New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., 1952. Folio (22" X 7½"). 65 leaves (printed rectos only), stapled at upper left. Very good. Mild edgewear to some leaves only; two light horizontal folds (as it is was mailed folded into thirds), not weakened. Original mailing envelope present (worn, torn, age toned). Item #46557
Extraordinary survivor: A set of delicate uncorrected galleys, printed on thin onion-skin stock, of the most famous Lincoln auction of all time: "The Immortal Autograph Letters, Documents, Manuscripts, Portraits, Personal Relics and Other Lincolniana Collected by the Late Oliver R. Barrett Chicago: Sold by Order of The Executors of His Estate and of Roger W. Barrett...." Also stapled at upper left is a 5½" X 3¼" slip typed with basic bibliographical data about this auction (such as "Sale to be held in four sessions February 19th and 20th, 1952 Exhibition to open on Lincoln's Birthday...."). Barrett (1873-1950) was, of course, the Chicago attorney and undoubtedly the 20th century's greatest Lincoln collector, subject of Carl Sandburg's 1950 book "Lincoln Collector." Interestingly, the original mailing envelope shows this copy was mailed to none other than Carl Haverlin (1899-1985), legendary radio pioneer and first president of music licensing service Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), as well as a respected Lincoln and Civil War collector and scholar active in the affairs of the New York Civil War Round Table. Margins contain a tiny number of small pencilled marks made by Haverlin. These four sessions contained such rarities as (to cite a few captions) "A Book Borrowed and Used by Abraham Lincoln," "Examples in Arithmatics and Some Youthful Doggerel," "Leaf from Lincoln's Sum Book," "Lincoln's Ax Handle," "A Survey by Abraham Lincoln," "Written When Postmaster," "The Lincoln-Speed Letters," "Letter to 'Dear Mary,'" "Only Known Letter to Sarah Bush Lincoln, His Step Mother," on and on and on -- this barely scratches the surface of the jaw-dropping offerings of documents, artifacts, books, etc., found among these 842 auction lots. A modest number of these fragile galleys would have been produced and mailed to influential dealers and collectors and others -- few survive, especially in such clean, handleable condition.