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    [Abraham Lincoln]. J.Q. Howard. The Life of Abraham Lincoln, with Extracts from His Speeches. Columbus: Follett, Foster and Company, 1860. First edition. Twelvemo. 102 pages plus advertisements at the back. Brown paper wraps, with an engraving entitled "The Republican Wigwam at Chicago" on the back cover.

    Campaign biographies achieved widespread use in Jackson's day. Although they can still be found in use for later campaigns, they drifted out of favor in the early 1900s. These highly partisan biographies tried to present the lives and careers of the candidates in the most favorable light. Not surprisingly, the Lincoln versions are among the most sought-after. Because they were made with highly perishable pulp paper, most of these biographies are difficult to find in good condition.

    This rare publication is highly-desirable due to the fact that there are only 28 known surviving copies, 25 of which are currently held in institutions. Until the discovery of the small cache of 28 copies in 1901, it was virtually unknown. Although English and German versions were released, the publisher decided not to actively market it, apparently because Lincoln did not claim responsibility for the biography and objected to some of the content. Accordingly, it saw no distribution in the campaign of 1860 and was largely forgotten until it was discovered by book dealer Charles P. Everitt. From the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection.

    Condition: Foxing throughout inner pages. Some creasing and moderate soiling to the outer wraps, but still bound soundly. Corners slightly bumped. There is an area of discoloration at the bottom edge of the back wrap. Else very good.

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