New York: Congdon & Weed, Inc., . Hardcover. Small 4to. Burgundy cloth spine with silver lettering and blue paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 278pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Fine/near fine. Item #46462
A superb, tight first edition of this 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir about Baker's Virginia childhood, with fine autograph addition: Tipped to front flyleaf is a Typed Note Signed from Russell, 1p, 5½" X 8½", New York, NY, 24 April 1979. Addressed to Lincoln/Civil War scholar Arnold F. Gates (1914-93). Near fine. On "The New York Times" letterhead, Baker offers up his memory of Illinois poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg: "Thank you for your kind note. I well remember the evening with Carl Sandburg. I sat alone with him in his hotel room for two hours talking. He recited from his poetry and made a little music on the strings and I felt extraordinarily privileged." Boldly signed in full in black fineline. Baker (1925-2019 was an award-winning American journalist, "New York Times" columnist and beloved PBS host.