Publisher's original brown textured cloth, with blindstamped borders tied by floral devices in the corners and with a blindstamped central device. Spine lettered in gilt. Gilt slightly faded. Head and tail of the spine slightly chipped. Cloth dampstained on front board. Some minor toning throughout as usual. Previous owner's pencil notes on blank margins. A few blank corners, creased and turned down. Overall a good copy.
"After an unsuccessful campaign for the senatorship (1855), [Lincoln] became a Republican at the formation of the new party, and at the state convention (1856) was a leading figure because of his adroit and earnest dealing with the problem of slavery. As the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate (1858), he delivered in the party convention his famous speech declaring, 'A house divided against itself cannot stand.' He challenged his opponent, Stephen Douglas, to seven debates in which he showed the Democrat's inconsistency in favoring both popular sovereignty and the Dred Scott decision, and stressed a conservative attitude toward antislavery, thus winning many followers who disliked outright Abolitionism. Although Douglas won the election, Lincon's fame was greatly enhanced. In his Cooper Union speech (Feb 27, 1860), as a potential presidential candidate, he spoke against slavery in the territories, and through his conservative and dignified attitude increased his power in the East. He was elected to the presidency in 1860 by a considerable electoral majority over Douglas and Breckinridge, although he lacked the popular vote." (—The Oxford Companion to American Literature, Sixth edition, page 376).
Howes L338. Howes. Monaghan 69. Streeter.
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