A.H. Wray. “Facsimile of the Signatures to the Declaration of Independence.” From John H. Hinton’s The History and Topography of the United States of America.
Boston: S. Walker, ca. 1855. 13 ½ x 10 ¼. Signatures engraved by J. W. Allen. Ornament engraved by E. McCabe. With folds as issued reinforced with acid free archival tape. Faint browning. Else, very good condition.
A lovely example of a steel engraving containing facsimiles of the signatures of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. At top are allegorical figures of Justice, depicted as a woman carrying scales and a sword, and Liberty, attired in a liberty cap and carrying a spear and shield. An eagle is situated between them. The border of the print is comprised of the state seals of the original thirteen colonies. At the bottom is a vignette of the Capitol at Washington and a statement by John Quincy Adams, Department of State, dated April 19, 1819 declaring the signatures "Exact Imitations.”