LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. 1809-1865. The New York Herald. New York: November 20, 1863. Whole Number 9926.
Folio (562 x 385 mm). 12 pp. Text in 6 columns. Disbound, separated at centerfold, a few printer's flaws, light toning.
RARE FIRST DAY PRINTING OF THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS. Virtually buried on page 10 and taking up roughly one-tenth of a column is the Associated Press' transcript of Lincoln's famous speech, "one of the supreme utterances of the principles of democratic freedom" (PMM 351). The transcript is traditionally attributed to New York Herald and AP reporter Joseph Gilbert, and is considered the most widely distributed account of the speech. Lincoln's speaking copy is lost to history, and the definitive text has been pieced together from Gilbert's account and four additional sources. (See Borritt, The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows pp 272ff, pp 371-2).
The report on the dedicatory ceremony of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg begins on page 3, under the banner The American Necropolis, with the complete text of Edward Everett's speech occupying most of pages 4 & 5.