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London, D. Henry, 1776. A VERY EARLY PRINTING OF THE AMERICAN DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, 1776. 8vo, 210 x 130 mm, 8½ x 5 inches, full year of 12 issues, January - December 1776, bound together, plus the Supplement, each month with its own title page with a woodcut of St. John's Gate at the top. LACKS 1 folding map, and 1 folding plate is damaged with loss, present are 7 folding maps, including 3 American maps featuring the progress of the war, a map of the South Pole, a map of the discoveries of Captain Cook, a Projection of the Western Hemisphere, plus a folding plan of the City and University of Cambridge in the 16th century (the damaged map is the Projection of the Eastern Hemisphere which has loss to top and lower margin, and LACKS THE MAP of The Progress of His Majesty's Armies in New-York, 5 engraved plates, 1 folding, plus a few illustrations in the text, pages: (4) - general title page, preface, [2]-608, plus 16 pages of index and errata etc. Bound in full leather, rebacked to style, double ruled gilt border to covers, gilt rules, raised bands, date and maroon gilt lettered morocco label to spine. Covers scuffed with pale staining, corners slightly worn with board just showing at tips, some mottled staining to top corner of upper cover, small repair to lower edge of upper cover, neat ink name at top of January title page, occasional small pale stains, 4 pages lightly browned, not obscuring text, map of South Pole creased in small lower fold-up panel, likewise the Capt. Cook map which is also lightly browned at the lower edge, closed tear across part of Western Hemisphere map neatly repaired on reverse with no loss of text or image, some vertical misfolds to a couple of maps, 1 engraved plate misplaced at the end of the index instead of at page 80, with its fore-edge margin trimmed away, rear inner paper hinge has vertical pale brown stain. Binding tight and sound. A very good sturdy copy (lacking 1 map and 1 map damaged as mentioned). The complete Declaration of Independence is found on pages 361 and 362 of the August issue for 1776. There are also some other articles of interest on America, such as: Account of the Proceedings of the American Colonists, since the passing the Boston Port-Bill. Edward Cave (1691 - 1754) launched The Gentleman's Magazine in 1731 creating the first general-interest "magazine" in the modern sense. It soon became the most influential and most imitated periodical of its time. See Joseph Sabin, Dictionary of Books Relating to America, No.26954. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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