(New York: Francis D. Tandy Company, 1905). 221 x 140 mm. (8 3/4 x 5 1/2"). 12 volumes. Edited by John G. Nicolay and John Hay. Biographical Edition, being the Second Printing from the plates of the celebrated Gettysburg Edition.

Attractive (publisher's?) crimson grained roan, covers with central lozenge and cornerpieces (these done in gilt on the front cover and in blind on the back), slightly raised bands, compartments with gilt lettering and tooling, top edges gilt, others uncut, UNOPENED. With numerous plates and facsimile documents. A hint of shelfwear at corners and head and tail of spine (head also with three very small chips), otherwise a fine set, clearly unread, and rarely removed from the shelf.

This is a set with significant shelf appeal, containing a collection of Lincoln's speeches, letters, pamphlets, and other writings, supplemented with articles and reminiscences of his associates. The editors, John Hay (1838-1905) and John Nicolay (1832-1901), met while working on Lincoln's presidential campaign in 1860, and according to ANB, joined the White House staff in 1861, where they "had an exceptionally close relationship with Lincoln, though they stood somewhat in awe of the president. . . . Nicolay was solemn and meticulous, and Hay cheerful and witty. They served Lincoln for four years, performing a wide variety of political and personal duties and remaining close friends throughout, a working friendship that became the foundation for an important literary collaboration in later years." In 1890, they published a 10-volume biography of the president that became an immediate bestseller. Robert Lincoln granted the editors access to his father's papers, a privilege that permitted them to produce an expanded work in 12 volumes. According to the preface, the present set, a "New and Enlarged" edition, was undertaken so that more recently discovered material might also be included, "and so to make a complete and definitive edition."

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PJP Catalog: Sets1.072


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