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    The Probable First Magazine Appearance of the United States Constitution

    [Americana]. The Columbian Magazine, or Monthly Miscellany... Philadelphia: Printed for Seddon, Spotswood, Cist, and Trenchard, 1787. First edition of this early American magazine, a nearly complete run of issues from the year of 1787 (month of October is lacking, as well as a few other leaves, see below). Eleven octavo issues bound into one volume. [207] - [674], [737] - 838 pages. With seven full-page plates, and twelve fold-out tables or plates. Title pages for the months of March, April, May, July, August, September, November and December present, but not reckoned within pagination. Lacking pages 451-458 (first few pages of June issue), 561-563 (last few pages of July), 615 (last page of August). Three folding plates or tables are lacking the fold-out portion. The very rare plate depicting the State House of Philadelphia (Independence Hall) is laid-in (often missing entirely, this plate had been removed and mounted onto cardboard - it has since been roughly removed from the cardboard and covered in modern tape); a later printing of this plate is inserted into its place. Bound in twentieth century half brown calf over marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. Some mild wear to binding, several pages, plates and tables have modern tape reinforcement at margins, several pages worn, the first two pages have previous ownership notes or signatures. Still, a good copy of this important item.
    The printing of the Constitution contained herein (on pages 659-665 of the September issue) are possibly the first magazine appearance of this important document, printed just after its ratification at the Constitutional Convention (it also appeared in another contemporary magazine, American Museum, but priority of appearance has not been determined). There is a wealth of other contemporary accounts of happenings and first and early appearances of letters and dispatches by such luminaries as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (with accounts of Shay's Rebellion, Indian raids in Kentucky, highway robberies, and brief accounts of the ratification of the Constitution by Delaware and Philadelphia).
    Evans 20280.


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