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    "Magna Charta of the United American States"

    [Americana]. The Constitution of the Several Independent States of America; the Declaration of Independence; the Articles of Confederation Between the Said States; the Treaties Between His Most Christian Majesty and the United States of America. Published by Order of Congress. Philadelphia: Printed by Francis Bailey, 1781. The first authoritative collected edition of the state constitutions of the United States and the Articles of Confederation, one of only 200 copies printed. Octavo. [ii], 226 pages. Contemporary full brown calf, spine ruled in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, black gilt morocco lettering label. Rebacked, preserving the original spine. Binding worn and soiled, hinges cracked (yet still solid), text toned, dampstained, with a few pages creased. Worm damage to endleaves, evidence of sticker removal from front free endpaper (both sides), and on title-page near inner margin. With the bookplate of Seth Davenport, Jr. (possibly the great-grandfather of President William Howard Taft) on the front pastedown, and the contemporary ownership signature of "Weatherspoon '98" on the rear pastedown. A good copy of one of the most important and rare publications of American governmental frameworks prior to the Constitution.

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    "In its review of the London edition of this work, printed in the following year, the Monthly Review says: 'It contains a greater portion of unsophisticated wisdom and good sense, than is, perhaps, to be met with any other legislative code that was ever yet framed. It is, in short, the book which may be considered the Magna Charta of the United American States.'" (Evans).

    Evans 17390. Howes C716.

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