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Item # 634627
June 2, 1860
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, June 2, 1860
* Likely the most sought after slave ship print
* Much text re: slave ships
* Black Americana interest
The front page has a print captioned: "The Japanese Embassadors in Their State Costume" with a related article, but the prime graphic 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 related illustrations including those captioned: "An African" "The Only Baby Among the Africans" and "The Barracoon at Key West Where the Africans Are Confined". Further on in the issue is a lengthy & very detailed article titled: "On Board A Slaver, By One of the Trade".
As if all of this was not significant enough, page 2 has great text headed: "The Nomination Of Lincoln" being an editorial piece (close to a full column) on the controversy of nominated Lincoln over Seward (see).
The balance of this 16 pg. issue is taken up with unrelated prints and other articles & ads. This is the only pre-Civil War issue of this title to contain a print showing slaves. Partial book seller's stamp at the top of pg. 1, some minor foxing at the margins, generally good condition.