Hornet Shipwreck Train Crash Harper's Reconstruction Era newspaper 1866 issueBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization.
(Old Periodicals, 19th Century Newspapers, Americana, Harper's Weekly, Reconstruction Era, Illustrated Newspapers, Train Disaster, Mark Twain, Shipwrecks, Thomas Nast, Political Cartoons).
Issued September 29th, 1866, New York, by Harper & Brothers.
An actual piece of American history issued during the Reconstruction Era Filled with commentary and wood engraved images, issued contemporary to the events.
Original mid-19th century weekly newspaper. An actual, complete newspaper published at the date listed, not a modern re-issue.
During this period, this journal was a major, influential national publication which employed many of the top artists of the era.
Paper uniformly age toned as typical, some pages loose. Issue was once bound up in a volume and is now free-standing and complete unto itself as originally issued.
Nice looking, clean, well preserved example, pages loosened, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive. Text on reverse of each page as always, images and maps from Harper's like this are often offered separately for display.
Newspaper measures c. 16" H x 11" W.
Periodical will be shipped gently rolled in a sturdy 3" wide tube to ensure it arrives safely to you! Multiple issues purchased at the same time will be shipped flat.
The most notable content would be the full page print: "Burning of the California Clipper 'Hornet', One Thousand Miles from Land" not so much for the print but for the accompanying article titled: "Burning of the Clipper 'Hornet' ".
Another source notes that Mark Twain was in Hawaii at the time the boat of survivors arrived and he reported on the event, interviewing several survivors, a story that this issue of Harper's Weekly published with the illustration giving Twain his first national headline. There is no mention of Twain in the printed article or the caption of the illustration.
As for other prints, the front page shows: 'Scene after the Disaster on the N.Y. Central R.R.' Halfpg: 'The Accident at Johnstown, Pa.' where a bridge collapsed with 400 people on it. Nice Thomas Nast political cartoon: 'The Tearful Convention'. Halfpg: 'Dumping Ground at the Foot of Beach St., New York City'. Small print of: 'The Oldest Fire-Engine in the United States' with text.
Note: the full Mark Twain article on the sinking of the 'Hornet' was published by Harper's New Monthly Magazine, December, 1866.