1819 John Binns Original Copy Of The Declaration Of Independence


1819 John Binns Original Copy Of The Declaration Of Independence

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1819 JOHN BINNS ORIGINAL COPY OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE The Declaration of Independence many times had copies made; some commissioned, others were not. By 1815, the original Declaration of Independence had seriously deteriorated due to inappropriate handling and storage, creating a need for a facsimile reproduction. The original is the original, which is considered the engrossed Declaration of Independence. There are copies done by permission or commission and were limited in numbers. These are considered the original copies and are known as the Dunlap Broadside (1776), the Goddard copy (1777), the Tyler copy (1818), the Binns copy (1819), the Huntington copy (1820), the Stone copy (1823), the Peter Force copy (1833 printed by Stone, inserted 1848), the Anastatic Fac-Simile copy (1845 John Jay Smith), and the London Force copy (1855). Many of these copies are found, sold or retained in collections of archival libraries of universities, museums, historical societies, the government and in private collections. All of these copies are inherently rare, valuable, and important, but it is the words within the documents that deserve our highest attention and reverence. Until 1818 Americans never saw the writing of the Declaration, having only seen the words in print on Broadsides and Newspapers. Two rival printers, John Binns and Benjamin Owen Tyler desired to be the first to produce such a copy. Binns began in 1816, by taking subscriptions to his print of the Declaration. He charged $10 per copy and his presentation of the document was going to include portraits and be surrounded by the seals of the thirteen original colonies. Tyler raced to the finish in April of 1818 with a more hastily produced copy, but the Binns copy arguably remains the most artistic copy ever produced. Binns employed master artists to produce his copy, including James Barton Longacre. Longacre engraved the portraits Washington, Hancock and Jefferson which appear at the top of the copy. He later went onto be the 4th Chief Engraver at the U.S. Mint. Binns listed his credits as: “Originally designed by John Binns, ornamental part drawn by Geo. Bridport, arms of the United States and the Thirteen States drawn from official documents by Thomas Sully, Portrait of Gen’l Washington painted in 1795 by Stuart, Portraits of Thomas Jefferson in 1816 by Otis, Portrait of John Hancock painted in 1765 by Copley, Ornamental part, arms of the United States and the Thirteen States engreaved by Geo. Murry, the writing designed and engraved by C.H. Parker, Portraits engraved by J.B. Longacre, Printed by James Porter.” This Binns print measures 24 by 35.5 inches and is in extremely fine condition. Binns had hoped to sell 200 copies of his print to the government but was disappointed in 1820 by then Secretary of state John Quincy Adams's commission of an exact facsimile of the original by William J. Stone. 1819 JOHN BINNS ORIGINAL COPY OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE The Declaration of Independence many times had copies made; some commissioned, others were not. By 1815, the original Declaration of Independence had seriously deteriorated due to inappropriate handling and storage, creating a need for a facsimile reproduction. The original is the original, which is considered the engrossed Declaration of Independence. There are copies done by permission or commission and were limited in numbers. These are considered the original copies and are known as the Dunlap Broadside (1776), the Goddard copy (1777), the Tyler copy (1818), the Binns copy (1819), the Huntington copy (1820), the Stone copy (1823), the Peter Force copy (1833 printed by Stone, inserted 1848), the Anastatic Fac-Simile copy (1845 John Jay Smith), and the London Force copy (1855). Many of these copies are found, sold or retained in collections of archival libraries of universities, museums, historical societies, the government and in private collections. All of these copies are inherently rare, valuable, and important, but it is the words within the documents that deserve our highest attention and reverence. Until 1818 Americans never saw the writing of the Declaration, having only seen the words in print on Broadsides and Newspapers. Two rival printers, John Binns and Benjamin Owen Tyler desired to be the first to produce such a copy. Binns began in 1816, by taking subscriptions to his print of the Declaration. He charged $10 per copy and his presentation of the document was going to include portraits and be surrounded by the seals of the thirteen original colonies. Tyler raced to the finish in April of 1818 with a more hastily produced copy, but the Binns copy arguably remains the most artistic copy ever produced. Binns employed master artists to produce his copy, including James Barton Longacre. Longacre engraved the portraits Washington, Hancock and Jefferson which appear at the top of the copy. He later went onto be the 4th Chief Engraver at the U.S. Mint. Binns listed his credits as: “Originally designed by John Binns, ornamental part drawn by Geo. Bridport, arms of the United States and the Thirteen States drawn from official documents by Thomas Sully, Portrait of Gen’l Washington painted in 1795 by Stuart, Portraits of Thomas Jefferson in 1816 by Otis, Portrait of John Hancock painted in 1765 by Copley, Ornamental part, arms of the United States and the Thirteen States engreaved by Geo. Murry, the writing designed and engraved by C.H. Parker, Portraits engraved by J.B. Longacre, Printed by James Porter.” This Binns print measures 24 by 35.5 inches and is in extremely fine condition. Binns had hoped to sell 200 copies of his print to the government but was disappointed in 1820 by then Secretary of state John Quincy Adams's commission of an exact facsimile of the original by William J. Stone.
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