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W.r. Grace Autograph, 1st Irish Ny Mayor, In 1854 Book O'connell And His Friends For Sale
Historical Sketches of O'Connell andHis Friends; including Rt. Rev. Drs. Doyle and Milner, Thomas Moore, John Lawless, Thomas Furling, Richard Lalor Shiel, Thomas Steele, Counsellor Bric, Thomas Addis Emmet, William Corbett, Sire Michael O'Loghlen, etc. etc.by Thomas D. McGee, Patrick Donahoe, Boston, 1854, hardbound, 208 pgs. Private library of W.R. Grace, signature of W.R. Grace as follows: "W.R. Grace, Peruville, Rathdowney, Ireland."Grace's great-great-great granddaughter has authenticated the signature for me with comparison to an 1864 letter in her possession.Signature example found online dating to 1880s has more flourishes, suggestingaddition offlourishescoincided withbusiness and political success.Rathdowney was Grace's birthplace. Peruville is apparently a reference to Peru, where Grace moved prior to the American Civil War to seek his fortune. Book is good +, lightly worn, foxed endpapers, page edge spotting.
William Russell Grace (May 10, 1832 – March 21, 1904) was the first Roman Catholic mayor of New York City and the founder of W. R. Grace and Company.
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W.r. Grace Autograph, 1st Irish Ny Mayor, In 1854 Book O'connell And His Friends: $60