Lot 171    

Rare Wigwam Edition Lincoln Campaign Biography
12/2/2011 - American History, Including the Civil War
The Life, Speeches, and Public Services of Abram(sic) Lincoln: The Wigwam Edition. New York: Rudd & Carlton, 1860. 12mo, paper wraps with woodcut portrait on cover and frontis, 117pp plus 2pp ads. [Monaghan 92] One of the finest copies of the Wigwam Edition that we have seen in terms of condition.

The "Wigwam" was a temporary structure built in Chicago in 1860 to attract large conventions, such as the Republicans. The structure was built in a month (of wood), and did not survive the 1871 fire. This imprint is generally taken to be the first printed biography of Lincoln, although others have also claimed the title. John Scripps of the Chicago Press and Tribune ("Tribune Tract No. 6") claimed to be the earliest to have Lincoln's approval of his biography. Howard's biography, printed in Cincinnati, was another contender, with an image of the "Wigwam" on the back, and is nearly as rare as this one. As Barton (1920: 387) notes, this squabble really highlighted how little was known about this candidate at the time of his nomination.

Barton, William E. The Soul of Abraham Lincoln. George H. Doran Company, 1920.


Provenance:  
The Ed Steers Lincolniana & Civil War Collection


Condition:  
Shelfwear, with small chips out of wraps. Minor foxing on interior leaves, binding intact and tight. Currently in custom clamshell box.
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