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    James Madison: 1812 Patriotic "First Western Empire" Poster. 15.5" x 20" patriotic poster titled "The First Great Western Empire, or, The United States of America." Printed in a distinctive bronze ink and black, it features portraits of Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison who are honored and credited with constructing the "Temple of Freedom". Published by Jonathan Clark of Albany in June 1812, and printed by R. Packard. The portraits flank an image of the Temple of Freedom which houses "The Federal Constitution." Text includes Washington's Farewell Address and Letter of Resignation, the preamble to the Declaration of Independence and the poem Columbia. Evenly toned, damp stains top & bottom, loss along left middle margin, four "bites" along bottom edge and lower right border, some old repairs/reinforcements on verso. Given the paucity of Madison items, this piece dating from his re-election effort in 1812 is special.

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