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George Lippard NEW YORK ITS UPPER TEN AND LOWER MILLION 1854 Very Rare Social Activist Labor Organizer Manhattan Social Commentary Gothic Literature American Writer Antique

Title: New York: Its Upper Ten and Lower Million
Author: George Lippard - George Lippard was a 19th-century American novelist, journalist, playwright, social activist, and labor organizer. He was a popular author in antebellum America.

A friend of Edgar Allan Poe, Lippard advocated a socialist political philosophy and sought justice for the working class in his writings. He founded a secret benevolent society, Brotherhood of the Union, investing in it all the trappings of a religion; the society, a precursor to labor organizations, survived until 1994. He authored two principal kinds of stories: Gothic tales about the immorality, horror, vice, and debauchery of large cities, such as The Monks of Monk Hall (1844), reprinted as The Quaker City (1844); and historical fiction of a type called romances, such as Blanche of Brandywine (1846), Legends of Mexico (1847), and the popular Legends of the Revolution (1847). Both kinds of stories, sensational and immensely popular when written, are mostly forgotten today.
Publisher: E. Mendenhall / A. Ranney
City: Cincinnati / New York
Year: 1854
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 284 pages, plus advertisements
Width: 5.75" Height: 9"
Book Details: This very rare antique volume is bound in decoratively blindstamped cloth with dark lettering and design to the spine. An engraved frontispiece portrait of Lippard enhances the text, which appears in two columns throughout. From the Preliminary Sketch: “Christmas Eve, 1823, was a memorable night in the history of a certain wealthy family in New York. The night was dark and stormy, but the tempest which swept over the bay, and whitened the city’s roofs with snow, was but a faint symbol of the tempest of human passion—jealousy, covetousness, despair—then at work, in the breasts of a group of individuals, connected with the old and distinguished family of Van Huyden.â€
Condition / Notes: This antique volume displays some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, with soiling to the boards. The front hinge is slightly cracked, however the binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and legible through moderate/heavy age toning/foxing.

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Estimate $500 - $600May 19