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In Congress, July 4th 1776 The Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America
[Washington]: Benjamin Owen Tyler, 1818. Broadside. (29 x 24 1/4 inches). Engraving, on paper, by Peter Maverick of Newark, NJ, after Tyler, backed onto linen, edged with black linen tape, ebonised wood rollers at head and foot, age-toned. A remarkable document, the present Tyler facsimile is the first publication of the "Declaration of Independence" in the same form as the original. The Declaration of Independence , the foundation document of the United States, has been printed myriad times since its original publication in 1776. At first as broadsides, then as an essential addition to any volume of laws, it was from the beginning a basic work in the American canon. In the period following the War of 1812, Americans began to look back, for the first time with historical perspective, on the era of the founding of the country. The republic was now forty years old, and the generation of the Revolution, including the Signers of the Declaration, was dropping away. With nostalgia and curiosity, many Americans began to examine the details of the nation's founding. Among other things, such documents as the debates of the Constitutional Convention were published for the first time. Others revisited the Declaration - not the often reprinted text, but the actual document itself, then preserved in the State Department. They discovered remarkable differences between the original and the published versions. First, the title of the document was different (the manuscript original was as given above); secondly, the names of the Signers, now revered as the Founders, were omitted in all the … [Click Below for Full Description]
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