Abraham Lincoln by Benjamin P. Thomas, Book of the Month Edition, Circa 1986

Thomas, Benjamin P., Abraham Lincoln. New York: The American Past, 1986. Book of the Month Club edition. Presented in original publisher boards and dust jacket with full leather slipcase.

This Book of the Month Club edition of Abraham Lincoln by Benjamin P. Thomas includes an introduction by Stephen W. Sears. The book was published in 1986 as part of the American Past series, which revived American classic literature with edits, text additions, and custom bindings. The book was first published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in 1952. This edition features a complete introduction by Stephen W. Sears and illustrations selected by Joan Paterson Kerr. The original publisher dust jacket features a contemporary miniature engraving of General McClelland reviewing his troops at Harrison’s Landing.

A devoted historian, Benjamin Thomas provided a detailed account of Lincoln’s rise to power in his 1952 biography. Intended as an introductory book, his account was one of the first easily digestible and well-rounded biographies of Lincoln targeting all audiences. Celebrated by the public and Lincoln specialists alike, Thomas detailed the 16th president's rise to office, his successes, struggles, and personal assumption of responsibility during the young country’s most tumultuous time. Abraham Lincoln, a conflicted and determined man serving during arguably one of the most difficult presidencies of the U.S., is still considered one of the nation’s greatest presidents. This biography provided the public with well-researched and digestible information for the first time and has remained an important book today.


Overall good condition. The original beige cloth boards feature a recess on the front board with a black embossed facsimile signature of Lincoln. The spine has a brown and gold stamp detailing the title and author. The binding is slightly loose near the top, but otherwise there are no dents, scratches, or discoloration of the boards. The pages are all clean with light-purple coloring along the top edge and a brown page marker. The book’s brown and gray reproduction of the engraving of McClelland’s review of the troops is in overall good condition. Some sunning along the spine and two small tears at the bottom of the spine, but otherwise no sign of loss or discoloration.

The full leather slipcase was designed by the publisher and features a recess with a photo of Abraham Lincoln by Alexander Gardner taken shortly before his Gettysburg Address. The slipcase is in good condition with only minimal wear along the top edge.

Dimensions of book with slipcase: 10” H x 6 ¾” W x 2” D

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