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Declaration of Independence

Here are examples of important printings and facsimiles of the Declaration of Independence—ranging from broadsides and newspapers printed in July 1776 to William J. Stone’s copperplate engraving and other, more decorative, early 19th century prints.

If you’d like additional information, see the following:

  • Our chronological list of July 1776 and other significant Declaration-related imprints, including the earliest notices of independence is available here.
     
  • The Declaration of Independence: Rare Copies of America’s Founding Document, by Seth Kaller (originally published in Autographs Magazine) is available here.
     

Stone Declaration

Stone Declaration, Vellum Copy

 

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. William J. Stone, Copperplate engraving on vellum, “In Congress, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.” First Edition.

For the history of the Stone printing, click here.

Stone Declaration, Proof Copy on Woven Paper

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. Copperplate engraving printed on heavy woven paper. First edition imprint at top, “ENGRAVED by W.J. STONE for the Dept. of State by order of J. Q. Adams, Sec of State July 4, 1823.”

Inventory #20716

A Stone/Force Printing of the Declaration of Independence

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. Copperplate engraving printed on thin wove paper. Imprint at bottom left, “W. J. STONE SC WASHn” [William J. Stone for Peter Force, Washington, D.C. ca. 1833]. Printed for Peter Force’s American Archives, Series 5, Vol I. Approx 25 x 30 in.

Inventory #22896

The Declaration of Independence, The First Print with Facsimile Signatures

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. BENJAMIN OWEN TYLER. Broadside, [Washington, D.C., 1818]. Drawn by Tyler and engraved by Peter Maverick, approx. 23 7/8 x 31 in. Framed with archival materials in 33 x 41 in. finished-corner gilt frame.

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The Declaration of Independence

July 1776 Boston Newspaper Printing

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. The New-England Chronicle, July 18, 1776, Vol. VIII No. 413. Newspaper, with the entire text of the Declaration on page 1 of 4. Subscriber’s name “Mr Jacob Willard” written at top of page 1. Boston: printed by Powars & Willis.

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Declaration of Independence-Huntington Press

Huntington Printing

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. Engraved Document.  Designed by Eleazer Huntington. Ca. 1820-1825. 20 x 24½ in.

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A Decorated Declaration of Independence with Tributes to Washington and Lafayette

[DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE]. HUMPHREY PHELPS.  Print. New York, N.Y., 1845. 22 x 30 in., approx 25 x 34 in. framed.

Inventory #23218

Declaration of Independence

Museum Store Reproduction

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. This copy is 11 ¾ x 14 ¾.  Note that any copies that have this handwritten appearance, and are under 20 x 30”, are reproductions.  Many of the larger size copies are as well, but there we have to be careful, as there are some quite valuable full size early reproductions, like the Stone and Force printings shown above.

We do not sell these reproductions.