Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Carl Sandburg
By Tom Congalton
Sandburg material is sought by collectors of poetry, and for his excellent biography of Abraham Lincoln. While the prices of his books tend to be modest, if you find his earliest poetry books such as his first book In Reckless Ecstasy (published in Galesburg, Illinois in 1904, under the name Charles A. Sandburg) don't do as a friend and colleague of mine once did – leave it at the store because the clerk wouldn't give him his 10% dealer discount from the offering price of $1.00. After all, who had ever heard of Charles A. Sandburg?
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