Boston. 1812. Broadside, 11 x 9 inches. Previously folded. A few small chips at edges. Contemporary manuscript annotations on blank verso, with some iron-gall ink damage, slightly affecting text on recto. Tanning, light dampstaining. Good. Item #WRCAM54406
An attractive and scare broadside for a bookshop and auction house in Boston, printed in October 1812, four months after the outset of the War of 1812. The shop was operated by a Joseph Bumstead, whose name is signed in print at the foot of the broadside. The advertisement publishes extensive details of terms on offer to prospective booksellers and consignors, proclaiming that, "Booksellers can have that part of their stock which has for years waited in vain for purchasers, turned into cash in hand...on a principle fair and honorable, giving equal satisfaction to purchaser and seller." The handbill also advertises that, "Books, chiefly New-Editions, Bindings Elegant and Plain...can be purchased with out a Cent of Cash, at the lowest Cash Boston prices." On the reverse is some manner of proof for this claim, a manuscript receipt for a copy of Samuel Richardson's CLARISSA, sold for seven dollars plus a forty percent discount. A rare and ephemeral piece, with only one copy located, at the American Antiquarian Society.