In 1940, Carl Sandburg won the Pulitzer for his four-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln. To distinguish the 1939 first edition set from later printings, the publisher put a yellow stain on the top for-edge of the books (as can be seen on the volume shown at left).
In 2006, I visited Sandburg's Connemara farm in Flat Rock, NC. While touring the the house, which is now owned by the Federal Government, I saw Sandburg's personal copy of Lincoln, were he last left it before dying in the house in 1967. Sandburg's set remains shelved along with 10,000 or so other books and manuscripts, which adorn the walls. Throughout the house, eye-popping ephemera can be seen sitting in cardboard boxes on the writer's bookshelves, along with paperbacks, photographs, newspapers, letters, etc.
The Connemara was sold to the Park Service lock, stock, and barrel--and remains as if Sandburg had just gone out for a walk and would be back any minute.
Even Sandburg's prized goats still roam the property like pet ghosts (as seen in the image at left).