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Bibliographia Lincolniana – Original, Unbound Sheets

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Lincoln, Abraham. Hart, Charles Henry. Bibliographia Lincolniana. An Account of the Publications Occasioned by the Death of Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth President of the United States of America. Being a Bibliographical Catalogue of all Sermons, Eulogies, Orations, etc., Delivered at the Time. Albany, NY: Joel Munsell, 1870. First edition, 25 copies printed for private circulation. Octavo. 86 pp. With notes and an introduction by Hart.

When Lincoln was assassinated, churches, synagogues, and other places of civic gathering shared, staged and published eulogies and tributes to the fallen president. This is an attempt to create a bibliography of the printed material associated with these tributes.

Originally prepared as a supplement to Herndon’s proposed biography of Lincoln, this edition was produced as an example for private circulation. The contents of this work were later included in Andrew Boyd’s Memorial Lincoln Bibliography published the same year in only 125 copies.

Needless to say, this is a very elusive Lincoln item with no recorded copies at auction in the last thirty years and even Boyd’s book has only shown up once in the same time span. Monaghan suggests that ten of the copies were printed on large-paper and left unbound in sheets. Though this copy could be one of those, it does only measures slightly larger than the few recorded existing copies. None the less, it is in its original unopened, untrimmed state and as difficult to obtain as nearly any Lincoln item.

Monaghan 919; Unbound sheets, folio, folded twice; to folio. Unopened. Light soiling and toning to first and last leaves. Small chip to top fore-edge corner of first leaf. At least a very good copy.