Mar 31, 2016 - Sale 2408

Sale 2408 - Lot 79

Price Realized: $ 3,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. "The First Day of January, Anno Domini 1864 Will always be to the COLORED PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES the most memorable day in the History of the Race." Broadside, 20 x 12 inches, printed in gold on glazed blue-black paper; the text with an elaborate floral gilt border. Fragile with some wrinkling but no apparent damage. In a period frame. Needs conservation. Baltimore, 1864

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broadside to commemorate the gift of a deluxe bible to abraham lincoln, in gratitude for emancipation. "From that day they will date their rise and progress as a people, worthy of the rights and privileges of Citizenship. But they will especially look upon it as the dawn of universal freedom and the sure harbinger of their redemption from the ignorance and degradation that slavery has heretofore fastened alike upon the bond and free. To Abraham Lincoln do the Colored Men of American owe this inestimable change in their condition and prospects, when on the First Day of January 1864, he issued that PROCLAMATION OF FREEDOM, which will hereafter be regarded as the sublime State Paper of Modern Civilization." With these words, the Loyal Colored People of Baltimore presented Lincoln with "a gift which we deem the most appropriate token of our gratitude and affection -- THE BIBLE -- From which he learned how much of love and humanity our Saviour compressed into the Golden rule which he has so nobly followed -- 'Do unto others, as ye would have them do unto you.'" Beneath the presentation are the names of the men and women of the "Loyal Colored People of Baltimore." no copy located by oclc; no copy in the lincoln/barrett sale, though a similar presentation of a book given to Lincoln by the colored people of New Orleans brought $400 in the Barrett sale in 1952 (lot 546).