5 December 2006
LINCOLN, Abraham (1809-1865), President. [PRELIMINARY EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION]. By the President of the United States. A Proclamation. I, Abraham Lincoln...do hereby proclaim and declare that...on the first day of January...all persons held as slaves...shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free... Washington, 22 September 1862. N.p. [Boston?: J.M. Forbes?], n.d. [September-December 1862].
Folio broadside (16 x 11¾ in.). Printed in one column. Bold heading, woodcut of American eagle and flag at top center. Slight yellowing, small tear to tope edge, otherwise in very good condition.
NOT IN EBERSTADT: AN EARLY, APPARENTLY UNRECORDED PRINTING OF THE PRELIMINARY EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION. Lincoln's September proclamation gave the states then in rebellion 100 days notice of the consequences of the prolongation of the rebellion. "As the first official pronouncement of Lincoln's expressed intention to free the slaves...it was a momentous document" (Eberstadt). This printing, not noted in Eberstadt's detailed bibliography, includes a brief quotation on slavery from an address of Alexander H. Stephens ("Vice President of the Cotton Confederacy") on the importance of slavery, headed "Slavery the Corner-Stone." Eberstadt notes several printings that he assigns to the printer Forbes in Boston: no.6 is a small format broadside (8 x 6 in.); no.7 is a miniature pamphlet; while nos. 14 and 15 are later editions featuring both preliminary and final Proclamations. THIS LARGE FORMAT BROADSIDE IS EVIDENTLY UNRECORDED. See C. Eberstadt, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, 1950, nos. 6, 7, 14, 15, and pp.12-13 .
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