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1836. No binding. Fine. Autograph Letter Signed, to Mary S. Owens, December 13, 1836, 2 pp., 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. ""Write back as soon as you get this, and if possible say something that will please me, for really I have not been pleased since I left you.""Here, Lincoln perfectly demonstrates what Owens later described as deficiencies ""in those little links which make up the chain of a woman's happiness."" Rather than expressing his feelings for Owens, Lincoln complains about his health and discusses political issues swirling in the Illinois General Assembly. Although inept at love, the letter offers rare insight into the young representative's thoughts on a variety of political issues. In this highly important letter to Mary Owens, a self-absorbed Lincoln complains to his potential spouse of his health, both physical and mental, and discusses political issues to the point that he describes his own letter as ""dry and stupid."" Perhaps more r ... Read more

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"Montauk", Montauk Navy Yard, Wash D.C. 34, 1865. 4 pp. 8vo. Slight soiling and minor tears along old folds, otherwise in very good condition. 4 pp. 8vo. The Surgeon of the 'Montauk' Gives an Eye-Witnesses Account. "...About 10:25 P.M. a man came in and walked slowly along the side ..." A remarkably clear and dramatic eyewitness account of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln from a naval surgeon who was close to the President's box at Ford's theater on that fateful night of April 14, 1865. In this letter to his brother written the night after the assassination, while the details were still fresh in his memory, Dr. George B. Todd, surgeon aboard the U.S. "Montauk" at anchor in the Navy Yard that day, recounts the terrible event with a clarity of observation one might expect of his profession - a rarity among confused eyewitness accounts. The text of Todd's letter - one of only 7 eyewitness accounts written within 24 hours of the assassination - reads: ... Read more

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This is the only Supreme Court circuit assignment we have ever seen reach the market Just deaccessioned by a major private collection, where it had remained for almost three decades As the Civil War dawned, the Federal judiciary was divided into district circuits, which were composed of states or groups of contiguous states subject to the same Federal court. These district courts had a certain amount of autonomy, as each was subject only to the U.S. Supreme Court rather than to its fellow circuits. Each circuit was assigned to a U.S. Supreme Court justice, who was usually a resident of the circuit to which he was assigned, and that justice held court in conjunction with the Federal district judges there. This circuits system, which had remained unchanged for decades, was in a chaotic state by the end of 1861. The Southern states had seceded and their circuits were inactive, and a number of states in the West, including Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, Minnesota, and California, were not assigned to any circuit. I ... Read more

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New York: Tandy-Thomas, 1905. hardcover. 12 volumes, bound in 23. Presidential Edition. 1 of only 50 copies printed. Extra illustrated edition with a profusion of fine engraved portraits, views and maps, photogravures, and facsimile letters. The frontispiece in each volume is an original color watercolor depicting a log cabin. Tall 8vo, superbly bound in full crimson morocco with lovely gilt floral devices on all boards and spines; ornate inner dentelles and green morocco doublures; green silk moire endpapers; uncut edges, top edge gilt. New York: Tandy-Thomas Company, (1905). Fine. Extremely rare and beautiful set of the Presidential Edition, limited to only 50 copies. Lacking the 24th volume containing original documents. Edited by Nicolay & Hay.

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This famous, oft-quoted letter, written early in the War to his Treasury Secretary, is a vivid and rare demonstration of emotion and strong loyalty of Lincoln “There is an office in your department, called the ‘Commissioner of Customs… I will be much obliged if you agree for me to appoint Mr. Sargent to this place.” Lewis Clephane was the manager of the “Washington Era”, an anti-slavery newspaper courageously operating in the nation’s capital at a time when it was not popular to take that stand there. Harriet Beecher Stowe was one of its contributors. She wrote what became “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” at his request, after he asked for a story to serialize in his newspaper. In 1855 he and four other colleagues formed a group called the Republican Association of Washington, and sent forth the call for the formation of the Republican Party. The next year, he also put forth the call for the first Republican National Convention and served on its executive committee. Clephane campaigned for Lincoln ... Read more

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN LIFE MASK FROM THE RAAB COLLECTION

Volk, Leonard; [Lincoln, Abraham]

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Near fine. A RARE LEONARD VOLK LIFE MASK OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN FROM THE RAAB COLLECTION. A Near Fine example of Leonard Volk's Life Mask of Abraham Lincoln originally created by Leonard Volk in 1860. In 1860 Sculptor Leonard Volk made molds of the face and hands of Abraham Lincoln (1809 to 1865). The life mask reproduces Lincoln’s beardless face as it appeared during his first presidential campaign. According to Volk, getting Lincoln to sit for the casts was an adventure. Volk wrote that one morning in 1860, he was reading the newspaper and saw that Lincoln was arguing a case in Chicago. Volk immediately tracked down Lincoln at a courthouse and found him with “his feet on the edge of a table, one of his fingers thrust into his mouth, and his long, dark hair standing out at every imaginable angle, apparently uncombed for a week.” The unkempt Lincoln remembered Volk. The two had met in 1858, and Lincoln had promised to sit for Volk one day. That day came on two days after their courthouse ... Read more

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN LIFE MASK FROM THE RAAB COLLECTION

Volk, Leonard; [Lincoln, Abraham]

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Near fine. A RARE LEONARD VOLK LIFE MASK OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN FROM THE RAAB COLLECTION. A Near Fine example of Leonard Volk's Life Mask of Abraham Lincoln originally created by Leonard Volk in 1860. In 1860 Sculptor Leonard Volk made molds of the face and hands of Abraham Lincoln (1809 to 1865). The life mask reproduces Lincolns beardless face as it appeared during his first presidential campaign. According to Volk, getting Lincoln to sit for the casts was an adventure. Volk wrote that one morning in 1860, he was reading the newspaper and saw that Lincoln was arguing a case in Chicago. Volk immediately tracked down Lincoln at a courthouse and found him with his feet on the edge of a table, one of his fingers thrust into his mouth, and his long, dark hair standing out at every imaginable angle, apparently uncombed for a week. The unkempt Lincoln remembered Volk. The two had met in 1858, and Lincoln had promised to sit for Volk one day. That day came on two days after their courthouse reunion. Volk remember ... Read more

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A rare war-date letter, on engraved letterhead, of the President to Major General Meade, seeking Meade's approval for an arrangement that would lead to a donation of $200 per month for the needy soldiers In March 1864, Ulysses S. Grant was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln commander of the Union Armies. His headquarters would be with the Army of the Potomac, commanded by Gen. George G. Meade. So though Meade would retain his post as leading that army, Grant would be his superior, in command the actions of Meade's army and the other Union forces. Grant developed a strategy to defeat the Confederacy by placing his army between the rebel capital of Richmond and Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. In his Spring offensive in 1864, Grant and Meade confronted Lee's army a number of times in very bloody engagements in which both sides suffered great losses. The Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania were essentially draws but resulted in huge casualties. After each battle Grant's armies move ... Read more

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Agents of the Democratic Party had been convicted of forging soldier’s ballots and casting them for their candidate, George B. McClellan The earliest letter of a President investigating voter fraud that we have seen reach the market It was clear by 1863 that the vote of the Union soldiers would be a critical factor in determining the upcoming 1864 presidential election, particularly in the swing state of New York. Republicans expected to get the lion’s share of soldier ballots, and Lincoln supporters in New York sought to allow Union soldiers to cast their votes through a proxy. New York Democrats opposed this proxy legislation, with Governor Horatio Seymour saying that if proxy votes decided the election, there would be “a well founded doubt as to the person rightfully entitled to the Presidential office.” But in March 1864 the tide of approval for soldiers voting in the field, without coming back to their home precincts, swept in a popular vote, winning in New York with a the statewide margin of ... Read more

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James Smithson, the great benefactor of America, was born in 1754, the illegitimate son of Hugh Smithson, the first Duke of Northumberland. Illegitimate children were not unusual among England’s 18th century nobility, but certain opportunities were closed to them; they could not become military officers or ministers of the Church of England, two careers aristocrats commonly pursued. However, the young man attended Pembroke College at Oxford University, and there became interested in the natural sciences. He became a mineralogist and chemist. If as a youth Smithson set out to establish his name respectably, he certainly succeeded, as his research, publications, and activities in science opened doors for him, and quickly gained him the regard of his peers. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society in London, a signal honor that made him part of the scientific elite. Meanwhile, Smithson inherited a substantial amount of land from his mother, and careful management of it brought him wealth. Smithson ... Read more

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POLITICAL DEBATES BETWEEN HONORABLE ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND HONORABLE STEPHEN DOUGLAS PUBLISHED 1860 { RARE } PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: THIS IS THE BOOK THAT HELP SPRINGBOARD ABRAHAM LINCOLN TO PRESIDENT. THIS BOOK WAS PRINTED SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE PRESIDENT LINCOLN WAS ELECTED. THIS IS A VERY RARE UNIQUE KEEPSAKE, ONE OF ONLY A FEW KNOWN TO EXIST. CONDITION : THIS BOOK NEEDS TO BE REPAIRED AND PLACED IN A MUSEUM . THE LEATHER BOUND COVER IS HEAVILY WORN, PAGES HAVE A FAINT MOISTURE STAIN AROUND EDGES, BUT OVERALL THE PAGES ARE IN GOOD CONDITION, BINDING IS STILL STRONG, FRONT AND BACK BOARDS HAVE SEPARATED FROM SPINE BINDING AND ATTACHED WITH TAPE.{ SEE PICTURE } FOR A PRESIDENTIAL COLLECTOR OR A MUSEUM, THIS IS A RARE FIND. THIS DEBATE BOOK ACCELERATED ABRAHAM LINCOLN TO PRESIDENT. IT'S PART OF HISTORY......CASE-TB-62Acceptable

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Photograph album. WITH: Photographs of Abraham Lincoln

LINCOLN Abraham MESERVE Frederick Hill

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1944. (LINCOLN, Abraham) MESERVE, Frederick Hill. Photograph album. WITH: Photographs of Abraham Lincoln. No place, no date; New York: Harcourt Brace, 1944. Loose album sheets (9 by 12 inches) featuring 191 photographic images. Housed in a cloth four-fold portfolio binder. WITH: Octavo, original navy cloth, original dust jacket. $22,000.Extraordinary album comprising over 191 photographs, primarily silver and platinum prints, of Abraham Lincoln, his family, and contemporaries assembled by Frederick Meserve. Accompanied by the first trade edition of Meserve's landmark work, accomplished in collaboration with Carl Sandburg, Photographs of Abraham Lincoln, featuring 100 images of the 16th President, in daguerreotypes, cartes-de-visite, stereoviews, and more by photographers including Matthew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and Alexander Hesler.Photographer ""Frederick Hill Meserve was an important collector of Lincoln photographs. Sandburg asserts… that 'it is quite probable that certain Lincol ... Read more

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"The appeal must be made, if at all, to the Governor." ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Autograph Letter Signed as President ("A. Lincoln"), December 28, 1861, Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C., to Henry Liebenau, Esq. 1 page, 5 x 8 in. Complete Transcript Executive Mansion Washington, D.C. Dec. 28, 1861 Henry Liebenau, Esq. My dear Sir: Your private letter in regard to Mr. "Burtnete" is received. I have no power to remove a Lieut Colonel appointed by the Governor of New-York. The appeal must be made, if at all, to the Governor. Yours &c, A. Lincoln. Historical Background John W. Latson, a New York attorney, began raising a regiment in April 1861. In July, he received permission from the War Department to recruit a regiment of artillery, but his authority was ... Read more

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He acts the day the disastrous Battle of Fredericksburg ends, as wounded Union soldiers and “contrabands” flood into Washington The chaplain felt a calling and would work mostly without pay, selflessly donating his time and labor to the freedmen, and Lincoln’s note makes it clear he wants him employed Over 40,000 escaped slaves sought refuge and freedom in Washington, D.C. after the passage of the D.C. Emancipation Act in April 1862, which freed all enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. In addition, as the Union Army advanced on southern strongholds, thousands of slaves in their path made their way across Union lines to freedom, becoming what was known as "contraband.” The increasing numbers of contraband coming into Washington created a dilemma for the Federal Government and the Union Army responsible for both the protection of the capital and the pursuit of victory over the Confederates. How would these African-American men, women, and children find food, shelter, and medical care? I ... Read more

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He assists him after the boy was refused army enlistment because of his age An uncommon autograph, showing Lincoln's tender-heartedness and compassion as President, and his concern for the boys of the Civil War Lincoln earned a reputation as a deeply compassionate and kind man, and this reputation reached from the battlefields into American legend. This is the picture that has come down to us, and we envision him as a man who was generous of spirit, who pardoned soldiers who fell asleep on guard duty, showed leniency whenever possible, and aided the needy. Because of his position as President, he had opportunities to prove or disprove this reputation, as many requests for assistance, pardons, deferrals of executions, and pleas to aid soldiers came to him. His writings show that he seldom turned the needy aside. Lincoln always displayed this compassion in his treatment of the young, perhaps due to his having lost three of his own when they were still young. It is uncommon for any autograph or document ... Read more

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New York:: Lincoln Historical Society,, 1909. With numerous plates, signed letters and documents (some plates inlaid to size, others tipped in) as follows: GRANT, ULYSSES S. DS, 28 September 1872 - order to affix the seal; SHERMAN, WILLIAM T., als, 11 December 1876; JOHNSTON, JOSEPH als to General Beauregard, 29 December 1861 concerning defenses at Wolf's Run; DAVIS, JEFFERSON, ANS, 27 September 1866; WEBSTER, DANIEL, ALS, 24 September 1844; CLAY, HENRY, ALS, 12 April 1841; SEWARD, WILLIAM, 28 December 1851; BUCHANAN, JAMES, ALS, 21 April 1845; WELLES, GIDEON, ALS, 25 June 1862; McCLELLAN, GEORGE, DS, 9 February 1878; STANTON, EDWIN, ANS, 1 February 1869; and many others including WINFIELD SCOTT, HORACE GREELEY, AND FITZ-JOHN PORTER. Magnificently bound in full, crushed red morocco, gilt panelled, spine gilt- lettered, blue morocco doublures, red watered silk liners. Provenance: Edward Laurence and Estelle Doheny with their paper bookplates.. Extra-Illustrated. Full Red Morocco Gilt. Near Fine. 8vo.. 4 ... Read more

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Known as "America's first great photograph collector," this pioneering figure championed the preservation of historical photographs, traveling the country to rescue original glass plate negatives from certain destruction; so little appreciated and understood were they that he occasionally found them tossed aside in barns and sometimes even reused as glass panes in windows. Meserve managed to save countless original negatives created by Mathew B. Brady, Alexander Gardner and other seminal photographers from certain destruction. To the Lincoln images he assigned numbers ("Meserve numbers") still in use today. Meserve produced small format (2" X 3") prints from many of his negatives for a series of small print-run booklets, today highly desirable and sought after. For special occasions and friends he would produce large format prints using the original glass plate negatives. The immediacy of these first-generation prints is startling -- we've grown so accustomed to seeing ... Read more

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n.d.. Original 75¢ ticket, 3.5" x 2.25", printed on orange stock with a central image, in silver, of three quarter dollar coins. Right corners rounded, left corners slightly rounded. Imprinted in black: “FORD’S THEATRE / Tenth Street / [three quarter dollars] / Erected A.D. 1863.” On verso (not visible) is a facsimile signature of Ford’s Theatre treasurer H(arry) Clay Ford, brother of theatre owner John T. Ford, and the acting manager of the theatre for the April 14, 1865, performance. In apparent very good condition. The ticket, captioned “Ford’s Theatre / Admission Ticket,” is triple matted with similarly matted vignettes captioned “Actor John Wilkes Booth / Fires the Fatal Shot” and “Brandishing a Knife Booth Leaps / from the Presidential Box to the Stage” and a photo print â€&# ... Read more

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Abraham Lincoln and the Washington Territory

Smiley, H. D.

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Abraham Lincoln and the Union (Library of American Biography)

Oscar Handlin, Lilian Handlin

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