1926 Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years
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First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
The first printing of the first trade edition of this influential biographical study of Abraham Lincoln, from American poet, biographer and journalist Carl Sandburg. These works detail Lincoln's life between his birth and his inauguration as president.
Sandburg's Lincoln scholarship had an enormous impact on the popular view of Lincoln. His biographies were adapted into a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, 'Abe Lincoln in Illinois', 1938, and a six-part dramatization for television, Sandburg's Lincoln, 1974.
Each volume features a number of vignette and full plate illustrations.
This work was acquired from the sale of American novelist Paul Gallico's library. Gallico was a prolific writer, but is perhaps now best remembered for his 1969 novel 'The Poseidon Adventure', adapted into the successful 1972 motion picture.
With the contemporary owner's inscription of 'Claudia Wright-Maule' to the front free endpaper of each volume.
In the publisher's original cloth binding. Bumping to spine head and tail. Front hinge to volume I tender, and may detach from text block without careful handling. Former owner's inscriptions to front free endpapers. Internally, firmly bound. Spotting to first few leaves of volume II, most concentrated to frontispiece. Pages otherwise clean and bright.
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