Jefferson's Inaugural Address on Satin
This rare satin broadside of Jefferson’s 1801 inaugural address was printed by Matthew Carey in an edition of 89 copies. It is embellished with a portrait of Jefferson at the top, the only known broadside edition to be illustrated thus. Revealing his taste for a bit of elegance, Jefferson wrote to Carey requesting a satin printing of the broadside, a request that was initiated after Carey sent Jefferson a copy of the broadside printed on paper.
The Library of Congress also has a paper copy of the original broadside edition of the Jefferson’s 1801 speech, an unrecorded printing that was a gift to the Library from Roscoe Conklin of New York. The visual quality of the 1801 broadside with the portrait of Jefferson at the top makes this a very appealing addition to the iconography of Jefferson at the beginning of his first term.