Complete Set of the Works of Abraham Lincoln
The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln, Abraham; Nicolay, John G. and John Hay.
Item Number: 4605
Harrogate, Tennessee: Lincoln Memorial University, 1894.
Octavo, 12 volumes. Original full brown morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, pictorial black morocco gilt inlays to front boards, patterned endpapers, top edges gilt. In fine condition with the original slipcases which show some wear.
Nicolay, Lincolns private secretary, "enjoyed the full intimate friendship of the President few men were as close to Lincoln as Nicolay or so fully enjoyed his confidence" (DAB VII: 511). After serving as Lincolns assistant and confidant, Hay achieved literary fame as the co-author of the definitive biography of Lincoln, and for his skill in helping edit Lincolns Complete Works (first published beginning in 1894). Lincoln Memorial University, founded in 1897, produced this edition not only to fund its endowment but also "to open a fountain of Lincolniana to which all true Americans will repair to refresh their faith in, and love and zeal for, American ideals and institutions."