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Box 9

David Claypoole Johnston Scraps

 


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Box 9 Folder 1 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). Scraps: [No. 1?]; bound engravings. (25 x 32.5 cm). [1829?]. [2 complete sets]

Cover features two men pulling a sheet which reads “Scraps” made out of the bent forms of various men; they are on a stage. Quotation on cover is Shakespeare; annotated “The only complete set of which I have any knowledge”; four plates inside featuring numerous scenes of puns and word play depicting social humor.

 


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Box 9 Folder 2 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). Scraps for 1830: No. 2; bound engravings. (25 x 32.5 cm). [1830?]. [2 complete sets]

Bound engravings featuring numerous miniature political cartoons and scenes; each page has approximately nine scenes with captions and text. Two quotes from Lawrence Sterne and Shakespeare appear on the cover; each copy has four engraved plates many dealing with social commentary on subjects such as African-Americans.

 


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Box 9 Folder 3 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). Scraps for 1832: No. 3; bound engravings. (26 x 33.5 cm). [1831?]. [4 complete sets]

Bound engravings with cover featuring two centaurs holding a sign which reads “I own I like to laugh & hate to sigh, And think that visibility was giv’n For human happiness; by gracious heaven” by Peter Pindar. There are numerous prints on the wall labeled Escalade, Sea-view, Arbour, A Beggar, Pea-cock, Escape which spell out “Scraps” “No.3” is painted on an easel using branches and the wheel of a cart. Inside are four pages of plates of political cartoons, caricatures and scenes; the plates are about play, children, incarceration, travel, African Americans, interior and street scenes.

 


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Box 9 Folder 4 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). Scraps for 1833: No. 4; bound engravings. (26 x 33.5 cm). [1832?]. [3 complete sets]

Bound engravings with cover for “Scraps (No. 4,) for the Year 1833. In which is included Trollopania”; image at bottom is the same as the D.C. Johnston trade card which features the name D.C. Johnston formed from the trunks of trees and “Artist” from the bodies of men. Inside are four plates; two illustrating Domestic manners of the Americans by Frances Trollope depicting satirical sketches of the Trollopes’ visit to America; includes quotations and citations from the “Domestic Manners” text. Additional plate of images unrelated to “Trollopania” in front and back depicting numerous social humor scenes including images of animals and death/hearses.

 


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Box 9 Folder 5 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). Scraps for 1834: No. 5; bound engravings. (33.5 x 26.5 cm). [1833?]. [1 complete set]

One copy of a book of bound engravings and text; there are four plates of engravings and three pages of text which explains that two of the plates are humorously illustrating select passages of: Observations on professions, literature, manners, and emigration, in the United States and Canada by Rev. Isaac Fidler entitled “Fiddler D.D.”. Other scenes illustrate lines from Shakespeare, social humor and satire scenes many domestic in nature.

 


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Box 9 Folder 6 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). Scraps for 1835: No. 6; bound engravings. (33.5 x 26.5 cm). [1834?]. [3 complete sets; 1 loose plate]

The cover quotes an endorsement from Swift: “Get Scraps!”; some of the social humor subjects address Catholics, fanatics, reflections in mirrors, writing, air balloons and temperance.

 


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Box 9 Folder 7 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). Scraps for 1837: No. 7; bound engravings. (33.5 x 26.5 cm). 1836. [2 complete sets - first edition; 2 complete sets - second edition]

Title on front reads “Phrenology exemplified and illustrated, with upwards of forty etchings.” In the front is prefatory and explanatory text on the “organs” and their descriptions. Text numbers 19 pages followed by four plates; the images of the plates illustrate various humorous elements of the traits using both humans and animals; there are also images of the pyramids, men and women interacting with print culture and the last image includes a self-portrait of Johnston. See Box 10 Copperplates 1-4.

 


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Box 9 Folder 8 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). Scraps for 1840: No. 8; bound engravings. (35 x 27 cm). 1836. [3 complete sets]

Bound engravings with the quoted endorsement from Shakespeare: “Scraps are good”; each copy has four plates of engravings. Many are social humor scenes featuring domestic interiors and street scenes; some feature children and women, some featuring animals dressed as humans and many depict temperance scenes.

 


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Box 9 Folder 9 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). Scraps for 1849: New Series No. 1; bound engravings. (35 x 28 cm). 1848. [4 complete sets]

The cover features men putting up a large broadside on a building; behind are people conversing angrily through windows; the scene is bordered with four sketches of various people; two interacting with copies of “Scraps”; four plates depict humorous and word play scenes featuring such scenes as newsboys; people interacting with artwork; a serpent, women artists, and a plate solely discussing Women’s Rights including one of a woman “Popping the Question” to a seated male.

 


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Box 9 Folder 10 Johnston, David Claypoole (1799-1865). [Proof Plates from Johnston engravings]; engravings. (various sizes). various dates.

Various proof plates from Johnston engravings and scenes; some from “Trollopiania” “Women’s Rights” and “Fiddler D.D.”; also included are proofs of the “Great Locofoco Juggernaut” and two Metamorphosis proofs (on single sheets); one of the Jefferson Davis envelope and another of the William Henry Harrison/Martin Van Buren envelope (See Box 10 Folder 8).


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