Lot 76
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[Lincoln, Arbaham]

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6,875 USD
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  • Gettysburg Address in The World. New York, 20 November 1863
  • Paper, Ink
Bifolium (20 x 15 3/8 in.; 508 x 390 mm).  8 pp., extracted from a bound run of the paper; light dampstaining in lower right corners.  

Catalogue Note

A RARE FIRST DAY OF PUBLICATION NEWSPAPER, WITH LINCOLN'S CELEBRATED ADDRESS PROMINENTLY PLACED. this printing from 20 November, the day after the address, contains Lincoln's speech on the front page. This issue also includes Edward Everett's speech, a report on the ceremonies, and a map of the "Great National Soldiers' Cemetery at Gettysburg."

The text is the Associated Press version, delivered by telegraph from the battlefield ceremonies. There are some slight variations between different newspapers and typesetters in terms of punctuation and capitalization, but the original AP version is easily identifiable by the use of the phrase "to the refinished work" instead of the more appropriate "to the unfinished work." 

The New York World was established in 1860 as a penny paper with a religious orientation, supporting President Abraham Lincoln and the Union cause. Losing money in anti-Lincoln New York, the paper was sold, and the new Democratic owners turned on Lincoln after the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1864, it was shut down for two days for publishing a fabricated report that the North would draft 400,000 more men. In 1868 the paper began publishing a statistical and historical annual, the World Almanac, which is still published. In 1883 Joseph Pulitzer became publisher, leading the paper to become a pioneer in "yellow journalism," eventually increasing its daily circulation to one-million copies.  A press war with William Randolph Hearst led to its eventual demise in 1931.