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December 19, 1859
NEW YORK HERALD, Dec. 19, 1859
* John Brown's insurrection - invasion - raid
* Harpers Ferry WV West Virginia
Page 2 has a number of nice accounts of events leading to the Civil War and the John Brown insurrection at Harper's Ferry, with column heads: "The Impending Crisis" "State Of The Union" "The John Brown Sympathy in New England" "...What is T... See More
January 14, 1860
HARPER'S WEEKLY, Jan. 14, 1860 Inside has two very nice, full page & displayable prints: "The Sleighing Season--The Upset" and "A Snow Slide in the City", both by famed artist Winslow Homer. Another full page shows: "The Emperor and Empress of France Hunting at Compiegne".
The back page has two cartoon illustrations. Complete in 16 pages, good condition... See More
January 16, 1860
THE NEW YORK HERALD, January 16, 1860
* Pemberton Mill disaster
* Lawrence, Massachusetts
* African slave trade
Page 5 has: "The Lawrence Catastrophe" "More Bodies Recovered - Proclamation of the mayor of Lawrence - Tuesday Next to be Observed as a Day of Prayer - Relief for the Sufferers, Etc." Various related subheads as well. This was the collapse of the Pember... See More
February 11, 1860
HARPER'S WEEKLY, Feb. 11, 1860. Ftpg. shows: 'Wm. Pennington, of N.J., Speaker of the House of Representatives'. 'Hon. Wm. Porcher Miles, of Charleston, S.C.'. Fullpg; 'Explosion at Ames & Moulton's Hat Factory, Brooklyn, N.Y.'. Three-quarter pg: 'St. Valentine's Morning, 1860'.
Complete in 16 pages.... See More
April 28, 1860
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, April 28, 1860 Ftpg. shows: 'Delegates to the Democratic Convention Leaving the Charleston Hotel'. Also a halfpg. scene of the Convention Hall at Charleston, S.C., plus a great dblpgctrfld. showing them in session at Charleston. 'Statue of Henry Clay, at New Orleans'. The back page has a notice for "The Base Ball Player's Pocket Companion&quo... See More
April 28, 1860
NEW YORK TIMES, April 28, 1860
* Fugitive slave Charles Nalle
* Rescued by Harriet Tubman
* Slaves - slavery
The top of page 5 has: "Exciting Fugitive Case In Troy - Arrest of a Virginia Runaway - His Release and Escape Through the Efforts of a Mob". This is the case of fugitive slave Charles Nalle.
Note: Although she is not mentioned by name, Charles was rescued by Harrie... See More
May 6, 1860
THE NEW YORK HERALD, May 6, 1860
* African slave trade - Kongo
* re. Slaver Storm King escape
* Indictment of officers
The back page has a report headed: "The Slave Trade In New York" "The Escape of the Alleged Slaver Storm King...." (see)
Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, a few printing flaw near beginning the mentioned report (see), otherwise nice.... See More
May 14, 1860
NEW YORK HERALD, May 14, 1860
* Famous slaver "Wildfire" captured
* African slave trade print fame
* Abraham Lincoln for president?
Most of the first column is taken up with a fascinating article: "The Slave Trade" "Full Particulars of the Capture of the Slaver Wildfire". The article begins: "The great event of the past fortnight...has been the capt... See More
May 15, 1860
NEW YORK HERALD, May 15, 1860 Several nice reports including: "The Captured Slaver Wildfire" "Further Particulars--Names of the Crew and What the Cargo Consisted of...". This was a noted slave ship made more famous by the print of it in the June 2, 1860 issue of Harper's Weekly.
Also reports from the Republican National Convention: "The Presidency" "Th... See More
May 22, 1860
NEW-YORK TIMES, May 22, 1860
* Abraham Lincoln accepts presidential nomination
* Republican National Convention in Chicago
* Slaver ship "Wildfire"
Page 4 has a report with column heads: "The Republican Candidate for the Presidency" "Hon. Abram Lincoln Accepts The Chicago Nomination" being a very historic item although inconspicuously reported, i... See More
June 2, 1860
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, June 2, 1860 The prime print in this issue is the three-quarter page illustration captioned: "The Slave Deck on the Bark 'Wildfire' Brought Into Key West on April 30, 1860." This print shows a huge number of slaves crammed on the deck. The balance of the page is related text on this slave ship, plus the facing page has additional text and 4 re... See More
June 9, 1860
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, June 9, 1860
* Slavery - slaves
Page 9 has over half a column titled: "The Latest Slave Capture" which is a fascinating article on the liberation of some 450 slaves from the ship. A few bits include: "...the increasing odor placed beyond all doubt the fact that the bark had under her hatches a cargo of negroes. And now we began to hear a sort of suppressed mo... See More
June 21, 1860
THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 21, 1860
* Famous slaver "Wildfire"
* African slave trade print fame
Page 2 has small one column headings: "The Captured Slaver" "Reception Of The Negroes At Key West--How They Fare" This is a notable slave ship, made somewhat famous by the print of it found in the June 2, 1860 issue of Harper's Weekly (see hyperlink).
Other ... See More
July 7, 1860
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, NY, July 7, 1860 Dramatic dblpgctrfld: "Great Eastern Steamship Coming up the Narrows Into the Harbor of New York". Ftpg. shows: "Torture of the Tourniquet as Practiced in the Prisons in Sicily". On page has two illustrations: "The Boys of Palermo Welcoming Garibaldi" and "Garbaldi's Camp Near Palermo, In Sicily".
Co... See More
July 28, 1860
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, NY, July 28, 1860 Very nice fullpg: "The Chicago Zouaves Executing Their Drill in New York". Two fullpg. prints: "The Spirits Abroad--The Spirit of Disunion" and "The Spirit of Union". Great fullpg. view of: "The City of Messina, Sicily". Bkpg. cartoon concerning the Chicago Zouaves.
Complete in 16 pages.
August 25, 1860
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, August 25, 1860 Perhaps the most significant print in this issue is the back page political cartoon captioned: "The Coming Man's Presidential Career, a la Blondin" showing a beardless Abe Lincoln with an African-American on his shoulders. (Blondin was a famous tightrope walker who had walked across Niagara Falls on a rope the year prior). An... See More
August 25, 1860
NEW YORK TIMES, August 25, 1860 The front page has: "The Slave-Trade" "Case of Achorn--Decision Rendered--The Captain and Mate Discharged." The report includes the text of the decision (see).
Eight pages, binding slits at the spine, minor printing flaw to the ftpg., otherwise good.
September 1, 1860
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, September 1, 1860 Ftpg. has three small prints re: "The Ohio Holy Stone--Great Circular Mound Near Newark, Ohio". Two-thirds pg: "City of Damascus, Syria". Fullpg. shows fireworks upon completion of the Victoria Bridge in Montreal, Canada. Fullpg: "Durham & Devon Cows". Another print is: "Proposed New Parliament Buildings ... See More
September 19, 1860
THE NEW YORK TIMES, Sept. 19, 21, and 22, 1860
* William Walker (filibuster)
* Nicaragua expedition
This is a nice trio of issues covering the capture of execution of William Walker. Walker. Walker was an American who appointed himself President of Nicaragua and attempted to establish it as a slave-holding empire in the Latin America. His controversial career ended with him being capt... See More
September 22, 1860
THE NEW YORK HERALD, September 22, 1860
* Early baseball
* Pre Civil War
Page 4 has a small heading: "Base Ball" with lineups. (see) Notice the score was 31-5.
Other news of the day shortly prior to the outbreak of Civil War. Complete in 12 pages, a little spine wear, generally nice.
September 27, 1860
THE NEW YORK HERALD, September 27, 1860
* Slaver ship Erie
* Captain Nathaniel Gordon
Page 7 has one column headings: "Activity In The Slave Trade" "Capture of Two More Slavers--The Erie and Storm King" "Nearly Fifteen Hundred Negroes Found on Board" (see photo).
This slaver Erie has historical significance as the Captain, Nathaniel Gordon, is only American sl... See More
October 1, 1860
THE NEW YORK HERALD, Oct. 1, 1860
* William H. Seward campaigning out West
* Abraham Lincoln about to become president
Page 5 has one column headings : "Senator Seward In Missouri And Kansas" "Senator Seward On Slave Labor" (see)
Complete in 8 pages, a little spine wear, generally good.
November 16, 1860
THE NEW YORK TIMES, Nov. 16, 1860
* Southern crisis - Secession options
* Abraham Lincoln as president elect
From a few months before the outbreak of the Civil War, the front page has: "The Southern Excitement" "Condition of Public Sentiment in the Slave States" "The Union Element Showing Itself". More similar reports on 4.
Eight pages, a little irregula... See More
November 24, 1860
Harper's Weekly, November 24, 1860 through December 29, 1860. This is a six-issue set (part 1) of Harper's Weekly containing the Charles Dickens "Great Expectations" in serialization format. The set provides more than a 10% discount over purchasing the issues individually.
This set would look great displayed in one of our 17 inch by 14 inch display cases which can be viewed a... See More
November 30, 1860
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Nov. 30, 1860
* Pre Civil War tensions
* Religious sermons
The focus of this issue is on the secession of states from the Union, and religious unity under the heading of "Thanksgiving Day". The latter topic has a variety of sermons in New York City including: "Christ's Mission" by the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher; "Christian Patriotism--Sermon... See More
December 5, 1860
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Dec. 5, 1860
* President James Buchanan
* State of the Union Address
* Much on tensions in the South
All of page 4 & a portion of pg. 5 are taken up with the: "President's Message" signed in type by: James Buchanan. This was his annual state-of-the-union address, the last before the outbreak of the Civil War. Given the period, there is much c... See More
December 13, 1860
NEW YORK TIMES, Dec. 13, 1860
* Tensions in Southern states
* Pre Civil War secession nears
The ftpg. has: "Senator Wigfall of Texas on Secession" "The Disunion Question--Impossibility of Restoring the Slave trade--Secession Nothing but Revolution & Certain to Involve War". Inside has: "The Disunion Movement--Latest Indications from the South--Counter-move... See More
December 15, 1860
HARPER'S WEEKLY, Dec. 15, 1860 Ftpg. shows: "The City of Washington from the Dome of the Capitol" as well as "The National Capitol at Washington". Halfpg: "Departure of the St. Louis Bridge for Kansas" & one by Winslow Homer: "Expulsion of Negroes & Abolitionists from Tremont Temple, Boston" includes a related article mentioning Frederick Douglas... See More
December 23, 1860
NEW YORK HERALD, Dec. 23, 1860
* Extradition case of John Anderson
* Escaped slave charged w/ murder in Canada
The top of the first column has: "Exciting News From the South" "Threatening State of Affairs in Charleston, S.C." "Anticipated Capture of the Forts by the Populace" "Important Consultation of the President with Southern Senators" &quo... See More
December 27, 1860
NEW YORK TIMES, Dec. 27, 1860
* Abraham Lincoln as president-elect
* Alabama secession from the Union
* Pre Civil War tensions over slavery
Among the ftpg. column heads: "THE DISUNION TROUBLES" "Tribulation Of the Administration" "An Enabling Bill for New Mexico with a Slavery Clause" "The South Carolina Commissioners in Washington" "Alaba... See More
December 31, 1860
NEW YORK HERALD, Dec. 31, 1860
* Fort Sumter diagram
* Charleston, South Carolina
* Southern tensions
The front page features a nice map headed: "THE CHARLESTON FORTIFICATIONS. Topographical Sketch of Fort Sumpter". The first column has related headlines including: "The Revolutionary Crisis" "Important From the South" "Special Message of the Preside... See More
January 14, 1861
THE WILMINGTON DAILY HERALD, North Carolina, January 14, 1861 Wilmington was a major Atlantic Ocean port city for the Confederacy during the Civil War, and was one of the last ports to fall to Union forces in 1865. It ranked equal in size to Atlanta according to the 1860 census, and was a major point of entry for supplies for the entire Confederacy, exporting cotton & tobacco in exchange... See More
January 19, 1861
NEW YORK TIMES, Jan. 19, 1861
* Southern secession
* Fort Sumter tensions
* Prelude to the Civil War
Among the one column heads on the ftpg. are: "The National Troubles" "Animated Debate on the Kansas Bill" "Passage of the Army Bill in Committee of the Whole" "Latest Dispatches from the South" "Declaration of the Georgia Convention in Favo... See More
January 26, 1861
NEW YORK ILLUSTRATED NEWS, Jan. 26, 1861 A very rare issue as the front page has a terrific print captioned: "Annual Sale and Hiring of Slaves at Montgomery, Ala." accompanied with an article of the same heading.
Only rarely were slave auction prints put in newspapers of the day, and this is great in that it is on the front page. Compounding the rarity is this being an uncommon ti... See More
January 30, 1861
NEW YORK TIMES, Jan. 30, 1861
* Abraham Lincoln about to change America
Near the top of the front page is: "Important From Springfield" "The Position Of the President Elect" noting in part: "...stating that Mr. Lincoln had written to his Congressional friends recommending conciliatory measures...country may rest assured that in Abraham Lincoln they have a Repub... See More
February 4, 1861
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Feb. 4, 1861
* John Anderson - fugitive slave
* Pre Civil War Southern tensions
Inside has: "A Southern Diarist" "Later From California" "Arrival of the Pony Express" "News From Kansas" "Movements of Mr. Lincoln" "The Case of the Fugitive Anderson", the latter concerning the trial of the famed fugitive slave... See More
February 9, 1861
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, Feb. 9, 1861 The full front page is a print of: "The Seceding Alabama Delegation In Congress" showing nine men. Text on the men takes over half of page 2.
Other prints within include: "Captain J. G. Foster, Engineer Corps U.S.A., On Duty at Fort Sumter" "Arrival of the United States Steam Sloop 'Niagara' At Jeddo, Japan, with t... See More
February 18, 1861
NEW YORK HERALD, Feb. 18, 1861
* Abraham Lincoln as the president elect
* His journey to Washington D.C.
Among the front page column heads are: "Arrival of President Davis at Montgomery" "Southern Rights and Institutions to be Maintained at All Hazards" "The Southern Confederacy".
Page 4 has much on Abraham Lincoln, including many comments on the e... See More
February 22, 1861
NEW YORK TIMES, February 22, 1861. Page two has: "Important Decision" "The Slave-trader--Evidence--Presumptions" which is about a district court case, "The United States, vs. The Bark Kate and Her Cargo".
March 9, 1861
THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, March 9, 1861 “The Fugitive Anderson” on page 3 is about John Anderson, the famous fugitive slave who escaped to Canada evading the pursuit of bounty hunters. While on the run he killed a farmer who intended to legally recapture Anderson and send him back into his master’s custody. Anderson lived and worked in Canada West from 1854 to A... See More
March 9, 1861
THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, March 9, 1861
* Extradition case of John Anderson
* Canada West escaped slave w/ print
“The Fugitive Anderson” on page 3 is about John Anderson, the famous fugitive slave who escaped to Canada evading the pursuit of bounty hunters. While on the run he killed a farmer who intended to legally recapture Anderson and send him back into his... See More
March 22, 1861
THE CIRCULAR, Oneida, New York, March 22, 1861
* Pre Civil War era
* Oneida Community print
The front page features a very nice print of a "Community Dwelling at Oneida", plus most of the front page is taken up with explaining to the curious just what the Oneida Community is all about, including many subheads such as: "Religious Foundation & Principles" "Social ... See More
March 23, 1861
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, March 23, 1861 The front page is taken up with: "Major Anderson's Command at Fort Sumter" which includes 9 officers, one of whom is "Capt. A. Doubleday". Other prints inside include: "Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina" "Surrender of Ex-General Twiggs, Late of the United States Army, to the Texan Troops in the ... See More
March 29, 1861
THE CHARLESTON MERCURY, South Carolina, March 29, 1861
* From the origin of the Civil War just prior to the outbreak
South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union which it did on Dec. 20, 1860. Plus the war began in Charleston harbor with the bombing of Fort Sumter just two weeks after the date of this issue.
The front page has: "United States Army & Navy News&q... See More
April 1, 1861
NEW YORK TIMES, April 1, 1861
* Civil War beginning soon
* Fort Sumter about to be attacked
* History about to be made
Among the articles within: "Negro Regiments to be Raised" "Secession Rebukes Secession" "The Gulf Forts to be Held at all Hazards" "The Southern Commissioners Still Inactive" "Scene Between the President & the Californ... See More
April 6, 1861
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, April 6, 1861 The full front page is a print of: "Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary Of State" taken from a Brady photograph. Inside includes a two-thirds page vertical print of: "The United States Gun-boat 'Wyandotte' Firing a Salute on Washington's Birthday in Pensacola Harbor", plus a nearly half page of: "The Flag-Staff B... See More
April 6, 1861
THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, Apr. 6, 1861
* Great slave auction illustration
* Pre Civil War South - rare
Most of a page is taken up with a print: "The Dandy Slave: A Scene in Baltimore, Md." and "Slaves For Sale: A Scene in New Orleans", both showing slaves dressed in formal attire. A related article: "The Dandy Slave" begins: "Whenever a n... See More
April 13, 1861
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, April 13, 1861 The front page has a print of: "Mrs. General Gaines" as well as a view of "Point Isabella, Texas, with the 'Daniel Webster' sailing with U.S. Troops on Board". The doublepage centerfold shows six "American Home Scenes", which includes prints of "The Applecut" "The Dance" "Quilting&quo... See More
April 20, 1861
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, April 20, 1861 The front page shows: "Hon. Charles F. Adams, U.S. Minister to England" as well as a view of: "The Confederate Batteries Opposite Fort Pickens, Florida". Inside has a full page 5 panel print of: "Commander Dahlgren, U.S.N. and the Dahlgren Gun", and a full page of: "The Washington Navy-Yard With Shad Fisheries I... See More
April 25, 1861
NEW YORK TIMES, April 25, 1861 Among the front page one column headlines are: "NEWS OF THE WAR" "Condition of Affairs at the National Capital" "The New York and Massachusetts Troops there" "Gen. Beauregard Reconnoitering" "Jeff. Davis Said to be at Richmond" "General Scott Offered Command of the Rebel Army" "The Virginians Thre... See More
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