LINCOLN’S COMPLETE WORKS, EDITED BY NICOLAY AND HAY, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND
LINCOLN, Abraham. The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln. Edited by John G. Nicolay and John Hay. New York: Francis D. Tandy, (1905). Twelve volumes. Octavo, contemporary full brown morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines and boards, boards with black morocco inlays, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut and largely unopened. $9000.
Limited “Gettysburg Edition” of the first definitive edition of Lincoln’s works, number 169 of only 700 sets, illustrated with 57 photogravures and facsimiles, including frontispiece portrait in each volume, beautifully bound.
John Nicolay, Lincoln's private secretary, "enjoyed the full intimate friendship of the President… few men were as close to Lincoln as Nicolay or so fully enjoyed his confidence" (DAB VII: 511). After serving as Lincoln's assistant and confidant, Hay achieved literary fame as the co-author of the definitive biography of Lincoln and for his skill in helping to edit Lincoln's Complete Works (first published beginning in 1894). Monaghan 1471. Bookplates.