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Key, Francis Scott

The Star Spangled Banner

New York: Geib & Co., no date (c.1816-17).
First New York printing of what would officially become the American national anthem – finally adopted as such in 1931 – 117 years after it was written.

Known as "Defence of Fort M'Henry" when first published anonymously as a broadside on September 17th of 1814. First printed as a song later that autumn in Baltimore. This edition was the first to be printed in New York and the fifth to be printed with this title. Archivally framed.

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