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The Ghosts of my Friends book filled with beautiful Ghosts.

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Imagine, it is your birthday, in 1908 and you have been given a wonderful gift. It is an autograph book, but not just any autograph book. It records the 'Ghosts' of your friends, turning their signatures into weird and wonderful creations. Some look like insects, some like monsters, some like skeletons. It's a fun, different way to keep a record of people you meet or of your friends. You will carry it with you for many years, catching the Ghosts of your Friends!
Europe in the early 1500's when University students would take their Bibles to be signed by instructors and students. As time went by, Bibles began to be published with blank pages specially for autographs and then the autographs themselves evolved to include little verses and sketches. Later still, in the mid 16th century the publishers began to offer small, decorative books full of blank pages for autographs. The earliest true autograph books come from Germany and were called album amicorum (book of friends) and stammbuch (friendship book). The earliest example known comes from about 1545 and belonged to Claude de Senarclens. By the end of the 1500's these books were common in Germany among students and scholars. Academics even kept theirs for many years as a record of other academics they had come into contact with. These then served as a type of credential for academics - almost like our modern lists of contacts!

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The Ghosts of my Friends book filled with beautiful Ghosts.

Overview

  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: Ephemera, Book
  • Ships worldwide from Canada
  • Feedback: 402 reviews
  • Favorited by: 3 people