Signed first edition of Lincoln’s Preparation for Greatness by Paul Simon.
Octavo, xv, 355pp. Orange cloth, title in gilt on spine. Top edge dyed orange. Stated “First edition” on copyright page. Solid text block, faint foxing to edges of text block, a near fine example. In the publisher’s dust jacket, $6.95 retail price on front flap, light sunning to spine, some shelf wear, a near fine example. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: “To … – with congratulations for your graduation and best wishes from your cousin in law – Paul Simon 6-3-66.”
Paul Simon (1928-2003) was an Illinois Democrat who served in the House of Representatives from 1975 to 1985 and in the Senate from 1985 to 1997. Simon wrote twenty-two books throughout his career, and was known for his traditional horn-rimmed glasses and bow tie. In a tribute to Simon, former President Bill Clinton said he was “beyond question, one of the most remarkable public servants I ever knew.”