Author(s): National Library of Australia
Signed by Hand is a little gem of a book that displays images of a wide variety of autographed items from the National Library of Australia collections. This beautiful book represents and celebrates famous and influential people in Australia's history through sixty-six personal, hand written inscriptions, presented like the nostalgic `autograph books' of old.See here a cheque for GBP100 signed by Charles Dickens to his two sons, who migrated to Australia (Alfred in 1856 and Edward in 1869) where they opened their own stock and station agency. And a Royal pardon signed by King George III on 18 December 1800, in which William Meldrum's death sentence for committing piracy is commuted to transportation for life to New South Wales.Also featured are autographs by singers, dancers, artists, authors and poets, scientists, explorers, governors and politicians, aviators, activists, sportsmen and women, Royal family members, and innovators. This unique collection of items includes letters, poems, book inscriptions, photographs, artworks, and even a Royal pardon. Both well-known Australians and non-Australians are represented in this gilt-edged gift book.