New York: The Century Co., 1890. Black & white plates, illustrations, maps. Three-quarter brown leather with marbled-paper sides. Octavos. Very good. Leather spines and fore corners, marbled paper sides and endpapers, top edges gilt. Spines with gilt titles and rules, boards also ruled in gilt. Occasional minor scuffs and rubs to exteriors. Rear endpaper of volume I split along hinge but holding well, all other hinges sound. Old dampstains to volume IX. A beautiful set.
Highly important biography and history of Abraham Lincoln, compiled by his two secretaries. Nicolay and Hay knew Lincoln well before his election to the Presidency, and both went with him from Illinois to Washington where they remained by his side and in his service until the day he died. Early in Lincoln's administration the two young men had decided to write the definitive history of his life and times, and kept notes and diaries toward that end. Lincoln himself knew of their plan and gave them his cooperation. Following his death, Robert Lincoln opened his father's papers to them and provided any other information he could.
The work is a Lincoln biography as well as a history of the United States from the birth of Lincoln to the close of the Civil War, written by two who were skilled first-hand observers of many of the most important events. MONAGHAN 1071; ANGLE, SHELF OF LINCOLN BOOKS, pp. 33-37; etc.