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    [William Woodruff]. Declaration of Independence. One page, 20.75" x 28", Philadelphia; [circa 1837-1840s]. Published by O. Rogers No. 67 South 2nd St. Philad. Printed by C.P. Harrison. Engraved broadside wherein the Declaration appears inside an ornate, circular frame containing the state seals of the original thirteen states (the names of which are indicated outside the frame near the lower margin) and topped with portraits of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. The signatures of the Declaration signers appear below the text. A printed dedication from engraver William Woodruff appears near the bottom reading, "To the People of the United States this Engraving of the Declaration of Independence is most respectfully inscribed by their fellow citizen Wm. Woodruff."

    When Woodruff released this broadside, he was instantly accused of stealing the design of fellow engraver, John Binns. Woodruff focused less on the quality of the engraving (which is evident in a side by side comparison of the two) and was able to release his copy quicker. Binns' filed a lawsuit stating that Woodruff had stolen his design while serving as a journeyman for one of Binns' employees, a man named George Murray. The lawsuit was unsuccessful, but the public feud between the two men increased interest in the broadsides.

    Condition: Gently rubbed with light edgewear. A .75" closed tear and a .5" closed tear exists along the bottom margin. "Printed by C.P. Harrison" is significantly faded.


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    November, 2021
    6th Saturday
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