Washington: Blair & Rives, 1840. Folio, 8 3/4" x 12". 416pp. Nos. 1-26 of Volume VI [missing final issue, No. 27]. May 16, 1840 - October 26, 1840. Bound in patterned paper-covered boards [rubbed and worn, nearly detached], most of spine missing with only a small remnant remaining. Text block solid. Scattered soiling and foxing of text, a few leaves browned. The outer edges of pages have been trimmed to fit book; several leaves shaving 1-4 letters from edges. Early ink signature of Sam Belcher on front endpaper. Good to Good+.
A detailed contemporary report of the 1840 presidential campaign, from the perspective of this Democratic publication. It begins with the Democrats' National Convention in Baltimore, with the speeches, proceedings, and Address to the People. A campaign biography of Van Buren, the Democrats' candidate [and Blair & Rives's as well], is included, plus discussion of all the issues: slavery, abolition, internal improvements, tariff, banks, the Whigs' [repeatedly referred to as the 'Federal' Party, in order to drive home the Democrats' point that the Whigs were descended from the discredited Hartford Convention Federalists] muddled program and candidate, William Henry Harrison, "still shrouded in mystery." Item #34201