Bibliophile President Lincoln would have turned 200 years old yesterday. He probably would have loved to receive a good book for his birthday. Or maybe a gift certificate to a bookstore. We had a large event at the museum (where I work) and I completely forgot to mark the occasion for all of you in the blogosphere. So, with a small apology, I'm posting a classic from the Exile Bibliophile Archives.
Thanks to the Lincoln Log (http://www.thelincolnlog.org/view/1862/5) I know they were in business May 7, 1862, as President Abraham Lincoln (a documented bibliophile) ordered some books: "Library of the Executive Mansion" orders books from William F. Richstein, bookseller and dealer in foreign and American stationery, 278 Pennsylvania Ave. "1 set Hood's Poems $6.50, 1 Goldsmiths Poems $5.00, 1 Homes of American Authors $6.00." [Thomas Hood, Poems; Oliver Goldsmith, Poems; Homes of American Authors: Comprising Anecdotical, Personal, and Descriptive Sketches, by Various Writers . . ., New York, 1853.] Last item is paid for by President; others out of annual appropriation of $250 for books for White House per Benjamin B. French, Commissioner of Public Buildings." Pg. 180. (Pratt, Harry E. The Personal Finances of Abraham Lincoln. Springfield, IL: The Abraham Lincoln Association, 1943.)
I wonder if Benjamin B. French is the same French of French & Richstein...