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First print of an American President in a periodical?



Item # 676080

November 23, 1844

THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, Nov. 23, 1844  The front page begins with an article: "The American Presidency" carrying over to page 2, with some interesting commentary on the American democratic election process including; "...almost the only remaining instance of the elective principle applied to creating the head of a state. It has been abandoned by the monarchies of Europe...If it is found to work well & tends to promote the strength, peace, & unity of the States, we hope it will long continue...".
Also of note are the front page prints of: "Mr. Polk Candidate for the Presidency" and: "Mr. Clay, Candidate For the Presidency" as well as a larger print: "Great Whig Procession at New York". 
There is a lengthy & descriptive article on page 2.
We believe these prints of James K. Polk and Henry Clay are the first illustrations in a periodical of an American President, and very significant as such.
Complete in 16 pages, nice condition.

Item from Catalog 303 (released for February, 2021)...

Category: Pre-Civil War