AMERICAN DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. The Constitution of the Several Independent States of America The Declaration of Independence
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[AMERICAN DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE] The Constitution of the Several Independent States of America; The Declaration of Independence; The Articles of Confederation between the said States; and the Treaties between His Most Christian Majesty and the United States of America. Published by Order of the Congress. London: Printed from the Original Philadelphia Edition ... and Dublin Reprinted for Messrs. Gilbert, Price, Walker, White, Beatty, Byrne and Cash, 1783. Large post octavo. pp. , 264. Contemporary full calf with original red morocco letterpiece. Binding restored, paper repair to titlepage. Previous owner’s signature on A2. Old ink stain to half title and final page. Light foxing. An extremely rare item.
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This significant book was published by order of Congress, of the complete constitutions of the individual states of America, the Declaration of Independence, the articles of confederation between the states and the alliance between the United States and France, signed in 1778. These are some of the most important documents in the foundation of the United States. They set out the principles of the new nation and the values which each State aimed to uphold. Originally published in an edition of 200 copies, printed by Bailey in Philadelphia in 1781, possibly following the American victory at Yorktown in the October of that year, a victory which ended the land campaign in North America, and which started peace negotiations between the United States and Britain. The second edition of this book was printed in London in 1783, and in Dublin the same year. [L4 6A]
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