Two (2) Thomas Buchanan Read related items. 1st item: One (1) Thomas Buchanan Read cut signature with two (2) cartes de visite (CDV) together in a card stock scrapbook holder. Cut signature reads "T. Buchanan Read" with additional inscription reading "Chicago 1866" below the CDV of Read on the card stock. The second CDV depicts a middle age woman, identified by an ink inscription in Italian with the name "Elizabeth Loureneer" below, on a piece of cut paper, an additional Italian ink inscription with "April 1868 Florence" below, on a piece of cut paper and on the card stock, with printed initials "EL" on a piece of paper, right of CDV. A dried spray of flower is pasted below the CDV and inscriptions with an ink inscription reading "From the Val l'Erna Florence 1868", below. Cut signature – 1/2" H x 2 3/8" W. CDVs approximately 3 3/4" H x 2 1/4" W. Card stock holder – 9 1/4" H x 6 1/4" W. 2nd item: A Summer Story, Sheridan's Ride and Other Poems by Thomas Buchanan Read, 1865. J. B. Lippincott and Company, Philadelphia. 12mo, 154 pages hardbound in tooled brown cloth with gilt lettering to spines, brown end papers. 7 3/4" H x 5 1/8" W x 3/4" D. Provenance: Living estate and collection of internationally known ragtime pianist and historian Johnny Maddox, Gallatin, TN. CONDITION: 1st item: Cut signature in overall good condition with area of dampstaining to lower right below signature (does not affect signature). CDVs with foxing spots to be expected from age (CDVs not examined outside of card stock holder). Card stock holder with foxing spots, tears, toning, dampstaining, areas of loss, to be expected from age. 2nd item: Covers with shelf wear, scuffs, areas of loss, corners bumped. Pages with few foxing spots, light toning, pencil inscriptions, sticker residue from previous owners or retailers, front end paper torn from binding.
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