Framed and glazed. A few tiny paper repairs to verso, very minor creasing to edges.
The Declaration of Independence was reprinted numerous times since its original publication in 1776, though the early printed versions contained remarkable differences from the original, including differences in the title of the document itself, and notably, with the famous signatures omitted. Benjamin Owen Tyler, a writing master, remedied this with his calligraphic version of the Declaration, giving the title and text exactly as they appeared in the original manuscript, and exactly recreating the signatures as they appeared in the original. "Tyler retained every stroke and nuance of his models, preserving their proportions, stress and weight, so convincing are his signatures that they masquerade as originals in a recent book on American autographs" (Bidwell). Both the Acting Secretary of State, Richard Rush and the author of the Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, endorsed Tyler's facsimile.
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