Sep 27, 2018 - Sale 2486

Sale 2486 - Lot 20

Price Realized: $ 1,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 300 - $ 400
VERY EARLY PRINTING OF THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS (BOOKS AND PAMPHLETS.) Report of the Joint Special Committee on the Burial of Massachusetts Dead at Gettysburg. Folding map. 93 pages. 8vo, publisher's printed wrappers, minor wear; faint marginal dampstaining; in custom slipcase by Knowlton. Boston, 1863

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The Gettysburg Address appears on pages 20-21, with a prefatory note: "Perhaps nothing in the whole proceedings made so deep an impression on the vast assemblage . . . as the remarks of the President. Their simplicity and force make them worthy of a prominence among the utterances from high places." This is the longer of the two issues, which also features Everett's lengthy address (priority undetermined). The imprint date is 1863, but as it contains a report dated 28 December, an actual press date of early January 1864 seems more likely. Carbonell, in his "Early Printings of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address" (entry 5b) posits that this was just the third pamphlet printing of the address. See also Monaghan 193 (note).