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America’s National Treasure

The Declaration of Independence & William J. Stone’s Official Facsimile

As early as 1820, the Declaration of Independence was deteriorating, and today, the original is virtually unreadable. Luckily, then-Secretary of State John Quincy Adams had the foresight to commission an exact facsimile—a laborious process that took engraver William J. Stone three years to complete. Thanks to them, Americans can see what the Declaration of Independence looked like in 1776.

We recently produced a booklet that tells the story of how the Declaration was written, signed, and disseminated, as well as the fascinating story of how this visual image of America’s founding document was preserved in the age before photography or digitization.

This booklet accompanies philanthropist David Rubenstein’s gift of framed Declaration copies to the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies to be hung in American diplomatic missions worldwide. You can view the booklet here.

Own a Piece of History. To see our current inventory of signers of the Declaration of Independence and related material click here.


Thomas Jefferson Praises an Italian Author for “enlivening” his Book on the American Revolution “with the constant glow of his holy enthusiasm for the liberty & independence of nations.”

In a letter written July 2, 1780, Jefferson thanks George A. Otis for his work in translating Carlo G.G. Botta’s Storia delta guerra dell Independenza d’America [History of the American Revolution] into English, and for a copy of De Pradt’s Congress of Aix la Chapelle. He also comments on the qualities that he admires in historians, speaking warmly of Botta’s “holy enthusiasm for the liberty & independence of nations.”

Read the letter here.


History You Can Own

We can help you enjoy an inspirational connection to your favorite historic figure, event, or idea.

Important documents and artifacts can be loaned, placed on deposit, or donated to ensure their survival for generations to come. Seth Kaller, Inc. can coordinate all aspects of collection-building, including acquisition, authentication, appraisal, conservation, framing, insurance, and recognition for your family, your company, or your foundation. 

Items presented here are drawn from our broad inventory. We have many more original documents and collections, ranging from $100 to millions of dollars, please contact us if you have specific interests.

Authenticity Guaranteed
 
We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of our documents. We verify authenticity through our own expertise and archival research, as well as in consultation with independent experts and institutions. Client references furnished on request.

Seth Kaller is a leading expert in acquiring, authenticating, and appraising rare historic documents and artifacts. Kaller has built museum-quality collections for individuals and institutions, as well as legacy collections for philanthropists to donate. He has handled important manuscripts, documents and rare books relating to the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution; leaves from George Washington’s draft of his inaugural address; Abraham Lincoln’s “House Divided” manuscript and signed copies of the Thirteenth Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation; and Robert E. Lee’s farewell to his troops. 

We are members of the Professional Autograph Dealers Association (PADA), Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) and the Manuscript Society.


 

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