We've mentioned Fred Reed's upcoming book before, and now there is some additional information on the web site of the publisher (Whitman). This is a monumental work and seems destined to be a standard reference for quite some time. Look for it later this year! -EditorFor numismatists, Lincoln is a unique figure, having appeared in total on more coins (billions of one-cent pieces) and paper money (billions of $5 bills) than any other person in history. In addition he appears on various world coins, countless tokens and medals, and, for philatelists, U.S. and foreign postage stamps. In 2009 the U.S. Mint will release four new reverse designs for the Lincoln cent, representing different phases in his life, as well as a commemorative silver dollar. In 2010 it will be Lincoln.s turn on a Presidential golden dollar. Undoubtedly it will be the most popular of the series, saved by millions of collectors worldwide.
Later this year a new book will debut, by award-winning author and numismatic researcher Fred Reed. Abraham Lincoln: The Image of His Greatness is a remarkable creation. Harold Holzer, of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (and cochairman of the United States Lincoln Bicentennial Commission), calls it .interesting and compelling,. saying that .Reed.s commentary and the arrangement and choice of imagery make Abraham Lincoln: The Image of His Greatness a very worthwhile and elegant project..
Dr. Thomas Turner, longtime editor-in-chief of the Lincoln Herald (the oldest continuously published journal devoted to the life and career of Abraham Lincoln), calls it .a unique study. that .makes a significant contribution to the field..
Reed draws on his own unparalleled collection of Lincoln numismatic items, illustrating the book with hundreds of full-color images sure to delight the collector and historian. These are joined by engravings and daguerreotypes, old film stills, a never-before-published oil painting, magazine covers, political cartoons, and a host of other images. They are poignant, provocative, profound, sometimes puzzling; individually fascinating and collectively illuminating.
Dennis Tucker of Whitman forwarded some promotional material as well. -EditorWhether you.re a student of Civil War history, a collector of Lincoln memorabilia, or an enthusiast of American popular media, Abraham Lincoln: The Image of His Greatness is sure to delight you and make you think. The book will be available this holiday season. Watch the pages of the Whitman Review at www.WhitmanBooks.com for updates.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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