Lot 80
  • 80

The Thirteenth Amendment

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2,500 USD
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  • The Triumph of Freedom Over Slavery … A Resolution, submitting to the Legislatures of the Several States a proposition to Amend the Constitution of the United States. … New York: by J. Gibson (for Judson Holcomb, 1865)
  • Paper, Ink
Ornamental lithograph (23 5/8 x 17 3/4 in.; 598 x 451 mm) of the text of the proposed Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution; lightly browned, some minor marginal chipping, a bit of careful repair. 

Catalogue Note

This uncommon and attractive version of the Thirteenth Amendment was copyrighted by Judson Holcomb, a Republican judge in Towanda, Pennsylvania, the seat of Bradford County. Issued to support ratification of the amendment, the lithograph features a title incorporating stock vignettes of the American eagle, Justice, and Liberty; an elaborately calligraphic text; facsimile signatures of all of the senators and congressmen who supported the resolution, as well as those of the President, Vice President, Speaker of the House, Secretary of the Senate; and a border incorporating two roundel vignettes of slave life and two admonitory text tablets: "The Scripture Fulfilled. Woe has Come upon Those by Whom the Offense of Slavery Came" and "Slavery's Chains are Broken. The Bondsman is Free."