Print from the famous Meserve collection
Print of two photographs from the F.H. Meserve collection. 2.75 x 4.0 inch each, mounted on cardboard to an overall of 8.0 x 6.0 inch, about 1940-1945. Prints from the original photographs in the Meserve collection and marked “118” and “68” in pencil below the print and probably in Meserve’s hand. Both photos are published in Lloyd Ostendorf’s book “Lincoln’s photographs – A Complete Album” on page 81 – marked with “M-118” and “M-168”. The photograph was taken by Alexander Gardner, Brady’s Gallery, Washington D.C., probably Sunday, February 24, 1861. Also included are two cabinet-photographs of the National Lincoln Monument in Springfield, Illinois. Frederick Hill Meserve (1865-1962) was the son of W.N. Meserve, a Civil War veteran. Frederick Meserve began collecting Civil War era photographs in the 1890s to illustrate his father's war diary. He became a prominent collector and historian of photographs from the era, especially photographs of Abraham Lincoln. He worked alongside historian Carl Sandburg to publish "The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln" in 1944. Meserve died in 1962, and his extensive collection of original photographs, amassed with the help of his daughter, Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt, was purchased by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University in 2015.