Springfield: The Abraham Lincoln Association, . Hardcover. Green cloth with gilt spine lettering, dust jacket. xiii, 353pp. Illustrations. Very good/very good. Mild jacket edgewear. Item #45151
First edition, tight and nice. The absolute best book on the subject -- surprisingly uncommon, especially in a nice jacket. Although this is a discreet ex-library copy it bears very few markings (library silver stamp on rear board, number near foot of jacket and binding spine, abrasions on both endpapers) -- AND it bears a choice autograph addition: Tipped to front flyleaf is an Autograph Letter Signed from Bullard, 1p, 6¼" X 9 3/4", Boston, MA, 5 August 1940. Addressed to noted Lincoln scholar Arnold F. Gates (1914-93). Near fine. Two light horizontal folds. On letterhead of "The Boston Herald," Bullard opens poetically and cryptically with "The East wind deserted Boston for weeks this summer, and we have gaspingly done only what had to be done...." Gates had sent him a copy of "Song of the Leaves: Quest of Johnny Appleseed," a 16-page pamphlet he had published, to which Bullard replies: "Please accept my belated thanks for the booklet on Johnny Appleseed. Well done. As a boy I first heard about him -- then I assumed it was all legend -- after many years I learned his name, read a sermon and I think -- not sure -- a book about him by Newell Dwight Hillis, and come occasionally on references to him...." Handsomely penned in bold black ink. Bullard (1866-1952) was a minister well known for his many Lincoln publications -- and surprisingly won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing in 1927 for his "Boston Herald" piece urging a new trial for Sacco and Vanzetti.