The Constitutions of the United States, According to the Latest...
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1791. The First Post-Ratification Collection of State Constitutions, Includes the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights in Its Original Form [United States]. [Constitutions]. The Constitutions of the United States, According to the Latest Amendments: To Which are Annexed, The Declaration of Independence; And the Federal Constitution; with the Amendments Thereto. This Edition Contains the Constitution of Vermont, Not in any Former One. Philadelphia: From the Press of Carey, Stewart, and Co., 1791. [iv], 176 pp. Pages 1, 71 unnumbered as issued. 12mo. (6-3/4" x 4"). Recent period-style calf, raised bands and retained early lettering piece to spine, endleaves renewed. Light browning to text, occasional light foxing, minor edgewear to title page and following leaf. Early owner signature (of William Pennock) to head of table of contents and p. 1, interior otherwise clean. A handsome copy. * This is the first collection of state constitutions published after the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, and the first to contain a printing of the Constitution of the United States, with the first twelve proposed constitutional amendments, ten of which would become the Bill of Rights. A statement dated August 1791 says amendments one and two were not ratified by enough states and that the other 10 had been ratified by nine states. Virginia became the 10th state, completing the ratification process on December 15, 1791. This edition is also the first to include the Constitution of Vermont, along with those of the 13 original states: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Pennock was a Philadelphia attorney. Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 16097. Howes, USIana C716. Evans, American Bibliography 23887. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 3036. (Inventory #: 65938)
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