A Large Lithograph of the Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Independence. In Congress, July 4, 1776, The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen States of America.
Manchester, N.H. Wm. H. Fisk, 1856.
Manchester N.H.: Wm. H. Fisk, 1856].
First edition (?). Broadside. Measures 28 1/2 x 22 inches. Paper is a bit toned. Some moderate edgewear. A few small marginal holes and marginal closed tears. One closed tear approximately 3.5 inches, but none of the tears or wear are affecting the image. Overall very good.
"The original of this was designed and executed entirely with a pen by Gilman Russell, Teacher of Practical , Plain & Ornamental, Writing and Drawing." (Copyright statement of of Gilman Russell, dated 1856), J.H. Bufford's Lith.
"Lithograph title with some pen flourishes copied from N. 4 [ie Philadelphia, William Woodruff] text in a uniform round hand. Russell has written the text around a standing portrait of Washington and enclosed in a grapevine border. No signatures. Later editions and adaptations: ca. 1876 Retitled Great Centennial Memorial, Bufford's and Fisk's imprints omitted, Russell's imprint rephrased, and with a new copyright statement, dated 1866." (Bidwell 28).
Bidwell 28. Nash, p. 266; NHi