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    First Edition of Second Volume of "The Federalist Papers"

    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, as Agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787. In Two Volumes. Vol. II. New-York: Printed and Sold by J. and A. M'Lean, 1788.

    First edition of "the most famous and influential American political work" (Howes). Volume II only. Twelvemo. vi, 384 pages, [2, blank].

    Original rear board present but partially perished with a great portion of the paper abraded away. All edges uncut. Housed in a custom marbled paper slipcase and tray chemise with printed title label. Front board and blank missing. Spine perished with minimal remnants. Bottom corner of rear board and text block has been partially shaved away in a receding, half-circular pattern, possibly verminized. Surprisingly, very little bottom edge text has been affected by the significant loss of paper at this corner. Title page present, but detached and separated into two pieces horizontally about one-third from the top of the page. Binding weak, but holding, in some places by just one thread, including by a tiny portion of thread at the Contents pages. Scattered foxing and toning throughout, but a clean text overall. A tall copy (170-185 mm) of a rare book in poor condition, but most suitable for professional restoration.

    Volume II contains essays Number 37-85, as well as the complete text of the Constitution, headed "Articles of the New Constitution; as agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787," and the resolutions of the Constitutional Convention (pages 368-384).

    Church 1230. Evans 21127. Ford 33. Grolier, 100 American, 19. Grolier, 100 English, 55. Howes H114. Printing and the Mind of Man 234. Sabin 23979. Streeter 1049.


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