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[Carey, Matthew; Charles Cist; William Spotswood; Thomas Seddon; John Trenchard, founders and partners]
The Columbian Magazine, or Monthly Miscellany, Containing a View of the History, Manners, Literature, Characters of the Year 1787. Emollit Mores. [Bound volume I, including early appearance of the Constitution in the September 1787 issue]
Philadelphia: T. Seddon, W. Spotswood, C. Cist, & J. Trenchard, 1786-87. [4], 884p. plus index, all issues of Volume I, together with preface and foreword from the publisher. A fat small octavo, 8x5 inches in calf-backed papered boards with original red leather label gilt (legible), label ruled gilt, spine ruled with notional transverse lines. Texts appear complete although cover-wraps were discarded by binder; some illustrations (per monthly tables of contents and various stubs) are lacking; we list below those which are present. Textblock is intact without sophistication but casebinding is in poor shape: front cover is nearly detached, boards are peeled of much of their original coated papering and now show large areas of soft grey card; all extremities are heavily worn, rear board "hinged" solely by calf overlay, initial blanks are missing, and-- a most obvious flaw --much of the titlepage is irregularly torn away, with the "n" of Columbian gone along with half the publisher's line. Find a dampstain to head in index section, scattered smudges, more stains, small areas of ancient black mold (usually on foredge and upper corner-tip), the occasional tobacco-particle burn and food-fleck. A small marginal impact has dented foredge of all leaves from p.869 thru to terminal blanks. Find many tiny old doodles in both pencil and ink (mysterious geometrical figures). Front pastedown bears an old armorial bookplate belonging to one J.C.B. Peard, his motto in English: "Put Forward" Printed here is first or second appearance of the US Constitution in a serial (precedence considered u … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bolerium Books, ABAA [USA]

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