J. G. Wells, Wells’ Illustrated National Hand-Book, 1864 Election Edition
Artifact From Lincoln’s Second Presidential Campaign!
Wells’ Illustrated National Hand-Book: Embracing a Complete Compendium of the Political History of the United States from the Original Formation of the Government to the Present Time, is an excellent source book for the period; and a voters’ guide for the 1864 presidential election.
Designed for readers of every political bent in thinly settled rural areas, this fascinating book contains the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; presidential election results through 1860; biographies of ex-presidents with accurate(?) page woodcuts; officials in “The So Called Confederate Government”; and miscellaneous governmental and historical information.
This copy proudly signed in pencil, in a youthful hand, by the original owner “Henry S. Jordan / Rochester / NY / 1863”. The 1860 census identifies Henry Jordan as a fifteen year-old laborer living in the Ninth Ward of Rochester, New York, with his mother, Elizabeth, brother Thomas, and sisters, Ann, Sarah, and Jane. The Jordan family immigrated to Rochester from Ireland. A Thomas Jordan, similar in age to Henry’s brother, served as a corporal in Rochester’s 13th New York Infantry regiment.
If young Henry Jordan was as politically engaged as he seems to have been, we can imagine that saw, and read the writings, of his activist townsman, Frederick Douglass, perhaps comparing the great abolitionist’s opinions with those published in this political text book.
Light fraying at extremities, but with bright gilt on front board & spine; light soiling of exterior; owner’s signature (Jordan); later owner’s signature, bookplate & bookstamp; light foxing throughout; one rear end page missing; else very good.
(Wells, J.G.) WELLS’ ILLUSTRATED NATIONAL HAND-BOOK, EMBRACING A COMPLETE COMPENDIUM OF THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, FROM THE ORIGINAL FORMATION OF THE GOVERNMENT TO THE PRESENT TIME. New York: 1864. 1st edition, 271(v)p., frontispiece, illustrations, appendices.
|Dimensions||10 × 8 × 4 in|