Harper’s Weekly June 8, 1861 – beginning of Civil War + Homer print

‘A Journal of Civilization’ that gives a nice snapshot of those turbulent times in the first two months of the Civil War

Packed with images, including one large wood engraving by Winslow Homer.

Serialized excerpt of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

Includes a  full 2-page map of the 'Seat of War'.

Front page image: “Uniforms of the Fifth Regiment New York Volunteers, Colonel Duryee, now at Fortress Monroe”

Vol. V – No. 232]     Saturday, June 8, 1861  [Single Copy Six Cents

Some of the contents:

  • General Scott
  • Colonel Duryee’s Zouaves
  • England and the Rebellion
  • The Lounger
  • Humors of the Day
  • Foreign News
  • A Battle Hymn for Ellsworth’s Zouaves
  • Cadwallader’s Camp at Baltimore
  • The Advance into Virginia
  • The Excelsior Brigade
  • Guthrie’s Grays
  • The Funeral of Colonel Vosburgh
  • Great Expectations A novel. By Charles Dickens . Splendidly illustrated by John McLenan. CHAPTER XLIV.  Drawing ‘Look Here, said Herbert' and followed by Chapter XLV

Some of the images inside:

  • ‘The advance Guard of the Grand Army of the United States crossing the Long Bridge over the Potomac, at 2 a.m. on May 24, 1861’ (Full page image by WINSLOW HOMER)
  • ‘The late Colonel Ellsworth’ (¼ page)
  • Bollman's Rock, Point of Rocks, Harper's Ferry, Thrown Down by the Rebels to Obstruct the Railroad Track (¼ page)
  • 'Corporal Francis E. Brownell, Ellsworth Zouaves ' (¼ page)
  • Ellsworth’s Zouaves (4 separate images on full page)
  • 'General Cadwalllader’s Camp of United States Volunteers at Locust Point, opposite Baltimore Maryland' (½ page)
  • Pictorial Map of the Seat of War, showing parts of the States of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and North Carolina, and also the coast line from Cape Henry to Fort Pickens, with the United States blockading fleet’ (2 full pages)
  • ‘Presentation of colors to the Garibaldi Zouaves, New York, May 1861’ (½ page)
  • ‘The Garibaldi Zouaves on the double-quick in Broadway’ (½ page)
  • ‘Bivouac of part of General Sickel’s Excelsior Brigade at the Red House, Harlem New York’ (½ page)
  • 'The Guthrie Gray’s Marching Through Cincinnati en route for Camp Dennison – sketched by Mr. Noble of Cincinnati (½ page)
  • ‘Funeral of the late Colonel Vosburgh of the Seventy-First Regiment, New York State Militia, passing through Broadway’ (full page)
  • ‘Sherman’s Battery of Light Artillery, now in Virginia’ (full page drawing by Chapin)

 Back pages has 2 cartoons, including ‘Columbia Awake at last’.

Advertising: Gardiner’s Compound for Rheumatism and Neuralgia, Worcestershire Sauce, Ward’s shirts, Lloyd’s Railroad map of America, Devln, Hudson & Co summer clothing….

Paper toning throughout, and especially bottom half of front cover. Paper distressed at left where bound in volume. Horizontal fold. Couple small tears with missing paper on cover. Small piece paper missing from front cover image. Small white blob of paint on front image. Some detachment along spine.

16 pages (#353-368).

16 ⅜” x 11 ⅜”

(Ships in large cardboard envelope)


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