Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1943-45. Hardcover. Edited by Paul M. Angle. Foreword by James G. Randall. Complete 2-volume set. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering. xlv, 519pp; xi, 560pp. Illustrations (Volume II). Near fine. Volume II spine gilt, as always, dulled, though Volume I spine gilt bright and lovely. Item #42723
A tight and superb first and only edition of this Lincolniana landmark -- the fourth volume in this publisher's "Bibliographical Series" and thirty-first volume in their "Collections" series. Although a third volume covering the past 80 years is badly needed, this seminal work thoroughly covering the first century of Lincoln writings is indispensable -- and this exceptional set bears the early, Art Deco-ish bookplate of Ralph G. Newman (1912-98), founder of Chicago's famed Abraham Lincoln Book Shop and listed among the "Dealers in Lincolniana" thanked on page xli in the book's introduction. NOT your typical well-thumbed pair replete with checkmarked margins, but rather a far-above-average, clean 'n' pristine, tight 'n' bright set associated with one of the leading 20th century Lincolniana figures.