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Jeremiah Saddlebags
Journey to the Gold Diggins
New York: Stringer & Townsend, 1849. This is a rare publication of the first ever comic book to have originated in the United States - "Journey to the Gold Diggins" by Jeremiah Saddlebags. 1849 1st edition; Stringer & Townsend; New York -- a Cincinnati issue appeared the same year, but precedence has not been definitively established. With illustrations by J.A. & D.F. Read. Similar in design and layout to "The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck" by Rodolphe Topffer (which originated in Switzerland and is considered to be the first comic book ever published), "Journey to the Gold Diggins" also has a sequential art narrative where panel follows panel and page follows page; it is considered to be the first known original American-made comic book publication. A "classic spoof of the adventures of the Forty-Niner" (Streeter) and "the best known of the American comic books on the Gold Rush" (Kurutz).The book lacks the original covers and end papers and has been custom rebound in contemporary hardcovers - otherwise complete with 62 numbered pages. Rare in any condition.Condition:Lacking original covers and end papers - the book has been rebound in contemporary hardcovers with contemporary end papers. The title page has a name written in old handwriting at the top-left corner; a strip along the top edge has been torn off. Five pages were found where a portion of an illustration or two have been hand-water colored. The pages have consistent stains, smudges and tears (page 62 has numerous tears along the perimeter and 2 strips of repair tape). The front end paper has a list of 9 names … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: CraigsClassics [United States]

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