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    New York Times: First Printing of the Gettysburg Address. 14.25" x 19.25" [sight] framed to an overall size of 19.75" x 25". New-York Times, November 20, 1863. Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address appears on the front page of this edition of the New-York Times only hours after the President delivered the speech, making this one of the earliest printings of arguably the most important speech in American history. Though several versions of the speech were printed in the days after Lincoln delivered it on November 19, more Americans in 1863 read variations of this Times version than any other. The frame contains the front page of the newspaper. The additional six pages (eight pages total) are uncut and included in the lot, but are not framed. They exhibit some normal edge wear, toning and tears.

    Joseph Gilbert of the Associated Press, one of only four newspaper copyists in attendance at the dedication in Gettysburg, reviewed Lincoln's written text immediately afterwards and then sent it by telegraph to the Times, which printed it near the top of the middle column on page one in this November 20th morning edition. The text of the speech, taking up a mere thirty-one lines, is included in an article entitled "The Heroes of July" and contains bracketed notations indicating when the audience applauded. Interestingly, the text of Everett's lengthy speech takes up all of page two of this edition and one column of page three. The New-York Times was an important Republican newspaper and, thus, reported favorably on the speech, giving it valuable front page space (unlike papers such as the Hartford Courant which printed two versions of Secretary of State William Seward's speech and large extracts of Everett's speech but did not mention Lincoln's address).

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