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(BOSTON MASSACRE) | First Anniversary Commemoration of the Boston Massacre in The Essex Gazette, Vol. III, No. 136. Salem: Printed by Samuel Hall, February 26-March 5, 1771

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 USD

Property from the Eric C. Caren Collection

(BOSTON MASSACRE) | First Anniversary Commemoration of the Boston Massacre in The Essex Gazette, Vol. III, No. 136. Salem: Printed by Samuel Hall, February 26-March 5, 1771

(BOSTON MASSACRE) | First Anniversary Commemoration of the Boston Massacre in The Essex Gazette, Vol. III, No. 136. Salem: Printed by Samuel Hall, February 26-March 5, 1771

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 USD

Property from the Eric C. Caren Collection

(BOSTON MASSACRE)

First Anniversary Commemoration of the Boston Massacre in The Essex Gazette, Vol. III, No. 136. Salem: Printed by Samuel Hall, February 26-March 5, 1771


Folio, four pages (15 5/8 x 10 in.; 400 x 250 mm) on a full sheet of laid paper, fine allegorical woodcut vignette in masthead, woodcut vignette of a sailing ship among the advertisements, text in one column (21-line banner headline on front page) and three columns, columns separated by heavy mourning rules; separation with a bit of loss at central fold, a few stains, disbound. The consignor has independently obtained a letter of authenticity from PSA that will accompany the lot.


One of the first American banner headlines: "As a solemn and perpetual Memorial … Be it forever Remembered, That this Day, the Fifth of March, is the Anniversary of Preston's Massacre—in King-Street—Boston, N. England—1770." 


A dramatic and very early American banner newspaper headline rallying Americans to oppose their British oppressors. Hall's incendiary front page, in design and content, could easily have been printed as a broadside. Foreshadowing the Declaration of Independence, he lists the transgressions of the British—"quartering Armies, in Time of Peace, in populous Cities … supporting Civil Government by a Military Force … the Introduction of a Standing Army into this Province in the year 1768"—before proclaiming "God Save the People!"

Condition as described in catalogue entry.


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