[Complete set of the Journals of Congress containing first printings of the proceedings from September 1774 to November 1788]
Thirteen volumes, 8vo
by CONTINENTAL CONGRESS
[Philadelphia: Aitken (vols. 1-2), Dunlap (vols. 3, 9-13) and Claypoole (vols. 4-8), 1788. Thirteen volumes, 8vo. (7 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches)). Collations as below. Contemporary half sheep and marbled paper covered boards, vols. 1, 3, 6, 12 and 13 expertly bound uniform, spines with raised bands in six compartments, red morocco label in the second compartments. Provenance: N. Dane (signature on titles in 8 vols.) A complete set of the first edition Journals of Congress, including all indices and appendices. These Journals contain the most vital documents from the Revolutionary period through the end of the Confederacy, and culminate with the adoption of the Federal Constitution in 1788. They are an essential basis for any comprehensive collection of the Revolution and early National period. A complete set of the Journals of the Continental Congress is remarkably difficult to assemble. The present set is further extraordinary as it is comprised entirely of first printings of the uniform edition of the Journals of Congress, without any of the later New York printings, or the later printings by Folwell. Finally, the set is complete with all indices and appendixes, which are often wanting. On 26 September 1776, Congress had authorized Robert Aitken to reprint the two congressional journals that had appeared, in effect, as occasional publications "and to continue to print the same." With the loss of Aitken's press in the fall of Philadelphia, this responsibility devolved to John Dunlap and David Claypoole. A tradition had already been established by the separate publication of the Journals of the first and second Continental Congresses in 1774 and 1775. The first volume of this series, begun after the Declaration of Independence, reprinted those journals, and was issued concurrently with the second volume, both appearing from the press of Robert Aitken in 1777. The second volume included a printing of the Declaration. The volumes issued thus cover the entire span of the Continental Congress, beginning in 1774, through the Revolutionary years, and on to the period from the Peace in 1783 to the adoption of the Constitution. The final session sat through November 1788, and the new federal government began in April 1789. The set consists of the following: 1) Volume I, Sept. 5, 1774 to Jan. 1 1776. Philadelphia: R. Aitken, 1777. , 310, pp. Includes the six leaves of the Index sometimes found in the rear of vol. 3, here bound in the rear. Evans 15683. 2) Volume II, for the Year 1776. Philadelphia: R. Aitken, 1777. , 513, pp. The rare issue with Aitken's imprint, one of a few known complete copies. Evans 15684. 3) Volume III, January 1, 1777 to January 1, 1778. Philadelphia: John Dunlap, . 603, , xxii pp. With the general index to vol. 1 issued with this volume, bound into rear of vol. 1, see above. Evans 16138 4) Volume IV, January 1, 1778 to January 1, 1779. Philadelphia: David C. Claypoole, . , 748, , lxxxix, , pp. Includes 4pp. Appendix in the rear. Evans 16584. 5) Volume V, January 1, 1779 to January 1, 1780. Philadelphia: David C. Claypoole, 1782. 464, , lxxiv,  pp. Evans 17766. 6) Volume VI, January 1, 1780 to January 1, 1781. Philadelphia: David C. Claypoole, . 403, , xxxviii, pp. Includes Appendix in the rear. Evans 17392. 7) Volume VII, for the Year 1781. Philadelphia: David C. Claypoole, 1781. 522, , , lxxix, pp. Caption title of general index with volume misnumbered VIII, as called for in the first issue. Evans 17767 8) Volume VIII, November 1782 to November 1783. Philadelphia: David C. Claypoole, 1783. 483, , xxxvi pp. Evans 18266. 9) Volume IX, November 1783 to June 1784. Philadelphia: John Dunlap, . [Bound with:] ... June 1784 to August 1784. Philadelphia: John Dunlap, 1784. 317, , xviii; 47, pp. With the rare addendum with separate title. Evans 18840 and 18841. 10) Volume X, November 1784 to November 1785. Philadelphia: John Dunlap, 1785. 368, , xxvi pp. Evans 19316. 11) Volume XI [title incorrectly reads Volume XII, as issued], November 1785 to November 1786. [Philadelphia:] John Dunlap, . 267, , xvi pp. Evans 20068. 12) Volume XII, November 1786 to November 1787. [Philadelphia or New York:] Published by Order of the Congress, 1787. 255, , pp. Evans 20772 13) Volume XIII, November 1787 to November 1788. [Philadelphia:] John Dunlap, . 170, xcviii, , xi, pp. Evans 21526. This set with provenance to Nathan Dane (1752-1835), a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress from 1785-1788 and was among those who authored the Northwest Ordinance. In addition, Dane is credited with proposing the resolution to amend the Articles of Confederation, which resulted in the Philadelphia Convention and the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. The Journals are one of the most vital records of the Revolutionary and Confederation period. A foundation document of the American Republic. Evans 15683, 15684, 16138, 16584, 17766, 17392, 17767, 18266, 18840 with 18441, 19316, 20068, 20772, 21526; DAB XI, p.327; Matyas, Declaration of Independence, 77-09A.
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