If Lincoln is putatively the most-written about person after Jesus, is it fair to expect that lots of copies of all that writing exist? Fair, but incorrect. The breadth of Lincoln’s niche in American political and literary history may be great, but the edges of its documentation can be shockingly narrow. A surprising number of publications about Lincoln (maybe as many as four score and seven?) exist in only one known copy. There’s even one imprint BY him that seems to qualify for the “OKCC.”
For the November No. 44 Society meeting, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library has invited James Cornelius, the Curator of the Lincoln Collection at the Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois, to deliver an illustrated talk about the collections in the world's largest gathering of "Lincolniana." He will explore the mysteries of how so many publications about Lincoln are exceedingly scarce and also provide a general round-up account of the ALPLM's collections.
All are welcome!