Established in 1938, the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop serves the needs of collectors and scholars, professional historians and independent writers, dedicated first edition hunters and casual history enthusiasts.
Ralph Newman, a master promoter, raconteur, one time merchant marine, minor-league baseball player and hopeless bibliophile, founded the shop in part to serve the passionate collecting needs of a small circle of friends devoted to the study of the Civil War and the Great Emancipator. Among that small circle were poet Carl Sandburg, authors Bruce Catton, Otto Eisenschiml, E. B. ‘Pete’ Long, Stanley Horn, Lloyd Lewis, and T. Harry Williams, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner and William O. Douglas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Also among Newman’s circle of friends were the fifteen men who became the charter members of The Civil War Round Table, the first chapter in a movement of Civil War Round Tables that meet monthly across the U.S. and around the World. Round Table members from around the globe still visit the Book Shop and sit at the original “round table” while reviewing Lincoln autographs, manuscripts, artwork, or rare books.
In 1971 Daniel Weinberg entered into a partnership with Ralph Newman, and in 1984 purchased Newman’s interest to become the sole proprietor.
As suggested by our name, the Book Shop specializes in Lincolniana,
material related to the Civil War and material related to U.S.
presidents. Rare books, autographs, manuscripts, works of art,
statuary, and other treasures grace our shelves and our walls.
In-print books, pamphlets, historic broadsides, cartes de visite,
and magnificent reproductions of Lincoln and Civil War photographs
are available to those who share our love of history. Among
our staff we number experts in U.S. history, publishing and
bookbinding, art history, photographic history, and handwriting.
While we take pride in our ability to obtain some of the rarest
historic collectibles, our wide selection of in-print and out-of-print
books provide a ready resource for the new student looking
to start an American history library with reasonably priced
first editions of standard works. We provide assistance to
those developing new collections with our carefully assembled
lists of recommended titles on Lincoln The Essential Lincoln Book Shelf, and on the Presidency, The
Essential Presidential History.
In addition to our well-stocked shelves and collecting lists, we supply important services to the history collector. We offer expert appraisal services for those who wish to establish the monetary worth of family heirlooms for donation, insurance, or tax reasons. And our Americana House reprint publishing company makes available in reprint important works by George S. Bryan, John P. Frank, and Paul Angle and others.
Even though we have about the longest history of any commercial
venture in our field, the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop continues
to develop new
and exciting items for the walls and book shelves of our friends
and customers. In recent years we have brought to the market
contact prints of President Lincoln from Alexander Gardner's
original collodion wet-plate glass negatives, including the
most vivid image yet of the famous “Gettysburg” Lincoln, and a magnificent Imperial Salt Print of the same view. We are also proud to celebrate the 2001 publication of Lincoln’s Assassins: Their Trial And Execution, by James Swanson (a long time customer) and Daniel Weinberg.
Those who wish to visit the shop will find themselves welcome at 357 W. Chicago Ave., in Chicago’s fashionable “River North” gallery district. We publishat least two printed catalogs per year and often many more special offerings to customers on our mailing list. We make a special effort to participate in the ongoing development of the Lincoln and Civil War collecting community by attending many of the more important book autograph and Civil War shows around the U.S., including those at Mansfield, Ohio, Boston, San Francisco, and Gettysburg. Welcome to AbrahamLincolnBookShop.com. We hope that you enjoy perusing our web site, and we look forward to seeing you in our shop sometime soon.
Many thanks to Bjorn Skaptson for his work on the above biography.
VISITING THE SHOP
If you are visiting Chicago and would like to stop by the
shop, please do. The shop is located at 357 West Chicago Ave.
It is 9 1/2 blocks west of Michigan Avenue, between Orleans
and Sedgwick Street, in the River North neighborhood. We are
a quick taxi ride from most hotels, just north of downtown
and just west of the Michigan Avenue/Gold Coast area.
The shop is conveniently served by the "L," close
to the Chicago Avenue stop on the Brown, Red or Blue Line.
If you are coming from O'Hare, take the Blue Line train to
the Chicago Avenue stop, then take the #66 Chicago Avenue bus
east to Orleans St. If you need directions, please call. For
more public transportation details, visit www.transitchicago.com..
Our hours are: Monday - By Appointment, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am to 5pm; on Thursday we are open 9am to 7pm and on Saturday, 10am to 4pm. We are closed on Sunday. If you
are coming to view anything beside books, it is advisable
to call ahead (312/944-3085) and make an appointment with Daniel
Weinberg. If you need book advice, the best days to visit are Tuesday through Saturday.
CSPAN visits Abraham Lincoln Book Shop
Over the years, CSPAN has visited the shop many times. To learn more, visit their web site.