Nevada County, Cal. Executed and Published by John A. Fuller. W. Valance Gray, Lith., S.F., 1866. 1st Printing. Broadside, 27-3/4" x 24-1/4". Image: ~ 26" x 20". Item #49829
Rare mid-19th C. broadside celebrating the forming of the Union, a respectable Very Good [if not better] copy which was recently treated to some modest conservation efforts, including lining with Japanese paper, by the internationally renowned firm, Zukor Art Conseration, Oakland CA [a summary of said efforts available on request].
Of the creator of this work, John A. Fuller, we find little today, but thanks to a historical newspapers website, we see the Sacramento Daily Union of 13 June 1866 provided a public assessment of Fuller's recent publication: "We have before us a beautiful illustration of this peculiarity of the State, in the production of John A. Fuller, a miner of Nevada, entitled 'Freedom's Footsteps.' During his leisure hours this gentleman designed and executed with the pen a large chart, emblematic of the progress of our country, the events by which independence of the nation was secured, the nature of the Union and the Industrial springs of its prosperity. In the center is a neatly written copy of the Declaration of Independence, with the signatures of the immortal fifty-six. The border is composed of Corinthian columns, twined with the memorials of the Revolution -- the Union being typified by the masonry of States at the base of each column. The names of the Presidents, from Washington to Lincoln, surround the oval center-piece containing the Declaration. Over all flies the national eagle, grasping the flag. The design evinces refined taste and intelligence, and the penmanship could not be easily surpassed by professors in that line. This chart has been elegantly lithographed by W. Vallance Gray, of San Francisco."
A search of RBH & ABPC found no copies of this broadside in their databases, and OCLC has only one listing, at UVa. We are aware of one additional currently being offered in the trade, with this one here being jointly offered by Tavistock Books & Swan's Fine Books.