The Unanimous Declaration of Independence.

The Unanimous Declaration of Independence.

Boston: Boston Chemical Printing Company, [c. 1832]. Muslin handkerchief, 15.5” x 14” plus margins.

A splendid copy of a rare handkerchief printing of the Declaration of Independence.

The text of the Declaration is followed by the names of the signers, the text of John Adams’ letter of 5 July 1776 celebrating the Declaration; the dates of the treaty of Peace between Great Britain and the United States, the Constitutional Convention and the first Congress; a list of the states and the dates of their admission into the Union; a list of the presidents, down to Andrew Jackson; the date of George Washington’s death; an account of the “Singular Coincidence” of Adams and Jefferson dying on the same day, 4 July 1826; notice of the death of James Monroe; notice of the death of Charles Carroll, the last of the signers; and concluding verses on independence.

Boston Chemical Printing Company specialized in printing handkerchiefs, nearly all of them specifically for children. This is one of two of their publications recorded in OCLC intended for a broader audience, the other being a printing of the Constitution. Rare both in institutions and in the marketplace. OCLC records only two copies. Not in Bidwell. We find only one auction record, for a heavily stained copy that sold at Skinner in 2004 for $3200.00

REFERENCES: Collins, H.R. Threads of History, no. 74, illustrating a copy at the Smithsonian (also rather stained).

CONDITION: An unusually fine copy, old fold marks and one small brown spot in upper margin.

Item #3403

Price: $3,500.00

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