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A fleet of U.S. men-of-war...

Item #662977

June 11, 1859


* Rare title w/ great masthead

The front page has illustration of: "Victor Emmanuel, King of Sardinia" and a nice print: "View Of A Fleet of United States Men-of-War".

Prints inside include: "Sheep Shearing in Australia" "Transport of Wool From the Blue Mountains, Australia" and two... See More  

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Nice on John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry...

Item #662976

December 07, 1859

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Dec. 7, 1859 

* John Brown's insurrection - invasion - raid

* Harpers Ferry WV West Virginia

* Just after Brown's execution

Page 3 has over 3 columns of text headed: "JOHN BROWN'S INVASION" with subheads: "The Fugitives--Cook and Virginia In Kansas" "Further Testimony--Letter from C.P. Tidd" "John Brown and G. W. Brown&q... See More  

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Five American newspapers: 1802-1809...

Item #662924

June 14, 1805

Five very early 19th century American newspapers: New York Herald, July 30, 1803; United States' Gazette, Oct. 9, 1809; Columbian Centinel, Nov. 2, 1808; New England Palladium, Oct. 22, 1802; and Boston Gazette, June 14, 1804. All five are good "newsy" newspapers of folio size, 4 pages, some margin tears, generally good condition. A nice set of five different, early newspapers.... See More  

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Key Judaica interest... Mordecai Noah and his island of Ararat...

Item #662915

November 26, 1831

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 26, 1831

* Mordecai Manuel Noah

* Ararat, City of Refuge

An inside page has a nice report on the ceremonies of the laying of the cornerstone of the city of Ararat. This was the project of Mordecai M. Noah, who is acknowledged to be the first American born Jew to rise to national prominence. His city of Ararat was to be a Jewish homeland in Ameri... See More  

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Nice New Year's prints... Plan for a "submarine railway" between England & France...

Item #662897

January 02, 1858

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, January 2, 1858  The front page features a full page print: "New Year's Visiting in New York". Two other nice full page prints inside: "The Birth of the New Year' and 'A Happy New Year!" and an article "The Life of American Students at Heidelberg" features several small illustrations.

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Execution of the Andersonville Prison warden...

Item #662873

November 11, 1865

NEW-YORK TRIBUNE, Nov. 11, 1865 

* Execution of Captain Henry Wirz

* Andersonville Civil War prison - Georgia

Column heads on the ftpg: "Execution Of Henry Wirz" "How the Condemned Met His Death" "Review of His Life and Character" "Singular Statement" "A Scheme to Take Poison" "The Charges and Specifications" "Efforts of ... See More  

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Portraits of the President & Vice President...

Item #662797

March 12, 1853

GLEASON'S PICTORIAL, Boston, March 12, 1853  The ftg. shows: "A Fine View of the New Mammoth St. Nicholas Hotel, Broadway, New York" with text.

Prints inside include: "...a Snow Avalanche on the Alps"; nice full page pritns of: "Gen. Frank Pierce, President of the U.S." and: "Hon. William R. King, Vice President of the U.S." and more.

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An accounting of the U.S. naval force in 1815...

Item #662794

June 03, 1815

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 3, 1815 

* United States Navy

* Napoleon Bonaparte

Inside has an article: "Navy of the United States" which includes a half page chart of the ships of the United States, columns for "Rate" "Name of Vessels" "Commanders" "Stations, etc.". This is followed by a smaller chart with text headed: &q... See More  

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Details on the capture of a slave ship...

Item #662784

May 28, 1860

NEW YORK HERALD, May 28, 1860 

* African slave trade - Kongo

* American Slaver ship capture

The front page has an article headed: "The Slave Trade" "Additional Particulars Relative To The Slaver William, Late Of Baltimore, At Key West" which begins: "The William left the Congo River nine days before the Wildfire, having on board 790 slaves, and arrived here [Ke... See More  

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Revival of the Southern slave trade?

Item #662769

March 06, 1858

NEW YORK HERALD, March 6, 1858 

* African slave trade resumes

* Southern States pass bill (Louisiana)

Page 4 has an article headed: "Revival of the African Slave Trade in the Southern States". the article includes: "Some of our n****r worshiping contemporaries have started off upon a new scent. A bill has been passed by the Louisiana House...authorizing the importation i... See More  

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Death of James Fenimore Cooper...

Item #662765

September 23, 1851

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, Sept. 23, 1851

* American writer death

Taking three-quarters of a column on pg. 3 is a report: "Death Of James Fenimore Cooper". Nice details about the career of America's first great novelist.

Four pages, very nice condition.... See More  

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"Twelve Years A Slave"...

Item #662733

January 18, 1853

NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, Jan. 18, 1853 

* Twelve Years a Slave

* Solomon Northup

* Kidnapped into slavery

The front page has a report "From Washington" which includes, in part, some details  of the 1841 abduction and subsequent enslavement of freedman Solomon Northup as described in his 1853 memoir "Twelve Years a Slave" and depicted in the 2013 Oscar-winning fil... See More  

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Early and rare from Florida... Start of the Mexican War...

Item #662697

May 16, 1846

THE FLORIDIAN, Tallahassee, Florida, May 16, 1846

* Rare antebellum title

* Mexican War

Nineteenth century newspapers from Florida are uncommon, particularly those from before the Civil War. Here is such an issue from the capital city of Florida, seven years before the Civil War.

The key content in this is breaking news headlines on page 3 from the start of the Mexican War: "From The ... See More  

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Fascinating slave case...

Item #662692

April 09, 1856

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, April 9, 1856  Page 5 has: "An Interesting Slave Case" concerning: "...a young colored woman & her children claimed as slaves..." and what follows are the details of a very fascinating case.

Eight pages, very nice condition.

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1852 view of Newport, Rhode Island...

Item #662664

July 24, 1852

GLEASON'S PICTORIAL, Boston, July 24, 1852  A very nice ftpg. portrait of Henry Clay seated at a chair. Included is an article on his life.

Two pages within have 6 prints from Newport, Rhode Island, including a nice: "View of the City of Newport...". Other prints as well.

Sixteen pages, a red museum stamp in the masthead, nice condition.

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When Abraham Lincoln was an unknown...

Item #662647

June 20, 1848

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., June 20, 1848 

* Early in Abraham Lincoln's political career

This newspaper contains on pages 2 & 3 reports from the: "House of Representatives" which includes the results of a vote for the "Memorial of Chicago Convention" showing under the "yeas" the name "Lincoln" inconspicuously listed among man... See More  

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Perhaps the best report on the end of the Mexican War...

Item #662646

June 24, 1848

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., June 24, 1848 

* Mexican-American War ends

* General William Orlando Butler

* Treaty of Peace ratification

The top of the first column of the front page has the heading every collector wants from this period: "The Mexican War Ended ! " with related text taking the entire column. Also on the front page is: "Exchange of the Ratif... See More  

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When Abraham Lincoln was an unknown...

Item #662645

June 22, 1848

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., June 22, 1848 

* Early in Abraham Lincoln's political career

This newspaper contains on pages 1, 2 & 3 reports from the "House of Representatives". The front page has a report concerning the "Civil and Diplomatic Appropriations". In this discussion is: "Mr. Lincoln delivered a speech on the subject of internal im... See More  

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Wisconsin joins the Union as the 30th state...

Item #662644

June 29, 1848

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., June 29, 1848 

* Wisconsin gains statehood

The back page has: "An Act for the admission of the State of Wisconsin into the Union" which takes over half a column of text (see for portions). At the bottom it notes the Act was "Approved, May 29, 1848" which is the recorded date of Wisconsin joining the Union. Great to have this... See More  

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Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican War...

Item #662643

July 08, 1848

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., July 8, 1848 

* Mexican War ends

* Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

* Mexico - United States - Texas

The top of page 2 has the very historic report of the official end of the Mexican War, beginning with: "A Proclamation" "Whereas a treaty of peace, friendship, limits, & settlement between the United States of America and the Mexi... See More  

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Describing the cities of the gold rush...

Item #662641

July 06, 1849

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., July 6, 1849 

* California Gold Rush

* 49ers - mining - miners

Page 3 has most of a column headed: "California" with some great text describing San Francisco and Benecia at that time. Also some talk of Napa and Sonoma. A great article with fine descriptive text on the principal cities of the gold rush.

Four pages, very nice con... See More  

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California gold...

Item #662640

July 11, 1849

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C.,July 11, 1849  Page 3 has a relatively short article: "California Gold" noting in part: "...that the amount of the precious metal from the 'diggings' already deposited at the Mint for coinage is within a small fraction of two millions of dollars...". and more.

Four pages, very nice condition.

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New lifestyle for ladies in California...

Item #662639

July 16, 1849

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., July 16, 1849 

* Women & the California Gold rush - 49ers

Page 3 has an interesting article: "What The Ladies Do In California" now that they are in a dramatic different living situation than they were used to before moving close to the gold mines.

Four pages, very nice condition.... See More  

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How to administer recently won California and New Mexico...

Item #662638

July 13, 1849

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., July 13, 1849  Page 3 has over a full column taken up with: "The Administration and California" which has much discussion on how California and New Mexico--recently won in the Mexican-American War--are to be administered.

Four pages, very nice condition.

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The sea serpent in Maine...

Item #662634

June 29, 1831

HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE, Northampton, Mass., June 29, 1831 

* Sea serpent - monster

* Boothbay Harbor, Maine

The bottom of page 3 has a brief item headed: "Sea Serpent" reading: "The Sea Serpent made his first appearance this Boothbay in the state of Maine. He will be from one hundred and fifty to two hundred feet long, during the summer."

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Gibbs the pirate...

Item #662632

April 06, 1831

HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE, Northampton, Mass., April 6, 1831  Nearly a full column on page 2 is taken up with "Confession of Gibbs, the Pirate" which begins: "The confessions of this wretched being, now on the confines of eternity...unveil a career of long & desperate crimes..." with much more on his life.

Charles Gibbs was one of the last active pirates in the Caribbean duri... See More  

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New York Crystal Palace fire disaster...

Item #662566

October 06, 1858


* New York Crystal Palace

* Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations

* Fire disaster

Page 5 has an article headed: "BURNING OF THE CRYSTAL PALACE" "Brilliant Close of the Fair" "Flight of Two Thousand Visitors" "The Edifice Utterly Destroyed" and more. (see) Lengthy text up over 2 1/2 columns.

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John Brown's Harper's Ferry invasion...

Item #662543

December 08, 1859

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Dec. 8, 1859 

* John Brown's Negro insurrection

* Harper's Ferry, West Virginia

Page 6 has over a full column on: "John Brown's Invasion" "The Martial Law Illegal--Reaction Against Wise" which concerns the aftermath of John Brown's insurrection at Harper's Ferry. Page 3 has: "Monument to John Brown" & "A Defen... See More  

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Runaway slave advertisements from 1839...

Item #662436

July 25, 1839

THE GLOBE, City of Washington, July 25, 1839 

* Runaway slave advertisements

A front page notice offers a $400 Reward for a runaway "negro man" and a "mulatto boy" with a description of each and details about the reward. (see)

Page 2 has a even more interesting ad headed: "Five Hundred Dollars Reward" which has descriptions of 4 runaway slaves. (see) Unusu... See More  

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Anti-slavery newspaper: John Greenleaf Whitter a candidate for Congress...

Item #662381

October 20, 1842


* Anti-slavery newspaper from Boston

* Much on politics and related slavery issues

* Engraving of The Cedar of Lebanon

A newspaper focused on freedom for slaves. Page 2 has an illustrated notice for: "James G. Birney for President..."for the Liberty ticket.

Articles include: "J.G. Whittier's Letter of Acceptance... See More  

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Indians on the Wabash: prelude to Tippecanoe...

Item #662353

October 08, 1811

NEW HAMPSHIRE PATRIOT, Concord, Oct. 8, 1811 

* Prelude to the Battle of Tippecanoe

* Indian - Native Americans on Wabash River

Page 3 has a note concerning the arrival: "...500 troops...proceeded on towards join the regulars; and thence to proceed up the Wabash to the Prophet's town and intend building a fort; and if the Indians make the least resistance no dou... See More  

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Featuring a print of John C. Fremont...

Item #662344

August 16, 1856

BALLOU'S PICTORIAL, Boston, Aug. 16, 1856  The ftpg. features a portrait of: "John C. Fremont" with a related article on his life.

Other prints inside include: "Sketches In Africa" "Marine Barracks, Charleston Navy Yard" in Mass.; "Scene on South Boston Bridge" and more.

Sixteen pages, nice condition.

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Parson Weems' book on George Washington...

Item #662303

June 21, 1803

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, June 21, 1803 

* Parson Weems book advertisement

* President George Washington biography

The top of the back page has a small advertisement for "The Rev. M. L. Weems", more popularly known as Parson Weems, the ad noting: "Is hereby authorized to solicit of the Ladies and Gentlemen of Philadelphia their subscriptions to the Hist... See More  

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Lincoln's trip to Washington... no escort... no office seekers...

Item #662274

January 28, 1861

NEW YORK HERALD, Jan. 28, 1861

* Abraham Lincoln's journey to Washington D.C.

* President elect - pre inauguration

Page 5 has: "The Lincoln Regime" "The New Administration Still in Favor of Coercion" and "The Day Fixed for the Departure of the President Elect for Washington". Also a subhead: "Mr. Lincoln's Departure For Washington" which begin... See More  

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Short-lived campaign newspaper supported Martin Van Buren...

Item #662261

August 06, 1840

THE ROUGH-HEWER, Albany, New York, Aug. 6, 1840  

* Very rare title

* Martin Van Buren

This was a short-lived campaign newspaper which supported Martin Van Buren for President. In the time before radio, television & the internet short-lived newspapers supporting various candidates were among the very few channels for showing support for a candidate. This title lasted for just ... See More  

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When Abraham Lincoln was an unknown...

Item #662258

January 11, 1849

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 1849 

* Early Abraham Lincoln

This newspaper contains on the front page a report from the "House of Representatives" which includes mention of "Lincoln" not once but 3 times in the count of votes on various motions, twice voting "yea" and once voting "nay". This was Abraham Lincoln when he was ser... See More  

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Building a railroad to the Rocky Mountains...

Item #662250

March 18, 1852

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 18, 1852 

* Early railroad construction in the West

The front page has: "Fugitive Slaves" as well as: "Export of Gold From California" which includes a chart. Also: "From Texas" and "From El Paso" "A Patriot of the Rio Grande". Page 2 has: "A Plan for Constructing a Railroad over the P... See More  

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Early Florida (1846)...

Item #662243

February 17, 1846

FLORIDA SENTINEL, Tallahassee, Feb. 17, 1846 

* Rare antebellum title

A very early newspaper from the capital of Florida, and with a nice engraving in the masthead. This newspaper is formatted much like most newspapers of the day, being complete in four pages with various local and national news reports in addition to many advertisements.

Page 3 includes: "Important from Washingt... See More  

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One of the less common titles from antebellum Florida...

Item #662242

October 20, 1841

STAR OF FLORIDA, Tallahassee, Middle Florida, Oct. 20, 1841 

* Rare antebellum title

We have had a few titles from Florida before the Civil War, but this is more rare than the others. Various news & ads of the day. The back page has an illustrated runaway slave ad.

Four pages, rejoined at the spine, very nice condition.

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Ad supports Lincoln and Hamlin for President & Vice President...

Item #662211

October 02, 1860

DAILY ATLAS AND BEE, Boston, Oct. 2, 1860 

* Abraham Lincoln for President notice

* Pre Civil War era

This was obviously a Republican newspaper, as near the top of the front page is campaign ad supporting: "For President, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, of Illinois - For Vice President, HANNIBAL HAMLIN, of Maine" and noting Nov. 6 as the date for the election. The ftpg. also has a bit stati... See More  

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1839 Runaway slave ad...

Item #662143

July 24, 1839

THE GLOBE, City of Washington, July 24, 1839 

* Runaway slave advertisement

A front page notice offers a $400 Reward for a runaway "negro man" and a "mulatto boy" with a description of each and details about the reward. (see) Unusual to have an ad such as this from out nation's capital.

Other news and advertisements. Complete in 4 pages, nice condition.

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Diminution of the Indians...

Item #662107

January 20, 1830

HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE, Northampton, Massachusetts, Jan. 20, 1830  Pge 3 has: "African Colonization" as well as: "Diminution of the Indians".

Four pages, some light damp staining, good condition.

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When Abraham Lincoln was an unknown...

Item #661985

January 09, 1849

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 1849 

* Early Abraham Lincoln

This newspaper contains on the front page a report from the "House of Representatives" which includes mention of "Lincoln" in a count of the votes of "Nays" in a vote concerning a "Private claim for a slave" (see). Also, page 3 has a similar mention of him in a discuss... See More  

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Abe Lincoln makes his way to Washington, D.C...

Item #661879

February 16, 1861

NEW YORK HERALD, Feb. 16, 1861 

* President elect Abraham Lincoln

* Journey to the White House

There is much on the President-elect, Abraham Lincoln, as he makes his way from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration.

Page 2 has: 'Mr. Lincoln For Washington" "Occurrences at Home Prior to the President's Departure" "Progress of the President Elect Towar... See More  

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The captured slave ship... Lincoln as a candidate...

Item #661869

May 15, 1860

NEW YORK HERALD, May 15, 1860 

* Famous slaver "Wildfire" captured

* Abraham Lincoln close to nomination

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.... See More  

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Famed artist Gilbert Stuart...

Item #661864

April 18, 1803

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, April 18, 1803 

* President George Washington portrait

* American painter Gilbert Stuart

The back page has an advertisement headed "Gilbert Stuart", noting in part: "...G. Stuart takes this opportunity, likewise, to apprise the public that he has pursued the necessary protect his works for the future from the illiber... See More  

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Treaty of Ghent signed... breaking news...

Item #661831

February 15, 1815

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, February 15, 1815  Page 2 has a two column wide heading: "PEACE--SAFETY, and Prospect of returning COMMERCE, and PROSPERITY." And beneath this a letter "...which was immediately a Handbill!:..". The handbill headed For The Public was addressed to the publisher of this newspaper and contains the breaking news about the signing of t
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Beginning of the Republican Party: nomination of their first Presidential candidate...

Item #661825

June 19, 1856

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Wash. D.C., June 19, 1856 

* Republican Party is formed

* John C. Fremont nomination

* 1st nominated for United States president

A very historic issue for the Republican party as it reports on their first national convention. The newly created political party held the prohibition of slavery as the principal issue of their platform.

The front page has: "Re... See More  

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Perry's expedition to Japan...

Item #661813

May 07, 1853


* Perry Expedition to Japan

Inside has a full page with text and two illustrations on: "The United States Expedition To Japan" including a portrait of: "Commodore Matthew Perry, Commander..." and also: "the Steam Frigate 'Mississippi', U.S. Navy".

The front page has an illustration of: "A Bush... See More  

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Expedition to Greenland... Earthquake in San Francisco...

Item #661793

March 29, 1856

FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, March 29, 1856  Inside has 2 pages of text with  7 prints on: "Expedition To Greenland". Also a fullpg. with 4 prints on: "Dreadful Catastrophe at Philadelphia" being the burning of the ferry boat 'New Jersey'.

Other prints: "Maple Sugar Camp" in New England; a view of: "Stockholm, Capital of Sweden&quo... See More  

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