Civil War Newspaper Catalog

Presented for sale by Phil Barber, Cambridge, Mass. 02139 Telephone (617) 492-4653

About This Era and its Newspapers

Those hot, sad, wrenching times - the army volunteers, all states, or North or South: the wounded, suffering, dying; the exhausting, sweating summers; marches, battles' carnage; those trenches hurriedly heaped by the corpses, thousands, mainly unknown - will the America of the future, will this vast, rich Union ever realize what itself cost back there, after all?"  -Walt Whitman.

Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this time, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the incidents of this, as philosophy to learn wisdom from... Abraham Lincoln, President, United States of America, November, 1864
We are proud to be able to offer a varied selection of original newspapers and other ephemera of the years of the Civil War. These amazing eyewitness documents bring this most dramatic period of our history to life in a way that no other medium can duplicate. The outcome of the war was far from certain for much of the time, and the news of battles, of diplomacy, of the nation's movers and shakers was avidly, almost obsessively sought after by Americans of those days.

Contemporary newspapers are a unique treasury of the era, offering first-person narratives of life in military service, and commentary on the social, political, and economic scenes. They are also rich in detailed reports of the great battles upon which the destiny of the nation would hinge, and, in the pictorial press, fine woodcut images of the war's events and participants. The familiar features of the modern newspaper are however lacking in Civil War newspapers. Such staples of Twentieth Century daily journalism as bold front page headlines, illustrations and cartoons, sports and comics sections, and physical size of more than four or eight pages would come into being as results of technological developments still far in the future in the eighteen sixties. Yet, the newspapers reflect the style and sensibility of their time with unique and often dramatic immediacy, and capture the very best of their era.

About The Catalog Listings
All items in this catalog are unconditionally guaranteed to be genuine and accurately described. Any item may be returned within seven days of receipt for a full refund. No reason for return is ever required.They are in fine used condition and are complete with all pages as issued. All papers are free of damage or objectionable defects, unless otherwise described. I am are sure you will be delighted with their exceptional state of preservation. I purchase only the finest condition newspapers that can be found to offer to my valued friends and customers.

These are the finest quality original antique newspapers and magazines, that you might find elsewhere priced at much greater cost. It has always been my policy to present my catalog items at "wholesale to the public" prices. Therefore all catalog items and quoted prices are net, and are not subject to further discount, either for dealers or in consideration of quantity orders. It is our policy to price our items based on what we believe to be their fair market value. I do not set prices at absurdly inflated levels to take advantage of novices or "investors"; nor do employ the common ploy of starting with an unrealistically high price in order to "negotiate" a phony discount later. As over a third of our catalog orders are from dealers buying for resale, at our stated prices, we have every confidence that this policy maintains an ethical standard of integrity and fairness to all.

Newspapers are full folio size unless described as quarto (abbreviated 4to) or octavo (8vo), which are respectively smaller in format. Most newspapers have been removed from bound volumes and may exhibit characteristic minor spine weakness or separation without significant paper loss. Magazines are disbound from annual volumes and lack wraps unless otherwise stated, as these were very rarely preserved in the bound runs. Each catalog entry is briefly described for its general appearance, historical significance, and content. Every one contains hours of additional historic reading and insights into the world preserved on its pages, much more than I could find the space to describe here.

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See also my new Collector Information Page detailing how to detect the occasional reproductions of Civil War newspapers that have been produced over the years.

Pictures of Cataloged Items
Scans or digital photos are available of many items in this catalog. To view them, click the "VIEW SCAN" button in the listing. You can return to the catalog by using your browser's "BACK" command. These ill illustrations are of the exact item being offered for sale and depict a full page or a detail close-up of a page of the issue. All papers are complete and undamaged as noted. Photos of newspapers described as "Atmosphere Issues" are of typical issues in stock and are provided to give a general idea of the papers' overall appearance. I hope to be able to provide pictures of all the items, as time allows and as I become more proficient with the scanner and digital camera.

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Civil War Catalog Index
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I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever. Commerce between slave and master is despotism. Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate that these people are to be free. - Thomas Jefferson, 1811.
Harper's Weekly Masthead

A Selection of Harpers Weekly

Harper's Weekly was published at New York in 16pp large quarto format, measuring about 11˝" x 16" per page. It was and is the most famous of all American pictorials, printed from 1857 until 1916. The work of many noted artists and talented engravers is preserved here, along with editorial comment that had a profound influence on the nation's social, political, and economic life. A true American classic, and today an enormously popular collectible. Each issue contains eight pages of large woodcut illustrations, plus eight pages of news and commentary. The news was culled from New York's finest Republican dailies and perfectly compliments the pictures. The enduring fame of the paper rests in its vast number of illustrations. These powerful woodcuts document the everyday realities of the war, as well as its most dramatic moments, in the finest technology of the period. Interestingly, most news items are reported about two weeks after they took place. This seems incredible in our age of instantaneous communication, but the delay reflects the lead time necessary for the production of the engraving plates from which the illustrations were printed, as well as the time involved in transporting the artist correspondent’s original artworks from the front lines to New York.

I have catalogued the issues here by a very brief summary of what I consider the highlights of their content. There is so much more in every issue than I have the space to describe. The condition of all these Harpers is problem-free fine, unless otherwise noted. Many issues were removed from bound annual volumes, which preserved them extremely well over the years; they may thus exhibit some normal spine separation at the cover, which affects no content. Any losses, damage, or defects to text or illustration will be described where it exists. Because the collector value of these papers is dependent on the quality and condition of the prints we have endeavored to describe the same carefully.

Scans of every page of every Civil War issue of Harper's Weekly have been placed online for public viewing at the most remarkable website

Because of the extra weight of this title and the continuous postal rate hikes there is an additional postage charge 45˘ per issue.

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Related Website Catalog Links at
My Introductory Catalog , for an extensive selection of "atmosphere" issues of newspapers and periodicals of the Civil War years.

My 19th Century Newspaper Catalog, which includes numerous individually described issues on the causes of the war and its legacy.

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