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Life of Abraham Lincoln

[LINCOLN, ABRAHAM] Booklet, [Scripps, John Locke]: Tribune Tracts - No. 6, Life of Abraham Lincoln. [New York: Horace Greeley & Co., 1860]. 32pp, 6” x 9.25”, printed in double columns, stitched. Mild toning, some scattered foxing, else Very Good.

First printed in Chicago in July 1860, the New York imprint of this earliest Scripps biography was “printed from plates cast from the same type forms” as the Chicago edition. It touches the major events of Lincoln’s life and career, devoid of some of the more romantic mythology (e.g., Ms. Rutledge), but including the far-fetched notion that Lincoln deliberately lost the 1858 Senatorial race to enhance his presidential prospects.

Howes calls it the “most authentic of Lincoln campaign biographies”. Lincoln’s short-lived career in Congress is reviewed, including his opposition to the Mexican War, and his support of the Wilmot Proviso. A “must have” for the Lincoln or Presidential campaign collection.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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