California Imprint of President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation Broadside, 1864

President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. [San Francisco]: F.L. Butler, 1864. Lithograph broadside on paper. 20.5 x 26.25 (519 x 665 mm). Imprints “Executed according to Act of Congress, the year 1864 by F.S. Butler in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the Northern District of California” to lower edge; “Executed and published by F.L. Butler, 1864. Aged 14 years” to lower left; and “Printed by L. Nagel” to lower right.

This San Francisco impression of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was printed by L. Nagel and published by F.S. Butler, declared as being “aged 14 years” in 1864. The broadside, according to Eberstadt, was “executed by a fourteen-year-old boy. Benjamin F. Butler, who was a California pioneer of 1849 and established the first lithographing plant on the West Coast, may have been the boy’s father.” F.S. Butler, however, may have been Frederick Stewart Butler (1849-1918) whose father, Miner Frederick Butler (1826-1871) was the original architect of the California State Capitol. Frederick, listed as a 21-year-old clerk in the 1870 census would have been the correct age in 1864. Very scarce, OCLC locates only 3 copies.

Provenance:Ex California State Library


Encapsulated; very minor wear to edges, repaired tear on right edge, reinforcement top edge, toning. "California State Library, California Section" stamp to verso, letter confirming deaccession available. 

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