Welcome to the blog for Lighthouse Books, ABAA. My name is Michael Slicker. We are a family-owned and operated antiquarian bookstore that has been open 40 years, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Please have a look around the blog. Bookmark us or subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be alerted when we make updates. Please follow the links to our spot on AbeBooks and our online bookstore for listings of some of what we have available. Thank you for visiting us online. You can visit us in person at 1735 First Avenue N in downtown St. Petersburg. We specialize in rare books, unusual books, antique maps, vintage photographs and more.
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Monday, June 16, 2014
Mary K. Goddard published early Declaration
Goddard broadside has two columns of type. The Dunlap version had only one. Inset: Mary Goddard.
It is the birthday of Baltimore publisher Mary Katherine Goddard (1783), who printed the first copy of the Declaration of Independence in 1777 with the typeset names of those who signed it. It is known as the Goddard broadside, and was the second version of the document to be printed. (The first, known as the Dunlap broadside and produced in 1776 by printer John Dunlap in Philadelphia, did not include the names of the signers.) Goddard published The Maryland Journal, a revolutionary publication started by her brother. For 14 years, she served as postmaster of Baltimore until the Postmaster General declared that the position had to be filled by a man. Despite local protests and a petition signed by 200 Baltimore men, Goddard was removed. Goddard got into a squabble with her brother and in 1784 the siblings published rival almanacs for the following year. For a dozen years late in life, Goddard operated a bookstore in Baltimore.
Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.
We also have a wide variety of general stock, including a large Landscape/Gardening section, a great selection of Christian/Church History/Bible Study titles, Beat Literature, and much more. Please browse our extensive category list.
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