David Claypoole Johnston - Scraps No. 1 1849 - Engraving, Satire, Women's Rights - SOLD

JOHNSTON, D[avid] C[laypoole]. Scraps No. 1, 1849 New Series. 

Boston: D.C. Johnston, 1949. Oblong format (13.5" x 10.75"). Four engraved plates with tissue overlays, in printed yellow paper wraps. Covers show a few small tears along edges with a split to spine running just over half way up from tail, along with some dampstaining and smudging and two large soiled spots to back. Tissue overlays toned and foxed with offsetting. Plates themselves are clean and crisp, with just one spot at middle of the third. Binding is holding soundly and pages are unmarked. 

An engraver, painter, printmaker, satirist, and actor, David Claypoole Johnston was a prolific contributor to early American lithography, with a wide spectrum of subject matter covering politics, religion, social issues, the militia, fashion, and more. Influenced early by the work of George Cruikshank, Johnston's work took its own voice and evolved, especially in the nine Scraps volumes published from 1828 to 1849. This volume contains a number of cartoons on a variety of subjects, including an entire plate titled "Women's Rights," featuring eight illustrations on the subject.