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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 7, February 17, 2008, Article 10

BOOK IN PROGRESS: ABRAHAM LINCOLN, THE IMAGE OF HIS GREATNESS BY FRED REED

[Tom Kays' submission (which immediately follows) prompted
me to check with Fred Reed on the status of his upcoming
book - here's his report.  -Editor]

Fred Reed writes:  "My book 'ABRAHAM LINCOLN, the Image
of His Greatness:  Ideal, Idol & Icon' for Whitman
Publishing is right on track.  I have been working on
this subject for about 40 years, and by now own a rather
large collection of this material, numbering thousands
of items.  I also have hundreds of additional illustrations
borrowed from colleagues and archives, which supplement
my personal holdings.

"The goal is one of Whitman's spectacular books:  a
full-color, 300-page opus with approximately 600-800
illustrations, and an interesting text which will appeal
to numismatists, historians, educators, students, and
the general public, too.  My deadline is July 1st, with
publication later this year just in time to catch the
upswing of public interest in Abraham Lincoln's birth
bicentennial in 2009.

"As most readers of The E-Sylum know, numismatics will
be in the forefront of the public observance of this
significant event in our country's history.  A series
of commemorative cents and a commemorative silver dollar
will mark this occasion.  I expect a raft of books on
Lincoln will also appear, but mine will probably be the
only one which focuses in a very significant way on
numismatics.  All the Lincoln federal currency, non-federal
currency, and a great deal of exonumia, as well as many
stamps, badges, checks, stocks, bonds, engraved and printed
images will appear.  I also describe and illustrate
statues, motion pictures, magazine covers and other
commemorations of Lincoln which have appeared in the
last century and a half.

"I will be eager to see the response from hobbyists
to this book, as well as Lincoln scholars.  Many E-Sylum
readers have assisted me over the years, and the book
would be much, much less without their insights and help."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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