1806 Amos Doolittle Engraved American Religious Pictorial Broadside Titled "An Epitome of Ecclesiastical History"
March 5, 1806-Dated Federal Period, Amos Doolittle (1754-1832), Engraved Large Broadside Print entitled: "An Epitome of Ecclesiastical History." by author David J. Rowland, Late Minister of the Church in Windsor, Connecticut, a Historical Religious Theme Pictorial "Timeline" Engraved by Amos Doolittle, Published by William E. & Henry A. Rowland, Choice Very Fine.
One of the very finest of the few known examples of this historic earliest American "Timeline" Engraved Broadside. Titled, "An Epitome of Ecclesiastical History, By David Rowland - Late Minister of the First Church in Windsor Connecticut," this specimen measuring 28" x 39", being full, with all four large margins, the engraved portions by the historic early American artist Amos Doolittle, dated 1806. Perhaps the earliest American "Timeline" type Engraved Broadside. This rare Engraving provides a "Naturalistic Metaphor" for human chronology in a stream metaphor, where time and events are flowing toward the bottom. Middle Ages shows the "dark shades of error" as the truths of Christianity became obscured. Lots of historical text including key events and descriptions of various Christian sects.
This large important early American Religious Theme Broadside is printed upon two attached sheets of quality heavy period paper. There is some minor outer edge and lower right corner conservation well away from any text, uniform clean even tone and sharp print quality, overall surprising good condition given its unusual extremely large size.
Presented in eight columns is a chronology of theological history, from 4004 BC, "Creation of the World" to the year 1786 "Federal Constitution." In the vertical center is an illustrated Metaphorical Tree, the top illustrated with Adam and Eve in the Garden, below an illustration of the Temple "He shall come into his Temple, The Church - the Garden of God." The columns include, "Events before Christ, Prophetic Periods, Roman Emperors, Sectaries, Events (includes the Declaration of Independence), Councils, Witnesses, and Summary Sectaries.
This is a lovely impression of Amos Doolittle's large, separately published historical Broadside. Amos Doolittle was a prolific engraver producing portraits, bible illustrations, bookplates and caricatures, its separately published chart provides a record of sacred history, from Adam and Eve to the year 1800. Such time lines were a popular form of religious art in earlier periods of American history, and Doolittle's large Broadside is a wonderful example.
Flooded with a wealth of detail provided by the Minister David Rowland, including historical notes that list the settling of the various Colonies, American Independence, the Federal Constitution, etc., this historic sheet prophesizes that in 1800 Americans entered a period in which Satan would be bound for "1000 years" and the Church would be in a "happy state". This important piece of American ephemera is extremely rare and not often found in good condition. See Donald C. O'Brien's, "Amos Doolittle: Engraver of the New Republic" (Oak Knoll, November 2007). Stauffer, American Engravers on Copper and Steel pages 66-67. Cartographies of Time, page 148.
This example is the single finest we have offered. It is rare in that its full margins and outer edge selvage is intact having never been trimmed. The plate impression is retained within the paper and the inking is sharp and clear with an even pleasing appearance. There are no major detractions and it remains remarkably free from any tone spots, age or other detractions, making it superb for proper framing and display. Exceedingly rare, specially in this superior quality.
Amos Doolittle (May 8, 1754 - February 2, 1832) was an American Engraver and Silversmith, also known as "The Paul Revere of Connecticut."
A self-taught artist from Cheshire, CT., Doolittle became an expert in Copper Plate engraving and specialized in scenes of the American Revolutionary War. In 1775 Doolittle enlisted in the New Haven Company of the Governor's Guards. Amos Doolittle was also Member of the Governor's Second Company of Guards under Capt. Benedict Arnold. His famous historic Four Engraving Set depicting the April 19th, 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord, which were based on his first-hand reconnaissance of the Battlefield.
Doolittle was sought out by many early Americans eager to learn the art of engraving, including James Wilson and Ralph Earl. The success of his first prints marked the beginning of Doolittle's artistic career. Doolittle established a shop in New Haven, Connecticut, on the present-day site of Yale University's Old Campus, from where he created portraits, maps, and bookplates. Doolittle died on January 30, 1832 and is buried in the Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven.