Columbus, OH: Follett, Foster and Company, 1860. Third Edition, Third State, Variant B. Blue cloth over boards featuring an eight pointed star blind stamped oncenter of front cover, titling in gilt, heavily rubbed. 6" x 9.25", pp. 2-269, preceded by four pages of advertisements for coming Follett publications, rule above publisher's name on title page, "2" on p. 13, but not on p. 17. Howe, L-338 states, "Historically the most important series of American political debates". Incidental foxing, darkened text block, 20 dog eared pages now flattened. Previous owner name, "E. W. Van Duzee" in fountain pen on ffe and on rule above publisher on title page. Cover in Good+ condition with wear to the head and foot of spine as well as lightened fade, dirt spots on rear, wear through at two rear corners.
The first advertisement preceding the title page touts the impending publication of "Life and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln" on June 20th, hence one of the earlier, but not first edition of these important speeches. Belived to have been a total of at least nine printings. Included herein are five speeches by Lincoln, three by Douglas, their correspondence preliminary to the debate and seven joint debates between Aug - Oct 1858.
Original owner, Edward M. Van Duzee, was a CPT of Company I, 12th Iowa Infantry when he was captured at the Battle of Shilo, more specifically the Battle of Pittsburg Landing in Tennnessee. He spent six months in prison camps in Alabama and Georgio. In 1868 he published the story of his capture and imprisonment in the book, "Incedent of Prison Life In 1862" Near very good, uncommonly comes to market in such an encouraging condition. Item #2034
"I should be exceedingly glad to know that there would never be another slave State admitted into the Union..." (p 89).