Meserve, Frederick Hill. This is Abraham Lincoln. Harrogate: Lincoln Memorial University City, 1941. Limited edition. Includes 30 tipped-in poster stamps. Bound in publisher's original blue and gray cloth covers, with stamped gilt titles to front.
Frederick Hill Meserve was a pioneering photography historian and "America's first great photograph collector," who assigned "Meserve numbers" to Lincoln photographs. These Meserve numbers are still used by historians and archivists today. The book is illustrated by 30 sepia-tone poster stamps depicting Lincoln, each tipped in by hand, and placed alongside appropriate descriptive text.
This is the rare first edition of this unusual format publication, limited to 300 copies. The limitation page notes that each copy is signed by Meserve, though this copy lacks a signature. The vintage narrow quarto volume is bound in blue and gray cloth covers, with stamped gilt lettering and ruling on the front cover. Sandburg wrote the introduction to this book.
Good condition overall. The covers show light soiling. The binding is solid. The work is illustrated by 30 tipped-in sepia-tone poster stamps depicting Lincoln, accompanied by descriptive text. Not signed.
Dimensions: 9 1/4" H x 4 1/4" W x 1/4" D.
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