Meserve, Frederick Hill. This is Abraham Lincoln. Harrogate: Lincoln MEmorial University City, 1941. Limited edition. Includes 30 poster stamps.
Meserve was a pioneering photography historian and "America's first great photograph collector," who assigned "Meserve numbers" to Lincoln photographs still used today. Sandburg introduces this fascinating set of high-quality Lincoln images in non-postage stamp form, 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/ruling on the front cover. 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.