Autograph Letter Signed

MIKULEC, Joseph F. (1878-?)

From Main Street Fine Books & Mss, ABAA (Galena, IL, U.S.A.)

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The original "Globe Trotter," this Croatian began a walking tour in 1901 that supposedly lasted 28 years, twice circumnavigating the world and logging more than 175,000 miles on foot; he survived by selling picture postcards of himself and lugged with him a large book which he got signed from notable figures from all walks of life from all over the world, including three U.S. presidents (he claimed it contained 50,000 signatures) -- a book that eventually tipped the scales at 58 pounds and became too heavy for him to carry with him and had to be shipped to his next destination -- a book that he tried to sell to famed rare book dealer Dr. Rosenbach in the 1920s for $10,000 (he declined) and whose whereabouts today is unknown; he married in the 1910s and apparently settled down somewhere in the U.S. (perhaps Chicago). ALS, 1p, 8" X 10", Seattle, WA, 22 July 1922. Addressed to James Van Allen Shields (1871-1954), an American businessman and patent lawyer based with the Columbia Gramophone Company in Britain. Very good. Faint age toning and edgewear. On lined paper and in his large childish cursive in vivid purple ink, Mikulec notes that "I am still enroute collecting signatures and intend to go to Japan from here. Some day I shall come to London again." Below his huge signature, he adds "Globe Trotter." Unusual oddity from this eccentric figure. Bookseller Inventory # 41562

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Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts has been buying and selling quality books, autographs and ephemera since 1991. We specialize in general antiquarian, first editions, signed books and autographs and documents. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MWABA), Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC) and The Manuscript Society.

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