Brits find rare copy of Declaration of Independence

A real treat in time for Independence Day — a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence that was printed and distributed throughout the 13 original colonies. It was found in UK while a researcher was looking for something else.  Take a look and savor the legacy of the visionaries who led the revolutionary generation.

LONDON (AP) — British researchers have announced the discovery of a rare original copy of America’s Declaration of Independence — just in time for the Fourth of July.

Katrina McClintock, a spokeswoman at the National Archives, said Thursday that a researcher accidentally discovered the “Dunlap print,” named after a printer, several months ago. The find was announced only after it could be properly catalogued.

Edward Hampshire, the National Archives’ specialist in colonial materials, said the find was “incredibly exciting.”

“It is likely that only around 200 of these were ever printed, so uncovering a new one nearly 250 years later is extremely rare, especially one in such good condition,” he said.

He said the declaration is one of the most important documents in history because it marks the birth of the United States.

The last Dunlap print to be found was sold at an auction for $8.14 million in 2000.

National Archives officials said they weren’t sure how the Declaration of Independence copy ended up there.

Take a look at the image here.  How long has it been since you read the entire document?  Do it now.

The Associated Press

This undated image released by Britain’s National Archives Thursday, July 2, 2009, shows a copy of the United States Declaration of Independence, which has been discovered at the National Archives in Kew, England. The rare copy of the American Declaration of Independence has been found hidden in a file at the British National Archives. The Archives say that the print, known as the Dunlap print after the printer who commissioned it, is the 26th copy of the document to be found. The last Dunlap print found was sold at an auction for $8.14 million in 2000. Archives spokeswoman Katrina McClintock said Thursday that the file was found by a researcher looking through late 18th Century files for something unrelated. McClintock said it was discovered months ago but not revealed to the public until it could be extracted and catalogued. (AP Photo/National Archives)

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One Comment on “Brits find rare copy of Declaration of Independence”

  1. Tobey Llop Says:

    Shucks. I’ve read it already!

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