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Item #73669 The Tradesman's New Hymn, London, c1810-1812. Broadside, Labor, Great Britain.

The Tradesman's New Hymn, London, c1810-1812

"The Bearers Hereof are a Party of Tradesmen" [Broadside]. [Labor]. [Great Britain]. The Tradesman's New Hymn. [London]: W. Fortey, [c.1810-1812]. 10" x 7-1/4" broadside mounted on 10-1/2" x 8" sheet, verse text, in two columns below headline and woodcut vignette (of the English, royal and legal symbols), columns separated by rule, main text enclosed by woodcut decorative border, single-column text under border below main text. Light browning, faint horizontal fold line through center, a few minor chips to edges, two tiny stains to margins. $500. * A reflection of the harsh economic conditions of the early 1800s, and especially around 1810-1812, brought on by the rise of mass production, this is prayer for the unemployed textile worker in the form of a hymn. A note at the foot of the broadside indicates why it was printed: "The bearers hereof are a party of Tradesmen who have been thrown out of employment by the rapid improvement of Machinery, as one man and two boys can do the work of ten men, and this has caused the deepest depression in our trade. This being the state of things, we are with many others compelled to throw ourselves on the charity of the humane and sympathising Public until such time trade flourishes again in our native land. We now offer these verses for sale in the earnest hope that you will become Purchasers." OCLC locates 1 copy at the Ransom Library, UT-Austin, along with 3 similar versions by other printers. No copies on Library Hub, which, like OCLC, lists similar versions by different printers.

Price: $500.00

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