June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


Rare Southern Illustrated Stagecoach Broadside, 1844

To Southern Travelers. / Great Reduction of Fare!! / The Eagle Line / of New and Splendid Coaches, Leave Baltimore Daily on the Arrival of the Philadelphia Cars, / For the following Places, Viz: / Washington City, / Richmond, Petersburg, Weldon, and Charleston, S.C...Travelers are put on board the Steamboat Augusta at Washington City, free of / extra charge for Porterage and Lodging and proceed with the Great Southern Mail...J. Peters & Co. Proprietors. / J. Ackerman, Agent. Murphy, Printer, Baltimore. With imprinted date lower left, September 1844. 16.75 x 22.75 in. (sight), matted and framed, 25 x 31 in.

An exceptional, and early, Southern imprint, printed in blue and red, and illustrated with a fine woodcut of a Concord stagecoach, with J. Hall Del. included lower left, and Spittall, SC, included lower right in the woodcut. Research indicates that the printer was most likely John Murphy, who is listed as a Baltimore printer as early as 1835. Murphy printed and published city and business directories for Baltimore, as well as books and pamphlets, from the 1830s through at least the late 19th century. 

Principally advertising lower fares for the Southern half of King's Highway, from Baltimore and Washington City to stage locations in Richmond, Petersburg, VA, Weldon, NC, and terminating in Charleston, SC, this broadside is a unique Southern survivor.

Condition:With some obvious damage at the upper left and right where it is missing some of the "printed layer"; with either some repaired creases or tears partially across a portion of the top 4 in., as viewed through 10x lenses; toning and light spotting throughout.

Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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