Abraham Lincoln of Kentucky. Jane Gentry, Joe Survant, Richard Taylor, Sena Jeter Naslund.
Abraham Lincoln of Kentucky
Abraham Lincoln of Kentucky
Abraham Lincoln of Kentucky

Abraham Lincoln of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780981799643
Frankfort, KY: Kentucky Arts Council, 2008. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. Signed by Kentucky Poets Laureate Jane Gentry, Joe Survant (twice) & Richard Taylor; also signed by foreword author James Klotter & editor-preface author Frederick Smock. "When Abraham Lincoln died of an assassin's bullet, as the nation's president gave his last full measure of devotion to the cause of union, as cries of anguish and sadness echoed all around, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton quietly declared, 'Now he belongs to the ages.'...over time, Kentucky began to see that Lincoln belonged not just in the ages, but to them. People began to throw off the shackles of the wartime memories that bound them, and found new strengths in the wisdom of Lincoln, as they read his works and understood his history. They began to recapture their part of the Lincoln story." (from foreword by James Klotter) A volume of poems "In honor of/ Abraham Lincoln's 200th Birthday,/ February 12, 2009" (dedication page) written by Kentucky Poets Laureate Jane Gentry, Joe Survant, Richard Taylor & Sena Jeter Naslund. Lincoln was born & spent the first nearly eight years of his life in Kentucky; spoke about & was concerned with the state all his life thereafter. A beautiful production with exquisite woodcut illustrations on front cover & preceding each poet's contribution(s). First softcover edition with dust jacket over blank wrappers in sewn binding, issued simultaneously with hardcover edition. Colophon states that "500 copies were printed on Mohawk Superfine paper/ on a hand-fed C&P and handbound." It is unclear to us if the limitation refers to this &/or exclusively the hardcover edition. On title page, poets Laureate Gentry, Survant & Taylor have hand-written their signatures next to their printed names; Naslund did not sign next to hers. Also, Klotter, the State Historian of Kentucky & author of the above-quoted foreword; & Frederick Smock, educator & author of the preface, have hand-written their signatures below their printed names. Lackey, the illustrator, did not sign below his. Poet Laureate Survant additionally signed his name below his single contribution, the poem "The Doctrine of Necessity" (pg. 16). Included loosely in rear of volume is previous seller's slip. A very rare Lincoln-related collectible, especially with the signatures of three out of four Poets Laureate & the distinguished authors of the foreword & preface. Book in very fine condition with only very slight wear & a few tiny bumps, thin-edge creases at edges & corners of covers; interior substantially mint. Dust jacket in very fine condition with only very slight wear & a few tiny bumps, thin-edge creases at edges & corners. Very Fine / Very fine. [Item #3568]

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