First Edition of Gore Vidal's Masterpiece Lincoln; Signed by Him
Item Number: 2889
New York: Random House, 1984.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Gore Vidal on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Lincoln is a masterwork of historical fiction, in which Gore Vidal combines a comprehensive knowledge of Civil War America with 20th-century literary technique, probing the minds and motives of the men surrounding Abraham Lincoln, including personal secretary John Hay and scheming cabinet members William Seward and Salmon P. Chase, as well as his wife, Mary Todd. "A portrait of America's great president that is at once intimate and public, stark and complex, and that will become for future generations the living Lincoln, the definitive Lincoln. . . . Richly entertaining . . . history lessons with the blood still hot" (The Washington Post).