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JAPANESE AUTOGRAPH SET - AMBASSADORS SHINMI, MURAGAKI: di Cesnola, Luigi

di Cesnola, Luigi Palma; Shinmi (Simme) Buzen-no-kami Masaoki; Muragaki Awaji-no-kami Norimasa; Metsuke Oguri Bungo-no-kami Tadamasa

Published by 1860/1873 (1860)

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From: Second Story Books, ABAA (Rockville, MD, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: 1860/1873, 1860. Two sheets of paper attached, each to one side, to another sheet of paper measuring 9" x 6". The first, measuring approximately 6" x 5", contains the autographs of three eminent Japanese collected in the United States. Ambassador Shinmi (Simme) Buzen-no-kami Masaoki, Vice-Ambassador Muragaki Awaji-no-kami Norimasa and Metsuke Oguri Bungo-no-kami Tadamasa served as the first embassy of Japan to the USA in 1860. These autographs were collected in Philadelphia while the party were en route from Washington DC to New York in early June of 1860. On the reverse is another sheet, measuring approximately 8" x 5", with an ALS written by Luigi Palma di Cesnola, dated Jan 31st, 1873. Di Cesnola was a General during the American War of the Rebellion, United States consul at Larnaca in Cyprus, and the first Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. DI consignment. Shelved DI Autograph folder. Dupont. Seller Inventory # 9-87-1277109

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CESNOLA, Luigi Palma di

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About this Item: Condition: Near Fine. One page Letter Signed ("L.P. de Cesnola") on Metropolitan Museum stationery dated 12 December 1883. The body of the letter, extending membership in the museum to a Mr. Epiphalet W. Tyler and requesting the $10 annual fee, is probably in a secretarial hand. Light wear to the extremities, folded as mailed, near fine, housed in an older cardboard letter folder. Cesnola was a wildly controversial and fascinating figure. Born the son of an Italian Count, he gained his military training in the Italian Revolutionary Army. Moving to America, he ran a private school for officers during the Civil War, later enlisted as an officer, won a Medal of Honor, was captured and incarcerated in Libby Prison, and served out the war as a Brigadier General. Lincoln appointed him Ambassador to Cyprus on the condition he become an American citizen. While there he engaged in very important, self-financed and self-taught archeological expeditions, eventually selling his collection to the Metropolitan Museum for a fraction of its worth. He became first Secretary, then Director of the Museum, and was involved in several high profile lawsuits involving the authenticity of the Museum's collections, which Cesnola invariably won. He has been the inspiration for several books. His autograph does not appear to be common. Seller Inventory # 10445

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bookplate of Luigi Palma Di Cesnola]

Published by D. Appleton & Co. (1886), New York (1887)

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About this Item: D. Appleton & Co. (1886), New York, 1887. Blue Cloth, Gilt. Condition: Fine. Frontispiece (illustrator). First Edition. 63 Pp. Blue Cloth, Gilt. Frontispiece Is A Reproduction Of The Engraved Invitation To The Inauguration Ceremony. Contains An Account Of The Proceedings, The Addresses In Full, And A Brief History Of The Statue. Bookplate Of U S Medal Of Honor Winner Palma Di Cesnola, Who Later Became U S Consul In Cyprus 1865 - 1877. He Undertook Excavations There And His Archaeological Collection Formed The Basis Of The Metropolitan Museum's Large Collection Of Greek Antiquities. Book Is Near Fine, Gilt Still Brilliant, Covers Clean, Light Chipping To Front Free Endpaper, Contents Fine. Bookplate of Luigi Palma Di Ce. Seller Inventory # 024456

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