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THE UNITED STATES.
FOR FAMILIES AND LIBRARIES.
BENSON J. LOSSING,
AUTHOR OF “PICTORIAL FIELD-BOOK OF THE REVOLUTION," "HISTORY OF THE UNITED
ILLUSTRATED BY NEARLY THREE HUNDRED ENGRAVINGS.
108 & 110 DUANE STREET.
DESCRIPTION OF THE FRONTISPIECE.
On one side stands an old man representing The Past, counting the passage of the years upon the dial of Time. On the opposite side is a young woman, representing The Present, and holding in her hand the Constitution, and the pileus and cap of Liberty. She is pointing to the unfinished pyramid of the States of the Republic, over which is the rising sun, with the words EXCELSOIR-" still higher!" On one side of The Past is The British Flag indicating the Colonial Era. On the other side is the American Flag, indicating the Confederation. In the center is a Doric Column, Emblem of Strength and Congruity, surmounted by an Eagle, the symbol of Sovereignty. These represent our government. Leaning against the column is History, making her records. On the side of The Past is a Censer, emblem of Purification, the incense from which, coming down from The Past, is diffused over The Present. Over-arching the whole are stars upon a blue field, our national Constellation, and symbol of our Confederated States. Around The Past clusters the Ivy, and around The Present is the Honeysuckle.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1856,
BY MASON BROTHERS,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.