(German-American Woodcut, Hand-colored Fraktur Broadside). Broadside, begins: Das Neue Jerusalem. Zions Strasse... [The Paths to Heaven and Hell]. No place, no date [Allentown/Reading area of Pennsylvania, ca. 1825]. Oblong folio (31 x 40.8 cm; 12.25" x 16").  p.
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Hand-colored woodcut fraktur broadside depicting the three paths to eternity with captions in German, being an allegorical print that enjoyed considerable success as evidenced by its having been issued in English as well as in German and having been recut and reissued at least one more time in the decade following its first appearance. The depiction of good vs. evil is given an everyday face here, showing few achieving Heaven, most going to Hell.
Uncommon, probably rare. This version of the image and text is shown at the Library of Congress website “American Memory,” but in tattered and torn condition. The Library Company of Philadelphia has a different German-language, colored version, and also a third version that is very similar as to the woodcut but is uncolored and bears its letterpress in English. The Library of Congress has reproduced its copy not only at its website but in Eyes of the nation: A visual history of the United States, by Vincent Virga and curators of the Library of Congress, with historical commentary by Alan Brinkley (New York, Knopf, 1997).
Smallest piece of paper missing in one corner, not affecting image. A very good copy with bright coloring.
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