Item #05717 Prairie Years, The. Abraham LINCOLN, Carl SANDBURG.
Prairie Years, The
Prairie Years, The
Prairie Years, The
Prairie Years, The
Prairie Years, The
Prairie Years, The
Prairie Years, The

Prairie Years, The

New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1926. Item #05717

Signed Limited Edition of Carl Sandburg's Pulitzer Prize Winning
First Biography of Abraham Lincoln

LINCOLN, Abraham. SANDBURG, Carl. The Prairie Years. With 105 illustrations from photographs, and many cartoons, sketches, maps, and letters. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, [1926].

First edition limited to 260 copies, printed on Dutch Charcoal Rag Paper, numbered and signed by the author, of which 250 copies are for sale. This is number 22 [signed] Carl Sandburg.

Two octavo volumes (9 1/2 x 6 3/8 inches; 241 x 161 mm.). xvi, 480; vi, 482 pp.

Publishers cream buckram over blue boards, spines with printed paper labels, blue endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut. Spines very slightly darkened otherwise a near fine, partially unopened set complete with the publishers duplicate labels at the end on each volume.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was an American lawyer, politician, and statesman who served as the sixteenth president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War, defending the nation as a constitutional union, defeating the insurgent Confederacy, abolishing slavery, expanding the power of the federal government, and modernizing the U.S. economy.

The Prairie Years recounts Lincoln's youth and early career before he attained the presidency. The story, of course, starts with his family settling in Kentucky, where Lincoln was born in 1809. Later, he moved with his family to Illinois. Lincoln began in New Salem and later moved to Springfield. Lincoln was a lifelong fascination for Sandburg, who collected information about the iconic President for decades before he began writing about him. These first two volumes, The Prairie Years, were published in 1926, a 344,000-word study covering Lincoln’s life up to his move to Washington to become the President of the United States.

Carl August Sandburg (1878-1967) was an American poet, biographer, journalist, and editor. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was widely regarded as "a major figure in contemporary literature", especially for volumes of his collected verse, including Chicago Poems (1916), Cornhuskers (1918), and Smoke and Steel (1920). He enjoyed "unrivaled appeal as a poet in his day, perhaps because the breadth of his experiences connected him with so many strands of American life". When he died in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson observed that "Carl Sandburg was more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America."

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