New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, . Hardcover. 8vo. Dark blue cloth with gilt spine lettering. xii, 357pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Near fine. Bit of age toning to outer page edges. Item #44878
Quite tight and nice early printing of this two-parter -- Sandburg provides Part I and Angle Part II ("Letters, Documents & Appendix"). This copy bears an intriguingly bizarre and highly unusual autograph addition: Neatly tipped to an inner flyleaf (facing the half-title page) is an unsigned Autograph Note from Sandburg, 1p, 3" X 5", n.p., n.y. [ca. 1930s]. Near fine. On a small slip, the poet pencils huge and bold in his understandable shorthand: "propgnda / .dbchry / histry / edbduc [?] / reality & / illusn." How Sandburg used this scrap is of course unknown. He is often remembered for filling his pockets with all kinds of notes he would pencil 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. 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. Attractive copy of an uncommon title with an exceptional (if unsigned) author note to himself.