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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. Our chronological list of July 1776 and other significant Declaration-related imprints, including the earliest notices of independence is available here.

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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.

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America’s National Treasure: The Declaration of Independence
& William J. Stone’s Official Facsimile
 is available here.

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A Rare July 1776 Declaration of Independence Broadside

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. Broadside. [Exeter, New Hampshire: attributed Robert Luist Fowle?], [ca. July 16-19, 1776], two-column format, sheet size approx. 15⅛ x 19⅝ in.

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The First Newspaper Printing of the Declaration of Independence

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. Newspaper. The Pennsylvania Evening Post, Saturday, July 6, 1776, Philadelphia: Benjamin Towne, 4 pages. 8½ x 10 in.

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The Declaration of Independence:
Very Rare New York July 11, 1776 Printing by John Holt

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. The New-York Journal; Or, The General Advertiser. Newspaper. New York: Printed by John Holt in Water Street, Thursday, July 11, 1776. Masthead features pro-independence snake motif. 12 x 18 ½ in. 4 pp.

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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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The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence, Printed in 1776 Journals of Congress - Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson’s Chief Clerk’s Copy

[DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE]. Book. Journals of Congress. Containing the Proceedings from January 1, 1776, to January 1, 1777. Volume II. York-Town [Penn.]: John Dunlap, 1778. Second issue (i.e. Dunlap’s imprint but incorporating Aitken’s sheets). 520 pp., 8 x 4 ¾ in. Title page with New York City Bar Association stamp, discreet accession number on verso. Lacking the index (xxvii pp.).

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The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence - Early British Printing

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. Pamphlet. The London Magazine, Or, Genteman’s Monthly Intelligencer, for August, 1776. London, printed for R. Baldwin. [September, 1776]. Octavo, disbound, without wrappers. Trimmed close on title page, but text entirely intact. Clean & crisp. One old paper repair above the text on final page. With 2 plates showing British antiquities. The last page (448) contains an early British excerpt of the Declaration of Independence taken from the London Gazette. Also of war preparations by General Howe.

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Benjanin Owen Tyler First Print with Facsimile Signatures

BENJAMIN OWEN TYLER. Broadside, Drawn by Tyler and engraved by Peter Maverick, [Washington, D.C., 1818]. 1 p., 23⅞ x 31 in., archivally framed to approx. 32 x 40 in.

 

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John Binns Scarce and Most Decorative Early 19th century (1819) Declaration of Independence Facsimile

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. Engraved Broadside. “In Congress July 4th. 1776. The Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America.” [Philadelphia:] John Binns, 1819. Text engraved by C.H. Parker, facsimiles of signatures engraved by Tanner, Vallance, Kearny & Co. Ornamental border incorporating the seals of the thirteen original states after Thomas Sully. Medallion portrait of Washington (after Gilbert Stuart, 1795), Jefferson (after Otis, 1816), and Hancock (after Copley, 1765). 24½ x 34½ in.

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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 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. 25¼ x 30⅞ in.

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Rare French Facsimile of the Declaration of Independence

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. Copperplate engraving, “In Congress, July 4, 1776, The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America…” Paris: Kaeppelin & Cie, 15 Quai Voltaire; engraved by F. Lepelle. [1840.] 25 x 32”. 1p.

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Stone Declaration, Possible 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.”

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Declaration of Independence

Museum Store Reproduction
We do not sell these reproductions.

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. This museum store copy is 11¾ x 14¾ in. Any copies that have this handwritten appearance, and are under 20 x 30 inches, 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. If you think you may have a valuable copy, consult these instructions and email details and photos of the document to real@sethkaller.com. Note that we cannot respond to emails that do not include a photo.