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There is some pleasant chat in ‘Chambers’s Journal’ for June about the trade that is done in the buying and selling of autographs. One whose business is selling the signatures of famous persons says that tho demand varies. “At one time I did a great trade in William Blacks, but there is not such a demand for him now. I do a fair business in Miss Braddons ; she is always on demand, and the sale of her is steady. Lately there has been a very good thing to be made with Rudyard Kipliags; and there is a fair demand for Barrie; I send a good many of them to Scotland.” He went on to explain that there were some two dozen persons in England who went in for autographs seriously and systematically. “ All the dealers know them. Long before a man becomes in great demand these collectors have secured him, not a mere autograph, but a letter—often a very interesting one. There is one of my customers who has three huge folios, like large atlases, full of autographs. I forget the date of the earliest, but I know he has Christopher Columbus. He has some Cromwells, most of them printed by Carlyle. Cromwell’s letters are not very commonly to be met with; his mere autograph is not very valuable. The man lam speaking of has got a signature of Cromwell’s father, a wonderfully valuable thing.”

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SALE OF AUTOGRAPHS., Issue 10417, 11 September 1897, Supplement

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SALE OF AUTOGRAPHS. Issue 10417, 11 September 1897, Supplement

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