The State of Carolina. "At a Convention of the People of the State...begun and held at Columbia...An Ordinance to dissolve the Union between the State of South Carolina and the other States...done at Charleston, 20 December 1860...Entered according to Act of Congress in the Clerk's Office...for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1865." 1 page, large folio, (30½ x 24 in.), careful mends to a few corners and mostly marginal defects, laid on archival paper. Professionally conserved, matted and framed. | Christie's" /> [CIVIL WAR]. SOUTH CAROLINA -- ORDINANCE OF SECESSION "SCROLL OF TREASON." <I>The State of Carolina. "At a Convention of the People of the State...begun and held at Columbia...An Ordinance to dissolve the Union between the State of South Carolina and the other States...done at Charleston, 20 December 1860...Entered according to Act of Congress in the Clerk's Office...for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1865.</I>" <I>1 page, large folio, (30½ x 24 in.), careful mends to a few corners and mostly marginal defects, laid on archival paper. Professionally conserved, matted and framed</I>. | Christie's
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    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 111

    [CIVIL WAR]. SOUTH CAROLINA -- ORDINANCE OF SECESSION "SCROLL OF TREASON." The State of Carolina. "At a Convention of the People of the State...begun and held at Columbia...An Ordinance to dissolve the Union between the State of South Carolina and the other States...done at Charleston, 20 December 1860...Entered according to Act of Congress in the Clerk's Office...for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1865." 1 page, large folio, (30½ x 24 in.), careful mends to a few corners and mostly marginal defects, laid on archival paper. Professionally conserved, matted and framed.

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    [CIVIL WAR]. SOUTH CAROLINA -- ORDINANCE OF SECESSION "SCROLL OF TREASON." The State of Carolina. "At a Convention of the People of the State...begun and held at Columbia...An Ordinance to dissolve the Union between the State of South Carolina and the other States...done at Charleston, 20 December 1860...Entered according to Act of Congress in the Clerk's Office...for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1865." 1 page, large folio, (30½ x 24 in.), careful mends to a few corners and mostly marginal defects, laid on archival paper. Professionally conserved, matted and framed.

    THE "SCROLL OF TREASON": SOUTH CAROLINA'S SECESSION BROADSIDE, AS CAPTURED BY U.S. COLORED TROOPS. A large-format lithographic facsimile of the original manuscript Act of Secession, reproducing one captured by a detachment of U.S. Colored Troops in the closing days of the Civil War. It displays, with great accuracy, the facsimile signatures of D.F. Jamison, President of the Convention, as well as those of the 169 delegates. At the bottom, an explanatory note reads, "This scroll of 'treason' was found in the house of Dr. Lamb, Secretary of State...while out on a two days scout." The specific Union troops are identified as Company G, 102 US Colored Troops, "the whole under command of Maj. N. Clark and Lieutenant G.A. Southworth." The black soldiers had actually discovered a copy of the imposing Evans & Cogswell engraving (see preceding lot) but believed it to be the original act; the plantation where it was discovered was "Soldier's Retreat" near Drayton Hall. Upon his return with the treasured document to his hometown of Leoni, Michigan, First Lieutenant G.A. Southworth arranged for the ordinance to be reproduced again, with the appended story of his company's finding of the "original" while on a "scout."

    AN EXTREMELY RARE BROADSIDE, evidently printed in a small edition, reproducing the engrossed document by which South Carolina became the first state to declare its secession. We have handled only one copy (sold 9 December 1998, lot 72, $8,625, in less-fine condition), and have not traced other copies at auction. Sabin 87444 (note). Sabin notes only three copies.


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