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Lot 132: ANTIQUE 1875 Harper's Weekly Henry Ward Beecher Trial

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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  • ANTIQUE 1875 Harper's Weekly Henry Ward Beecher Trial
  • ANTIQUE 1875 Harper's Weekly Henry Ward Beecher Trial
  • ANTIQUE 1875 Harper's Weekly Henry Ward Beecher Trial
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Description: Bidders will note that lot(s) with very low Staring Bids, i. e. $1-$5, should in no way see the Starting Bid of $1-$5 as the Book Barn’s judgment on the value of the item(s) contained in the lot(s). We have been in the Used/OP book business for 30+ years & have a LOT of inventory, with more piling up weekly. (Sometimes it seems to us that books breed at night, so there are always more of them over time!) There is NO reserve on these lots. These low Starting Bid lot(s) are meant to lower our inventory by providing bidders the opportunity to buy material at a low prices—we call it the "Eek" price; as in "Eek! That’s all it sold for?" Our lack of storage is your opportunity to buy material at a low price. Antique 1875 Woodblock Portrait, suitable for framing with or without an autograph, of Abolitionist Preacher Henry Ward Beecher. It comes from the June 5, 1875 Issue of Harper's Weekly, along with the pages of extensive text relating to his trail in the Tilton vs Beecher Trial. In total there are two interior pages of that Harper's Weekly issue. The Portrait is Titled: "HENRY WARD BEECHER." along with the pages of text associated with this famous cause celebre, "Trail Of The Century." The text gives Beecher, his "Gospel Of Love" theology, & the details leading up to the trial, which riveted late 19th century American’s attention for months. The portrait image measures approximately 6 3/4 inches high X 9 inches wide plus borders. One edge shows light removal marks from issue, other edges show light handling wear, which will be covered by the mat when framed. Paper is lightly age toned but not brittle. Signed in image: "G. KRILL. sc." Overall the piece is Good plus. Henry Ward Beecher (1813-87) was a 19th-century minister, preacher, and social reformer who supported abolition and women’s suffrage. He was the brother of author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Beecher believed that politics had a place in the ministry. As tensions increased between North and South in the years leading up to the Civil War, he spoke out against slavery, using his role as minister to spread his views. During the period known as "Bleeding Kansas", Beecher corralled resources and weapons for the abolitionist settlers engaged in combat to keep the affiliated territories free of slavery. The guns came to be called "Beecher’s Bibles," because they were shipped in boxes labeled "Bibles." With Henry Ward Beecher as its minister, Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York regularly had a packed house for its 3,000 seats and became a tourist attraction for people visiting NYC. Henry Ward Beecher was a full-out celebrity. His beliefs about God contradicted the strict Calvinism that his father had preached. Beecher instead emphasized God’s forgiveness of human sin and preached a "gospel of love," which posited a caring, rather than a punishing, deity. Eventually, as Beecher's religious beliefs evolved, he was so certain of God’s love that he stopped believing in hell. Aspects of this theology would have reverberating effects on U.S. worship decades later. In the 1870s, Beecher’s "Gospel Of Love" became embroiled in a major 19th-century scandal. Apparently Beecher came to believe in his Gospel a little too literally when one of his congregants, Theodore Tilton, accused Beecher of having an affair with Tilton’s wife Elizabeth. With Beecher widely rumored to have had dalliances with various congregants and feminist activist Victoria Woodhull making media-based allegations about his behavior, two church tribunals nonetheless found him innocent. Elizabeth Tilton also confessed to adultery and then withdrew her confession several times. In 1875, Tilton sued Beecher. The civil trial lasted for six months and ended with a hung jury. The scandal didn’t affect Beecher’s position at Plymouth or his popularity, as attendance to the church increased and he was given an enormous bonus. 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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