Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1868. Hardcover. A folio bound volume of Harper's Weekly issues for 1868. It is a fascinating compilation of articles, serial novels, news, numerous illustrations, documenting the events in the United States right after the end of the Civil War and notable events around the world. The issues for January 4 through August 8 have the serial publication of Wilkie Collins's wildly popular The Moonstone. In the August and September issues Harper & Brothers advertised their book edition of the novel, the first American edition of this work. There is also much coverage of the country's presidential election that year. Republican General Ulysses S. Grant, victor of the Civil War,ultimately defeated Democrat Horatio Seymour, who was the former governor of New York. There was also coverage of the Andrew Johnson impeachment and trial. There are also many political cartoons, a few with racist subjects. There are 2-3 pages of interesting advertisements at the end of each issue.
Bound in black cloth with gilt titling to spine and light wear to corners and spine. Hinges are reinforced with black cloth tape. The interior pages are generally in very good condition with a few closed tears, aging, and minor foxing. The title page of the January 4 issue is missing. Misprinted date on March 4 weekly. A heavy volume requiring extra postage. Folio. 832 pages except for missing pages 1-2. PER/051523. Very Good.