Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1960. Black & white frontispiece portrait. Hardcover. Octavo. xxxii, [vi], xi-xii, 17-94 pages, + index. Fine. Bound in gray paper over boards with gilt titles on blue field on spine and upper board. Minimal wear to extremities.
In 1860 Samuel C. Parks asked his friend, Abraham Lincoln, to read and annotate a copy of campaign biography of Lincoln--who had just been nominated as the Republican candidate for president. Lincoln complied and returned to Parks his copy of "The Lives and Speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin," by Howells.
This is a facsimile of the Lincoln portion of that copy, complete with the corrections and annotations Lincoln pencilled in the margins. Taken with the parts he left unchanged, the result is a generally overlooked "autobiography" of sorts, and represents Lincoln's own personally approved version of many debated incidents in his life.
The Preface by Harry Pratt gives historical background about Howells and this campaign biography, and some interesting analysis of Lincoln's corrections. See MONAGHAN #45.