Abraham Lincoln: The War Years

Abraham LINCOLN   |   Carl SANDBURG

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(LINCOLN, Abraham) SANDBURG, Carl. Abraham Lincoln: The War Years. New York: Harcourt, Brace, (1939). Four volumes. Octavo, original brown cloth, Lincoln's signature gilt-stamped on front covers, dark brown morocco spine labels, top edges gilt, uncut and unopened, original slipcase.

Deluxe signed limited first edition of Sandburg’s four-volume biography covering Lincoln's Civil War presidency, number 370 of only 525 large-paper sets numbered and signed by Sandburg, illustrated with 426 photographic halftones and 244 additional cuts of cartoons, letters, and documents, a fine set, uncut and unopened, in the scarce original slipcase.

Sandburg's monumental six-volume life of Lincoln, which concludes with The War Years, began with two-volume Prairie Years (issued separately in 1926). Sandburg grew up in the Knox County neighborhoods with which Lincoln was familiar. The poet once wrote: "For 30 years and more I have planned to make a certain portrait of Abraham Lincoln. It would sketch the country lawyer and prairie politician who was intimate with the settlers of the Knox County neighborhoods where I grew up as a boy, and where I heard the talk of men and women who had eaten with Lincoln, given him a bed overnight, heard his jokes and lingo, remembered his silences and his mobile face… Of all the sources from which men are to gather impressions of the personality of Lincoln, the foremost singly important one is the collection of his letters and papers, the speeches and writings of the man himself. This is the high document, always, to be lived with and brooded over, to be scrutinized and forgotten and gone back to and searched again with all gifts of imagination, intuition, experience, prayer, silence, sacrifice, and the laughter next door to tears" (The Prairie Years). "The most popular Lincoln biography yet written… Lincoln publications increased after the appearance of this work" (Monaghan 2877). Precedes the trade edition. Illustrated with numerous photographic plates and numerous additional cuts of maps, cartoons, letters and documents. Howes S82.

Light edge-wear and early tape repairs to slipcase, with remnants of silk pull ribbon; minor abrasions to Volume I spine label. A fine signed set, in the rarely present slipcase.

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