Proclamation of Emancipation Broadside
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Emancipation Proclamation PROCLAMATION OF EMANCIPATION…Chicago: A. Kidder Publishing Office (1864) Large lithographic broadside 22″ x 18″ inclusive of margins.
A rare Chicago broadside printing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Lincoln’s proclamation was to take effect on January 1, 1863. According to Charles Eberstadt’s encyclopedic work on the printings of the Emancipation Proclamation, this elaborate broadside was printed in Chicago the following year.
In fact, below Kidder’s imprint on the present issue is printed the the name of the Chicago lithographer who produced the broadside: “Lith. & printed, Chas. Shober, Cor. Clark & Lake St. Chicago.”
It is quite elaborately printed, with the text mostly in script, and with six vignette illustrations including a portrait of Lincoln within an oval frame. Other illustrations include a Union soldier returning home to his family, an eagle and other allegorical figures.
A few minor vertical tears in upper and lower margins, expertly mended, else very good. Matted.