Lot 142: ANTIQUE 1880 Harper's Weekly 19th Century Advertising
Antique & Collectible Books-Art-Paper Civil War, Antique Reference, Outsider & Harper's Weekly Art, etc
December 1, 2016
Edgewater, FL, USA
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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 Barnâs 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 pricesâwe call it the "Eek" price; as in "Eek! Thatâs all it sold for?" Our lack of storage is your opportunity to buy material at a low price. Antique 1880 Harperâs Weekly page of 19th Century Advertising. It is suitable for framing. It comes from the May 22, 1880 Issue of Harper's Weekly. In total there is advertising on BOTH sides of this Harper's Weekly issue page. Side #1 has a Thomas Nast cartoon in the upper left corner Titled: "A PARADOX," which satirizes both Republican & Democratic stances on the "Yellow Peril" issue of Asian immigration then raging in American politics. The cartoon is signed in the drawing "Th. Nast" as was his custom. The Nast image measures approximately 5 inches high X 4 1/2 inches wide. Edges show light general handling wear from age & removal from the Harperâs volume, which will be covered by the mat when framed. Thomas Nast (1840-1902) was a German-born American caricaturist and editorial cartoonist considered to be the "Father of the American Cartoon". He was the scourge of Democratic Representative "Boss" Tweed and the Tammany Hall Democratic party political machine & of the Democratic Party in general whom he considered pro-South traitors. He was also strongly anti-Irish & anti-Catholic Church, since in the 19th century the Irish strongly supported the Democratic Party & were predominately Catholic. Nast considered the Catholic Church as a threat to American values. According to his biographer, Fiona Deans Halloran, Nast was "intensely opposed to the encroachment of Catholic ideas into public education". Among his notable works were the creation of the modern version of Santa Claus----based on the traditional German figures of Sankt Nikolaus and Weihnachtsmann----and the political symbol of the elephant for the Republican Party. Contrary to popular belief, Nast did not create Uncle Sam----the male personification of the American people----or Columbia----the female personification of American values----or the Democratic donkey, though he did popularize these symbols through his artwork. Nast was associated with the magazine Harper's Weekly from 1859 to 1860 and from 1862 until 1886. It has been argued by eminent historians that as a political cartoonist, Thomas Nast wielded more influence than any other artist of the 19th century. He not only enthralled a vast audience with boldness and wit, but swayed it time and again to his personal position on the strength of his visual imagination. President Lincoln called Nast "our best recruiting sergeant" for one of his most celebrated cartoons "Compromise with the South", which was directed against those in the North who opposed the prosecution of the American Civil War, as well as, for drawing battlefields in border and southern states. President Grant attributed his victory in 1868 to "the sword of Sheridan and the pencil of Thomas Nast." In the 1872 presidential campaign, Nast's ridicule of Horace Greeley's candidacy was especially merciless. After Grant's victory in 1872, Mark Twain wrote the artist a letter saying: "Nast, you more than any other man have won a prodigious victory for Grant----I mean, rather, for Civilization and Progress." As a crusading civil reformer he helped destroy the corrupt "Boss" Tweed Ring that swindled NYC of millions of dollars. His impact on American public life was formidable enough to profoundly affect the outcome of every presidential election during the period 1864 to 1884. The rest of the page is covered with 19th century advertising for all manner of interesting patten medicines & other products, including a cigarette to "cure" to cure "Catarrh, Coldâ¦Astma, all Duseases of the Throatâ¦" The verso of the page is also covered with 19th century advertising for all manner of similar interesting products, including the still ubiquitous scam "$55.66 Agents profit per weekâ¦" proven (of course) with only a $4 outfit supplied free. The entire page measures approximately 14 inches high X 9 inches wide plus borders. Edges show light general handling wear from age & removal from the Harperâs volume, which will be covered by the mat when framed. Paper is lightly age toned; but is not brittle. Overall the piece is in Good Condition. ALL ITEMS ARE GUARANTEED TO BE ACCURATELY DESCRIBED, NOT DEFECTIVE, & GENUINE. 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Condition Report: Good Condition