Signed by Robert Todd Lincoln, the first edition of Lincoln in the Telegraph Office by David Homer Bates.
Octavo, viii, 432pp. Red cloth, title and illustrations in gilt. The first printing, dated “October, 1907” on copyright page. Complete with frontispiece and 22 illustrations. Both hinges cracking, but solid with archival reinforcement. Light soiling to cloth spine, wear at tips. Previous ownership inscription on rear endpaper.
This copy is signed on the front endpaper by Robert Todd Lincoln, below his pasted down review of the book: “The above is a common extract from a letter of mine. Written by my hand in Chicago / this 30th day of January A.D., 1909 / Robert T. Lincoln.”
Robert Todd Lincoln (1843-1926) was the eldest son of President Abraham Lincoln, and thier only child to survive into adulthood. He was often mentioned as a Republican presidential candidate, but never mounted a campaign, instead serving as the United States Secretary of War and the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. In private practice, he served as general counsel for the Pullman Company, eventually becoming its president in 1897.