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Collection of 15 anti-Andrew Jackson Broadsheets including Seven Large Coffin-Illustrated "Monumental Inscriptions"
Philadelphia: The Democratic Press, 1828. 15 newspaper broadsheets, each measuring approximately 30" x 21" and containing two daily Democratic Press newspapers. Includes broadsheets for 13-14 March, 20-21 March, 25-26 March, 13-14 May, 15-16 May, 3-4 June, 5-6 August, 12-13 August, 21-22 August, 26-27 August, 28-29 August, 30 August-1 September, 9-10 September, 16-17 September, and 14-15 October. Seven of the broadsheets contain large "Monumental Inscriptions" (coffin illustrations) each measuring approximately 4.5" x 9.5". One issue includes an illustration of a slave in chains and the "Administration Ticket" led by John Quincy Adams. These broadsheets were saved by Major John Gardner, whose name appears in the top margin of most. Gardner was a prominent attorney in York, Pennsylvania, active in politics, and a friend of James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens. He was a staunch supporter of John Quincy Adams and Richard Rush. Overall the broadsheets are in nice shape. All are complete with some edge-wear, light foxing, and storage folds. The 3-4 June broadsheet has a large stain but is still legible. The Democratic Press, published in Philadelphia, was one of the most influential early 19th century newspapers, and its editor John Binns became convinced, most likely by Colonel Andrew Erwin and other anti-Jackson Tennesseans, that Andrew Jackson needed to be stopped in his quest for the U.S. Presidency. Jackson's enemies provided Binns with factual information about the, perhaps unjustified, execution of Tennessee militiamen on February 21, 1815 at Ft. Charlotte at Mobile Bay while under Jackson's command. Binns, in turn, used this information to smear Jackson in his newspaper and issued supplementary "Coffin Handbills" to do so as well. These broadsheets contain detailed information about the militiamen's trials and executions, the publishing of the infamous Coffin Handbills, Jackson as "a Slave Dealer--a trafficker in human flesh . . . for filthy lucre," and attacks upon Binns and his home by Jackson supporters. Exceptionally scarce. These seven coffin-illustrated broadsheets are not mentioned by Cook or Bassett, and as of 2016, no similar coffin-illustrated broadsheets are in the trade, nor are there any auction results listed at ABPC or the Rare Book Hub. OCLC shows that only the American Antiquarian Society and Duke University have these broadsheets in their collections.
      [Bookseller: Read 'Em Again Books, ABAA]
Last Found On: 2016-11-28           Check availability:      Biblio    


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