New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, (1939). First Edition. Hardcover. First trade edition, octavo size, 2572 total pp. Near Fine. Item #13102828
American author Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1940 for this four-volume biography on one of the United State's most influential presidents; these books deal predominately with Abraham Lincoln's presidency and the American Civil War.
Sandburg, best known for his poetry about the city of Chicago, Illinois, published a total of six volumes about Lincoln's life, including the two-volume set, "The Prairie Years", which preceded "The War Years"; at the time, Sandburg was often credited with being one of the primary sources of biographical information on Lincoln for most Americans.
This the first trade edition, published after the deluxe limited edition of 525 copies.
___DESCRIPTION: Full dark grey cloth, blind-embossed lettering on the front board, gilt rules and lettering on the spine, top edge stained yellow, fore-edge rough cut, all volumes with frontispieces, each a different black-and-white photograph, title page with black-and-white border, black-and-white photographs throughout each volume; octavo size (9.5" by 6.5"), pagination: Volume I: [i-vi] vii-xxxi [xxxii] [1-2] 3-660; Volume II: [i-iv] v-xii [1-2] 3-655; Volume III: [i-iv] v-xiii [xiv] [1-2] 3-673; Volume IV: [i-iv] v-xii [1-2] 3-515. Housed in a slipcase covered in dark blue paper, with dark blue ribbon attached to the interior, and a vintage bookseller's ticket from The Sather Gate Book Shop, Berkeley.
___CONDITION: Volumes are near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, and the interiors are clean and bright; some toning to the endpapers, a prior owner inscription in pencil on the half-title page of Volume II and another on page 413 of Volume IV. The slipcase is very good plus, strong and sturdy, with light overall soiling, light edge wear, and light sunning to the edges and the top; the vintage bookseller's ticket still readable but with rubbing.
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