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FIRST PAMPHLET PRINTING? [LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.] Everett, Edward. An Oration Delivered on the Battlefield of Gettysburg. Plan of the cemetery on page . 48 pages. 8vo, original printed wrappers, minor soiling, pinhole in upper corner; dampstaining, minor wear to title page. In modern cloth tray case. New York: Baker & Godwin, 1863
Most of this slim volume is dedicated to Everett's speech at Gettysburg, and it concludes with the reports on the day's ceremonies from three New York newspapers. In between, President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address appears on pages 40-41--yet to be recognized as one of the greatest examples of American oratory. The pamphlet was issued on 25 November 1863, just six days after the address was delivered. The publishers advertised it in that day's New York Tribune as "ready this morning," adding that it was "perhaps the most interesting contribution yet made to the History of the War, and should be in the possession of every citizen." The other early pamphlet printing of the address, The Gettysburg Solemnities, was also first advertised as issued on 25 November, making priority difficult to establish. The present volume was definitely one of the two first pamphlet printings of the Gettysburg Address--and perhaps the first. Carbonell, Gettysburg Address 3a; Monaghan 193; Printing and the Mind of Man 351; Sabin 23263; Streeter sale III:1747.
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