Six Months At The White House With Abraham Lincoln F B Carpenter 1866 1st Ed
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Six Months At The White House With Abraham Lincoln F B Carpenter 1866 1st Ed:
You're offerding on "Six Months At The White House With Abraham Lincoln", by F.B. Bicknell, first edition published 1866 by Hurd and Houghton, New York. Francis Bicknell Carpenter was a well-regarded mid-19th century painter, most famous for his painting, "First Reading Of The Emancipation Proclamation Of President Lincoln", which hangs in the U.S. Capitol to this day. Bicknell composed and painted the work based on life studies of Lincoln and his cabinet during a residency of sorts - he had more or less free run of the White House from February to July, 1864, befriending Lincoln along the way - and as a result had the opportunity to be a fly on the wall during some of the most important meetings and events in American history. The book offers both a view of events from a unique perspective, and a humanizing view of Lincoln that it is easy to overlook from the present view after 150+ years of myth-making.
Book is in good overall condition for age and type, with some issues of condition - cover exhibits wear, soil and fade, and some cloth chipping at the top and bottom of spine cloth. Some hinge-cracking and perhaps the loss of a rear endpaper inside the rear board - board still fully attached. Overall sturdy, though, with solid binding. Front endpaper has an old ownership inscription and a chunk torn out from the bottom-left corner, pages exhibit some occasional spots, a few dog-eared corners and a few minor pencil marks and underlines, but generally clean.
A must-read for anyone looking to gain a deep understanding of Lincoln and his presidency - please review photos carefully to make your own determination of overall condition and appeal, and don't hesitate to ask any questions prior to offerding - thanks for looking!