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American Revolution. Art Portfolio. 32 engraved portraits with printed signatures of America's Founding Fathers.

American Revolution. Art Portfolio. 32 engraved portraits with printed signatures of America's Founding Fathers.

2,500.00

The plates are numbered 1 to 32 in pencil. Beneath each of the portraits is a printed facsimile signature. This is a very rare assemblage probably published prior to 1820. There is no title page. There is a non-contemporary previous ownership signature dated 1929. New endpapers from that period keep this volume completely serviceable and ready for perusal. The portfolio measures six inches by five inches. It fits neatly into the hands and it is fun to thumb through the very thick pages. Overall, condition is very good.

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The contents are,  in order:

1.  John Hancock - John Hancock was an American merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  

2. Elbridge Gerry - Elbridge Gerry was an American statesman and diplomat. As a Democratic-Republican he served as the fifth Vice President of the United States from March 1813 until his death in November 1814.  

3. Roger Sherman  - Roger Sherman was an early American statesman and lawyer, as well as a Founding Father of the United States.

4. Robert Treat Paine - Robert Treat Paine was a Massachusetts lawyer and politician, best known as a signer of the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Massachusetts.

5. Samuel Adams  - Samuel Adams was an American statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

6. John Adams - John Adams was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the first Vice President and second President of the United States.  

7. Benjamin Franklin - Benjamin Franklin FRS FRSE was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.  

8. Benjamin Rush - Benjamin Rush was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Rush was a civic leader in Philadelphia, where he was a physician, politician, social reformer, humanitarian, and educator as well as the founder of Dickinson College.

9. George Clymer - George Clymer was an American politician and Founding Father of the United States. He was one of the first Patriots to advocate complete independence from Britain.

10. Robert Morris Jr. - Robert Morris, Jr., a Founding Father of the United States, was an English-born American merchant who financed the American Revolution, oversaw the striking of the first coins of the United States, and signed the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, and the United States Constitution. Along with Alexander Hamilton and Albert Gallatin, he is widely regarded as one of the founders of the financial system of the United States.

11. John Witherspoon  - John Witherspoon was a Scottish-American Presbyterian minister and a Founding Father of the United States. Witherspoon embraced the concepts of Scottish common sense realism, and while president of the College of New Jersey (1768–1794; now Princeton University), became an influential figure in the development of the United States' national character. Politically active, Witherspoon was a delegate from New Jersey to the Second Continental Congress and a signatory to the July 4, 1776, Declaration of Independence. He was the only active clergyman and the only college president to sign the Declaration. Later, he signed the Articles of Confederation and supported ratification of the Constitution. In 1789 he was convening moderator of the First General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.

12. Francis Hopkinson  - Francis Hopkinson designed the first official American flag, Continental paper money, and the first U.S. coin. He was an author, a composer, and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence in July 1776, as a delegate from New Jersey.

13. Philip Livingston - Philip Livingston was an American merchant and statesman from New York City. He was a delegate for New York to the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1778, and signed the Declaration of Independence.

14. William Floyd - William Floyd was an American politician from New York, and a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.

15. Oliver Wolcott  - Oliver Wolcott Sr. was an American politician. He was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and also of the Articles of Confederation as a representative of Connecticut and the nineteenth Governor of Connecticut.

16. Samuel Huntington  - Samuel Huntington was a jurist, statesman, and Patriot in the American Revolution from Connecticut. As a delegate to the Continental Congress, he signed the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. He also served as President of the Continental Congress from 1779 to 1781, President of the United States in Congress Assembled in 1781, chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court from 1784 to 1785, and the 18th Governor of Connecticut from 1786 until his death.

17. James Wilson  - James Wilson was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.

18. George Ross - George Ross Jr  (May 10, 1730 – July 14, 1779) was a signer of the Continental Association and the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Pennsylvania. He was also the uncle of the man who married Betsy Griscom in 1773, giving her her famous married name: Betsy Ross. 

19. George Read  - George Read was an American lawyer and politician from New Castle in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a Continental Congressman from Delaware, a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, President of Delaware, and a member of the Federalist Party, who served as U.S. Senator from Delaware and Chief Justice of Delaware. Read was one of only two statesmen who signed all three of the great State papers on which the country's history is based: the original Petition to the King of the Congress of 1774, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States.

20. Thomas McKean - Thomas McKean was an American lawyer and politician from New Castle, in New Castle County, Delaware and Philadelphia. During the American Revolution he was a delegate to the Continental Congress where he signed the United States Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. McKean served as a President of Congress. He was at various times a member of the Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties. McKean served as President of Delaware, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, and Governor of Pennsylvania.  

21. Samuel Chase - Samuel Chase was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court and a signatory to the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Maryland.  

22.  William Paca - William Paca was a signatory to the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Maryland, and later Governor of Maryland and a United States federal judge.  

23. Charles Carroll of Carrollton - Charles Carroll known as Charles Carroll of Carrollton or Charles Carroll III to distinguish him from his similarly named relatives, was a wealthy Maryland planter and an early advocate of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He served as a delegate to the Continental Congress and Confederation Congress and later as first United States Senator for Maryland. He was the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence and the only Catholic Founding Father.

24. Thomas Stone  - Thomas Stone was an American planter and lawyer who signed the United States Declaration of Independence as a delegate for Maryland. He later worked on the committee that formed the Articles of Confederation in 1777.

25  Thomas Jefferson  - Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809.  

26. Edward Rutledge  - Edward Rutledge was an American politician, and youngest signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence. He later served as the 39th Governor of South Carolina.

27.  Thomas Heyward Jr. - Thomas Heyward Jr. was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and of the Articles of Confederation as a representative of South Carolina.

28. Richard Henry Lee - Richard Henry Lee was an American statesman from Virginia best known for the Lee Resolution, the motion in the Second Continental Congress calling for the colonies' independence from Great Britain.

29.  Joseph Hewes - Joseph Hewes was a native of Princeton, New Jersey, where he was born in 1730. Hewes’s parents were members of the Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers. Immediately after their marriage, they moved to New Jersey, which became Joseph Hewes’s home state. Hewes attended Princeton but there is no evidence that he actually graduated. What is known is that he became an apprentice of a merchant and in fact became a very successful merchant. After finishing his apprenticeship he earned himself a good name and a strong reputation, which would serve him well in becoming one of the most famous signers of the Declaration of Independence for North Carolina, along with William Hooper and John Penn. 

30. Arthur Middleton - Arthur Middleton, of Charleston, South Carolina, was a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence. His parents were Henry Middleton and Mary Baker Williams, both of English descent.  

31.  George Wythe - George Wythe was the first American law professor, a noted classics scholar, and a Virginia judge. The first of the seven Virginia signatories of the United States Declaration of Independence, Wythe served as one of Virginia's representatives to the Continental Congress and the Philadelphia Convention. Wythe taught and was a mentor to Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, Henry Clay and other men who became American leaders.

32. Thomas Lynch Jr.  - Thomas Lynch Jr. was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of South Carolina; his father was unable to sign the Declaration of Independence because of illness.

A significant collection of rare portraits of America's Founding Fathers with early printed facsimile signatures. Only ten of the 32 images are reproduced here.