Item #8062 Jeff Davis, On His Own Platform, Or the last “act of secession”. Curier, attrib Ives.

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Jeff Davis, On His Own Platform, Or the last “act of secession”.

[Likely New York, Currier & Ives, 1861 or 1862.]. Lithograph, 11.125” x 12.875” plus margins CONDITION: Very good, light wear and toning to extremities, two stray pencil marks (1” or less) at lower right of image.

The scarce second state of this blackly optimistic broadside showing Jefferson Davis on the gallows, poised to swing through the “Secession Trap” door.

Published early in the Civil War and evincing the North’s hope of a quick victory, the first state of this caricature was, according to Reilly, “probably issued not long after the bombardment of Fort Sumter.” Offered here is the second state, with the addition of the skull and crossbones to Davis’s chest as he stands “on the gallows, draped in the Confederate flag and wearing…a misshapen Phrygian cap. Under him is a ‘Secession Trap’ door.” Anticipating the drop, he says: “O dear! O dear! I don’t really want to secede this way—‘I want to be let alone.’” Below the gallows stand numerous onlookers: on the left are Unionists (one exclaiming “Amen!”), and on the right are “many prominent secessionists who await their own execution with nooses around their necks,” speaking as follows:

Toombs: “I begin to feel weak in the knees!”

Beauregard: “Oh Jeff! Jeff! is that the elevated position that you promised me?”

Stephens: “Alas! Alas! I prophesied in November that secession would be the death of us.”

Pickens, still defiant, says: “Can it be possible that they will dare to hang a ‘gentleman from South Carolina?’”

OCLC records just one copy of this state, at the Library of Congress.

REFERENCES: Reilly 1861-24; Weitenkampf, p. 129.

Item #8062

Price: $2,750.00

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