General Americana Catalog

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Extra postage for the HARPER'S WEEKLY that follow is 0.45 per issue.

A Classic Nineteenth Century Baseball Issue
G4-009. [SINGLE ISSUE] HARPER'S WEEKLY, July 3, 1869. [Complete issue of 16 pages, large quarto size, published at New York, by Harper Brothers & Co.]
A fine half-page engraving depicts the men of the Cincinnati Red Stockings club, in this first season of American Professional baseball. Prior to this year the National Association of Base Ball Players permitted only amateur, unpaid clubs to play. Club founder Harry Wright organized a fully professional team on salary for eight months in 1869. He played center field and coordinated the team defense, a novelty. His brother George Wright, was shortstop and its best player. The team played and won 57 games in this first season of America's great national pastime One of the great images of the contemporary media, in excellent condition (see scan below). Also in this issue, fine cover portrait of New York Times founder and editor Henry Raymond, on his death. Views of Boston, Charles River, Nast cartoon of the devil encouraging a "Gilded Era' capitalist, lots more . extra domestic postage for this issue is 45˘
Condition of this issue is Nice clean fine condition, carefully removed from a bound annual volume. Light spotting on the centerfold print. Extra domestic postage for this issue is 45˘ . . . 100.00

The True Old West - Slavery's Aftereffects - Barbara Fritchie Legend - Portland Burns
G4-012. [SINGLE ISSUE] HARPER'S WEEKLY, July 28, 1866. [Complete issue of 16 pages, large quarto size, published at New York, by Harper Brothers & Co.]
Classic fullpage woodcut "Commercial Street, Atchison, Kansas" (see detail scan below) depicts the primitive conditions and restless denizens of the true Old West, where so many men traumatized by their service in the war are now drifting to try a new life. "Marks of Punishment" heads a gruesome picture of the wounds on a slave's back in Richmond. "The Heroine of Frederick" heads a very early printing of Whittier's classic poem, "Barbara Fritchie," accompanied by a portrait of the elderly Fritchie, from a Mathew Brady photo, who, legend had it, defied Stonewall Jackson himself at the age of 95. There are also fully four pages of views of the destruction of Portland, Maine, by fire. Quite dramatic. Much more. Extra domestic postage for this issue is 45˘
Condition of this issue is very fine [4] . . . 20.00

Loss of the Treasure Ship Central America
G4-015. [SINGLE ISSUE] HARPER'S WEEKLY, September 26, 1857. [Complete issue of 16 pages, large quarto size, published at New York, by Harper Brothers & Co.]
This issue contains a detailed two-column account of the wreck of the steamship Central America, caught in a hurricane off the Carolina coast. Carrying tons of gold bars and newly-minted coins from California, she took 426 souls to the bottom with her. This report gives a gripping moment by moment account of the loss, from survivors' testimony. Editorial on the tragedy in wonderful gushing era prose, parses the brave captain and crew, bemoans man's smallness in the face of nature's might. The ship's golden cargo was salvaged some twenty years ago and has fetched in the billions on the collector market. Also in the issue a superb doublepage woodcut of the newest ocean-going steamer of the renowned Collins Line, the Adriatic. At 354 feet in length she was the largest vessel ever launched in the U.S. A visit to Palestine, then a province of the Ottoman Empire, includes views at Galilee. Grisly fullpage woodcut shows Indian rebels strapped to cannons, to be blown to pieces by vengeful Englishmen enraged by their failed rebellion.
Condition of this issue is nice clean very fine, carefully removed from a bound annual volume. . . . 30.00

First Glimpse of the Small Cent and the First Harper's Mention of Coin Collecting!
G4-0016. [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 present an account of early coin collectors, some of whom are eccentric enough to give "its weight in gold" for certain old coppers. Classic numismatica. Also a two-page illustrated visit to China and more in this Vol. I No.7 issue of the great classic. (Extra postage 45˘)
Condition is bright clean fine . . . 35.00

Custer versus the Cheyenne
G4-0022. [SINGLE ISSUE] HARPER'S WEEKLY, May 11, 1867. [Complete issue of 16 pages, large quarto size, published at New York by Fletcher Harper & Bros.]
"The war on the Plains has begun in earnest" begins coverage of Custer and Hancock's attack on the Cheyenne at Fort Larned, with views of an Indian village, scouts, Sioux prisoner. Also a fine portrait of the great cartoonist Thomas Nast, with his biography. Lots more .
Condition of this issue is VF, blind tear on one leaf not affecting this content, margin loss on cover entering image (of birds) . . . 20.00

Tammany Hall in All Its Glory
G4-0094. [SINGLE ISSUE]. FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED NEWSPAPER, November 08, 1856. [Complete issue of 16 pages, large quarto size, published at New York, by Frank Leslie]
Expatriate English newsman Frank Leslie (1821 - 1880) began this, the first great illustrated newsweekly, after years of experience on the staffs of the Illustrated London News, Gleason's and the Illustrated News. On the cover of this issue is a large woodcut of Tammany Hall, home of New York's infamously corrupt political machine, decked out with a big Buchanan for President banner, and on the back cover is a scene of "Naturalization of Foreign Immigrants" (and new voters) there. Lengthy article explains the goings-on there. Also views at the great St. Louis Fair, two woodcuts of the Czar arriving at Moscow, long piece on the sport of "Alligator Shooting" in Louisiana and plenty more reading and viewing matter Surviving examples are far more difficult to locate than rival Harper's Weekly and offer more spirited content than that paper.
Condition is nice fine, some light offsetting, carefully removed from a bound annual volume. Extra postage for this issue is 45˘ . . . 25.00

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