Karen Hanmer

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Title: Life of Lincoln (Land of Lincoln) 

Life of Lincoln (Land of Lincoln) 

Life of Lincoln (Land of Lincoln)


Life of Lincoln (Land of Lincoln) | bound by artist in 2016 | $1200

A design binding of Abraham Lincoln, An Autobiographical Narrative by Abraham Lincoln and Ralph Geoffrey Newman, illustrations by Lloyd Ostendorf, Chicago: The Lincoln Mint, 1974.

“Gebrochene rücken” variation of the Bradel binding. Inkjet-printed Ruscombe Mill paper over boards, green Harmatan goatskin spine, graphite head, deckle foredge and tail, gold hand-titling, green Bugra endsheets, rolled leather endbands.

10.75 x 7.25 x .75”

The design on this pair of autobiographical narratives by the president from Illinois known as "Honest Abe" presents a rogue's gallery of the state's less honorable politicians.

When I was ten years old, my family moved to Illinois. Our move coincided with the discovery of $800,000 in cash stuffed in shoeboxes in the closet of the recently-deceased Illinois Secretary of State. This welcome to my home state captured my imagination and proved to be just a hint of antics yet to come.