1846. New York: Herald Book and Job Office, 97 Nassau Street, 1846.
Single sheet, folio, 492 x 628 mm. Printed on recto only, title and three columns of verse surrounded by a highly elaborate border composed of printer's ornaments. Very good with old folds, slightly toned, two 30 mm closed tears to top margin, minor loss to right margin at point of fold, no loss of image. [Together with single issue of the Sacramento Union]: Folio, 430 x 585 mm, 4pp. Very good, lightly toned and foxed, with evidence of a former binding along left margin.
§ A New Year's address to the readers of the New York Herald reviewing the events of 1845 in enthusiastic verse, the broadsheet is notable for an extraordinarily elaborate decorative border composed primarily of printer's ornaments. The review runs through the highlights of 1845's local, national, and international events, among them the Great Fire of New York, the election of Polk, and the Irish Potato Famine. Accompanying the broadside is a contemporaneous issue of the Sacramento Union, which on its back page bears a similar New Year's address with border composed of printer's ornaments. It is interesting to compare the two, both for the news reviewed and for the typographic resources available to the East and West coast printers. Both addresses refer to the imminent statehood of Texas and Oregon; the Sacramento Union alone spends several lines decrying the issue of slavery. Item #123156