PROCLAMATION OF EMANCIPATION ; BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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

Two-stone lithograph, 1865.
Image size 21 1/4 x 15 7/8" (54 x 42 cm).
Good conditio,n save for one well repaired tear in the upper portion of the image.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 99990
Price: SOLD
Publisher : B. B. Russell & Co,, 55 Cornhill, Boston.
An extremely rare broadside celebrating the Proclamation of Emancipation..

All Persons Held as Slaves Shall Be Free!

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.

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.

Cataloged as Eberstadt #44, considered “very scarce” and detailed by the bibliophile as “One of the most artistic of the illustrated editions.”

18th-19th Century Subjects , Historical