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This Page Was Updated on 17 March 2014



Join us Online or In Person on April 24th, 2014 at 6:00pm (Central). We welcome Shauna Devine and Dr. Gordon Dammann to the program.

Shauna will talk about her new book, Learning From the Wounded:  The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science. 
Gordon will talk about his long history collecting Civil War Medical material,
as well as his role as founder of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.  
His three-volume set, Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment is available for purchase.    

Learn more and place your order at VirtualBookSigning.net.

Our programs are webcast online at VirtualBookSigning.net. or watch it live at
Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc., 357 W. Chicago Ave., in Chicago, IL.
Please join us at either venue!

Join us New York City!

New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Book lovers will find a fascinating treasure trove at the Park Avenue Armory. Over 200 American and international dealers will exhibit at The ABAA New York Antiquarian Book Fair, bringing a vast selection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts and ephemera. Additionally, the fair features panel discussions, special lectures and Discover Day. The book fair runs from April 3rd - 6th, hours vary.
Passes available, please email the shop.

Learn More at Their Web Site.

PADA Spring Autograph Show

Join us on Sunday, April 6th at Hunter College for the PADA Spring Autograph Show.
Just a block away from the New York Antiquarian Book Fair; the show features 20 PADA members,
each with a wealth of important autographic and manuscript material.

Learn More at Their Web Site


Join us Online or In Person on March 15, 2014 at 12:00 (noon) . We welcome Michael C.C. Adams to the program.

Michael will talk about his new book, Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War.
Learn more and place your order at VirtualBookSigning.net.

Our programs are webcast online at VirtualBookSigning.net. or watch it live at
Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc., 357 W. Chicago Ave., in Chicago, IL.
Please join us at either venue!

Rare Gettysburg Address
Hockey Jersey

Back in November, the book shop's own Bjorn Skaptason became part of hockey history when the Bakerfield Condors rolled out their jerseys commemorating the Gettysburg Address. Learn more about Bjorn's adventures in Gettysburg, here.

Learn more about the jersey, here. We have a few available at Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. Please call the shop on 312/944-3085 if you would like to have one.


Join us Online or In Person on February 15, 2014 at 12:00 (noon) . We welcome Rae Eighmey to the program.

Rae will talk about her new book, Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen:  A Culinary View of Lincoln's Life and Times. 
Learn more and place your order at VirtualBookSigning.net.

Our programs are webcast online at VirtualBookSigning.net. or watch it live at
Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc., 357 W. Chicago Ave., in Chicago, IL.
Please join us at either venue!


Join us Online or at Abraham Lincoln Book Shop for Virtual Book Signing™
November 30, 2013 at 1:00pm (Central).
We welcome James Swanson to the program; James will talk about his new books,
End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy,
as well as the companion book for
young readers, The President Has Been Shot: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Joining program is Thomas Bogar. He will talk about his new book, Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination.

Please visit theVirtual Book Signing™ to learn more and place your order. 


Join us Online or at Abraham Lincoln Book Shop for Virtual Book Signing™
December 5, 2013 at 6:00pm (Central).
We welcome Kevin Peraino to the program; Kevin will talk about his new book, Lincoln in the World.

Please visit theVirtual Book Signing™ to learn more and place your order. 

Additionally, there is a Union League Club of Chicago luncheon for Kevin Peraino on December 6.
There are a limited number of seats available.
Learn more and make your reservation at Virtual Book Signing™




Join us Online Only for Virtual Book Signing™
November 20, 2013 at 7:30pm (Central).
We welcome Doris Kearns Goodwin to the program.
Doris will talk about her new book,
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism. 

Please visit the Virtual Book Signing™ to learn more and place your order. 

We Regret We Cannot Accommodate Visitors to the Shop for the Program.

Additionally, there is a Union League Club of Chicago luncheon for Doris Kearns Goodwin on November 21.
There are a limited number of seats available.
Learn more and make your reservation at Virtual Book Signing™


In a USA Today-commissioned report, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. is named
"The #1 Peaceful Refuge for Urban Business Travellers..."

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We will be closed on Labor Day for the holiday.

After Labor Day, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. will be open By Appointment Only on Mondays. The rest of our hours will remain the same, Tuesday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, except for Thursdays when we are open until 7:00pm. Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. We are closed on Sunday.


The Bicentennial of the War of 1812 is here! Take a look at our War of 1812 titles.

Be sure to visit the New Acquisitons Page. We have just added some important items, including a sketch by renowned artist, Pierre Morand, of Lincoln lying in state in New York City, a Declaration of Neutrality issued from the island of Hawaii, circa 1861, plus much more. Take a look.


Virtual Book Signing® Authors Win Lincoln Prize

The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College announced the winners for the 2012 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize today. The Lincoln Prize will go to co-winners William C. Harris of North Carolina State University, for Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union, and Elizabeth D. Leonard of Colby College, for Lincoln's Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky.

The Prize is awarded by Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  The winners were chosen from 116 nominations. 

We are proud to have hosted both winners on Virtual Book Signing® earlier this year. We have copies of both books in stock, both in signed, first editions. Learn more about each book and order your copies below. Congratulations to both of the winners!

  Harris, William C. LINCOLN AND THE BORDER STATES: PRESERVING THE UNION 2011; 396p,frontspiece, illus. dj. Signed on Bookplate.

Faced with a divided nation, Abraham Lincoln deemed the loyalty of the border slave states of Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri crucial to the preservation of the Union. But while most scholars contend that these states were secure by the end of 1861, award-winning historian William C. Harris argues that Confederate campaigns and guerrilla activities kept the border region in constant turmoil—and that those states preoccupied Lincoln at every turning point of the war.

This first history of Lincoln’s border-state policies in more than eighty years offers a fresh and comprehensive perspective on how he negotiated, sometimes falteringly, the complex politics attached to such divisive issues as emancipation and suspension of habeas corpus. It provides new insights into the president’s leadership and the daunting problems he faced, as well as a window into federal-state relations, military-civil affairs, and the ongoing struggle for the Union.

Harris argues that Lincoln’s patient and judicious management of border-state affairs, despite occasional missteps, proved crucial in keeping the border states in the Union, gaining their support for the war effort, and ultimately securing the end of slavery. Describing presidential relations with governors, congressmen, and regional military commanders and his handling of factionalism among Unionists, Harris shows how Lincoln’s careful attention to the border states paved the way for emancipation, an aspect generally overlooked by historians.

In the end, says Harris, it was mainly due to Lincoln’s skillful leadership that the border states were saved for the Union and slavery was abolished in America. His well-researched book treats in rich detail Lincoln’s triumphs and tragedies in dealing with the border region, providing the definitive account of the crucial part these states played in America’s bloodiest war.


Leonard, Elizabeth D. LINCOLN'S FORGOTTEN ALLY: JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL JOSEPH HOLT OF KENTUCKY. Chapel Hill: 2011: 1st ed., 448p.; photos, notes, index., dj. Signed on Bookplate.

Price: $40.00

In Lincoln's Forgotten Ally, Elizabeth Leonard offers the first full-scale biography of Holt, who has long been overlooked and misunderstood by historians and students of the war.

In his capacity as the administration's chief arbiter and enforcer of military law, Holt strove tenaciously, often against strong resistance, to implement Lincoln's wartime policies, including emancipation. After Lincoln's assassination, Holt accepted responsibility for pursuing and bringing to justice everyone involved in John Wilkes Booth's conspiracy. It was because of this role, in which he is often portrayed as a brutal prosecutor, and because of his hard position toward the South, Leonard contends, that Holt's reputation suffered.

Leonard argues, however, that Holt should not be defined by what Southern sympathizers and proponents of the Lost Cause came to think of him. Lincoln's Forgotten Ally seeks to restore Holt, who dedicated both his energy and his influence to ensuring that the Federal victory would bring about lasting positive change for the nation, to his rightful place in American memory.






During a recent press conference, Barack Obama had an interesting encounter with an insect. In addition to all the other common things in Mr. Obama's and Mr. Lincoln's life, both had "fly encounters." Learn more here and here.


Available Now!

Mr. Lincoln's Book:
Publishing the Lincoln Douglas Debates, With a Census of Known Signed Copies

By David H. Leroy

Price: $49.95

It is a rare day when something novel is published about Abraham Lincoln’s life and works. Yet 20,000 volumes later, Mr. Lincoln’s Book is an unknown story.

As the Debates moved across Illinois, Lincoln saved the newspaper accounts of the contest, pasting these columns into a scrapbook. This scrapbook (perhaps two—as a New York newspaper hinted at in 1860) eventually became the Political Debates Between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas In the Celebrated Campaign of 1858 … It became a political tract used widely during the 1860 presidential campaign.

Lincoln, a popular politician was deeply thankful for the support of his friends, neighbors, and colleagues. He was pleased to sign or give copies of the book to his most active supporters. These became treasured mementoes to all who received them. The political best seller helped carry the dejected debater of 1858 to the Executive Mansion a mere two years later.

Here for the first time is a detailed narrative account of the book’s publication, focusing on Lincoln’s personal involvement in the process. Leroy unites the full story line with original correspondence, contemporary newspaper accounts, and photos and illustrations of the day.

 This is the first census of all known signed copies of the Debates which, under David Leroy, has grown to a total of 42 copies. The recipient’s role in Lincoln ’s life is documented, as is the book’s provenance and present location.

Profusely illustrated with photos of many of the inscriptions, the book details the publishing history of a book Lincoln so ardently wished to see printed—perhaps his only claim to authorship of his own book.

Included is a CD containing other correspondence leading to the publication.

David Leroy is a former prosecutor, attorney general, lieutenant governor, and United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator, Dave Leroy has written and spoken about Lincoln for thirty years. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Lincoln College and serves as chairman of the Governors Council of the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. This is his first book-length text about Lincoln. Leroy lives with his wife Nancy in Boise, Idaho, and Bordeaux, France.


Virtual Book Signing® Featured on Book TV on C-SPAN2

On Saturday, December 1st, Book TV aired a show about Virtual Book Signing®. Book TV visited Abraham Lincoln Book Shop during our General Wesley Clark (ret.) Virtual Book Signing® in October. This is a great opportunity to have a "virtual visit" and learn about Virtual Book Signing.® For more information ot to watch the broadcast online, visit Book TV.



Dear Friends,

As many of you already know, the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop last year launched a new book web site -- Virtual Book Signing® at www.VirtualBookSigning.net. Our first year, in cooperation with the Pritzker Military Library, provided many exciting opportunities for our customers to see and hear talks by important scholars of Lincoln and the Civil War, and to acquire signed first editions of the latest books. Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Carwardine, James Swanson, and Ed Bearss have all chosen to debut their new titles with Virtual Book Signing®.

Next month we launch two new programs through Virtual Book Signing® from inside our shop. The first is our “in-house” edition of the book signing events you have seen thus far. “Virtual Book Signing” will feature leading authors discussing their latest books, and signing them, live online, for you. You can watch the presentation, via streaming video, order your book, see it signed for you, and you may even e-mail a question for the author. We will ship your book to you. For a schedule of Virtual Book Signings, visit the web site at www.VirtualBookSigning.net or the Events page on this web site. To be added to the list, click here.



Daniel Weinberg

  Daniel R. Weinberg and James L. Swanson
Hardcover, with dust jacket, 9 1/2 x 11 5/8, 160 pages
Price: $85.00
Daniel R. Weinberg, owner of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop and James L. Swanson, Author and Attorney present an important look at the Lincoln assassination relics.

It was the crime of the nineteenth century, and it led to the most notorious trial in American history.

On April 14, 1865, the president of the United States went to the theatre. The rest of the story barely needs retelling. On that night John Wilkes Booth assassinated Lincoln and soon the murderer was hunted down and killed by federal troops.

But the story of the Lincoln assassination does not end with the slain president's state funeral and the death of his killer. In Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution, An Illustrated History, James Swanson and Daniel Weinberg resurrect these events by presenting an unprecedented visual record of almost 300 color illustrations of contemporary photographs, documents, prints, woodcuts, newspapers, pamphlets, books, and artifacts--many hitherto unpublished.

The book is not a complete or definitive history of the Lincoln murder. Instead it is about what happened after the assassination and the hunt for the conspirators. It is the first illustrated history of the arrest, trial, and execution of the assassins. The authors report not only what happened, but how what happened was reported to the American people, illustrating the events through the prism of 19th-century American popular culture.

Highlights include original albumen prints, cartes de visite, stereo cards, reward posters for the conspirators, the trial transcripts, the manuscript order for execution, and the seminal series of photographs by the famed Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner of the conspirators in prison and during their execution.

In the most important series of American historical photos ever made, Gardner, who obtained special permission from the War Department to record the scene, photographed the awaiting scaffold; the condemned on the scaffold as they listened to the sentence of death read aloud to them and as they were bound, hooded, and fitted with nooses; and the conspirators hanging in death. The authors have tracked down examples of all of Gardner's photos in the series, including the shocking and rarely seen image of the conspirators taken moments after the trap was sprung while they were still alive, swinging through the air in their death struggle.

Other highlights will be the large number of quotations from contemporary newspapers and eyewitness accounts, allowing the reader to experience the trial and execution of Lincoln's assassins in the same way that Americans alive in 1865 experienced them. In many ways, this book is a history of the customs and practices of journalism, publishing, and photography at the close of the Civil War.

Hardcover, with dust jacket, 9 1/2 x 11 5/8, 160 pages.


Copies signed by Daniel Weinberg are offered exclusively through this book shop. It's a great gift for yourself or anyone interested in American history, Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, crime, assassination, 19th-century photographic portraiture, and the history of American photojournalism.