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The First War Department Printing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Bound with 400-plus 1862-1863 General Orders, including the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation
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This book of official War Department orders was bound together for Army paymaster Major N.S. Brinton.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Printed Document. Emancipation Proclamation. Signed in type by Lincoln, Secretary of State William H. Seward, and Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas. General Order No. 1, War Department, Adjutant General’s Office, Washington January 2, 1863 (but based on usual practice, more likely printed ca. January 7th.). 3pp.

Inventory #23692       Price: $4,500

“All persons held as slaves within said designated States and parts of States are and henceforward shall be free.”

This edition is possibly the first, and certainly the first separate, printing of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation intended for all military commanders in the field. It is also the first widely circulated and obtainable official version of the Emancipation Proclamation. (Eberstadt: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation # 12.)

Bound in a run from January 6 to December 26, 1862, General Orders No 1-216, continually paginated 1-158. Reprinted by order of the War Department, March, 1863. Prefixed by a 56 page printed index of subjects for 1862; and followed by a 26 page handwritten and probably unique index of subjects covered by Acts of Congress of 1863. 

And followed by:

A run from January 1 to June 30, 1863, General Orders 1- 201. General Orders for 1863--with the date 1863 on the title page. (As opposed to the above reprint of 1862 orders, this 1863 run contains separately printed first editions). The 1863 orders begin with General Order #1, the final Emancipation Proclamation.

With separately printed order relating only to paymasters (identified # 202 identified in pencil at top) bound in at end.

The volume also includes aprinting of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation bound in on page 118. While the Jan 1, 1863 Emancipation Proclamation is a first edition printed within days of the issuance of the Proclamation, the Preliminary Proclamation here was printed with all the general orders the year after its initial publication.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN.  General Order N0. 139, US War Department, September 24, 1862. Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Signed in type by Lincoln, Secretary of State William H. Seward, and Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas. Printed Washington DC: Government Printing Office, [March] 1863. Pages 118-121.

“I, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, President of the United States... hereby proclaim and declare that ... the war will be prosecuted for the object of practically restoring the constitutional relation between the United States... That it is my purpose, upon the next meeting of Congress, to again recommend the adoption of a practical measure tending pecuniary aid to the free acceptance or rejection of all Slave States, so called, the people whereof may not then be in rebellion against the United States, and which States may then have voluntarily adopted, or thereafter may voluntarily adopt, immediate or gradual abolishment of slavery within their respective limits; and that the effort to colonize persons of African descent, with their consent, upon this continent or elsewhere … will be continuedThat on the first day of January, in the year… one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free …”(G.O. #139)


Very Good. Contemporary half  morocco binding, marbled boards with spine in five compartments, gilt lettering spine inscribed to Major N. S. Brinton.  Brinton was an Army Paymaster. (Eberstadt: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation #4. However, he doesn’t distinguish between the first copies printed in 1862, and this, the reprint from March 1863)

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