is beginning and end of all music", signed autograph document by
(dated 7 May 1912)
autograph is a person's own handwriting or signature. The word autograph comes from Ancient Greek ( , autós, "self" and , gráph?, "write"), and can mean more specifically: 
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What might be considered the oldest "autograph" is a
Sumerian clay table from about 3100 BC which includes the name of the scribe Gar.Ama. No ancient written autographs have been found, and the earliest one known for a major historical figure is that of  El Cid from 1098.
"Autograph" can refer to 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. This meaning overlaps that of " holograph".
Autograph collecting is the hobby of collecting autographs of famous persons. Some of the most popular categories of autograph subjects are  presidents, military soldiers, athletes, movie stars, artists, social and religious leaders, scientists, astronauts, and authors.
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Tomita, Yo (2016). "Autographs, Copies and Original Manuscripts". In Leaver, Robin A. (ed.). . Taylor & Francis. pp. 52-54. The Routledge Research Companion to Johann Sebastian Bach ISBN . 9781315452807
"The Earliest Autograph Signatures (Circa 3,100 BCE) : HistoryofInformation.com".
Fletcher, Richard A. (1 January 1989). . Oxford University Press. The Quest for El Cid ISBN – via Google Books. 9780195069556
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.