|Facsimile of the Hooker Letter Endpapers|
|Brady Profile of Lincoln, February 9, 1864. Meserve Collection, No. 82 Frontispiece|
|Cooper Institute Portrait of Lincoln, by Mathew B. Brady, February 27, 1860. Meserve Collection, No. 20126|
|Photograph of Lincoln, by Alexander Hessler, June 3, 1860. Meserve Collection, No. 26414|
|Inaugural Photograph of Lincoln, by Mathew B. Brady, February 23, 1861. Meserve Collection, No. 68446|
|Photograph of Lincoln, by Mathew B. Brady, February 9, 1864. Meserve Collection, No. 85670|
|Last Photograph of Lincoln Made in Life, by Alexander Gardner, April 10, 1865. Meserve Collection, No. 100702|
THE PHOTOGRAPHS of Lincoln which illustrate this book are from the Collection of Frederick Hill Meserve. Mr. Meserve, whose prodigious research in Lincoln likenesses dates back to the turn of the century, is regarded as the leading authority on the subject. Arranged chronologically, these photographs record Abraham Lincoln, the man, during the momentous last five years of his life.
There has been no touching-up or removing of blemishes in order to make more perfect pictures. The original photographs in the Meserve Collection have been copied with absolute fidelity.
THE FACSIMILE of Lincoln's letter to General Hooker, which appears as the endpapers, is used by permission of the owner of the original letter, Mr. Alfred Whital Stern of Chicago. It was made from a half-tone reproduction issued by R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company for the Chicago Caxton Club.