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A RE-CREATION OF THE
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Two Versions:
Accurate Historic Facsimile completed September 2009
as originally designed & printed by Mary Katharine Goddard, 1777

Approximate dimensions: 21 x 16 + folio
Hand set in Caslon & letterpress printed
on hand made cotton & linen paper
Mindy Belloff, Printer
Edition Limited
to 100


   

Image middle, original Goddard Broadside (from the Library of Congress)
Printed letterpress facsimile replica on right, Intima Press 2009.
(as announced at the annual American Printing History Association meeting January 2009)

And, NEW Goddard Broadside design
Contemporary Rewriting
(2nd version)

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

  
Essay page printed letterpress + New conemporary edition printing, Intima Press July 4, 2010.

Order information
:

Secure your broadside now. Fall Sale!! Copies of the historic recreation
limited edition are currently available for $650 (+ shipping)


New contemporary version available for an
introductory price of $400 for a limited time (+ shipping)


     

"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."


Intima Press
. Fine Printed Letterpress & Book Arts
32 Union Square East, Studio 310 . New York, NY 10003 - 917.412.4134
www.IntimaPress.com . E-mail us at: IntimaPress@yahoo.com


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New Contemporary Rewriting (a 2nd version)
Printed on July 4, 2010 by Mindy Belloff, New York
Based upon the design and printing by
Mary Katharine Goddard, Maryland, January 18, 1777

Approximate dimensions: 21 x 16 + folio w/essays
Hand set in Caslon & letterpress printed
on hand made 100% cotton
bright white paper
Edition Limited
to 118



Mindy Belloff went to press this July 4, 2010 to celebrate Independence Day!
Re-written announcing "all People are created equal"

"We hold these truths to be self-evident that all People are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness"

Funding of the paper for this edition has been made possible
by a grant from the Puffin Foundation, whose mission is
“to support creative and innovative initiatives
that will advance progressive social change.”


Reserve your copy at $500 for a limited time!


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Events:







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Independence Weekend Presentation on

"Mary Katharine Goddard's Declaration of Independence printed in 1777 & 2009"

at The Maryland Historical Society Saturday, July 3, 2010
http://www.mdhs.org/events/index.html


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Watch for an article in the July 2010 edition of Northeast Antiques magazine. Titled "We hold these truths..." by Sharon Verbeten

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Look for a Feature article in the Life Beat section of the March 2 edition of the Providence Journal
http://www.projo.com/lifebeat/content/lb-declaration_03-02-10_K3HIIID_v24.293b745.html


Mindy Belloff will be presenting on the Goddard Declaration of Independence
for Women's History Month
this March 5, 2011
at Colonial Williamsburg, VA!
DeWitt Museum 1:30 pm
http://www.history.org

Read an article in the July 7, 2010 edition of New York's downtown weekly newspaper, "The Villager"

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Read an interview about the hand set re-creation on “The Extraordinary Letterpress Declaration” posted at: http://www.feltandwire.com/?p=8027

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Hear an interview with Mindy Belloff on NPR's local Baltimore station 88.1 on Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast.
The podcast is at: http://mdmorn.wordpress.com/


From WYPR:
Many of the names associated with the Declaration of Independence-John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Samuel Chase-are household names. Another one-Mary Katherine Goddard-is probably not. But Goddard played a central role in this foundational American document-she printed it. At the time she was living in Baltimore and was in fact Baltimore’s Postmistress. Mindy Belloff, an artist who runs Intima Press in New York City, has spent a year recreating Mary Katherine Goddard’s printing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Contemporary Recreation (2nd) Printing July 4, 2010

July 1 - printed blue plate for essays sheet on Mohawk Superfine, 21x16.5 inches

July 2 - printed two press runs of red plates w/new colophon



   

July 4 - Going to Press!!


     

Sunday, 4th of July: I worked 12 hours today, finalizing the colophon, swiping out long-s characters, making sure all the "st" ligatures were in place, proofing, revising and finally going to press.

The new broadsides look gorgeous on the lush, bright white 100% cotton papers!


  

   

     


Saturday, July 10 - I went to press, printing John Hancock's signature. I decided to print it in a light inky blue. It looks awesome next to the deep black, on the bright white textured paper!




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Past Events:

Please join us for a Lecture
On the "Making of the Goddard Broadside" as Mindy Belloff of Intima Press honors Mary Katharine Goddard for Women's History Month

at Brown University's John Carter Brown Library - Thursday, March 4, 2010

Join us for a presentation of the Goddard Declaration of Independence
on Sunday, March 7 from 1:30-2pm

General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Library, 20 West 44th Street, NY


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What people are saying...

"Your printing is a beautiful and faithful rendition." - Dennis S.

"It is really beautiful. I love it!" - Jim G.

"It's lovely. Beautiful presswork." - William A.

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Time Line of the Goddard Historic Facsimile:
Project announced January 2009 at American Printing History Assoc. meeting
March through July planning & research of typecasting & papermaking
Caslon type arrived beginning August 12, Paper arrived August 24
Typesetting began September 2, 2009 through Sept. 9
Declaration Broadside went to press October 1, 2009
Essays
finalized & published December 2009

Background


In 1777, Congress selected Mary Katharine Goddard of Baltimore to print the Declaration of Independence for each of the thirteen United States. This was the second printed copy, and the first to reveal the identity of the signers. She produced a beautiful 2-column design and added her name at the bottom "Baltimore, in Maryland: Printed by Mary Katharine Goddard" which put her at risk for treason, along with the Founding Fathers.

Mary Katharine Goddard offered use of her press despite the dangers she might face printing a document considered treason by the British. She believed in freedom of the press and had printing in her blood. Her brother William set up a print shop in Providence in 1762, which she and her mother Sarah Updike, assisted. The family then relocated to Philadelphia, printing the Chronicle, and in 1774, another relocation to Baltimore. As William traveled, Mary Katharine ran the printing of the Maryland Journal. In her Notes on Woman Printers In Colonial America and The United States 1639-1975, Marjorie Dana Barlow writes: “Throughout the Revolution she edited and published the Maryland Journal & Baltimore Advertizer. . . .She conducted a book and stationery shop, owned and perhaps operated a papermill. She also was a postmistress for 14 years . . . and was distinguished in journalism and typography.” Isaiah Thomas described her as “an expert and correct compositor, doing good printing besides fine work with copperplates.” Mary Katharine Goddard served as Postmistress of Baltimore for 14 years, until 1789 when she was replaced with a man. She appealed to George Washington and even petitioned the Senate to gain her reinstatement, but to no avail. She established a stationery and book store in Baltimiore and ran her shop until her death on August 12, 1816, at the age of 78.

Mindy Belloff has created a hand set letterpress printed broadside, reproducing Mary Katharine Goddard’s elegant design of the Declaration of Independency, published by
Intima Press.

    

Letterpress Printing of the Goddard Broadside
: This incredible broadsheet was recreated to honor our historic document and pay tribute not only to our Founding Fathers, but to a courageous and accomplished woman printer and Daughter of Liberty. There are 9 known copies of the original Goddard Broadside in existence. The text is set in Caslon (as the original), housed inside a folio, and published in an edition limited to only 100 copies.

The Essays Page (20 x 16 inches, 2-color letterpress printing) - Text on the historic importance of the Goddard document with commentary about its contemporary re-printing + essays on the making of the broadside with additional information about Goddard is included in the folio.
Essays are included by historians David Armitage and Martha King and Mindy Bellof.

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Notes of Mindy Belloff, 2009


January 24, 2009 - I announced my intention to recreate the Goddard Declaration of Independence, at the American Printing History Association annual meeting held at the New York Public Library.

February 2009 - contacted the Maryland Historical Society to get information about their copy of the Goddard Broadside.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - contacted Rosemary Fry Plakas, American History Specialist at the Library of Congress about viewing the document in Washington D.C. to check the point sizes of the type, impression of printing, and examine the paper (watermark, texture, weight).

Friday, March 20, 2009 - correspondence with James N. Green, Librarian at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Jim is very knowledgeable and
continues to be extremely helpful. The laid paper, according to Jim is "watermarked W.H. who I think is William Hoffman, a papermaker from Germany who arrived in Philadelphia in 1768, and moved to Maryland in 1775, where he built a mill at Great Gunpowder Falls." He also e-mailed that "The main text type is unleaded (i.e. body size and face size the same) with an 82 mm 20 line measure, which makes it the size called pica, roughly equivalent to 12 point."

March 20, 2009 - I spoke with Robert Schoeberlein,
Director of Special Collections at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis. He said their copy had been folded and there was a lot of loss. Having been a Librarian at the Maryland Historical Society, Robert recommended the copy there, which is in very good condition and a better document to view.

March 24, 2009 - I met with Jim Green at the Library Company of Philadelphia
and began studying the Declaration document. The Broadside is in very good condition, although backed with another sheet. The two edges on the left and right appeared to be cut. The top and bottom were deckle-edged. The point size looked to me closer to 11pt.  I was able to take numerous pica measures of the heading, body of the text in two columns, and the listing of the signors in italics on the bottom. It was wonderful to have such access to the document and also to be able to view it on a light table.

I talked to Jim about the possibility of my creating an edition that was "gender inclusive" - that all "people" were created equal, as opposed to "all Men." We spoke a bit about gender roles in colonial times. I realized I had a lot of reading to do.

April 6, 2009 - Spent many hours at the Library of Congress, examining their copy of the Goddard Broadside, taking numerous measurements. I did not see a watermark on the paper. The broadside is mounted on another sheet of paper, which is also turned over on all four edges (sort of making all the edges double-secure), but it looks to me like the deckle is on all four sides. The measurement listed is 54 x 44 cm.

Most of the remaining 9 Goddard Broadsides are not signed. However, the Library of Congress copy is signed by John Hancock and Attested to by Charles Thompson. I received permission to photograph the signatures and am planning to deviate slightly from the hand setting to make a photopolymer plate. This way I can recreate the signatures in a brown/black ink to add more visual interest.

Rosemary Fry Plakas was very helpful, having reserved the Goddard Broadside for my viewing before it went onto Exhibitions. She also had other broadsides for me to look at that were printed by Mary K. and a few that were attributed to her brother William.

After spending the afternoon with the Broadsides and talking with Rosemary, I decided I should recreate the broadside as it is - an historically correct facsimile. I will do research on colonial women for an essay in the folio. Rosemary suggested I begin with reading Abigail Adams' letters to her husband.

I had also corresponded with Barbara Bair, Historian of 19th c America and Acting Mss Specialist of Early American History, in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. She provided me with a wonderful bibliography about Colonial America. I promptly ordered as many books as I could from my local library.

I am very interested in finding out how Mary K. became the printer of the Continental Congress, after John Dunlap (who produced the first letterpress printed Declaration). However, there is not as much information on Mary K. Goddard as there is on her brother, so the research continues.

June 5, 2009 - I visited the Library Company of Philadelphia again, but this time with paper samples in hand that Travis, from Twin Rocker handmade papers, sent me in May. I narrowed down a few choices, but none of the papers were quite right. I spoke to Jim about the yellowing of the paper and would like to brighten the color so that it will be closer to what the paper might have looked like in 1777. The text weight is quite thin. Again, I am thinking of going with a slightly heavier weight paper so that it will take impression nicely on my press.

June 7, 2009 - At the Hybrid Book Fair in Philadelphia, I spoke with Tom Bannister about my project and he recommended I touch base with Tim Barrett, of the University of Iowa Center for the Book. I promptly contacted Tim upon my return to NY. Tim said he would send some paper samples and also suggested I speak with Katie McGregor, who worked at Twin Rocker and the Iowa Center. Katie supplies papers to conservators.

June 26, 2009 - I received paper samples from Katie and will contact her again next week. In addition, I have been corresponding with Theo Rehak at the Dale Guild Type Foundry, who has ATF Caslon 471. Theo spoke very highly of Ed Rayher, of Swamp Press, who has the monotype #337 of Caslon. I have been corresponding on and off with Ed since February and will touch base again next week.

July 4, 2009 - I am thinking of producing two separate editions - one "historically correct"
and the other a smaller edition, the "contemporary gender-inclusive" version...blaspheme!!!! Happy July 4!


"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all People are created equal,
that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

July 22, 2009 - Conversations with Katie MacGregor, papermaker, regarding paper color and weight. Katie is making a batch of paper with cotton and muslin for another job. She will add her "special reserve" abaca for me so that the off-white color will not be too pink or too yellow. I decided to lighten the color we see now, which is yellowed with age, to what the paper might have looked like in 1777. Katie will adjust her laid-line screen for the 21x16 sheet size and understands the color and weight requirements, as all her papers are conservation quality and she has extensive knowledge about historic papers. We are hoping the rains subside next week in Maine, when the paper will be pulled and set for drying, so that the deckled edges lay flat.

July 23, 2009 - I pulled a proof on a sample of paper Katie had sent me of her "Cobscook." The final paper will be more like her "Stillwater." The paper took letterpress beautifully, both dry and dampened. I am not planning on dampening the paper.

July 28, 2009 -
I spoke with Katie and she will be mixing the muslin & cotton with a small additive of abaca pigment today or tomorrow. I decided upon a weight that is thicker than the original so the sheet will hold up well to a nice impression, as well as to handling. The rains and flooding have been brutal in Maine. We're hoping it calms down next week to aid in the paper drying process!

August 7 , 2009 -
Type casting of Caslon has begun by Ed (Swamp Press) - Roman 11pt on a 12pt body for the main text + italics for the signors names. Ed has ordered matts from England for the quaints and flower sorts.

August 12 , 2009 - I built a new type cabinet to store the Caslon that will be coming in. My 2/3 type cases arrived today, along with the first batch of type, so distribution begins this weekend.

August 13 , 2009 - The last class of Summer Session is over and the Studio is now Closed to the public. Another heavy package of Caslon has arrived with more to come tomorrow and next week. Let the games begin!!!



August 16, 2009 - My sister and niece arrived today to help with the beginning of distributing the Caslon 11pt on a 12pt body. It looks tiny! Robyn handled the small caps, while Terri & I began the lower & upper case Roman and numerals. There is so much type, it feels we barely made a dent!

    
all work & no play . . .

August 20, 2009
- More volunteers arrived this week to help with distributing type: Chad, Maria, Nicole and Elliot each took a shift of a few hours, while Lee worked on the press (Houston, we have a problem...) Thanks all!

        
  

August 24, 2009
- The custom paper arrived today. It is gorgeous! One last shipment of Caslon is scheduled to arrive this week with the quaints, ornaments additional em quads, and 72pt. "W" - To determine spacing, I set a few lines of the signors names + the two lines:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights,
that among thefe are Life, Liberty and the purfuit of Happinefs..."


      

finally, a play date!

August 27, 2009 - We leave for a long weekend to Washington D.C. and will visit the Goddard Broadside again, which is now on exhibit and of course say "Hey" to Jefferson.

     

September 1, 2009 - The final packages of type arrived: 72pt. "W" + quaints, sorts, & additional spacing material.

September 2, 2009 - I began type setting the document! I'm sure there was repetitive stress hand injuries in the 18th-century print shop, especially when setting newspapers! The spacing between words is taking additional time. I have to remember to put in the long-s ("f") and quaints "ct" and "st" ligatures "ff" + "fi" + "ffi" + "fl" + "ffl" etc. I worked for 4 and a half hours with too many interruptions in the day!

   

September 3, 2009 -
the left hand side of the 2-column text is now set. There is one ligature that was missing from the casting ("ft" the long s + t as in "moft" and "hiftory"). It is being cast today and mailed out. It will take quite a bit of time to swipe out the type with the quaints, especially with lines that are unleaded. I managed to get 5 hours in, in between troubleshooting the press problems!

  

September 4, 2009 - It's Friday of the Labor Day holiday weekend and the City is emptying out a bit. I finally ordered a new press motor, as it seems this is the best solution. Mary K. would have printed on a hand press, without any electrical worries. But, I'm not complaining! I set type on the right hand column today (4.5 hours). I have run out of capital "P's" and will soon run out of "C's," "D's" and lower case "d."

September 5, 2009, Saturday- Ed called to say he cast the additional letters and will send them overnight for Sunday delivery. Ah, modern convenience. Mary K. would have had plenty of type in her shop. But, I suppose if she were in a bind, she would send a messenger to a print shop in Philie, since Caslon was the font of the day, although Ben Franklin would have had Bodoni from Italy. The "ft" quaints arrived with the mail. I set more of the right hand column and then switched to the signors, mostly in italics. Thomas Jefferson's name is abbreviated ("Thom.") and the "m" is a superscript (6 point). The "ff" is a ligature (always fun to use). I finally got in a 9-5:30 day, but took a doggie break in the middle (7 hrs)! 



September 6, 2009, Saturday
- The package of extra caps was at the studio when I arrived at 10am. I worked for 6 hours today, replacing the "P's" and "ft" ligatures and setting the last paragraph. I began to set up the press bed - first with the signors names and cutting additional leading, and then the right hand column. I finally pulled a proof at and did a quick scan for typos, and swiped out a few letters.

September 7, 2009, Monday - proofed, replaced typos, pulled out leading, proofed again (4 hrs).



September 8, 2009, Tuesday - I set the bottom text. John Hancock's name is listed twice. The last line is "Printed by Mary Katharine Goddard." I wonder about Mary K. compelled to list her name so boldly when the men from the Continental Congress were hiding out in Baltimore concerned for their lives, and she voluntarily put herself at risk for treason. A true Daughter of Liberty and advocate for Freedom of the Press!

September 9, 2009, Monday
- Set title, swipe out broken serifs on "f's", proof for final!
(intermission: take a short vacation!)




September 30, 2009, Wednesday - Printing:
After a much needed vacation (and press tune up) + more proofing, it is time to

Go To Press
! . . .


October 1, 2009, The paper took letterpress printing beautifully!

  

October 6, 2009, Tuesday - Printed John Hancock's signature from a plate.
The document is completed!


  



   

+ Essays Page

November 18, 2009 - Just a quick update: I had received the essays from David Armitage (Harvard History Professor and author of "The Declaration of Independence: A Global History) and Martha King (Historian of early Americana and author of an upcoming book, “Making an Impression: Women Printers in the Southern Colonies in the Revolutionary Era”). My own essay is still being edited and will soon be ready for digital typesetting.
The Studio is right on schedule.

November 28 , 2009, Saturday - David Armitage visited the Studio today. We had a nice time chatting about Mary K. Goddard, Jefferson, letterpress printing, and the William Blake exhibition on view now at the Morgan Library.

December 4 , 2009, Friday - The plate of all the essays arrived. The porfolios are Coventry paper.
I picked up Bugra white paper for the essays, ripped, trimmed and ready to press this weekend.



December 5 & 6, 2009,Saturday & Sunday - Printed essays in blue and red + cover labels.

     

Portfolios to be assembled this week!


    





Essays + Goddard Declaration of Independence


       

 

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