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STONE, William J.; FORCE, Peter.

Declaration of Independence.

In Congress, July 4, 1776, The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America. Washington.

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95455
Washington, D.C.M. St Clair Clarke and Peter Force, 1848
£22,500

An excellent impression of the rice-paper engraving of the Declaration of Independence, reprinted specifically for the American Archives series of volumes that Congress commissioned Peter Force to produce in 1843. The engraver William J. Stone had originally produced the engraving in 1820 by lifting ink directly from the original and creating a perfect copy, primarily to help preserve the original historical document after it was seen to be deteriorating due to mishandling and storage.

For the occasion of the 1843 restrike, the Stone engraving was removed from storage and used to produce new copies on rice paper, distinguished from the original by an engraving in the lower left corner 'W.J. Stone S.C. Washn.' Printed in 1848, each copy was folded into the first volume of the fifth series of books. After printing, the plate was again retired, now residing with the original Declaration at the National Archives. Congress authorised the printing

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Folio, copper-engraved broadside from the W.J. Stone copperplate, the usual folds with light offsetting, preserved in the original book (Series V vol. I, American Archives); contemporary half russia, rubbing to spine, edge wear with some splitting at joints.

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