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Harper's Weekly (Volume I, No. 1, January 3, 1857)

Harper's Weekly (FIRST ISSUE)

Published by Harper's, New York, 1857
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
From Clayton Fine Books (Shepherdstown, WV, U.S.A.)

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Original, complete and disbound issue. Very good condition with moderate fading, a short tear to the foredge of some pages and clear tape reinforcement to edges of pages. A rare first issue of one of the finest and longest running weekly newspapers in American history. This first issue sets the tone for those to come by having a variety of pieces--a long editorial, this time on the need for American unity (remember, this is pre-Civil War), new inventions (an oven in New York City that can "turn 500 barrels of flour daily into a proportionate number of loaves of bread," topical poems ("A Rhyme for the Atlantic Telegraph" by Martin F. Tupper and "Christmas, 1856"), social commentary such as "A Recent Confession of an Opium-eater." Two longer pieces as well--"A Policer-Officer's Seven Thousand Miles' Stretch" by J.B. Armstrong and the first installment of "The Refugees: An Indian Tale of 1812" by Emerson Bennett--one real life adventure and the first fictional installment of a series, the types of features that helped this weekly soon achieve prominence. Bookseller Inventory # b20331

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Title: Harper's Weekly (Volume I, No. 1, January 3,...

Publisher: Harper's, New York

Publication Date: 1857

Binding: Disbound

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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