Scarce Revolutionary War Broadside Elegy for James Mugford,

folio, 15.25 x 9.5", two printed columns with banner headline A FUNERAL ELEGY Composed on the DEATH of the truly Brave and Heroic Captain JAMES MUGFORD, E. Russell, Salem, Printer, n.d. (1776?), illustrated with a portrait of Mugford, a skull and crossbones and a coffin bearing Mugford's initials, the whole bordered in black mourning rule.

A scarce and dramatic broadside detailing the feats of Mugford (1749-1776), a captain in the Continental Navy and commander of the schooner Franklin, fitted out in Marblehead, Massachusetts with a crew of 21 and a "few" two-pounders and swivel guns. On May 17th, 1776 she attacked and took as prize the Hope, a British store ship armed with six carriage guns, containing 1500 barrels of gunpowder ...designed for the Use of our cruel and emplacable Enemies, the British(emphasis in the original text) Fleet and Army employed to ENSLAVE the Continent.. Mugford was killed two days later in a ...desperate Engagement with 13 Boats manned by 200 Marines and Sailors from the British FLEET. This ELEGY is recommended to be preserved by all the FRIENDS to AMERICAN LIBERTY.

An exceptional, patriotic sheet, unusual for its illustration. Evans (14771) records only one other copy, a variant printed in three columns with an additonal skull and crossbones near the bottom of the third column. With a custom case in marbled boards.

Condition:Laid down on archival backing, losses at margins, most not affecting text. Conservation treatment report on file.

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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