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Lot 141: ANTIQUE 1872 Harper's Weekly Horace Greeley Portrait

Antique & Collectible Books-Art-Paper Civil War, Antique Reference, Outsider & Harper's Weekly Art, etc

by The Book Barn

December 1, 2016

Edgewater, FL, USA

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Description: Antique 1872 Woodblock Portrait, suitable for framing with or without an autograph, of newspaperman & 1872 Presidential candidate Horace Greeley. It is interior page of the May 18, 1872 Issue of Harper's Weekly. The Portrait is Titled: "THE HON. HORACE GREELEY, "LIBERAL" REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT." This portrait is to commemorate Horace Greeley’s nomination for President in 1872 by the New Liberal Republican Party. The portrait image measures approximately 9 inches high X 9 inches wide plus borders. Edges show light general handling wear from age & removal from the Harper’s volume, which will be covered by the mat when framed. Text above & beneath the portrait recount his life & the winning of the Liberal Republican presidential nomination. The verso of the page is covered with 19th century advertising for all manner of interesting patten medicines & other products. The paper is lightly age toned but not brittle. Horace Greeley (1811-1872) was founder and editor of the New York Tribune, among the great newspapers of its time. Long active in politics, he served briefly as a congressman from NY, and was the candidate of the new Liberal Republican party in the 1872 presidential election. In 1854, he had helped to found and may have actually named the Republican Party. Republican newspapers across the nation regularly reprinted his editorials. During the War, he mostly supported Lincoln, though urging him to commit to the end of slavery before the President was willing to do so. After Lincoln’s death, he supported the Radical Republicans in opposition to President Johnson. He broke with Republican president Grant because of corruption and Greeley's sense that Reconstruction policies were no longer needed. Following his nomination by the Liberal Republicans, Greeley was also nominated by the Democratic. Greeley was seen as an oddball reformer with little government experience and a long record of vehement attacks against the very Democrats he now called on for support. Greeley was defeated, in a landslide; Grant received 286 of the 352 electoral college votes. The Liberal Republican Party vanished immediately after the election. Greeley was devastated at the defeat & became increasingly unhinged. He found himself unable to sleep after November 13 (a week after the election) & remained under medical care. At the recommendation of a family physician, Greeley was sent to the asylum of Dr. George S. Choate. There, he continued to worsen, and died on November 29, 1872. ALL ITEMS ARE GUARANTEED TO BE ACCURATELY DESCRIBED, NOT DEFECTIVE, & GENUINE. PLEASE NOTE: We do all our own shipping. We will combine shipping on multiple items, where possible to save the wining bidder on shipping costs. Shipping will be added to winning bidder's invoice for item(s) won. Media Mail postage from USPS will be used for shipping in the United States for those items allowed. Lowest alternative cost shipping will be billed for items not allowed by USPS to be shipped by Media Mail. Foreign winning bidders will pay postage based on their countries small/medium/large Flat Rate box postage rates & weight of the package. Other types of postage are available at added expense at the bidders request. You also agree to pay any applicable taxes and/or customs/import duties. A Tracking Number will be provided to buyer. Insurance is mandatory on packages over $100 USD and will be added to postage charges when applicable.

Condition Report: Good Plus Condition

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