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    Amos Doolittle "A Display of the United States of America" Engraving. 1788-89 "A Display of the United States of America - To the Patrons of Arts and Sciences in all parts of the World...Most respectfully Dedicated, by the their most obedient humble Servant. - Amos Doolittle." Listed as Hart #840, this is one of the most prized and historic of all Colonial era American prints, engraved by Doolittle, who also made the printing plate in New Haven, Connecticut. The image itself measures 16.5" x 20.25", and is framed to an overall size of 28" x 33". It was printed and sold by A. Doolittle of New Haven where engraving and rolling press printing was performed. Beautifully and professionally framed within an ornately carved decorative wooden gilt frame and ready for display. This historic engraving has a circular layout and a highly ornate overall design which shows the thirteen original colonies official state seals, state populations, and the number of their senators and representatives. At the top is a Seal with an American Heraldic eagle and the totaling of the thirteen new American States with the overall total population of the United States. A magnificent, large central profile portrait of George Washington, in his military uniform, is surrounded by the historic inscription "President of the United States of America. The Protector of his Country, and the Supporter of the rights of Mankind." The heavy paper for this print is light tan with even wear and scattered overall professional restoration to corners and bottom edge, with one small line of print at lower edge being mostly obscured. This very famous, original Doolittle print shows the wear of two centuries but remains whole in appearance, and is expertly framed and looks quite impressive. Other than his contemporary Patriot counterpart in Boston, Paul Revere, Amos Doolittle is renowned as the most accomplished engraver of important historic prints of the Revolutionary War and Colonial period. The exceedingly rare print offered here can be found reproduced in most quality reference and history books on the Era, along with reproduced images of Doolittle's other engravings of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and along with Paul Revere's extraordinary "Boston Massacre" print of 1770 (an original copy of which sold at auction in January 2005 at nearly $200,000). An American print of the highest historic importance and significance. Extremely rare, missing from most collections of Early Americana.

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    October, 2006
    12th-13th Thursday-Friday
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