First edition of Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, inscribed by Carl Sandburg to American artist, Lucius Crowell.
Octavo, in four volumes, xxxi, 660pp; xii, 655pp; xiii, 673pp; xii, 515pp. Gray cloth, title in gilt on spine. Light foxing to outer edge of text block, text clean, toning to end papers. In publisher’s slipcase, shelf worn at edges, stable binding. (Howes S82) (Monaghan, 3711). Signed on the half title of volume I, which is beginning to separate from text block. Inscription reads: “Lucius A. Crowell, with respect and good wishes. Carl Sandburg. 1939.”
The War Years were the best-selling volumes of Carl Sandburg’s landmark series on President Abraham Lincoln. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1940 for The War Years.