THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE | The only copy in private hands of one of the rarest July 1776 broadside printings of the Declaration

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THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
The only copy in private hands of one of the rarest July 1776 broadside printings of the Declaration

After the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, it ordered that the document be printed and distributed throughout the thirteen newly independent states. As copies of the first broadside, printed in Philadelphia by John Dunlap on the evening of July 4, 1776, reached other states, local printers produced their own editions to fulfill the public demand for the Declaration. The present version of the Declaration was likely the first printing done in Boston—the birthplace of the Revolution—and the first broadside edition issued anywhere in Massachusetts. The broadside was a collaboration between two of Boston’s most prominent printing houses and appeared, sometime between July 15 to 18, above the patriotic imprint “America: Boston, Printed by John Gill, and Powars and Willis, in Queen Street.”

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OTHER COPIES
Boston Public Library; Bostonian Society; Harvard University; Library of Congress; Massachusetts Historical Society (2 copies); Peabody Essex Museum; University of Virginia; Yale University; Yorktown Victory Center

PROVENANCE
Massachsetts Historical Society deaccession
Acquired by private owner at auction in 2007
Exhibited at The Museum of the American Revolution

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