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Beschke, William / Marston, Laura Amanda / E.E. Barclay, publisher (and author?)
[PUBLISHER'S CIRCULAR / PROMOTIONAL BROADSIDE]. On recto: "(Seventh Edition.) Recently from the Press. The Dreadful Sufferings and Thrilling Adventures of an Overland Party of Emigrants to California, Their Terrible Conflicts with Savage Tribes of Indians, And Mexican Bands of Robbers!!! With Marriage, Funeral, and Other Interesting Ceremonies and Customs of Indian Life in the Far West." On verso: "The wonderful, astounding, mysterious and strange History of Laura Amanda Marston, a Young Lady, of Baltimore, Maryland. An autobiography
[Philadelphia]: Barclay & Co, 1850. Good. Broadside (279 x 237 mm), irregularly cut, printed on both sides, illustrated with two large woodcuts (one on each page). Printed on extremely cheap paper, with expected browning / weakness; 1 3/4" tear in margin, not affecting text, just touching woodcut; fold line through center, small nick at the fold; old ink inscriptions on verso. With stated condition issues, but unsophisticated and priced accordingly. UNRECORDED BROADSIDE CIRCULAR ISSUED BY ONE OF THE MOST LURID AMERICAN PUBLISHERS OF THE MID-19TH CENTURY: E.E. BARCLAY, announcing two fictional works of interest to students and scholars of Western American, California, and women's captivity narratives. Ad 1: Prior to 1850 there are only a few of works of fiction set in the Far West and California. Though no action takes place in California or the Gold Fields, Beschke's vividly penned thriller is firmly grounded in the genre of California of the Imagination. The woodcut on the present broadside is identical to that which illustrates the Barclay first edition (1850): "Council Dance" of "Sac" and "Fox" Indians (engraved by Gihon), opposite p. 25, as is the setting of type (and typeface) used as the caption. Therefore there can be no dobut that the present circular was issued by none other than Barclay & Co. That it announces the "Seventh Edition Recently From the Press" makes the dating of it more complicated even than than the tortuous attempts in establishing priority for Barclay's three book editions of 1850. We have been unable to locate another copy of this broadside circ … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Michael Laird Rare Books LLC [United States]

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