Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Herndon Life of Lincoln

The heading provides a link to a review written in 1922 for Herndon's Life of Lincoln, published in the New York Times. The biography had first been supressed by Lincoln family members when the book was originally published in 1889. William Lee Miller refers extensively to Herndon's biography in Lincoln's Virtues. The first printing is very hard to find, but an 1890 second edition sells for about $400 at Shotwell Antiques where I took this image.


  1. I wonder what it would cost to restore the volumes, keeping the original boards and as much of the binding as possible. The spines need fixing also---so the investment might be $400 to buy and say $300 to fix properly----Hmmm.....

  2. I've thought about it myself.