General Americana Catalog

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About This Era and its Newspapers

The inhabitants of the United States have, then, at present, no national literature. The only authors who I acknowledge as American are the journalists. They are indeed not great writers, but they speak the language of their countrymen, and make themselves heard by them. -Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1831.
In this category we list newspapers from the time of the "Penny Press" revolution of the 1830's up to about the turn of the century. In the Jacksonian populist Thirties, advances in printing and papermaking technology led to an explosion of newspaper growth. The "Penny Press" was so named because it was now possible for the first time to produce a daily newspaper that could be sold for just a cent a copy. Previously, newspapers were the province of the wealthy, literate minority. The price of a year's subscription, usually over a full week's pay for a laborer, had to be paid in full and "invariably in advance." This sudden availability of cheap, interesting reading material was a significant stimulus to the achievement of the nearly universal literacy now taken for granted in America.

The industrial revolution, as it transformed all aspects of American life and society, dramatically affected newspapers. Both the numbers of papers and their paid circulations rose dramatically. The 1850 U.S. census catalogued 2,526 titles of periodicals in print. In the 1850's powerful, giant presses appeared, able to print ten thousand complete papers per hour. At this time the first "pictorial" weekly newspapers emerged; they featured for the first time extensive illustrations of events in the news, as woodcut engravings made from correspondents' sketches or taken from that new invention, the photograph.

There are published in the United States alone as many periodicals and papers as are produced in the whole of Europe. It is no matter of surprise then that America should be centuries ahead of the Old World in point of intelligence and general diffusion of knowledge. -Walt Whitman, editorial in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, April 23, 1846

Newspaper growth continued unabated in the years following the War for the Union. An astounding 11,314 different papers were recorded in the 1880 census. By the 1890's the first circulation figures of a million copies per issue were recorded (ironically, these newspapers are now quite rare due to the atrocious quality of cheap paper then in use, and to great losses in World War II era paper drives) At this period appeared the features of the modern newspaper, bold "banner" headlines, extensive use of illustrations, "funny pages," plus expanded coverage of organized sporting events. The rise of "yellow journalism" also marks this era. In our time, radio and television have replaced newspapers as the nation's primary information sources, so it may be difficult for the modern journalism hobbyist initially to fully appreciate the pivotal role that newspapers have played in our history.

Papers and magazines from many different states and territories appear in these Nineteenth Century offerings. All shades of opinion are to be found in the editorials of these periodicals, along with full local, national and world news reporting. The differences in the earliest issues and the latest in this period are quite startling. The true modern newspaper slowly takes shape, decade by decade, in response to improvements in reporting techniques, printing and paper making technology, and to changing social values and interests.

In this period America left behind its roots as a small agrarian republic to assume its worldwide role as an imperial power, fueled by an industrial growth unprecedented in history. Physically the nation grew from a small area of the eastern seaboard to dominate the continent. From a policy of maintaining no standing army, a huge military establishment blossomed. From the Founders' ideal of a limited government grew a gigantic Federal bureaucracy. From a nation of small farming towns, America became a land of sprawling cities and heavy industry. There were of course conflicting opinions over the course the nation was taking, some of which exploded into violent confrontation and the most bitter political acrimony. To read about them now as they were reported at the time can furnish the modern collector with most interesting insights of how dramatic our history has been, and how rapid, almost overwhelming change has been the norm, rather than the exception, for some two hundred years now.

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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. Most small format octavo magazines of 40 or more pages are disbound from annual volumes and lack wraps unless otherwise stated, as these were very rarely preserved in the bound runs. Illustration plates are lacking unless described as present in the description, as most were framed by the original subscribers. Illustrations are provided of a number of items (more will be added), depicting as much of them as can be shown with my 8 1/2" x 11" scanner. To access the pictures, click on the highlighted link that follows the catalog listing. When done viewing, select the "Back" button in your browser to return to this page.

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A Superb Illustrated Broadside of Significance in American Journalism
G1-001. [SINGLE ISSUE] THE NEW YORK EVENING POST, July 01, 1875. [Complete original issue, 4 pages, elephant folio size, published at New York by William Cullen Bryant & Company]
With this day's issue comes a singlesheet "Supplement" celebrating the removal of the paper to its elegant new offices and printing plant on Broadway and Fulton (often called "the busiest corner in America") Measuring fully 19" x 24" this beautiful poster depicts the new building, which is fully described there. The occasion is also close to the paper's 75th anniversary, so the first issue's "Prospectus" is printed here to remind the reader of the paper's ideal, to help the citizens stay informed so they can be responsible participants in democracy. Excellent item of great historical import.
Condition of this issue is of the broadside is quite choice very fine, with clear archival tape reinforcement on verso at fold line; the regular issue is a bit chipped at the edge and shows remnants of a paper binding strip at spine . . . 75.00

Letter from Henry Clay in a Presidential Association Newspaper
G1-021. [SINGLE ISSUE] THE DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, October 29, 1851. [Complete issue of 4 pages, oversize folio size, published at Washington, D.C., by Gales & Seaton]
Front-page "THE COMPROMISE MEASURES", "Correspondence with Hon. Henry Clay" is a 2 1/2 column long letter signed in type H CLAY in which he explains at length his strong pro-slaveholding sentiments and his concerns over hotheads in both regions, saying if such a suicidal error as voluntary secession were legally allowed by the Constitution, then "we must cease to boast of the wisdom of our forefathers who founded it.." Inside is a lengthy editorial on "The Great Issue in South Carolina" resulting in the rout of the influential but not yet all-powerful secessionist radicals. Also news from Gold Rush California, from where a ship bearing over five tons of gold has just docked at New York, Mexican uprising and more. This paper was originally delivered to future President James Buchanan at his "Wheatland" estate in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His name, written by an Intelligencer subscription clerk appears prominently on Page One in the masthead (nameplate) area. A Letter of authenticity and provenance is included with this issue. The lengthy content on secession is quite relevant, as Presidential Buchanan would find himself unable to provide strong leadership when the conspirators finally put their plan to smash the Union into action in 1860, the last year of his Presidency.
Condition of this issue is quite fine and clean . . . 25.00

Frederick Douglass Declines to Address the First Free-Soil Party Convention
G1-029. [SINGLE ISSUE] THE WEEKLY HERALD, August 19, 1848. [Complete original issue, 8 pages, folio size, published at New York, by James Gordon Bennett]
Frontpage headlines: "THE FREE SOIL CONVENTION AT BUFFALO", "NOMINATION OF MARTIN VAN BUREN FOR PRESIDENT" full detailed coverage of the first nominating convention of the short-lived party fills all of that page and most of Page Two. Their platform declared "...we inscribe on our banner, 'Free Soil, Free Speech, Free Labor and Free Men,' and under it we will fight on and fight ever, until a triumphant victory shall reward our exertions." Here the great human rights champion Fred Douglass is introduced to the convention, and receives a tremendous ovation, but declines to speak, citing a "recently performed operation on my throat". Though opposed to the expansion of slavery - and therefore denounced by Bennett in his report here - the Free Soiler ticket's inclusion of Van Buren discouraged many anti-slavery Whigs from joining; perhaps this is why Douglass refused to speak, for many of the more committed enemies of slavery dismissed the party as the "Free Spoilers", and Douglass would later advise his friends to vote the uncompromising Liberty party ticket this year. While they failed to capture the presidency, party members would be a formidable presence in Congress, albeit briefly. Excellent Americana on one of the great newspapers of the age.
Condition of this issue is very fine . . . 35.00

A Very Rare Early Glimpse of Japan!
G1-031. [SINGLE ISSUE] THE SAILOR'S MAGAZINE, July, 1846. [Complete issue of 32 pages, octavo size, published at Boston, Mass.]
"VISIT TO JAPAN" is a four-page account of the adventure of Captain Cooper, of the "whaleship" "Manhattan" of Sag Harbor. He tells of his reception in Jeddo (Tokyo), the customs and dress of the people, the government and natural features of this mysterious forbidden island kingdom, where most westerners might face death for daring to visit. Great item in this fine magazine devoted to the interests of seamen and their spiritual needs.
Condition of this issue is fine . . . 25.00

Scarce Southern Almanac
G1-041. [PAMPHLET]. THE WARROCK-RICHARDSON MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, and NORTH CAROLINA ALMANACK, FOR, 1897. [Complete issue of 95 pages, octavo size, published at Richmond, Virginia, by James E. Goode]
This fine example of the classic annual contains the calendar pages with phases of the moon and notable holidays, together with an encyclopedic reference section of the state of Virginia, its government, counties, officials, statistics, etc., with similar stats for the federal government and Maryland and N.C.., a lengthy section on the Post Office rates and regulations, and much more. Fine example of the popular genre, Warrock's first appeared in 1815.
Condition is bright clean VF internally, light scuffing to covers, old oil spot on back cover . . . 20.00

James Madison is No More!
G2-056. [SINGLE ISSUE]. THE LYNN RECORD, July 6, 1836. [Complete issue of 4 pages, folio size, published at Lynn, Mass., by Jonathan Buffum]
Page Two announcement "Death of Ex-President MADISON" tells of his last hours, praises his character and deeds in the formative period of the U.S. Also several seamen are injured in "Rail Road Accident" on the pioneering Providence Railway; good account. From Missouri comes a long letter of a slaveholder who has had a change of heart about slavery, and the brutality he suffered for daring to speak out against "the peculiar institution". Gripping. More news items and fine ads. SCARCE NEWSPAPER, file Masthead engraving of the eagle bearing our national motto "E Pluribus Unum"
Condition is fine in the original state, unbound and untrimmed, short mended tear . . . 25.00

First Printing of an Uncommon Edgar Allen Poe Story
G1-225. [SINGLE ISSUE] GRAHAM'S AMERICAN MONTHLY MAGAZINE, November, 1845. [Complete issue of 48 pages, octavo size, published at Philadelphia, Penna., by George Graham]
The first article in this issue of the classic American magazine is the first appearance of the story "The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether", written by the great Edgar Allen Poe. This humorous satire of a new system of treating mental patients is strongly influenced by Charles Dickens' recent similar narrative. See the Poe Society Article for further discussion of this remarkable work, written at the crest of Poe's popularity. Much more in the issue, how Indians hunt buffalo and other features. Copper engravings include one of the Georgia Medical College. IN THE ORIGINAL STATE, never bound or trimmed, stitched as issued, with both illustration plates andthe printed light tan covers, extremely uncommon thus. Rare opportunity to obtain an important magazine that is relatively available in bound annual volumes but almost never seen as issued.
Condition of this issue is very good, some normal age wear and spotting to the covers, internally very fine . . . 200.00

Indians!
G1-226. [SINGLE ISSUE]. STREET & SMITH'S NEW YORK WEEKLY, October 20, 1873. [Complete issue of 8 pages, folio size, published at New York by Francis Street and Francis Smith]
A large Page One woodcut depicts Luke "The Forest King" about to knife a tomahawk-wielding Indian, with an installment of his story. More exciting reading within by the sensationalist authors of the era male and female. Articles on "Marrying a Twin", "Strange Case of Insanity" and an editorial against the shocking corruption of the national government by the to-trusting President Grant. Classic example of the genre that invented the enduring "Wild West" myth.
Condition is never bound, generally quite fine, tiny fold intersection wear spot . . . 25.00

Detailed Frontpage Announcement of the First Gobrecht Silver Dollars!
G1-247. [SINGLE ISSUE] NILES WEEKLY REGISTER, December 17, 1836. [Complete issue of 16 pages, quarto size, published at Baltimore, Maryland, by William Ogden Niles]
This great issue features a detailed page one announcement of the new silver dollar, "the first coined at the mint since 1805." It includes a full description of the brand-new Seated Liberty obverse designed by Sully and engraved by Gobrecht, while will dominate U.S. silver coinage for the next 56 years. The eagle flying in a field of 22 stars, each representing a state, "the entrance of Michigan, it seems, anticipated" is here attributed to the artist Titian Peale. Great numismatic display issue, one of the best of the century. Only one thousand of the new dollars were minted; today they are classic American rarities much sought by collectors. Inside, full Annual report of the U.S. Treasury Department, with a good section on the mint's operations, state of the new issues of circulating gold coins, and more. Also Nicholas Biddle, President of the Bank of the U.S., writes on the evils of paper currency, in this era of "Hard Times" and economic depression. Much more in this fine newsy issue.
Condition of this issue is choice bright very fine . . . 50.00

First Appearance of Walt Whitman's Most Important Early Published Prose
G1-248. [SINGLE ISSUE] THE NEW WORLD, November 20, 1841. [Complete original issue, 16 pages, quarto size, published at New York, by James Winchester]
Prominently placed on the frontage is the "Original Tale","The Child's Champion, By Walter Whitman." This story cautions against the excessive use of alcohol, and how alcoholism so tragically affects the family life. This humble tale is now recognized to be the most important of Whitman's early works, for in it the great poet establishes the theological foundation for his lifelong theme of the profoundly redemptive power of manly love. Critics herald this story as the origin of the emergent tradition followed by Horatio Alger and Henry James, which so influenced American nineteenth century culture. The young Whitman was employed by New World editor Park Benjamin as a compositor since May, and he must surely have set the type for his own story! Classic literary Americana
Condition of this issue is generally clean very fine, carefully extracted from a bound volume, faintest scattered foxing . . . 295.00

First Printing of Walt Whitman's "Great Army of the Sick"
G1-249. [SINGLE ISSUE] THE NEW YORK TIMES, February 26, 1863. [Complete original issue, 8 pages, folio size, published at New York, by Henry Raymond & Co.]
Printed on page two is the full text of "The Great Army of the Sick", Walt Whitman's remarkable prose account of his experiences as a U.S. army nurse in Washington hospitals, where so many soldiers breathed their last with the great poet at their side. Moving account if the sacrifices of loyal men in the great struggle to preserve the United States, as only this greatest of American poets could write it. It is signed at the end in block capitals simply WHITMAN. The full text of this article is online at the Electric classroom Plus Civil War news and ads and so forth. Superb Americana for the best of collections.
Condition of this issue is choice problem-free very fine . . . 395.00

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Thoreau's Newest Book Reviewed on Page One1
G1-270. [SINGLE ISSUE] THE NEW-YORK WEEKLY TRIBUNE, June 16, 1849. [Complete issue of 8 pages, folio size, published at New York by Horace Greeley]
Filling two Page One columns is a very detailed and complimentary review of Henry David Thoreau's " A Week on the Concord and Merrimac Rivers". With lengthy excerpts from the new book, the review begins "Mr. Thoreau's... observations of Nature are as genial as Nature herself, and the tones of his harp have an Aeolian sweetness." Fine literary history, on the prized Front page. Within, two columns of western news include a full column of accounts of the California Gold Rush. Comanches on the warpath in Texas, much more in this great classic of 19th century journalism .
Condition of this issue is fine . . . 55.00

First Glimpse of the Small Cent and the First Harper's Mention of Coin Collecting!
G1-275. [SINGLE ISSUE]. HARPER'S WEEKLY, February 7, 1857. [Complete issue of 16 pages, large quarto size, published at New York, by the Harper Brothers]
A life-size illustration of the pattern 1856-dated Flying Eagle Cent graces a good article entitled "Not A Red Cent" on the new copper nickel coin with a nostalgic farewell to the old, smelly, dirty and impractical large cent. It had been nicknamed "red" because its first issue was struck in almost pure copper and was a dazzling red when fresh from the mint. Also in this issue we read an account of early coin collectors; some of these eccentrics are said to be daft enough to give their " weight in gold" for certain old copper cents. Classic numismatica. Also a two-page illustrated visit to China and more in this Vol. I No.7 issue of the great newsweekly. (Extra postage 45¢)
Condition is bright fine with a splash of light foxing . . . 35.00

An Early Louisiana Plantation Succession With an Extensive Slave Inventory
G1-279. [DOCUMENT]. SUCCESSION OF EUGENE CARLIN. First District Court, New Orleans, Doc. 4227, Inventory of Property in the Parish of Lafourche Interior, dated December 8, 1849. [Complete document of 10 pages on 5 leaves, plus final blank used as wrapper. Tall 8vo size, 8¼" x 13½", New Orleans, Louisiana]
This remarkable document, entirely handwritten in a fine clerk's hand, is the Plaintiff's copy of the Court's official ruling on the October 20 petition of Mrs. Eugenie Carlin for the "succession" (i.e, to be the executrix) of the estate of her late grandfather Eugene Carlin, to be executed in care of her father, Felix Carlin. Carlin Senior's plantation in the Parish of Lafourche Interior is here completely inventoried and found to be worth $46,650.31, a staggering sum in those times. Plantation property, buildings, equipment and livestock are detailed and appraised, as are no less than forty-two slaves, worth some $9,000.00. Each is individually listed by name, sex, and age, and appraised market value. Men, women, and children as thus singly enumerated, while young mothers with small children are priced as a lot. "Values" range from $600 for a strong 16 year old man, to "A negro woman named Ruthie aged forty years, appraised fifty dollars." Each page is blindstamped with the seal of the Notary Public under whose auspices the inventory and appraisal was conducted. Powerful reminder of a tragic time of our history. All contents are fully legible. My scans show a detail of one page of the slave inventory section and a typical full page.
Condition is generally very good, the pages separated at the spine, with edge browning there; some short fold separation and erosion, confined to the blank margins, overall quite nice shape for an ancient document from the humid Deep South . . . 350.00

Uncommon Progressive Whig Newspaper
G1-300. [ATMOSPHERE ISSUE]. THE LYNN FREEMAN, 1838 to 1840. [Complete issue of 4 pages, folio size, published at Lynn, Mass., by J.R. Newhall]
Whig politics highlights the content of this fine newspaper from the north shore of Massaschusetts, which also contains the full budget of the day's doings and a great variety of illustrated ads. An excellent example of the genre of American political journalism in this turbulent era, the Freeman is a scarcer title which lasted just three years.
Condition is quite very fine, with some light fold lining browning confined to the upper quadrant. . . . 5.95
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Fine Pictorial Weekly Christian Newspaper
G1-301. [ATMOSPHERE ISSUE] THE ILLUSTRATED CHRISTIAN WEEKLY, 1872. [Complete issue of 12 pages, large quarto size, published at New York, by the American Tract Society]
The editor of this short-lived weekly was the respected Congregationalist clergyman Lyman Abbott (1833 - 1922), a major figure in 19th century American religious life. His newspaper contains words and pictures of old-fashioned Christian values in action, together with commentary on the passing scene, humor, home life, and more. Fine sentimental engravings abound of family life and values, in an era when many popular publications were considered inappropriate for family use and traditional values were under attack in the great social upheaval of the post-Civil War years. Not an often encountered title. .
Condition of this issue is very fine . . . 5.95
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A Fine Abolitionist Newspaper With Exceptional Provenance
G1-303. [SINGLE ISSUE]. THE EMANCIPATOR AND WEEKLY CHRONICLE, April 2, 1845. [Complete issue of 4 pages, large folio size, published at Boston, Mass., by Leavitt & Alden]
The slaveholders' desire to annex Cuba as a slave sate is denounced on Page One. The tragedy extermination of the native peoples of Hawaii is reported, state of slavery there. Much on the Whig Party and its attitude toward slavery, considerable more news and ads of all sorts.
This issue of the Anti-Slavery Society spokesman was the personal property of James G. Birney; his name, written in by a subscription clerk, appears at the frontpage Masthead. Birney (1792 - 1857 ) was a prominent anti-slavery leader and Presidential candidate on the aggressively antislavery Liberty party ticket in 1840 and in 1844, making a respectable showing in several northern states. His advocacy of abolition by peaceful, constitutional means included attacks on the complacency of Whigs and Democrats alike. Scarcer title, with only a handful of scattered issues in the U.S., according to the Union List of Serials.
Condition is nice very fine. . . . 100.00

Unrecorded Full Year of a Newspaper Containing Mary Baker Eddy's Early Defense of Her Teachings
G1-389. [BOUND VOLUME]. THE LYNN TRANSCRIPT. Volume V, 52 ISSUES + I EXTRA, Jan. 1 to Dec. 28, 1872. [each issue of 4 pages, elephant folio size, published at Lynn, Mass.]
The issues of January 20, January 27, February 3, and February 10 (plus possibly others) contain letters by or about Lynn resident Mary Glover, more famous as Mary Baker Eddy after her 1877marriage to Asa Eddy. She authored "Science and the Scriptures" and was the founder in 1879 of the Christian Science Church. While in Lynn in the 1870's she developed the theories that led to this revelation. In these issues "Moral Science and Mesmerism" are debated, which include one of her earliest statements on her beliefs, in the Jan. 20 letter, with testimonial letters from her early students. A running correspondence with William Wright is quite hostile, calling her "deluded", after he has been bound not to libel her further. Most of Eddy's pre-Christian Scientist writings were published in the rival Lynn Reporter; only in this year and in 1871 did her writings appear in this title.
This volume is ex-Lynn Historical Society and is UNRECORDED in the authoritative Union List of Newspapers (see page 292), where a single 1872 volume is cited, in the great newspaper collection of Duke University in North Carolina; the present example may well be the only one ever available on the private market. No other U.S. libraries appear to have even scattered 1872 issues of the title.
Condition is fine internally, Feb 3. issue with short blind tears easily mendable; publisher's half-leather marbled boards are detached and scuffed, spine perishing. Extra postage 8.50. . . . 1,500.00

The W.C.T.U and the World's Fair
G1-391. [SINGLE ISSUE]. OUR HOME GUARDS, June and July, 1893. [Complete issue of 12pages + wraps, large quarto size, published at Newfane, Vermont]
This special double number of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union monthly, dedicated to the abolition of the trade in spirituous liquors in the U.S., is subtitled the "Colombian Exposition Souvenir Number" and is filled with news and portraits of the society, its leaders, and their doings, as well as impressions of the great Chicago World's fair. Great. detailed history of the famed social movement in its strongest organization. .
Condition is nice VF, never bound, in the original state as issued. . . . 8.50

Early Militant Temperance Organization Newsletter
G1-392. [SINGLE ISSUE]. THE VERMONT ISSUE, March, 1905. [Complete issue of 8 pages, large octavo size, published at Essex Junction, Vermont]
Cover proclaims "GREAT VICTORY ... Dry for 1905" as more Vermont towns vote to abolish liquor sales. This monthly of the Vermont Ant-Saloon League contains more news of the organization, its principles, and activities, and extracts from the Annual Report of 1904, in which the group staged no fewer than 251 "agitation meetings" statewide and raised the enormous sum of some six thousand dollars. "Moderate Drinking" piece ends "the only one safe way is taste, touch, and handle not" the deadly drink. Quite uncommon..
Condition is nice VF, never bound original state. . . . 6.00


G1-402. THE SOUTHERN AND WESTERN LITERARY MESSENGER AND REVIEW, 1846. [Complete issue of 64 pages, 8vo size, published at Richmond, Virginia] The famed Southern Literary Messenger of Poe and adopted this expanded name for just two of its years of publication. There are feature articles, fiction, reviews and more. Not a common title Generally fine with occasional light foxing or spotting typical of Southern imprints; from a volume, w/o wraps . . . 9.95

Honor the Victims of the "Boston Massacre"? Never!
G1-403. [PAMPHLET]. Goodell, The Boston Massacre, June, 1887. [Complete issue of 8 pages, 8vo size, published at Boston Mass]
In this most interesting private offprint of an article published in the Advertiser, the author raises considerable objections to spending city money for a proposed monument to the victims of the 1770 Boston "Massacre". The noted historian author shows them (quite truthfully, in fact) to have been a violent mob of multiracial street gangs -perhaps not too unlike the trade unionists and anarchists terrorizing their betters in 1887- who attacked the defenders of law and order in Colonial Boston. Provocative content, accurate as far as it goes; the leaders of the American Revolution in Boston sometimes used mob violence perpetrated by the lowest social classes (whom they promptly disenfranchised after the war) to achieve their ends. The monument was built anyway and may be seen today on the Tremont Street side of Boston Common.
Fine example of the classic American art of political pamphleteeringCondition is about as new . . . 8.95

Attractive Early California History
G1-560. [PAMPHLET]. Society of California Pioneers. Ceremonies at the Laying of the Corner Stone of the New Pioneer Hall..., [September] 1862. [Complete issue of 26 + 1 pages, octavo size, published at San Francisco, California, by Charles Calhoun]
This splendid early California imprint contains the full detailed account of the historic cornerstone ceremony, which includes a tantalizing enigmatic reference only to "Coins of the United States" among other items placed there. Also are the speeches and a poem on the event. Also the celebrations of the 12th anniversary of California's admission to the Union delivered by Society President Washburn. The society's membership was restricted to those Californians who had been there before 1849, when the vast wave of gold seekers came. Ending the work are "Resolutions in Regards to John A. Sutter" appointing a committee to present the discoverer of gold in California "a substantial mark of their gratitude for his many good and charitable deeds towards the early settlers of the State...", the sum of $500 already being subscribed for the purpose. Fine old California history
Condition is generally quite fine, in the original printed tan wraps, slight corner creasing last few leaves. . . . 150.00

Great Early Page One Political Graphics
G1-561. [SINGLE ISSUE] THE LYNN FREEMAN AND ESSEX COUNTY WHIG, 1840. [Complete original issue, 4 pages, folio size, published at Lynn, Mass., by Eugene F. W. Gray]
For a few weeks in the summer and fall of 1840, editor Gray turned his weekly newspaper into a campaign sheet, vigorously supporting "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too," the candidacy of William H. Harrison for President. Accordingly, he placed a fine log-cabin graphic endorsement, in the style of era ballots, where it could be see immediately by all on Page One. Inside we read of why the team desreves the vote, and why that wily rascal Van Buren does not. The election of 1840 was the first "modern" presidential campaign, and the first use of the "log cabin" motif later employed by Lincoln. It was meant to show the candidate's humble origins in the hardscrabble west, but Harrison was in fact born in a Virginia mansion to a slaveholding aristocratic family! Lots more news, ads, opinion, and more.
RARE TITLE. Only two single 1840 issues of this title survive in all U.S. libraries (Union List of Newspapers, page 291).
Condition of this issue is fine . . . 10.00

Magnificent Color Map of New England
G1-586. [MAP] MAP OF NEW ENGLAND, from Walling & Gray's OFFICIAL TOPOGRAPHICAL ATLAS OF MASSACHUSETTS, 1871. [Singlesheet, large folio size, published at Boston, Mass., by Stedman, Brown and Lyon]
HAND-COLORED DOUBLEPAGE MAP, 17" x 30". A choice example of 19th century mapmaker's art, from the noted Mass. Atlas, this perfect display map retains its original brilliant hand-coloring, with each county in the six-state region carefully delineated in a finely engraved plate. Inset of Boston shows a much different topography than today's, before extensive landfilling. Dated in the plate, per photo below.
Condition is bright clean very fine condition, superb item for framed display. The seeming discoloration at the fold line in the photo is just a shadow from the camera flash. All doublepage atlas maps were thus folded originally. This one has been "tipped in" on a page hinge, so there is no binding damage of any kind at the fold line. With a reduced photocopy oif the titelpage of the atlas. . . . 95.00

Scarce Early Issues of a College Humor Classic
G1-587. HARVARD LAMPOON, typical issue dated 1906 to 1908. [28 pages, quarto size, Cambridge, Massachusetts, by the Harvard Lampoon Corp.]
In high quality glossy magazine format, clearly modeled on the "Life" magazine of the era, these products of the merry denizens of the Castle (which still stands. behind Harvard Square, with its original Ibis weathervane, trademark of the publication) are rich in the ironic humor that has made this magazine an enduring classic, since its founding in 1876. Many fine ads for all the upper class gentleman's necessities as well. Very few survive.
Condition is bright clean very fine, price per issue just . . . 9.95
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From Old San Francisco
N-995. THE DAILY EVENING BULLETIN, typical issue dated 1872. [Complete issue of 4 pages, large folio size, published at San Francisco, California, by the San Francisco Bulletin Company]
Begun in 1855, the Bulletin is one of San Francisco's oldest and most successful newspaper, enjoying a long life in print from 1855 to 1929. It was founded by the colorful eccentric James King William, during the lawless Gold Rush days. Under the post Civil War editorship of Loring Pickering the paper developed a nationwide reputation for incorruptible honesty and fair-mindedness. Its columns are filled with the day's doings in San Francisco, which had been a U.S. city for less than 25 years in 1872, along with news items from across California and other western states, as well as the latest from the east, and international affairs. Interesting editorials and features as well, plus many fine ads for everything from steamers and railroad excursions to insurance, jewelry, and household items. At 21" x 27", one of the great "horse blanket" papers of the era; printed on sound quality paper. SCARCER TITLE "The Union List of Newspapers (page 50) finds some three 1872 holdings of the title in the entire country..
Condition is very fine. Price per issue . . . 7.95
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