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GEORGE BANCROFT - ENGRAVING SIGNED - HFSID 281105

GEORGE BANCROFT A signed black and white 5x7¾ vignette engraving of the author and Secretary of the Navy mounted to a sheet of paper Engraving Signed: "Geo. Bancroft". Pencil notations in bottom right corner of engraving in unknown hand. B/w, 5x7¾ overall, 3x3¾ vignette image, one surface.

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Condition: fine condition
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GEORGE BANCROFT A signed black and white 5x7¾ vignette engraving of the author and Secretary of the Navy mounted to a sheet of paper Engraving Signed: "Geo. Bancroft". Pencil notations in bottom right corner of engraving in unknown hand. B/w, 5x7¾ overall, 3x3¾ vignette image, one surface. Mounted to a 10x13¼ sheet of paper. 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, soiled and creased. Mounting paper has discolored edges and paper clip impression in top right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.

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