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Proclamation of Emancipation; By the President of the United States of America.


  • PUBLISHER: B. B. Russell & Co., 55 Cornhill, Boston.

  • MEDIUM: Two-stone lithograph,

    DATE: 1865.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 21 1/4 x 15 7/8" (54 x 42 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: An extremely rare broadside celebrating the Proclamation of Emancipation..<br><br> All Persons Held as Slaves Shall Be Free!<br><br> Shows a circular portrait of Lincoln held up by the wings of the American Eagle. On either side are vignettes depicting a slave auction and slaves working in a wood shop and plowing a field. At the bottom, beneath the signatures of Lincoln and Seward is a large oval vignette of a white family in desperation. Created by the Boston lithographer Russell prior to the President’s assassination in 1864 but not issued (copyright) until 1865, apparently in very small numbers.<br><br> This is an original of one of the most reproduced of the Emancipation broadsides. All known reproductions are from the example at the Library of Congress.<br><br> Cataloged as Eberstadt #44, considered “very scarce” and detailed by the bibliophile as “One of the most artistic of the illustrated editions.”<BR><BR>


  • CONDITION: Good conditio,n save for one well repaired tear in the upper portion of the image.


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