Columbus, [Ohio]: Follett, Foster and Company, 1860.
First edition, later issue. , 268pp., including 4pp. ads preceding title. 1 vols. 8vo. Publisher's brown cloth. A bit worn and stained, tape repair at gutter margin of the preliminary ads Sabin 41156; Howes L338; Graff 2495; Monaghan 69. Item #322985
Howes calls this "historically the most important series of American political debates." Later issue with the rule above the printer's imprint on the copyright page and no "2" printed on the lower margin of p. 17.
Contains five speeches by Lincoln and three speeches by Douglas, also a correspondence between the two before their famous dabates, and seven debate speeches from each including one rejoinder speech made by Lincoln and then Douglas throughout the seven debate speeches. The first published version of the famous forensic clash between Lincoln and Douglas for the U.S. Senate in 1858. Lincoln realized their effectiveness as campaign material. He had preserved a scrapbook of reports and transcriptions of the debates published by the Chicago Press and Tribune and the Chicago Times, and turned the scrapbook over to an Ohio Republican activist, Oran Follett, whose Columbus firm, Follett Foster & Co., put out the debates (and would later publish Lincoln's campaign biography). Stephen Douglas was apoplectic, and complained that "Mr. Lincoln's speeches have been refined, corrected, and improved...while mine have been mutilated and in some instances the meaning changed." (Douglas to Follett, Foster & Co., 9 June 1860, Lincoln Papers, LOC).
Price: $500.00 Free Domestic Delivery