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United States Constitution]
Printed for Seddon, Spotswood, Cist, and Trenchard, Philadelphia, 1787. pp.[615]-674 plus two plates (one folding) and a folding table of Meteorological Observations. Antique-style calf, gilt ornamental border on boards, gilt leather label. Moderate foxing and toning. Extensive annotations in light pencil. Very good overall. The first periodical printing of the United States Constitution, probably issued within a week of its release as a broadside. The Constitutional Convention ratified its final draft on Monday, Sept. 17, 1787. The following day, Sept. 18, the broadside version, issued for members of the Convention, was printed by Dunlap and Claypoole, the official printers. On Sept. 19 the same printers issued the first public printing of the Constitution in their newspaper, THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET. The present magazine was probably printed late in the week, and the final signature, containing the Constitution and recent news, was probably printed on Saturday, Sept. 22. This is the last internal date, on the last page, and actually refers to an event that took place on the 17th as "Monday last." From a survey of Mott's HISTORY OF AMERICAN MAGAZINES in the period, it seems that it was common practice to issue monthly publications by the last week of every month. This issue would seem to have been out and in general circulation by Monday the 24th, one week after the end of the Convention. Its version of the Constitution was executed, most likely, on the 22nd, four days after the official broadside and three days after the first public, newspaper, appearance. This issue also … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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