2012 Live Auction

Beadle's dime novels

This Beadle's broadside is an extra special piece and we are giving you the chance to bid on its adoption.

Each day we will update the current high bid until the auction closes 1:00 pm, April 4th.

Whoever is the high bidder will adopt the piece and have their name attached to the item and noted in our catalog.

About this item

Beadle’s dime novels, no. 2. The privateer’s cruise and the pride of Pomfret hall. New York: J.D. Torrey, printer, Empire Steam Printing Establishment, [ca. 1860]. 106 cm x 71 cm / 42” x 27”

This enormous advertising broadside was produced to announce the publication of Irwin P. Beadle’s second dime novel, and includes a large woodblock image by engraver Joseph W. Morse of sailors suffering in a life boat after a wreck. The sheet was printed by James D. Torrey in New York, who also printed circus posters, pamphlets, and ballads. The poster is something of an anomaly for the early days of the Beadle firm. Although Beadle would eventually become a master at advertising his publications, using evocative newspaper ads to build anticipation for each new release and, in the 1870s, producing large broadsides for display at news stands, he was not known to have commissioned large posters in the 1860s. This is the first broadside for a Beadle publication dating from before 1870 to be added to the Society’s collection.





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