Unanimous Declaration of Independence of the United States
the great tradition of Trumbull, Binns, Tyler, Stone and others
who had facsimilated or otherwise rendered engraved prints
of the exalted document that proclaimed the Independence of
the United States of America, Jose Maria Cundin, also, has
put together and edited a magnificent engraving of The Unanimous
Declaration. This is the first engraving by hand created,
produced and released during the last 150 years.
Millennia Edition of the Declaration
of Independence was carved by hand on a brass plate by
Pedro Maria Azpiazu, a Basque artisan considered to be among
the finest metal engravers in the world today. The paper used
for this Edition was especially formulated and hand made by
Villabona, ancient paper maker of the Basque Country in Spain.
The printer is el Maestro Arturo Garcia, director of the renowned
Taller Mayor of Madrid.
Millennia Edition was proudly released to the American public
in the year 1992 during the Quincentenary celebrations of
the Discovery of America. The occasion of this announcement
was magnified by the presentation of copy number 0 to, then,
President George Bush by His Majesty Don Juan Carlos I of
Spain. The following year, Mr. Thomas Foley, Speaker of the
U.S. House of Representatives, was entrusted with the copy
number 1 to be displayed permanently in the Rotunda of Congress.
Other collections where this exquisite work of art is represented
The Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Blacksburgh, VA, University of Virginia,
Charlottesville, VA, National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution, Washington DC, The Naval Museum, Madrid, The Texaco
Collection, The Princeton Library, Spain '92 Foundation, Washington
D.C., Johnson & Wales University, Miami, Sacred Heart Academy,
New Orleans, The Windsor Court, New Orleans and Country Day
School, New Orleans among others. This heirloom is also displayed
in numerous private homes and offices throughout the country.
Millennia Edition in engraving by hand of The Declaration
of Independence of the United States of America is comprised
of 5000 copies on Villabona paper. Each sheet weighs 500 grams
(1lb.) and measures approximately 31"x35". The prints are
embossed on the lower right hand corner with the ciphers of
credit of the Edition. Each print is delivered with a certificate
of authenticity signed and dated by Jose Maria Cundin.
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The Times-Picayune, Artist Jose Maria Cundin talks about his new work at Galerie Gigi, By Chris Rose, Columnist, Thursday July 02, 2009, 4:00 PM
Sun, Man's admiration becomes handy craftwork, By Amanda
J. Crawford, Sun Staff, Originally published July 4, 2001
Capital, West St. gallery brings a touch of history, By
DONNA L. COLE, Published July 31, 2001, The Capital, Annapolis,
Md. Copyright © 2001 The Capital, Annapolis, Md.