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An autograph (from the Template:Lang-el, autós, "self" and γράφω, gráphō, "write") is a document transcribed entirely in the handwriting of its author, as opposed to a typeset document or one written by an amanuensis or a copyist; the meaning overlaps with that of the word holograph.

Autograph also refers to a person's artistic signature. This term is used in particular for the practice of collecting autographs of celebrities. The hobby of collecting autographs is known as philography.

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Further reading

  • Forging History: The Detection of Fake Letters and Documents by Kenneth W. Rendell, University of Oklahoma Press, 1994, 173 pages.
  • Great Forgers and Famous Fakes by Charles Hamilton, Crown Publishers, 1980, 278 pages.
  • Making Money in Autographs by George Sullivan, 1977, 223 pages.
  • Collecting Autographs by Herman M. Darvick, Julian Messner, a Simon & Schuster Division of Gulf & Western Corporation, 1981, 96 pages.
  • Collecting Autographs and Manuscripts by Charles Hamilton, Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1961, 269 pages.
  • Autographs and Manuscripts: A Collector's Manual edited by Ed Berkeley, Charles Scribner's Sons Pub., 1978, 565 pages.
  • Scribblers & Scoundrels by Charles Hamilton, Eriksson Pub., 1968, 282 pages.
  • Manuscripts: The First Twenty Years edited by Priscilla Taylor, Greenwood Press, 1984, 429 pages.
  • Autographs: A Key to Collecting by Mary Benjamin, 1963, 345 pages
  • Big Name Hunting: A Beginners Guide to Autograph Collecting by Charles Hamilton, Simon & Schuster Pub., 1973, 95 pages.
  • The Signature of America by Charles Hamilton, Harper & Row, 1979, 279 pages.
  • Word Shadows of the Great: The Lure of Autograph Collecting by Thomas Madigan, Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1930, 300 pages.
  • Collecting Autographs For Fun and Profit by Robert Pelton, Betterway Pub., 1987, 160 pages.
  • From the White House Inkwell by John Taylor, Tuttle Co., 1968, 147 pages.
  • Autograph Collector's Checklist edited by John Taylor, The Manuscript Society, 1990, 172 pages.
  • The Autograph Collector by Robert Notlep, Crown Pub., 1968, 240 pages.
  • The Complete Book of Autograph Collecting by George Sullivan, 1971, 154 pages.
  • A Gathering of Saints by Robert Lindsey, Simon & Schuster, 1988, 397 pages.
  • Dönitz at Nuremberg: A Re-Appraisal by H.K. Thompson, Amber Pub., 1976, 198 pages.
  • Leaders and Personalities of the Third Reich by Charles Hamilton, 2 vols., Bender Pub., 1984 (Vol. 1) and 1996 (Vol. 2).
  • The Guinness Book of World Autographs by Ray Rawlins, 1997, 244 pages.
  • The Robot that Helped to Make a President by Charles Hamilton, 1965.
  • War Between the States: Autographs and Biographical Sketches by Jim Hayes, Palmetto Pub., 1989, 464 pages.
  • American Autographs by Charles Hamilton, 2 vols., Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1983, 634 pages.
  • Autographs of Indian Personalities by S.S. Hitkari, Phulkari Pub., 1999, 112 pages.
  • Ieri Ho Visto Il Duce: Trilogia dell'iconografia mussoliniana ed. Ermanno Alberti. Template:It icon
  • Who's Who series; Who's Who in America, etc.
  • Appletons' Cyclopaedia of American Biography ed. by James Wilson, 6 vols., 1888.
  • Autograph, Please by Santosh Kumar Lahoti, Reesha Books International Pub., 2009, : India.
  • Play Ball, Mr. President: A Century of Baseballs Signed by U.S. Presidents by Dan Cohen, 2008, 48 pages.
  • "Signs of the Times: Autographs of luminaries: from Lincoln to Liberace", Steve Kemper, Smithsonian magazine, Nov. 1997.
  • "The Surreal World of Salvador Dali", Stanley Meisler, Smithsonian magazine, Apr. 2005.
  • "The Tumultuous Life and Love of Salvador Dali", Meryle Secrest, Smithsonian magazine, Oct. 1986.




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