First EditionLINCOLN, Abraham. The Lincoln And Douglas Debates. A Political Debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas. In the Celebrated Campaign of 1858, in Illinois. Published by Columbus Follett, Foster and Company, 1860. First edition, third issue as identified by a number 2 on page 13, and publishers ad. Publisher's original olive green textured cloth, with blind-stamped borders. Slight chipping to headband. Spine lettered in gilt. 268 pages.
As the Republican nominee for the Senate, Lincoln delivered his famous convention speech declaring, 'A house divided against itself cannot stand.' He challenged his opponent, Stephen Douglas, to seven debates highlighting the inconsistency in favoring popular sovereignty and the Dred Scott decision. Lincoln further stressed the moral iniquity of slavery. Gilt and boards faded, chipping to upper, some damp stain, minor foxing and toning as usual. Overall a good copy. Although Douglas won the election, Lincoln’s thoughtful and clear ideation enhanced his fame and led him to winning the Presidency in 1860.