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Eclectic Monthly. Beautiful Portraits…New York, 1861.

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American periodicals competed with European imports for the attention of U.S. customers.  The Eclectic, published in New York with a national distribution, combined the two, repackaging what the publisher termed “the cream” of British content. This promotional handbill was issued by a Baltimore bookseller who distributed the journal.  Given that it was 1861, he wisely included testimonials from both North and South, with Edward Everett of Boston joining a list that includes a South Carolina college president and a judge from Georgia.

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