Mary Todd Lincoln Signed Set of Books The Works of William Shakespeare, Edited, with a Scrupulous Revision of the Text, by Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke, Four volumes (London: 1869). Original full leather, raised bands, gilt border rules on covers. On the front free endpaper of Volume I, Mrs. Lincoln has penned, with uncommon neatness: "Presented to Professor Swing with the kindest regards & best wishes of his sincere friend, Mrs. A. Lincoln, Chicago, Ill., January 1st 1874." The recipient was David Swing, a prominent clergyman and author who had been forced to resign the presbytery of a Chicago church because of his liberal views. Mrs. Lincoln was pleased when Swing characterized William Herndon and Ward Lamon -- her husband's old friends, law partners and biographers, whom she detested -- as "small barking dogs." Of Lincoln himself, Swing declared that "in him, justice and sympathy passed from the little to the infinite..." Spine much chipped, covers somewhat worn, corners bumped, else good; internally near fine, the text block slightly age-toned at margins. An unusually extensive and warm inscription.

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