Saturday, December 18, 2010

On the 9th day of Christmas, Babbitt's Books gave to me . . .

. . . a signed, first edition of David Herbert Donald's famous biography of Abraham Lincoln: Lincoln

Donald was an eminent Lincoln scholar, and taught at several universities throughout his long career, including Oxford, Harvard and Princeton. He was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize twice, so it will not surprise you to learn that Eric Foner (president of the American Historical Association!) called Lincoln the best biography of Abraham Lincoln in existence. 

Our particular copy is signed on the title page by Donald. Both book and dust jacket are in as-new condition. 

Other Lincoln books in our possession that will make good Christmas gifts are Mark E. Neely, Jr.'s The Insanity File: The Case of Mary Todd Lincoln (1993) and Allen C. Guelzo's Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (2004). Some scholars speculate that Mary Todd Lincoln, who was in and out of sanitariums her entire life, suffered from bipolar disorder. Three of her four sons died during her lifetime, which may have contributed to her depression and erratic behavior. 

These three books, though, are only a small sample of our Lincoln collection. We have dozens of books in stock right now that discuss the 16th President's life and various aspects of his administration. 

Come on by! Time is running out. (At least for Christmas shopping.)

Title: Lincoln 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Year: 1995
Features: Signed, first edition
Condition: Very Good+ / Very Good dust jacket
Price: $40

Title: The Insanity File: The Case of Mary Todd Lincoln 
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Year: 1993
Condition: Very Good / Very Good- dust jacket
Price: $4

Title: Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Year: 2004
Features: Signed, second printing
Condition: Very Good+ / Very Good+ dust jacket
Price: $18

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