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A bound run of the very rare New York weekly newspaper, The Plaindealer, commencing with Vol. I, No. 1, Dec. 3, 1836 to No. 44, Sep. 30, 1837, 704pp. large 4to., bound. The paper touted itself as "democratick", with an abolitionist bent, as noted in the motto at its masthead: "Equal Rights". Each issue contains local and national news, lengthy editorial, theater news, advertisements, etc. Covers detached, else overall very good condition. The Plaindealer was founded by William Leggett (1801-1839), an American poet, fiction writer, and journalist. In the summer of 1829, however, William Cullen Bryant invited Leggett to write for the New York Evening Post. There, in addition to literary and drama reviews, he began to write political editorials. Leggett became an owner and editor at the Post in 1831, eventually working as sole editor of the newspaper while Bryant traveled in Europe in 1834-5. He founded The Plaindealer in 1836 and the Examiner in 1837, but these publications lasted only a few months. Their failure left Leggett in poverty.
Estimate $ 200-300

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