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ABRAHAM LINCOLN

“Towering genius distains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.”
--Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address

Widely regarded as one of the greatest American presidents, Lincoln material is highly sought after by collectors. Autograph material is sometimes available, and especially striking are official government documents signed by Lincoln as president. Early printings of key works in Lincoln’s career—the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address—demonstrate the “towering genius” of the humble Railsplitter. 


“The President impressed me more favourably than I had hoped. A frank, sincere, well meaning man, with a lawyer's habit of mind, good clear statement of his fact, correct enough, not vulgar, as described, but with a boyish cheerfulness...”
--Ralph Waldo Emerson's Journal, February, 1862

His life cut short after the triumph of Lee’s surrender, works and ephemera about the first assassination of a president provide a glimpse into the nation’s mourning. His legacy was continued in the landmark edition of his works prepared by Nicolay and Hay, his personal secretaries. 

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"I AM SINCERELY CONCERNED FOR THE DEATH OF JUPITER, WHICH I AM PERSUADED MIGHT HAVE BEEN PREVENTED COULD I HAVE PREVAILED ON HIM TO GIVE UP GOING WITH ME TO FREDERICKSBURG"

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Autograph letter signed. Philadelphia, February 10, 1800. Fascinating 1800 autograph letter signed by Thomas Jefferson to Monticello overseer Richard Richardson concerning the death of Jupiter (1743-1800), Jefferson's longtime servant and friend. Jefferson also gives instructions to Richardson as to several management issues, asking that two of the nephews of Sally Hemings stay in the main house in order to guard it from intruders; recommending tasks for several other slaves, as well as proposing an efficient means of communication while he attended to his Vice Presidential duties in Philadelphia; and also forwards a bag of "a particular kind of nut, called the Paccan," asking that they be planted in the nursery. $150,000.

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EXCEPTIONAL LINCOLN PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM

(LINCOLN, Abraham) MESERVE, Frederick Hill. Photograph album. WITH: Photographs of Abraham Lincoln. No place; New York, no date; 1944.

Extraordinary album comprising over 191 photographs, primarily silver and platinum prints, of Abraham Lincoln, his family, and contemporaries assembled by Frederick Meserve. Accompanied by the first trade edition of Meserve's landmark work, accomplished in collaboration with Carl Sandburg, Photographs of Abraham Lincoln, featuring 100 images of the 16th President, in daguerreotypes, cartes-de-visite, stereoviews, and more by photographers including Matthew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and Alexander Hesler. $22,000.

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SIGNED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS PRESIDENT

LINCOLN, Abraham. Document signed. Washington, April 7, 1864.

Splendid Lincoln Civil War document appointing Randolph Monteith as Second Lieutenant in the Second Regiment of Artillery, countersigned by Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, with fragile paper seal present, beautifully framed. $16,500.

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“FERVENTLY DO WE PRAY—THAT THIS MIGHTY SCOURGE OF WAR MAY SPEEDILY PASS AWAY”

LINCOLN, Abraham. Campaign ribbons. No place, 1864.

Two handsome second-campaign ribbons with portraits of Lincoln, one based on Mathew Brady’s famous photograph (later used for the five-dollar bill), the other one an 1859 photograph by Samuel M. Fassett. $4800.

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HANDSOME LARGE CALLIGRAPHIC PORTRAIT LITHOGRAPH OF LINCOLN CREATED FROM THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION

LINCOLN, Abraham. Emancipation Proclamation. Iowa, 1865.

Original large calligraphic portrait lithograph of Abraham Lincoln created from the text of the Emancipation Proclamation, with portions of the text highlighted to create a portrait of Lincoln clearly visible within the text, designed by W.H. Pratt. $3800.

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“ALL DESERTERS RETURNING WITHIN SIXTY DAYS… SHALL BE PARDONED”:
LINCOLN’S BROADSIDE PROCLAMATION RELATIVE TO PARDONS, 1864,
FIRST PUBLIC NOTICE

LINCOLN, Abraham. Proclamation Relative to Pardons for Deserters. Washington, 1864.

First public notice of the February 24, 1864 Presidential proclamation regarding deserters, appended to the amended conscription Act of 1863. $3500.

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SCARCE 1864 LINCOLN PLATFORM BROADSIDE,“FOREVER PROHIBITING THE EXISTENCE OF SLAVERYWITHIN THE UNITED STATES”

LINCOLN, Abraham. The Platforms. No place, after August 29, 1864.

First broadside side-by-side publication of the Democratic and Republican platforms for 1864 election year (Lincoln v. McClellan), clearly referencing slavery as the cause of the Civil War. $3500.

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RARE LARGE LINCOLN MEMORIAL BROADSIDE, FEATURING A WOODCUT PORTRAIT OF THE LATE PRESIDENT

(LINCOLN, Abraham). Memento Mori broadside. No place, circa 1865.

Original late 19th-century printed broadside memorializing President Lincoln after his assassination, featuring a rustic woodcut after a photograph by Anthony Berger. $2900.

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THE FIRST LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN THAT PASSED INTO LAW

(LINCOLN, Abraham) (ILLINOIS NINTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY). An Act to Provide for Building a Toll Bridge. Vandalia, 1835-36.

First edition of the collection of Illinois State law from 1834-35 that includes the first legislation sponsored by Abraham Lincoln that was passed into law. $750.

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