[Washington, D.C.]: Blair & Rives, 1840-1841. 423pp. Volume 6, Numbers 1:27, paginated continuously. Folio. Contemporary half sheep and marbled boards. Boards detached, with tape repairs. Light dampstaining at upper corner; light tanning and foxing. Good. Item #166
A complete run of this 1840 Democratic campaign newspaper, published weekly as an extra to the District of Columbia periodical, the Globe, during political campaign seasons. This run of the Extra covers the 1840 presidential election between William Henry Harrison and Martin Van Buren. Content includes speeches and testimonials for Van Buren and against Harrison, as well as editorials and other articles and party-related material that address all the principal issues of the campaign. Harrison would go on to sweep the electoral college handily, but famously died in office after only four weeks as president, to be succeeded by John Tyler.
This is the sixth such volume, the paper having started the Extra in 1834. It ran to seven volumes, ending in 1841. The present volume was published from May 16, 1840 to October 26, 1840, with the final issue appearing post-election on January 29, 1841. The whole was advertised as costing $1 for six months. The editors, Francis Blair and John Rives, were Jacksonian Democrats initially brought to D.C. by Jackson to be the mouth of the party.