IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776. THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION Of The Thirteen UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Prentiss Whitney.

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776. THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION Of The Thirteen UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Boston: Boston Bewick Co., 1835. Stereotyped broadside on linen with hand colored border, 25.7” x 20.7”. Few creases and minor edge chips, varnish pleasantly toned, mounted to board,very good or better. Item #100218

Title in four lines consisting of four separate typefaces. The body arrangement is clearly influenced, almost precisely, by Benjamin Tyler’s 1819 printing, primarily using script interspersed with a variety of boldface ornamental types to emphasize key words. Whitney does well in exact duplication in the facsimile signatures, although their original locations have been rearranged to better fit the geometric continuity of his layout. The decoration consists of fourteen seals (Federal & 13 states) intertwined with a handcolored vine and oak leaf (yellow and green) border creating a simple yet quite handsome effect with decorative elements similar to the Binns (1819) and Woodruff (1820) printings.

Stimpson’s Boston Directory for 1832 lists Whitney (Prentiss) & Wise (James) auctioneers at 30 Cornhill and Prentiss Whitney at 124 Charles. The Boston Bewick Company was established in 1834 by noted engraver Abel Bowen, John Hall and John Crossman. The company failed in 1836 when the printing establishment was lost to fire.

Rare, OCLC locates only a single institutional copy at the University of Virginia - Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection although Bidwell describes and illustrates a copy at NYPL.

Ref: Bidwell American History in Image and Text no.13 & fig.4 p.255.

Price: $3,250.00

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