- From the Publisher
- Primary Source Material: Manuscripts
- Overlooked Evidence: Lincoln in Pioneer Chicago
- “THE UNION Is DISSOLVED” The Charleston Mercury Broadside: Points of Authenticity and Variations
- Lincoln Letter Fraud on Ebay
- What He Really Thought of Lincoln: The Discovery of an Unpublished Letter by William F. Herndon
- The Sanitary Fair’s Gifts to President Lincoln
- Behind the Scenes At Federal Hall
- In The Marketplace
- LINCOLNPHILE (book reviews)
- Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History
- “Lincoln” Hits the Screens
- We Have The War Upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861
- Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War
- President James Buchanan and the Crisis of National Leadership
- Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln
- Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated With Our Greatest President.
- Abraham Lincoln: The Image of His Greatness.
- Act of Justice: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the Law of War.
- The Dark Intrigue: The True Story of a Civil War Conspiracy.
- President Lincoln: the Duty of a Statesman.
- Lincoln’s Men: The President and His Private Secretaries.
- The Lincoln’s: Portrait of a Marriage.
- The Madness of Mary Lincoln.
- Lincoln the Inventor.
- Lincoln and New York.
- Letters to the Editor
- Rail Splinters
- Lincoln at the Abolition Ball
- Where East Meets West
- A Prince of a Guy
- Stereo view photographs of Abraham Lincoln statue damaged in 1906 San Francisco earthquake
- Lincoln in Film
- John Wilkes Booth? Probably not.
- Answer to the question “Whatever became of the Gillett collection?”
- What happened to the Gillette Collection?
- This Train is Bound for Glory
- Lincoln Ballots 1834-1864
- In Memoriam: C. Peter Scanlan
- Portrait of Lincoln Legal Associate Unearthed
- Thomas T. Eckert Archive: Telegraphic History of the Civil War
- Beethoven’s medium channels news of Lincoln’s Death by composing “The Funeral March”
- Where is Mary Todd Lincoln’s 1861 Inaugural Ball dress?
- The Meatball does The Sauceman (and The Rail Splitter) proud
- Lincoln “apparently not” a sexist
- Campaign woodcuts in illustrated magazines, symbolism or adornment?
- 1890 Wide-Awake Reunion program
- Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention Highlights
- Suspect Lincoln
- Great Finds!
The Lighter Side of Lincoln
Lincoln’s propensity for story-telling and his sense of humor, borne out of the Civil War and a strained marriage, has been the subject of many books. During his Presidency, it also became the grist of Democratic partisan attacks, seen in cartoons and other campaign ephemera.
There were at least two Lincoln joke books issued during his Presidency. We are uncertain whether these were intended as critiques of the President or merely commercial efforts of a non-partisan nature. The first such publication is Monaghan #177, Robert M. DeWitt’s “Old Abe’s Joker or, Wit at the White House”, a compendium of “minstrel and Irish jokes” published in New York by Henry J. Wehman. It was reprinted in the 1920s. We pictured the original on page 18 of our Spring 2007 hard copy issue. A year later, T. R. Dawley of New York published “Old Abe’s Jokes: Fresh from Abraham’s Bosom” (M-335). Copies are known with buff and yellow pictorial wraps. The cover features a somewhat rustic portrait of the President, copied from a journal printed at the time of Lincoln’s first inauguration. Dawley also published a variant titled “Honest Abe’s Jokes” and “Honest Abe’s Songster [Dawley's Ten-Penny Song Books"), both with full color covers featuring a bust of Lincoln surrounded by four vignettes of his career. Both are unlisted in Monaghan.
Around 1885, New York publisher Hurst & Co. decided to reprint a Lincoln joke book. What they came up with was an amalgam of “Honest Abe’s Jokes” and “Old Abe’s Jokes.” The reprint is printed on cheap wood-pulp paper. It is somewhat smaller than the original. The cover is patterned after “Honest Abe’s Jokes”, but printed in black & white with some differences in the type fonts. The frontispiece contains the same portrait seen on the cover of “Old Abe’s Jokes” and the title page indicates the work is “Old Abe’s Jokes.” So, with the exception of the cover and titled spine, the Hurst reprint is basically a copy of “Old Abe’s Jokes”. Original books published in 1863 and 1864, as well as the 1885 reprint, are rare and seldom appear for sale.
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