LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. 1809-1865. THAYER, ALEXANDER WHEELOCK. 1817-1897. Document Signed ("Abraham Lincoln") as President, partially printed and accomplished in manuscript, 1 p, folio (354 x 457 mm), Washington, November 1, 1864,
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LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. 1809-1865.
THAYER, ALEXANDER WHEELOCK. 1817-1897.
Document Signed ("Abraham Lincoln") as President, partially printed and accomplished in manuscript, 1 p, folio (354 x 457 mm), Washington, November 1, 1864,
Sold for US$ 6,875 inc. premium

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LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. 1809-1865. THAYER, ALEXANDER WHEELOCK. 1817-1897. Document Signed ("Abraham Lincoln") as President, partially printed and accomplished in manuscript, 1 p, folio (354 x 457 mm), Washington, November 1, 1864, LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. 1809-1865. THAYER, ALEXANDER WHEELOCK. 1817-1897. Document Signed ("Abraham Lincoln") as President, partially printed and accomplished in manuscript, 1 p, folio (354 x 457 mm), Washington, November 1, 1864, LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. 1809-1865. THAYER, ALEXANDER WHEELOCK. 1817-1897. Document Signed ("Abraham Lincoln") as President, partially printed and accomplished in manuscript, 1 p, folio (354 x 457 mm), Washington, November 1, 1864,
LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. 1809-1865.
THAYER, ALEXANDER WHEELOCK. 1817-1897. Document Signed ("Abraham Lincoln") as President, partially printed and accomplished in manuscript, 1 p, folio (354 x 457 mm), Washington, November 1, 1864, appointing A.W. [Alexander Wheelock] Thayer as Consul to "Trieste and all the other parts in the Austrian Dominions on the Adriatic Coast, except those which belong to the Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom," also signed by Edwin Stanton (1814-1869) as Secretary of State, with wafer seal, toning, mounted on board and re-framed.
Provenance: Alexander Wheelock Thayer (1817-1897) author of the first scholarly biography of Ludwig van Beethoven and US Consul in Trieste; by descent to the present owner.

SIGNED LINCOLN APPOINTMENT FOR ALEXANDER WHEELOCK THAYER, who wrote the first substantial—and still standard—biography of Beethoven, first published in German in 1866. Working at the Harvard Library while a student there from 1843-1848, Thayer discovered the works of Beethoven. Dissatisfied with the only extant biography of the great composer (by Anton Schindler, and later revealed to be based on forged documents and full of inconsistencies), Thayer began to gather materials for his own biography, travelling to Germany in 1849 and writing for publications such as the Grove Dictionary of Music. In order to support his Beethoven work, he took a job at the Austrian Consulate in Vienna in 1864, and this appointment later that year as Consul to Trieste greatly improved his prospects and enabled him to write. The first volume of his extensive three-volume (eventually extended to five) Ludwig van Beethoven's Leben was published in German to great acclaim in 1866, and remarkably, though written in English and translated, would not see English publication until 1921. Written from primary sources, it is still considered to be the most authoritative work on the composer.
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