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1st newspaper printing of historic document

Published On: Jun 25 2013 09:31:16 AM EDT

Library of Congress

After Congress approved the Declaration of Independence and it was first printed by John Dunlap of Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, printers throughout the new nation quickly produced their own versions as copies of Dunlap’s broadside were taken by land and water from Philadelphia. The first newspaper printing of the Declaration was in Benjamin Towner’s Pennsylvania Evening Post on July 6, 1776.


The first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence appeared on July 6, 1776, and the edition will be for sale.

Robert A. Siegel Galleries in New York City is auctioning The Pennsylvania Evening Post issue Tuesday. It's estimated to fetch up to $750,000.

The seller wished to remain anonymous.


Four issues of the Post's Declaration have appeared at auction in the past 50 years.

The last sold with other documents at Sotheby's in December 2012 for $722,500.

Seth Kaller, an expert in American historic documents, says the Post printing was only the second printing of the Declaration in any form.

The first was the official broadside printed by John Dunlap.

The versions differ in capitalization.