One of The First Means by Which The British People Learned of The Enactment of The Constitution of The United States of America
URBAN, Sylvanus. Gentlemanís Magazine [The U. S. Constitution]. for November and December, 1787. London: Printed for D. Henry , 1787.
First edition of these [November and December, 1787] issues. Two small octavo volumes (8 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches; 215 x 130 mm). [941]-1035, [1]; [1037]-1131, [1] pp. With woodcut text illustration on front wrapper of each volume. November issue with one fold-out plate, and lacking plate I, entitled "S.W. View of Aconbury Chapel 5 Miles from Here." The December issue with two plates (plate II and Supp.), but lacking plate I, Illustrations of the Royal Charter School Near Dublin, Clontarfe Castle Dublin, and others. Text of American Constitution on pp. 1008-1011; 1110-1112.

Self-wrappered. Newer stitching. Some very minor toning and light occasional spotting. Overall very good.

This is the first English magazine printing of the U.S. Constitution. The November issue [on pages 1008-1011] prints George Washington's Letter and the first Article. The December issue [on pages 1110-1112] contains articles two through seven and the delegates names.

"The following is the new Plan of the Constitution of the United States of America, upon which the Convention of all the most distinguished men in the States have been deliberating for several months, and by which, if finally adopted, the Constitution of the Union is totally changed." (From the introduction)

Einaudi. Goldsmiths'. Howes. Howes. Kress. Streeter. Streeter.

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