1900. hardcover. Remarkable autograph album kept by the founder of the "Oeuvre internationale Leon XIII de la Diffusion des Bons Livres," comprising Autograph Sentiments Signed by Pope Leo XIII and 300 other notables including Marie Cecile Berthe Maheo, Cardinals, Bishops, and other Church dignitaries and officials, all including good wishes to Mme. Maheo on her charitable work, and almost all accompanied by wax or rubber-stamped seal of office. 8 x 11-inch book, full red morocco, with gilt borders and the front cover ornamented with two Papal arms and one Cardinal's arms in gilt. 1900-1909. A magnificent collection of autographs and signatures in excellent condition. very good.
First page bears hand-illuminated signature of Pope Leo XIII. Among the host of Cardinals and Bishops we note especially those of New York, Chicago, Quebec, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Mobile, Natchez, San Antonio, Havana, Fall River, Providence, Manila, etc.; scores of Vatican officials are also included, as are a number of foreign Consuls to the Untied States, heads of Catholic colleges in American, Theodore Roosevelt, James Bryce, J.J. Jusserand, etc.