THE POLITICAL GYMNASIUM. Abraham Lincoln.

THE POLITICAL GYMNASIUM.

New York: Currier & Ives, 1860. Lithograph broadside, 13-1/2" x 18." Several closed tears, two of them repaired with old tape on verso [tear line affecting Seward's midsection]. Good+.

This scarce lithograph is a detailed, humorous "parody on the field of presidential candidates and their supporters in the 1860 campaign." Bell and Everett, for the Constitutional Union Party, are there: Bell, a muscle man, holds Everett aloft on a barbell. Horace Greeley's "political ambitions are mocked by the artist who shows him vainly attempting to climb up a horizontal bar." Lincoln is at the center: he has "successfully mounted a balance beam constructed of wooden rails." The New York Courier's James Watson Webb's does a backward somersault in the foreground.
The broadside evidently issued after the parties' nominating Conventions, because Seward is depicted as a cripple, "on crutches and with bandaged feet." Breckinridge and Douglas, "the two sectional Democratic candidates compete in a boxing match."
Reilly 1860-34 [quotations are from Reilly]. Weitenkampf 123. OCLC records copies at AAS, Clements, and Lincoln Pres. Lib. under three accession numbers as of October 2020. Item #37152

Price: $1,500.00