Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff pale blue wrappers. 23pp. Very good. Faintest of edgewear. Item #45175
Tight and nice first edition of this interesting lecture given when Williams was up to his neck researching his 1970 Huey Long biography that earned him both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. This copy with choice autograph addition: Tipped to inside front wrapper is a 6½" X 3 3/4" envelope from Williams (who pens his "THW" initials alongside the printed Louisiana State University" address at upper left) and inside this a Typed Letter Signed from him, 1p, 7½" X 8½", Baton Rouge, LA, 20 April 1976. Addressed to Ralph G. Newman (1912-98, founder of Chicago's noted Abraham Lincoln Book Shop). Very good. Original folds. On oddball "Lincolnand" letterhead, Williams chats about the "perplexity" of an invitation and scheduling difficulties, closing cryptically with "The dictionary has arrived, and everybody is highly excited about it. Some people advise against replacing missing leaves as damaging the authenticity of the book. What do you think?" Boldly signed simply "Harry" in blue ballpoint. Williams (1909-79) is best known for his 1951 classic "Lincoln and His Generals." Letters and signed copies of his works are seldom encountered. Most unusual and fascinating.