[LINCOLN, Abraham, GETTYSBURG ADDRESS]. EVERETT, Edward. An Oration Delivered on the Battlefield of Gettysburg, (November 19, 1863), at the Consecration of the Cemetary..., New York: Baker & Godwin 1863.
8vo, 48pp., original printed tan paper wrappers, small stain at top of spine, otherwise in very good condition, black clamshell case. FIRST EDITION OF LINCOLN'S "GETTYSBURG ADDRESS" IN BOOK FORM. It is preceded only by newpaper printings and a 16-page pamphlet printed from type set for the Washington Chronicle, Nov.18-20) known from a unique copy in the Horner Collection at the Illinois State Library (see Paul Angle, "Four Lincoln Firsts," in Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 1942, 36:1-17). Here, Lincoln's address appears on p.4, following the 29-page oration of Everett. An appendix includes reports of the dedication ceremonies, newspaper accounts of the battle and a speech of Secretary of State Seward. Lincoln's most famous utterance is not mentioned on the wrappers and is included simply as part of the long and complex dedicatory ceremonies. Howes E233; Monaghan 193; Sabin 23263; Streeter 3:1747. Printing and the Mind of Man 351 ("Everett's speech, every word of which is now forgotten, lasted two hours, Lincoln's address...comprised ten sentences and took only a few minutes to deliver. From the first words--'Four score and seven years ago'-- to the last--'that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth '--it is immortal, one of the supreme utterances of the principles of democratic freedom").