The Pedlar and his Pack or the Desperate effort, an Over Balance.

[Philadelphia?]: 1828. Political print, 9 3/4 x 14 1/4 inches, etching and aquatint, with watercolor, on wove paper, picturing "a satire on the reverse impact of John Binns's anti-Jackson 'coffin-handbill' campaign during the presidential race of 1828. Editor-publisher Binns supports on his back a large load of coffins, upon which are figures of Henry Clay and incumbent President John Quincy Adams. Binns: 'I must have an extra dose of Treasury-pap, or down go the coffins Harry, for I feel faint already.' Clay: ' Hold on Johnny Q-for I find that the people are too much for us, and I'm sinking with jack and his coffins!' Adams (grasping the presidential chair): 'I'll hang on the Chair Harry, in spite of Coffin hand-bills, Harris's letter, Panama mission, or the wishes of the People.'" (American Social History Online). Attributed to Akin based on similarities with his known prints. Weitenkampf, p. 21. Not in Murrell's "History of American Graphic Humor." OCLC locates three copies (Indiana, Library of Congress, American Antiquarian Society). Some dust soiling, but a nice untrimmed example. (2592). Item #56005

Price: $1,750.00

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