De Soto’s Discovery of the Mississippi


W.H. Powell.  “De Soto’s Discovery of the Mississippi.”  From J[esse] A[mes] Spencer.  History of the United States from the Earliest Period to the Administration of President [Andrew] Johnson.   New York: Johnson, Fry & Co., 1866. 5 1/2 x 7 3/8. Steel engraving.  Very good condition.

SKU: 17-430162 Categories: , ,


This image was taken from the iconic painting in the Capitol Rotunda by W.H. Powell, and printed in Spencer’s History of the United States. This handsome set in four volumes updates and adds illustrations to the more often seen 1858 edition of three volumes.  The last volume describes the coming of Lincoln and the Civil War.  The illustrations are steel engravings mostly after paintings by Alonzo Chappel and include 59 depictions of events and 34 portraits.  Facsimiles of documents include an early draft of the Declaration of Independence within the text.  A lovely and moving history of the United States of America through the first half of the Nineteenth century.