NICOLAY AND HAY’S MONUMENTAL ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHY OF LINCOLN
NICOLAY, John G. and HAY, John. Abraham Lincoln: A History. New York: American Historical Foundation, (1914). Ten volumes. Large octavo, publisher's full red morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated front boards, top edges gilt, uncut. $3600.
“Sponsor’s” edition of this magisterial biography, number 58 of an unknown limitation, with ten frontispiece portraits of Lincoln, numerous maps and diagrams and over 300 wood-engraved illustrations, mostly portraits of dignitaries—many produced from Matthew Brady photographs.
This early and definitive biography of Lincoln was the result of 15 years of collaboration by Lincoln's private secretaries, John Nicolay and John Hay. "The plan was conceived in 1861; and before they began to write Nicolay had spent six years in collecting and arranging the elaborate mass of Lincoln papers loaned by Robert Lincoln… Prepared under the scrutiny of Robert Lincoln, and written by Republicans who were 'Lincoln men all through,' the work… stands as an impressive monument, not only because of the vastness of the undertaking, but also because of its enduring historical significance" (DAB). First published in 1890. This Sponsor's edition set, signed by the secretary of the Lincoln Foundation of the American Historical Society, was prepared for B.M. Hermes. Monaghan I:1071.
Interior fine, shallow chipping to spine head of Volume III only. An about-fine set.