(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.)
Portrait of a runaway enslaved man titled “A Good Likeness of Sancho” in the Columbian Centinel. Boston: Columbian Centinel, 30 September 1807
This is probably the earliest runaway slave advertisement to feature an accurate likeness of its subject.
(Jewish Immigration & Philanthropy)
Grand Concert in Aid of the Russian Jewish Refugees, Monday Eve’g, March 27, ’82, by the Handel and Haydn Society, in conjunction with Salem Oratorio Society, Lynn Choral Union, Taunton Beethoven Society, A Grand Orchestra…. Boston: Printed By Jewish Watchman Print[ers], 1882
This is the rare original announcement and program for a major early benefit concert supporting Jewish refugees from Russia. The concert was held at Mechanics Hall in Boston in 1882. The featured conductors are Carl Zerrahn and George Henschel. Henschel had become the first conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra a year earlier. Here he leverages his position to support Jewish refugees.
(STATUE OF LIBERTY)
Liberty’s Torch in Madison Square Park. no publisher, negative ca. 1876, made from a print, late 19th century.
The torch of the Statue of Liberty was exhibited in Madison Square Park, New York to raise funds for the statue’s completion. The torch remained in the park from 1876 through 1882.
(DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, Chicago, 1968)
Collection of papers of John M. Bailey, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, concerning the convention. Various places, 1968
The 1968 Democratic National Convention of 1968, held in Chicago, was a landmark event in American political history. John M. Bailey of Connecticut, who had helped to orchestrate Johnson’s landslide victory in 1964, oversaw the contentious presidential campaign of 1968, in which Robert Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, and others sought the Democratic nomination. This is a collection of papers to and by longtime Democratic National Committee Chairman John M. Bailey.
A collection of 3 Wall Street cartoons in The Daily Graphic. New York: The Daily Graphic, 19 July 1880, 1 March 1882, 27 June 1882
These splendid front-page illustrations show the great bogeymen of Gilded Age Wall Street during the era of the robber barons.
(PANIC OF 1873.)
Extra. Senseless Panic. New York: New York Daily Bulletin, September 24, 1873
The Panic of 1873 was set off by the failure of Jay Cooke & Co., the leading American banker of its day. Because of financial crises in Europe , the Credit Mobilier scandal, and related problems, the firm declared bankruptcy on September 18, 1873. The bank’s failure set of a chain of events including the failure of many insurance companies and banks and the ten-day closure of the New York Stock Exchange starting on September 20. Within two months 55 railroads had failed. The downturn, which lasted for the rest of the decade, was known as the Great Depression until the 1930s depression took that name.
Haymarket Affair in The Chicago Daily News. Chicago: Daily News, May 5, 1886
The Haymarket Affair in Chicago was the most important event in American labor history. This dramatic Chicago newspaper reports on the events at the Haymarket, police actions, rioting, efforts to catch the bomb thrower, the roundup of anarchists, the discovery of the printed flyers for the mass meeting, and the reaction of Chicago businessmen.
CHILD, LYDIA MARIA
An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans called Africans. New York: Taylor, 1836
SECOND EDITION of Child’s Appeal, the landmark in American abolitionist literature.
Horse-Hoeing Husbandry: or, An Essay on the Principles of Vegetation and Tillage. Designed to Introduce A New Method of Culture; whereby The Produce of Land will be Increased, and the Usual Expense Lessened. Together with Accurate Descriptions and Cuts of the Instruments Employed in it … fourth edition, very carefully corrected. London: Millar, 1762
The edition that Thomas Jefferson owned. Jefferson wrote from Monticello in 1817, “While I was an amateur in Agricultural science (for practical knowledge my course of life never permitted me) I was very partial to the drilled husbandry of Tull.”
Stiles, Henry R
A History of the City of Brooklyn Including the Old Town and Village of Brooklyn, the Town of Brunswick, and the Village and City of Williamsburgh. Brooklyn: Published by Subscription, 1867, 1869, and 1870
FIRST EDITION. It is very difficult to find fine, complete sets of first editions of this work, published individually by subscription over the span of three years.
This is the best history of Brooklyn up to its time. Stiles was an indefatigable author, historian, and genealogist, in addition to his day job as a physician.
A lovely set.