GEORGE BANCROFT - ANNOTATED TYPED MANUSCRIPT UNSIGNED - HFSID 1851
GEORGE BANCROFT Two unsigned typed manuscript pages for the American Cyclopaedia, with over 40 lines of handwritten corrections by the historian and author Annotated typed manuscript unsigned:
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GEORGE BANCROFT Two unsigned typed manuscript pages for the American Cyclopaedia, with over 40 lines of handwritten corrections by the historian and author Annotated typed manuscript unsigned: Pencil notations in top right corner and on verso of both pages, all in unknown hand. 2 pages, 7¾x10¼, single-sided sheets, mounted to 10¼x13¼ sheets of paper. Titled on page 1: "Cylcopedia I". Titled on page 2: "Cyclopedia II". These are two pages from the typed manuscript for a book titled Cyclopedia I, These two pages are probably from the American Cyclopaeadia, to which Bancroft contributed. The first page contains 13 lines of handwritten corrections on the right side, while the second page contains two whole paragraphs totaling 28 lines of handwritten corrections. Historian George Bancroft (1800-1891) is best known for his ten-volume History of the United States (1834-1873). Bancroft wrote well, and was accurate with his facts, but had a partisan viewpoint. (He was a Jacksonian Democrat, although one opposed to slavery). As President James K. Polk's first Secretary of the Navy (1845-1846), Bancroft established the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, finding the funds for the institution in his budget before Congress had authorized its creation. As Acting Secretary of War (1846), he issued orders to General Zachary Taylor to advance into territory disputed with Mexico, a move which triggered the Mexican War. He later served as the U.S. Minister to Great Britain (1846-1849), Prussia (1867-1871) and Germany (1871-1874). Lightly toned, foxed, soiled and creased. Manuscript pages were folded twice and unfolded. Mounting pages have missing right corners, discolored edges and light tears at top edge and are bound with adhesive in top right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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