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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Speech of... [House Divided speech] [first separate printing, unique variant]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04957 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: Sycamore, [Illinois] Type: Pamphlet Date: 1858 Pagination: 15 p. 14.1 x 8.3 cm

Apparently an unrecorded variant of the first separate printing by O. P. Bassett. The two other recorded copies have an imprint reading the "True Republican Office" with "Printer" abbreviated to "Pr."; the GLC copy omits the word "True" in the imprint and has "Printer" in-full. Like the two other extant copies, this copy prints the second "r" in "Territory" on page 13 upside down.

Notes: Basler 2: 461 - 468. One of three copies of this edition. A unique, uncut and unbound variant printed by O. P. Bassett at the [True] Republican office.

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