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CHEEVER, George Barrell.
Deacon Giles' Distillery
New York, 1835. CLASSIC PIECE OF TEMPERANCE FICTION HERE AS ILLUSTRATED BROADSIDE[CHEEVER, Rev. George B.]. Deacon Giles' Distillery. Large folio broadside (text in 5 columns), 23 ½ x 17 ½", illustrated with 5 striking engravings by Miles St. John New York: Sterotyped by J. S. Redfield [1835]. Apparently an unrecorded Redfield variant, with five illustrations instead of four, without Miles St. John's name in imprint, and without date in imprint. Rev. Cheever gained national prominence with this piece of temperance fiction he posed as a "dream". It was issued many times over many years as both broadside and pamphlet. A rare broadside in prose, other broadside versions are in verse; ours with five illustrations, others only four. The piece first appeared in February, 1835, in the newspaper, the Salem Landmark. It was widely reprinted and it's author gained national fame. Cheever was publicly horsewhipped, and spent thirty days in the Salem jail as a result of a suit brought against him by Deacon Giles whose name he had taken in vain. At the end is "A Parody" in seven four-line stanzas. It became a temperance pledge, and a song sung by the Hutchinson Singers in the 1840's. The top illustration depicts "fiends" who agreed with the Deacon to work for rum and Bibles, but only at night, the next, the largest, 6 ½ x 10", shows the "demons" operating the distillery, and the bottom three the pandemonium caused by invisible cask-head insc … [Click Below for Full Description]
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