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Declaration of Independence Early Printing - Jefferson, Thomas & Urban, Sylvanus - 1776. 
Gentleman's Magazine 1776 - Original 1776 newspaper with one of the earliest printings in ENGLAND of the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE!! Arguably the most IMPORTANT document in U.S. history, early printings remain one of the most desirable collectibles in the world!! ORIGINAL 1776 NEWSPAPER, The Gentlemans Magazine (London, Eng), dated August, 1776 with inside long and detailed articles on the REBEL COLONISTS declaring their independence from Great Britain as well as an early English printing of the complete text of the DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE, with the signature of President of the CONTINENTAL CONGRESS, John Hancock, in type. Near the rear of the issue are Revolutionary War reports as well as commentary on the colonies declaring their independence with the quote - "The ball is now struck, and time only can shew where it will rest." News of American independence reached London the second week of August via the Mercury packet ship, which sailed with important correspondence from General William Howe to Lord George Germain, dated July 7 and 8, at Staten Island. The London Gazette, the official Crown organ, first broke the news in its Saturday, August 10 edition. A 16-word, 106-character, extract from a Howe letter read: ?I am informed that the Continental Congress have declared the United Colonies free and independent States.?Later that day, the London Evening-Post included its own version of the breaking news: ?Advice is received that the Congress resolved upon independence the 4th of July; and have declared war against Great Britain in form.? The same blurb appeared in the Tuesday, August 13 issue of the London Chronicle. On Wednesday, the Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser printed ?Copies of the Declarations of War by the Provincials are now in Town and are said to be couched in the strongest terms.?Back in America, independence celebrations were short-lived as the Continental Army suffered crushing defeat after defeat during the New York Campaign. Later that winter, following decisive American victories at Trenton and Princeton, Congress ordered Baltimore printer Mary Katherine Goddard to print a broadside based on the engrossed copy. With this January 1777 broadside, the American public first learned of all fifty-five signers of the Declaration (Thomas McKlean of Delaware added his fifty-sixth signature later in the war).By 1777, the Declaration was old news, domestically and internationally. It had traversed the globe and been printed in numerous languages by dozens of foreign newspapers and magazines. It was the eighteenth century equivalent of going viral. Attempting to retrace the printing steps of the Declaration in newspapers and magazines is much easier among American publications with the July 6 Pennsylvania Evening Post holding the undisputed title of first newspaper printing. However, across the pond, retracing European news printing steps has been a messy, legend-loaded challenge.Very Good condition. Disbound. This listing includes the complete original newspaper, save for the plate of Chepstow Castle, irrelevent to the important subject matter in this issue, but lacking nonetheless, having been previously removed. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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