Declaration of Independence. In Congress July 4th 1776. [caption title]
Rare and decorative engraved broadside of the Declaration of Independence by George G. Smith (1795–1878), largely based upon the Binns edition, presenting the full text of the document and facsimile signatures of the Signers. The border shows the seals of the 13 original States and portraits of 11 Presidents of the United States through James K. Polk who served from 1845 to 1849.
Description: Declaration of Independence. In Congress July 4th 1776. [caption title]
Boston: Published by Chas. Root, 186 Washington, corner of Franklin St., [c.1845]. Approx. 12¼ x 9¾ inches. Engraved by Geo. G. Smith and printed on smooth coated paper. Portraits; vignette illustrations; calligraphic text; facsimile autographs. Surface abrasions, creasing, edge wear, and some losses in margins, tiny stab[?] holes; Good.
Bidwell 20. Stauffer 2908 II. Hart 590. Not in AAS Online. Unrecorded in OCLC. NB. OCLC 60634824 (LOC and Peabody Essex) is for a later adaptation replacing the U.S. Capitol with President Zachary Taylor, i.e., “when additional presidents joined the ranks, Smith updated his plate.” Cunningham p98, Popular Images.