1853 Wood Engraving Clipper Ship Great Republic Donald McKay Sails Masts Rigging


"Leviathan Clipper Ship, 'The Great Republic' Fully Rigged"

This is an original 1853 black and white in-text wood engraving of the clipper ship, the Great Republic'. Designed by naval architect and shipbuilder Donald McKay, it was launched on October 4, 1853 but was destroyed by a fire December 27, 1853 and later rebulit as a smaller ship.


This 161+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. No creases. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is printing on the verso.

  • Product Type: Original In-Text Wood Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 13.5 x 9.25 inches; 34 x 23 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to present a collection of antique wood engravings from the 1853 Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion. Founded by "the father of illustrated journalism" Frederick Gleason in 1851, this 19th century illustrated periodical was published in Boston, Massachusetts. It provides an excellent historical record of people, places, and events important to mid-Victorian America.