The Manuscript Edition of Abraham Lincoln 1809-1858 by Albert J. Beveridge, featuring a handwritten leaf from his original manuscript.
Tall octavo, [four volumes]. Blue hardcover, untrimmed edges. Title in gilt on green paper label affixed to spine. All four volumes with bookplate of J. Thaddeus Rospond, a New Jersey attorney, affixed to front endpaper with faint offsetting to free endpaper. Solid text blocks, each with light wear to corners and small bumps to edges of the spine. Volume I features a leaf of Beveridge’s original handwritten manuscript. Each volume contains a frontispiece protected by a tissue guard. From a limited edition of 1,000 copies, this being number 842.
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 Beveridge’s untimely death, the manuscript was handed over to Carl Sandburg for completion.