Nast, Thomas; A.B. Frost; Sol Eytinge; C. S. Reinhart; J. O. Davidson, et al. (illus).
New York. Harper & Bros. Broken run February 5, 1876 to April 7, 1877.
The volume begins with the issues of February 5 and 12, 1876, then moves to April 8, continuing through December. May 13 and June 24 are missing; July 8, August 12, and December 30 are Supplement only. 1877 issues begin with January 6 and end with April 7. March 24 is Supplement only. Covers and endpapers of the volume are detached and the leather spine is missing. In general, the contents are in good condition with some of the usual issues of a newspaper volume including a horizontal crease from folding for delivery, wear and short tears to edges etc. There are a number of torn pages; the fold-out view of Philadelphia (May 27, 1876 Supplement), a foldout supplement, is missing two of the four panels, January 27 Nast cartoon is missing half the sheet. The volume is an oddity, with many tipped-in centerfolds in good condition. Full-page illustrations include: Rice Culture in Louisiana p. 304; double-page Callowhill St. Bridge, Philadelphia p. 468-469; Nast's "Boss Tweed" cartoons see p. 505; Facsimile of the Original Constitution written by Thomas Jefferson pp. 564-565; Sol Eytinge's "De Jubilee Am Come" (with long peon on Eytinge's African-American illustrations p. 574); also his "Visit of the 'Small Breed' Family to a Centennial Exhibit p. 904; "The Montana Slaughter" (Custer's Last Stand p. 598); art work by A. B. Frost (see especially 700, 797 & 848) and Thomas Nast (see especially 872-873. The 1877 images include Brooklyn Bridge p. 245 and Panama RR (double) 268/269. Full of political cartoons that transcend the ages.
There are several images of Chinese interest: the double-page "Chinese Emigration to America—Pacific Mail Ship 'Alaska'" pp 408-409; double-page "The Races at Victoria, Hong Kong" pp 686-687 (two small spots at top border of image); "Chinese Military Drill" (two images on one page: 923); Chinese Itinerant Barbers p.1024; Chinese Immigrants at the San Francisco Custom House p.81. All three in good clean condition, each with accompanying text. Spotting issue noted.
One of the highlights of this volume is Custer's showdown with the Sioux at the Little Big Horn (see pages 592, 598, 601 and 609). The coverage contains a map of the events. Item #55048