Very Good Plus. Bookplate of Lincoln collector, Joseph Steinberg, on the front pastedown. An invitation inviting Steinberg to the reception initiating the publication of the book is laid in with its original envelope. Dust jacket is protected with a mylar cover.
Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. Stated first edition. Signed and inscribed by author. Full red cloth, gilt lettering on cover and spine, t.e.g. (red), red endpapers. Illustrated with color frontispiece, and several B&W plates. Volume shows only light shelf-wear, else fine. Unclipped dust jacket lightly chipped and worn at head of spine and tops of panels, heel of spine lightly stained, else near fine. NEAR FINE/VERY GOOD. Small 4to 9"-11" tall. 425 pp. Signed by Author.
Very good. No dust jacket. Signed by previous owner. Cover has slight wear and soiling. First edition. 425 p. illus., ports. 26 cm. Includes: Frontis (color). Illustrations, Portraits. Notes. Sources. Index. The speech known as Abraham Lincoln's "Lost Speech" was given at the Bloomington Convention on May 29, 1856, in Bloomington, Illinois. Traditionally regarded as lost because it was so engaging that reporters neglected to take notes, the speech is believed to have been an impassioned condemnation of slavery. It is possible the text was deliberately "lost" owing to its controversial content. Lincoln's Lost Speech was famous, with a status considered legendary by the time Tarbell became enamored with Whitney's version of it. Lincoln was said to have spoken "like a giant inspired" and the tale of how the speech came to be lost was well known.  Many who attended the speech considered it the greatest of Lincoln's life. Given at the first state convention, which essentially founded the Illinois Republican Party, the speech thrust Lincoln into the national political limelight. Though it was known as the Lost Speech, its content influenced people nonetheless.
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