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    Abraham Lincoln: Four Books from the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office. We are offering four books that were used by Abraham Lincoln and his partner William H. Herndon, in their Springfield law practice. The books were consigned by someone whose family owned the building in which the practice was housed. Upon Lincoln's death, the books devolved upon his surviving partner and, upon his death, to successive law firms that occupied the second floor space, before being acquired by the building's owner. The volumes include: 1) "General Laws of the State of Illinois, Passed by the Seventeenth General Assembly", Springfield, Illinois, Lanphier & Walker, 1851, paper boards (detached), leather spine. Signed three times by Herndon. Contains two notarized statements by Robert H. Patton, August 1, 1930, detailing its history and indicating it was acquired from Ed D. Henry, executor of the will of Herndon's last law partner, Alfred Orendorff. 2) "Laws of the State of Illinois, Passed by the Fifteenth General Assembly", Springfield, Illinois, Lanphier & Walker, 1853, paper boards (detached), leather spine. Signed by Herndon on the front cover. Contains a paste-down notarized affidavit detailing the provenance. The name of Ed Henry is stamped on the flyleaf and title page. 3) "Reports of Cases Determined in The Supreme Court of the State of Illinois", Chicago, D. B. Cooke and Company, lacking covers, spine intact. Lincoln is mentioned on page 138 as one of the appeal lawyers in the case of Illinois Central Railroad Company v. Morrison and Crabtree. An engraved business card for Orendorff & Patton (Office, N.W. Corner Court House Square) is included. A paste-down notarized statement signed by Patton appears on a flyleaf. 4) "Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in The Supreme Court of the State of Illinois", Quincy, Newton Flagg, 1847. Cloth covers detached and discolored. Loss and deterioration to leather spine. Text-block fine. Fair condition. Contains the identical notarized statement of provenance signed by lawyer Patton. It is rather amazing to think these are books that Lincoln handled on a regular basis to use in his law practice.

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    February, 2020
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