First edition of Abraham Lincoln 1809-1858 by Albert J. Beveridge, in a deluxe binding by Whitman Bennett.
Thick octavo, [two volumes], xxviii, , 607pp; vii, , 741pp. Three quarter black leather, marbled panels, raised bands on spine with decorative gilt compartments, title in gilt on spine. Bound by Whitman Bennett of New York. Top edge gilt. Clean text and solid binding. Complete with frontispiece portrait in each volume and 16 full page black and white illustrations. An attractive and scarce set by The Riverside Press. (Monaghan 2999)
Albert J. Beveridge started his career as a United States Senator from Indiana. After losing his senate seat, he became a historian, writing The Life of John Marshall. This detailed account of the life of the first Chief Justice won Beveridge a Pulitzer Prize for Biography. His final years were spent writing this book, which worked to demystify the early life of President Abraham Lincoln. After Beveridges’ untimely death, the manuscript was handed over to Carl Sandburg for completion.