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1860 German Engraving of Galveston—in Wraps as Issued

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202.     [GALVESTON]. MEYER, Hermann J[oseph] (publisher). Galveston in Texas [below image at left] Aus. d. Kunstanst d. Bibliogr. Instit. in Hildbh. [below image at right] Eigenthum d. Verleger. Hild. [Hildburghausen, 1860]. Metal engraving, picturesque view of Galveston from a long curving wharf, image and line border: 11 x 16.1 cm; image and text below: 12.7 x 16.1 cm; overall sheet size: 16.3 x 24.4 cm. Scattered fox marks (none affecting image), otherwise fine. The engraving is in the following imprint: [wrapper title] Octav-Ausgabe von Meyer’s Universum in fünf Bänden, oder in 60 wöchentlichen Lieferungen. Jede Lieferung unthält 3-4 Stahlstiche und 12-16 Seiten Zert. Preis: 3½ Sgr. oder 12 Kr. rhein. Vierter Band, elftes Heft. Hildburghausen: Stich, Druck und Verlag vom Bibliographischen Institut., 1860. Pp. 137-152, 4 engraved plates (including the Galveston plate; the other 3 plates are European scenes). 8vo (25.2 x 17.5 cm), original green printed wrappers. Mild soiling and slight wear to fragile wraps, scattered foxing to text and plates, overall very good. The Galveston print is rarely found in its original fascicle, with wraps and with text, as issued. The artist of this famous view has never been identified.

     The Galveston view was Plate DCCLXXV in Meyer’s Universum. Kelsey, Engraved Prints of Texas 1554-1900, Figure 4.123, pp. 74, 93: “Meyer’s Universum, a twenty-four-volume German encyclopedic collection of worldwide views, contains four engravings of Texas…. The view of Galveston has been copied widely.” When found, the print usually has been rudely removed from its text, which is to be regretted, since the text (pp. 143-149) includes a description of Galveston discussing Texas and emigration, the historical background of the West, and “Manifest Destiny” (apparently there was no German term for such at that time).


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