Opium Den Death Cartoon SF Gold Digging Harper's newspaper 1858 complete issueBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization.
(Old Periodicals, 19th Century Newspapers, Americana, Harper's Weekly, Illustrated Newspapers, California, Gold Prospecting, Opium Den, Death, Japan, Noble, Hunting).
Issued December 11th, 1858, New York, by Harper & Brothers.
An actual piece of American history issued in the years before the Civil War. 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 front page features a very nice illustration 'The Overland Mail Starting from San Francisco for the East' shows the Butterfield Overland, plus text. Inside is a text article "Gold Digging" with the latest accounts from Frazer's River. An article on "Views in Japan" features two half page illustrations 'General View of Jeddo, Capital of Japan' and "View of the Palace of the Emperor of Japan" and two smaller illustrations "A Japanese Nobleman Going a Hunting" and "Japanese Ladies". Halfpage 'Officers of the Sabine Visiting the Fortifications at Bermuda' and 1/3 page: 'Opium-Smoking Saloon'. "The Shipwreck of the 'Jeanie Johnson'" also features a large illustration of "The Captain, Captain's Wife, and Crew of the 'Jeanie Johnson' Housed in the Maintop during the Gale".