs, or investors. It offers a topical, behind-the-scenes look at history through the world of historical documents and autographs. Readers learn how to determine quality and value, what to seek out and buy, how to sell, what to avoid, and which types of autographs are the wisest investments. The book provides the tools people need to begin authenticating autographs for themselves. It also contains a thorough color study of the letters and documents of U.S. Presidents, with hundreds of color illustrations. Book Summary: * The authoritative guide to autographs, including how to buy, sell, authenticate and appreciate autographs. * The most comprehensive color study of the letters and documents of U.S. Presidents ever published. * Topical treatment of autographs on the Internet and autographs as investments. * Hundreds of full color illustrations, dynamically presented, and all from the Raab archives.

Perfect Paperback: 178 pages

Publisher: The Diamond Press; First edition (February 23, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0982338902

ISBN-13: 978-0982338902

Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #2,572,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #42 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Autographs #5559 in Books > Reference > Encyclopedias & Subject Guides > Antiques & Collectibles #54114 in Books > Textbooks > Humanities > History

Readers have the benefit of the authors' unmatched expertise in the field of collecting autographs along with the pleasure of viewing lifelike illustrations of notable historical documents. The Raab Collection which is the business of the authors is a leading dealer in historic autographs. With their reputation going back over 30 years, the Collection has relatives and others associated with important historical figures such as Thomas Jefferson and Dwight Eisenhower coming to them to handle or purchase written memorabilia. Among documents the Raab Collection has dealt with are Abraham Lincoln's order to blockade Southern ports at the start of the Civil War and the first mention by Theodore Roosevelt of his famous phrase "Speak softly and carry a big stick" in a letter. Such autographed items are connected with major points in American history. They are also indicative of the exceptional Americana the Raab Collection concentrates in.The book is a reliable, up-to-date, comprehensive guide for newcomers to the field. Experienced dealers and collectors would profit much from it as well, not only in being brought up to date on certain subjects, means of authentication, purchasing or marketing items, and such, but also in the expert guidance and commentary on somewhat arcane, yet nonetheless important subjects for serious collectors and dealers. The authors don't stress this: But with its numerous clearly-presented illustrations of signed documents and some close-ups of signatures, the book can also be used to some extent as a reference for authenticating autographs or at least as a starting point for this.

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