[LINCOLN, ABRAHAM] BLISS, ALEXANDER and KENNEDY, JOHN P. (Editors). Autograph Leaves of our Country's Authors.
Baltimore: Cushings & Bailey, 1864. First and only edition, extra-illustrated with approximately 65 inserted portraits. Full red pebbled morocco gilt dated 1882 on the spine, rebacked with the original spine laid down, the covers panelled in gilt, the spine tooled and lettered in gilt with the initials "W.H.W." at the foot. 10 x 8 inches (25.5 x 21 cm); with lithographed title and approximately 65 mostly engraved or lithographed portraits inserted (three are original drawings including one of Julia Ward Howe), xi (lithographed contents), 200 pp. (lithographed fascimiles of the handwriting of the authors). Intermittent foxing, the inserted portraits have offset to the text leaves opposite, rebacked as noted and lightly rubbed.
This volume, produced at the time of the 1864 Baltimore Sanitary Fair, contains what is considered the first reproduction of the Gettysburg Address in Lincoln's hand. The facsimile was made from what is now known as the "Bliss Copy" of the address, the fifth and final manuscript copy of the address that Lincoln executed at the request of the editors of this volume. Other authors represented here include Emerson, Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, and many other notables of the period.
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