New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1939. Black and white plates. Cloth over boards. Duodecimo. viii, 432 pages. Bound in red cloth over boards with titles in black on spine and upper board. Shallow bumps at spine ends. Hinges sound, Jacket is price clipped with shallow edge wear. Prior ownership name and address stamp to a few leaves. Overall a very handsome copy.
Bates was a cipher operator and the manager of the War Department Telegraph Office from 1861-1866, and thus saw Lincoln almost daily during his Presidency. The resulting portrait of Lincoln is a valuable first hand look at the President in an environment where he was comparatively free from his official cares.
Bates also includes commentary on the military seizure and re-opening of the Annapolis & Elk Ridge Railroad at the start of the war, the Hampton Roads Peace Conference, Union and Confederate use of ciphers and codes, and much more.
Ref. NEVINS I, p. 4; MONAGHAN 1518; EICHER 394.