1789 · New York
First New Haven edition of acts passed at the first session of the first congress. Including the house printing of the Bill of Rights.
Rare New Haven folio edition of the official acts of the first United States congress. This important volume comprises the acts establishing the Executive Department, the Treasury Department, the Post Office, the judicial courts, the War Department, and other articles establishing compensation for the President, Vice President, and members of Congress. It also contains the first 12 proposed amendments to the Constitution, drafted by James Madison. Articles 3-12 would be ratified on December 15, 1791, forming the first ten Amendments known as the Bill of Rights. Article 2 would be ratified as the 27th Amendment in 1992, while Article 1 is still pending ratification. Harrington Parish was a Presbyterian meeting house built in 1772 in Bristol, Maine, near Fort William Henry. It operated continuously until its final service in 1915. Folio printings of the 1789 first acts of the first Congress and Bill of Rights, published in any city, are extremely rare. We can locate only seven copies of this edition, in the following institutions: The American Antiquarian Society; The New York Public Library; Yale University, Sterling Memorial; Faulkner University; Indiana University; Connecticut Historical Society; Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. This is the first copy of this printing to be offered at auction in over a hundred years. In 1913, Anderson Galleries referred to this edition as "very rare."
Evans 22191; Sabin 15493; ESTC W14329 (locating five copies); OCLC locates two copies. (Inventory #: 40017)