New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, . Hardcover. Complete 4-volume set. Small 4to. Dark blue cloth with gilt spine lettering. xxxi, 660pp; xii, 655pp; xiii, 673pp; xii, 515pp. Frontispieces, illustrations. Near fine. Inoffensive abrasion to each front pastedown. Item #46355
Tight, attractive later printing of this massive quartette, which preceded his two-volume "Prairie Years" -- this copy with choice, appropriate autograph addition: Tipped opposite half-title page is an intriguing unsigned Autograph Note in Sandburg's hand, 1p, 4" X 5½", n.p., n.y. Pencilled large and bold on cheap newsprint paper in his distinctive script, it reads: "An outbreak, / causes, pre- / lims War / don't forget / A Johnson biog / Mrs John Logan.'" How or when Sandburg used this tidbit is not known, but the Illinois poet and Lincoln biographer (1878-1967) often filled his pockets with all manner of notes he wrote to himself: Shopping lists (ideas, not groceries!), things to do, unusual words and odd turns of phrase he liked, ideas for poems -- anything and everything that struck his fancy in some way. This particular example appears to be notes for himself regarding research needed for one of his historical writings, not one of his poems. "Mrs John Logan" certainly refers to the wife (1838-1923) of Illinois general John A. Logan and her 1913 memoir "Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife." These chits rarely survived and few turn up -- he gave this example to good friend Ralph G. Newman (1912-98), founder of Chicago's noted Abraham Lincoln Book Shop.