Chicago, New York, San Francisco: Belford, Clarke and Company, . First Edition. Three octavo volumes, in the original publisher's blue cloth with gilt stamping on the spines and front boards. Overall a Very Good+ set, showing minor wear at the extremities. Tape ghosts on the first blank and the verso of the front end paper vol. 1, rear hinge starting, but holding. Some separation within the text block of vol. 2. Overall a fairly tidy set.
"Provacative and controversial, slapdash and enlightening all at once," Herndon's biography of the late President Lincoln was the first "attempt at a historical reconstruction" (Zeitz). Lincoln's former law partner in Springfield, Herndon worked alongside Lincoln for 16 years leading up to his presidency and could fairly claim to have intimate knowledge of the man's past. His publication of the biography so soon after Lincoln's death sparked a feud with the president's friends and family; it also shaped how Americans view Lincoln's humanity as he guided the nation through Civil War and Emancipation. Very Good + (Item #2110)