"Declaration of Independence" printed by John Dunlap (Philadelphia)
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Also available, Dunlap broadside of the Declaration of Independence from the Printing Office of Edes & Gill in Boston, reproduced at approximately three-fourths size of the original.
Each one is printed by hand in the recreation of Franklin's printing office operated by the National Park Service. They are printed on 100% Cotton Linen, Very-Fine Crane Laid paper. The print is about 22 1/2" x 17 1/2".
The Boston broadside of the Declaration of Independence from the Printing Office of Edes & Gill is also available, as is the Baltimore broadside printed by Mary Katherine Goddard. Use the pull down menu above to purchase all three and save $8.
The Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence is the founding document of The United States of America. Written by Thomas Jefferson, one of the five members of the Committee that Congress had appointed to draft the document, between June 11 and June 28, 1776. The other members were John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman.
Congress voted for Independence on July 2 and then took up Jefferson’s draft for the next two days. Eighty-six alterations were made to the draft, and Congress approved the document on July 4, 1776.
John Dunlap prints the Declaration of Independence
Congress then ordered the committee that drafted the Declaration to oversee the printing of the Declaration. A fair copy was made of the amended draft and hand carried by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin to the printing office of John Dunlap in Philadelphia on the afternoon of the 4. The Declaration was printed that night into the early morning of July 5. John Hancock, President of Congress began to send out “official copies” on the 5 and 6 of July to all thirteen Colonies, ordering them to print the Declaration in their newspapers and generally distribute the news as they saw fit."
The broadside was quickly disseminated to the colonies and by July 18, twenty-four newspapers had used the Dunlap broadside as an exemplar from which to republish the text. The signed manuscript copy, held by the National Archives, was not completed and signed until August 2. (This timeline shows the signing, printing, and dissemination of the Declaration.)
The Declaration that Mr. Dunlap printed is very different in appearance from the Declaration we have come to know.
Dunlap printed it on an approximately 14.5 x 18 sheet using the typeface Caslon.
Although it is estimated that between four and five hundred Dunlap broadsides were printed, only twenty-five copies have been located. Two are in the Library of Congress. One of these was Washington’s personal copy.
- Details in this listing at Christie's about specific printings and the way in which the document was distributed to major cities.
- The Declaration Resources Project at Harvard.
- The Library of Congress's site on the Declaration, with links to additional resources.
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Being an amateur history buff, I purchased this for my home office. I grew up in Philadelphia and live fairly close to Valley Forge, so I’ve always been fascinated by the American Revolution and founding of the government.
Service was quick and the document arrived in excellent condition.
The document measures 17 1/2” x 23”, I framed it with a 13x19 mat and it looks great, and is already a conversation piece.
Documents such as these really should be displayed in every home. I highly recommend.
Highly recommend. Purchased all three broadsides and they are exactly as advertised. Will be using them as part of a presentation to inspire others to life, liberty and the pursuit of history!
I gave two of my cousins History List prints that Inhad matter and framed at Hobby Lobby and they turned out wonderful! One got the U. S. Constitution and the other got The Declaration of Independece. Both LOVED them. Website, descriptions, and prints exactly what I wanted. Completely satisfied. So much so I recently ordered a second Declaration and Bill of Rights for myself. Looking forward to getting them up on my wall soon!
Having grown up in Philadelphia l always admired the stories my grandfather shared with me of the Events that happened in the Pennsylvania State House. One was the signing of the Declaration of Independence. I am proud to have a Replica of one of the first produced in the Nation by Dunlap.
Beautiful. This is truly a piece of art. Both the print quality and the paper exceed expectations, especially given the reasonable price. I will order more pieces in the future, thanks.
This was a wonderfully accurate reproduction print of the document
This is a beautiful printing. I can't wait to have it framed and hanging on my wall!
Beautiful work that will look gorgeous when framed and matted