This handsome set in four volumes updates and adds illustrations to the more often seen 1858 edition in three volumes. The last volume describes the coming of Lincoln and the Civil War. The illustrations are steel engravings, mostly after paintings by Alonzo Chappel and include 59 depictions of events and 34 portraits. Facsimiles of documenst include an early draft of the Declaration of Independence within the text. A classic post-war history.