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    "... the only central record of the colonies and the subsequent states" (Tannenbaum).

    [American Revolution]. [Continental Congress]. Journals of Congress. Philadelphia; New York: R. Aitken; David C. Claypoole; John Patterson, 1777, 1779, 1788. Volumes I, II, and IV are first editions, volume III is the first reissue. Together, four octavo volumes. [2], 308; [2], 520, xxvi; 603, [1], xx, [2], 748, [2], lxxxix, [5] pages. Volume I lacks the final page of text (page 309-310) as well as the twelve-page Index; volume II lacks the last leaf of the Index (page xxvii); volume III lacks the last leaf of the Index (page xxi). Two leaves from the Index of volume III are misbound at the back of volume II. Volume IV is complete. A beautiful set bound in modern period-style full mottled calf, spines ruled and stamped in gilt, with red morocco gilt lettering labels. Some light spotting and toning in text. Very good.

    The very scarce Aitken, Claypoole and Patterson printings of the official annual Journals of Congress, an exceptional contemporary record of the First Continental Congress (September-October 1774), and documenting the proceedings of the Second Continental Congress (May 1775-December 1778), with early printings of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and many other historic documents from the Revolutionary period.
    This set offers a unique insight into the decisive moments of the founding of the United States of America. Volume I details the debate concerning the basis of American rights and how they should be defended. It includes the Suffolk Resolves (adopted in Massachusetts and carried to Philadelphia by Paul Revere), John Jay's famous Address to the People of Great Britain, and the appointment of George Washington as Commander in Chief. Volume II covers the critical year of 1776, and not only documents the colonies desperate efforts to supply Washington's army, but also contains one of the earliest collected printings of the Declaration of Independence. Volume III has the important final text of the Articles of Confederation. Volume IV covers the year 1778, the most perilous in our nation's history, which began with the British occupation of Philadelphia (the occupation started in the fall of 1777) and Washington's retreat to Valley Forge. Also, this volume documents the nascent United States' efforts to broaden the Revolutionary War into an international conflict, by entering into a treaty with the French on February 6, 1778 (the Treaty of Alliance). An important collection, not to be missed by the student of American history. Evans 16138.


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