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Thematic map promoting Louisiana agriculture

This large, informative and surprisingly scarce broadside was an official document published by the Louisiana State Board of Agriculture and Immigration. The Board provided both regulation and technical support to the state’s agricultural sector while promoting its advantages to the rest of the country. For the decade beginning in 1896 its Commissioner was Jordan Gray Lee […]

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Rare broadside ad from the dawn of American rail travel

An early and very rare broadside advertisement promoting a Boston-Albany rail connection. The railroad craze came relatively early to Massachusetts. By the late 1820s a number of lines had been proposed, including the Boston & Worcester Railroad and a Western Railroad linking Worcester and Albany. Backers hoped the legislature would step in and fund the projects for the greater good. This […]

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JOHNNY WITH HIS FRONT AND REAR GUARD. A Dialogue on the subject of the present War… [on sheet with:] BONA AND HIS LIFE GUARD. Father Abaddon… delivering a council of war to Napoleon… NP, ND, but American ca. 1808-1812.

A bizarre and spectacular broadside from the run-up to the War of 1812

A spectacular rarity from the run-up to the War of 1812, being two broadsides printed on a single sheet, one attacking Britain and the other Napoleon and both surmounted with large, bizarre and crudely-powerful woodcuts. During these years American relations with Britain and France were fraught in the extreme.  Locked in conflict, the two European […]

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James Blaine Election of 1884 poster

Dramatic James Blaine Presidential campaign poster

A dramatic and very rare poster for the 1884 presidential campaign of Republican James Blaine against Democrat Grover Cleveland. James Blaine (1830-1893) had a long and distinguished career as a Maine congressman and senator, Secretary of State to three Presidents, and the 1884 Republican presidential nominee. This poster emphasizes his and fellow Republicans’ embrace of […]

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A death struggle between a “tyger” and a serpent

A remarkable, vivid and unrecorded broadside, in the form of a letter to Boston from an American missionary in India, giving an eyewitness account of a death struggle between a tiger and a massive snake, probably a python. With a dramatic illustration of the battle by Abel Bowen. The broadside consists of a large wood engraving […]

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P. Russell / H.C. Southwick, THE LINES ON THIS SHEET, Were composed by P. RUSSELL, while lying in IRONS, in the Moro Castle, who has been prevented from obtaining a LIVELIHOOD in the ordinary pursuits of Life, by WOUNDS received in BATTLE. New York, [1808-1820?]

A sailor’s woeful tale on a striking illustrated broadside

A remarkable and unrecorded record of an American sailor’s adventures during the Napoleonic Wars. The broadside tells the tale of one P. Russell, a sailor from Merrimac, New Hampshire who-if his tale is to be believed-suffered an incredible run of bad luck while in the merchant service. Within the space of a few years he was […]

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Demon Rum

Unrecorded and possibly unique example of this famous illustrated broadside that led to the author’s imprisonment for libel and spawned numerous later editions, primarily in pamphlet format. “Cheever joined the temperance reform movement in 1833; two years later he attained national prominence with his enormously popular temperance tract, Enquire at Amos Giles’ Distillery. The essay, […]

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“The end cannot be doubtful”

The Republican Party fractured during the war years, and in 1864 radical Republicans established the Radical Democracy Party and nominated John C. Fremont as their presidential candidate. In response pro-Lincoln Republicans rebranded themselves as the “National Union Party” in order to facilitate a coalition with northern War Democrats. At their June 1864 convention in Baltimore […]

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The United States at a glance

Only the second example located of this unusual broadside. Presumably designed for use in schools, it offers up a cornucopia of demographic, economic, geographic, and political information about the United States and its individual states and territories. The text and tables are complemented by wood-engraved illustrations, including a “Comparative View of Mountains,” “Profile of the […]

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