Rare copy of the United States Declaration of Independence found in Britain

Published on July 4th, 2009 | by Admin


An extremely rare and valuable copy of the Declaration of Independence, one of only 200 ever printed, has been found at the National Archives in Surrey, England.

Stumbled upon by an American antiquarian bookseller carrying out research, the Dunlap print of the declaration was printed on July 4, 1776 and brings the total of known surviving copies worldwide to 26.

The last discovery of a Dunlap print was at a flea market in 1989, and it sold at auction in 2000 for 8.14 million US dollars.

Dunlaps were the first official printings of the Declaration of Independence and were named after John Dunlap, the printer whose name is given at the bottom of each copy.

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