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FRANCIS SCOTT KEY

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WRITTEN AND SIGNED BY FRANCIS SCOTT KEY

KEY, Francis Scott. Autograph document signed. Maryland, August 3, 1803.

Rare autograph legal document written and signed by Francis Scott Key as attorney in an 1803 Maryland petition on behalf of a black slave suffering brutal violence at the hands of his "master," this extraordinary document a testament to America's history of slavery and the complex legacy of Key, famed for the Star-Spangled Banner, who was a lifelong slave owner yet nonetheless represented slaves and freed African Americans. $19,500.

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THE FIRST MAGAZINE APPEARANCE OF THE “STAR-SPANGLED BANNER”

[KEY, Francis Scott]. "Defence of Fort McHenry" (Star-Spangled Banner) in Analectic Magazine, Vol. IV. Philadelphia, November 1814.

First edition of the first magazine appearance—less than two months after the first publication—of the lyrics that later became known as “The Star-Spangled Banner.” $2200.

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