1st illustrated COLOR NEWSPAPER BROADSIDE 1840 Currier STEAMBOAT LEXINGTON disaster

1st illustrated COLOR NEWSPAPER BROADSIDE 1840 Currier STEAMBOAT LEXINGTON disaster

Published by NY Sun, New York City, NY, 1840
Condition: Fine No Binding
From Stephen A Goldman Historical Newspapers (Oxford, MD, U.S.A.)

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Complete, ORIGINAL and RARE 19.5 inch by 13.75 inch news broadside extra issued by the New York Sun (in conjunction with lithographer NATHANIEL CURRIER) and dated Jan 16, 1840. This newspaper broadside (a single sheet of paper, blank on the back) contains a prominent hand colored lithograph engraving, and below it 5 columns of descriptive text detailing the disaster that struck the Steamboat Lexington on Long Island Sound on the night of Jan 13, 1840. Between the engraving and the text is a 7 inch by 1.5 inch map showing the location where the disaster took place. Above the map is a headline that reads: Awful Conflagration of the Steam Boat LEXINGTON in Long Island Sound on Monday Eve Jan 13, 1840, by which melancholy occurrence over 100 PERSONS PERISHED. This was the first time in newspaper history that a hand colored image was paired with breaking news text and distributed as a newspaper. It represents the "birth of the illustrated newspaper" as we know it today. This is NOT SOLELY the lithographed engraving by Currier but rather is the large news broadside containing the 12 inch by 9 inch hand colored engraving along with 5 columns of detailed text. It was Pub. at (NY) Sun newspaper office. The engraving was drawn by W. K. Hewitt and lithographed by N. (Nathaniel) Currier Lith. & Pub. 2 Spruce St. N. Y. The detailed text below the engraving contains an eyewitness account of the disaster. This text is 5 columns in length and is headed with a single column headline: "THE LEXINGTON. / Captain Hilliard's Testimony." The text includes a long list of the passengers and officers of the Lexington lost in the disaster. This item is prized by CURRIER and IVES collectors as a very early example of the work of Currier; however, it is even more attractive to collectors of historical newspapers in that it is the first time in newspaper history that a hand colored image was paired with breaking news text and distributed as a newspaper. It represents the birth of the illustrated newspaper as we know it today. Think of it as a mid-19th Century version of the 1912 RMS Titanic disaster reported as a first report AND as an illustrated news broadside extra. (For the record, I have never even seen an illustrated Titanic news broadside extra, less owned one). This original 1840 news broadside is in very good condition. It is professionally matted and framed using museum quality acid-free materials and UV resistant glass. It is ready to be proudly displayed on YOUR wall, with no conservation or re-framing necessary. Very good condition. This listing includes the complete entire original news broadside, professionally framed with museum quality acid free materials and UV resistant glass. Bookseller Inventory # 000090

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Title: 1st illustrated COLOR NEWSPAPER BROADSIDE ...

Publisher: NY Sun, New York City, NY

Publication Date: 1840

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Fine

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