Political Campaign Material



396. A CLASSIC! Most collectors of political Americana look to items such as this elegant textile as the DEFINITIVE campaign relic... support for the Rail Splitter candidate emblazoned on the American standard. 16 x 24” campaign flag, unlisted in Threads. This outstanding 1860 artifact has thirty-five stars in the canton (some partially obscursed by the matting) and uses four different fonts, including a nice  shadowing effect in the “For President”. Light, even aging. We note one small hole in the third star, but no other defects. Handsomely double-matted, affixed at edges but easilly removed, ready to be framed. A magnificent display piece in excellent condition.               (Est. $15,000-20,000)



397. A “Holy Grail” campaign piece from 1860: a lovely Stephen Douglas portrait flag. Slight loss of some of the red, one printer’s crease through design into portrait, detracts little; reds and blues vibrant; a magnificent and rare campaign textile for the Little Giant. Threads of History #306, measures 12 1/2 x 8” archivally framed to 16 1/2 x 12” overall. Very few remain extant; seldom does an example come onto the market.         (Est. $20,000-30,000)



398. 32” x 41 1/2” hand-colored 1860 campaign chart titled “National Political Chart and Map of the United States.” Published by King & Baird of Philadelphia, this huge display piece depicts all the presidential and vice-presidential candidates for 1860 (the split Democratic tickets are shown with smaller heads). In addition to the map of the states and territories, it details the party platforms along with letters of acceptance from the four standard-bearers.  The chart also lists a great deal of statistical political data. A few very minor edge tears and normal, light toning – extremely strong colors. Get this matted and framed and you have a real winner!  (Est. $3,000-5,000)



399. Fabulous 1864 McClellan campaign broadside issued less than two months before the Presidential election requesting members of the McClellan Club of Dorchester to meet at their headquarters on MeetingHouse Hill. This broadside called for “those persons desirous of joining the Club” to “please attend the above meeting and sign the Roll of Honor” on Saturday September 24th. Interestingly, this meeting was held in Massachusettes, a state that gave McClellan only 28% of the popular vote. 15 x 19” overall; archivally framed, excellent condition.  (Est. $1,800-2,400)



PLEASE view this one in the color section... gorgeous!

400. 12 x 16” decorative printing of “Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln March 4th, 1865.” Printed in red, gold, green and blue on thick stock by James B. Rodgers of Philadelphia. Moderate to heavy toning with broken corner pieces repaired on verso with tape, some damp stains at bottom. Very rare, we are aware of only one other copy extant. Sold shortly after  the Second Inauguration and prior to the assassination. Certainly worthy of restoration/conservation. (Est. $1,000-1,500)



401. Lincoln/Hamlin Broadside – “Geognostical Epidermis.” This wonderfully sarcastic 12 x 16” Republican broadside details the “peculiar science of Geognosy,” or the branch of geology that studies the constituent parts of the earth, its atmosphere and water, its crust and its interior condition! This broadside delineates numerous geological phenomena and various animal species, some mystical like the “curly haired elephant.” Although the text relates almost exclusively to geology and paleontology, the borders are interspersed with various political woodcuts, including: a Lincoln and Hamlin patriotic eagle with flag, log cabin and White House, a Negro swallowing someone entitled “Douglas Taking The War Into Africa”, a “Fossil Hat Supposed to have been lost by a ‘Union’ man”, and a runaway slave inscribed “Richmond Convention Adjourning to Baltimore.” After discussing the prehistoric geologic upheavals of the earth, the text concludes: “...it is to be hoped, that henceforward, she will take things more cooly, as becomes an ancient matron, cease her tergiversations and quietly await the crack of doom. HARLAN P. HALL.” Issued ca. 1860 in an attempt to link the impending Civil War with geologic events. Harlan Page Hall (1838–1907) of Minnesota was a lawyer, editor, journalist, who graduated Wesleyan in 1861. Known for satirical writings, Hall worked on pro-Lincoln newspapers in St. Paul. Minor glue remnants on verso, light loss at vertical fold, very fine. (Est. $600-800)



The People Shall Rule! A virile Union man battles an effete secesh traitor...
great patriotic propaganda!


402. Wonderful cartoon broadside, 19 x 24”, lithographed in pale yellow and black by Herline & Hensel of Philadelphia in 1863. Titled “The Pending Contest”, it depicts a “U. S. Citizen Soldier” battling a “Secesh” who tramples upon the American flag as John Bull and Emperor Napoleon watch from the sidelines. The foreign powers hope for a Confederate victory with England suppyling ships and other assistance. Mr. Secesh is having a hard time, but is helped by the copperhead snake attacking his adversary. Dialogue captions appear below with the slogan “Although all Copperheads call themselves Democrats, nevertheless, all Democrats are not Copperheads.” Published by Oliver Evans Woods of Philadelphia. Issued in conjunction with the upcoming mid-term election, angling for Democratic votes. Two minor edge tears and miniscule loss in upper right corner. Horizontal/vertical fold line detracts little. A terrific piece!   (Est. $1,000-1,500)



403. MEETING OF THE DEMOCRACY! Prior to his election as President in 1860, Lincoln was a determined party functionary, actively campaigning for Whig presidential candidates in every general election 1840–1856. Not only did he barnstorm the country giving speeches, but he was a candidate for presidential elector on numerous occasions - the very first being in 1840. In that campaign, he also had occasion to debate Stephen Douglas for the first time. Lincoln supported William Henry Harrison, Douglas was an advocate for the incumbent, Martin Van Buren. This broadside, from the 1840 campaign, calls all Democrats of South Berwick, Maine “who are in favor of the re-election of John Fairfield (Maine’s governor)” to convene to agree on a Town Candidate Representative. This broadside derides the Whig Party in stating, “The Federalists, as usual, have already sounded the note of Victory, but the Ballot Box speaks truth.” After the 1840 presidential election, the legislature, having a Whig majority, elected Edward Kent governor over Fairfield in 1841. This exquisite broadside features an eagle graphic with the word INDEPENDENCE emblazoned between the bird’s wings. 13 x 24”, excellent. (Est. $200-400)



404. 9 x 10 3/4” Whig broadside: “Whigs, to the Rescue!” issued in Scituate, MA on October 20, 1837. It calls for a meeting to select candidates for local offices and organize the statewide campaign. This is similar to Whig broadsides issued by Lincoln supporters in Illinois at the same time. (By the way, Lincoln was admitted to the bar in 1837 and became a law partner with John T. Stuart.) Excellent. (Est. $200-400)



405. Fillmore tries to mold his presidential legacy!!
10 x 12” broadside: “Mr. Fillmore’s Speech Delivered At Albany. What He Thinks of the Republicans.” The doughface Fillmore states “When I left the Presidential chair, the nation was prosperous and contented.” He criticizes, without naming them, Republicans Lincoln and Hamlin, whose election will lead to civil war: “Can they have the madness or the folly to believe that our Southern brethren would submit to be governed by such a chief magistrate?” Minor loss at folds some toning, overall fine. Millard F – one of the great ones!  (Est. $250-350)



406. Political broadside comparing the 1864 Republican and Democratic platforms in regard to fighting the rebellion, slavery, and related issues, 8 x 11”. It points out the differences that make the Republicans the “sound” party of choice: “the union is to be maintained by quelling by force of arms... while the Democrat contemplated peace through the virtual triumph of the traitors.” It further states “The Union platform regards the Rebellion as flagrantly wrong... The Democratic on the other hand, has no words of condemnation for the treason, nor of repoof for its author.” Two small holes, one in the center, one at the top, overall fine. (Est. $200-300)



407. Campaigning as Lincoln’s running-mate in 1864! Colorfully worded broadside, 8 1/2 x 11 1/2”, slightly irregular margins, promoting the candidacy of Andrew Johnson referencing his accepting the nomination as Vice President. “Who Shall Be Vice President? Shall He Be A Loyal Or Disloyal Man?” Opens with the importance of that office reminding citizens what happened in 1840 when Harrison was elected and quickly died; and again in 1848 when Taylor was elected and similarly passed away - and how, in both instances, the V.P. assumed the role! Entire statement above printed signature of Johnson who compares his record against that of George Pendleton, running as McClellan’s V.P.  He lambasts Pendleton’s record who “… has taken part in every single instance, in every vote he has given and in every speech he has made… taken ground against the government and in favor of the rebels!… We defy his supporters to cite a solitary instance in which he has voted to aid the government in putting down the Rebellion!” Johnson sets forth his own record and attitude toward the rebels: “I would have them arrested and tried for treason and if convicted… they should suffer the penalty of the law at the hands of the executioner.” It concludes with “If you wish to vote for Johnson, you can only do it in voting for Lincoln...!” Issued by The National Union Executive Committee N.Y. Excellent. (Est. $300-500)



408. President Lincoln and General Grant On Peace and War.” 9 x 11” circular, detailing an “Interview with the President” giving his views on the Democratic strategy and a “Letter of General Grant.” A poem “On The Chicago Surrender”, in part: “By the God of our Fathers! This shame we must share, But it grows too debasing for freemen to bear, And Washington, Jackson, will turn in their graves When the Union shall rest on two races of slaves, Or, spurning the spirit which bound it of yore, And sundered, exists as a nation no more!” Affixed in spots to an old album page, could be removed.   (Est. $150-250)



409. General George Washington talks to McClellan... and encourages him to fight! Broadside, 9-1/2 x 14”, providing the fictional account of “General McClellan’s Dream” in which he is visited by Washington and told how to defeat the South. Some religious elements, generally supportive of McClellan, noting his slowness to battle: “Your time is short...” Now that he has been given this true vision, he can defeat the enemy in battle. Ca. 1862, by Wesley Bradshaw, printed in New York City. In fine condition, tape repair to folds on verso, on pink paper, minor foxing. Fun! (Est. $200-300)



A scarce campaign issue.

410. Small folio Currier & Ives lithograph: “Hon. Abraham Lincoln, ‘Our Next President.’” Matted and framed, 8 x 12” [sight], a few small fox marks and a crease at bottom left corner, otherwise quite nice. A rare and graphic campaign print.      (Est. $500-750)



411. Small folio hand-colored Currier & Ives lithograph: “Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth President of the United States.” 9 1/2 x 13”, nicely colored in crimson, yellow, cyan and orange. The copyright date of 1860 indicates this was a campaign print modified after the election, or an original issue to commemorate Lincoln’s election. Housed in period ogee frame. A particularly fine print.      (Est. $400-600)



412. Hand-colored litho: “Stephen A. Douglas, Democratic candidate for Sixteenth President of the United States.” 10 x 14”, by Kellogg of Hartford, nicely colored in emerald, yellow, rose, orange and blue, in period ogee frame. (Est. $200-300)



413. The 1864 “Grand National Democratic Banner” by Currier & Ives. The standard-bearers McClellan and Pendleton are unified within imagery of commerce, shipping, farming, the hands of friendship and the horns-of-plenty, and the title “Peace! Union! And Victory!” 10 x 13”, small loss at top blank margin, the colors are remarkably vibrant and fresh. An excellent example to display!
(Est. $900-1,200)



414. Currier & Ives hand-colored litho: “Majr. Genl. George B. McClellan. The Peoples Choice for Seventeenth President of the United States.” 9 x 13 1/4” [sight], nicely colored in flesh tones, brown, yellow and blue, in period ogee frame, minor chipping to veneer. (Est. $150-200)



415. Double-Swivel or Pitkin Torch 1860 Campaign. Quite scarce double-swivel torch, attributed to the 1860 campaign. 8 1/2” tall from the top of the double burners to the bottom of the shaft, a few minor dents as typical, else a fine example. This clever design prevented hot burning oil from dripping on marchers as they marched in political campaign parades. One can imagine a supporter carrying this torch in a large Lincoln procession!
            (Est. $300-$400)



416. The largest Lincoln campaign badge ever produced is the “George Clark ambro.” It is on the want list of many collectors and has recently escalated sharply in price, with a Chicago auction achieving $35,000 for a choice specimen this past year. Technically, we do not feel these are ambrotypes, but describe them as “emulsion under glass” images. Whereas true ambrotypes tend to scratch or chip, these photographs have a tendency to bubble, flake or craze. Most specimens possess this characteristic. This large pinback badge measures 2 x 2 1/2” with the “Cooper Union” portrait of Lincoln within a copper mat and frame. The reverse has a pale yellow store card imprinted “For President Hon. Abraham Lincoln.” There is a tiny area of lifted emulsion just at the top of Lincoln’s hairline, visible only at an angle, plus some extremely minor cracking in the background area above this. It presents extremely well and is an item any Lincoln collector would be proud to possess!  (Est. $8,000-10,000)



This one is special... the plate example from Lincoln In Photographs.

417. A rare ruby ambrotype by Alxander Hesler, Springfield, June 3, 1860, the example from Lloyd Ostendorf’s collection, #O-28. Shortly after Lincoln’s nomination, a Chicago reporter came to his home and noticed this photograph framed over the sofa. Lincoln interestingly observed, “That picture gives a very fair representation of my homely face.” Preserved under glass in an ornate gutta percha case, brass mat, secured with a brass clasp. Separated at spine, small scratch to hair-line detracts little. A magnificent study. (Est. $4,000-6,000)



418. Sixth-plate tintype of the engraving after the Anthony Berger portrait taken February 9, 1864. Perfect condition, housed in a brown George Washington case. Lovely! (Est. $1,200-1,500)



419. A ninth-plate ambrotype of Lincoln circa 1862/3, likely taken from a lithographic portrait. Measures 2 x 2 1/2” housed in a half-leather case with loop attachment. Mat and frame are tarnished, but image is in excellent condition.  (Est. $400-600)



420. 1860 campaign ferrotype brooch, Sullivan-DeWitt AL-1860-114, set in a 22 mm. oval brass frame with beaded border. Minor soiling in the background, overall handsome appearance.              (Est. $800-1,200)



421. Sullivan DeWitt AL-1860-89, 25 mm. back-to-back Lincoln-Hamlin ferrotype badge. Hamlin portrait is somewhat dark, as made, but clear; Lincoln portrait is particularly nice.   (Est. $400-600)



422. Pair (2) Lincoln and Hamlin single portrait ferrotype badges, 22 mm. with plain brass rims; Lincoln has two slits in the back for insertion of a ribbon, Hamlin has a solid brass back. The Lincoln is a bit dark with some loss along the right side, but is in sharp focus; Hamlin has light scratches and minute bubbling around the perimeter. Sold as a pair.  (Est. $400-600)



423. Unmounted campaign ferrotype with the Cooper Union portrait that propelled Lincoln to the White House. 15 mm. x 18 mm. In excellent condition. These are usually seen mounted in brooches with roped borders.  (Est. $250-350)



424. Breckinridge-Lane back-to-back ferrotype “doughnut”. Sullivan/DeWitt JCB-1860-19, 30mm. silvered copper shell. Retains all of its original silvering, the reverse is partially tarnished. The ferro of Breckinridge is perfect and of exceptional quality. The ferrotype of Lane is undamaged, but slightly soft-focus.  (Est. $800-1,000)



425. Douglas-Johnson back-to-back ferrotype, SD-1860-33, 25mm. gilded brass shell with original gilding. The ferro surface is smooth and glossy, a few specks of verdigris on frame, tiny chip on the background of the Douglas photo otherwise quite minty! Possibly the finest example extant, retaining original red cord suspension loop. (Est. $400-600)



426. 1860 Douglas-Johnson ferrotype, an unlisted variety, set within a 25mm. solid brass frame. Douglas photo is bright, minor edge wear and a chip from his hair and lapel, visible only upon very close examination. The Johnson photo is undamaged, a little dark, as made. (Est. $150-200)



427. Sullivan/DeWitt AL-1864-85, brass shell ferrotype with eagle hanger. The portrait of Lincoln is based on an engraving of Lincoln with an added beard. The ferro is bright and clear, a small mark on the edge of Lincoln’s nose visible only upon magnification. A particularly elusive 1864 campaign badge in very decent shape.  (Est. $1,200-1,500)



428. Unlisted 1864 stickpin containing an oval portrait of Lincoln within a raised roped border surrounded by a circle of stars. 21 mm., gilded brass shell. Portrait is a bit dark with a small area of discoloration in the left field. Retains all of its original finish.  (Est. $400-600)



429. Campaign ferrotype pin, 25mm., AL-1864-95 with inscription A. LINCOLN., set in brass frame inscribed above, FOR PRESIDENT 1864. In excellent condition. (Est. $600-800)



430. 1864 campaign ferro pinback, 25mm., AL-1864-95 with inscription “A. Lincoln” above, set in a brass frame inscribed “FOR PRESIDENT 1864.” Somewhat dark but in good condition.   (Est. $300-500)



431. 1864 campaign badge, 20mm. x 26mm. gem ferrotype featuring the Berger portrait with light tinting to the cheeks. One slight black mark in the field to the left of Lincoln’s portrait; otherwise, in outstanding condition. No pin as issued.  (Est. $400-500)



432. McClellan gem sized tintype. Center bend, else fine.  (Est. $100-200)



433. Pristine gem-sized, brass matted tintype housed on an orante CDV board by Maxwell and Estell of Richmond, Indiana. A handsome specimen.  (Est. $600-800)



434. Lovely matched pair of gem-sized, brass-matted patriotic albumens on decorative cartes: Jeff Davis and Abraham Lincoln. Light foxing to cards, overall quite fine. A great set!  (Est. $400-600)



435. 1860 campaign medal, AL-1860-46, 27mm. in beige composition or lava. In contrast to most medals which were struck, this was cast enabling the production of an ultra high-relief bust. The reverse depicts the rail splitter motif “Protection To Honest Industry.” Three tiny rim chips and scratches in the field on obverse. Reverse is perfect. Displays well. (Est. $400-500)



436. AL-1860-37 in white metal. Choice uncirculated with fully reflective fields. This is the version issued for the campaign. The reverse refers to the Homestead Act and restriction of slavery into the territories.  (Est. $200-300)



437. The classic Railsplitter token, AL-1860-41 in copper. Perhaps cleaned in the past, EF. A nice example.
(Est. $80-120)



438. A brass example of the Railsplitter token, cleaned, XF.  (Est. $80-120)



439. John Bell campaign token, JBELL-1860-7 in gilded brass. About uncirculated with a good deal of underlying luster.  (Est. $75-100)



440. GMcC-1864-28, uniface silvered copper shell. McClellan on horseback, “Little Mac For President Spades Are Trumps.” VF-EF, lacking pin, as typically seen.  (Est. $40-60)



441. Winfield Hancock WSH-1880-5, 25mm. white metal token, rooster and 2nd Corps badge, “Victory 1880”. Bright Uncirculated. (Est. $30-50)



442. Fancy gilded brass George McClellan brooch, 1” enclosing an albumen, engraved portrait of Little Mac. The frame consists of interconnecting vines with flowers. In excellent condition with pin and clasp. Lovely! (Est. $250-350)



443. President Abraham Lincoln in Camp at Antietam 1862. Made in France.” We believe this to be a period item dating to the Civil War, a small monocular form in ivory with brass fitting. When held to light, it displays a micro-photograph (example pictured representative of what one sees). Extremely rare! (Est. $800-1,000)



444. 1864 campaign bracelet link, 10mm. x 16mm. gilded brass with holes in corners. The obverse has a head of Lincoln to the left beneath five stars, dated 1864. The reverse shows an ax imbedded in a log (identical to AL-1864-43 and likely by the same maker). EF with traces of the original gilding. (Est. $80-120)



445. Gilt brass miniature photo album locket – opens to reveal accordion leaves with eleven albumen photos. Ten of the images depict General, Mrs. Tom Thumb, Commodore Nutt and family. One depicts President Lincoln. 3/4 x 1” with loop for suspension. (An almost identical example sold for $1,500 in the Jack Naylor photographica auction two years ago!) (Est. $500-800)



446. Handsome 1860 campaign ribbon on blue silk. 2 1/2 x 7”, small loss at bottom selvedge, overall bright and clean with the slogan “Republican Candidates” in flag. A beauty!   (Est. $2,000-2,500)



447. Unusual – and unlisted! – 1860 Douglas-Johnson campaign ribbon on pink silk; some discoloration at top and bottom edges, 2 1/2 x 7 1/2”, else fine. A real treasure to represent the Little Giant.   (Est. $2,000-2,500)



448. 1860 campaign ribbon, 2 x 6” with a Buttre engraved Brady portrait on a silk brocade. Minor stains here and there, not affecting portrait, two horizontal creases of no consequence. A very pretty piece!  (Est. $2,000-2,500)



449. 2 x 6” 1864 campaign ribbon. A beardless bust beneath an eagle, “Lincoln and Johnson.” Moderately soiled, with a few minor pulls within the fabric towards the bottom of the ribbon not affecting the text.  (Est. $500-750)



450. Punchwork ribbon, 1 1/4 x 6” panel attached to 1 1/4 x 12” red silk ribbon with black piping on edges. We have seen a similar panel stitched “Lincoln & Hamlin” and believe this likewise made for the 1860 election. It is similar to cross-stitch panels depicting freed slaves or advocating abolition. Vertical split through second “a” in “Abraham”, but stable as it is part of the attached panel.       (Est. $300-400)



451. Lincoln’s main rival! 5 3/4 x 1 1/2” white silk simply inscribed “Seward” in thinly outlined block letters. We confidently attribute this to the Wigwam Convention of 1860 held in Chicago. Presidential hopeful material from this period is exceedingly rare. (Researching past sales, we found a gem ferrotype of Seward attached to an uninscribed ribbon; a “Wisconsin for Seward” silk ribbon sold in 2004 for $2,500.) Very fine condition with light, normal aging.
        (Est. $600-800)



Wounded at Antietam and Gettysburg.

452. A patriotic parade flag owned by Sgt. Thomas B. Rose of the 15th MA. Vol. Militia, likely a G.A.R., post-war adornment. Ross mustered in as a Sergeant on 12 Jul 1861 and ended his military service Feb. 11, 1864 due to disability from wounds received in action – twice wounded, taken prisoner following Richmond, he was returned in ’62 under a flag of truce.  This neat artifact originated from Sgt. Ross’s estate. 4 x 2 1/2”, a personal parade display. (Est. $100-200)



453. Lincoln & Hamlin 1860 Portrait Campaign Ballot.
3 x 8 1/4”, with a striking woodcut – based on a rare Decatur photo taken a week before the 1860 convention. Ohio electoral candidates include many notables including Joseph Root (Lincoln colleague, Sandusky mayor, Congressman), John Beatty (Brig. Genl. at Chickamauga, Chattanooga), and Frederick Hassaurek (Lincoln’s Minister to Ecuador). Typical fold wear, creases, darkened portion over half of portrait; exceptionally scarce.  (Est. $500-$800)



454. Lincoln & Johnson 1864 Portrait Campaign Ballot. Rare 2 5/8 X 8” Lincoln and Johnson 1864 ballot from Ohio. A beardless Lincoln listing 19 presidential electors, “Trumbull County” added in period ink. A superb campaign relic, quite desirable with woodcut visage!               (Est. $800-$1,200)



455. No Lot.456. Great 1864 Ohio ballot, tiny spindle hole from when ballot was cast detracts nothing, 3 x 7”, VG.   (Est. $100-200)



457. Similar to previous lot, 3 x 7 1/2” Lincoln & Johnson ballot from Seneca County, OH. Excellent.       (Est. $100-200)



458. An 1864 Lincoln-Johnson ballot from New York, 5 x 9”, Union Ticket of New York, a list of names on verso. Period discoloration at center otherwise good. Rare. (Est. $100-200)



459. Two (2) Lincoln ballots, the portrait example a newspaper ticket with text on verso.         (Est. $100-150)



460. Dramatic 4 x 8” Michigan ballot, “Non Intervention 10th Ward Democratic Ticket.” Recto has large woodcut portrait of Stephen Douglas appearing quite displeased with the electorate! Minor edge tears at center fold. Unusual.        (Est. $100-150)



461. Two diminutive Breckinridge ballots, 3 1/2 x 3” from NH; 3 x 5 1/4” from Wisconsin. Excellent.          (Est. $50-100)



462. A fine New Hampshire Breckinridge and Lane National Democratic Ticket measuring, 4 x 3”.            (Est. $50-80)



463. Fine McClellan Ohio ballot, 2 1/2 x 9 1/2” tiny spindle hole when ballot was cast, very clean.        (Est. $100-200)



464. Handsome 4 x 8” McClellan ballot printed in blue and brown, issued in California. Nice slogan “The Constitution and the Union Forever.” Spindle hole, normal folds.  (Est. $150-200)



465. And the Little Giant took a bite out of Lincoln’s law partner! A very early and scarce partly-printed document, 2pp. oblong folio [Morgan County, IL, November 1838], a tabular poll sheet listing both Stephen Douglas and Lincoln’s law partner, John T. Stuart, as candidates for Congress. Douglas was unsuccessful as a Democratic candidate in 1838 (26th Congress) losing to Lincoln’s law partner John T. Stuart. (In this same race, Lincoln was re-elected to the Illinois Legislature.) Just a few days prior to this election, the two candidates held a contentious debate in Springfield. Stuart, in a fit of anger, lifted the diminutive Douglas “contemptuously into the air” - Douglas responded, in kind, by grabbing Stuart’s hand and biting into his thumb! (Now that is the way a political contest should be run!) Numerous other names of candidates with historical association including John H. Hardin. Of all poll-sheets extant, those from the campaigns predating 1840 are the scarcest. This is a fine example. RARE.      (Est. $300-500)



466. Lincoln runs for presidential elector and loses! 8 1/2 x 12 1/2” poll book detailing votes cast for presidential electors and statewide candidates in the 1856 election held at Sulphur Spring, Morgan County, IL. The first page contains the signed statements of election judges and clerks. Three additonal pages on blue-lined paper record the actual voters and the number of votes cast for each slate of electors. Abraham Lincoln and his law partner William Herndon received 26 votes. Future Civil War general John Logan got 83! Typical age, a nice display.     (Est. $600-800)



467. Tally sheet from the presidential election of 1864, Arcadia, Morgan County, IL, 28 x 17” recording votes for statewide candidates as well as presidential electors. We notice “Adlai E. Stevenson” as one of the electors, the future vice-president under Grover Cleveland. Minor loss at folds, generally very fine.        (Est. $300-500)



468. November 1860 presidential election 12-page poll book for Clay, Indiana, Carroll County. The entries reveal that the Douglas slate received 73 votes and the Lincoln slate 72 votes – squat for Bell & Breck! Clean, but thread binding loose. Sold together with the tally sheet which records the same votes, measuring 15 x 28” when unfolded.         (Est. $400-600)



469. An Indiana “Lincoln Country” county votes against him in 1864! Fine manuscript tally sheet, November 8, 1864, for the presidential election held in Harrison County, Indiana, oblong giant folio. Lists and enumerates votes in the county’s 13 townships, including Blue River, the last home and resting place of Lincoln’s paternal uncle Josiah and the residence of Lincoln’s cousins. Located along the Ohio River in southernmost Indiana, Harrison County was sharply divided, as this return shows. It lists only Republican and Democratic slates (neither designated by party) for presidential elector. This reveals a Democratic victory, 1780 to 1329 (Lincoln did succeed in carrying Indiana as a whole). A fine electoral memento from the second of Lincoln’s three “home” states.         (Est. $300-500)



470. Two forms related to the soldier’s vote in the election of 1864, issued for Private Melchior Hoffnagle, Co. G, 153rd Regiment, NY Vols. stationed at Strasburg, VA. The envelope is printed on yellow paper. Hoffnagle served for 2 1/2 years, was wounded the day before the election on November 7, 1864, and was promoted to 2nd lieutenant by brevet. Excellent condition.
          (Est. $150-250)



471. Similar to the previous lot, a “Soldier’s Power of Attorney” and an “absent elector” affidavit transmittal envelope on orange paper. This issued to Simon Hanaman, Co. H, 21st Regiment, NY Cavalry stationed at Strasburg, VA. It affirms he has made no wagers on the election and is an active member of the U.S. military. Hanaman enlisted as a private 17 days before these forms were completed and deserted on August 1, 1865 at Atchison, KS. In excellent condition.        (Est. $150-250)



472. Anti-copperhead subscription sheet from the congressional election of 1863, 7 1/2 x 9 1/4”. Contains a list of men who contributed a total of $11.15 in Auburn, OH “...for the purpose of conducting the present Union political campaign in the state of Ohio; for the success of the Union ticket, and for the defeat and utter extermination of Vallandighamism and treason in the state.” Seems a little harsh, but who are we to say? Fun.           (Est. $80-120)



473. Engraved invitation: James Buchanan’s Grand National Inauguration Ball March Fourth 1857. 7 x 10” engraved by Toppen, Carpenter & Co. Philada., listing managers (Jeff Davis, Stephen Douglas, et. al.) within arch detailing states in the Union. The right column reads: “Constitution of the United States”; the left column: “The Union must be preserved.” Buchanan is rated our worst president – his inauguration invitations are rare. This example, light typical discoloration at edges, bears the name of the invitee, “Mr. Keys”. A superior example! (Est. $700-900)



474. Lincoln & Hamlin inaugural ball invitation from Bath, ME. 5 x 8” engraved invitation to the “Grand National Ball! In Honor of the Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin” at Columbian Hall in Bath. Lacks integral leaf, partial letter written on verso in pencil. Nice graphics and a fine example of one of the many “satellite” balls held throughout the northeast.  (Est. $300-500)



475. Invitation to the “National Inauguration Ball. March 4th 1865” for Lincoln and Johnson. The imagery refers to past American wars and the successful suppression of the rebellion (“We are one and indissoluble”). Engraved by Dempsey & O’Toole and left blank, as most examples. The actual ball occurred on Monday, March 6, 1865, but these were used in spite of the error in the date. Mint condition, matted and framed.  (Est. $1,200-1,500)



476. Fabulous Lincoln-Hamlin jugate campaign stationery set: small creme cover, matching larger, yellow cover, together with lettersheet, 4 x 8” on white lined paper, the mate. Three (3) items, bright and clean. (Est. $150-200)



477. Postal-used yellow campaign cover, postmarked March 10 [n.y.] from Plano, IL, to John Swan of Lawrence, MI. Some loss at top where opened, a scarce example. (Est. $200-300)



478. Lincoln-Johnson jugate cover “Union Standard Bearers for 1864” printed in light maroon by Gates and Gamble of Cincinnati. A clean example.        (Est. $100-200)



479. Breckinridge-Lane jugate campaign cover. Large engraved portraits on orange stock, unused, excellent condition. This is the only example we have ever seen; the design was produced for all 1860 candidates. (Est. $300-400)



480. Great patriotic cover printed in red and blue showing Lincoln the Alchemist mixing the “Pure Refined National Elixir of Liberty.” Printed by Whipple & Smith of Salem, MA. Light toning.            (Est. $50-80)



481. Two (2) 5 x 8” political lettersheets: one for John Bell, 1860;  one for McClellan, 1864. Excellent condition. The Bell example is quite scarce.          (Est. $80-120)



482. Group of twelve (12) unused patriotic covers, including: six cartoons, two John Fremont, Scott, Ellsworth, Washington and a full-standing image of a zouave inscribed “2nd Battalion, B.L.I.” A nice assortment.      (Est. $80-120)



483. Vote Lincoln! A.L.S. of P. J. Clawson, 3pp. 8 x 5” State University, Wis., Aug. 19, 1860 to his “Friend Colby” in New Hampshire reporting his arrival for his sophomore year of college. On the last leaf, Clawson adds a campaign slogan: “Hurrah for Abe Lincoln. I shall vote for him. I believe you are a Republican P. J. Clawson. VOTE! Beatus esto.” Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope, a wonderful Lincoln-Hamlin campaign cover with a bust portrait of Lincoln and a rail splitter vignette. Nice!   (Est. $700-900)



484. Great fire-fighting content during the 1860 Lincoln election on campaign lettersheet! ALS on Lincoln and Hamlin jugate letterhead, Bangor, July 1, 1860, from Abba A. Prentiss to her son Henry, 4pp., in part: “...I found this Lincoln and Hamlin at Hights, which I thought would be interesting to write on to you... Saturday the Steam Engine for fire, that will run on common roads, came to town, and steamed down through Main Street to...Engine House, making great confusion and smoke... Yesterday, while the people were in Church, a large building on Vesies wharf took fire and burned down, and then the big piles of boards made a good strong fire for the fun of incendiaries. They say the new Engine worked to a charm. When we were sitting at the table at dinner, a black smoke attracted our attention on Broadway. It was the house of Mr. Pitcher. Mrs. Bowe’s house also was burnt. All the men were at the other fire... Men guess the boards on the wharf caught fire by boys playing with matches, or lighting segars (sic) or India Crackers... The Road Engine is the Fourth of July attraction for this year, and it will damage the occasion to call it an incendiary – therefore, the papers forbear to speak the truth.” Quite bright and clean with interesting content.       (Est. $250-300)



485. “I wish very much to hear whether he is yet alive.” Two-page ALS on great lettersheet, April 6, 1861, from Justus Waldo of Jackson, to his nephew: “Your Father some ten or eleven years ago when on his return home from Wisconsin stopped and made me a visit & when he left promised to write to me as soon as he got home. All this time has elapsed and yet I have not heard one word from him since he left. I wish very much to hear whether he is yet alive...” Poignant – but you wonder why it took 10 years to voice concern! GREAT, quite scarce Lincoln stationery!     (Est. $100-150)



486. The 1856 presidential campaign: A young Republican lady ecstatic over Fremont’s prospects!  Three-page missive, Lewisburg, PA., Oct. 16, 1856, from “Salome” with original postal-used transmittal cover, a very well-written letter describing the beauties of the season and comments on the first Republican candidate for President: “I must introduce a little more about politics in my letter since it is so generally the subject of conversation. I have good news to communicate for our party…Fremont has 5000 maj.! Good for us, is it not? Fremont & Freedom must prevail. I have made a slight mistake I fear. It is the Union State ticket that has 5000 maj., but even that is worthy of our notice…” Fine content from Lincoln’s pathfinder in politcal parties!  (Est. $100-150)



487. A Harvard student on Wide Awake activities! ALS, 2pp., to “My Dear William,” Lowell, Oct. 19, 1860, by Selwyn Bickford, a student at Harvard. Just weeks before Lincoln is elected, Bickford enthusiastically details participation in a Wide Awake parade: “You will rejoice to hear, I presume that I have identified myself with the Republican Party as I joined in a torch light procession with the Lincoln Guard here on the 17th inst... Let your light so shine…” Bickford (b. 1833) enlisted on 8/26/1862 as 1st Lt. in the 6th Mass. Inf. for a nine month service participating in the defense of Suffolk, VA, when that city was menaced by a large force under Gen. Longstreet. A fine missive.        (Est. $300-400)



A lengthy letter by Henry Winter Davis on the Republican Convention of 1860.

488. DAVIS, Henry Winter. (1801-65) A Civil War Republican Congressman from Maryland, cousin of David Davis, when Lincoln became president, Davis supported him in preventing Maryland from joining the Confederacy. Later, however, he opposed Lincoln’s reconstruction proposals and wrote the radical Wade-Davis Act adopted by Congress in 1864. It was vetoed by Lincoln who was unable to subscribe to the legislation as approved by Congress. It was a good effort in defining a reconstruction plan, but Lincoln was unable to agree to several points. He felt the bill was too inflexible, contrary to plans certain states already adopted, and he did not wish to “declare a constitutional competency in Congress to abolish slavery in States.” Although passed by Congress, Lincoln permitted it to die with a pocket veto. Following this defeat, Davis and Benjamin F. Wade issued the “Wade-Davis Manifesto” ridiculing Lincoln’s reconstruction plan and attacked the pocket veto. Fine ALS, 7pp., May 18, 1859, an excellent political letter anticipating the 1860 presidential election: “The Peoples Conv. of Pa. meets at Harrisburg on the 8 June. It gives us an opportunity which nothing else can supply, of securing an authoritative invitation to all the opposition to send delegates to a convention to agree on candidates for Prest. & V. Prest. A declaration by Penn. will be decisive of the result in 1860. There is no other state which can with such power make such a declaration. Pa. has applied the principles of Union & has rescued the state & the H. Reps. from democratic domination. No President can be elected by either Republicans or Americans without her vote and neither can alone command it. Republican speculators are attributing the victory in Pa. to themselves & counting on her for a [?] Republican candidate. It will authoritatively dispel this illusion if Pa. will invite all the opposition to meet with the delegates in convention for the purpose of agreeing upon Candidates irrespective of platforms. The exclusives will feel the impossibility of disregarding so powerful & authoritative an admonition to unity...”  (Est. $300-500)



489. 1860 pro-Douglas, anti-Lincoln Presidential Campaign Speech. This evocative address by an unknown author, 8pp., folio, some age, separation and some loss at folds and final page, is entitled “Oration. Democracy versus Republicanism. Delivered at New (?), Fall 1860.” The highly partisan author espouses the right of self-government for each state under the Democratic presidential candidate, Stephen Douglas, who “stands today on the only platform that can stand the best.” He attacks Lincoln’s stance on prohibiting slavery in the territories and disparages the Republican “faction” as one which allows only “a certain part of the people to have a right to self-government,” while the “other part must be directly controlled by congress.” Interestingly, this was clearly meant for publication... likely in a local newspaper. The author claims his voice to be that of the American people and thus justifies his anonymity: “I should be unworthy of the name I bear, that name dear to every true American heart, the name honored by every freeman throughout the world.” He further associates the Republican Party under Lincoln with the abolitionists who “acknowledge that they are in favor of disunion,” and thus asserts the imminent obliteration of the Union as a result of Lincoln’s election.     (Est. $300-500)




490. Handsome 1860 Campaign Letterhead Signed by an early partner of Thomas Edison! One page ALS, George W. Harrington, Boston (printed Washington, dateline crossed out), 4 November 1860, stating “Our committee has adjourned & we have no documents on hand…” Written just two days before the election on Presidential Campaign of 1860 – Republican Executive Congressional Committee stationery. Harrington was a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention, served as Asst. Sec. of the Treasury under Lincoln, handled arrangements for President Lincoln’s White House funeral. He was later Johnson’s minister to Switzerland. In a famous 1871 transaction Harrington (then a New York investor and alleged front-man for Jay Gould) made Thomas Edison a $40,000 advance for his telegraphic inventions and became assignee of his original patent, which made high-speed transmission over long distances possible. Edison used the money to set up his first major shop and laboratory, while Gould soon acquired Harrington’s Edison patent. For a time Harrington and Edison were partners in the manufacture of telegraph equipment. Very fine.  (Est. $100-150)



491. 7 x 8 1/2” printed circular, completed in manuscript, titled “Don’t Wait For State Ticket”, from the Town of Manlius [NY], details the number of votes received for Fremont, Buchanan and Fillmore, in the election district. The printed letter portion consists of a Republican political directive to report all initial election results to the Fremont Club. Someone has written two letters on either side, one related to a disputed debt, the other to a political appointment for superintendent. Nice.  (Est. $80-120)



492. 1864 Republican Presidential Union Congressional Committee letter. Listed are the members of the Executive Committee which include, E.D. Morgan of New York, Jus. Harlan of Iowa, L.M. Morill of Maine, E.B. Washburne of Illinois (friend of Lincoln) and future president James Garfield of Ohio. Written a few days before the election and signed by Congressional secretary D. N. Cooley. A wonderful campaign item in excellent condition. (Est. $150-200)



493. Certifyng the 1864 Republican Delegates! Letter Signed by G. Volney Dorsey, “Union Executive Committee Rooms”, Columbus, OH, 30 May 1864, “To Whom It May Concern”, certifying that “the Union State Convention held in this city on the 25th inst.” has appointed four “Delegates at large to the National Convention to assemble at Baltimore on the 7th day of June 1864 to nominate candidates for President and Vice President of the United States…” The named delegates are former Ohio governors Wm. Dennison (served 1860-62; Lincoln’s last Postmaster Genl.) and David Tod (served 1862-64; 1860 Republican national convention delegate), Columbus Delano (who seconded Lincoln’s 1860 nomination with the pun that he could “split rails and maul Demcocrats”; later Grant’s Sec. Interior); and Dorsey himself. The Baltimore “Union” convention chose Andrew Johnson, a Tennessee Democrat, to be Lincoln’s V.P. running mate; pledged war until the south surrendered; and called for a transcontinental railroad as well as a Constitutional amendment ending slavery. Very fine.  (Est. $200-400)



494. Honest Old Abe’s Quick Step for the Piano”, 10 1/2 x 14”, published in Boston by Oliver Ditson & Co., 1860. 6pp., very fine.
(Est. $300-500)



495. Stephen Douglas campaign sheet music. 6pp., disbound, printed in pink, gold, blue, yellow and green (likely a combination of the yellow and blue). “To The Friends of Democracy. Douglas Polka.” Published by D. P. Faulds & Company of Louisville, KY. Extremely colorful, light edge soiling. (Est. $400-500)



496. John Bell sheet music. “Bell & Everett Polka” published by Balmer & Weber of St. Louis. 6pp., printed in beige and black, disbound with light soiling and foxing at outer edges. The rebus image of a bell and decorative vines surround the dour image of the Constitutional Union Party nominee. Extremely rare! (Est. $400-600)



497. Fremont March” printed in black and pale salmon by John Marsh of Philadelphia, 1856, 6pp., disbound, minor damage along left margin, else very fine.  (Est. $150-200)



498. President Johnson’s Grand Union March” printed in tan, white and black by Lyon & Healy of Chicago. Note: matted cover only, still a fine display piece for the much-maligned “Tennessee Johnson.”   (Est. $60-80)



499. Anti-McClellan sheet music. “The Chicago Copperhead” by James G. Clark. 4pp., published by Horace Waters of New York. “There is a snake call’d ‘Little Mac!’ Throwing himself upon his back, Every time he takes a tack, Oh, see him crawling. The snakes will all be buried this Fall, Abe is bruising them with his maul. Each one into his hole will crawl...” Paper tape at spine, fine.  (Est. $150-200)



500. Dramatic, illustrated sheet music, The Battle of New Orleans. Part of Winfield Scott’s Anaconda Plan, this battle resulted in the capture of the largest Confederate city and was a major turning point in the war. The lyrics resonate 150 years after the battle as the songs praises the gallant efforts of individuals such as Farragut; “The story of the capture of New Orleans will make a chapter in our naval annals that will be read with wonder and pride by all future generations of our glorious country. No navy has ever done deeds of greater valor and skill.” Vivid illustration, lovely colors, separated at spine, disbound, 10pp., bright. (Est. $80-120)



One of the ONLY extant items to reflect Robert Todd Lincoln as a presidential hopeful.

 

Racist ridicule of Abe’s boy!

501. Likely the only extant example... sheet music: “Massa Linkum’s Boy.” A derogatory reference to Robert Todd Lincoln’s brief run as presidential hopeful in the campaign of 1888 eccentuating political opposition to Lincoln legacy. Words by H. Parker. Music by J. Woollett. “Black jargon” lyrics detailed “Dat new song! De bestest song! Fills dis darkies heart wid joy, We’se gwine to hab for Presumdent, Ole Massa Linkum’s boy.” Cover separated at spine else quite clean. Robert Todd Lincoln, the honored son of the Great Emancipator, was encouraged by the Republicans to actively seek presidential candidacy. The notion of a Lincoln-Grant ticket (teamed up with the General’s son!) was even proposed for the 1888 presidential campaign after the Democrats took the White House for the first time in three decades. Despite a number of humble refusals made by the man who wished to remain dedicated to his legal practice in Chicago, Lincoln was pushed from all ends. He received votes at the Republican convention and lasted until the 7th voting round before the party compromised on former Senator Benjamin Harrison, who would appoint Lincoln Minister to Great Britain. Derogatory, racist, offensive... part of American history nonetheless. A tremendous rarity worthy of the most sophisticated collection.  (Est. $800-1,000)



502. Yellow paper handbill, 5 x 8”, the “Platform of Principles of the New York Know Somethings.” Ten planks are detailed including opposition to Roman Catholics and Jesuits, liberal rules for citizenship, repeal of the Fugitive Slave Law, election of all office holders by direct popular vote, and the exclusion of slavery from all territories. Likely issued in 1856 when New York native Millard Fillmore was running for president on the American or Know Nothing Ticket. Many Know Nothings opposed slavery and joined the Republican Party. In 1860, Lincoln was concerned with their influence and sought to attract members from their ranks. Mint, first we’ve seen.        (Est. $150-200)



503. 5 x 8” Magnus hand-colored songsheet: “McClellan’s Farewell to the Army of the Potomac.” Mint.   (Est. $60-80)



504. Magnus songsheet “McClellan Will Be President.” Hand-colored, slight discoloration along left edge else quite fine.  A great 1864 campaign piece!          (Est. $80-120)



505. Lincoln 1860 Wide-Awake campaign songsheet published and “Offered for sale by the Meredosia Wide-Awakes” of Illinois by B. Grierson. 5 x 8” sung to the tune “Old Dan Tucker.” “The glorious work is now begun/And Republicans are having fun/ Excitement Abraham creates/All over these United States... Will send ‘Old Abe’ to Washington/ Before they can secede or run: He’ll let the wind out of their sails/And fence them in with walnut rail.” Great!   (Est. $150-200)



506. Group of five (5) songsheets, three hand-colored. Titles say it all: “Home Without a Mother”; “Brother Tell Me of the Battle”; “Our Journey to Dixey”; “Gen. Sherman’s Bonny Boys”; and the old standard “Star Spangled Banner.” A fine Civil War patriotic grouping!  (Est. $80-120)



507. Seven (7) Magnus song and lettersheets, all hand-colored, including “Let the Rebels put that in their Pipes”, “Sinking of the Pirate Alabama”, “The Battle Cry of Freedom” and a Union troops attacking rebel troops letterhead. A colorful assortment with some rarities.  (Est. $80-120)




508. 1860 Lincoln campaign songster in titled wraps,
The Wide-Awake Vocalist; or, Rail Splitter’s Song Book. Words and Music for the Republican Campaign of 1860.” E. A. Daggett, NY, 6 x 4”, 64pp. Minor stains on cover, one of the nicest examples of this fragile booklet we’ve seen. A campaign essential!
         (Est. $400-600)



509. RARE Fremont campaign songster, The Republican Campaign Songster: For the Friends of Freedom in the Campaign of Fifty-Six. NY, Miller, Orton and Mulligan, 108pp., embossed Newport Historical Society stamp on top right corner of cover and first page, includes: “The Dirge of the Doughface”, “Uncle Buck, or the Living Automaton” and “The Southern Serpent”. Some minor stains here and there, but generally very fine.  (Est. $150-250)



510. Lincoln and Hamlin songster, The Lincoln and Hamlin Songster, or, The Continental Melodist. 72pp., published by Fisher & Brother of Philadelphia, bookplate affixed to inner title page and de-accession stamp on first page of preface. A clean, tight copy of a very scarce title. Includes “Stevy Dug”, “I Spurn the Bribe” and “Campaign Song to the Wide Awakes of Philadelphia.”  (Est. $700-900)



Two copies of the most handsome, 1860 campaign biography.

[We love to reflect that in the 19th century, most voters supported candidates whom in all likelihood they never saw and never heard. Surrogates gave stump speeches, but to understand the issues of the day, learn the personal history of each man seeking office, and learn of a given party’s platform, they read… and, in particular, read campaign biographies. These published tomes helped define (and market!) a candidate and were essential components of every campaign.]

511. 1864 campaign bio in orange pictorial wraps. O. J. Victor, Private and Public Life of Abraham Lincoln. Beadle & Co., New York, 100pp. Part of the Beadle Dime Library. Light normal wear, minor loss to bottom right-hand corner of cover, else complete. Monaghan #363.  (Est. $300-500)



512. Another copy of the rare 1864 bio in orange pictorial wraps, similar faults as previous, back cover intact. A necessary addition to any collection of Lincoln politicals!
  (Est. $300-500)



513. Stephen Douglas campaign biography in pink pictorial wraps. The Life of Stephen A. Douglas. United States Senator From Illinois. With Selections from his Speeches and Reports. By A Member of the Western Bar. [Henry M. Flint] Published by Derby & Jackson, New York, 1860. Miles 429. A tight and clean copy, lacking pages 215-6 and the back cover, minor loss to bottom edge of front cover.  (Est. $150-200)



514. Similar to preceding, except in buff wraps, lacking back cover. Owner’s name inscribed on cover and title page. A few scattered stains, wear to upper right corner, dampstain affecting last 70 pages. Displays well.  (Est. $100-150)



515. 1864 McClellan campaign biography in pictorial wraps, A Biography of George Brinton McClellan From Cadet to Major-General, James G. Gregory, NY, 352pp. A clean, tight copy, some loss to titled spine and chipping as shown. Back cover advertises cheap “paper editions” of the works of J. Fenimore Cooper. Generally excellent and the first we have encountered. A much fatter volume than usually found in campaign paperbacks from the 19th century. (Est. $100-200)



Playing the “race card” in 1864 under the guise of humor, an important storyline
when recounting politics in Lincoln’s day.

516. Rare anti-Lincoln campaign booklet The Lincoln Catechism, published in 1864 by J.F. Weeks, with a demonic Negro caricature on the front cover, 48pps. (M-324) Small pieces missing from right corners with some roughness along the right margin, lacks back cover. Some “lessons” from the catechism include: “What is the meaning of the word ‘patriot?’ A man who loves his country less, and the negro more. What is the meaning of the word ‘traitor?’ One who is a stickler for the Constitution and the laws.” An extremely rare piece demonstrating 19th century politics – predating the Willie Horton ad by quite a few years.  (Est. $600-800)



Without question, the strangest of all
campaign biographies: reading the stars for each of the 1860 candidates!

517. Political Astrology for 1860. A fantastic set of four editions of Broughton's Monthly Planet Reader and Astrological Journal, 7pp. ea., 6 x 9", Philadelphia, August 1 to November 1, 1860. Each edition features the engraved bust portrait of one of the presidential hopefuls for 1860 including Abraham Lincoln (Sept. 1 issue), Stephen A. Douglas (Aug. 1), John C. Breckindrige (Oct. 1) and John Bell (Nov. 1). Each issue includes the astrological chart surrounding the portrait, and inside each contains commentary upon their potential success. On Lincoln the journal writes: "We are still of the opinion that S.A. Douglas, will be the next President; although when we published our predictions in the August number of the Planet Reader, we appeared to be alone in thinking that he would ever be elected...And so far as we could find out, his most sanguine friends had not the slightest hopes of him succeeding..." On his nativity the journal notes: "This nativity would not indicate a very large family of children, but we could not say for certain how many; we should say, that they would have some five or six altogether, but there would be much danger of burying some of them when quite young..." They make some other interesting predictions, not entirely based on astrology but also on political reality. In the issue featuring John Bell they predicted the election would close enough to be thrown into "the House, and there Douglas would prove conqueror..." They note however, if they relied purely on astrology, Douglas would be the winner, "...But whether Douglas will be elected the next President or not, the enemies of Astrology cannot accuse us of first finding out the public opinion on the subject, and by that means seeing which way the scale was likely to turn, and then guessing at it, and call it a prediction; because if we had done so, we should have guessed that Lincoln would have been elected, as almost every person knew, that apparently his chances were almost two to one against any of the other candidates. And, apparently, Douglas' chances of being elected, were very much against him. However should Douglas be elected... it will be such a triumph of Astrology, that but few of its enemies can gainsay it, and they will be entirely confounded..." Disbound as always found with string holes from former binding at margin, overall very fine condition.  (Est. $1,500-2,000)



518. Collectors of political Americana appreciate that material culture related to Andrew Johnson is prohibitively rare. Following the assassination, the new president did not “enjoy” support from either party... making any hope of his election in 1868 seem remote. That being said, this biography is one of the few, graphic items to ground his political qualifications with the idea he had a longer shelf-life! (Pun intended.) In pictorial wraps, The Life, Speeches, and Services of Andrew Johnson. (T.B. Peterson, Philadelphia: 1865.) 216pp. uncut, inside back cover a full-page ad for a Lincoln mourning pulp using his portrait from the 1864 campaign bio, back wrap an ad for a similar volume presenting the Life, Campaigns, and Services of Lieut. General Grant. A exceptionally clean, tight copy with titled spine, the finest extant. (Est. $500-750)



519. Lincoln’s Cooper Union Speech: The Republican Party Vindicated - the Demands of the South Explained. Speech of Hon. Abraham Lincoln of Illinois, at the Cooper Institute, New York City, February 27, 1860. (#M-55) 8pp., minor age, one ink spot, overall fine. The famous “right makes might” address that validated Lincoln as a national candidate. (Est. $200-250)



520. The Address of the Hon. Abraham Lincoln, an indication [vindication] of the policy of the framers of the constitution..., delivered at Cooper Institute, February 27, 1860… with notes by Charles C. Nott and Cephas Brainerd. (#M-68 variant, the rare “1907 reprint… almost undistinguishable from the original” with page 32 numbered.)         (Est. $100-150)



521. 1864 campaign pamphlet. The Opinions of Abraham Lincoln, Upon Slavery and its Issues: Indicated by his Speeches, Letters, Messages, and Proclamations. 16pp., published by the Union Congressional Committee. Light soil and wear. A good subject.         (Est. $100-150)



522. A Political Text-Book for 1860, The Tribune Association, NY, 248pp., bound in green cloth. Issued by Horace Greeley, this volume contains a wealth of information, including national conventions and platforms, current history, important speeches, etc. The addendum has advertisements for campaign clubs, political tracts and songsters. Owner’s name inscribed on the flyleaf, “Alex H. Kelly, Troy”.  (Est. $100-200)



523. Speeches of Hon. Horatio Seymour, At the Conventions Held at Albany January 31, 1861, and September 10, 1862. 14pp., published by the New-York Weekly Argus. Ads on rear cover, housed in custom slip-case. No doubt a scarce imprint, first we’ve seen.       (Est. $80-120)



524. John Brown and the Campaign of 1860. 16-page pamphlet: Speeches of John A. Andrew at Hingham and Boston, together with His Testimony Before the Harper’s Ferry Committee… Also The Republican Platform and Other Matters. An 1860 pro-Lincoln campaign document with ad for the Boston Traveller on the back cover. Lincoln and his fellow Republicans were accused of instigating and supporting the failed insurrection at Harper’s Ferry. The shadow of John Brown loomed heavily in the campaign. (Est. $80-100)



525. 3 3/4” x 2 3/8” jugate campaign card for Lincoln & Johnson published by Prang. Nice shape.       (Est. $150-200)



526. McClellan 2 1/2 x 4” campaign card, titled “Gen. G. B. McClellan”, printed in red and blue by J. F. Nash of Detroit. Graffiti added to front “Democrat” and back “this is the man we want for a president. From Wm. A. Patton To Joseph Beets.” Colorful, scarce.         (Est. $150-200)




527. 1864 campaign carte by New York Photographic Co. titled “Beacon Lights of American Liberty.” Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, McClellan and Seymour shown; Seymour lost his bid for re-election as New York governor that year. Slightly trimmed, a fine, scarce political CDV.  (Est. $75-100)



528. Cartoon carte of John C. Fremont “Crossing the Rocky Mountains.” Likely issued for his brief second run at the presidency in 1864. Excellent condition.           (Est. $75-100)



529. Greenbacks lined-up to form the “Northern Star”! A great, sarcastic CDV giving political commentary in the midst of the war. Slight discoloration at left edge, inscription on back, a rare study.          (Est. $50-100)




530. Cartoon carte of McClellan and New York Herald Editor James Gordon Bennett attempting to move their kit-and-kaboodle into the White House in 1865, “It’s No Use A Knocking At The Door.” Issued by Hall of NY.    (Est. $80-120)



531. Pair of anti-Andrew Johnson Salt River tickets, 4 1/2 x 6” and 4 1/4 x 4”. The larger ticket refers to the gubernatorial election that saw Hester Clymer defeated. The other shows Johnson, the drunken usurper and issuer of pardons, aboard the boat “Accidental President.” The text describes a newly-erected hotel at the Saline Shores. It promises: “no distinction among the guests, Conservatives, Copperheads, Traitors, Blackguards & c. will be treated alike.” Buchanan will tell “How he aided and abetted the Rebs.” Two fun pieces in excellent condition.           (Est. $80-120)



532. Pair of Salt River tickets. A 4 1/2 x 2 1/2” example from the 1864 election informs Little Mac “That ‘Honest Abe’ can furnish him with another Gunboat, & give him command of the ‘Saline Department’” Mint. The other, minor age/chips, 3 3/4 x 2 3/8”, was issued in the Philadelphia mayoral election of 1863, in which Democrat Fox went down to defeat. “No CULLUD PUSSONS allowed on this boat.”
      (Est. $100-150)



Some GREATcartoon prints... sarcasm and biting commentary ­more clever than anything found in today’s elections!

533. 13 1/2 x 18” pro-Stephen Douglas Currier & Ives cartoon from 1860, titled “The Great Match at Baltimore, Between the Illinois Bantam, And the Old Cock of the White House.” Buchanan is the old cock and has been defeated in the cock fight by the bantam cock Douglas who exclaims “Cock a doodle do!! I’ve got the best of you. And I can beat the Lincoln Cock: And Old Kentucky too!” His next opponent is Breckinridge, who apparently does not favor the match-up. Excellent condition. Minor loss at two corners, overall quite fine.  (Est. $400-600)



534. 13 1/2 x 18” Currier: “The Irrepressible Conflict.” A classic cartoon, it shows Lincoln and his Republican crew (Greeley, Bates, Francis Blair, Cassius Clay) throwing Seward overboard. Brother Jonathan (a.k.a. Uncle Sam) exclaims: “You wont save your crazy old craft by throwing your pilot overboard; better heave that tarnal Nigger out.” Lincoln says: “I’ll take the helm. I’ve steered a flat boat before.” 3” vertical tears on bottom lay flat, loss at margins along edges could successfully be matted to hide defects.  (Est. $250-350)



535. 15 1/2 x 10 1/2pro-Lincoln, anti-McClellan 1864 cartoon depicting acrobat McClellan astride the opposing horses of Peace and War. Clown Lincoln observes from the sidelines and states: “”You tried to ride them two hosses on the Peninsula for two years Mac but it would’nt work.” Loosely mounted on board with minor tears and loss along the right edge. “64” of “1864” neatly restored. Displays nicely – easily soaked off the backing board.  (Est. $250-350)



536. Patriotic/political Civil War brass stencil. A truly UNIQUErelic that displays patriotism and verve: 19 x 4” brass plate, impressed “S.C. Sumner 13 Water St.” reading “God bless the Soldiers and confound the Copperheads.” Likely issued in 1863 or 1864. We can imagine a graffiti artist of olden days going around painting billboards and walls with this slogan. A fun, evocative item. (Est. $600-800)



537. October 3, 1860 issue of our name-sake publication,The Rail Splitter.” This 1860 campaign newspaper was published in Chicago and Cincinnati. Each had a distinctive masthead. This issue, No. 10, published in Cincinnati, has a fine portrait of Lincoln with “vampire gothic” lettering and the slogan “An Honest Man’s The Noblest Work of God.” It also shows an ax, plow, the Constitution, and slogans Free Soil and Free Speech. Page 3 has a cartoon of Douglas addressing a swine audience in Cincinnati, a.k.a. Porkopolis. Moderately toned with scattered foxing. A fine copy.  (Est. $400-600)



A defining piece of historical Americana... our two greatest presidents on a gorgeous textile.

 

538. Like most Americans, Lincoln revered the Founding Fathers. He discussed their views on slavery at the Cooper Institute and referred to them in the opening of the Gettysburg Address. He spoke of Washington in his farewell address at Springfield, and again when he raised the flag at Independence Hall on Washington’s Birthday in 1861. The two remain our most revered presidents. This cotton bandanna, 23 x 20”, printed in light bronze and lovely violet, present “The Father of His Country. The Saviour of His Country.” Threads of History (#273) catalogs this as an 1860 piece, engraved by Weger Lupzig. A prohibitively rare, period item... fewer than six are believed extant. One small repair in the top left corner, of no consequence, overall in outstanding condition. Beautifully framed against a linen backing. As gorgeous an item as found. (Est. $25,000-30,000)