“THE MAGNA CARTA OF THE UNITED AMERICAN STATES”
(CONSTITUTION). Constitutions of the Several Independent States. London, 1783.
1783 greatly expanded English edition, variant second state, of the Constitutions of the 13 newly independent American states, published only one year after the first English edition, with early printings of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and important U.S.-French treaties, this substantially expanded edition of particular interest in containing the 1774 Declaration of Rights (forerunner of the Declaration); the 1774 Non-Importation Agreement, the Petition to the King and one of the first printings (certainly the first English) of the U.S.-Dutch treaty of June 7, 1782, America’s first with a nation other than France—none present in the first American or English editions—scarce in contemporary calf, in a custom chemise and slipcase. $2500.