Item #68870 Emancipation Proclamation. Abraham LINCOLN.
Emancipation Proclamation
Emancipation Proclamation
Emancipation Proclamation
Emancipation Proclamation

The First Public Announcement of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Emancipation Proclamation.

New York: The New York Herald, 1862.

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[LINCOLN, Abraham]. [Emancipation Proclamation]."A Proclamation by the President of the United States. Operations of the Confiscation Act. All Slaves in States in Rebellion January 1, 1863, to Be Free." New York. [Published in]: The New York Herald, Tuesday, September 23, 1862. Whole No. 9506.

The publication of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in James Gordon Bennett’s pro-Democratic New York Herald and one of, if not the first official public announcements of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Broadsheet folio, one large leaf folded along top to make four pages (two leaves printed on recto and verso). Six-column format. (22 x 15 1/2 inches; 560 x 395 mm). Light creases down the middle in both directions. Some nearly invisible repaird along top margin and edges. Some of the repairs just touching a few letters in the headline. Still a very good copy of this important declaration. We could only find 3 copies of this at auction and it is not mentioned in Eberstadt. Eberstadt mentions that his Third edition of the Emancipation has a publication date somewhere between September 24th and 26th, therefore putting the current copy before this. Eberstadt's first and second edition are the official state department editions, printed the day of the declaration, September 22nd, just the day before this New York Herald was printed.

Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862 stating that if the rebelling states did not cease fighting and rejoin the Union by January 1, 1863, the slaves in those states would be set free. The New York Herald issued this front-page, top left corner early printing of Lincoln's Proclamation the very next day appearing under the headline: "All Slaves in States of Rebellion January 1, 1863, to Be Free."

"Lincoln read the first draft of what came to be known as the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet on 22 July 1862. Given the criticism directed at Lincoln for moving too slowly on the issue of emancipation, it is worth noting that this first reading took place just sixteen months after he had pledged not to 'interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists.' He continued to revise the document throughout the summer and, following the Union victory at Antietam, he issued the preliminary proclamation—which managed to balance daring with prudence—on 22 September. This first proclamation essentially gave the Rebel States one hundred days to return to the Union, after which period any slaves within their borders would be "then, thenceforward, and forever free." Any rebellious states that returned to the Union in the interim would be able to adopt immediate or gradual—and compensated—abolition of slavery within their borders." (Sotheby's).

The front page of this newspaper also contains two maps and reports of the campaigns in Kentucky.

HBS 68870.


Price: $3,500.00

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