Firing On 'The Star Of The West'

This 10" x 6.5" original plate comes from Volume Three  of "The People's Standard History of the United States" edited by Edward S. Ellis. The book was published in 1897 by the Woolfall Company of New York. Edward S. Ellis (April 11, 1840 – June 20, 1916) was an American author who was born in Ohio. He was a teacher, school administrator, journalist, and the author of hundreds of books and magazine articles that he produced by his name and by a number of noms de plume. Notable fiction stories by Ellis include "The Steam Man of the Prairies," and "Seth Jones, or the Captives of the Frontier." Internationally, Edward S. Ellis is probably known best for his Deerfoot novels read widely by young boys until the 1950s.

This illustration is titled "Firing On 'The Star Of The West'." and was produced by Warren Sheppard. "Star of the West" was an American civilian steamship, launched in 1852 and scuttled by Confederate forces in 1863. In January 1861, she was hired by the United States government to transport military supplies and reinforcements to the U.S. military garrison of Fort Sumter, but was fired on by cadets from The Citadel, in what were effectively the first shots fired in the American Civil War.

The paper is generally clean and bright, with no significant tears or stains. Some light foxing/aging to edges. Original tissueguard is included. Title and copyright pages from the original book shown for informational purposes and is not included with the sale.