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In Congress, July 4, 1776 : a declaration by the representatives of the United States of America, in general congress assembled.
Declaration of Independence
Philadelphia : Printed by John Dunlap, [4-5 July 1776]
1 paper sheet ; 47 x 38 cm (broadside).
Dunlap, John, 1747-1812
United States. Continental Congress
Rare books genre
The first printing of the Declaration of Independence.
"Signed by order and in behalf of the Congress, John Hancock, president. Attest. Charles Thomson, secretary."
Two states noted by Frederick Goff, differing in the placement of the imprint. In the earlier state, the P of Philadelphia is located directly beneath the comma following Thomson's name. In the later state the P is located directly beneath the n of Thomson's name. Goff notes also a proof copy (imperfect), held by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, exhibiting differences in punctuation and in the insertion in line 13 of the word 'a' before the word 'new.' Cf. Goff, F.R. The John Dunlop broadside: the first printing of the Declaration of Independence, 1976.
Provenance: Acquired December, 1940.
Hildeburn, C.R. Pennsylvania, 3391.
Walsh, M.J. "Contemporary Broadside editions of the Declaration of Independence." Harvard Library Bulletin 3 (1949): 31-43, 1.
Declaration by the representatives of the United States of America, in general congress assembled.
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