Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years by Carl Sandburg, First Edition, Two Volume Set, 1926. {and} Abraham Lincoln: The War Years by Carl Sandburg, First Edition, 4 Volume Set, 1939.

Sandburg, Carl. Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and Abraham Lincoln: The War Years. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1926 and 1939. Signed by Sandburg in Volume I, First Edition sets. Custom matching slipcase.

Presented is the combined two-volume set of Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the 4-volume set of Abraham Lincoln: The War Years by Carl Sandburg. Prairie Years is a first edition signed on the first free page and published in 1926. Likewise, War Years is also a first edition set published in 1939. All six volumes were bound by Maurin with matching three-quarter crushed morocco leather boards and gilt embossed spines. The set is nicely housed in a matching blue custom slipcase.

Sandburg was one of the leading experts on Abraham Lincoln and always had an enthusiasm for the story of America’s 16th president. His work later became one of the pre-eminent books for Lincoln historians and remains so today. Sandburg initially intended his Prairie Years to be a biography designed for young ordinary people, but the grandiosity of detail he accumulated quickly turned into a much larger project. The first set covered Lincoln’s early life all the way to his move to Washington D.C. After thirteen years of extensive research, Sandburg published his second set of Lincoln biographies, The War Years detailing stories of the president, the people, and the time. Not only did Sandburg receive a Pulitzer Prize for his work, but Congress also asked him to speak at a joint session on Lincoln’s 150th birthday. This work is still considered one of the most detailed and reliable accounts of Abraham Lincoln’s life and is a testament to decades of dedicated research.


Age appropriate wear. The edges of the three-quarter blue morocco leather boards are rubbed and have some loss. Sandburg’s signature in Prairie Years Volume I is clean and dark. All volumes’ tops are edged in gilt. The bindings are tight and the pages are internally clean and bright. The six-volume set is tastefully displayed in a custom matching blue archival slipcase decorated with a photo of Lincoln set into a recess.

Dimensions: 10” H x 6.75” W x 11.25” D (six volumes with slipcase)

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