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AINSWORTH RAND "A. R." SPOFFORD - BOOK PAGE SIGNED - HFSID 288150

A. R. SPOFFORD His signature on a portion of the title page of his Historic Characters and Famous Events Book Page signed: "A. R. Spofford", 4¼x2¼. Signed below the title of The Library of Historic Characters and Famous Events of All Nations and All Ages (1900), edited by Spofford.

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A. R. SPOFFORD
His signature on a portion of the title page of his Historic Characters and Famous Events
Book Page signed: "A. R. Spofford", 4¼x2¼. Signed below the title of The Library of Historic Characters and Famous Events of All Nations and All Ages (1900), edited by Spofford. Ainsworth Rand Spofford (1825-1908) was a newspaper editor and publisher active in the anti-slavery movement and the formation of the Republican Party. President Lincoln appointed him Chief Assistant Librarian of the Library of Congress in1861. From 1864-1897, he was the sixth Librarian of Congress. Spofford oversaw expansion of the national library from 60,000 to over one million volumes, and convinced the Smithsonian to turn its own library over to the Library of Congress. He lobbied successively for an 1870 law requiring that all materials copyrighted in the US be supplied in two copies to the Library. He pushed for construction of a new library building, completed just as he retired. The book shown here was not quite as comprehensive as the title implies. Only Western civilization is represented. Still, it was an impressive compendium, which can be found on the web (and no doubt in the Library of Congress). Irregularly cut edges. Fine condition.

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