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First edition of 'Star-Spangled Banner' on display in New York

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A rare first edition of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is on display at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. (Source: CBS) A rare first edition of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is on display at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. (Source: CBS)

NEW YORK (CBS) - The Morgan Library and Museum has put on display a rare first edition of The Star-Spangled Banner to mark the 200th anniversary of the origination of the famous anthem.

Quite notably, "patriotic" is misspelled in the subtitle of this first edition, one of only a handful of surviving copies.

The sight of the flag defiantly flying over Fort McHenry after the British attack in September 1814 inspired Francis Scott Key's poem. It was set to the 1770s melody To Anacreon in Heaven by John Stafford Smith.

The tune was composed for the Anacreontic Society, ironically, a British music club that held its meetings at the Crown and Anchor Tavern in the Strand.

It was not until 1931 that an act of Congress declared The Star-Spangled Banner the national anthem.

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