Mar 27, 2014 - Sale 2342

Sale 2342 - Lot 75

Price Realized: $ 3,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,500 - $ 5,000
A LINCOLN RARITY (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. The Last Race of the Rail-Splitter. Letterpress broadside, 9-3/4 x 5-7/8 inches, with a large wood engraving of the classic image of the runaway slave with his pack over his back at the top of the page; beneath are eight verses and choruses of a decidedly hateful attack on Lincoln within a double-rule border; slightly worn spot at the bottom left side; paper lightly and evenly toned. [Baltimore, circa 1861]

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a noted Lincoln rarity. A virulent Confederate attack on Lincoln in the form of a song-sheet, accusing him of cowardice: the newly elected President, on his way to Washington to be inaugurated, hears of a plot to derail the North Central train he was traveling on. He is spirited off in disguise to a secret alternate route, while he sends his wife and child on to their doom. 'As frightened rats when houses burn/ Escape before the ruin falls/ So honest Abe, his tail will turn/ To save his skin from rifle balls. - 'He was so scared that dreary night, when hidden like a cask or bail/ in railroad cars, from ev'ry sight, he passed this city on the rail.' The latter is an allusion to Baltimore the probable location of printing. rare, oclc citing only four copies, gives the place of publication as 'confederate states of america.' Boston Athenaeum, Duke, Wake Forrest and Brown University. Parrish and Willingham, 6400.