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AUCTION 18

Texas, California, the Southwest U.S., Mexico & the Borderlands:
Interesting books, broadsides, maps & ephemera

Lot 9

“Pro-Union sentiment ran high and King’s eloquence was its cutting edge”
—Kevin Starr

9. [BROADSIDE: CALIFORNIA & THE CIVIL WAR]. KING, T[homas] Starr. Peace: What It Would Cost Us. Address Delivered in Platt’s Music Hall, San Francisco, by Rev. T. Starr King, Thursday Evening, August 29th, 1861.... [Colophon]: San Francisco, August 29th, 1861. Folio broadside in six columns. A few small spots, some skillful repairs at folds, minor losses (costing a few letters), but overall a fine copy of an ephemeral broadside.

     First printing. Greenwood 1480 (2 locations: California Historical Society & Boston Public Library). Text of an address denouncing the Southern Rebellion and advocating a return to constitutional government for the whole county, by force, if necessary. King (1824-1864) was a prominent Boston emigrant to California and a strong Union advocate. For discussion of King’s influence in California, see pp. 97-105 in Kevin Starr, Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1973). ($600-1,200)

 

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