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"SO NEAR TO PERFECTION… I THINK IT WILL ASTONISH OUR ENEMIES"

(AMERICAN CONSTITUTION). Plan of the New Constitution for the United States of America. London, 1787.

Very rare first printing in England of the American Constitution, printed shortly after news arrived in London in early November 1787, an exceptional document in Anglo-American history, beautifully bound in full polished calf. $26,000.

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THE FIRST SERIAL PRINTING OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

(CONSTITUTION) CAREY, Mathew, editor. American Museum, or Repository of Ancient and Modern Fugitive Pieces. Philadelphia, July-December, 1787.

First edition of a true American classic: Mathew Carey's American Museum for 1787 (Volume II: Nos. I-VI), containing in the September issue the first serial printing of the U.S. Constitution and featuring the first serial printings of the first six Federalist papers issued outside of New York City, in original marbled boards. $18,500.

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RARE AND IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF EARLY AND CONTEMPORARY WORKS VITAL TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION AND ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION

(CONSTITUTION) (MADISON, James). Secret Journals of the Acts and Proceedings of Congress. Boston, 1821. Four volumes.

1821 second edition of the Secret Journals of the Acts and Proceedings of Congress, featuring Benjamin Franklin's "sketch of the Articles of Confederation" as submitted to the Convention on July 21, 1775, and the official publication of both John Dickinson's July 12, 1776 draft of the Articles of Confederation and the subsequent August 20, 1776 draft of the Articles, preceded only by the extraordinarily rare 1820 edition issued by the same Boston publisher. A splendid four-volume set, rarely found complete. $8200.

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"A CLASSIC STATEMENT OF POLITICAL FREEDOM"

(CONSTITUTION) (SOMERS, John). Security of English-Mens Lives. London, 1682.

1682 edition of Somers' profoundly influential work on the power of the grand jury, the second of only two 17th-century editions issued the year after the first—"one of the fundamental foundations of the common law in the American colonies"—prompting revolution with Somers' invoking the grand jury and its protection of secrecy as key in opposing "corrupt Ministers of State" and those who "abuse or oppress the People… in the form and course of Justice," seminal in the creation of the Constitution's Fifth Amendment, with Jefferson calling grand juries "the true tribunal of the people." $3400.

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"THE MOST SIGNIFICANT POLITICAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL EVENT BETWEEN THE AGE OF JACKSON AND THE ELECTION OF LINCOLN"

(DORR, Thomas Wilson). Address to the People of Rhode-Island. Providence, 1834.

First edition of Dorr's foundational Address, prompting his role as instigator and leader of the Dorr Rebellion, placing him "in the front rank of the political reformers of Jacksonian America.” $2400.

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"'THE SPIRIT OF LIBERTY' IS 'CHAINED DOWN IN THE IRON LINKS OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION"

(CONSTITUTION) PHILLIPS, Wendell. Review of Lysander Spooner's Essay. Boston, 1847.

First edition in book form of Phillips' bold and influential antebellum work on the U.S. Constitution and the question of slavery, revised and "with additions" to its serialization in the Anti-Slavery Standard, a pristine copy, rare in original wrappers. $1900.

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"THE BEST DEFENSE OF THE POLITICAL BALANCE OF THREE POWERS THAT WAS EVER WRITTEN” (JOHN ADAMS)

DE LOLME, J. L. Constitution of England. London, 1784.

1784 edition in English of De Lolme's important constitutional work, the preferred "corrected and enlarged" edition with his final revisions, a key influence on The Federalist Papers and intensely followed by John Adams in authoring his own Defense of the Constitutions (1787)—his papers containing "closely copied verbatim notes from the 1784 edition" (Appleby)—the power of "the executive for Adams, as for De Lolme and for Lincoln, was the mainstay of the entire mechanism" (Wood), scarce in contemporary calf. $750.

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