“Westward the Star of Empire makes its Way”
10. [BROADSIDE: MANIFEST DESTINY]. PHELPS, H. The Great West Embracing its Population, Productions, Extent, Places and Distances on the Ohio, Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers, Panoramic View of the Route to China, &c. By H. Phelps, New York [below border]: Rufus Blanchard, 242 Main St. Cincinnati | Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1847, by H. Phelps, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.—Published by Joseph Ward, 52 Cornhill, Boston. | Ensigns, & Thayer, 36 Ann Street, New York. | D. Needham, 12 Exchange St., Buffalo N.Y. Large broadside (71.2 x 54.6 cm; 28 x 21-3/8 inches). Woodcut illustrations and printed text, hand colored. Panoramic view at top showing overland and sea route from the U.S. to China, portraits (Ferdinand De Soto, Daniel Boone, Thomas H. Benton, and Henry Clay), shields of states (including Texas), with statistics, itinerary of routes on the Missouri, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers, and allegorical scene “Westward the Star of Empire makes its way.” Mild staining and some tears repaired, generally very good.
First printing. Manifest Destiny ephemera—the climax of popular iconography for the masses. The designers seemed intent upon squeezing in as much history and iconography as possible of the Young Republicon the crest of Manifest Destiny. Phelps was one of the more enthusiastic boosters of Western travel and emigration. ($750-1,500)
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