Cincinnati: Moore, Wilstach, Keys & Co. 25 West Fourth Street. 1860. Original cloth [rubbed at extremities, spine lettering dulled]. Port. frontis of a clean-shaven Lincoln, 'Middleton, Strobridge & Co.' in small lettering. Port. of Hamlin after page 194. 216 pp. Foxed, lacks endpapers, some doodling on blanks. Good+.
"Barrett had been a delegate to the Chicago convention, and seems to have been closely associated with Lincoln for several days after its adjournment. Years later he wrote: 'He readily gave such facts as my inquiries invited or suggested.' Nor was Barrett content with the material which he obtained directly from Lincoln. He sought to provide an accurate background, and to this end turned to Filson's history of Kentucky, Judge Scott's gazetteer of Indiana, and to other source books. The result was a commendable work, the first of a long series which was to issue from the pen of this author" [Wessen, Campaign Lives of Abraham Lincoln 1860].
Wessen says the book first issued on June 27 1860, in printed wrappers and, as such, is "excessively rare;" and on July 2 in cloth with, as usual [and as here], the second state of Lincoln's portrait.
FIRST EDITION. Monaghan 20. Wessen 10. Miles 396. Sabin 3616. Not in Eberstadt, Thomson, Decker. Item #32527