Bound volume of newspapers. Double-folio, 79 issues, plus one prospectus, and two extras, approximately 440 pages, representing the “Albany Argus (Daily, Semi-Weekly, and Weekly),” “The Sober Second Thought, for the Presidential Campaign of 1844,” “Clay Tribune,” “New-York Weekly Tribune,” and the “Freeman’s Journal.” The newspapers represented different sides of the 1844 campaign for the Presidency between James K. Polk and Henry Clay. This hotly contested election which Polk won by a narrow margin hinged on the question of the admission of the Republic of Texas to the Union and the issue of territorial expansion in general with its effect on the balance between slave and free states. The Prospectus issue for the Sober Second Thought prints the “Treaty of Annexation, concluded between the United States of America and the Republic of Texas, at Washington, the 12th day of April, 1844,” accompanied by Martin Van Buren’s response (Van Buren was competing with Polk for the Democratic nomination, but his opposition to Texas annexation proved costly). The New-York Weekly Tribune Extra of Oct. 10, 1844, reports that “New Jersey is Whig All Over.” Printed label of W.S. Fritts, Travelling Jobber, Dealing in Most Kinds of Staple & Fancy Goods, of English, French, German, and American Manufacture” affixed to front pastedown. Cloth-backed boards, paper label with manuscript title on front board. Very good. Item #60173
Issues included in this bound volume: Weekly Argus (Albany, NY: E & S. Croswell), advertisement for the publication of the Albany Argus Daily, Semi-Weekly, and Weekly, Sept. 27, 1845 (2 pp.); Weekly Argus, Vol. V, New Series, No. 39, Whole No. 692, Saturday, Sept. 27, 1845 (defective, pagination erratic), Vol. IV, New Series, No. 24, Whole No. 625, Saturday, June 15, 1844 through Vol. IV, New Series, No. 49, Whole No. 650, Saturday, Dec. 7, 1844, 26 consecutive issues, pp. 193-400; The Sober Second Thought for the Presidential Campaign of 1844 [banner headline], Vol. I – Prospectus Number, New York, Saturday, May 18, 1844, “Published weekly, at No. 25 Pine St., for an Association of Democratic Republican Young Men of the City of New York (edited by Daniel E. Sickles, 4 pp.; we have been unable to trace another copy of this prospectus); The Sober Second Thought for the Presidential Campaign of 1844 [banner headline], Vol. I, No. 5, New York, Saturday, July 6, 1844, through Vol. 1, No. 21, Saturday, Oct 26, 1844, 17 consecutive issues (each issue 4 pp.); Clay Tribune, by Greeley & McElrath, New York, No. 1, Saturday, May 4, 1844, through No. 27, Saturday, Nov. 2, 1844, 27 consecutive issues (each 4 pp.); New-York Weekly Tribune, by Greeley & McElrath, Vol IV, No. 5, Whole No. 161, Saturday, October 12, 1844 (4 pp.), plus the “Extra” of Thursday, Oct. 10, 1844 (4 pp.), Vol. IV, No. 6, Whole No. 162, Saturday, Oct. 19, 1844, through No. 10, Nov. 16, 1844 (each issue 8 pp.) and two earlier issues of the New-York Weekly Tribune, Saturday, Sept. 18 and 25, Vol. I, Nos. 1 and 2 (each 8 pp.), a total of eight issues; Freeman’s Journal, Cooperstown, N.Y., Monday, July 8, 1844, Vol. XXXVI, No. XLV, single issue (4 pp.), John H. Prentiss, publisher; Freeman’s Journal Extra, Cooperstown, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 23, 1844, Official Census of the Electoral Vote of the State of New-York – 1844, single sheet (2 pp). The final two issues are laid in at the rear.