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- Ida M. Tarbell. The Life of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Doubleday & McClure 1900
- paper, ink, leather
2 vols. in 4, 4to (9 7/8 x 7 1/4 in.; 248 x 184 mm). Later crushed blue morocco, evidently bound for the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, whose logo is gilt on the rear covers, front covers gilt with facsimile of Lincoln's signature, inside front covers with recessed panel, each inset with an original miniature painting under glass (young Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Lincoln and Tad, bearded Lincoln) by Gertrude L. Pew after Brady photographs, rear inside covers with recessed panel, each inset with crossed miniature rifles, blue moiré silk linings, spines gilt, edges gilt; a few covers lightly scuffed. Blue morocco folding-cases; cases rubbed and broken.
This may be the set sold at Christie's New York, 9 December 1994, lot 111 ("The Property of a Lady") with the Lincoln endorsement and many other of the more significant extra-illustrations removed.
Limited edition, no. 28 of 75 copies of the Special Illustrators' Edition, extra-illustrated with the insertion of about 300 portraits, views, facsimiles, manuscripts, clipped signatures, and ephemera, including signatures or items signed by Ulysses S. Grant, William H. Seward, Charles Sumner, Horace Greeley, Stephen A. Douglas, Henry W. Longfellow, and William Cullan Bryant.