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1861 Bound Volume Of Harper's Weekly Civil War & Abraham Lincoln Content For Sale
Rare and very important Bound Volume of 52 Issues of Harper’s Weekly for the full year of 1861. This fantastic Volume of perhaps the most important 19th century illustrated magazine published in the United States includes some of the most highly sought after images produced during the Civil War including the chronicle of the Inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln and the earliest days of the Civil War..
This Volume also includes a number of important double, full and part page wood engraved illustrations by famous American Artists the highlights being 19 by Winslow Homer including "The Georgia Delegation in Congress"; "Seeing the Old Year Out"; "The Seceding Mississippi Delegation in Congress"; "The Late Rev. Dr. Murray"; "The Inaugural Procession at Washington Passing the Gate of the Capitol Grounds"; "Presidents Buchanan and Lincoln Entertaining the Senate Chamber Before the Inauguration"; "The Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States at the Capitol, Washington, March 4, 1861"; "General Thomas Swearing in the Volunteers Called into Service of the United States at Washington, D.C."; "General Beauregard"; "Colonel Wilson, of Wilson's Brigade"; "The Seventy-Ninth Regiment (Highlanders), New York State Militia"; "The Advance Guard of the Grand Army of the United States Crossing the Long Bridge over the Potomac at 2 A.M. on May 24, 1861"; "Crew of the United States Steam Sloop "Colorado" Shipped at Boston, June, 1861"; "The War-Making Havelocks for the Volunteers"; "Filling Cartridges at the United States Arsenal, at Watertown, Massachusetts"; " Flag Officer Stringham"; "The Songs of War"; "A Bivouac Fire on the Potomac"; and "Great Fair Given at the City Assembly Rooms, New York, December, 1861, in the Aid of the City Poor".
Harper's Weekly of 1861 is an unsurpassed, contemporary chronicle of the run-up to the start of the Civil War as well an important record of the War's earliest weeks and months. Beginning with detailed reports on the political mechanizations of the secession of the Southern States, through the Inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln and culmination with the surrender of Fort Sumter, the Newspaper covers the unfolding of what would be the deadliest War in American history. Harpers covers the early months of the conflict with the same, almost lighthearted, enthusiasm that permeated the overconfident northern population who, at the time, felt the War would be won swiftly and with few causalities and that the Southern States would quickly be “put in their place”.
This important Bound Volume measures approx. 11 3/4” x 16 1/2” and 2 1/8” thick weighing nearly 10 pounds. It is Volume No. IX and contains all 52 issues for the year of 1861 - each issue is complete.
The majority of this fantastic, Civil War year of Harper’s Weekly contains page after page and illustration after illustration of Battles, Generals, Southern Cities, Military Camps, Black Americana plates, Confederate Army illustrations and everything one would expect from a “News” magazine during an all encompassing conflict such as the American Civil War along with extensive material on the Inauguration of President Lincoln and the early political actions of the Secessionist States. Because of the extensive coverage of the Civil War there is very little room in the later issues for other American or Foreign news and events.
Harper’s Weekly is one of the most important, original sources of historical information and cultural insights into life in 19th century America that can be found and its treatment of the Civil War and its aftermath is considered by many to be the most complete, contemporary record of events and policies published in the United States. When offered for sale this volume is priced in the $3500 - $5000 range (if you can find a complete volume). This important, complete volume of 52 issues is offered here, as always, with .
The Volume is bound in the original publisher's half leather and marble boards which are intact and sound but significantly worn. The 52 bound issues are complete but a number of pages exhibit tears and damage. The first 6 issues and the final three issues exhibit the most physical damage with tears and edge wear. All of the leaves in the Volume exhibit age toning and varying degrees of foxing throughout. The Winslow Homer plates are mostly in very good condition with no significant physical damage but all have age toning and foxing. The issues are all complete and mostly tight but there are a few partially loose and a few significantly creases leaves. There are some short edge tears, and some leaves with edge chipping as is often seen with volumes of Harpers Weekly and is caused by years of thumbing but also some edge wear caused by partially shaken leaves. Unfortunately, the central, double page illustrations are sewn at the center and not bound on a stub. Scattered throughout the volume are some pages with spots of staining and more extensive foxing. With all faults, this volume is still a fantastic collection of Civil War Period wood engravings including 19 by Winslow Homer.
A wonderful source of very expensive, period Civil War and Pre-War wood engravings and, even with all faults, a fantastic addition to any library or collection!!
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1861 Bound Volume Of Harper's Weekly Civil War & Abraham Lincoln Content: $391