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    Sale 2486 | Lot 112
    Price Realized: $9,375With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2486 Lot 112

      (PRINTS--CARTOONS.) The Political Rail Splitter. Lithograph, 10 x 15 1/2 inches; minor wear and soiling, a few light scuff marks, laid down on stiff paper. New York: J. Leach, [1860]

      Estimate $1,500 - 2,500

      Lincoln has chopped down the tree of the Union, and is splitting the trunk between North and South using the wedge of "irrepressible conflict" and an axe featuring the head of an African American, while trampling the Constitution. His allies Horace Greeley and William Seward (author of the "irrepressible conflict" warning) are in the background. Scarcer than most of the Lincoln cartoons; we are aware of only one other at auction since 1912, and OCLC lists copies at only 2 institutions. Weitenkampf, page 123.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $9,375